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Showing posts with label Steve Lury. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Steve Lury. Show all posts

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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Monday, December 22, 2014

Root Art Records artist: Steve Lury & Andres Roots - Live In Lerwick - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Live In Lerwick, from Steve Lury and Andres Roots and it's simply cool! This live performance was recorded at the Shetland Blues Festival in Lerwick in September of 2013. Opening with Jr. Wells' Tomorrow Night, Steve Lury handles vocal and harp and Andres Roots on slide guitar with Peeter Piik on bass. Next up is Sonny Boy Williamson's Born Blind. Roots is excellent on slide nicely balancing Lury's harp work. With a very stripped down approach but with modern amplification, the notes soar. On Tampa Red's Rambler's Blues they pick up the pace a bit and Lury really digs in for some great harp riffs. Roots original, Build Me A Statue, has a slow and somber pace. With Roots leading the way on a slide guitar melody and nice harmonizing on harp by Lury, this is one of my favorite tracks on the release. Very nice! On Robert Jr. Lockwood's Take A Little Walk With Me, Roots really winds out the slide, Elmore James style, with lead vocals by Lury. A hot harp solo in the track over a quickly accelerating rhythm guitar by Roots turns into a sliding foot race to the end. Excellent! On Charles Brown's Driftin' Blues, Lury plays a very nice intro prior to taking the lead on vocal. Gradually building from a quiet track to a very fat slide with harp track the dynamics are quite interesting. Next up is Robert Johnson's Walkin' Blues, and Roots again demonstrates his finesse on slide with super tone. Lury handles vocals and Piik the bass. Muddy Water's Gone To Main Street has a real Chicago feel with Lury leading the way on super harp. This track has super tempo and really gets your blood flowing. Roots picks up the slide work after the first chorus accented by Lury on harp. Then Lury on lead with accents by Roots. Lury wraps the track on vocals with Roots really sailing on slide. Super! Another Muddy Water's track, You Can't Lose What You Never Had, finds the addition of Paul Archibald on drums and a real feel of a Muddy Water's band, sans Water's voice. This band is tight. Roots uses the lowest octave for his early slide work which is contrary to Water's own style but very cool. Then taking the higher octaves, he makes his guitar absolutely sing. A nice open roll for Lury on harp is melodic and crisp. Very nice! Wrapping the release is Memphis Minnie's What's The Matter With The Mill with a driving "Messing With The Kid" style. Roots and Lury jam together on harp and slide for a cool ending to a real traditional blues concert.  

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