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Debut album showcased at major festival
Nashville six-piece King Calaway are marking the release of their debut album with shows at the 2020 Country to Country festival in London on March 14 and 15.

The band, who released the album Rivers on March 6, can be seen during the weekend on the Radio 2 Stage, the Town Square Stage and the Big Entrance Stage.

Londoners are already well acquainted with the group, following a recent 30-minute guerrilla gig at Tottenham Court Road station that attracted hundreds of music fans. There's also a buzz around King Calaway in the States where they have appeared on James Cordon's Late Late Show, The Kelly Clarkson's Show, The Today Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. They have toured with Garth Brooks, played the Grand Ole Opry and had a guest spot on TV soap Neighbours.

King Calaway, Country to Country, O2 Arena London, Caleb Miller, Chris Deaton, Simon Dumas, Jordan Harvey, Chad Michael Jervis, Austin Luther
On track: King Calaway at Tottenham Court Road station (pic: Myles Wright Photography)


Before coming together in 2018, bandmates Caleb Miller, Chris Deaton, Simon Dumas, Jordan Harvey, Chad Michael Jervis and Austin Luther all pursued their own solo careers. They eventually each found their way to Nashville, where, musically influenced by the likes of the Eagles, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and the Jonas Brothers, King Calaway was born.

Jordan, Chad and Simon share frontman duties, backed by multi-part harmonies from Chris, Caleb and Austin.

So, who's in King Calaway? You may be surprised to know they're not all mid-west Americans.

Jordan Harvey

When a knee injury dashed his hopes of becoming a soccer star, Jordan turned to music, kicking off his career as a drummer. Raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, he began working in a local recording studio at the age of 16. After moving to London to study music he returned to Edinburgh where he opened for Simple Minds as a member of the OK Social Club. By 2016, he was playing his own shows as a solo act, and in 2017 he was a contestant on BBC TV's Let It Shine. Another relocation, this time to Nashville, saw him performing at Tootsie's before joining King Calaway.

Chad Michael Jervis

As a middle-school student in Wilmington, Delaware, Chad began attending the Cab Calloway School of the Arts, where he studied singing, drama and musical theatre. On moving to the Berklee School of Music he joined a local band, which required him to balance his course work with a touring schedule that took the group from coast to coast.

King Calaway, Country to Country, O2 Arena London, Caleb Miller, Chris Deaton, Simon Dumas, Jordan Harvey, Chad Michael Jervis, Austin Luther
Country to Country: King Calaway (pic: Rachel Deeb)


Simon Dumas

Born and raised in Gibraltar, Simon is both one of King Calaway's frontmen and the band's pianist. He was in a Gibraltar-based choir that competed internationally, then, while studying for his degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in England, he was in Frontiers, a group that also featured his two older brothers. Simon moved to America during his final year of college to study at USC and joined King Calaway less than a month after completing his course.

Chris Deaton

After being raised in a creative Tennessee household that included his father, award-winning video director and music industry exec Robert Deaton, Chris moved to Atlanta to study at the Atlanta Institute of Music. He also played drums for Brothers Road who were signed to Zac Brown's record label, Southern Ground. When the band broke up he moved to Nashville, drumming at events such as the CMA Awards and CMA Country Christmas.

King Calaway, Country to Country, O2 Arena London, Caleb Miller, Chris Deaton, Simon Dumas, Jordan Harvey, Chad Michael Jervis, Austin Luther


Caleb Miller

King Calaway's youngest member, lead guitarist Caleb has been as instrumentalist for as long as he can remember. He began playing bar gigs as a schoolboy, building a strong reputation around his hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio. By the age of 13, he was working as a session guitarist, balancing his schoolwork with a string of recording sessions. He played everything country, metal, rock, blues and more a diverse mix that is put to good use in King Calaway's wide-ranging sound.

Austin Luther

Minnesota-born Austin has been playing bass since the age of 10, inspired to pick up the instrument after seeing U2's Adam Clayton. Years of lessons helped hone his musical instincts, which came into their own during an adulthood spent onstage and on the road. Although only in his early 20s, Austin has already done it all: international shows, television appearances and cross-country tours with major-label acts.

King Calaway, Country to Country, O2 Arena London, Caleb Miller, Chris Deaton, Simon Dumas, Jordan Harvey, Chad Michael Jervis, Austin Luther
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Why? Hotly tipped country band at major music festival
When: March 14 - 15, 2020
Where: Country to Country Festival, O2 Arena, London
Cost: From 45.45
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