Born in Lubbock, TX. Moved around some with stops in North Carolina and Corpus Christi. Calling Austin home since 2002 and love making music, writing songs and telling stories. Art and creativity are what drive me.
Carlos Calvo injects Alternative Folk/Pop with something it has been missing: virtuoso guitar playing. His original music features his warm, resonant voice, deep and thoughtful lyrics, accompanied by guitar playing that elegantly mixes genres from Blues to Flamenco and everything in between.
Carlos grew up surrounded by world-famous flamenco and classical guitarists. He was formally trained at Carnegie Hall to play Bach and Barrios, but has been equally influenced by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Rolling Stones.
Before embarking on his solo career, Carlos fronted successful bands that toured with Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Willie Porter. As a solo artist, he has toured with The Bacon Brothers and Colin Hay and numerous times in Europe as a headliner.
He played guitar on the score of King of the Hill for three seasons and has placed original songs in major motion pictures (She’s All That, Finding Holden). He teaches guitar privately and counts Maroon 5’s Adam Levine as a student. Carlos also regularly coaches actors to portray musicians; most notably for TV’s Californication and Ray Donovan, the Muddy Waters character in the film, Who Do You Love?, and the recent James Brown biopic Get On Up. Carlos has most recently begun to work alongside composer Kurt Farquhar on his scores for Season 3 of Freeform Network’s show Stitchers.
Carlos’ independently recorded and released debut CD, Past Present Future, was named one of Los Angeles Music Connection Magazine's top 25 releases of 2002. After much anticipation, Carlos’ album Further Down The Line was released in June 2015. It features his very original brand of Alternative Folk/Pop mixing up acoustic-based performances with a full band electric feel and sophisticated songwriting.
Additionally, Carlos is part of a writing/production team with former Capitol Records Studios engineer Paul Smith. They are currently working with Em Rossi, an exciting 18-year-old singer/songwriter whose flourishing career brought her to Los Angeles from Northern California.
Calvo’s other collaboration is with actor Rob Morrow, best known for his starring roles in TV’s Northern Exposure and Num3ers, as well as films such as Quiz Show and The Bucket List. Carlos and Rob co-write all the music for this project, and have had one of their songs featured in an episode of the television series The Fosters. For live performances, Morrow provides Lead Vocals and Guitar as the frontman of The Rob Morrow Band, while Carlos assumes the role of Lead Guitarist and Musical Director.