Review: Dave Arcari – “Got Me Electric”

Posted on: Wednesday, Mar 4, 2009

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DAVE ARCARI: “Got Me Electric”

(Buzz Records – BRS022009)

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

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