Florida Georgia Line has reason to celebrate, especially with the upcoming arrival of Tyler Hubbard’s baby boy, Luca Reed.
Speaking with ET Canada’s Morgan Hoffman before headlining the RBCxMusic Concert Series at the 2019 RBC Canadian Open, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard opened up about their new album, upcoming tour and the excitement surrounding the birth of Hubbard’s son, who is expected to arrive this August – right in the middle of their tour.
“I guess we’ll just wing it and see what happens. Hopefully have a plane somewhere close by if it goes down. But we’re just gonna cross that bridge once we get there,” Hubbard tells Hoffman of their emergency plan in case the baby comes while on the road.
Hubbard and his wife Hayley are already parents to 1-year-old, Olivia Rose, so the singer says he’s more confident this time around.
“It feels like we can handle it and we’re not as in the dark, but we feel confident and we’re excited,” says Hubbard.
With the recent release of their fourth studio album Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, the duo reveals if the inspiration behind the album title is a jab at the critics who say they aren’t “country enough.”
“It’s kind of a bold statement but it’s super lighthearted,” explains Kelley. “It wasn’t really an answer to anybody, we just felt like it’d be a good little marketing tool.”
Following the controversy surrounding Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road”, the duo chimes in on how they define a country song.
“I think if they can relate to what you’re talking about and the subject matter in the song, then that’s a country song,” says Hubbard. “That’s the ongoing argument slash debate that’s been going on for decades and we’re just thankful to be a part of the conversation.”
“Meant to Be” led the charts for over 35 weeks, passing Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”, which reigned at No. 1 for 34 weeks in 2017.
Fortunately, fans can look forward to the possibility of another collaboration with Bebe Rexha: “We love writing with Bebe and working with her, she’s super talented. So yeah we’d definitely write some more with her,” says Hubbard.
But, Brian Kelley adds they would also love to collaborate with Ed Sheeran or Bruno Mars.
Their breakout song “Cruise” put them on the map nearly seven years ago and the boys reveal to Morgan Hoffman one thing they wish they knew then.
“I’d tell my younger self not to be afraid to dream big,” says Hubbard. “At the end of the day, I don’t know if we could have ever envisioned our life going where it went.”
Kelley adds: “We just soak all that up and use it for inspiration and continue to put out the best music we can.”
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The Grammy-nominated duo’s latest album includes hits like “Simple”, “Talk You Out of It” and “Women”.