About Dave Arcari


“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

Dave Arcari live

Live at Mareel, Lerwick for Shetland Blues Festival

SLIDE guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via eight internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases.

His latest album – Whisky in my Blood – was released on Finnish record label Blue North in March 2013. As well as showcasing Arcari’s trademark National steel guitars, the release features performances on banjo, regular guitar and and cigar box which help capture the full breadth of Arcari’s song-writing and performance.

Arcari’s debut US tour – six weeks, 30 shows and 7000 miles taking in the east coast, Tennessee and the mid-West – in summer 2013 was an overwhelming success and the foundations laid for future tours across the USA.

Arcari’s festival appearances include Glastonbury (UK), BluesAlive (Czech Republic & Poland shows), Moulin Blues (Netherlands), The Great British R&B Festival and Peer Festival (Belgium). He has also played industry showcases at the North by North East (NxNE) music festival in Toronto, Canada and he was a finalist the UK Indy Music Awards reaching the top four in his category (best male solo artist).

With more than 100 UK dates a year plus regular shows in Finland, Estonia, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Ireland Arcari is one of the hardest gigging live artists on the circuit.

A series of shows with folks including Steve Earle, Alabama 3, Seasick Steve, Toby Keith and Jon Spencer along with his relentless UK and European tour schedule have established Arcari as a formidable international solo performer who is fast building a media reputation as a ‘hell-raising National guitar madman’.

Arcari’s growing reputation was further endorsed 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 300 years of the Act of Union between Scotland and England. He also presented the programme, interviewing many high-profile political figures, musicians and historians along the way.

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 powerful solo performer whose strong compositions, unstoppable rhythms and
Delta-inspired slide work stand without support.” Blues Revue 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

“… a truly authentic UK blues artist and let’s celebrate that.” R2 (Rock’n’Reel) Magazine


* Solo discography:  Blue Country Steel (Buzz Records  EP 2004), Vol1: Something old, something borrowed… (Buzz Records EP 2006), Vol 2: …something new, something blue (Buzz Records  EP 2006), Come With Me (Buzz Records album 2007), Got Me Electric Buzz Records (album 2009), Devil’s Left Hand Buzz Records  (album 2010), Nobody’s Fool (Dixiefrog album 2012), Whisky in my Blood (Blue North album 2013)

For latest info, tour dates and news see www.davearcari.com