The forthcoming single from Dave Arcari shows another side of the alt.blues troubadour who is known mainly for his slashing slide guitar work.
For Whisky Trail – scheduled for release on World Music Day, Thursday 21 June – showcases Arcari’s banjo playing and a mellower side to his songwriting and performance. It will be available to stream and download via Spotify, Apple Music and all digital services.
The release precedes a short run of festival and club dates in the Netherlands and Germany then Arcari comes home to play some UK festival dates before embarking on his sixth USA tour through October into November.
On his return, Arcari will play Scottish shows at King Tuts (Glasgow), Sneaky Pete’s (Edinburgh) and Clarks (Dundee).
“Actually, the banjo has featured in my live set for a while, but I only had a couple of songs on it,” says Arcari. “And while they (Still Friends and Good Moonshine) have become crowd favourites, I felt it was becoming too predictable that I’d play these songs when I picked up the banjo.
“So I was keen to come up with a new banjo song that was a little different. This one is based on the story of Glengoyne single malt whisky….our local distillery. There’s a few more in the pipeline for both slide guitar and banjo.”
Arcari’s last full-length release – Live at Memorial Hall – hit the streets last autumn on double 180g coloured vinyl and digipak CD as well as download/streaming via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and the usual digital services.
Arcari has recently been taken onboard by Reunion Blues Gig Bags as an official artist, another partnership which sees the premium instrument case manufacturer join Arcari’s endorsee list alongside National Reso-Phonic Guitars, Newtone Strings, G7th Capos and Diamond Bottlenecks and Slides.
“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
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