Interview: Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard on I Love My Country, album number 5 and returning to the UK
Florida Georgia Linedropped new singleI Love My Countryyesterday, the first taster from their upcoming fifth studio album.
The record-breaking duo are at the top of their game with four huge albums, the latest being 2019’sCan’t Say I Ain’t Country, and an embarrassment of certifications under their belts.They also launched their own record label Round Here Records in 2019, which sits alongside their publishing company Tree Vibez and their Nashville venue FGL House.
To mark the release of the new single, I spoke to Tyler Hubbard – one half of FGL – to discuss the feel-good track, find out more about the duo’s upcoming album and to talk about their overdue return to the UK…
How are you doing?
We’re doing great man, we’re doing really well thank you.
Are you surviving the corona virus lockdown that we all seem to be under?
We are yeah.We’re surviving and excited for it to pass and in the meantime we’re just staying home and enjoying some good quality time with the kids and the wives.We’re just here at the house so we’re trying to soak it up as much as we can and stay positive.
Your new single I Love My Country came out today and it’s such a feel good track.It feels like you guys had fun with this one.How did the song come about?
Yeah, we did.We had a lot of fun making this one and this song’s been in our world for maybe almost two years.It’s been around and some good buddies of ours wrote it.We just decided, ‘man, this song keeps coming back to us and we keep singing it so maybe we should record it with some of the FGL flavour on it and get it out to the world’.That’s what we decided decided to do and we had so much fun in the studio with our co-producer, Corey Crowder, bringing this song to life.
We’re excited that it’s out for the world and we really do hope it brings some encouragement, some joy and some fun to people’s houses the way that done to ours.We had a whole lot of fun making it so we hope that translates
It’s Time to Rethink Florida Georgia Line, One of Country’s Biggest Shapeshifters
The duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley return with a brand new single—and a whole new outlook.
Here’s an (incomplete) list of what, in the eight years since their ridiculously successful debut, the men of Florida Georgia Line have become: headliners, husbands, restauranteurs, record label owners, whiskey makers, music producers and publishers. Tyler Hubbard, the Georgia half of the act, just announced that he and his wife Hayley will welcome a third child later this year. Brian Kelley, along with his wife Brittney, run the popular clothing brand Tribe Kelley. But what occasionally gets lost in the shuffle is that the duo has also emerged as one of the format’s premier musical shapeshifters, the latest evidence of which arrives today with their raucous new single “I Love My Country.”
“We haven’t had anything that hits this hard since ‘Round Here,’” says Kelley, the Sunshine State’s representative for the group, referring to their stadium-sized 2012 No.1. (It was their third to scale the Airplay Charts off their debut LP, Here’s to the Good Times.) “This one’s loud—it punches through the speaker,” he says of the song, a thunderous ode to down-home living. He’s right, though the last handful of years have hardly been quiet. Across their three ensuing albums, they’ve flirted with ethereal pop, reggae, folk, hip-hop, and R&B, and collaborated with the likes of Backstreet Boys, Ziggy Marley, Jason Aldean, Bebe Rexha, Tim McGraw, and Jason DeRulo. Most recently, they threw a pedal steel and a hick-hop flow on the country remix of Justin Bieber’s “Yummy.”
FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and Wife Hayley Reveal Sex of Third Child — with the Help of an Elephant!
The exciting reveal took place at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, the couple’s rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively
Tyler Hubbard and wife Hayley are having a boy!
The exciting reveal took place on March 4, during a trip to Africa that the Florida Georgia Line singer and his wife took with their daughter Olivia “Liv” Rose, 2, as well as bandmate Brian Kelley and his wife Brittney, PEOPLE can exclusively share.
In order to plan the big reveal, Hayley turned to Brittney for help — who found out the baby’s sex before going abroad and kept the news from her husband, who also wanted to be surprised.
When the group all made a visit to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, which is known for its elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation programs, Brittney stealthily gave a blue scarf to an elephant keeper upon their arrival.
Before the special elephant paid a visit to the group, Tyler and Hayley explained to their daughter, who loves elephants, that if the animal came to them wearing a blue scarf, she would be getting another little brother, and if the elephant had a pink scarf, a baby sister would be on the way this fall.
Much to Olivia’s surprise, when the elephant appeared, the blue scarf it wore revealed that her parents are expecting a son!
That night, the Hubbards and the Kelleys kept the celebration going with a dinner in Kenya.
We truly love nothing more than performing for our fans. As disappointed as we are that the spring shows with @kennychesney have been postponed, everyone’s health and safety is our number one concern. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in the coming months. Love y’all!
Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line go way back —they’ve written hit songs together, toured the world together, and shared many glasses of whiskey along the way. Their latest collaboration, Wolf Moon Bourbon, is a tribute to all the incredible memories they’ve made throughout the years and a celebration of all the new ones still yet to come.
Wolf Moon Bourbon was born out of brotherhood and created for life’s special moments shared with those we love most. This whiskey is aged to perfection in new American oak casks for four years to achieve a sweet and smooth profile. Keep an eye out for Wolf Moon Bourbon on tour with Jason Aldean and at your local retailer very soon.
Tribe Kelley TK is a USA made clothing brand founded and operated by Brittney and Brian Kelley. The brand is a collection of transitional fashion pieces that are intended to keep you feeling comfortable and stylin’ from the plane to the party.