GLASGOW musician Dave Arcari, after more than 20 years in the industry, is finally beginning to get the recognition he deserves.
The slide guitarist and songwriter is even picking up some famous fans, including, Seasick Steve.
The legendary guitarist said: “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”.
The alt-blues musician incorporates trash country, punk and rockabilly and has now accrued seven internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases.
Now, he’s touring his latest album – Nobody’s Fool – and what better way to start than a gig in his home city, at King Tuts tonight.
The album is a cosmopolitan hodgepodge, featuring collaborations with Finnish musicians Juuso Haapasalo (bass) and Honey Aaltonen (drums), as well as Scottish fiddle player Jamie Wilson.
It’s been a busy summer for Dave, chock-full of festivals such as 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.
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.
Soon, 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.
But for now, the electric Nationals and Marshall stack are on the back burner for Dave’s solo appearances.
The show kicks off at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut tonight at 8.30pm. Tickets are £9.50 at www.ticketmaster.co.uk .