Yesterday, Florida Georgia Line released their hotly anticipated second album Anything Goes, the follow-up to their double platinum debut Here’s to the Good Times. But the new record’s rollout has been underway for weeks, with appearances on Today, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and even on ABC’s Nashville season premiere. On Monday, the duo’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley performed the album’s first single, “Dirt,” on Late Night With Seth Meyers and also offered a web-only performance of Anything Goes‘ title track. Check out the performance above.
During a recent interview with Rolling Stone Country, Kelley brushed aside any fears of duplicating the epic success of Here’s to the Good Times. Instead, he says, the group and its team are just anxious for fans to hear the dozen songs on Anything Goes.
“We’re not nervous; it’s just anxiousness right now to see these songs come to life. With songs like ‘Sun Daze’ and ‘Confession,’ we feel like we have a record that really represents who we are and how we’ve grown,” Kelley says. “If you listen to it from Song One to 12, it’s a journey — and hopefully you’ll listen to it all over again.”
While the summertime jam “Sun Daze” is the group’s latest single and more reflective of the FGL sound, its predecessor “Dirt” announced a more introspective side to the pair, who hope to repeat in the Best Vocal Duo category at next month’s CMA Awards. Even the band’s most vocal critics gave props to the more mature ballad. Good or bad reviews, however, Hubbard says he and Kelley soldier on, intent on entertaining fans, not critics.
“We don’t really let that affect us too much. If somebody’s not talking trash, you’re not doing something right. We use it as motivation. And there are a lot more people loving what we’re doing than don’t,” Hubbard says. “We’re just worrying about our live show and our songwriting and what we need to be focused on: selling albums and selling tickets.”
Florida Georgia Line is gearing up for the latter with last week’s announcement of their headlining Anything Goes Tour, kicking off January 15th in Toledo. In addition, they’ll also lead the bill at a massive tailgate party in Jacksonville, Florida, on Halloween, and, in November, set sail on their own sold-out cruise — the This Is How We Cruise journey — along with Thomas Rhett, the Cadillac Three and more.
(Reporting by Beville Dunkerley)