because Jazz don't pay the bills...

A stylistically traditional Country Band from day one, the members of Calvin and the Coal Cars have been been singing, performing, and playing in sync as if they’d been together their entire musical careers. Throughout the course of the band’s union, they have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues, making loads of public appearances, all the while recording new music. Learn more by exploring the site, and feel free to get in touch with any of your comments and questions.


Fans all over the nation have grown to love Calvin and the Coal Cars and the traditional country music they create. From their fun-loving stage presence to their memorable song lyrics, this is a band that is truly all about the fans that love their music. Get to know the people behind the music and learn more about Calvin and the Coal Cars below.



Dan has a Ph.D. in kicking ass and taking names. He takes the academic study of guitar sound fonts to a new level, while lacking the self-importance and neurosis typically found in a band's lead guitarist...


Pedal Steel/Keys

Brian adds more than just pedal steel guitar to the sound of The Coal Cars. He brings a passionate approach to music, whether in playing leads or installing an action figure into a guitar body...


Bass Guitar

Matt has decades of experience on the bass but he rarely lets it go to his head. The ideal "pocket player", you may have never noticed his contribution if it weren't for the volume at which he plays...



Colton joined the Coal Cars in the summer of 2020. His experience as a lifelong musician in several genres adds a unique and distinctive groove to the Coal Cars sound.


Acoustic Guitar/Lead Singer

Lee has been a songwriter for over 15 years. After shedding the martyrdom of being a "true artist", he has vowed that this time around nobody would take him too seriously. Most importantly: himself.