Florida Georgia Line Details
Some bands come together as college students, young musicians eager to get on stage and impress their classmates. Others come together with a greater sense of urgency, amateur musicians looking to make it as stars. For Florida Georgia Line, the group’s origin story has the best of both worlds. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard met at Belmont University, which, wouldn’t you believe it, is in Nashville, Tennessee. The duo played on-campus and off, building a following and a contemporary, non-traditional sound that would shift country music radio towards a new direction entirely. Kelley and Hubbard dropped Anything Like Me, a self-released EP in 2010, and signed with label Big Loud Mountain soon after. Florida Georgia Line began work on their debut album, Here’s to the Good Times.
You may have heard of the album’s lead single, a little tune by the name of “Cruise.” It made noise quickly, shooting to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart when released in early 2012. By the end of the year, it had risen to No. 1 on the country charts at large, where it stayed...and stayed...and stayed. It was the No. 1 country song in the nation for 24 consecutive weeks, three weeks longer than the previous record. By the time it was done, “Cruise” had become the best-selling country song in history. As you may or may not know, Florida Georgia Line has some other jams in their catalog. “Get Your Shine On” and “Round Here” were hits from the same album, while subsequent full-lengths Anything Goes (2014) and Dig Your Roots (2016) joined Here’s to the Good Times as chart-topping country albums.