Carlos Calvo
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Carlos Calvo

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2001 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2001
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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"Further Down The Line"

By Eric Althoff - The Washington Times

Guitar instructor to the stars Carlos Calvo offers his considerable songwriting talents on “Further Down the Line,” a collection of road-tripping tunes and love songs that showcases the Angeleno’s sheer mastery of the pop music form.

The title track is a combination love song and meditation on a hopeful future. “Constellation” goes deep on lyrical content amid a strumming guitar line and an insistent backbeat. “Don’t Mean a Thing” infuses country and Americana sounds into a satisfying result, with the amazingly upended line, “You don’t please as you do.” “Bayonne” is a delightfully, oddly Lucero-spiced paean to Mr. Calvo’s New Jersey hometown, and “Walk With Me” provides a tale of almost gospel-level musicality. “Midnight” is achingly personal, and Mr. Calvo switches sonic gears yet again for “Natural Causes,” with his amazing command of vocal virtuosity and lyrical inspection of the human condition.

Mr. Calvo was “Californication” actor David Duchovny’s personal guitar coach during the Showtime series’ run, which preceded “The X-Files” actor releasing his own album. With a bevy of Hollywood players beckoning for his guidance — including another famous student Adam Levin of Maroon 5 — it’s little wonder then that Mr. Calvo indeed has talent to spare. Thankfully, he is sharing it with us. - Washington Times

"Singer meets fans 'Further Down the Line'"

It’s likely that no one ever asks Carlos Calvo for a resume; a good thing because the document would be rather lengthy. Calvo is an accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist who has recently released a solo album of original alt-folk/pop material called Further Down the Line. But in the oft-used words of those ubiquitous television infomercials, “Wait, there’s more!”

Calvo does lots of work with celebrities as a sort of music business mentor; he taught Maroon 5’s Adam Levine how to handle a six-string and he’s recently been immersed in songwriting sessions with Rob Morrow (“Northern Exposure,” “The People vs OJ Simpson”) and David Duchovny of “X Files” and “Aquarius” fame. - AXS

"A Day In The Life Of A Guitar Coach"

I am standing with my back against the wall of a small bedroom in The Laurel Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles. Maggie Grace, an attractive young actress, is on the bed wearing nothing but a very sheer robe. Lying naked next to her is David Duchovny, holding a strategically-placed guitar. Maggie calls out, “Where’s Carlos?” That’s me. I’m Carlos.

Why am I here? I am a musician living in Los Angeles, and I often work as a Guitar Coach for film and television. - Infectious Magazine


Review Fix chats with singer/songwriter and instrumentalist Carlos Calvo about his new album “Further Down The Line,” as well as influence in Hollywood as the guitar teacher to the stars.

Discussing his creative process as well as giving some tips to young guitarists, Calvo sheds some light on why he’s one of the most talented people in music today. - Review Fix


Further Down The Line (2015)
Past, Present, Future (2001)

"California Christmas" (2016)
"Out and About" (w/ Rob Morrow) [2014]



With a storied two decades under his belt as Hollywood’s go-to guitar coach, indie singer-songwriter Carlos Calvo is flipping the traditional script by injecting something fresh into his brand of Alternative Folk that’s been absent from the genre at large: virtuoso guitar playing.

With jazz guitar icon Al Di Meola as a childhood next door neighbor, Carlos grew up surrounded by world-famous guitarists. At age 7, he began an 11-year curriculum at Carnegie Hall with classical and flamenco great Juan de la Mata, a close associate to flamenco guitar legend, Sabicas. Having mastered compositions by Segovia, Bach, and Barrios, he moved from New York City to Hollywood, enrolling at Musicians Institute under the tutelage of legendary Wrecking Crew session player Tommy Tedesco (Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra). While these visionary icons had a profound impact on his musical development, he also counts The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Philip Glass and the soulful music emanating from Muscle Shoals, Alabama as influences and inspiration.

On his latest album, Further Down The Line (2015), Calvo constructs a seamlessly shifting soundscape that expertly buoys his emotional tales of life and love. From the melancholic Elliott Smith-type yearning on “Midnight" to the esoteric Bob Dylan-influenced “Don’t Mean A Thing” to the plaintive Caleb Followill grit of “Bayonne,” to the Ry Cooder-style soloing on "Natural Causes,” the 12-track album showcases Calvo's warm, resonant voice, deep and thoughtful lyrics, and mellifluous guitar playing that elegantly mixes Blues, Rock, Flamenco and everything in between. It’s a musical journey that stakes its roots from the get-go, fully blossoming with repeated visitations. Further is an apt continuation of the textured portrait he painted on his debut album Past Present Future which landed in the Top 25 of Music Connection Magazine’s year-end ‘Best of”.

In addition to composing/producing original music, Carlos teaches guitar privately and counts Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Neil Diamond’s son Micah, Joe Perry’s son Adrian, actress Marg Helgenberger (CSI, China Beach, Under The Dome) and actor Rob Morrow (Northern Exposure, Numb3rs, The Bucket List) as students. He also regularly coaches actors to portray musicians; most notably David Duchovny for Californication, Ambyr Childers for Ray Donovan, and David Oyelowo, who played the Muddy Waters character in the film, Who Do You Love. He was also tapped as a coach for the acclaimed James Brown biopic Get On Up, which was produced by Mick Jagger and stars Viola Davis, Aloe Blacc, Jill Scott and Dan Ackroyd. He played guitar on the score of King of the Hill for three seasons and has had songs placed in the major motion pictures She’s All That and Finding Holden

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. Calvo frequently gigs in LA and NYC, both as a solo artist and as a sideman and was asked to play at the Californication series-ending wrap party in Venice, CA whereby he joined Duchovny, Marilyn Manson and Steve Jones (of Sex Pistols) on a no-holds-barred jam of The Eagles classic, “Hotel California”.

Up ahead in the distance, he sees a shimmering light. It’s leading him further down the line on the long and winding road.

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