Country Music's Hottest Stars

Whether you call Florida Georgia Line’s unique blend of hip hop beats, country twang and good-time vibe a revelation in the industry or merely the best of “bro country,” Tyler Hubbard – the Georgia half of the explosively popular country duo – says anyone from these parts ought to feel right at home with their sound.

“You know how it is in Georgia, everybody listens to rap and country,” says Hubbard in that solid Southern drawl that has transfixed females coast to coast and caused countless beer bottles and Solo cups to be raised in solidarity with songs like “Cruise,” “Sun Daze” and “Here’s to the Good Times.”

Hubbard, 28, and Florida native Brian Kelley, 29, have only been at this rock star thing since 2010, but in those five years they’ve amassed a collection of hits, awards and special appearances many don’t earn in an entire career of music-making and heartbreaking.

“We’ve had so many amazing life-changing experiences this past year, it’s mind-blowing,” says Hubbard of the band’s monumental 2014, which included a No. 1 debut on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart for their sophomore album Anything Goes, a tour stint with Jason Aldean, a headline run with Nelly, two CMT Awards, another win and a hosting gig at the American Country Countdown Awards, and a just-before-midnight performance for ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”

For more on what this duo is up to, including weddings, world tours and chart-topping albums, read the full feature in the February/March issue of South.