Dave Arcari - Got Me Electric

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 Dave Arcari – National guitars/vocals

From one of the blues hardest working road-warriors, Glasgow’s Dave Arcari, comes “Got Me Electric”, his fifth release on his own Buzz Records – as ever dominated by his slashing National steel guitar and whisky-soaked gravelly vocals – the generous 13 songs featuring a mix of self-penned material with some covers.

The release of this album sees a relentless touring schedule in support of it, with the cd giving a snapshot of his energetic live show – kicking off with the title cut, “Got Me Electric”, with that genuine 1930s Delta blues feel, but with not an electric guitar in sight!

The driving “No Easy Way: features conventional acoustic guitar with some nice fingerpicking”, then its back to business on the frantic “Close To The Edge” – lots of trademark slide -  before a cover of the Scottish legend Frankie Miller’s “One More Heartbreak”, again at breakneck speed!

Things calm down for the timeless “Soul Of A Man”, from the pen of Blind Willie Johnson – one of the cd highlights; with Robert Burns, the most famous Scottish poet of all, “Parcel Of Rogues”, featuring music arranged by Arcari. The rockabilly-flavoured “Homesick & Blue” sees some lovely Telecaster work – another album standout!

Robert Johnson’s often covered “Walkin’ Blues” is given the Arcari treatment, with a slide guitar barrage at the start before the vocals kick-in and all hell breaks loose! The closing “Bound To Ride carries on in similar vein – a road song for someone who has more miles under his belt than most!

Dave Arcari’s music has been described as containing trash country, punk and rockabilly, as much as the sounds of the classic pre-war Delta blues – and listening to this fine release you can’t dispute it! Catch him in a town near you this year – he’ll be somewhere close, that’s for sure!

GRAHAME RHODES - Blues In The Northwest

"... 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 Got Me Electric
Label Buzz Records
Format CD
Cat Number BRS022009