Florida Georgia Line: Washing Trucks and Paying Bills

Duo Reveals Not-So-Flashy Perks of Fame So Far

The guys of Florida Georgia Line seem to be just like regular guys.

I mean, sure, a lot of fame has come their way since they debuted with “Cruise” in 2012 — and then Taylor Swift started a little seat groove to the song at the 2013 CMT Music Awards — and the riches started piling up.

But that doesn’t mean they’re all private planes and caviar-for-lunch rock stars these days.

In fact, the duo’s Tyler Hubbard is just happy he can pay his bills.

When I caught up with them during CMA week in Nashville, they told me what they’ve enjoyed during the two years since their debut song went No. 1.

“We used to do any odds and ends jobs we could get our hands on to, hopefully, pay the bills at the end of the month,” Hubbard told me. “But I can pay my rent now, and it feels good to pay the bills every month. That was a little stressful back then, but now the stresses are coming from different angles.”

Bandmate Brian Kelley really only has one luxury he indulges in — boots.

“Lucchese has sent me two or three custom boots that no one else has,” he said. “That’s pretty cool because I’m a boot guy. My dad got me into them when I was younger. When I think of country music, I think of boots.”

But just because their bills are paid and they’re wearing custom cowboy boots, Hubbard and Kelley genuinely love spending time doing everyday things.

Hubbard’s ideal day includes a lot of household chores.

“I like to cook dinner, do my laundry, wash my truck and just drive around on my tractor,” he said. “Or just hang out, have friends over and have some cold beers. Anything to kind of get back to a normal lifestyle and structure.”