Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have long had a fascination with reggae that has occasionally popped up in their recordings, from the friendly bounce of “Party People” (from Here’s to the Good Times) to more explicitly copping its rhythmic patterns and name-dropping Bob Marley in “Sun Daze” (from Anything Goes). Most recently the pair dreamed up an island vibe for “Life Is a Honeymoon” from their latest album Dig Your Roots and called in Bob Marley’s son Ziggy for the assist.
Hubbard and Kelley’s new point of view – as heard on Dig Your Roots – is that of happily married men who are growing up and finding the time spent with their wives to be worthy of celebration. “Life Is a Honeymoon” plays with that idea, turning everyday life into a vacation through the dual rush of attraction and adoration. “Let love keep us lifting, my dear,” sings Hubbard, backed by offbeat-accenting stabs of guitar and languid, slow-rolling percussion. Marley jumps in for the bridge, offering up platitudes about his love being the “morning sun” and “moonlit sky.”
FGL’s current single “May We All” is also a collaboration, with Tim McGraw bringing a wise authority to the proceedings. This weekend the CMA Award-nominated duo’s Dig Your Roots tour is out west with a September 23rd stop in Albuquerque and one in Las Vegas on September 24th.