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Country Acts to Watch: Florida Georgia Line

Move over, Brooks & Dunn. (Oh, wait, they already did.) Anyhow, there’s a new male country duo in town destined to light up the charts.


Florida Georgia Line is made up of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard (hailing from Florida and Georgia, respectively) who first started putting out their own material in 2010, releasing two EPs, Anything Like Me and It’z Just What We Do. The success of the second one precipitated the duo signing with Republic Nashville last summer, and subsequently releasing a video for their single “Cruise” (embedded below). The single is now enjoying plenty of airplay, sitting currently at Number 3 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart.

It’s hard for me to describe this duo’s sound, except to say that it’s raw, fresh, and appealing—and country. I can easily see these guys drawing a huge fan base (particularly of the female variety) within a relatively short period of time.

As it turns out, they’ll have their chance. Their first full-length release Here’s To the Good Times is currently slated for a December 4 release. Meanwhile, take a look at the video below, and tell us what you think.

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About the Author


Music blogger Rob Burkhardt has been a fan of country music since he was a child, cutting his teeth on the sounds of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Reba McIntyre and George Jones. In the words of the now-legendary Barbara Mandrell song, he was "country when country wasn't cool." Nowadays, Rob is both intrigued and excited about the mainstream crossover appeal of modern country, as seen in the success of artists like Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. Even so, Rob's personal tastes in country music remain "old school," tied to the great legends of country. When he's not blogging about country music, Rob Burkhardt holds a day job as a middle school teacher, and is an avid sports fan. He lives with his wife and two teenage girls in southern Ohio.

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