Country radio is experimenting with a lot of new sounds these days. Jason Aldean has introduced an edgy rock with a hint of rap. Taylor Swift and her followers are mixing in a healthy dose of Pop, and now a new duo called Florida Georgia Line is creating an juiced up redneck arena rock sound that is unlike anything else out of Nashville.
Florida Georgia Line is a country rock band led by the duo Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly. The origin of the name is simple: Hubbard is from Macon, Georgia and Kelley hails from Ormond Beach, Florida.
The two met in Nashville while both attending Belmont University and started writing together and have been playing ever since.
Florida Georgia Line’s following swelled on Facebook in early 2012 and on July 16th 2012 they signed a record deal with Republic Nashville. Part of the successful Big Machine Label group that is also home to acts like The Band Perry.
The bands first single was an almost instant success by country radio standards where new groups are often shunned. However, the immediate fan appeal to the hooky and modern sounding “Cruise” got them fairly quick airplay and fans in the country programming world hungry for tempo.
In less than twenty five weeks the song reached the pinnacle of radio airplay charts while defining a new young party fresh sound for the group. The success of the single bodes well for the future sales of the groups first major album out December 4th called “Here’s to The Good Times.” The collection includes five tracks from their “It’z Just What We Do” EP and injects some additional party favorites like “Hell Raising Heat Of The Summer” and “Party People.”
The new album also weaves some juiced up production into the mix courtesy of popular producer Joey Moi who has worked with the likes of rock acts such as Nickleback, Daughtrty, Hinder and Santana.
The band continues to fuel their newfound exposure with major touring slots opening for CMT On Tour with Jake Owen and Love and Theft plus Luke Bryan’s Dirt Road Diaries Tour. They also churn out a fun and viral weekly web series “Inside The Line” on YouTube and are featured in Jake Owen’s new “Endless Summer” EP with a Cruise-like sounding “Summer Jam.” They also get songwriting credit (and publishing cash) for “Black Tears” on Jason Aldean’s platinum selling “Night Train.”
Recently the group has received some additional attention for ushering in a new acceptance of rap overtones in traditionally white bread country music. FGL, along with others like Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, and Colt Ford have been heard rapping lyrics to strong fan response in live shows. More is sure to come for this turbo charged duo from the South East.