Gone West

Album: Tides (2019)
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Songfacts®:

  • Gone West is a Little Big Town-type country soft-pop foursome comprising Colbie Caillat, her fiancé, Justin Young, her longtime collaborator, Jason Reeves and his wife, Nelly Joy. The latter pair were also in a duo together called High Dive Heart.

    The quartet came together after they all worked together on Caillat's 2016 album The Malibu Sessions, and then went on tour to support it. This song explains the band's name. Young told Billboard: "We're all from west of Tennessee and when we're not in Nashville, chances are we've gone west - back to Iowa, Texas, California or Hawaii. Each verse is about going to our significant other's hometown and bringing them to Nashville. It's autobiographical and kind of our band's theme song."
  • The song follows westbound highways to the places each of the band members call home. "How we wrote this song is different," Caillat explained to American Songwriter. "We wrote the chorus together, but the verses by ourselves, for our other person. It just tells our story, and I feel like the sound of it encompasses us completely."
  • After one EP and one album, things started to go south for the quartet. On August 12, 2020, Caillat announced that she and Justin Young had left the group.

Comments: 1

  • Gw from WestThis song is amazing, it's so catchy and upbeat.
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