King Calaway, a country music group signed to Stoney Creek Records, was formed by Chris Deaton, Simon Dumas, Chad Michael Jervis, Austin Luther, and Caleb Miller in 2018. In January 2019, King Calaway released a self-titled EP that was later expanded into a full, hit album Rivers.
A charted country group, they opened for Garth Brooks’ stadium tour in 2019. The four-track Midnight EP, which dropped on Friday, is their first since Jordan Harvey joined the group in 2020.
A busy song, “Homegrown” is the first thing you’ll hear on Midnight. It mimics the chaos of life out on the road. A combination of long, energetic guitar solos and a distinctly country boy band sound make up this track. Despite all the fun that happens on the road, “Homegrown” highlights and underlines that nothing can compete with having a homegrown girl join you on your journey.
“Yeah, I been gone for a while seen a lot of different styles but it already tells me what I already know. Tripped out on the New York skyline, knocked ‘em back at a Malibu bonfire. Now I need a little local honey to go. Yeah, it’s been a long road need a little homegrown, little bit of you is all I really need. Some of that small-town company […] You’ve got the moves. You’re kidding me. […] Let’s make a little homegrown.”
In the second track, “More People,” the rhythm slows down, to deliver a pleading message: We need more people who are genuinely good. With its catchy chorus and strong vocal harmony, this song has an ideal moral for a heartfelt story.
“We need more people, more people like that, more people. We need more people, more people like that. More people. […] Your smile could be the reason somebody in the dark starts believing.”
In the final song of Midnight, Lainey Wilson joins “Good Time to Me,” a song featuring rising country dynamite. The song starts off as country-rock, but turns into an upbeat party track with a little edge. A honky-tonk bar sounds like a perfect place to start off a perfect party night, as the song’s lyrics describe.
“And it sounds like a good time like music to my beers, like the soundtrack to a good night that’s all I wanna hear. And I love the sound of neon buzzin’. Whiskey pourin’ in my drink. If it sounds a bit like that it sounds like a damn good time to me. Good time to me. Sounds like a good time to me, sounds like a good time to me. Sounds like a good time to me, sounds like a good time to me.”
Wilson’s vocals have a twangy timbre that contrasts with the boy’s fresh, modern sound, bringing to mind the evolution of King Calaway.
King Calaway’s Midnight EP shows off the band’s growth as a country band with well-crafted lyrics. King Calaway is cementing their place as the King of country boy bands as they keep experimenting with their sound and delivering quality music.