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Florida Georgia Line

Hot country duo takes stage Friday at JITH

July 18, 2013
By MIKE?PALMER - The Ticket , Times Leader

There has been a lot of buzz since Jamboree in the Hills announced that Florida Georgia Line will be on the stage Friday night with Luke Bryan's "Dirt Road Diaries Tour" along with Thompson Square.

Consisting of members Brian Kelly and Tyler Hubbard, FGL is thrilling audiences who cannot get enough of country music's hottest duo. Spurred by the success of their multi-week #1 single, "Cruise," from their second EP "Here's to the Good Times," which hit the Top 10 just 14 weeks after its release, rose faster than any debut since Brooks & Dunn's "Brand New Man."

"It's just unreal, I can not begin to describe it," said Brian Kelley. "We feel so very blessed." He revealed the success has launched them into their own headline tour this fall and a new album. "It is all just a little overwhelming at times."

The band, who also garnered New Artist of the Year at this year's ACM Awards met in college. "We both learned to play guitar and sing in church and had a lot in common," Brian explained. "We actually did decide to do this one night in a McDonald's drive through."

Their first, independently produced EP, 2010's "Anything Like Me," included the Tyler-penned song "Black Tears," which was covered by Jason Aldean on his chart-topping 2012 gold album Night Train. They picked up a booking agent, Buddy Lee Attractions, and then Seth England from platinum songwriter/publisher Craig Wiseman's Big Loud Shirt publishing company met with them, setting in motion a process that led to their second EP, this one produced by Moi.

Their No. 1 hit "Cruise," found its second wind when it was released as a a remix with a hip-hop star Nelly featured on the track.

"When we caught wind that Nelly was a fan of 'Cruise,' we were floored," Kelly explained, adding that the pop artist is a label mate and actually approached them about the collaboration.

Nelly and Florida Georgia Line performed the song together for the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. "It was pretty surreal, definitely an honor."

The pair is excited to take the stage for their first appearance at Jamboree in the Hills,

"We realize that none of this is possible without hard work and, of course, our fans," Kelly added. "We love our fans. We are not the headliners, but everywhere we go on the tour the stands are filled before we take the stage."

"It is very exciting and we are motivated by our success, because it makes us want to work even harder," he added. "I think the crowd is in for a great time Friday night."

Headliner Luke Bryan is known to take a golf cart and some security and head out into the campgrounds to party after the show and FGL is anxious to get in on some of the fun, "We might just stir us up some trouble."

The new album is available on their web site along with dates for their "Here's to the Good Times" tour this fall.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 4 p.m. and Pittsburgh's Ruff Creek will kick off the evening, followed by the Davisson Brothers band. FGL takes the main stage at 6:55 followed by Thompson Square. Fireworks are slated for 9 p.m. With Luke Bryan wrapping up the Friday night show.

Tents are located at the three main entry gates to the venue. Fans wishing to purchase FGL gear will note more merchandise tents have been added around the site for fans, and for the first time ever, one will be located in the campground.



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