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Myke Carroll and Arc Light – in the Studio

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Myke Carroll and ArcLight have been perfecting their high energy brand of GA.mountain Blues Rock for almost twenty five years! Even so they have maintained a very low profile in the music business because as Carroll puts it ” the music business has nothing to do with music and everything to do with hypeing,marketing and selling to the highest bidder whatever is the latest craze and that changes every couple of months”. so we just stick to our orignal plan that we started with in 1992 to play what we want to play the way we want to play it,how, when and where we want to play it and that way we don’t have to answer to record company people,management,agencies or anyone else besides ourselves and our Fans.we’re not trying to get rich or be Rock Stars we’re a little old for that! we just want to perform our stuff and let people see and hear what real musical passion is. there are some that are so brainwashed by the “Industry”as to whats good when we play a show and people don’t know us they walk away by the second song but theres a lot of them that get up and move closer.and the reason they move closer is the incredible virtuosity displayed by Carroll and Co. Drummer Johnny Weaver is a huge Buddy Rich fan so theres a definite big band sound to the drums and the rythyms and polyrythyms he plays add a unique edge thats very rarely heard in a power trio format. Bassist,Vocalist Michael D. Marine screams and moans like Howlin’ Wolf trying to escape from Robert Johnsons hellhounds on his trail and his Bass playing echoes Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clark on the jazz side and Jack Bruce and Willie Dixon on the rock/blues side add in his formidable talents on harmonica and you have a one man triple threat.And Then theres Myke Carroll.when he plays you can hear all the Rock and Blues masters who came before him with just a touch of Jazz and Country for seasoning.He claims he’s been learning how to play the guitar for almost 50 years and until just the past few years didn’t realize how little he actually knew.he says that if you practice for about 100 yrs. you might make a pretty good scratch on the surface of guitar playing.He seems to do quite well considering his so called “Limited abilities”’s a straight up Blues,Jazz,Rock,Country or R+B song with one of his weird feedback soundscapes,he beats on his guitar like it owes him money or carresses it like a newborn baby,his intensity is completely relentless.he usually plays with his head down giving the impression that every fiber of his being is attuned totally to the incredible array of notes and sounds that he alternately wrings or carresses from one of his vintage guitars.and a deceptivley simple amp rig. a wah pedal a chorus pedal and a 2 channel tube amp,thats it no computers,no digital anything just wire,wood,tubes,flesh,sweat and soul with a capitol S-O-U-L If you are going to be in the Ga.mountain area you owe it to yourself to check out an ArcLight show.I don’t think you’ll walk away I think you’ll want to get closer…A lot closer …… ……
Myke Carroll-electric,acoustic,slide guitars,vocals M.D. Marine-bass guitar,blues harp, vocals Johnny Weaver Drums,Drums,Drums!

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