"We'd love to do something with Rihanna; that would be a dream come true for both of us," the group's Brian Kelley, speaking on behalf of musical partner Tyler Hubbard, tells Billboard. "We'll work with pretty much anybody as long as the song's right and we're a fan and they're a fan and everybody's got a good attitude. Collaborating is fun; that, to me, is what music's all about. It shows you all the different things an artist can do and how they can sing differently and all that. To me it's part of music. I think there should be more collaborations."
Even though Anything Goes, FGL's chart-topping sophomore album, is just 10 months old, the duo and its main collaborator, producer Joey Moi, are already well along the path toward its follow-up. Vocal recording began during mid-July, according to Kelly, with most of the work being done at his Treehouse home studio. "I can't really pinpoint anything, but I just think the songs are going to be better and different," Kelley predicts. "I think they're gonna be deeper. I think there are points we haven't touched on. I think people are gonna get to know us even more. On every record we've let them in on what we like, what we don't like, who we like to party with. We're very transparent with our lyrics, and we're gonna continue to be, but we know where the bar is and we're gonna try to raise it. We're taking our time with this and making sure it's real and it's tight and ready to rock."
Then again, it couldn't be a more contentious time to be Florida Georgia Line. Country music is embroiled in an identity struggle of sorts. This is nothing new for Nashville, but the debate has reached a particularly sharp fever pitch in the age of social media. And Florida Georgia Line - who helped change the sound of modern country music by successfully fusing hip-hop and rap into their songs, which often extol the "bro-country" virtues of partying, drinking and girls in bikinis - is frequently caught in the crossfire.
Ever since "bro-country" started to dominate the genre, the FGL duo (Brian Kelley, 29, of Florida and Tyler Hubbard, 28, of Georgia) often find themselves the subject of criticism and defending their music, which they say a) stays true to who they are and b) is a lot deeper than people give them credit for. After all, the tired argument about what truly constitutes country music goes back decades to the days of Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard.
Brian and Tyler appeared on Ryan Seacrest's new show, "Knock Knock Live" last night to surprise some big fans in Nashville with money and tickets to their FGL Cruise in November! How jealous are all of us?! Watch below!
Florida Georgia Line Looking to Dig a Little Deeper on Upcoming Third Album
Florida Georgia Line showed they have a deeper side with "Dirt," the lead single from their sophomore album, Anything Goes . Since then, they've gone back to releasing three party anthems in a row -- "Sun Daze," "Sippin' on Fire" and the title track, "Anything Goes." Those singles follow the good-time anthem hits from their debut album, Here's to the Good Times , including "Cruise," "This Is How We Roll," "Round Here," and "Get Your Shine On."
If you're hoping to see the duo change things up content-wise on their next album, you may be in luck. It seems the pair, who are now both married men, realize they need to sing about more than just constant drinking and partying as they get older. They're currently writing and recording for that third album, and FGL's Brian Kelley tells Michigan's The Daily Tribune , "I just think the songs are gonna be better and different. I think they're gonna be deeper. I think there are points we haven't touched on. I think people are gonna get to know us even more."