Florida Georgia Line, Nelly ‘Cruise’ to The Wharf

UPDATED 12:52 P.M. MONDAY: Tickets for Florida Georgia Line's show at the Wharf Amphitheater are $76.75 and $56.75 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Wharf box office, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Additional fees may apply. ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWSFlorida Georgia Line is set to "Cruise" back into the Wharf Amphitheater in July, and they won't be alone.The country hitmakers will be joined by hip-hop favorite Nelly on July 14. The group collaborated with the rapper on the 2012 breakthrough hit, which hit No. 1 on the country charts and No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. In digital formats, it's the best-selling country song of all time.The duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard has enjoyed nothing but success ever since, with further chart toppers including "Dirt," "Stay," "H.O.L.Y." and "This is How We Roll," the latter featuring a guest appearance by Luke Bryan, who is appearing at the Wharf for a pair of shows this weekend. RELATED CONTENT: Brantley Gilbert announces Wharf show RELATED CONTENT: Journey sets concert date at The Wharf The Wharf Amphitheater has been a familiar place for the duo over the past few years, as the July date is just more than a year since its last appearance at the Orange Beach, Alabama, venue. The band has visited annually since 2014, when it was the opening act for three sold-out nights with Jason Aldean. Its subsequent annual shows have been sell outs with the band as headliner.Hip hop and country might seem an odd combo, but since "Cruise," it's become relatively common. Nelly, of course, has a laundry list of his own hits, including "County Grammar," "Ride wit Me" and the chart-toppers "Hot in Herre," "Dilemma," "Shake Ya Tailfeather" and "Grillz."Opening the show are Chris Lane, who topped the country charts with 2015's "Fix," and Morgan Wallen, a season six contestant on NBC's hit singing competition "The Voice."Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Continue Reading

Florida Georgia Line adds second show at The Wharf

Country hitmakers Florida Georgia Line are giving fans in Orange Beach a second shot at seeing them perform.The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach announced Monday morning that a second show has been added for July 15 due to overwhelming demand.Florida Georgia Line will be joined by hip-hop favorite Nelly, as well as Chris Lane and Morgan Wallen. Original story: Florida Georgia Line, Nelly 'Cruise' to The Wharf Tickets for Florida Georgia Line's second show at the Wharf Amphitheater are $76.75 and $56.75 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Wharf box office, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Additional fees may apply.For more information, visit alwharf.com/amphitheater.php. Continue Reading

Florida Georgia Line finds maturity with new music

Florida Georgia Line grew up with new album “Dig Your Roots,” but member Brian Kelley said he’s still looking forward to its Friday release like a kid on Christmas morning.“I’m ready for Christmas to be here,” Kelley said. “Christmas morning is Aug. 26, baby. And it’s also my 31st birthday. I feel younger than ever.”Florida Georgia Line — famous for lighthearted, fun-loving party songs — put a more mature spin on new album “Dig Your Roots.” With hit love ballad “H.O.L.Y.,” the album is 15 tracks rich with songs inspired by members’ wives, their faith, their families and their hope for the future. There are country songs and not-so-country songs. There are special guests — Tim McGraw, Backstreet Boys and Ziggy Marley. Members say each song reflects their lives.“I think we’re more spiritual and more awake and alive than ever,” Kelley said. “It was an easy thing to be like we’ve always been and just … put our journals and our lives and our hearts into our songs. As we grow up and gain knowledge and learn, we want to make sure we’re putting out the right messages and the right songs and being very conscious of our lyrics for the future and for our kids and our families to come.”While “Dig Your Roots” has party songs and the country, rock, hip-hop fusion for which the duo is known, standouts include the emotional turns of “Music is Healing,” “While He’s Still Around” and “Grow Old,” which served as the first dance at member Tyler Hubbard’s summer 2015 wedding.“We don’t want to put anything out that doesn’t reflect what we stand for and right now and forever,” Hubbard said. “We want to stand for being good guys. We want to stand for knowing how to treat your wife, how to love your wife, how to be faithful and loyal, how to Continue Reading

Florida Georgia Line, Jason Isbell, Randy Travis open Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is known for preserving the genre’s history through standing exhibits of historical photos, period perfect stage clothes, iconic instruments and other artifacts.This week, the museum tipped its hat to another group of artists – country/bluegrass singers who defined 2016. With the Friday opening of its new exhibit American Currents, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum tipped its hat to artists ranging from Hall of Famer Randy Travis and traditional country newcomer William Michael Morgan to Americana singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and genre-bending arena headliners Florida Georgia Line.“To bare proper testament to music history, we must bare testament to the present because history is born in the now,” said director and chief executive officer of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Kyle Young.RaeLynn, Florida Georgia Line, Travis, Mickey Guyton, Brett Eldredge, Isbell, Morgan, songwriter/producer Shane McAnally and others listened from the rows of seats set up in the museum’s rotunda.“This is the reason for our new exhibition American Currents,” Young said. “People in this room are making history in the now. People in this room are creating legacies with words and melodies.”Before American Currents' opening event, RaeLynn walked through the exhibit and saw the dress she wore when she made her Grand ole Opry debut positioned by a dress Tammy Wynette wore to an awards show. The “Love Triangle” singer had two words – “holy crap.”“I just feel so honored to be by her,” said RaeLynn who will release her debut album “WildHorse” March 24. “She’s been such a voice in country music, and I aspire to be someone like Tammy in so many ways. It’s been really cool to see it come together. I don’t know why it hasn’t hit me yet. Maybe because I don’t believe it’s really Continue Reading

Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys team up for stadium shows

Genre bending country duo Florida Georgia Line is taking its tour to stadiums this summer.The duo, consisting of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, added Backstreet Boys to its The Smooth Tour line up for three shows. The men, along with the tour’s nightly support Nelly and country newcomer Chris Lane, will play Boston’s Fenway Park on July 7, Minneapolis’ Target Field on July 29, and Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Aug. 12.Florida Georgia Line members featured Backstreet Boys on their ACM-nominated “Dig Your Roots” album on “God, Your Mama, And Me” and welcomed the group on stage with during the duo’s headlining Bridgestone Arena show in October. Continue Reading

Florida Georgia Line brings hits, Backstreet Boys, Nelly, to Bridgestone Arena

Florida Georgia Line is on fire and the sold-out, multi-generational audience at Bridgestone Arena Thursday night fanned the flame.Duo members Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley were lowered onto the stage from the ceiling at the top of the show on separate platforms to kick off the night with “This Is How We Roll.” Towers of flames erupted from the stage during the song then rotated to different angles as an image of a burning semitrailer was shown on their massive screens.Fans 13 rows behind the pit at the front of the stage felt the heat — but the duo’s energy and charisma stretched to the venue's furthest points. Add in 90 minutes of hit songs, sing-along favorites and three unpredictable, surprise guests and ticket holders never sat down during the local stop of Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots Tour.“We’re so thankful to be here,” Hubbard told fans. “We’ve been out digging our roots all year and where better to dig our roots than in our hometown of Nashville?”The day before the show, Hubbard admitted he was feeling a bit worn down from the grind of touring and feeling added pressure to deliver a memorable show in Nashville. Unlike a typical tour stop, the duo had friends and family in town and added activities leading up to the concert. During a pre-show party, the men were presented with double platinum sales plaques for their 18-week No. 1 song “H.O.L.Y.”Kelley called it “crazy” and “humbling” to have sold out Bridgestone Arena.“This is the tour, this is the night, that we wanted everybody to see,” he said. “It takes a huge crew to make this … run.”Florida Georgia Line carted its Dig Your Roots set into Nashville on 11 semitrailers and more than 100 crew members spent six hours building it. About 88,000 lbs. of equipment was suspended from the ceiling by chain motors and winches. The tour is the biggest production the men have Continue Reading

Florida Georgia Line: No cruising in the fast lane

Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard were in a car on the way to speak to the media at the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, when one of them asked, “What’s a press room?”It was April 7, 2013, and the men had just performed their new hit “Cruise” as part of the ACM Awards. In the minutes following, they were stunned to hear Florida Georgia Line announced as the fan-voted ACM New Artist of the Year.Four years later, Kelley and Hubbard are seasoned veterans who well know their way around a press room. Florida Georgia Line picked up five nominations from the 52nd ACM Awards, which will air live from Las Vegas 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS. This year, the men are up for Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year for “Dig Your Roots,” Vocal Duo of the Year, Single Record of the Year for “H.O.L.Y.” and Vocal Event of the Year for “May We All” with Tim McGraw.“The first ACM win really put us on the map,” said Kelley, explaining that following the win, the duo went on to tour Canada and the West Coast. “There was no looking back.”The pair met as students on campus at Belmont University and wrote their first song together in 2009. They were roommates for two years and spent Wednesday nights leading music for a youth group at a church just outside of Nashville. Kelley and Hubbard signed a publishing deal with famed songwriter Craig Wiseman’s publishing company Big Loud Shirt in December of 2011 and recorded “Cruise” the same day. The song was on iTunes by April of 2012, was released to country radio in August, spent 24 weeks at the top of the country music charts and remains the genre’s only diamond-selling single, meaning more than 10 million copies of the song were sold. The song’s fifth anniversary is April 10.“The first time I heard ‘Cruise,’ my first reaction was, ‘That’s a No. 1 Continue Reading

Country Thunder review: Florida Georgia Line cruised through hits

“It’s a good day to be in Arizona,” exclaimed Bryan White from the main stage at Country Thunder Friday afternoon. Nothing could have been truer. After being rain-soaked the night before, I woke up to nearly perfect weather thinking, “This is why I live here!” How could anyone attending one of the best music festivals in the U.S.A. not enjoy himself or herself?Day Two of Country Thunder 2016 was all about good times. After White’s very pleasant solo acoustic set, which included such hits as “Look at Me Now,” “Rebecca Lynn,” I’m Not Supposed to Love You,” “That’s Another Song,” “So Much for Pretending,” and “Someone Else’s Star,” the rest of the evening was filled with high energy, upbeat and generally happy-go-lucky country-pop-rock-hip hop crossover music from headliners Florida Georgia Line and their tour support act, Cole Swindell.Florida Georgia Line’s explosive hit-packed performance was enhanced with pyro, great lighting, great sound and the pure energy of truly excited entertainers and their adoring fans. Like all great shows, both artist and patrons fed off each other sharing the universal languages of music and dance.MORE: Country Thunder's lost and found | The 6 types of people you see | Social-media recap | Best, craziest things we spotted so far | Arizona singer: 'It was never something I'd imagine would happen' | Day 4: Eric Church is icon in the making | Day 3 review: Chris Janson steals Thunder with tribute | Day 2 review: Florida Georgia Line | Day 1 review: Kip Moore (eventually) | Photos: Country Thunder through the years | Performers honor Merle Haggard | Country Thunder playlistOpening with “Every Night,” It’z What We Do,” “Round Here,” and “Anything Goes,” FGL Continue Reading

Country Thunder Arizona 2016 guide: Eric Church, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line and more

Country Thunder Arizona returns to Florence on Thursday, April 7, with Kip Moore headlining the first night of the biggest four-day music blowout state has to offer.Here's a guide to this year's top names — from headlining sets by Eric Church, Jake Owen and Florida Georgia Line to Cam and several younger acts starting to make names for themselves.MORE: Country Thunder's lost and found | The 6 types of people you see | Social-media recap | Best, craziest things we spotted so far | Arizona singer: 'It was never something I'd imagine would happen' | Day 4: Eric Church is icon in the making | Day 3 review: Chris Janson steals Thunder with tribute | Day 2 review: Florida Georgia Line | Day 1 review: Kip Moore (eventually) | Photos: Country Thunder through the years | Performers honor Merle Haggard | Country Thunder playlistThis Georgia native topped the country charts in 2012 with the double-platinum "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," a slide-guitar-fueled country-rocker about the fun one can have with a girl in a sundress, beer on ice and a truck parked in a field. We’ll leave the math to you. Despite its title, the followup, "Beer Money," wasn't as playful, but its beer-makes-everything-worthwhile vibe helped it crack the Top 10. Subsequent hits include "Hey Pretty Girl," a platinum Top 10 country smash, and "I'm to Blame."These relatively new arrivals topped the country airplay charts in 2015 with their first major hit, "Break Up With Him." The video features lead singer Matt Ramsey as Marty McFly in a tribute to "Back to the Future." The song is from a debut titled "Meat and Candy," the cover of which would have to make the short list of best country album cover concepts of the decade. “Meat and Candy” hit the country charts at No. 3 and sent a second single, “Snapback,” to No. 11.This Nashville singer went Top 20 on Continue Reading

Live Nation declares May 5 as National Concert Day, will host special NYC event with Kid Rock, Florida Georgia Line

LOS ANGELES — Live Nation wants music lovers to add National Concert Day to their calendars. The live-events company announced plans Thursday to declare May 5 as National Concert Day and revealed a special event to mark the occasion. Kid Rock, Florida Georgia Line and other acts will perform at a May 5 concert at New York’s Irving Plaza to celebrate National Concert Day. Live Nation said the new holiday was intended to celebrate music artists, record labels, live music industry leaders, tour managers and their teams who work to produce live music experiences for fans. Other performers set to appear at the May 5 concert include Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Kip Moore, Metric, Mick Jones of Foreigner, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and Wiz Khalifa. Continue Reading