Label: Eagle Records - EA-R 90122 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Rockabilly
Ray Campi has been playing his unique brand of American roots music for more than 40 years. Whether he croons country heartbreak, boot-scooting western swing, or slap-back rockabilly, Campi gets to the heart of a song like no one else.
Campi, whose father had made good money selling linoleum, temporarily retired in his early thirties and moved the family from New York Recipe For Love - Ray Campi - Ray Campi 1954 - 1968 Vol. 2 Austin, Texas, in Speaking to the author for Blue Suede News, Campi also vividly recalled the Austin music scene of his youth.
We had some radio we listened to on Saturday and Sunday nights, but mostly people went out dancing every night. There were dancehalls all over Austin and when people got out of work, they went out, drank beer, and danced.
Every bar had bands so you heard blues, country, western swing, and honkytonk. In those relatively innocent times, such figures were very approachable and Campi managed to sit in and play music with many of his heroes.
From these savvy veterans he learned the key to working clubs: knowing what the audience wants. What he and many other artists were waiting for was a catalyst. Forging on, Campi augmented his original trio with a pianist and his brother Harvey on bongos.
Proficient in the new rockabilly style, his band backed such local artists as Gus Brown, the Slades, and Joyce Webb on recording sessions. Yet his first foray into big time television proved somewhat disillusioning. Sign that you got paid. Education: B. Addresses: Record company —Real Music, P. Despite the failed Dot single, Campi had high hopes. Moving to New York City, he spent the better part of two years working for Hal Fine at Roosevelt Music pitching songs, and unsuccessfully angling to Voy - Daniela Romo - La Cita back on record.
With the rural sounds of rockabilly being eclipsed by glossier pop, Campi moved to California in late He even recorded under another name, Ray Allen, but success still eluded him. Johnny Recipe For Love - Ray Campi - Ray Campi 1954 - 1968 Vol. 2 . Together they planned to form a band to back rockabilly giant Gene Vincent, who had fallen on hard times.
So, Ron was sort of like a teacher who had a great record collection. Through sound-on-sound overdubbing, Campi often played all the instruments—rhythm and lead guitar, slap bass, percussion—on his recordings as well as those of his labelmates.
With tongue in cheek, Campi often grouses about being identified with the difficult-to-transport Feels Like A Prayer (Club Mix 2010) - Meck Feat. Dino* - Feels Like A Prayer bass. Initially he took up the instrument out of necessity, but it Wannabe - µ-Ziq - Lunatic Harness became his trademark.
Campi Survival - Joe Jackson - Live In Tokyo (Laserdisc, Album) the only rockabilly singer who plays one, and he incites audiences by slapping it, standing on it, jumping off it, and gesturing with the bulky instrument as if it were a guitar. A good example of his playful stage antics can be seen in the British documentary Blue Suede Shoes or his appearance with the Leroi Brothers on Austin City Limits.
Going on tour during occasional leaves from teaching, Campi developed a solid fan base in Switzerland, Finland, Germany, and Spain. The early s found Campi still working as a substitute teacher, having retired from his full-time position, recording new projects in a variety of styles, and making fresh leasing deals on his seemingly inexhaustible archive of self-produced recordings.
As a result, Campi claims to have never really been in the music business, despite evidence to the contrary. This perspective allows him to be somewhat philosophical. I remember the staff band at the Palomino when it was the biggest club in town.
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