Review: Steve Lury & Andres Roots – Live In Lerwick

Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015

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Steve Lury & Andres Roots – Live In Lerwick

(Roots Art Records: RAR1403)

Any new release from the talented Estonian guitarist and writer Andres Roots is always welcome, and here is a most enjoyable 10-track live offering, “Live In Lerwick” – recorded over two nights at the 10th Shetland Blues Festival on 14th and 15th September, 2013.

Joining Roots are long-time associates, Kent’s own Steve Lury (harmonica and vocals),  and fellow Estonian, Peeter Piik (bass) – on three tracks, Paul Archibald play drums. The last four tracks from the second night comprised part of the festival’s Muddy Waters Night. The music was mixed and mastered back in Andres Roots native Tartu, by Asko-Rome Altsoo at the White Room studio.

The ten tracks are mainly blues classics and standards from Delta and Chicago blues, with just one original – Roots excellent “Build Me A Statue”. The music gets off to a fine start with a double spotlight for Steve Lury on a couple of copper-bottomed blues harmonica classics – Junior Wells “Tomorrow Night” and Sonny Boy Williamson’s (II) “Born Blind” – featuring his sweet harmonica, Andres Roots always impressive slide guitar work and the driving bass of Peeter Piik.

Elsewhere they ‘doff the cap’ to the likes of Tampa Red, Robert Jr Lockwood, Robert Johnson and Charles Brown, before being joined by drummer Paul Archibald  for a brace of Muddy Water tunes – “Gone To Main Street” and “You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had” – and very fine too they are.

The set ends with what sounds like a hastily-learnt Memphis Minnie song from Steve Lury’s introduction – “What’s The Matter With The Mill” – but no worries, it is a great version with some blistering slide from Andres Roots and Lury’s harmonica, together with the rhythm section of Piik and Archibald.

Highly recommended for all lovers of traditional blues with four great musicians and a nice choice of material, that is well played and recorded.

GRAHAME RHODES

www.andresroots.com

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