Country Music Tattle Tale recently caught up with the boys of Florida Georgia Line moments after they announced the nominees for the 2013 CMA Awards. They were joined by musical icon, Sheryl Crow, at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The pair, made up of Tyler Hubbard and Brian “BK” Kelley, spoke of what they bring to country music, who they’d like to collaborate with in the future, who they root for on Sundays , and what it means to play in the Big Apple.
Florida Georgia Line, better known to their fans as “F-G-L,” have certainly brought a fresh sound to the world of country music, so much so, that they have turned non-country listeners, into country music lovers.
“We get excited about making fresh music and kind of getting out of the box a little bit,” said Hubbard. “One of our favorite things to hear is, people come up and they tell us that they weren’t a country fan or didn’t like country until they heard us, or till they came to a show. For us, that’s the biggest compliment we can get.”
Perhaps what makes them so unique is their desire to work with artists outside of the Nashville area. The duo, who recently collaborated with rap artist, Nelly, hope to do similar cross over collaborations in the future.
“[W]e’d love to collab with Little Wayne or Rihanna or something like that,” said Hubbard.
Hubbard and Kelley have a magnetic energy about them. Their excitement for what they do is contagious. Their faces light up when they talk of how hard they worked to get where they are, and how hard they plan to work in the future. Before the boys made it to the big leagues, they rode around the country in a Tahoe; fortunately, that vehicle has been replaced by a much more comfortable tour bus.
“It’s been an amazing process,” said Kelley.” You know, if you can’t enjoy it you might as well not do it. So we made sure that we enjoyed it every step of the way. It’s been amazing.”
“But as of right now, we’ve got a long way to go, and a lot more to do, and a lot more music to make,” adds Hubbard.
Between concerts and recording sessions, you can find the boys on their tour bus rooting for their favorite college and professional football teams. Hubbard and Kelley cheer for the Tennessee Titans, as well as their home states of Georgia and Florida when watching college ball.
“For college, we’re going to make a better effort this year to follow football since we’re now on a bus and have a TV,” said Hubbard.
FGL will be returning to the Best Buy Theater in November to play two shows –the second added after the first sold out in minutes.
“We were here [at the Best Buy Theater] last year with Jake Owen on the CMT Tour, kicking things off,” said Kelley. “To be back and to be doing two nights in a row, it’s a dream come true. It’s amazing. It really is a testament to our fans. You can see what’s going on here. It’s something extremely special. I get goosebumps talking about it. We’re gonna blow the roof off this place, I know that.”