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Originally from Honolulu, HI, Clay Campania has been bringing his high intensity, blues favored rock, reminiscent to the likes of Cream, Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to the stages of Austin, TX. As stated by John Berger of the Honolulu Star Bulletin, “Campania is a competent vocalist and impressive on guitar; most important, he sounds like he is singing from his heart rather than trying to be a “blues singer.” That’s an important distinction.
“I’m going to play what touches me.”
Play he does. From “Crossroads” and “Little Wing,” the soul of Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, to a blistering rearrangement of Robert Johnson’s “Me and the Devil,” and his own originals.
John Heckathorn, editor of “Honolulu Magazine” wrote: “When Campania picks up his guitar, he channels Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.”
While fronting a band in Hawaii named Friends of Adam (www.foablues.com) , Campania has opened for Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer, AEROSMITH, at The Blaisdell Arena, multi-Grammy-Award winner, Sheryl Crow, at the Waikiki Shell, and 70s pop sensation, Pablo Cruise at the Aloha Tower Waterfront. They also have played a show at the world famous Pipeline Cafe with Darby Slick, of Great Society fame, writer of Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane. Campania also led the band to a top 10 national ranking of Hard Cafe’s Hard Rock Calling Battle of the Bands in 2010.
As the fronting member of Friends of Adam, Campania wrote and released Dust for Angels, their first recorded album, which was nominated for the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Rock Album of the Year Award in Hawaii in 2011. Now based in Austin, TX, and continuing as a solo artist, Campania has not slowed his momentum, hitting audiences with new music, and his soulful guitar and vocals.