Review: Andres Roots Roundabout – Electric Dixieland EP

Posted on: Saturday, May 19, 2012


Andres Roots Roundabout – Electric Dixieland

(Roots Art Records)

The latest release from prolific Estonian guitarist and writer Andres Roots, is this fine 4-track instrumental EP, “Electric Dixieland”, also featuring Martin Eessalu (guitar) and Raul Terep (drums), and recorded at his regular studio, The White Room in Tartu, and produced by Asko-Rome Altsoo and Roots  himself.

The opening “Room Service” has an almost Western swing feel to it, with the guitars of Roots and Eessalu almost replicating the sound of pedal steel and driven by Raul Terep’s drums; the following “Link To Elmore”  has some fine toned shimmering slide guitar which gives it a sort of Elmore James meets Link Wray groove and is very nice too.

“Three Sticks” is a driving blues with more slashing slide guitar as Roots and Eessalu joust and Raul Terep kicks it along. The closing “Wagon Swing” has a lighter, country feel and again has great sounding guitar work, both acoustically and electric.

A most enjoyable way to pass 13 minutes of ‘Blues from the Baltic’, and a further illustration of the quality music now being produced throughout mainland Europe.


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