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"Earnest and deeply heartfelt, His playing shines with the warm,sunset tones of his native Arizona."

"You get this sense of an upwardly falling, echoing sound. It was mesmerizing."

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Currently recording Sara Mahon album project. Due 11/2015.


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Blending rapid-fire finger style slide guitar and honest, heartfelt songwriting, Clay Hawkins creates his own unique brand of acoustic rock. Influences like Neil Young, John Fahey, The Black Keys, Nick Cave and even Radiohead melt together behind his well worn yet lush vocal style. The music unfolds naturally, taking the listener on a ride that is both familiar yet entirely original.

As far as his "story" goes, well, that began in Phoenix, AZ...

Born into a household of professional rodeo cowboys it wasn't immediately obvious that music would be the chosen path. But the nights spent on the road, listening to country music, (when it was still good) on the way to the next town did make their impression and since carrying a guitar around is a lot easier than hauling horses, well, maybe there was something floating in the dust all along.

Fast forward to the discovery of guitars, classic rock and the life sustaining qualities of top roman noodles, alcohol and credit cards, and well..  it was all uphill from there. Eventually all roads led out of town. Clay continued refining and supporting his new found songwriting habit up and down both coasts, across Europe, in and out of clubs, cafes, street corners, bars, barns, back yards and back alleys.  New Orleans and San Francisco stepped into the path and the sound that echoed back from those halls became the basis for the music he makes now.  What he calls, "Late Night, Boot Stomping, Road Music from the Heart".   That road became home, and eventually the wild hills of Northern California claimed another as their own.  With a rolling band of co-conspiritors, an assortment of slide guitars, old amps and a great affection for good times... 

This is how he spends his time now, playing music and taking it one mile marker at a time. He still doesn't own a horse though.

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