Surging country duo Florida Georgia Line, who took "Cruise" on a record-breaking, 24-week ride atop Billboard's Top Country Songs chart earlier this year, got its shine on in big bad New York City on Wednesday night at a sold-out concert celebrating Billboard's 10th Annual Touring Conference & Awards.
The performance was presented by Citi and benefitted Musicians on Call, a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to patients in healthcare facilities across the country
"I'm gonna be honest… We're just a bunch of country boys in the big city," Tyler Hubbard announced at AEG Live's Best Buy Theater, filled to capacity with Yanks, many decked-out in flannel shirts and cowboy hats, who were more than eager to welcome them to the (freezing cold) Big Apple.
What fans got from Hubbard and FGL bandmate Brian Kelley, winners of single of the year ("Cruise") and vocal duo of the year at the recent CMA Awards, were good-timin' song after good-timin' song, including party jams "Tip It Back," "Hell Raisin' Heat of the Summer" and "Get Your Shine On."
Later FGL brought out Thomas Rhett, who co-wrote "Round Here," for a light-hearted medley/breakdown of mostly hip-hop songs including Nelly's "Hot in Herre," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," Juvenile's "Back That Ass Up" and 50 Cent's "In Da Club."
Other highlights of the night included their debut album's title track "Here's to the Good Times," as well as "Party People" and "Dayum, Baby," which featured the evening's largest concentration of pelvic-thrusts from FGL.
Decked out in sleeveless NYPD shirts, Hubbard and Kelley emerged after a short break to encore with a cover of Alabama's "In a Hurry to Get Things Done" ("I can think of no better place to play this one," Hubbard told NYCers) and set closer "Cruise," which ended in a confetti shower for the arm-waving fans.
The show was FGL's first of three at Best Buy, and arrives during their first headlining tour. Warming up the crowd at on Wednesday were Chris Lane and Dallas Smith, who closed out his set with his hard-rocking single, "Tippin' Point."
On Nov. 24, FGL will make its debut performance at the American Music Awards, where they are nominated in four categories, including new artist of the year and favorite country band or duo.