Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are probably used to hearing phrases like “over-night success” or “those two came out of nowhere”. These two young men make up the duo Florida Georgia Line, and 2013 has definitely been a big year for them.
They were named New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, where they were also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year. They won a Billboard Music Award for Top Country song with “Cruise”. The CMT Music Awards honored them with Video of the Year, Duo Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the year, all for their single “Cruise”. They were also nominated for the Nationwide On Your Side Award for volunteering, at the CMT Awards. And, if all that isn’t enough, Teen Choice award nominations included Choice Country Group, Choice Country Song, Choice Summer Song, and Choice Summer Music Star Group.
Their album is called “Here’s to the Good Times,” and so far this great album has given the duo a number one hit, with “Cruise,” and two top ten hits with “Get Your Shine On”, and “Round Here”.
The 11 songs on this album are Cruise, Round Here, Get Your Shine On, Here’s to the Good Times, It’z Just What We Do, Stay, Hell Raisin’ Heat of the Summer, Tell Me How You Like It, Tip it Back, Dayum, Baby (with Sarah Buxton), and Party People.
There isn’t much to say about the first three songs on the album. Everyone who listens to country music has heard those three songs, and everyone who listens to country music loves those three songs. But the album has much more to offer than those three familiar tunes. “Here’s to the Good Times” sits in fourth place on the album, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s the fourth single for the duo. If you heard this song on the radio, and anyone else was singing it – your first thought would probably be ‘Florida Georgia Line should have done this song’. At least that would have been my first thought. This song reminds me very much of the first three, but with Florida Georgia Line, I think that’s alright. It’s a sound that works for them, and they really need to stay with it.
With all the good that is on this album, I did find one that I just can’t include in my list of Florida Georgia Line favorites. That would be “It’z Just What We Do”. Everyone who has been reading Country’s Chatter online for the past six years knows that I have a problem with rap music finding its way into country. For artists like Cowboy Troy, Jesta James and Colt Ford, rap is definitely just what they do. Even artists like Jason Aldean put out songs with a sound that just doesn’t fit into my definition of country music. However, when you get an album this good, and you only want to skip over one out of 11 songs, that’s not bad at all. Obviously some people like that rap/hip-hop sound, even when it is becomes part of country music. Florida Georgia Line teamed up with rapper Nelly on a rendition of their hit song “Cruise,” and it was a definite crowd pleaser with younger crowd.
“Party People” is the last of the 11, and while there is a little rap sound in the background, this one is still a high-energy, get the crowd moving, let’s have a good time song. “Stay” is the closest we get to a love song. It’s not a slow song, and it’s not acoustic, and it is definitely not a ballad, but it does have lyrics that scream ‘love song’. “If I wrote you a love song and sang it to you every day, would it ever be enough to make you wanna come back home and stay.”
“Tell Me How You Like It” and “Hell Raisin’ Heat of the Summer” are definitely among my favorites on this CD. These two songs are simply Florida Georgia Line doing what they do best.
I’m looking forward to next Thursday night’s show in Gray. The fact that this show sold out in just hours only proves again just how popular Florida Georgia Line has become – in a very short time. Back with more soon! Visit their web site for all the up-to-date information about the duo; check out their facebook page (and be sure to ‘Like’ it while you’re there); and follow them on Twitter at FLAGALine,
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