Hello and Welcome!
Let me begin by noting that few years back I legally changed my name to Calvert for privacy reasons when I decided to go to law school. The name Joey Sixstrings was hung on me as a joke at a session when I could not remember the drummer’s surname and I said: “Hey! Connie Sticks.” He said: “Hey! Joey Sixstrings.” Unfortunately, or fortunately, the name “Joey Sixstrings” stuck with me. Nonetheless, it is a good joke and I certainly have the ability to laugh at myself. Thus, I decided to name my website joeysixstrings.com.
I am a NYC guitarist, producer, and musical director that has played live or recorded as the guitarist or musical director for greater than 38 gold and platinum award-winning artists (see biography section). The Village Voice named me the “New York Guitar Guru” and I hear that Rolling Stone Magazine even called me “the best new guitar player in a decade,” but I have never actually read this article, so don’t quote me. You may own my recordings or have seen me on the Time-Life Video Series, VH-1, PBS, or Entertainment Tonight. You may have seen me live at venues ranging from Madison Square Garden to the America West Arena or Hartford Civic Center. You may have heard me with major rock and blues artists (not to mention a whole slew of famous 60’s acts and some R&B/disco stars of the late 70’s significantly after the fact). When I hit Nashville from New York, I was a hired guitar gun for Nashville Star (someone was needed that could rock, I was hired again for some work again the next year). If you need more information about me please click on the biography tab and wait for the article to load.
Nonetheless, after changing my name and taking some time off to work as an attorney and music industry professor I began performing with some of my friends such as The Hollies. I even played on and co-produced a few tracks on “Passed Masters”. When I moved to Nashville, I was playing a salaried house gig every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and a different salaried gig every Thursday. The next year I played a house gig in Nashville that ended in mid-May along with other dates including the off-broadway production of “MAME” and “Could It Be Love” with Grand Ole Opry stars Jeannie Sealey and Helen Cornelius. Since then I have been doing a plethora of sessions, and some fun live cover gigs that keep me quite busy in addition to having completed my release of historical instrumental guitar music for Sony and playing on the GuitarSlingers 2014 Tour (there is a video you can buy at Sam Ash or Guitar Center).
I have all necessary skills including sight reading, nashville number system, and lead and strong background vocals in most styles. I also have a lot of instrumental and vocal arranging experience. I was a music major (classical guitar performance) in college, did special studies at Berklee, and studied privately with Sal Salvador and Jack Wilkins. I am ready to play and have all the right gear and guitars resulting from endorsement arrangements. If you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to telephone me directly at my toll free number: 1-877-JOEYSIX right here in sunny Southern California.