Introducing....Florida Georgia Line

American country duo Florida Georgia Line have been receiving a large amount of publicity after releasing their debut album, Here's To The Good Times on 4th December last year. The lead single from the album, Cruise, went to number one on both the Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts.

Whilst I think Cruise is a very catchy song, I do think there are better songs on the album such as Here's To The Good Times and Stay. Here's To The Good Times is one of the slower songs on an album full of up-beat party tunes but still builds up nicely and with just the right level of instrumentalisation. I really like the opening chords and vocals to Stay. The guitar hook works really well and opens the song up. Both songs are very lyric based, as with the rest of the album. 

I was recently able to catch up with the duo and ask them a few questions....

1) You've co-written a lot of the songs on your album, do you find it hard to write songs or does it come easily?
We love to write songs and some days they come easier than others. Writing is what got us started as a duo. We wrote our first couple of songs on the back of Tyler's tailgate. - Brian
2) Which is your favourite song from the album?
Man, I honestly don't think I can pick a favourite song. We are proud of the entire project...But, the title track [Here's To The Good Times] sums up the album and what we bring to the table. There are some love songs, some ballads, and some songs about life, and then there are the songs that just rock it. It's going to make you feel some kind of emotion whether it makes you want to drink a beer, cry, reminisce, get back with your girl, whatever it is. - Brian
3) Who are your influences?
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Corey Smith, Lil' Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Shane and Shan. - Tyler 
Garth Brooks, Casting Crowns, Jason Aldean, Wiz Khalifa - Brian
4) What music are you currently listening to?
Tyler Hubbard: 
1. Young Wild & Free - Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Bruno Mars
2. Sure Be Cool If You Did - Blake Shelton
3. Get Your Buzz On - The Cadillac Black
4. Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
5. Runnin' Out Of Air - Love And Theft 
Brian Kelly: 
1. Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
2. I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice
3. Night Train - Jason Aldean
4. Lego House - Ed Sheeran
5. It's Time - Imagine Dragons
5) What song do you wish you had written and why?
 "Live Like You Were Dying" - Tim McGraw. As songwriters, you're always trying to find a new way to say something...and, for me this song really captures how to live life to the fullest. - Brian
"I Drive Your Truck" - Lee Brice. When we write we hope that our fans feel something and this song brings out raw, pure emotion that is unreal. Such a well-crafted song! - Tyler
6) Which artist would you like to collaborate with and why?
We just collaborated with Nelly on a remix of "Cruise". We've both been fans of his for a long time and are thrilled to have worked with him. Nelly brought such a cool, unique sound to the song! - Tyler
7) What are your favourite and least favourite parts about being musicians?
Hands down my favourite part is being on the road, playing shows and meeting as many fans as I can. There is no least favourite for me...I love it all. - Tyler 
8) I'm sure a lot of your UK fans would love to see you tour over here, are there any plans for an international tour?
No solid plans yet...but, we hope that there will be! - Brian
9) You've played a lot of gigs, how did it feel as the crowds began to get larger and more enthusiastic and your music began to spread?
It is pretty surreal. Every night when we hear the crowd singing our songs back to us, it is always THE highlight of the shows. - Tyler 
10) What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make it as a musician?
Do what you love, work hard and stay true to yourself. - Brian

I feel their album is a very strong debut and it seems country music press and the duo's peers also agree with me. The duo are fresh off winning ACM New Artist Of The Year and have also opened for such artists as Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Colt Ford and Dierks Bentley. I would urge country fans to give their album a listen in it's entirety as I feel some have written off the album before listening to it fully.