Florida Georgia Line to heat up Huntington CenterWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are ready to make a deal: Florida Georgia Line will bring the songs, and fans can bring the party to the Huntington Center Jan. 15.
The hot country duo will kick off its world Anything Goes Tour in the Glass City.
“We’ve been really planning and practicing and getting ready for [the tour]. It’s going to be a high-energy good time,” Hubbard said.
And these guys know how to let loose. Florida Georgia Line took their feel-good music to New York City for “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.” Hubbard called from the Big Apple Dec. 31 before joining the party.
He talked about the duo’s second disc, “Anything Goes,” which topped the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums charts last year.
Music lovers dug “Dirt,” a heartfelt number that became the pair’s fifth No. 1 single.
“We just fell in love with that song,” Hubbard said. “It honestly was at the right time and it worked out perfectly, but I think for us, it just felt right. As it came to life in the studio, we fell more and more in love with it, and we wanted to release it as our first single.
“Our buddies, Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins, wrote it,” he said. “That’s one of the best songs we’ve ever heard, so to have an opportunity to cut it was a huge, huge blessing.”
Hubbard, a native of Monroe, Ga., and Kelley, who grew up in Ormond Beach, Fla., became buddies at Belmont University in Nashville.
“We actually hit it off right away, became real close friends, and ended up living together in a house with a few other guys, and music just started becoming our No. 1 passion,” Hubbard recalled.
“From the first day we wrote a song, we knew it was something that was working and that was special and that we enjoy doing together. It kind of just led to bigger and better things.”
Make that ginormous success. The singer-songwriters’ 2012 debut, “Here’s to the Good Times,” featured four No. 1 records: “Get Your Shine On,” “Round Here,” “Stay” and “Cruise,” which is the best-selling country single with more than 8 million downloads, according to SoundScan. A remix of “Cruise” featuring Nelly was played across the dial. A slew of awards followed.
“It’s been very humbling and it’s been really a great experience to be a part of the awards shows and to win and feel the respect and the love from the country music fans and the country community,” Hubbard said.
Florida Georgia Line will play the Huntington Center at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard will open the sold-out show.
“I just want fans to enjoy the music and live the music the way we enjoy writing it,” Hubbard said. “We want our fans to leave remembering our songs and feeling that happy feeling.”