Dave Arcari Live At Memorial Hall On Best Behaviour

Dave Arcari Live At Memorial Hall On Best Behaviour

Dave Arcari Live At Memorial Hall

On Best Behaviour

 

Dave Arcari Live at Memorial Hall on Best Behaviour as over an evening of live entertainment he recorded twenty-four songs (Vinyl has two additional number) that define the distinctive Arcari blues sound. Dave Arcari, love him (we do) or hate him he is a tour-de-force of the guitar that cannot be ignored. Like the Scottish thistle, he combines a thorny side and a gentler bloom. Creating an emblematic sound blues fueled with punk and buckets of Glaswegian attitude.  Live albums are a complex beast, you need to have the adrenalin fueled energy of a live performance, the presence of the audience but above all the music must shine through and the character of the artist. Dave Arcari Live at Memorial Hall on Best Behavior; achieves this with every number never to be repeated this was the way the song was played tonight.

Opening with guitar intro of Dreamt I Was 100 chatting relaxed you could see the glint in his eye as he sang the words of a song his fans know so well. As you would expect the album includes his favourites from across his studio albums. In between, we are treated to some new material that adds some spice not often seen on a live album.

The rendition of Parcel of Rogues continues to resonate through the modern dialogue of Scotland as a nation and relationship with England. When asked by BBC for a documentary to do a Rabbie Burns number Parcel of Rogues suits Dave Arcari style to a tee. Despite what he says I am sure Rabbie would delight in his playing and the fact that the poem still resonates with a passion through the nation. The tone that Dave gets out of his guitar resonates, sometimes with menace and other times with an empathy that brings story telling blues up into the modern day. The contrast evident won the next two numbers Nobody’s Fool, as we learn he was a debt collector and Nobody’s Fool is all about poacher turned Gamekeeper.  His gentler country side, thoughtful and showing his strength of friendships he forges where ever he lays down his guitars as Good Moonshine a travelling song with a Country twang from his EP Hellbound Train. The gentler theme continues with a gentle sound of Still Good Friends reminiscent of Cat Stevens in tonal shape and sound.  Another of the new gems that will certainly be a live favourite is Givers and Takers a twenty-first-century tale fitting in neatly with the journey Dave is taking us on tonight as he creates his live album.

With any live show, the audiences love the familiar numbers from Texicalli Waltz through to Devil’s Left Hand we love the retelling of playing it live for the first time to Steve Earle fans we are so glad he lived to tell the tale!  McPherson’s Lament and Cherry Wine.   Closing out with the wild Arcari not so quiet acoustic tune of Walkin’ Blues/Pearline. As the last notes fade the applause is rapturous.

The evening was a delightful stroll, march and aural assault as we are encouraged to Come With Me on the Hellbound Train via the Devils Left Hand as we are Nobody’s Fool with Whisky in My Blood! A real tour of his studio albums.

The songs and guitar playing has a warmth and tonal shape never quite repeated on studio albums. As the numbers unfolded, I could not help smile with pure pleasure as memories of live shows I attended. Dave Arcari Live at Memorial Hall on Best Behaviour; judge for yourself as SoundCloud stream with the comment after some of the songs **explicit or **explicit Intro. Seeing this it was confirmation that Dave Arcari nailed it live at Memorial Hall.

Recorded in March at Memorial Hall on the east side of Loch Lomond close to Arcari’s home, the album will be available on double 180g coloured vinyl and digipak CD as well as download/streaming via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and the usual digital services.

 

Dave Arcari – Live At Memorial Hall – Buzz Records

Release Date Friday 1st September 2017

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Dreamt I Was 100
  2. Cotton on my Back
  3. Travelling Man
  4. Parcel of Rogues
  5. Nobody’s Fool
  6. Good Moonshine
  7. Still Friends
  8. Trouble in Mind
  9. Whisky in my Blood
  10. Red Letter Blues ** Vinyl edition Bonus Track
  11. Got Me Electric
  12. Texicalli Waltz
  13. Good Friend Blues
  14. Givers & Takers
  15. Homesick & Blue
  16. 1923
  17. Cherry Wine
  18. MacPherson’s Lament
  19. Devil’s Left Hand
  20. Another Chance
  21. Bring My Baby Back
  22. Hangman’s Blues
  23. Hellbound Train
  24. Close To The Edge ** Vinyl edition Bonus Track
  25. See Me Laughing
  26. Walkin’ Blues

 

Dave Arcari Live At Memorial Hall On Best Behaviour

Bristol – Trio of Bands, Women, Punk Revival and Politics

Bristol - Trio of Bands, Women, Punk Revival and Politics

Trio of Bands, Women, Punk Revival and Politics

Opening the proceedings of a night organised by Victoria Bourne of Husky Tones are a young band Drunken Butterfly. The trio is retro punk with modern lyrics. At times it was so retro it was nostalgic, bring back memories (well for the older members) of a diverse audience at The Louisiana tonight.

Tonight the trio bought energy as they performed their own numbers form current EP and a cover of PJ Harvey a big inspirational force on Darcie, bassist & vocalist, Alice guitarist & Katie on drums summing up the power behind them with the slogan Girls Unite. The band is raw and youthful as they open tonight’s proceedings; With Sister, Not all Men and Socialist in The City, title track of the EP with confidence they played a new number performing it live for the first time tonight,; Good Bye Union, reflecting on Brexit. Drunken Butterfly with hints of many bands from the past including Poly Styrene have the potential to make a noise that will be long appreciated on the music scene.

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Bristol Trio of Bands, Women , Punk Revival and PoliticsNext Husky Tones, a duo that re-defines what combining  vocals, guitar and drums can achieve. Tonight the music was loud, punk-blues fitting in with the evening. Victoria Bourne & Chris Harper have a wide catalogue, always shaping the music to the audience.  Opening with Round The Wrekin from the inspirational album Who Will I Turn To Now. The title track a salutary tale of the reality of the UK benefits system in 2017.  The music fell out of the speakers with spirited, raw attitude from the power of the sticks and the sublime edgy and raw licks of the guitar. . Momentum; one of the highlights live with the combination of Victoria’s drumming, vocals, strong lyrics and  deep chugging rhythm from Chris’ guitar.  The upbeat party vibe lifted the mood These Hips Are Made For You, fast furious and still angry hence ‘punk-blues. Short set, including to celebrating living in Bristol for six-years a Portishead cover, Glory Box they may have sung the lyric-‘ I’m so tired, of playing’, truth is we never tire of listening to the duo that is never afraid to stretch the blues with punk and fun.

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Bristol Trio of Bands, Women , Punk Revival and PoliticsClosing the night, the legendary Rita Lynch. Rita has sung punk since the days in London with her own band in the 1980’s. He fame rose as  bassist in Bristol band Blue Aeroplanes. Her music is always edgy politically motivated and so much more. Rita creates sonic imaginary as she explores social, philosophical thoughts and sexuality . Music with a clear message.  Closing with an authentic true Punk Rock sound with hefty chords, great rhythm guitar from Rita tonight augmented her voice as she stood on tip toes to deliver here recognizable sound.  The set was accomplished weaving in tones of Patti Smith, Pat Rook and The Kinks. A very infectious sound played by a top-notch performer.  The set list was full of numbers and we were left wanting to hear more; opening with Tied To You , with hope and losing included this was a set where the lyrics covered the hurt and never-ending cycle of life, at the heart Hope. We all say thank you Pandora for leaving that in the box.

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Tonight, we heard three bands united by feminist lead attitude. Led by three strong musicians who happen to be women and for once women on the stage outnumbered the men.  A great night of local music celebrating beliefs, hope and above all punk inspired entertaining sounds and lyrics that cut through to the heart of the issues. Long live music and welcome the day when fairness and equality is a reality not a hope.

Who Will I Turn To Now for a Conversation Has To Be Husky Tones

Who Will I turn To Now for a Conversation Has To Be Husky Tones

Who Will I Turn To Now for a Conversation Has To Be Husky Tones

 

 

BD: I was delighted you asked Bluesdoodles to review Husky Tones latest album Who Will I Turn To Now.  It is an album very different from the previous one size of band downsized and upsized the energy.  Victoria: Ha Ha, That is a pretty good summary!)

Before we talk about touring and the album Husky Tones will be a new band for many so Bluesdoodles readers be interested in getting to know you, Victoria Bourne & Chris Harper the Husky Tones.

 BD: What were your first musical influences?
VB: 
First albums people like John Lee Hooker – The Healer, Buddy Guy other influences were Blondie, Patti Smith huge huge influence who kick started my love of music as a teenager. ABBA when I was eleven laughing my little secret no more. I loved all the depressing albums about divorce that was quite fun laughing and Howard Jones was in there too, enormously into Prince I saw him as a teenager and a lot of rock bands through my brother including Metallica, Rainbow so huge variety and a lot of classic as a teenager was added into the mix. I was quite random what I listened to at University Pearl Jam and Madonna danced to her songs.

We didn’t have internet as teenagers who can listen to wide range of easily accessible music. Now teenagers, have YouTube, music is so accessible. We have got into and listening to a lot of Gun Club, PJ Harvey & Iggy Pop two current favourites from 2016 along with contemporary classical music people including Steve Reich among others listen to them a lot when studying music.  I did a Contemporary Classic degree in Music prior to that did a course in Musical Theatre at Trinity, London. I really thought musical theatre was what I wanted to do, but then thought I do not want to be in a show for six months, singing the same cheesy musical theatre songs. That was when I met Chris, I auditioned for his band and started our journey thirteen years ago at the time doing Indie Rock. As they say the rest is history!

The influences continued including Jeff Buckley, Radio Head as you talk you think of so many influences.  At the moment listening to Blues Rock, Bonneville’s from Northern Ireland and Guadalupe’s Plata Spanish Blues-rock then people like RL Burnside, Cedric Burnside, one of the best gigs I’ve been to like a juke joint in a tiny bar in Bath.  Local man Bob Log, Hill Country Blues has been a huge influence.  Everything and anything can be an influence even our cats name is Osvaldo named after contemporary classical musician Osvaldo Golijov, The cat got the name as this was who we were really into when we got him. Golijov, the musician not the cat! Wrote some amazing music around the Spanish poet Lorca’s work.

BD: How did the unusual combination of drums & vocals come about.
VB:
I like to be different! I learnt the piano from the age of four. I realised that I would not be able to combine piano and vocals to the standard I would want to play. I would always want to play the piano to a higher level not as a chord-led accompaniment. I started playing drums and loved them the power and energy.  Starting with my kit. I have an unusual blend of cymbals, people usually have one brand. But I got some Zildjian and Sabian mix of bright and dark. I chose my cymbals by closing my eyes so couldn’t see the brands using the sound they produced as the selection criteria.  In the crash ride, I have a Sabian which sounds like a massive gong it sounds awesome, it is huge which is brilliant especially for big events.  I have a little Zildjian splash which is a dark at twelve inches it is one of the bigger ones. I also have a Zildjian dark ride to get this really deep and dark sound really very different to the Sabian. Then on the other side, I have Zildjian Crash and Mastersound high hats quite common but the bright version. So I have a mix of bright and dark, cymbals are quite personal and this was the sound I wanted. The Sabian was great when recording with Stuart for the latest album as it had real power. I have them in strange positions compared to other people I have them quite low but that is because I am singer it is a visual thing as well on stage. Others gave combined vocals and drums; Cedric Burnside, other women who have combined the two, Karen Carpenter a phenomenal drummer, contemporary artist Cara Robinson and Donna Dahl based in Memphis.

It is a very strong thing to do at the same time,  drumming it is very physical, it is getting that fine balance between drumming and vocals especially now we are quite loud so that you can hear yourself live so as not to be shouting across the drums.  It is hard to do the two together but it is fun. When we were recording I had the luxury of doing them separately, which was beautiful. Now when playing live I pull my voice back, slightly sexy, gentler way of singing. It is harder as I get out of breath, I wouldn’t not to be on stage without an instrument. Now we are a duo we have been changing how we deliver the songs. For example, Island of Barb Wire I come from behind my drums and to the front of stage concentrating on my vocals. We are looking at having more opportunities to come to the front even if for part of a song. Part of the stagecraft, we enjoy jumping around front of the stage. Another example of variation throughout the live show is on One Good Reason, in the middle section I move away from being behind the drum kit, sing my vocals front of stage and then go back. Helps to keep the audience engaged with me as lead singer and become part of the Husky Tones stagecraft. Can be a bit of a nightmare at festivals where the drum kit is right at the back of the stage.  I do enjoy jumping up and down at front of the stage.

BD: Why did you choose Drums out of all the Instruments? What made Drums so Attractive?

VB: In fact it could have been keys, trained to play piano. Especially when teaching I play piano for my students. Piano would be too difficult to do both. It would take a huge amount of practice to be as good as I would want to be doing it in the blues. Thinking about chord structures and singing on top would just not work for me. Yes, playing three chords backing the vocals is fairly straightforward but not what I wanted to do. Guitar tried in the past, I hate how it hurts your hand. Thought about Bass but that was learning a whole new instrument. I started dabbling with percussion about 10 years ago when we had our own studio. I used to teach a blues singer who was also a drummer. I was also involved in the electronic music scene I used a basic drum kit doing weird electronic things, loops etc. started from that. When thinking about a band the drums are always nightmare so tempted to give it a go. Started 4-5 years ago with a small kit without a kick drum, really cheap so said I would give it a try and really liked it. So bought a cheap kit, had some drumming lessons, Ken Pustelnik, from the Groundhogs, who I knew from the music scene. He gave me some lessons, his way not the way a college would teach the drums. I learnt on the cheap drum set-up which I used until I was sure that I wanted to play drums. The reality was I loved it went crazy for it.  Practiced loads, went off and did gigs after year upgraded to a Yamaha. Year later upgraded to the kit I have now which was very expensive a Gretsch Renown Mahogany not made any more so very special, beautiful instrument. Gradually added cymbals sold those I didn’t like and ending up with the set I have now. Takes time to build up the kit I enjoy it. It is interesting that the piano is percussive as well so has strong connection, started learning piano when I was four. Lessons through rogue teacher like Ken meant that I didn’t follow traditional structures initially people questioned the way I played asking what I was doing. In fact on this album I don’t think I play a single shuffle. Each song has different pattern that is something I aim for, audiences get bored If they hear the same over and over again. I have also been studying punk drumming which is fun. Been long and continuous process. You have to be fit for three-hour gig and sing.  Drums has been the instrument I have most enjoyed playing.

 

BD: On the album you Husky Tones are a duo is that now the format you will be touring with? What are the advantages and will the three-piece be back?

Chris H: (joined in with his perspective) Now there are just the two of us it is easier to keep a handle on what we are doing. We are freer to jam our way into different corners of the music. Now the two of us can rehearse every day. One of the problems with the four-piece was difficult to all get-together. Plus now only one standing up front I have a different pressure. Enjoying being a duo we said let’s do this getting very quickly feeling good. It was scary at the beginning, you do not have the safety of numbers when part of a twelve piece. Chris as only one standing up has nowhere to hide. When the Crowd are on side at a good venue you will have a good time. We had to re-write older stuff for the two of us; whereas the new album was written for the duo Husky Tones. It is getting easier now bookings coming in now are for us as duo no one expects to see the band now. The promoters/venues have heard the new stuff and reacting positively some exciting gigs lined up for 2017.  VB: Plus all the re-writes are getting grungier

We only changed because Liam lives in Swansea and was not financially t working out for him plus clash of commitments with his other bands. Matt bassist got more successful than he thought it would be found this difficult. It had been suggested that we should be a duo and we are loving it.  The transition for the tour with two weeks rehearsal it was a great chance to jam together. Now we have more material written for the two of us, new album and it is only our availability to worry about.

Now we have Skegness to kick the year off the set will be a mixture of songs from album, older stuff rearranged and some acoustic numbers we have leant that we have to be ourselves trying to adapt and second guess what the audience is expecting doesn’t work. We know that Husky Tones is not going to please everyone. Our Blues will be too loud for some we are definitely not a traditional 12 bars. We know that we will only be pale imitations of what we are copying. Have to remember that many of bluesmen seen as traditional like for example Elmore James they were cutting edge. Need to think about what will reflect the times. No artist has ever stayed in one place.

BD: Tell us a bit about the making of Who Will I Turn To Now – and deciding on Stuart Dixon to produce the album and deciding the studio space

VB: We got on with Stuart really well. We didn’t know we would, having had really bad experiences making the first album. We had three or four pre-production meetings with him and though he is pretty cool. When it came to the sessions completely got what we were trying to do. He knew what microphones to use, the settings. He knew how to get the best out of us both.

We started off recording drums and guitar at the same time. These are all one takes so no chopping, he would make us play until the take was right. Two/three songs where we completely re-wrote the drum part we actually put in some real African drums into Jungle Blues. And then following re-writes had to learn them in half a day and record the tracks it was tough and challenging but was good improving the songs so much.  Chris as well did lots of Electric, acoustic and slide guitar. Then the vocals were recorded over a couple days loved recording them separately can concentrate and focus on the voice so songs sound so good.

Then added other bits like Wah wah on Jungle Blues and other added extras on top of the recordings.  We laughed a lot. The whole ten days. The view at Platform is a lake it is just stunning such a beautiful atmosphere to record in.  Stuart third wheel of the band for that week, he got involved, very intense and we were all on the same page. He would come up with ideas so everything was improved working for ten days on album was amazing very proud. Another benefit, as the two of us we could book in a solid period where as with the band he has to work around their diaries. We were there for the mixing and he then mastered it. He cared about it so got it right.

BD: I have always been interested in the lyrics of a song. Where do you get your inspiration for your songwriting?

VB: Always write together always have, lyrics and music.  We ask what shit experience can we use from your past can we use this time Victoria.  Who Will I Turn To Now, was a reflection of the less than positive experience of signing on after my masters. Let’s make that generic lots of people unfortunately, have experienced get door slammed in face by those who should be there to help. Relatives in the past luckily have to draw on.  My Gt. Gt. Gt. Uncle was interned inspired Island of Barb Wire.  Looking for interesting things in your family. Round the Wrekin I use the phrase a lot it is a Midlands colloquialism going long way round a gift for a song. Momentum, build up people getting together deeply political about protest and the right to protest. Then there are the cheeky ones like These Hips Were Made For You little personal love song.  Drawing on things that mean a lot to us have a meaning. Writing is a continuous process I have some ideas. Some take a long time. With lots of re-writes to get lyrics right some are from the newspaper articles of the time and how the interns were actually referred to. One of us will start and then we will tidy them up, we try to avoid clichéd, the obvious.   Bits of lyrics, riffs sometimes lie around and have left overs from the album.  We created too many songs probably have enough for another album, we wanted to make sure that the songs we chose will be the right mix.  Love jamming it comes as it does not have hard or fast rule sometimes it’s a riff, drums or a line. We are a bit obsessive and crazy we work at something every day.

BD: What plans do you have to get Who Will I Ask Now? Noticed?

VB: We do our own PR. For two reasons, we have no money to pay someone. But it is not the main reason we trust ourselves to approach and deal with people in an empathetic way. So far we are getting lots of notice, played on Paul Jones on BBC Radio 2, just before Christmas from an album we sent in September. Done lots of research on how to write to people who do blogs, contacting magazine editors etc. How to format things, what they like to be informed about and getting lots of interest from a wide range of people. You have to do a lot of work yourself to make it happen. This one is doing all right actually with the people we are contacting.

BD I am sure you have many plans for 2017 and beyond for Husky Tones

VB: Album Launch 25th Feb Crofters Bristol, Benjamin Bassford will be Pay What You Can reflecting the album’s songs highlighting that people can’t always afford to pay for a gig. We are going to pre-record some interviews co-op environment homeless group refuge and relating to songs and what can do to help.  Going to Isle of Man to perform Island of Barb Wire for my Uncle live acoustically and video it as part of the album launch. Last event in a fans house, many may be more acoustic, in London with more than one song.  Hopefully if it works to go out on Facebook as live performance then put up pre-recorded interviews. Later in 2017 tour and number of festivals including Field Good Bar a Women’s Music festival in Bath. Headlining on Saturday night others in the pipeline so keep checking our website.

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing
VB & CH:
Drums:  Cedric Burnside
Bass:  Tina Weymouth
Guitars:  Ry Cooder, Bob Log
Vocals:  Patti Smith
Backing Vox:  Jeff & Tim Buckley
Sax:  PJ Harvey

 

Bluesdoodles Review of  Who Will I turn To Now HERE

Tour Dates: HERE

Who Will I Turn To Now asks Husky Tones with Attitude

Who Will I Turn To Now asks Husky Tones with Attitude

Who Will I Turn To Now asks
Husky Tones with Attitude

 

Husky Tones, not as you have heard them before. This is the raw, urban blues with attitude which illustrates the direction Victoria Bourne and Chris Harper have taken the duo.  Previously a four-piece band they now with have the energy of Victoria and Chris harnessed to the full on the new album showcasing their unique interpretation of contemporary blues as they ask Who Will I Turn To Now. The answer is Husky Tones for modern blues, described by them as Punk Blues. This is blues that is fresh, full of zing and attitude, slightly zany but always melodic and with textures that have grit this is a sound to get your teeth into.

The punk element is that these are songs of pain, protest and self-belief. Husky Tones, want you to sit back and go on a journey of discovery and self-awareness with blues that is for the here and now full of relevant beats and chords that hit the mark as Victoria spits out the vocals with melodic charm.

The album, Who Will I Turn To Now takes you on a journey via the power of Victoria’s drumming, the eloquence of her vocals and the guitar that radiates the texture of blues with attitude as Chris makes the six-strings purr, howl and jump for joy.  Opening with Round The Wrekin; a West Midlands colloquialism taking the longest way to get to where you want to be a description says Victoria of the musical journey her and Chris have been on.  The opener certainly hooks you in with guitar licks that make you want to learn more about the duo with a sense of the dramatic. Throughout the album, they remind me of the Two Timers with the depth and at the same time sparsity of sound. They know when to make a statement loud and clear and then they take the foot off the pedal. Jungle Blues is an example, here Victoria uses her voices as another instrument before picking up the lyrics laid bare above Chris’ guitar licks full of moody intent, reflecting the political message as we empathise with those caught in the refugee crisis. Perfect follow on to Momentum, with its optimism found in protest.

Half-way through an acoustic number has the power that silence and reflection hold. The Island of Barbed Wire is based on the experiences of Ludwig Dollitz, Victoria’s great uncle, interned on the Isle of Man as a German residing in the UK during WW1. The feeling of powerlessness resonates from a century ago to the global events of now. The rhythm is deep and strong on the title number Who Will I Turn To Now? Personal experience gives the words a passion and truth as Victoria explores her (she is not alone) experience of the Benefits system.  Making you feel invisible, unimportant, worthless.

Then we are ready for fun and Husky Tones deliver that with upbeat party vibe These Hips Are Made For You, fast furious and still angry hence ‘punk-blues’. Closing with World’s End Lane, the album brings this part of the Husky Tones narrative using blues to a close. The album leaves you feeling emotionally drained yet empowered. Ready to protest and have an attitude that music is a force for change.

The album recorded at Platform Studio, Reading produced by Stuart Dixon has captured the essence of now. The feeling of loss, we want change, we want things to be better, fairer and a safer place to be.  Husky Tones have set down the marker and the duo will be getting attention as they hit the road and the progression of this dynamic pair will be interesting.

NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Round The Wrekin
  2. Momentum
  3. Jungle Blues
  4. One Good Reason
  5. Island Of Barbed Wire
  6. I Worry About Nothing
  7. Who Will I Turn To Now
  8. These Hips Were Made For You
  9. Put Your arms Around Someone You Love
  10. World’s End Lane

Support Husky Tones Result Second Album Recorded

Support Husky Tones Result Second Album Recorded

Support Husky Tones Result
Second Album Recorded

Husky Tones asking for your help to produce our second album, the follow-up to the debut on Time To Change . The second album is always a challenge and Husky Tones, Victoria Bourne, and Chris Harper will be delivering their exciting, contemporary twist on the blues as a duo.

The songs are written for the punk-blues album with working title Who Will I Turn To.  With Victoria;s dynamic drumming and pure and emotional vocals combine with Chris’s guitar that sings and adds deep licks and memorable riffs.
Making an  album is emotionally challenging and expensive if you are going to make the songs stand out, support is need from manager Jerry DaCosta leading to the decision to record the album with the awesome producer Stuart Dixon.  Stuart understands blues without boundaries, his approach stretched the artist to deliver the album that they imagined and dreamed off.

Listen to the little taster riffs in the videos without much vocal deliberately so you can enjoy the finished record in full. Any help you feel you can give will mean so much this is one of the only ways for albums to be made. Its going to sound fantastic.Who Will I Turn To Now?’ This will be recorded in Nov 2016 at Platform Studios, produced by Stuart Dixon and released in 2017. They are represented by Robmont Music and will be appearing at national festivals later this year and touring Europe in 2017.

Original punk blues album by Bristol-based duo Husky Tones

Support Husky Tones Result Second Album Recorded

 

Hellbound Where Else On Dave Arcari’s Train

Hellbound Where Else On Dave Arcari’s Train

Hellbound Where Else On Dave Arcari’s Train

 

Get on board for a five track, four station stops, steaming train ride with the crazy Scottish Bluesman Dave Arcari.  As you step on board the Hellbound Train, put away prejudices and pre-conceived ideas of acoustic blues this is loud and a real mash-up.  You may wonder why there are two versions of Hellbound Train, when it is not too long for radio play well let’s say the radio edit loses some of the Arcari components, the language is now temperate.

With three new tracks, the title song, Good Moonshine & Travellin’ Man we have vintage Arcari with some heartfelt lyrics, reflecting the last three hectic years.  The opening whistle gets off to the start of the  journey then the instantly recognizable fingers of Dave on his national, unforgiving, punked-up blues, you know we are in for an adventure as he sings “it is all Rock N’ Roll Now, You have Nothing Left To loose”. Let’s not worry about the genre just the music and his pertinent observation.  Good Monshine is a gentler song, this is a travelling southern blues song that tells the tale with a jaunty country-blues tempo.  The third self-penned track picks up the beat and is again a reflection on travelling; Dave is on the road throughout the year and this road trip is about the life of a travelling man reflected in the stomping beat of the resonator.  We then have a traditional number coloured by Dave’s buoyant non-reverential approach to his music. Pearline is given the treatment and fits neatly into the Hellbound Train with rawness and integrity, this is the music I play if you don’t like fine but this is what I do.

The biggest disappointment is after three years absence from the recording studio we only have a snippet of Dave Acari’s music, a full album would have taken on a real mashed-up journey but hey it’s all Rock n’ Roll and this EP is sparkling with energy and driven by guitar playing with attitude.  So join the trip yes, Hellbound Where Else On Dave Arcari’s Train.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Hellbound Train – Dave ArcariBuzz Records

Track Listing

  1. Hellbound Train
  2. Good Moonshine
  3. Travellin’ Man
  4. Pearline
  5. Hellbound Train (Radio Edit)

Dave Arcari ~ Live @ Beaufort Ballroom: June 2015

Dave Arcari - The Beaufort - June 2015_0112l

Dave Arcari
Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale
13th June 2015

 

Dave Arcari - The Beaufort - June 2015_0062lDave stepped on the stage and we were in for a night of wild blues that is full-on acoustic there is never anything subtle this is blues that hits you in your solar plexus and works up the spine with excitement and anticipation as he plays from his back catalogue. Tonight in the opening few numbers he slipped in a couple of numbers on his much anticipated new album. He shared that the song writing was slow and having read about getting your song writing mojo back to avoid travelling songs he ignored that convention with not one but two travelling blues numbers – no hints of trains or whistles as he launched into Travelling Man on his signature shiny National guitar, about life on the road. The second new number had the stomp box creating a deep back drop to his high energy stage presence on I Went To America reflecting his recent gigging experiences.

Dave Arcari - The Beaufort - June 2015_0042lTonight we heard songs on his banjo, electric resonator, and his black National that always receives murmurs of approval from the audience I love that guitar, as he performed the title track from the album Got Me Electric. With stomp as well this was a number full of static electricity that fizzed and raised the hairs on your neck. Earlier in the set another track from the album Parcel of Rogues received a cheer in the setting of Robbie Burns’ poem written in 1791 about the act of union that is as relevant today with its anti-traitor sentiment. We had a version of Robert Johnson’s, Preachin’ Blues that is his own take on delta blues revitalizing the oft heard number, and making you realise with your attention caught the full depth of the this authentic number, found on Whisky In My Blood.

Dave Arcari - The Beaufort - June 2015_0185lFitting for a man dressed in black we have his tribute to the great Johnny Cash, Blue Train you never get many covers in the show but when you do they have the distinction of being given the Arcari treatment. Ending the first set with Good Friend Blues, a simple blues number which sounds so stunning because of that dirty slide driven ‘Black beast of a guitar’ leaving everyone wanting more after a short break.

 

Dave Arcari - The Beaufort - June 2015_0115lThe second set was full of percussive distorted music that is the signature of Mr Arcari and his guitar, a singer songwriter who stands out in a crowd with his ability to tell a tale that shapes around the music. Cherry Wine is always a favourite of mine a highlight of his Whisky In My Blood album with the added value today of his fantastic stomp box that really adds to the live solo act. This was followed by Devil’s Left Hand that he played for the first time when opening for Steve Earle who famously wrote Devil’s Right Hand. Also from the album of the same title we heard Hangman’s Blues and Texacalli Waltz; a hard arsed fu***d up blues as he waltz’s with his black demon of a guitar; perfect synergy.

Dave Arcari - The Beaufort - June 2015_0262lHis music is eclectic a variety of styles and his playing really suits Mississippi Hill Country music and a tribute to Cedell Davis, which had his own distinctive guitar style closed the evening See Me Laughing leaving everyone wanting some more. We had the encore with the beast where he got off the stage close up to the audience, no amplification, no leads, no effects with a memorable version of Dust My Broom, a wonderful end to a great night of live music incorporating jamming with the audience and the stepping up on stage for some stylish harp playing from Christian Presse on Walkin’ Blues.

Tonight, as ever he delivered his two sets in his usually infectiously energetic way, punctuated with his amusing anecdotes and thoughts of a travelling musician, above all though it is the combination of his voice one moment loud and raucous wiDave Arcari - The Beaufort - June 2015_0018lth punk blues guitar work and then he shows the gentler side and what a marvelous voice he has. He is the entertainer who does what he does enjoying every note refusing to conform as he shares his energetic In-Your-Face Blues of the most honest type the authentic sound of Dave Arcari a Ronseal – Marmite Performer. He plays one of the best sounding steel guitars I have ever heard for me the man in black can’t pay too much of his black beast and the louder the better.

 

SET LIST
Set 1                                                            Set 2
Dreamt I was 0ne Hundred                            Stagolee
Travelling Man                                               Homesick & Blue
Cotton on My Back                                        Cherry Wine
I Went To America                                        Devils’ Left Hand
Still Friends                                                  Another Chance
Parcel of Rogues                                           Bring my Baby Back
Whisky in my Blood                                      Can’t Be Satisfied
Preachin’ Blues                                             Hangman’s Blues
Trouble in Mind                                             Texicalli Waltz
No Easy Way                                                Close to the Edge
Got Me Electric                                             See Me Laughing
Blue Train                                                    Good Friend Blues

Walkin’ Blues (Encore)