Steve Lury & Andres Roots: Live In Lerwick

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Submitted by Iain Patience

Lerwick, the main town in Scotland's furthest outpost, the Shetland Isles, hosts a fine Blues festival each late-summer, where this album was recorded live in 2013.  The ten tracks comprising this release include a few lesser-known blues cuts and many old favourites plus an Andres Roots original, slide-guitar-led instrumental.

The general sound and quality of the recording is surprisingly good for a small-scale 'live' work, and Estonian guitarist Roots clearly enjoys his role with some mighty fine acoustic and electric slide fretwork shining through.  The Harp and vocals of his partner here, Lury, are also strong and well-balanced with further support from Peeter Piik on Bass and Paul Archibald on Drums.

Covers include  a solid take on Robert Jnr Lockwood's 'Take A Little Walk With Me'; Johnson's 'Walking Blues' : Muddy's 'You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had' and the whole rounded off by closing track 'What's The Matter With The Mill' from Memphis Minnie - here fuelled with very fine electric slide work by Roots.

This is a very good, sound album with a fine range of material, varied in texture and tempo and featuring rock-solid guitar and Harp work throughout.  A recommended release.