OFFSTAGE: Florida Georgia Line Takes Me to ‘Shine School

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I wasn’t completely sold on Florida Georgia Line’s No. 1 hit “Get Your Shine On” at first. I mean, come on. They’re basically singing, “I like you better when you’re drunk.” Hardly the romancing I like to hear in a country song. But after talking to the band’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard last week on the red carpet at the 2013 CMT Music Awards , I’m starting to come around after they explained what moonshine represents to them. “’Shine’s like a start-the-night-out-right kind of thing,” Hubbard said. “And maybe to finish the night strong.” They told me they get most of their ’shine from fans because so many Florida Georgia Liners take pride in the beverage from their home states. The song references a couple flavors — a homemade jar of lemon drop and some Kentucky clear — but I wanted to know what other flavors there were. “There are so many different ones, and we left out a lot of flavors. You got caramel, apple pie, strawberry and the clear stuff,” Kelley explained. “But that clear is the stuff you don’t wanna drink, especially if you haven’t had it before. You want to start with something easier. Like lemon or apple pie.” And just then, Taylor Swift’s tourmate Ed Sheeran popped his head into our interview and said to Kelley and Hubbard, “We’re gonna get drunk, right?” He didn’t mention his drink of choice, but it did make me wonder what flavors of moonshine his native London had to offer.