I knew when I tried to headline this article that was I was going to have a little trouble writing it. But at least we’re going to have a lot of pictures. I better explain. I had never been to a Florida Georgia Line show before last Thursday night. I listened to their album, once – just so I could review it for our local newspaper. Of course I heard the three they had out on country radio “Cruise,” “Get Your Shine On,” and “Round Here” often. And I do like those three songs. Like I said in my review – they all sound very similar to me, but for Florida Georgia Line, that may not be a bad thing. It’s a sound that works for them. However, after seeing that show, and hearing them live, I’m not really sure why their music is being played on country radio. Seems to me like these two have a lot of ‘rock’ in them, and it’s trying really hard to get out.
They had a crowd of 65,000 at our local fairgrounds. Keep in mind this is a small area for that many people. So they have a lot of fans. Those fans were from six years old to at least 70 years old. I’m not sure if they were all ‘fans’, or if some were just the people who drove the youngsters to the show that night. At any rate, people all ages were there to see the show.
There was a lot going on that I wasn’t happy with. And I talked to quite a few of the people at the fairgrounds. Some of them weren’t happy either. It seems Tyler and B.K. decided to wrap the chain-link fence (that separated them and their buses from the crowds) in black plastic. I guess they didn’t want to take any chances that we might be able to see them walking around back there before the show. And it was quite obvious they wouldn’t want us snapping a picture if we did see them. I was hearing comments like ‘if those two don’t want to be seen, and don’t want their picture taken, why don’t they go into a different line of work.’ Others were saying ‘they got too big too fast’ and ‘they seem to have forgotten the fans who helped them get where they are’. I never really did get an explanation for the black plastic. So I don’t know if I should be upset with the kids, or with their management team – but someone chose to put it up there. There was a lot going on that made people shake their heads and want to ask someone ‘why?’.
But, enough of all that. We’re here to talk about the show. And, I’ve been told that the show was great. I say that because, I didn’t think it was great. It was loud, the crowd was pushing and shoving, people couldn’t see because those near the front insisted on standing the entire performance…. but the other people seemed to like it. So, I’ll probably catch it form all sides when I publish this one. I will say this – the kids are talented, vocally and musically – their show was definitely high-energy. The audience was participating (singing along, dancing, clapping). And the younger ones seemed to be having a good time.
I am sure a lot of my problem stemmed from the fact that I’m much, much older than the typical concert-goer. And, I’m not as willing to bend. I’m a fan of traditional country music, this was not traditional country music, as I said earlier – I don’t think it was country at all. Tyler and B.J. are both pretty easy on the eyes – I’m sure the young girls liked that. So while I found a lot to complain about – there were probably 64,999 others who would jump at the chance to see Florida Georgia Line on stage again.
Here are some pictures from Thursday night’s show.
That’s all nine shows from our Aug. 19-24 Appalachian Fair. I’ll be back soon with press releases, CD reviews, a new contest, and I’ve even got a few interviews scheduled. So there’s lot coming up here at Country’s Chatter.