Sooner or later any band worth their salt will put out a Live
Album, knowing full well the risk they take when most of their fans have only
heard them via a Polished Studio Release. Some of course fail miserable but
others hit it right out of the Ball Park. With their newest release "Twelve
Live Warthogs", Bullfrog Brown manages to do the later and comes across
with a home run. "Twelve Live Warthogs" contains what is certainly to
be considered their best work to date, with also two of my all time favorites,
"Build Me A Statue" and "Special Rider".
"Twelve Live Warthogs" was done with absolutely superb
quality and at times the only thing telling you that it is done live is the
clapping you hear at the ends of the songs. Thanks goes out to Bullfrog Brown
for not letting our appetite for their music go to long before they yet again
wet it with another release showing their True Mastery of the Blues.
John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)
"The new voice and sound of the old blues." -- John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network
"Huge stage presence and a superb band."
Dave Raven, BFBS Radio 2
"Makes me think of Jim Jarmusch movies."
Ted Coe, KCSB FM
"More real than the real thing."
René Malines, Virus de Blues
1. Build me A Statue
2. Feed The Habit
3. I'll See You, Mr. Blues
4. Two Left Feet
5. Snakes Were Gettin'
6. Special Rider
7. Phantom Menace
9. The Windows Are Shakin'
10. Somebody Turn On The Heat
11. Lonesome Cowboy
12. Papa Wolf
"Any purist should be able to appreciate the fantastic guitar playing of the great Andres Roots. /---/ Andres plays with a soul that feels to be as old as the music he's playing, behind a rhythm section that reminds me of Tom Waits' "Bone Machine" at times," wrote Blues In London critic Eric Gebhardt in 2006.
"Alar Kriisa, any punk rock blues kid should be able to appreciate his gruff vocals. He sounds like Leon Redbone piss drunk and fronting an Alice Cooper cover band and this is a good thing, a very good thing. The lyrics ramble shamelessly like Dylan, but latter-day Dylan, "Love and Theft" Dylan, which, again, is a good thing, a very good thing..."
Having first established their musical partnership in 2000 in the Mother River Delta of the Estonian South, Kriisa and Roots adopted the Bullfrog Brown moniker in 2003, recruiting Üllar Kärt on harmonica. Sharing stages with the likes of Honeyboy Edwards, Dave Arcari and Black River Bluesman, Bullfrog Brown have appeared live in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, England and Scotland.
The band's recording career took off with the 2005 album "Snakes and Devils" that continues to receive airplay on four continents; its follow-up EP "Uncooked" was nominated for the "Deed of the Year" award in the group's hometown of Tartu and included as the only post-1971 and non-American recording in the History of Slide Guitar programme compiled by Radio Melibokus in Germany.
In 2007, Bullfrog Brown became the highest ranking blues band in ubl.com's Ultimate Band Competition, placing 6th in a 2-year race with thousands of international pop, rock, and hip-hop bands. Another EP, "Tundra", was introduced at the Floating Cockroach alt.blues festival in Helsinki, Finland in September 2007.
Parting ways with Kärt and giving up the use of additional musicians in the studio, Bullfrog Brown have now returned with "Mother River Delta" - a brand-new duo EP, launched with four London shows in April 2008. According to Blues Underground Network editor John Vermilyea, "with "Mother River Delta", Bullfrog Brown illustrates with continued consistency that great music doesn’t require a lot of bells and whistles to get the point across..."
Now with Twelve Live Warthogs, which combines 6 tracks recorded on June 26th 2008 at Tampere Maja (Tartu) with 6 more recorded during their show on December 13th 2007 at Trehv (Tartu). The record compiles a great collection of songs that give you a good idea of how they sound live, with that tiny shy guy that Alar is totally transformed when holding the micro, like if he would be the Dr Jekyll/Mr Hide of the Estonian blues scene. Great anthems of the band like Build me a Statue, Phantom Menace or Snakes Were Gettin’ are compulsorily included there, sounding better than ever, and as a special surprise the final track includes the improvised song: Papa Wolf.
Who said blues is dead? Bullfrog Brown’s music just leads you to hold a good bottle of whisky and think about an old lost love. In the end it is all about the Blues.
Festivals played include: Floating Cockroach alt.blues Festival, Finland (2007); Puistoblues, Finland (2006); Augustibluus, Estonia (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007); Bliuzo Naktys, Lithuania (2005); Savonsolmu Beach & Blues Party, Finland (2007); WRA InterContinental Resophonic Guitar Festival, Czech Republic (2005); Kaavi Blues, Finland (2007); Bluza Krustceles, Latvia (2004); Fiesta de la Guitarra, Estonia (2006); Soodoma Rock, Estonia (2004); RockTrip, Estonia (2004); Lindalevi, Estonia (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007); Jannen Jamit, Finland (2006); WintFest, Estonia (2003); Supilinna Päevad, Estonia (2004, 2006).