Florida Georgia Line is unapologetically populist in its approach to country music. Perhaps that’s why the duo — Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, who hail from Florida and Georgia, respectively — has seen each of its first four singles hit No. 1.
The success of the omnipresent summer jam “Cruise” and “Get Your Shine On,” which went platinum, is proof that Florida Georgia Line is ready to step away from opening for more established acts to try headlining, which it’s doing at the ShoWare Center in Kent Saturday. It’s the last date of the 2013 portion of the band’s “Here’s to the Good Times” tour.
FGL’s debut album, “Here’s to the Good Times,” was produced by Nickelback studio guy Joey Moi and much like Moi’s work with Nickelback, he allows the band to hit only one emotional note. Fortunately, Moi decided to infuse “Here’s to the Good Times” with a breezy air of fun instead of the blunt drudgery that plagues Nickelback. It’s a reminder that some of the best country albums are also great party albums.
Give credit to Hubbard and Kelley, who met while attending Belmont University in Nashville, for writing many of their own songs. Finding acts who write their own songs on Music Row has always been rare, and often country artists are more likely to talk about the importance of selecting good songs rather than penning them.
Not so for Florida Georgia Line. The duo wrote its biggest hit, “Cruise,” which went platinum six times over, one of six songs they contributed to the album.
Florida Georgia Line is not without its detractors. The album has little depth or complexity, much like a lot of well-executed pop music, and some songs like “Dayum, Baby,” never become anything more than silly filler.
But the one thing this band brings is fun. A lot of country artists describe their shows as one big party, but there are very few acts who embody that spirit like Florida Georgia Line.
Florida Georgia Line
7:30 p.m. Saturday at the ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; $29.75-$39.75 (253-856-6999 or tickets.showarecenter.com).