In 2000, Kalai moved to Los Angeles and formed the popular Alt-Country band Hawkeye. Hawkeye became a leader in the resurgent Americana scene with LA as its epicenter. As a solo artist and with his band, Kalai was a mainstay of the biggest rooms in Hollywood including The Roxy Theatre, The Hotel Cafe, The Mint and Joshua Tree's Pappy & Harriet's. He wrote and recorded one album with Hawkeye. "Red's Cafe" was produced at his friend Rami Jaffe's (Foo Fighters, Wallflowers) little pink house on the beach in Malibu.
Kalai moved back to Delaware in 2006 and has been a staple of the popular beach resort town of Dewey Beach, playing weekly solo acoustic shows at venues such as the Bottle & Cork, Rusty Rudder, Northbeach and Jimmy's Grille. He's released three solo albums - The Red & Black EP, Down Home & 2012.
Over the years Kalai King has shared the stage with luminaries in the Americana and rock world such as Sara Bareilles, Adam Levine, Train, Eric Church, Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Rhett Miller, Ryan Bingham, Robert Earle Keen, Alejandro Escovedo, Albert Lee, Pete Yorn, Shooter Jennings, Jim Lauderdale, Junior Brown, Tim Reynolds, Tim Easton, Joe Purdy, Chris Knight, Chris Whitley & eastmountainsouth.