Florida Georgia Line Preview Dig Your Roots in Nashville

Tyler Hubbard Sums Up Their Sound in Two Words

On Tuesday (Aug. 2) at Nashville’s Oz Art center, emcee Alecia Davis had several pressing questions for Florida Georgia Line about their upcoming third album Dig Your Roots.

“I’ve heard many adjectives describing you guys and your music,” she said moderating the Pandora press conference. “I’m curious how you describe yourself and your music.”

“We don’t really think about that too much,” Brian Kelley said.

But a few members of the media in the audience chuckled when Tyler Hubbard gave his answer.

“Bad ass,” he said playfully with his thick Georgia accent.

Others would agree with Hubbard. They are four-time CMA and six-time ACM winners who drew a record-breaking 25,000 fans to their show at Cheyenne Frontier Days on Saturday (July 30). Altogether, they have 12 No. 1s including Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” and “Lights Come On.” Plus, their breakout anthem “Cruise” is the highest-selling digital country single of all time.

Additionally, Kelley and Hubbard are the top-spinning act on Pandora’s Today’s Country station with more than 3.7 million plays of their music this week. Just outside the building, hundreds of Pandora listeners had lined up for hours to be the first to get inside their show scheduled for later that the evening.

“There have been times where we’ve been like, ‘Dude, why are these people showing up to watch us play?’ Hubbard said. “We’re definitely not the best singers out there. There’s a lot that we can’t do compared to a lot of other artists, and I feel like we’ve been trying to figure it out.”

“I think it’s just being transparent and being real,” he added. “That’s who we are — almost to a fault. But our fans connect with that. And whether or not we put out the best music or the best written song, or maybe it’s not up to Nashville’s standards, the fans connect with real people. They connect with you being transparent.”

With deeply personal lyrics over the signature sound that put them on the map, Dig Your Roots is essentially Kelley and Hubbard to the core. As guys who grew up leading worship in church, their spirituality is a common thread in songs like the “While He’s Still Around,” “Music Is Healing” and their latest No. 1 “H.O.L.Y.”

“That is definitely part of the process of digging our roots,” Kelley said. “I think we’re more spiritual than ever. I think we’re growing up day by day, trying to be better people, better husbands, better friends and better businessmen. Tyler and I have spent a long time working on ourselves and getting into a place where we can really create good music for others to enjoy.”

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