Even if you are a person who hates country music, you are probably familiar with Florida Georgia Line, because Florida Georgia Line is probably a big part of why you hate country music. The duo—Brian Kelley (from Florida) and Tyler Hubbard (from Georgia)—didn’t invent bro-country, the genre’s beers-trucks-and-girls offshoot, but they are very complicit in its ubiquity: Their 2012 debut, Here’s to the Good Times, is a collection of cringe-inducing hymns for the church of drinking on dirt roads with best friends, punctuated with defiant slogans to make fans envious of the life they purportedly live. “It’s just what we do,” they declare to the world in one. In another: “That’s how we do it ‘round here.”
The formula worked: Good Times went platinum twice and propelled them to country music superstardom. Its lead single, “Cruise,” was the first country song in history—one of only eight songs ever—to earn the RIAA’s Diamond designation, with over 10 million combined sales and streams. Their 2017 duet with pop singer Bebe Rexha, “Meant to Be,” spent a record 50 consecutive weeks at the top of the Hot Country Songs chart and still remains the odds-on favorite to be playing in any fro-yo shop the moment you walk in the door.
Much of Florida Georgia Line’s success stems from their strenuous efforts to portray themselves as pushers of the genre’s rigid boundaries—a strain of country that invites even those less familiar with its traditional tropes to take part. “The mixtape’s got a little Hank, a little Drake, a little something bumping, thumb-thumping on the wheel,” they begin on “This Is How We Roll,” which features fellow bro-country king Luke Bryan and brings in Jason Derulo for the remix. “Sun Daze,” off 2014’s Anything Goes, describes an ideal day-drinking playlist of hip-hop, Merle Haggard, Mick Jagger, and Bob Marley, while “May We All” includes a verse from Tim McGraw and a shoutout to 2Pac. The only thing discernibly “country” about “Meant to Be” is the twang in Kelley’s and Hubbard’s voices.
The ACM Awards have announced 7 new awards and 3 of those, Breakout Artist of the Decade, Single of the Decade and Musical Event of the Decade, go to our boys!
The ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade Award acknowledges an artist that first impacted country music in the decade and has contributed to the country music format in a meaningful way. Factors considered include success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, creative integrity, touring statistics, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.
FGL’s 2012 No. 1 hit, “Cruise, was recognized as the ACM Single of the Decade Award, which recognizes a single that has impacted country music over the decade. The factors considered include success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.
Florida Georgia Line received the ACM Music Event of the Decade Award for their 2017 No. 1 hit, “Meant to Be,” with Bebe Rexha. The award recognizes a recording performed by artists who do not regularly perform together that has impacted country music over the decade. The factors considered include success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.
Florida Georgia Line are joining Old Dominion as openers for Kenny Chesney’s just-announced Chillaxification 2020 Tour! Presale for LIFERS begins on September 30, with regular sales October 4. More dates are said to be announced soon:
Chillaxification 2020 Tour
April 18 | AT&T Stadium | Arlington, Texas
April 25 | Miller Park | Milwaukee, Wis.
May 2 | U.S. Bank Stadium | Minneapolis, Minn.
May 9 | Raymond James Stadium | Tampa, Fla.
May16 | Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Atlanta, Ga.
May 22 | Minute Maid Park | Houston, Texas
May 23 | The Alamodome | San Antonio, Texas
May 30 | Heinz Field | Pittsburgh, Pa.
June 6 | Lincoln Financial Field | Philadelphia, Pa.
June 13 | Busch Stadium | St. Louis, Mo.
June 20 | Ohio Stadium | Columbus, Ohio
June 27 | Nissan Stadium | Nashville, Tenn.
July 11 | Arrowhead Stadium | Kansas City, Mo.
July 18 | CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Wash.
July 25 | Soldier Field | Chicago, Ill.
August 1 | SoFi Stadium | Inglewood, Calif.
August 8 | Empower Field at Mile High | Denver, Colo.
August 15 | Ford Field | Detroit, Mich.
August 22 | MetLife Stadium | East Rutherford, NJ
August 28 | Gillette Stadium | Foxboro, Mass.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE highlights the good times with a 17-track acoustic project, out October 18. THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS spans their meteoric rise from 2012, as Belmont University alums playing open mic nights, to their current superstardom, including their 11X-PLATINUM breakout “Cruise,” which remains the best-selling digital Country single of all time.
“We’re taking it back, y’all,” shares FGL’s Brian Kelley. “Tyler and I started out writing songs on the back of his tailgate and playing anywhere that would let us. This album is a huge thank you for all of the good times that have brought us to where we are now.”
“Playing these tunes acoustic with BK gives it a whole new flavor,” adds FGL’s Tyler Hubbard. “We’re celebrating our fans with this project and hope y’all love it as much as we do.”
THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS is available now for preorder with eight stripped-down favorites ready for immediate download. Physical CDs are available exclusively at Walmart on October 18.
Florida Georgia Line’s THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS Track Listing
1. “Cruise”** – Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Joey Moi, Chase Rice, Jesse Rice
2. “Round Here”** – Rodney Clawson, Thomas Rhett, Chris Tompkins
3. “Stay”** – Jon Lawhon, Joey Moi, Chris Robertson, Ben Wells, John Fred Young
4. “Get Your Shine On”** – Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins
5. “This Is How We Roll” (feat. Luke Bryan) – Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell
6. “Sippin’ on Fire”** – Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem, Cole Taylor
7. “Sun Daze”** – Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Cary Barlowe, Sarah Buxton, Jesse Frasure
8. “Dirt”** – Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins
9. “Anything Goes” – Felix McTeigue, Chris Tompkins, Craig Wiseman
10. “Confession” – Rodney Clawson, Ross Copperman, Matt Jenkins
11. “Smooth” – Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Schmidt
12. “H.O.L.Y.” – busbee, Nate Cyphert, William Wiik Larsen
13. “May We All” (feat. Tim McGraw) – Rodney Clawson, Jamie Moore
14. “God, Your Mama, and Me” (feat. Backstreet Boys) – Josh Kear, Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson
15. “Simple” – Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Michael Hardy, Mark Holman
16. “Talk You Out of It”** – Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Jameson Rodgers, Alysa Vanderheym
17. “Meant to Be” (feat. Bebe Rexha) – Tyler Hubbard, Bebe Rexha, David Garcia, Josh Miller
**Tracks available upon preorder
“Blessings” is the official 3rd single from Florida Georgia Line’s “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” album and has been sent to radio. Request it now!
Two Under 2! Tyler Hubbard Shares Adorable Photos with New Baby Luca and Toddler Olivia
Tyler Hubbard and wife Hayley welcomed their second child, son Luca Reed, on Aug. 19
Tyler Hubbard couldn’t be a prouder papa.
The Florida Georgia Line singer, 32, and wife Hayley pose with their two children — 2-week-old son Luca Reed and daughter Olivia “Liv” Rose, 20 months — for this week’s issue of PEOPLE, out Friday, where they dish on everything from what they’re looking forward to most as a family of four to balancing work and home life.
“I love being able to write songs and play shows, but there’s a different emotion that comes along with it now and that’s just missing the family on a different level,” Hubbard tells PEOPLE. “I’ve always missed Hayley when she’s not out there, but now missing her and Liv and Luca puts a new level of that emotion on top of all the other emotions of the weekend. I just look forward to those Sundays.”
Luca’s Aug. 19 birth fell on a Monday, at the tail end of Hubbard and bandmate Brian Kelley‘s weekly Thursday through Saturday Can’t Say I Ain’t Country tour dates. And his baby boy has already seen Dad in action.
Happy birthday Luca! Born August 19 at 3:40 a.m. in Nashville, Luca arrived on his due date, weighing in at 8 lbs., 11 oz. and measuring 20.5 inches long.
Congrats to the happy family of 4!
Florida Georgia Line Launch Round Here Records With Flagship Artist Canaan Smith
As Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley continue to expand their business interests, the pair has founded Round Here Records. The label’s flagship artist is Canaan Smith.
“The label started with a passion to create music and to make records,” Hubbard tells Billboard via phone. “It happened organically [as] we continued to find the artists and friends that we love, believe in and thought had a gift and talent that we wanted to try to nurture. It turned into something that we are really excited about. [We’re] trying to do some trailblazing in this record label space.”
Last year Smith signed to Tree Vibez Music – the duo’s publishing arm founded in 2015 – and Kelley says the pair have believed in him for years as a songwriter and artist. Previously signed to Mercury Records Nashville, Smith saw success in 2015 with his second single, “Love You Like That,” which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
While FGL, who remain signed to Big Machine as artists, have plans to put out records from other writer/performers signed to Tree Vibez, they say they will also sign talent beyond the publishing company. Hubbard and Kelley declined to mention names, but say they have three more acts “we’re about to put music out on real, real soon.”
“If we find a songwriter/artist that has a publishing deal somewhere else, they don’t have to be on Tree Vibez to sign with Round Here Records,” Kelley says. “Tyler and I are looking for great people, great talent and great songs, and that’s what Round Here and Tree Vibez is always focused on.”