our story


"The Collective" is a classic rock, blues, country, and R&B band from the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. We are the metamorphosis and the culmination of over 20 years of playing music here in the high country. Over the years the band has had many different names, and many different members under the direction of our band leader Dave Calvert. Our name suits us well as we are a product of our 20 plus years of experience. We play over 350 covers and have a substantial book of original songs. Our shows are never the same and we play a variety of venues. We do concerts, weddings, country clubs, festivals, private parties, wineries, breweries, and honky-tonks.

     The band members all have musical influences that start in the 1950's like Chuck Barry and Elvis. The 1960's bring in Beach Boys, The Stones, and Beatles. The 1970's introduce The Allman brothers, southern rock styles. Each decade brings in its own influences. We don't have a favorite particular song or music style. Perhaps our name "The Collective" matches our unique ability to perform well at all of our venues!

     We have five members that include Dave Calvert; band leader, lead guitar, key boards, and lead singer. On harmonica, percussion, and back up vocals is Pat McConkey.  On bass guitar and back up vocal is Randy Buchanan. Lead vocalist is the lovely Jen Calvert. We are pleased to have a 2nd guitarist John Campbell, who's experience, style & professionalism adds so much more to the group. Our band is noted for our beautiful four part harmonies. Venue depending, we have a variety of different musicians that we can bring in for any occasion.