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Project Freewill & Saxwand Records are proud to announce a new collaboration between Clay Camero, dancer Olase Freeman, & singer/songwriter Angelikah Fahray, made possible with the Sonic Visions Grant from SPACE.

 

FLESH & BLOOD- An evening of Music, Film and Dance. Together these masterful artists invite and entice the spirit of Resurrection to bloom within us all. Come be moved and haunted. Come transfigure your Flesh&Blood into the nonbinary wisdom body hiding within us all. Audience participation welcomed, and the evening's events will be filmed, so wear your strangest fineries. 

LIVE @ SPACE 

Portland, ME, Sat DEC 18, 2021

visit www.space538.org to buy tickets

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D.I.R.T.

We are proud to introduce D.I.R.T. (Diamonds in Rough Terrain), from New Portland, Maine. Their full length album, recorded by the Project Freewill Mobile Recording Studio

is coming soon on Saxwand Records.

Click here to listen to Episode 5 of the Project Freewill Podcast, a Halloween Special featuring D.I.R.T. 
 

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We are currently fundraising for our non profit, Project Freewill, fixing up an old church from 1837 in New Portland, Maine, to turn back into a community space. We are fully incorporated and just received our 501c3 status.


Donations are now being accepted, and currently 100% of all record sales are going to support this project. Contribute to help drywall the ceiling, insulate the building, dig a well, to help build out the recording studio, to help fund residencies and help showcase the work of underground BIPOC and LGBTQ artists, as well as underdog Mainers who believe in our mission and wish to collaborate.

     With your help we can make it happen! Thank you.
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isolation Singles

Clay Camero has been living in isolation for years, recording and amassing an enormous back catalog, writing about the issues that face us all when we're stripped of our distractions and forced to examine our inner demons. Her heart goes out to the world right now for the difficult times we're all facing, and so she's decided to release a collection of Isolation Singles, new tunes she's recorded about the challenges in the quest for change, inside and out. She'll be sharing these periodically here.

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Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

upcoming Releases

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El Otro Lado, Clay Camero and the County Line Bandits' third formal release, is coming out very soon. Winter 2021. We've been waiting for our pedal steel player to add his magic to the album, and he's relentlessly slow. But seriously, this album is so good, worth the wait.

Another epic testament to Clay's commitment to ride on and reside in the realm of underground music, this album is soaked with unwavering honesty and that gritty bullseye Bandits' (un)brand of psychedelia characteristic only to those who live a real life, dirty boots existence.

Death is always present on the horizon in Clay's work. As it is in life. She never asks it, "Why?" and she never cries, "Why me?" or "Why NOT me?" She simple abides in getting to knowing it better every day that passes, every song she writes, every friend and love she loses.  

There is wisdom in this music, wrapped up in the kind of humility only a person with many scars can wear, and it speaks to the struggles we all face regardless of these degenerating times. Clay reminds you and herself that it's all an illusion, but that doesn't mean you should ignore it or be afraid of it. Dive on in and let it take you for a ride, as long as you leave your fear of the unknown at the door. Clay testifies you can find love on your travels through darkness, so much the wiser if you have some solid friends backing you up.     

D.I.R.T. 

Diamonds in Rough Terrain, from New Portland Maine... Their first album will be out this Winter, 2021. Featuring the original music of the "Yeti" aka Al aka Samuel Trudell of the celebrated underground rock band Split Orange.

 

Our goal is to get the Yeti's picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone, mainly because he wants it there, and plus he's fucking incredible. His guitar came out of the trash, no joke, a vintage 1968 Supro Clermont S667 electric hollow body by Valco, and it sounds heavy and perfectly dirty. He growls, he slurs, he croons in a beautiful bluesy gravel that one friend just suggested was like Jim Morrison's if Jim were still alive-- HEY, if Jim had been born in the woods of Maine, he  would still be around, lord knows this place breeds tough MFs.

 

Inge, the Yeti's love and musical partner, is like the mists of Avalon-- her voice is haunting, runic, ancient, as is her flute, and her gnarly roots on the Bass that ground Yeti as he takes you on a journey through his twisted mind. Original, thought provoking, grimy& beautiful, with that classic sound you've been searching for, just a tad off kilter and a little bit crazy...Some of the best musical storytelling in Maine. Their latest formation includes Clay Camero on drums and Dan Bradstreet on smokin lead guitar. MORE INFO COMING SOON. Click here to listen to Episode 5 of the Project Freewill Podcast Featuring D.I.R.T.

 

new releases

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Resurrection is Clay Camero's second acclaimed album with the Bandits. It follows her first, Cool Blue Shadows, a dark powerful study of a woman standing her ground in the face of loss. Loss is a recurring theme in the songs of Resurrection, but this time the loss is accepted without the weight of remorse, as if Clay has finally shed the skin of sorrow she had worn for so long. The album opens with "Red Sand," a bittersweet depiction of Clay's Great Grandmother’s escape from a prison ship to roam alone through the deserts of Western Australia. The mood shifts with the classic anthem "Chevy," a pleasure cruise down the dusty back roads of Maine. Clay’s voice shines on "Poison Arrow," lending raw power to her ethereal femininity. As ever, the County Line Bandits are along for the journey, and together they ride. feeding the fires with their psychedelic twang. Throughout this beautifully written album the message is clear: the antidote to suffering is love. In "Dream Man" it seduces, in "Freedom" it heals, and in "Hot Summer Moonlight" it haunts. Clay’s stories transform darkness into light with unnerving honesty and otherworldliness. In Resurrection, Clay & the County Line Bandits transcend the heavy weight of being human with pure raw power.

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photos and video by nicky giraffe

    & Clay Camero and Alex Nelson