Clay Camero has been writing music since she was a kid and finds her inspiration in nature, in the ether, in rust belt towns, and in the stories of what the flood leaves behind when the water recedes. She lives on a river in the foothills of the mountains of Western Maine and most days she's convinced all of her melodies come from the water. She's been called prolific by many, and a creative genius by some.
Clay, also known as Caethua and Sports, has played in underground bands since she was 14. She believes in the power of music bringing communities together. She started Saxwand Records when she was 22. She has released over 10 albums, both on her label and through other labels over the years including Foxy Digitalis, Goaty Tapes, Preservation, Psychic Sounds, Blue Sanct, Bathetic, Nightpeople, WaterWing, Turned Word, Feedingtube and more.
Clay's band, the County Line Bandits, include: Grey Saguaro (Greg Hartunian), Tommy Hellfingers (Tom Kovacevic), Diablo Davis (Dylan Kumnick), Wild Coyote Rose (Sophie Weil), Bobby New, Ralph White, Patch, and Colbra White (Colby Nathan).
Clay is currently working on her next album on her land, and is reviving an old church from 1837 to make it a venue, community arts space and recording studio to help preserve the rich tradition of songwriting in rural Maine. She founded Project Freewill, a non-profit organization to help give the underserved a voice and to heal and unite community through the power of the arts.
Clay is also currently working on her Master's in Counseling Psychology with a Creative Arts Focus at the University of Maine Farmington to help folks heal trauma through making music and art.
Any and all suggestions are welcomed, as are ideas for upcoming programming for Project Freewill. Please reach out anytime.
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