When stardom finally comes to an artist, it can come fast. Just ask Florida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard.
FGL’s debut single “Cruise” made the pair international stars in record time and adjusting to their new reality wasn’t always easy. “It’s been fast for sure,” Hubbard says through their record label. “I think it’s taken a lot of adjusting, a lot of figuring it out along the way. But man we love the fast pace man. We love the adjusting, we love the energy and the excitement of the life that we’re getting to live right now. It is challenging at times but that’s what makes it fun and I think it’s a beautiful thing.”
Needless to say, getting advice from artists who’ve been there can be pretty useful. Among them a few years ago was Alabama’s Jeff Cook, whom FGL spent time with at a CMT Artists Of The Year taping. “They were having a really good time and he came over and whispered something in my ear,” Kelley adds. “He said, ‘Enjoy the ride and make adjustments when necessary.’ I was like, ‘What did he just say?’ That was a little piece of gold right there … And, yeah absolutely, you’re never ready. But I think if you can just make little adjustments, minor adjustments and balance it out, I think you’re fine and I think that’s what we’ve done … And we’ve got a really good team around us to balance us out and our wives are absolutely amazing, no doubt about that.”
Florida Georgia Line’s Smooth Tour is in full swing now with upcoming stops in Massachusetts, Ohio, Alabama, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.