Dave Arcari - Come With Me...

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 First full-length solo release from Dave Arcari whose National guitar-driven alt.blues owes as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as it does pre-war Delta blues....'

SLIDE guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcarioriginally came to light as frontman of alt.blues band Radiotones which has three internationally-acclaimed albums under it's belt.

His debut solo EP Blue Country Steel was launched during a nine-night run of shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This was followed by two EP release on Buzz Records in 2006 – Something old, something borrowed (BRS0120060) and Something new, something blue (BRS022006). Arcari's first full-length solo CD album Come With Me (BRS032006) was released in 2007.

A series of shows with the mighty Alabama3 (by personal request from the band), gigs with Seasick Steve, Son of Dave and Jon Spencer and a tour in Estonia (including headline slots at the 2005 Augustibluus Festival) have now established Arcari as a formidable international solo performer and attracting a media reputation as a 'hell-raising National guitar madman'.

Arcari’s growing reputation in the UK was endorsed in Spring 2007 when he was asked to put music to Robert Burns’ (Scotland’s national poet) poem Parcel of Rogues for a BBC Scotland special to mark 30 years of the Act of Union between Scotland and England. He also presented the entire programme, interviewing many high-profile political figures, musicians and historians along the way.

In 2008 he reached the finals (the final four) of the UK Indy Music Awards 2008 in the 'best solo act' category and also showcased by invitation at North by North East in Toronto – Canada's international music industry conference and music festival.

In 1996 he quit his first proper band role as guitarist with Summerfield Blues (which won the Alexis Korner memorial trophy for 'Scottish Blues Band of the Year' at Edinburgh International Blues fest in 2003 - the same year the band released it's debut, and only, CD album Devil & the Freightman) to concentrate on his new found National steel guitar.

It wasn't long, though, before he was joined by harmonica player Jim Harcus and the intended solo career went by the wayside as Radiotones started to form and evolved into the force it is today.

So while the electric Nationals and Marshall stack are on the back burner for Dave's solo appearances, his hard-hitting gravel-laden vocals and slashing bottleneck steel guitar make for an aggressive, dynamic blues-based sound that owes as much to punk, rockabilly and trash country as pre-war Delta blues. 

"... a pertinent reminder that British people do backwoods hoedowns as well as anyone. By some bizarre accident, 
Dave Arcari¹s bluesy growl owes as much to Long John Silver as it does to Big Bill Broonzy."
BANG Magazine

"There's no fleet-finger twiddlage here, just blasting bottleneck riddims and Arcari's scary Captain Beefheart vocal. It's the original blues message - drink, be merry, fall over. Hurrah!"
GUITAR Magazine

"Dave Arcari¹s gravel 'n' whiskey delivery falling midway between Tom Waits and Alabama 3's Larry Love, relayed over a backdrop that variously recalls Slim Harpo, Leadbelly and Vincent Gallo."
LOGO Magazine


Artist Dave Arcari
Title Come With Me
Label Buzz Records
Format CD
Cat Number BRS032006