Written by Emilee Lindner • April 17, 2017
We already know that Florida Georgia Line is one of the most fun acts in modern country. With their boundless energy and irresistible smiles, we never doubted that their live shows could be a full-on party. But in the studio, FGL are sort of musical mavens, tapping the talents of their industry colleagues -- whether they're staying in their home genre of country or branching out to hip-hop, reggae or EDM. They don't contain themselves to any boxes, and that's what going to make their upcoming Smooth Tour so interesting.
Florida Georgia Line's Smooth Tour kicks off June 2 and runs all the way through the end of summer. The Backstreet Boys will be joining them on three select dates (Boston, Minneapolis and Chicago) and their openers include Nelly and Chris Lane. With that said, there's sure to be a lot of collaborating on stage. Grab your tickets to their tour and let's take a look FGL's previous team-ups, shall we?
Luke Bryan fit right in with the bro-country anthem, "This Is How We Roll," in 2013. Recorded for their debut album, Here's to the Good Times (a very FGL title), the remix of the song was later recorded with Jason Derulo -- busting them out of that country box even further. The chorus has FGL referencing hip-hop culture as they sing, "This is how we roll / This is how we do," and take the verses into rap-like breakdowns. Of course, they keep a bit of twang as they bring up country activities like "burning down the night, shooting bullets at the moon."
"May We All" is one of FGL's more classic country tracks, and when you get a big-time feature like legend Tim McGraw, it should be. While the song is all about the joys of the simple things in life, like buying "a cold sixer with a cashed-in lotto," the video for the song got way more dramatic. In their cinematic take on car racing, McGraw played a racing manager and mechanic, while FGL took on the roles of two daredevils who got carried away with the competition... only to realize the more important story at the end.
No one's ever going to love you like "God, Your Mama and Me." The "me" in that situation is Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys, who collaborated on the song for FGL's 2016 album, Dig Your Roots. The ode honors the partners in their life, with the music video showing real-life footage of their families. Recently, the unlikely grouping performed the song at the ACM Awards before breaking into an unexpected rendition of 1997's "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," giving fans a glimpse at what might happen when BSB join FGL on tour this summer.
For The Cadillac Three's first single, they wanted to get some heavy hitters to help them out. In came Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Eli Young Band lead singer Mike Eli for extra vocals on "The South." The video for the song shows the supergroup in the studio laying down the crowd-sung chorus: "This is where I was born / And this is where I'll die."
Jake Owen kicks off his warm-night anthem "Summer Jam" with a spoken-word rap, just like his colleagues in Florida Georgia Line. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard jumped on the 2012 track to do some feel-good harmonizing with Owen, singing, "Turn it up girl / You're turning me on / I wanna spin you like a record / Here forever long / You know I'm digging what you're doing / Grooving just like you're grooving / Hit that playback / Let's get back to it now." Even though this song wasn't put out as a single, it still charted in the top 40 of Hot Country Songs upon its release.
Florida Georgia Line teamed up with Sarah Buxton for a B-side track off their Here's To The Good Times album in 2013. Buxton provides a dreamy, feminine touch to the love song, called "Dayum, Baby." It's a downtempo tune that's as breezy and relaxing as a summer wind and has the guys declaring, "Hey baby, listen you got me twistin' watching you sippin' on that drink / I saw you smile back and I didn't miss that it's on a little later on wink."
FGL expanded their musical horizons by adding a little reggae to their Dig Your Roots album with a Ziggy Marley feature in 2016. Kelley and Hubbard kept their Southern twang on "Life Is A Honeymoon," while leaning toward a Caribbean patois on the chorus. The song drops you into a beach town, where your only worry is whether you're going to remember to put sunscreen on when you're a few drinks in. Marley lays down a laidback addition: "She is my morning sun and when the evening come / She's the moonlit sky, yeah / Truth is, this is how we belong."
Nelly hopped on the remix of Florida Georgia Line's biggest song to date, 2012's "Cruise." The track has been certified Diamond, and for good reason -- it makes you wanna roll your "windows down and cruise." Rather than adding a dash of hip-hop, which Nelly is known for, the rapper mostly sang along with Kelley and Hubbard, reupholstering the track with his own St. Louis-accented vocals. In turn, FGL hopped on Nelly's 2013 album, M.O., singing the chorus on "Walk Away" while Nelly did his thing around them. And since Nelly is opening for FGL on their upcoming Smooth Tour, it's a no-brainer for them to link up onstage and slow things down with "Walk Away," as well as busting out "Cruise" as the tour's summer anthem.
While The Chainsmokers are usually promoting more indie female singers, Florida Georgia Line pulled a Coldplay and managed to get the two electronic producers to work with them. "Last Day Alive" is the final song on The Chainsmokers' recently released album, and it's an atmospheric and athemic jam, like nothing you've heard from FGL before. Drew Taggart of the 'Smokers get the reverby help from the country singers, who lend a hand by harmonizing on the M83-esque pre-chorus: "Running to the bright lights, most nights / Always and forever the last day alive." The tune is definitely fodder for arena-sized rock-outs, so make sure you also grab tickets for The Chainsmokers' Memories Do Not Open Tour to hear the song live.
Wanna dive deeper into FGL's live experience? Check out the LNTV video below where they dig into the stories behind their songs:
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