Florida Georgia Line is the hottest bro-country act on the planet! If you don’t believe us, check them out in concert for yourself at any of their upcoming 2017 tour dates.
Television and radio news outlets from across the nation lined up at the Yard Space (Flatiron District, North) to interview the multi-platinum duo on Tuesday afternoon, we were among the first three outlets to chop it up with them.
In the world of mainstream music when your debut single (Cruise 2012/Cruise Remix 2013) reaches certified diamond status in the U.S. alone, in just two years, you’re considered hot. And, since THZ covers all-that-is hot, it made plenty of sense why we would jump at the chance to interview the pair individually known as Tyler Hubbard, and Brian Kelley. From the meaning behind the title of their third studio LP Dig Your Roots, to the controversy surrounding the album cover–THZ sure got the deets on all-that-is FGL. Allegedly, there’s a guy in Times Square who’s already done the naked cowboy thing (see DYR album cover above) so there’s been some speculation of a copyright infringement. But we’ll get back to that later.
Now, I won’t tell a lie, I can think of a few of my favorite country tracks including Garth Brooks’ “People Loving People” and Beyoncé’s “Daddy Lessons,” but I’m not an avid connoisseur of country music, let alone bro-country. Seriously, I didn’t even know bro-country, a subgenre of country music, even existed until THZ host Jason Robinson forwarded me the media alert a month ago. Between the media alert and my love for exploring new super dope music subgenres, I was intrigued to learn more about the duo. I listened to a few of their past singles including “Cruise” and “Get Your Shine On,” and wasn’t impressed by the revelations of partying, stuntin’ and getting laid. It was pretty much the same thing I’ve heard from various artists across the board lately.
But then I watched the video to lead Dig Your Roots single H.O.L.Y (High. On. Loving. You) via YouTube, and was impressed by the creative gist of the song and video. So, I listened to the DYR LP on Tidal and I really loved the smooth blend of R&B, pop, rock and country soul on this LP. The production on this LP surpasses the production on FGL’s earlier works, and the choices in subject-matters are far more versatile. This time around, the duo pays homage to the myriad of influences responsible for molding them into the men they are today.
From musical influences to the moral values they’ve been raised on, FGL is thankful for it all. Of course they’re still talking about partying and getting laid, but on this album the duo has grown to appreciate the more important things in life as well. And I’ve grown to appreciate FGL as promising musicians. In fact, the album is now a part of my offline album collection on tidal. “Lifer,” “Island,” “Grow Old,” and “Heatwave,” are among my favorite tracks on this eclectic set.
I considered the fact that I’m not the only person who wasn’t familiar with the duo. So after examining FGL’s music catalogue, researching bro-country, and meeting the duo, I compiled a list of cool facts to get you acquainted with them. Here’s what you need to know and love about FGL:
- FGL first entered the country music scene with debut EP Anything Like Me, on December 14, 2010.
- They’re the pioneers (aka the Godfathers) of bro-country music, a subgenre of mainstream country music influenced by hip-hop, EDM, and hardrock. The term “bro-country” was first coined by journalist Jody Rosen, on August 11, 2013, via vulture.com, to describe the duo’s musical style after the release of debut single “Cruise,” and “Cruise Remix” ft. Nelly.
- On January 6, 2014 “Cruise” became the best-selling country song of all time, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
- FGL’s released three studio LPs, three EPs, 11 singles, one featured single, 14 other charted songs, and 12 music videos. In addition, ten of their singles peaked at #1 on U.S. Billboard charts.
- They’ve been big fans of world-renowned artists Ziggy Marley, The Backstreet Boys, and Tim McGraw—all featured on the Dig Your Roots LP— for a long time.
- The duo was formed in Nashville, Tennessee. However, Tyler Hubbard is originally from Monroe, Georgia while Brian Kelley, is originally from Ormond Beach, Florida—hence the name, Florida Georgia Line.
- As far as the naked cowboy controversy, find out why Tyler thought it was a good way for him and Brian to embarrass themselves below.
Florida Georgia Line “In The Hot Zone” With Jason Robinson