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Viva Phx Q & A: Adam Arcuragi

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Adam Arcuragi is a folk and soul singer-songwriter from Georgia. The  musician credited as the “founder” of the genre death gospel will perform alongside other singer-songwriters at Coffee One on March 7 at 9 P.M. for Viva Phx.

Read The Spec‘s interview with Arcuragi..

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
My very first concert was to see Green Day at City Gardens in Trenton, N.J.. They were touring behind Kerplunk but were also playing stuff from their “record that’s coming out soon.” Two people got into a fight and Billy Joe jumped off stage and into the crowd to break it up. It was so much fun.

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
I would love to have gotten the chance to write a song with the un-named person(s) who wrote the song “How Can I Keep From Singing.

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
The first concert I ever played was at a coffee shop in Bucks County, Pa.. I remember thinking how sweaty my hands got and that it made playing really difficult.

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
There are so many people that I could imagine working with. This latest record brought together some of my favorites though. They have been a really amazing to work with…

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
I am a really slow driver. Most people think that, as a musician, you live life on the edge, but it turns out I am a very defensive driver.

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
A typical day is spent with my dog or with friends. A lot of hiking with my dog, Hank.

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
I never get tired of listening to Nina Simone. She is an angel.

Earliest music-related memory you have?
I remember my mother playing the guitar in the living room when I was very small and thinking what a wonderful magic trick it was that she just bent her fingers into these shapes and make this sound come out of the guitar. It was the beginning of a lifetime of trying to figure that mystery out.

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
One time someone after a show told me that they had bought a record and sent it to their brother overseas in the Army. She said that her brother’s whole unit liked the record and it helped them get through their long tours. Something about that stuck with me.

Interesting fact about your newest release.
There is very little acoustic guitar on this record and a whole lot of voices. The drums have a ton of soul and the swirl of all the instruments will knock you out.

Xperience you will never forget.
Last month we were invited to go see the 50th Anniversary performance of the Beatles playing The Ed Sullivan Show in LA. Hearing Stevie Wonder play “We Can Work It Out” live was completely incredible, but actually hearing/seeing Paul and Ringo play a set together was something I never thought I would experience, and I will never forget it. Sometimes living in Los Angeles is not so bad…

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