Colbie Caillat is well-known to fans — and Ridgefield Playhouse audiences from her past gigs here — as a solo singer with hits like “Bubbly” and ”Try.” She returns to the Playhouse stage July 5 with an all-new band, Gone West. The band may be new but the quartet of four longtime friends has been singing and jamming together for years and now has made it official.
The Nashville-based band featuring two-time Grammy Award Winner Colbie Caillat, her longtime collaborator, the multi-platinum singer/songwriter Jason Reeves; four-time Hawaii Music Award winner Justin Kawika Young (also Colbie’s fiancée) and ACM and CMT nominated artist Nelly Joy, who is married to Jason. They are touring with their debut EP, Tides. This show will feature Colbie’s solo material along with songs from her new collaboration with Gone West.
Opening the concert is Hayley Orrantia, best known playing Erica Goldberg on ABC’s comedy show, “The Goldbergs,” who has been earning her country music chops over the last few years, performing at festivals and events.
Andrea Valluzzo: How did Gone West as a quartet come about?
Colbie Caillat: It’s actually really cool because we all are friends for 14 years so it just naturally progressed. Me and Jason met in 2005 and we wrote my first album and just a ton of songs ever since then. I asked Justin to join my band. I was a fan of his music from Hawaii so I asked him to play guitar and sing and then a couple years in of touring, we fell in love and Nelly and James met in 2009 in a writing session in Nashville.
Nelly Joy: So I’ve been in Nashville for 14 years and Jason came out there on a co-write and it was love at first sight for Jason and then couple years later we started dating and we’ve been together for seven years.
CC: We’ve all been friends since then and worked together just for fun and a couple years ago we had the idea that we already did it so much, just call it an official band so we called ourselves Gone West.
AV: Gone West is autobiographical. Can you explain?
CC: We all live in Nashville now, but when we’re not in Nashville. we all have gone west back to our home states of California, Hawaii, Texas or Iowa.
AV: You all are so in love. Where did the idea for “What Could’ve Been” come from?