Florida Georgia Line On Their Accidental Ode to ’90s Country

The Duo's New Album Brings A Fresh Take to A Nostalgic Sound

Have you had the chance to spend any time with the brand-new Florida Georgia Line album Can’t Say I Ain’t Country? If you haven’t yet, prepare to hear something a little different from the boys.

Never ones to shy away from putting the spotlight on their roots, this time around Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard took it a step further, and all the way back to the glory days of ’90s country music.

Which makes complete sense if you think about the era in which the boys were coming of age. Influences like Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney and more were dominating the airwaves with classic songs, melodies, and lyrics. And although those same types of songs make up the majority of FGL’s new record, Hubbard admits the homage was almost accidental, cosmic even.

“It’s not something that we necessarily we did on purpose,” Tyler Hubbard told CMT.com. “I think over the recording process of this album over the last year and a half, we were just really drawn to those songs, the ones that were a little more on the country side of things. As we progressed in the studio, those songs just kept knocking other songs off the album. Definitely over half the album is super country. We’re really, really excited about that.”

“It feels good, it feels like the right time,” he added of the musical nod. “It just feels rewarding to show people that side of who we are as well, and the music we grew up on. We’ve always said that our influences are kind of all over the place, which is really true. We grew up listening to everything, but we were definitely influenced by the Alan Jacksons, the Allman Brothers, even Brooks and Dunn, Tim McGraw, all the classics. The guys we grew up listening to, this kind of pays tribute to them a lot.

“We really hope this album makes those guys proud.”

Oh, it will. You know it will.

And though it marks a bit of a creative shift from recent records for the duo, it is by no means a musical departure. Hubbard and Kelley have always been well-rounded in their catalog, with certain musical undercurrents shining through. Sometimes it’s pop, or hip-hop even. It just so happens that this time, the true-blue twang of their childhood country music is center stage.

“It feels right, it feels like it should, you know?” Kelley chimed in. “In baseball, they have a five-tool player: someone that can run, hit, throw, field—we’ve always tried to be chameleons in the studio and in the writer’s room when we’re creating. It comes down to the song, and how to put our spin, our twist and our voices on it that’s authentic to who we are. I don’t think we’re limited by anybody or anything. But it’s amazing to have that sound focused on the record.”

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