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Let me begin by noting that my name is Calvert and 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 quite a few years back Rolling Stone Magazine Volume 285 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 significantly after the fact and some R&B/disco stars of the late 70’s). When I hit Nashville from New York, I was even 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, I began performing with some of my famous friends including The Hollies and some of my not so famous friends after a retirement from playing to work as an attorney and music industry professor. I even played on and co-produced a few tracks on “Passed Masters”. Then when I arrived in Nashville, I was playing a salaried house gig every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and a different salaried gig every Thursday. For all of 2008 I had been playing 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 eannie Sealey and Helen Cornelius. I have been spending a lot of time doing a plethora of sessions, and live gigs that keeps me quite busy in addition to working on my 2013 release of historical instrumental guitar music for Sony that was released in January 2014. You can hear an out-take and a release on the music page. This historical music release was my segue into GuitarSlingers 2014 which has recently ended and there will be a video released this Fall.
I have all necessary skills including sight reading, nashville number system, and lead and strong background vocals in most styles. I have a lot of arranging experience of both instrumental parts and vocals. 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 several guitars resulting from endorsement arrangements. If you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to telephone me directly at my toll free number: 1-877-563-9749 . You can read about me or hear guitar styles right here joeysixstrings.com . The instrumental recordings are pre-retirement where my job was to make the sessions work on someone else’s budget and time table in a variety of capacities as a player or producer with complete anonymity, which is what I do well. If you are interested in more popular radio recordings with rock stars please contact me or visit any music outlet.