Calvin Dean Shay
Age: 43 (July 28th)
Occupation: Musician and Business Owner
Status: Once annulled, twice divorced, dating again.
Played-By: Bradley Cooper
Misc: Calvin is a local guy that became a very famous musician.

If you were alive and listening to a radio in the late nineties into the early 2010s, you probably have heard Calvin Dean Shay's work somewhere, somehow. As a local son of Calaveras, he always got airplay here at home. He was one of identical twin boys, raised on the Starkweather ranch. His love of music came from his mother. She had big dreams once and passed on all she knew to Calvin. It was spending time inside with his often sick, diabetic brother, Charles Dexter Shay, known to most as Dex, that turned a hobby into a money making talent.

After high school, the young singer-songwriter moved to Austin, Texas to try and make it big. Dex, who had no intention of being left behind, took up the mantle of manager and together they skyrocketed to superstardom. Calvin was a unique and mature voice backed by bluesy mix of rock, country, and soul in the beginning. A different sound in the post-grunge era. Calvin was never chained to the genre though and managed to stay relevant for a long time by evolving his sound with the times. If he wasn't performing, he was writing and his songs were often sung by others. He won award after award in his peak and is just a Tony short from an EGOT.

After years of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, only one thing could stop him. That was the loss of his brother. Dex had developed Brittle Diabetes and complications took him too soon. After a messy tailspin that is documented all over the internet, he got clean and came back to Calaveras. Today, he's living a life far from the fame. He runs a music store, gives private lessons and generally tries to pretend that he isn't world famous.

But recently, a cover of James Taylor's Fire and Rain that he performed for a benefit leaked and now the music industry is abuzz with talk of a comeback. Calvin hasn't said a word about such a thing.


  • Vic Grey - Old schoolmate and new…love? Life's been unkind to her and she's not been kind to herself. I guess it's up to me now.
  • Willow Banks - Vic's girl friday. She's an infant but has a great heart.
  • Edgar Haynes - The second to last trip to rehab had me crossing paths with Edgar. I'm glad to see him doing good. And I'll be watching.
  • Natalya Mendoza - Back when I was doing private gigs, she was a sweet sixteen. It was a wicked party as I recall. And that's all I recall.
  • Owen Whelan - I've been told I've got an ear for talent. Owen will put it to the test.
  • Kate Stone - We've lost but we can't let other define us by it. We won't.
  • Wren Blackmore - What in the hell am I supposed to do with you now?


(2018-12-02) Parents Just Don't Understand

In the wee morning hours after the rodeo, Calvin shows up at Vic's after an argument with his parents.

(2018-12-01) Rodeo (Charity) Drive

The Starr Family and Jackfield Stadium host a charity concert and rodeo exhibition in aid of the local soup kitchen and homeless shelters. Calvin Shay performs with a surprise guest; bulls, broncos, and sheep get ridden; and Anthony makes quite an impression.

(2018-11-29) Scorched Earth and Kudzu

Calvin drops by Vic's with pizza, a movie, and news of a tough day. The day gets better.

(2018-11-29) A Natural

Calvin and Wren bond—er, get to know more about one another.

(2018-11-22) Fire and Rain...and Turkey

Thanksgiving is celebrated a day early at Calvin's house on Starkweather Ranch. Vic and Willow meet his bandmates, there is singing, a turkey costume, and then schmoooooopiness! (Aw)

(2018-11-19) Crash and Burn

Calvin invites Vic to dinner after he has a tough night. She gets a tour of his home, a wild ride, and they're lucky they don't wind up in the hospital.

(2018-11-17) Having a (Tropical Evening Charity) Ball

Food, drink, Polynesian dancers, zoo animals, protesters, the return of Calvin Shay, and multiple furious exits. Anything for a good cause!

(2018-11-13) The Mistake He Made

Calvin runs to Vic's after a shocking encounter. She goes from patient to caregiver.

(2018-11-13) Help Needed

Wren looks for work; Calvin gets a glimpse into the past.

(2018-11-11) Sunday Peach Pie

Calvin shows up with the pie he promised Katherine. It is quite delicious!
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