3 questions with 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

Scottish alternative blues (alt.blues) 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 ten internationally acclaimed solo album releases.

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’.

In between times, Arcari also played guitar with Union Avenue – an oddball collective playing least expected covers (think The Clash, Pink Floyd, Undertones, Bob Marley) in a late 50’s/Sun Records-era Cash style. The band landed record of the week on Mark Radcliffe’s Radio 1 show with their version of Motorhead’s Ace of Spades.


1 – What is your earliest memory of music in your life?

Hearing Johnny Cash’s 25 Minutes to Go at my parent’s friends’ house when I was a toddler….


2 – What album influenced you or your style the most?

Blind Willie Johnson – Soul of a Man


3 – What piece or performance are you most proud of to date?

Jeez, hard one – probably my upcoming live album (Live at Memorial Hall – 2 x 180g coloured vinyl, digipak CD, download etc etc) coming on 1 September 2017