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.”