Released Dec. 4 on Republic Nashville, Here’s to the Good Times from Florida Georgia Line is a pastiche of prickling banjo, walloping backbeats and muscle guitar, run through a blender of Country, Southern rock and a hint of hip-hop.
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley coast over these grooves with upbeat vocals that pound their good-time message home. Every measure of their first single, “Cruise,” suggests head-bobbing and arm-waving; it pretty much defines the group’s party-hard feel.
MUSICAL HERO KELLEY: “Garth Brooks.” HUBBARD: “Lil Wayne.” BOOK ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND BOTH: “Bible.” SONG YOU SING IN THE SHOWER HUBBARD: “Whatever vocal my producer Joel Moi is making me practice.” LUCKY CHARM KELLEY: “It’s not a lucky charm, but I wear a necklace my dad gave me when we signed our deal. I never take if off.” MOMENT YOU’D LOVE TO RELIVE BOTH: “The last year of our lives. It has been unreal.” TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BOTH: “Enjoy the Ride.”