Florida Georgia Line grows up on latest full-length album
An innovative fusion of country, rock, hip-hop, and pop has proven Florida Georgia Line to be a “once-in-a-generation force of change in modern music,” according to a bio posted on FloridaGeorgiaLine.com. However, the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are far from done pushing the envelope as third album, Dig Your Roots, showcases a “whole new musical evolution.” “A lot of things have changed,” explains Kelley. “We’ve grown up, [and] we’ve learned a lot. I think that translates into this music, into this album, and into this lifestyle—it’s all one.” Hubbard agrees, adding it’s been fun trying to better themselves every day. “Whether that’s spiritually, musically, mentally or creatively, that’s really been our goal for the last couple years,” he says.
Both songwriters co-penned eight of the 15 tracks on the new project via BMX/Republic Nashville, while super producer Joey Moi (Nickelback, RaeLynn, Jake Owen) remains at the helm. “We want to put out all sorts of songs,” declares Kelley. “We want to be artists that can put out party songs … like ‘H.O.L.Y.’ or songs that make you want to call your dad like ‘While He’s Still Around.’ We want to be 360-degree artists, that’s what we’re chasing.
The press release notes the two artists are getting personal “like never before” as they learn how to express their deepest thoughts and hopes for the future by reconnecting with their roots. The Dig Your Roots title track “uncovers the bedrock of the FGL way” in a revealing look into their upbringing and reminder to keep sight of who they really are. Other tracks such as ‘Life Is a Honeymoon’ featuring Ziggy Marley (son of reggae legend Bob Marley) remind listeners to be grateful for every moment with a tropical flare.
‘God, Your Mama, and Me’ featuring the Backstreet Boys celebrates “unwavering devotion” with a flourish of ‘90s pop, while the album’s second single, ‘May We All’ featuring Tim McGraw, is described as a “powerful message of unity for a world in turmoil, built on solid country ground.” The latter track is currently No. 45 on the Mediabase Country airplay chart and No. 27 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
Since breaking out in 2012 with the crossover smash hit, ‘Cruise,’ Hubbard and Kelley have solidified their place as one of the elite acts in country music, earning numerous awards including three consecutive Vocal Duo of the Year titles from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. They’ve sold more than 25 million tracks and 3.5 million albums worldwide, claiming the first RIAA Diamond-certified single in country music history when sales of ‘Cruise’ topped 10 million copies.
Ten of the group’s 11 singles have gone to No. 1 and reached platinum or gold status, while both previous albums (Here’s to the Good Times and Anything Goes) topped the country charts and earned double-platinum and platinum status, respectively. As a live act, Florida Georgia Line sold more than 1.5 million concert tickets in 2015, and the duo is back on the road through mid-November.
The Dig Your Roots Tour hits venues in more than 35 cities including the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City (Aug. 25); Pittsburgh (Aug. 27); Toronto (Sept. 1); Cleveland (Sept. 9); St. Louis (Sept. 16); Chicago (Sept. 17); Las Vegas (Sept. 24); Sacramento, Calif. (Sept. 30); Phoenix (Oct. 7); Nashville (Oct. 13); Atlanta (Oct. 22); and Spokane, Wash. (Nov. 10) before finishing up with five more shows in Canada (Nov. 12-19).
Watch Florida Georgia Line in the official music video for H.O.L.Y., the duo’s 10th No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and/or Country Airplay chart.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard came out of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Monroe, Ga., respectively. They met as students at Nashville's Belmont University, and began writing songs together between classes.
* The two began playing local clubs and were soon building a fan base on the Southeast U.S. club circuit. They debuted their contemporary country sound in December 2010 by self-releasing an EP of original material titled, Anything Like Me.
* The duo signed a publishing and management deal with Big Loud Mountain and entered the studio with producer Joey Moi to record a second EP, It'z Just What We Do, which was preceded in May 2012 with the single ‘Cruise.’
* ‘Cruise’ inched up the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and eventually topped the chart in December 2012. The song remained atop the country charts for 24 weeks, shattering the previous long-held record of 21 weeks that was held by Webb Pierce in 1955 (‘In the Jailhouse Now’), Hank Snow in 1950 (‘I'm Movin' On’), and Eddy Arnold in 1947 (‘I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms).’
* A pop-oriented remix of ‘Cruise’ featuring rapper Nelly was released as a pop single, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two subsequent singles by Florida Georgia Line—2013’s ‘Get Your Shine On’ and ‘Round Here’—went platinum on their way to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
* The album Here's to the Good Times benefitted from the astronomical chart and sales success of ‘Cruise’ by topping the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and making the Top 5 of the Billboard 200. ‘Cruise’ has since sold more than 10 million units on its way to RIAA Diamond certification as the biggest country music single of all time.
* During the summer of 2013, Here's to the Good Times was reissued as an expanded edition called Here's to the Good Times … This Is How We Roll. Luke Bryan joined the duo on the ‘This Is How We Roll’ single, which was added for the holiday release of the album that also topped the country charts.
* In July 2014, Florida Georgia Line issued the No. 1 country single, ‘Dirt,’ which introduced the duo’s second studio album, Anything Goes. As with its predecessor, the album was produced by Joey Moi and released in October 2014. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of first week sales of nearly 200,000 copies.