Carvin Jones was born in Lufkin, Texas. At a very young age, he was seduced to the blues by listening to BB King records his grandfather constantly played in the house. At age 11, Carvin remembers “my grandmother bought me my first guitar because I would borrow other people´s and when they came back to get them, I´d bum out. She took me downtown and bought me a guitar. I´ll never forget that day.” Carvin recalls “my part of town was a rough neighborhood with a capital ´R´. I saw people litterally get killed – shot, stabbed, whatever. The guitar kept me out of trouble because I was always inside playing the guitar away from that.”
For a few years after high school, Carvin was performing small gigs around Texas. He decided to move to Arizona for a change of pace. In 1989, he moved in with his aunt and uncle, The Rev. Henry Adams and his wife Mattie, in their home in south Phoenix. “They took me in and I owe all my success to them. If it weren´t for them, there wouldn´t be any Carvin Jones” he says.
Thus, the first incarnation of the “Carvin Jones Band” was formed, and he began taking gigs anywhere they could get bookings. ”We´d go in and play for hamburgers and soda pop” Carvin laughs.
By March, 1991, the Band had gained tremendous popularity, and were playing at clubs all over the Valley. They have maintained a consistent seven nights-a-week performance schedule since then. In March 2000, Carvin celebrated his 3000th performance! It is now well into 2011 and Carvin has logged over 6000 performances!!
Over the past years, the Carvin Jones Band has opened for guitar legends BB King, Santana and Albert King, and has performed with Joe Cocker and the Fabulous Thunderbird’s at the House of Blues 1996 Tour in Phoenix. The Band opened for REO Speedwagon in 1998 at New Year’s Eve, and has been a feature band of Fiesta Bowl’s New Year’s Eve Block Parties several times.