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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Roots Arts Records artist: Andres Roots - Winter - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Winter, from Andres Roots, and it's deep. Opening with Karlova Blues a hill country style blues with snappy drum work and nice slide, Richard Townend has lead vocal and electric guitar with Andres Mikk on drums and Andres Roots on dobro. Winter Blues has a uptempo feel featuring Bert Deivert on vocal and mandolin, Raul Terep on drums and Roots on guitar. Shuffle track, Thanks For Bringing Me Down, features Howard Fishman on vocal and electric guitar, Terep on drums and Roots on guitar. Very cool. Tea For Alex is a really stripped down blues rocker with Terep on drums jamming with Roots on guitar. This is a great jam with some great effects. Tight. Mike Tammepold has the lead on vocal on All In The Cards with Terep on drums, Roots on guitar and Asko-Rome' Altsoo on additional instrumentation. Right out of the Muddy Waters song book, Morganfield Blues, has solid blues roots with Waters guitar riffs by Roots, vocals by Ismo Haavisto on vocal and harp and Peeter Plik on upright bass. Very nice. Get Me Back features James Dalton on vocal, Terep on drums and Roots on slide guitar. Another classic blues form track. Steve Lury has lead vocal and a nice extended harp solo on Spider In My Bed. With solid Chicago roots, Plik on bass, Terep on drums and Roots on guitar this is one of my favorites on the release. With it's Latin influence, Spanish Run, is another instrumental with a cool feel. Featuring Terep on drums and Roots on guitars, this is another of my favorites on the release. With Lorete Medne on lead vocal Solitaire stands out with her interesting voice. Backed by Edgars Galzons on helicon, Terep on drums and percussion and Roots on guitars, this track is soothing. Alligator Blues is a cool blues rocker with fleet slide work by Roots on dobro, Louie Digman on vocal and Mikk on drums. Wrapping the release is Silver Lining, a cool slow blues with Roots laying out some really nice slide work backed by Digman on piano and Terep on drums. This is a terrific track to close a pretty interesting release.

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