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Florida Georgia Line ‘Cruise’ to big times

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 19:01

The country duo Florida Georgia Line has recently swept the feet of country gal fans and caught the attention of Big Loud Mountain Records.

 Brian Kelley, 27, of Ormond Beach, Fla. and Tyler Hubbard, 25, of Monroe, Ga. were signed to Big Loud Mountain in December of 2011.  The two were later partnered with Republic Nashville label records producing, “Cruise,” which sold more than 1 million singles and hit No. 1 on the Country Airplay charts.

The lead single, “Cruise,” from their debut album “Here’s to the Good Times” had huge country artists like Keith Urban and Taylor Swift tweeting about the hit song.  “Can’t stop playing cruise by @FLAGALine! Crazy cool toon!!!!!” posted country artist Keith Urban on Sept. 23.  Swift tweeted on Sept. 26 about the tune as well. The debut single speaks of falling for a girl that makes the duo, “…roll my windows down and cruise.”

The hot single simmered into an opportunity for the duo to go on the 2012 Country Throwdown Tour and open up for big time artists like Jake Owen, and Love and Theft.  The two scored about 200,000 digital hits, and peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart. Florida Georgia Line has been at No.1 for the Billboard Country Charts for four consecutive weeks (It crossed over Taylor Swift’s 10 week run with her lead single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”).

Taylor Raymond, a freshman occupational therapy major of Cabot, said, “I am not familiar with the band, but I enjoy listening to the song “Cruise.”  
Florida Georgia Line had two EPs released before “Here’s to the Good Times.” “Anything Like Me,” the first EP released in 2010, featured singles like “Black Tears,” which was recorded by country artist Jason Aldean, and the co-written collaboration with Jesse Rice, “Never Let Her Go.”  The rookie duo’s second EP, “It’s Just What We Do,” was released in May of 2012 and consists of 5 songs that are listed on “Here’s to the Good Times.”

The album features a single called “Stay” that is a continuous love theme from the song, “Cruise,” except this time it talks about getting back a loved one after letting her go.  
The single, “Dayum, Baby,” is performed with Sarah Buxton and the let loose single, “Party People,” is collaborated with Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Black.  
“It’z Just What We Do,” introduces a new element of hip-hop to country music. The song is a “kick-back, relax…” rhythm that feeds off the title of the album.  It’s all about stringing a guitar, sipping on Bud Light and dancing by the firelight.

Florida Georgia Line is currently on the Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diaries Tour.  From writing songs and performing from the back of a tailgate Chevy Tahoe to becoming rising stardoms, the dynamic duo knows how to celebrate the good times.


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