Immediately after Florida Georgia Line played Michigan's inaugural Faster Horses Festival in 2013, the chart-topping country duo's first thought was when could it come back.
"I remember as soon as we got on the bus to leave after that show we literally were hoping we were just doing a circle and getting out and doing it again 'cause it was so much fun," FGL's Brian Kelley recalls by phone from a tour stop in Ohio. "I don't know if I've ever seen a sea of people like that, just partying. There were flags, girls on guys' shoulders, guys on guys' shoulders maybe even, everybody trying to get a good view, everybody trying to party and you're out in this field and...man, helluva time."
For Kelley and bandmate Tyler Hubbard, their second Faster Horses visit is set up to be even better. FGL -- Kelley's from Florida, Hubbard's from Georgia -- has two No. 1 albums behind it now, as well as eight consecutive Top 5 country hits, with "Anything Goes," the sophomore album's title track, headed that way now. FGL is also considered one of the vanguard's of the so-called Bro Country sub-genre, mixing rap and rock elements into the music, and the duo plans to enjoy its status as the final act on Sunday, July 19, at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
"It's definitely gonna be better than two years ago," Kelley promises. "We were little kids back (in 2013). We brought all the production this year. It's gonna be on fire."
Faster Horses drops into FGL's current tour, its first major outing as a headliner -- with some stadium dates supporting good buddy Luke Bryan thrown in. But while "Anything Goes" is still an active concern, FGL has already started on its third album and could have the first single from that ready before the end of the year. The group has branched out to write songs with rapper Nelly and Aloe Blacc and is again working with producer Joey Moi at Kelley's Treehouse studio in Nashville. And Kelley predicts the results will be familiar but fresh enough to add to FGL's story.
"I just think the songs are gonna be better and different," Kelley says. "I think they're gonna be deeper. I think there are points we haven't touched on. I think people are gonna get to know us even more. We've let 'em know what we like, what we don't like who we like to party with.
"We're very transparent with our lyrics and we're gonna continue to be, but we know where the bar is and we're just gonna continue to raise it."
Faster Horses Festival featuring Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Dwight Yoakam, Frankie Ballard and more
Friday through Sunday, July 17-19.
Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
Tickets are sold out.
Visit fasterhorsesfestival.com for more details.
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