Florida Georgia Line on Country Music: ‘The Best Music Is Always Evolving’
Florida Georgia Line are riding high following two wins at the American Music Awards Sunday night (Nov. 22), but although the duo have made waves in country music, they don't take credit for changing the direction of the genre.
"I think we have changed country music a little bit, but we don’t try to take the credit for that," Tyler Hubbard tells the Boot. "We’re just honored and proud to be in the genre, a part of country music. There are so many cool things going on right now and so many great artists. It’s a pleasure for us, but it’s cool, because we just do what we love, and if people are digging it, it’s a beautiful thing, because it allows us to get the music heard on a larger level and to be able to fill up seats. It’s fun for us."
Hubbard further explained bandmate Brian Kelley's views on the genre from a Washington Post interview in July where he said that the "quality of [country] music has got to go up" to make the genre more appealing to others.
"I think the majority of what he was trying to say was, sometimes in country, people can be complacent, and it can get stagnant, and [artists] can write the same stuff over and over and over and can try to recreate what happened in 2012 in 2015," Hubbard explains. "I think the most beautiful thing about country music, and the reason it’s the largest format as we speak, is because there’s some guys that are coming in that are saying, ‘You know what? Let’s get out of the box. Let’s do some fresh stuff.’"
Hubbard agrees with Kelley's statement and says change is needed in the format, and he and Kelley hope they continue to push the genre's limits with their forthcoming third album.
"The best music is always evolving. The more it can evolve the better," the singer declares. "People need to continue step up their game and continue to push the boundaries as far as songwriting goes and as far as cutting songs. We’re not setting out trying to change anything. We’re just creating the music we want to perform every night."
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