This five track EP is the debut solo release from alt.blues artist Dave Arcari who's National guitar-driven material owes as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as it does pre-war Delta blues.
There's no fleet-finger twiddlage here, just blasting bottleneck riddims and Arcari's scary Captain Beefheart vocal. It's the original blues message - drink, be merry, fall over. Hurrah! --GUITAR Magazine
Blue Country Steel is debut solo release of Dave Arcari, the frontman of alt.blues band the Radiotones. The Album has only five tracks on it but that's no reason to leave it out of your collection. His gravel voice is of course the number one attraction on the album, but don't let him fool you. While most of the attention in his songs goes to his unique vocals, Dave Arcari is also a great guitar player, and that's only an understatement. His slashing bottleneck steel guitar makes an aggressive, dynamic blues based sound that owes as much to punk and rockabilly as pre-war Delta blues. With these five tracks Arcari presents us the best he has to offer. Three brand new tracks Dreamt I was a 100, Project Blues and Rough Justice along with two numbers that have become real live favourites, Good Friend Blues and Close to the edge. Blue Country Steel is a great ode to the masters of the pre-war Delta blues and it give us the opportunity to see Arcari returning to the earlier days of the Radiotones when they didn't have a drummer & where doing more acoustic gigs. --BillyBop magazine
Dave Arcari will be known to many in his native Scotland & beyond as frontman of acoustic roots band The Radiotones. A yearning, so the enclosed blurb-sheet states, to produce a debut solo recording has led to his release, on Buzz Records, of Blue Country Steel. This five-track EP features three new Arcari songs & two from his regular Radiotones set-list, all delivered in his inimitable gravelly growl (think Beefheart meets Bukka, they sink a nip of turps then burst into song . . .) & energetic reso-slide guitar. Well packaged & naturally recorded, Blue Country Steel represents Dave Arcari at his stripped-down best. --Blues Free Press