FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE AT AUSTIN360 AMPHITHEATER - PHOTO GALLERY BY MICHAEL MULLENIX
As I settle into Texas living and all the music it has to offer, we find ourselves treated to the recently minted Austin360 Amphitheater to see Florida Georgia Line light this town up. This country band has skyrocketed over these past years since the release of Here’s To The Good Times and are now a cultural force not just in the Nashville Music landscape but also on nationwide radio.
Opening up for the band on the Anything Goes tour was Frankie Ballard and Thomas Rhett, two returning vets to our publication. You may remember them featured on our Country USA coverage from last year; now in the support role for one of the biggest tours of the summer elevates both Ballard’s and Rhett’s momentum towards being established Nashville artists. Ballard had an incredible if only short set, seemingly only consisting of 30 minutes. Of course he hit his notable singles to date such as Helluva Life and Sunshine And Whiskey. Rhett on the other hand had closer to an hour to go through his catalogue of hits like Goes Like This, Get Me Some Of That and Crash And Burn. The development of Thomas Rhett’s style has taken a more interesting and pop-friendly turn. Somewhat like Sam Hunt, under a more constrained set Rhett tends to lean heavier to the feel-good party songs, than the more traditional country-sounding songs like Merica and Beer With Jesus. Still, this kid is buffing his brand of southern-fried pop to a glossy finish, able to dance through all the entire set.
Closing out the night was the star attraction of the summer, Florida Georgia Line. In the years since their debut album Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelly have become the face of New Country. Only a few years ago I first encountered them opening up the 2013 Stagecoach Festival in California, today the Anything Goes Tour is one of the top 3 tours of year, and is the band’s second headlining tour. The band started on the energetic anthem Every Night, launching out of their backing stage-piece and soon moved into familiar crowd-pleasers such as Party People, It’z Just What We Do, and Round Here. The band even threw in a medley special to the Austin show of some of their smaller tracks like Angel and People Back Home. Most of the new songs introduced from their sophomore album were telegraphed such as Dirt and Sun Daze (which was introduced by a special tour video drawing the band as Scooby Doo Characters), but unsuspected offerings such as Bumpin’ The Night and Sippin On Fire were introduced and allowed to stand out. During the song Dirt, Tyler Hubbard also gave out an incredible salute to our men and women of the armed forces, many of which had just returned home that night, and went straight over to the Florida Georgia Line Concert. The band wrapped everything up with a medley of covers from other artists, and then broke into their first hit, Cruise.
It is my pleasure to reintroduce to our website, Frankie Ballarad, Thomas Rhett, and Florida Georgia Line!
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