In the latest episode of “You Should Know,” Billboard sits down with country sextet King Calaway to find out how they first came together as a band, how they decided upon their name, who their dream collaborations would be with, and much more.
Asked how the band King Calaway first formed, Simon Dumas tells Billboard that they met through a handful of different friends who knew each other. “It was really cool how essentially, it came down to like one or two people who just brought us all together in Nashville,” he says. “And then we had some chicken wings together, had a great time, and started playing music.”
As for how the name King Calaway came about, Chris Deaton reveals that it took a very long time for them to settle on the band name. After throwing around countless suggestions based on people they knew, schools they went to, jobs they had, and any other names that came to mind, Deaton suggested the name “Calaway,” which was the last name of someone he once worked with. “Kind of like a Lynyrd Skynyrd story,” he adds. “It’s the last name of a person. And then we just threw ‘king’ on it.”
Speaking of who their dream collaborations would be with, Jordan Harvey names Adele, calling her an “incredible songwriter” with an “incredible voice.” Dumas reveals that he would love for the group to be Kacey Musgraves’ session band for a night, while Chad Michael Jervis replies that he would enjoy playing with Brandi Carlile or any of the Highwomen.
For anyone wondering which one word King Calaway would use to describe their music, they have a suggestion — and a brand new word that should probably be added to the dictionary. “I’ve got two [words],” says Harvey. “Uplifting would be one. And then anthemic. Anthemic and uplifting, and as a listener you can decide. But I feel that we’re uplifting and anthemic.”
“Upthemic is what we would use,” Miller cleverly suggests, which the band unanimously agrees with.
You can check out the full video with King Calaway above.