Music-News.com is proud to host the exclusive world premiere of 'Bad At Being Good' by Arkansas Dave.
Arkansas Dave brings us a good old fashioned shot of adrenaline fuelled rock n roll blues with his latest offering, 'Bad At Being Good', delivered in a 2 minute 46 second fix that will leave you breathless and wanting more.
“Every song has a story. Every story has a start. And every start has a finish. It all started when I decided to come home right before daybreak. It’s hard to say you’re sorry when it was a good time, and the best thing to say is ”I’m just Bad at Being Good”. The best way I could think to say ‘I’m sorry’ is by writing it in a song.”
Arkansas Dave was born and raised in the piney swamps of South Arkansas. Bred on blues and rock n roll, Dave cut his teeth playing in dive bars and the best honky tonks Arkansas and Texas has to offer. A self taught musician, Dave's songs are interestingly original, blended with the humble sounds of the South. From the blues to gospel to rock n roll, his work comes full circle showcasing his raw talent.
While it may be an oft-repeated romantic cliché, finding an escape into music is far from an easy alternative. Ask Dave about growing up in a broken home, with fundamental Christianity on one side, and crippling drugaddiction on the other, and you can see in his eyes that this is no easy ride, and that at times music really was his only friend.
Growing from bus boy to assembly-worker in a trash-bag factory, Dave never lost his determination as he played in a series of different bands. However, it was only when he reached breaking point that he finally got the wake up call he needed. He headed home for a rare visit, and was persuaded to play a few songs to his family. The response he got from his grandfather sent his mind racing, only for him to find out the next week that his grandfather had died 24 hours later.
Determined to clean himself up, and sort his life, Arkansas Dave enrolled on an audio engineering course at Media Tech in Austin Texas, driving into town with a trailer loaded with all his possessions, ‘like something out of the Beverly Hillbillies’. And that’s where everything changed – the college was housed at that time in the famous Arlyn Studios, home to sessions from Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Ray Charles. Dave with his musical co-horts took the night shift at the studios – laying down tracks and learning the ropes.
A succession of bands followed, picking up a strong local following around Austin. The final part of his musical education saw Dave touring North America as a member of old bluesman Guitar Shorty’s band, where he learned ‘what it took to be a professional musician’