Florida Georgia's 'Cruise' biggest Billboard Hot Country Song chart-topper in 50 years
Published: July 19, 2013 12:17PM
Updated: July 19, 2013 12:23PM

With their hit country song of the summer “Cruise" — also the biggest Billboard Hot Country Song chart-topper in 50 years — Florida Georgia Line (performing at Usana Amphitheatre with Luke Bryan on Sept. 20) is blurring the lines between country, rock’ n’ roll and urban.

The duo sat down with Billboard to discuss touring, writing, country music and how following their instincts landed them at the top of the charts.

The issue of Billboard featuring Florida Georgia Line on the cover hits newsstands Monday, July 29. For the full story visit: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/3357240/florida-georgia-line-billboard-cover-story-qa

Here are some excerpts:

About becoming a duo:
Tyler Hubbard: “From the First song we wrote together we felt we had something cool. We worked easily together, we had a lot in common, and onstage it was really natural. It was a party. We just had fun with it.”

On their songs and their sound:
Tyler Hubbard: “Getting in the studio and letting [producer] Joey [Moi] understand who we are and what we’re going after was the key. He really captured the sound that we wanted, the sound that describes who we are. Just feel good music. Songs that make you want to roll your windows down and drive fast. We wanted something that sounded huge, even the slower songs.”

On common country music themes:
Brian Kelley: Man, that’s been around for years – dirt roads, beer, trucks and girls. That is country music, and I don’t think that ever gonna change.”

About the musical movement of blending music genres currently trending in country music:
Tyler Hubbard: “We write what we want to write. It’s mixing all of it together. We’ve been really blessed that what we love to write is attractive to people right now. People are grasping onto it. It puts us in a slot to be able to get out of the box and step out o the country music boundaries a little bit, and hopefully innovate a little bit.”
Brian Kelley: “I think people are looking for something fresh and new. Our fans seem to spread the music like wildfire. That doesn’t always happen, and it’s special to us and we’re blessed to be a part of it. It’s something really cool. It’s an exciting time, and a time we both hope continues to grow.”