Interview with Dave Arcari, blues singer/guitarist/songwriter

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"SLIDE 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 six internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases. 

With more than 100 UK dates a year plus regular shows in Finland, Estonia, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Canada, 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 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'".
- www.davearcari.com

After seeing a 'buzzing' performance at the Upton Blues Festival last year I met up with Dave at this year's Great British R&B Festival in Colne:

Alan:      What are your first musical memories growing up in Glasgow?

Dave:    It’s interesting that you ask that because I’ve just done a radio show in London which was based around this and I did a wee session and had to take some music in.  I started off the compilation CD with a Johnny Cash tune called 25 Minutes to Go, which was one of the very first things I remember hearing and liking.  I remember that I liked the sound of it but I didn’t really know what it was but I was probably only 7 or 8 years old.  A couple of weeks later I went into Woolies with my pocket money and they used to do these double albums for 99p or something like that (decimalisation hadn’t even come in by that time). There was a Johnny Cash double album so I bought it, and I still have it, and it turned out to have a lot of the Sun sessions stuff on it and it was brilliant but it didn’t have this 25 Minutes to Go.  After that from the pop charts I was drawn towards

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