PANAMA CITY BEACH — Spring breakers don’t have to cross the line when looking for a good time, but they can cruise to it next Wednesday when Florida Georgia Line plays at Sharky’s.
“We just try to bring it every night 110 percent and try to create moments for people,” said FGL’s Brian Kelley, originally from Ormond Beach. “It’s cool to try to make a chance for people to come and party, have a good time.”
FGL, winner of the top new vocal duo at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards, features Brian and Tyler Hubbard, originally from Monroe, Ga. The country duo gained traction after last year’s release of the multi-week No. 1, Platinum debut single, “Cruise,” which Keith Urban listed in his favorite songs of 2012. The song originates from small town country roots mixed with hip hop and electric guitar.
“Our fans are a lot like us,” Brian said. “Our mix tapes are playing Alabama, Garth Brooks, Lynyrd Skynyrd. We’re making our own brand of country music.”
Lately, he’s been listening to Tim McGraw’s latest album, “Two Lanes of Freedom.”
Brian and Tyler met while students at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., where they played local clubs and wrote songs in between classes. They penned more than half of the tracks on their 11-song debut album, “Here’s to the Good Times,” produced by Joey Moi on Republic Nashville. “Here’s to the Good Times,” released in December, earned the highest debut album sales of 2012 for a new country artist with nearly 63,000 copies in the first week.
“We just try to base our songs around real life to be honest with you,” Brian said. “You know songs are just like us.”
This year’s follow-up single, “Get Your Shine On,” has sold more than 250,000 copies, already hittingthe Top 25 in country radio. Brian and Tyler recently shot the music video for the song in Cancun, Mexico.
“We are pretty simple guys who love a good time and people who cheer us on,” he said. “We are working harder than we did last year.… We are taking it one day at a time, and I’m writing as many songs as I can for next record.”
The Nashville country duo is known for good music and good times, getting them a spot on Luke Bryan’s “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” throughout the spring.
Brian’s idea of a good time is “anything outdoors — hunting, fishing,” and music, of course.
Coming to Panama City Beach will be a familiar visit for Brian, who has spent countless vacations at the beach.
“Oh, girl, more than you ever know,” said Brian, who often hung out at La Vela and Spinnaker. “We used to go every summer with my mom and dad, then we’d go to the beach and they’d meet up with us.”
When FGL takes the stage at Sharky’s, Brian said he wants it to be fun for everyone.
“We’ll do a show where we had things set certain way, but we’re always stepping it up,” Brian said. “We want to enjoy it. … It’s just cool get to do this for a living; it doesn’t feel like a job for us.”
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
What: Nashville country duo plays during Beach Bash Music Fest
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 13
Where: Sharky’s Beach Club, 15201Front Beach Road, PanamaCityBeach
Details: SharkysBeach.com, FloridaGeorgiaLine.com, Facebook.com/FloridaGeorgiaLine