The past 10 years have been pivotal in the landscape of country music as more and more contemporary, mainstream influences make their way into the tunes and lyrics of young country stars. And there, at the pinnacle of much of that evolution, is award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line.
While traditionalists have scoffed at Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley’s contribution to country music, without question it has been an important one and reminds us that, like anything else that defines culture, music is ever-evolving. But there is more to Florida Georgia Line than just their chart-topping tunes, Platinum-selling records and sold-out concerts, and Rare Country’s 5 has five of the reasons we’re digging this dynamic duo.
Both T-Hubbs and B.K. maintain strong, separate identities, but they don’t just come together musically. They are a united force when it comes to supporting the United States military. In fact, they have worked hand in hand with the Independence Fund to offer some much-needed aid to our nation’s disabled veterans. At stops on their 2017 “Dig Your Roots Tour,” the friends and music partners presented those wounded heroes with all-terrain track chairs that enable them to maintain an active lifestyle. That’s an effort we can get behind.
Another thing we love about Florida Georgia Line, besides their infectious grooves, is that as the format changes and as they get a little older, their music is evolving to reflect the growth they’re experiencing personally. Both Brian and Tyler are now married, and it was after each tied the knot that they released their mega-hit ballad, “H.O.L.Y.,” a tribute to their wives. Now, with a new little one in the Hubbard household, we anticipate a tribute to baby Olivia Rose Hubbard on a future project.
But it isn’t just a couple of songs that have evolved, it’s a whole mindset and approach to making music. The band of brothers is growing even more thoughtful than before, and while they can certainly still crank out a foot-stomping, beer-drinking romp, they can also pluck a heartstring with songs like “Dirt.”
It’s almost unbelievable what Tyler and Brian have been able to accomplish in just five short years of recording. All three of the albums they have released have been certified Platinum, they have a dozen No. 1 singles, and they are popularly sought ought to collaborate on projects across musical genres. And they’re really just getting started.
Those are just a couple of reasons that we’re walking the Florida Georgia Line, but host Erin has a few more in this week’s Rare Country’s 5. Be sure to check that out and then let us know what you enjoy most about this duo, which has us all rolling our windows down to cruise.
And be sure to check back in later in the week when we have more of the fun and news from in and around country music in Rare Country’s 5.