Music / Florida Georgia Line
A Country Music
duo consisting of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, respectively from Florida and Georgia. After making some initial noise with two extended plays, the duo achieved its breakout in 2012 with "Cruise", from their album Here's to the Good Times
. Already a top country hit by year's end, the song only became bigger and bigger upon being remixed with rapper Nelly. With the country charts being retooled to include downloads, it ended up with a 15-week run at the top. The duo's next three singles — "Get Your Shine On", "Round Here", and "Stay", the last of which was originally recorded by Black Stone Cherry have all topped the country charts too. Following those four songs, their debut album was released with some bonus tracks, including its fifth single, the Luke Bryan
duet "This Is How We Roll". The album became one of the codifiers for the oft-derided "bro-country" trend; i.e., country music with rap and rock influences, usually about partying.
Their second album, Anything Goes
, dropped in mid-2014. Leading it off was the completely serious ballad "Dirt", which also topped the charts… after that, it was back to the bro-country with the hits "Sun Daze", "Sippin' on Fire", and "Anything Goes", only to return to balladry with "Confession". "H.O.L.Y.", another ballad, is the lead to their third album, Dig Your Roots
- Auto-Tune: A signature of Joey Moi's production. It's especially notable when Brian gets to Step Up to the Microphone given his weaker voice. The auto-tune is also evident on Tim McGraw's vocals on "May We All".
- Bowdlerize: On the radio edit of "Sun Daze", "getting laid" in the first verse is edited to "getting paid".
- Broken Win/Loss Streak: Their 2017 single "Smooth" broke a 13-song streak of Top 3 hits when it died at #14 on Country Airplay.
- Cool Car: The narrator in "Cruise" has a "brand new Chevy with a lift kit."
- Country Rap: The Nelly remix of "Cruise".
- The second verse of "This Is How We Roll" is also a rap.
- Double Entendre: "Sun Daze" has "I sit you up on a kitchen sink / Stick the pink umbrella in your drink".
- The Four Chords of Pop: "Cruise" uses I V vi IV.
- Fun with Acronyms: "H.O.L.Y." is short for "High on lovin' you".
- Lyrical Cold Open: "Cruise" and "Stay" both qualify.
- Rearrange the Song: "Cruise" was rearranged for pop radio with a heavy dose of Auto-Tune and a verse from Nelly, while the pop mix of "This Is How We Roll" replaces Luke Bryan with Jason Derulo.
- Shout-Out: To the Marshall Tucker Band on "Cruise".
- The mixtape on "This is How We Roll" has "a little Hank, a little Drake"
- Something Completely Different: "Dirt". A serious ballad with some semblance of depth, and the "other guy" sharing the lead vocal. "Confession" and "H.O.L.Y." also suggest a move to more serious ballads.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Tyler usually takes the lead vocal, but Brian sings several lines on "Dirt", "Anything Goes", and "May We All". "God, Your Mama, and Me" also invokes this with its guest vocals from Backstreet Boys, as Nick Carter sings the second verse while AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson sing the bridge.
- Trope Makers: "Cruise" ushered in the beginning of the "bro-country" era of The New '10s.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Their second EP was It'z Just What We Do, the title track of which also appears on their album.