Florida Georgia Line: "We Love Each Other Like Brothers"
Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are at the crest of the diverse country music wave coming out of the South. Their music is marketed as country, but a number of personal tastes show through on their album. Their deep love for any and all music, and their own close personal friendship, makes the FGL engine roar.
"We figured we were better off together than separate," says Kelley. "A record label didn't put us together or anything like that. We chose to be together because we love each other like brothers, and we have a good connection with music."
Two of the three additional performers at Almost Acoustic Christmas, Colt Ford and Cole Swindell, are fellow Georgian musicians.
"We got our start with Colt years ago while touring around in my car," Kelley says. "We had this opportunity to come up and we said, 'we have to get Colt back out with us.' And Cole Swindell is a great artist. He has huge things ahead of him."
FGL's rise to fame has been accompanied by several industry accolades, including "New Artist of the Year" from the ACM Awards, "Single of the Year" and "Duo of the Year" from the CMA Awards, and "Single of the Year" at the AMA Awards.
"It's been very humbling and very fast," recalls Kelley. "It comes from having an amazing team, amazing fans, and country radio backing us up. It all feels good, and it all feels like a dream. I think if anything, success has just made us want to work harder."
Florida Georgia Line is scheduled to perform at Comerica Theatre Thursday, December 5.
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