House Arrest

by Andres Roots

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"The four solo instrumentals – all his own compositions – range from the gutsy, raw boogie of the opening ‘Lindberg Boogie’ to the Blind Willie Johnson-ish ‘Fretless Wonder’ via the more reflective ‘Soup City Blues’, with hints of Elmore James, and the closing ‘Black River Blues’ which reminds me a little of early R.L.Burnside. Andres is a master of this kind of music, this is a fine release, and at the moment (or any time, I guess – but particularly at the moment), buy it and support one of the best instrumental blues players around." – Norman Darwen, Blues in Britain


released March 25, 2020

Home recordings made on March 18-19, 2020 - no editing, no overdubs. All tunes written & performed by Andres Roots on a 3-string fretless Hobo 63 cigar-box guitar, with the signal split between ZT Lunchbox & Ampeg BA-112 amps. Mastered by Asko-Romé Altsoo at White Room in Tartu, Estonia.
Cover photo & design by Siret Roots.


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Andres Roots Tartu, Estonia

Listed in the book "100 Years of Estonian Music" as the country's "internationally best-known player of pure blues", Andres Roots is a slide guitarist based in Tartu who has performed everywhere from Clarksdale, Mississippi to Hell, Norway. In 2016, his "Roots Music" LP topped the official Estonian album chart – the first and only time a blues album has claimed the #1 spot in the Baltics. ... more

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