OFFSTAGE: Florida Georgia Line: “Better Is Better”

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Plenty of country fans love Florida Georgia Line. And then there are some who don’t. The guys in the band know that, and it sounds like they are indifferent about it. “People are either gonna like it or not, and that’s up to them. We decided that if we’re real people and write from the heart, write from where we’re at, that people are drawn to that,” Tyler Hubbard told Billboard magazine. “We don’t really worry about what people are gonna think. We just do what we love, and it seems to be working out.” His partner in the band, Brian Kelley chimed in, too, saying fans might be looking for something different. “I think people are looking for something fresh and new. Our fans seem to spread the music like wildfire. That doesn’t always happen, and it’s special to us, and we’re blessed to be a part of it,” Kelley said. And even though Hubbard and Kelley seem very laid-back and casual about all their success, they admit that their music sounds like it does because they worked hard to get it just right. “Our motto is, ’Better is better,’ whether it’s a word or a guitar note or a line,” Kelley said. “We’ve spent three or four days on one line or two words, and it shows on the record.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.