Emerging Nashville-based band King Calaway made their stadium debut this past Friday (May 3) as they performed as the opening act for Garth Brooks at his U.S. Bank Stadium show in Minneapolis, MN. The momentous occasion became even more memorable as Garth himself introduced the band as the opening act, marking the first time the icon has done that in his extensive career – watch above
Hyping the group to the sold out crowd, Garth praised “I don’t think I’ve ever done this in my career, but I’ve watched these next six guys rent a hall that they couldn’t afford back in Nashville and practice, every day for four days straight, just for this show tonight. These guys are brand new and if I was them I would be scared out of my wits right now, but I know they’re getting ready to play for the greatest country music fans that we have on the this planet. You guys have given me some of the best nights of my life – what I’m asking you – let’s make this the best night of their lives. Ladies and Gentlemen, King Calaway!”
For King Calaway the experience was a once in a lifetime moment that will last a lifetime. “We were all walking out of the tunnel and all of the sudden Garth said ‘I need a hot mic’ and we all kind of stood there not sure what was happening. Was he going to sing with us? And then out of nowhere he started introducing us and I think all of our jaws dropped—Jordan even started tearing up. We’ve never seen Garth do that before. We’re still in shock,” said drummer Chris Deaton
The news continues to solidify the six-piece band’s status as an act on the rise, building on the success of their debut single “World For Two” from their self-titled EP released in January, via BMG/BBR Music Group. “World For Two” was the most added song at country radio in its first week at US radio and continues to grow rapidly across streaming platforms. Additionally, King Calaway made their Grand Ole Opry debut on March 1 and was introduced by esteemed country artist Brad Paisley. The band has been named one of seven country acts to watch in 2019 by Billboard, who praises the EP as “rife with thick harmonies [and] poppy energy” and named as one of “2019 Artists To Watch” by Amazon music.