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Florida Georgia Line Like Where Country Music Is Headed

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Florida Georgia Line have been both criticized and hailed for pushing the country genre to new terrain, and in an interview with their record label, Tyler Hubbard praises the constantly changing music industry.

“I think of all genres of music country music evolves very quickly and I think that’s a beautiful thing,” Hubbard tells Big Machine Label Group. “I think it’s been fun to watch from the 70s to the 80s and all the way to where we’re at now, to watch this thing evolve and watch country music change almost yearly in a good way, in a growth type of way.”

Over the past several years, many critics noted that the country radio airwaves are more male dominated. However, Hubbard also recalls a time when it was the reverse.

“Yes, there was the years where it seemed like a lot of male influence in country, a lot of male artists, but there’s also been years where there’s tons of female artists and not many males,” he notes. “So it naturally, organically always changes and mixes things up and I think it’s beautiful to see a lot of young artists coming up, a lot of younger females that are really making their own sound and creating their own path and doing big things in country.”

These up-and-coming female artists include Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina and Cam, among others. While Ballerini has three consecutive No. 1 hits under her belt, Morris was the most nominated artist at the 2016 CMA Awards with a total of seven nods. Hubbard also guesses that over the next few years the male dominated airwaves will likely change and with artists like Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood leading the charge, he just may be right.

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