Florida Georgia Line will 'bring the party' to Jacksonville
Fast-rising country duo performs Sunday at Florida Country Superfest
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida Georgia Line is one of the fastest-rising duos in country music.
Sunday night, the high-energy pair will perform at EverBank Field as part of Florida Country Superfest.
The lineup for the two-day event includes some of the biggest names in country music, like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Eric Church.
Last month, Channel 4's Chris Parenteau went to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for Bayou Country Superfest, a 5-year-old event that inspired the Florida Superfest.
Florida Georgia Line was one of the acts performing at Tiger Stadium in front of 50,000-plus fans, and they told Parenteau they plan the same high-energy show in Jacksonville.
"We are going to bring the party," said Tyler Hubbard. "We feed off the crowd's energy, and they feed off of ours. It's a good time every show. We look forward to being on stage more than anything. We look forward to being on stage all day, so, yeah, it's going to be wild."
Hubbard, from Georgia, and Brian Kelley, from Florida, met in college at Belmont University in Nashville.
They've quickly risen to the top of country music. Their first four songs all reached No. 1, and their current hit, "This Is How We Roll," which features Luke Bryan, is on the verge of making it five No. 1 songs in a row.
The first song they released, "Cruise" in 2012, has sold almost 7 million downloads in the U.S. alone. Kelley and Hubbard say they know how rare their success is.
"It's hard to dream up something like this," Hubbard said. "We have been working really hard trying to make this thing continue. We are having a lot of fun with it. We do have big dreams and big goals."
Kelley said seeing fans sing their songs back to them is humbling – and cool.
He said they like to write songs fans can relate to, thinking back to when they were kids and heard something mentioned in a song that they thought was cool.
But they definitely have a favorite song to play on stage.
"Probably 'Cruise' right now," Kelley said. "It changed our whole lives and changes the whole night when we play the song. We are forever grateful for our fans; they have been incredible."
Florida Georgia Line takes the stage at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Parenteau advises fans sitting in the front row during the performance to be ready with their cellphones, because Kelley and Hubbard love to take selfies with fans.
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