One country act that is definitely giving thanks this week is Florida Georgia Line. Last week, the duo comprised of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley topped the Country Digital Songs chart with their debut single, "Cruise."
"It's been real crazy," said Hubbard. "We've been working real hard, and it's been a wild ride, but we're loving every minute of it." The 'ride' continues with the release of their full-length debut album "Here's to the Good Times," which comes out December 4 on Republic Nashville.
Originally released on Big Loud Mountain Records in May, the early success of the song attracted the ear of Scott Borchetta and Republic, who snagged the duo in July. Brian Kelley says that alliance has been a magical one.
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"Scott and the whole team are just amazing," he told Billboard in a recent interview. "They work their butts off all across the board. They are so passionate about the music. The vision that we have really seemed to match theirs, and really molded together," he said, allowing that all involved share the same work ethic. "Everyone we have added to the team - from the band, publicity, and management has just been amazing. When you're adding people to your team, and they want to work as hard as you do, it's great."
When asked what they would have thought if someone had told them what 2012 would have held in store at the beginning of the year? "I probably would have thought they were crazy, but at the same time, we've been working really hard at this the past couple of years," admits Kelley. "We really believe in what we're doing, and we're confident in our abilities as singers and songwriters. We're taking it one day at a time, and we're just going to keep doing what we do."
"Cruise" has become not just a hit at radio, but also in their energetic stage show. Over the past few months, they have opened for several of the format's top stars, including Jake Owen and Brantley Gilbert. Soon, they'll hit the road with Luke Bryan. Hubbard feels the song casts a fun vibe that people have latched on to. "It's just one of those songs that makes you feel good, and you've got to have those. From writing it, doing it in the studio, and on the stage playing it live, we still love it. So, hopefully, it's a song that is going to stay around awhile."