With a new album on the way, Florida Georgia Line made a tour stop in the Motor City to introduce new music to their fans.
17-June-2016: Later this summer, Florida Georgia Line plans to release their highly anticipated third studio album, Dig Your Roots. In the meantime, the three-time ACM Vocal Duo of the Year and CMA Artist of the Year winners are grabbing some friends and embarking cross country on the Dig Your Roots 2016 tour.
For Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Florida) and Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Georgia), this is their third headlining tour across the States. Adding their names to the tour roster are Kane Brown, The Cadillac Three, and Cole Swindell.
As they rolled into the DTE Energy Music Theatre for this evening’s show, they were also preparing for another sold-out show which seems to be the norm lately as Florida Georgia Line is one of the hottest tickets in country music today.
Opening the show for the evening was up and comer, Kane Brown. Kane broke into the music industry by posting links all across the internet featuring himself singing covers to other people’s material. On this evening he sang songs from his EP, Chapter 1, on RCA Nashville. Included was his debut single, “Used To Love You Sober,” which led to a chorus of women screaming for more.
Next up was the southern country rock trio of The Cadillac Three made up of Jaren Johnson (lead vocals, guitar), Neil Mason (percussion), and Kelby Ray (lap steel).
With a southern twang, they sang songs from their self-titled debut album and their upcoming album, Bury Me In My Boots. Along with their current single, “Drunk like You,” they got the crowd pumped up with fan favorite, “White Lightning,” before ending with their debut hit, “The South.”
Cole Swindell continued to get the crowd motivated as he came out singing and parading back and forth across the edge of the stage shaking hands with fans. He performed songs from his self-titled album and his current, You Should Be Here. The crowd sang along with Cole throughout his set.
Along with “Chillin’ It,” the song that started it all off for Cole, he also included hits like “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Let Me See You Girl,” and his current single, “Middle of a Memory.” With an emotional “You Should Be Here” dedicated to fathers on Father’s Day weekend, he ended with his hit song “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” dedicated to all those who have an ex, be it a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife.
When the lights went dark, the excitement and electricity filled the air as it was finally time for Florida Georgia Line. With the band starting to play, a loud cheer came from the people sitting up on the lawn as Brian and Tyler emerged from under a tarp in the back of the pavilion.
Making their way down the center aisle towards the main stage, they sang along to “Party People,” while the crowds reached out in hopes of making contact with their famous artists. Upon making to the stage, Brian and Tyler continued to dance along the edge, reaching out to the crowds in front.
Singing hit songs from their two previously released albums, Here’s To The Good Times (2012) and Anything Goes (2014), they also included a few new ones from their upcoming album due for release later this summer.
With songs like “It’z Just What We Do,” flames shot out from the floor of the stage as it kept a beat with the kick drum and choreographed by Tyler as Brian sang out front.
Halfway through the show, they sang “Dig Your Roots,” their favorite track off the new album. They climbed the steps of the pavilion to a small stage set up in front of those on the lawn. Sitting around a makeshift fire, they grabbed their acoustic guitars to reminisce about the days before making it big in the industry and playing whenever and to whoever. Brian and Tyler thanked the fans for giving them the life of which they dreamed, and being able to make music for a living. They also invited Jaren and Cole back out to join them for a few songs.
After singing “Dirt” from the Anything Goes album, they sat around the fire sharing songs that each of them had been a part of writing. Songs included “Burnin’ It Down” by Jason Aldean to “Sunshine And Whiskey” by Frankie Ballard.
Before returning to the main stage, Tyler sat down at a piano for their current hit and latest number one song, “H.O.L.Y.,” which brought the crowd to a deafening roar of cheers as they sang along.
The guys finished out their set with last year’s summertime hit, “Sun Daze,” and wrapped with “Get Your Shine On.”
With the whole crowd in attendance and no one leaving, the crowd cheered the band back for an encore. When Tyler and Brian reappeared, the level of enthusiasm in the venue heightened as the band played “This Is How We Roll” before ending the evening with Florida Georgia Line’s debut single and the best-selling digital country song of all times, “Cruise.”
With the connection and energy between the band and their fans coming to the show, it is evident why they continue to sell out shows night after night. Make sure to check their calendar and go out and see a Florida Georgia Line show for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
Florida Georgia Line Setlist:
- Party People 2. It’z Just What We Do 3. Round Here 4. Anything Goes 5. Smooth 6. Confession 7. Stay (Black Stone Cherry cover) 8. Dig Your Roots 9. Dirt 10. Acoustic Medley: Burnin’ It Down / Roller Coaster / Sunshine And Whiskey / Beachin’ / When The Lights Come On / Hope You Get Lonely Tonight / Gimme Some Of That 11. H.O.L.Y. 12. Everything’s Going To Be Alright (Bob Marley and Wailers cover) 13. Life Is A Honeymoon 14. Sun Daze 15. Get Your Shine On Encore: 16. This Is How We Roll 17. Mix Tape Medley: Ridin’ Dirty / Should’ve Been A Cowboy / The Last Resort / Everybody / This Is How We Do It / Jump Around 18. Cruise