“Dave plays like he got his skin turned inside out and pretty soon my skin was inside out too listening and it was all good. That boy bleeds for you – he a real down deep player and a soul man…” SEASICK STEVE.
Alt Blues troubadour, Dave Arcari , releases his latest track via all the usual online outlets, today – Friday 7th June.
It must be the best part of twelve years since I first saw Dave play. I went to that show more out of curiosity . The gig posters described his music as ‘alt blues.’ And I knew his earlier band, Union Avenue had achieved ‘Record of the Week’ status on Mark Radcliffe’s radio show with their sort of hillbilly version of Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades.’ It all added up to a promising night.
A couple of songs into Dave’s solo set that night, and I was hooked. One guy, one guitar, one helluva party!
If there’s a band / artist out there more proactive and prolific than Dave Arcari, I’ve yet to come across them. When not touring USA, the UK and mainland Europe, especially Estonia and Finland, he’s at home on the banks of Loch Lomond in the West of Scotland, writing new material and showcasing it via Facebook to a growing number of fans. Not just, ‘showcasing’ the completed song – fan input is encouraged as to gig set-lists and tracks to be included on albums and EPs.
‘Brexit Blues‘ was in fact played live online to followers several weeks ago. Two versions were offered – this one, which obviously got the nod, and an electric version. Which got my nod … but hey ho.
This acoustic version, in hindsight, actually works better, with the juxtaposition of the light almost whimsical guitar work and air of resignation set against the heavy, oppressive atmosphere heaped upon the nation by the subject matter.
And that’s about as ‘political’ as either Dave or I are likely to get.
Here’s an additional video taken from the Dave Arcari website, which shows a bit more of what Dave and his music are all about.
(Dave Arcari if not touring your area, will at least be ‘live’ online via Facebook sometime soon. Don’t miss him, either way!)