Florida Georgia Line discuss their new album—and how they’ve made big business in Nashville.
In the country music industry, perhaps no star is rising, or business expanding more rapidly than that of the Florida Georgia Line brand. Over the last seven years, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, both halves of the superstar duo, have succeeded in their teamwork to the point of commodifying it. FGL House, the band’s bar in downtown Nashville, is one of Music City’s most popular nightspots. FGL Fest was arguably the most anticipated fall 2018 event in Indianapolis (before it was cancelled due to bad weather). And the band name FGL has become synonymous with success in country radio.
The duo achieved their 16th Number One song last October when “Simple” topped both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/ Mediabase Country airplay charts. The single was released alongside “Colorado” on June 1, followed by “Talk You Out of It” in July and “Sittin’ Pretty’” in August. Rounded up as a self-titled EP, these four tracks were offered as a collective sampling of the pair’s fourth LP, slated for 2019.
“I think we’re gonna’ call it Can’t Say I Ain’t Country,” Hubbard says. “We’re probably getting back to our country roots a little more than our previous albums, which is exciting for BK and I,” he adds. “We’ve been working on this album longer than any others we’ve done, and we really do feel like it’s our strongest one.”