BATTERED, BRUISED, BUT STILL SMILING: THE EVOLUTION OF FGL
Florida Georgia Line still have swagger, and that really pisses some people off.
The act made up of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley mixed rock, hip-hop and Alan Jackson beginning with their breakout single "Cruise" from 2012's Here's to the Good Times (Republic Nashville). They were agents of change, and in country music, change goes down like warm beer. Traditionalists think they shouldn't be here - they don't belong! They labeled them "bro-country" or "hick-hop." But mainstream audiences have always been on FGL's side, driving their debut release to No.1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart and since then, twice platinum.
Hubbard and Kelley are clumsily caricatured: urban cowboys with a penchant for Fireball whiskey, middle fingers pointed at the establishment. They're the "Cruise" guys.
"If they want to call us the 'Cruise' guys, we'll take it, because that's the biggest song in history," Hubbard laughs from beneath the low brim of his Tree Vibez Music ball cap. "I literally look at it almost as like, man, if we don't have haters we're not doing something right. For every hater of FGL, there are 10,000 lovers."
FGL WENT INTO MAKING "DIG YOUR ROOTS" WITH '50 TO 60 SONGS'
With the recent release of their new album, Dig Your Roots, hitting No. 1 in its first week, Florida Georgia Line has felt like the fans have truly connected with this record. But even though they think this is their strongest project yet, they had trouble deciding between the large amount of songs they wrote for the project.
For all songwriters and artists, their songs become something more than just words and music. They become stories that are personal to their hearts and a message they strive to share with fans. To put their songs on the chopping block is never an easy feat and the guys of Florida Georgia Line didn’t want to leave behind any of their favorites.
Country music star Brian Kelley honored at DSC Foundation Gala
Torrential rains broke long enough to allow a who's who of Daytona to descend upon the Mori Hosseini Center on Tuesday night.
It wouldn't have stopped them anyway. Royalty was going to be there. Music City royalty. They even rolled out the red carpet.
A sea of smiles and handshakes engulfed Ormond Beach native Brian Kelley — the hometown hero that made it big in county music band Florida Georgia Line.
Normally Ormond Beach Mayor Ed Kelley is the one in the spotlight, but Tuesday night, it was a different story. His son Brian Kelley was the guest of honor at the Daytona State College Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The event has taken place for more than 20 years and Tuesday's proceeds from the sold out gala will support the Brian Kelley Endowment Scholarship Fund, which reduces college costs for students in need.
The mayor and his beaming wife, Mary Margaret Kelley, didn’t seem to mind their son being the center of attention.
“We pinch ourselves every time we see him on TV,” Ed Kelley said.
Florida Georgia Line is once again being honored for CMT Artists of the Year, airing October 20 on CMT. This is their 4th nomination (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), and they're being honored alongside Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett.