Florida Georgia Line Thrills Nashville With Exciting Dig Your Roots Tour

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It’s a very cool thing to see every seat in a venue with a capacity of 20,000 occupied. Superstar duo Florida Georgia Line accomplished just that as they brought their 2016 Dig Your Roots Tour to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena last night. The sold-out show excited fans with 3 outstanding openers, several surprise guests and all the high-energy entertainment Brian Kelley & Tyler Hubbard are known for.

Rising country star Kane Brown, who found himself gaining fans and industry attention through the help of social media, was a great start to the evening. Brown told the crowd that he hails from a small Georgia town, but he certainly looked right at home standing on the massive stage. With a strong, deep voice, Brown instantly draws your ear and the accomplished songwriter impressed the crowd with tunes like “Thunder In The Rain”. As his set drew to a close, he thanked the crowd for “the song that got me started” and finished strong with the haunting “Used To Love You Sober”. Brown is easily one of those artists worthy of the “Ones To Watch” title and you can stay up-to-date with his career by visiting his website and following him on social media.

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Hometown guys, The Cadillac Three, hit the stage next, beyond excited to be playing their city. The trio rocked the crowd with their anthem “The South”, catchy “Party Like You”, and a song lead singer Jaren Johnston told the crowd he wrote for his wife, “White Lightning”. Before launching into it, he also let a secret slip, addressing his wife by saying he can’t wait to meet the baby they have on the way, then telling the crowd, “It’s about to be The Cadillac Four, y’all!” The crowd roared as Johnston joked that his wife was going to kill him for spilling the big news. But the night just seemed right for fun & surprises. Johnston also told the crowd how amazing it’s been to come full circle. He and bandmates Kelby Ray & Neil Mason started their band around the same time Florida Georgia Line started theirs and he said they’ve all gone from “shitty little white vans” to tour buses and private jets. Teasing the night’s headliners, he joked that “They learn something from us every night”. The Cadillac Three always delivers a quality set and last night in Nashville was no exception.

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Cole Swindell just this week shared an open letter with the city of Nashville on The Huffington Post. His heartfelt words told the tale of a dreamer who found a home, a career and a family in Music City. Swindell hit the Dig Your Roots Tour stage last night with a big smile that never faded throughout his set. He’s never one to make you question whether he loves what he’s doing – he’ll convince you he does. Swindell gave his all, cranking out biggest hits “Chillin’ It”, “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”, and current single “Middle of a Memory”. “Flatliner”, a track from his current album that he performs with Dierks Bentley, was dedicated to “all you girls in here”, and Swindell even offered his version of songs he wrote for a couple of his friends, including Thomas Rhett’s “Get Me Some of That” and Luke Bryan’s “Rollercoaster”. As always, a standout moment of Swindell’s set was “You Should Be Here”, the song he co-wrote with Ashley Gorley as a tribute to his father who passed away unexpectedly in 2013 as Swindell’s career was starting to take off. Cell phone lights danced around the arena as Swindell told the crowd just how much the moment meant to him. While the pain of his loss likely comes back every time he sings this one, Swindell managed to find a beautiful way to work through it, doing exactly what he loves.

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By the time Florida Georgia Line hit the stage, the arena was packed and the crowd was amped up. Fans danced in the stands as the stage was being readied, and as the lights dimmed, a roar left the place shaking. Kelley and Hubbard burst on the stage amid a semi-truck scene playing on a giant screen behind them and pyro effects lighting up the room. Fans jumped, danced and sang along to every word as the duo cranked out hit after hit. Party anthems “Round Here”, “Anything Goes” and “This Is How We Roll” kept the energy high, but even more mellow current single “May We All” had fans engrossed.digyourroots-012

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To bring the show closer to fans in the back, the guys made their way to a smaller stage across the arena, set up to look like a backyard hangout, complete with a fire pit. Telling the crowd that they once sat back there, seeing a Garth Brooks show and dreaming of selling out the place themselves one day, Kelley and Hubbard soaked in the love their fans were sending their way. Slowing things down, they sat atop stools to perform “Dirt” and the song they wrote for their wives, “H.O.L.Y.”. As things picked back up, the two shared stories of their youth – Kelley telling the crowd his first concert was at the Orlando House of Blues for the Backstreet Boys. With that, the room went CRAZY as the incredible pop group hit the main stage and began belting out “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”. Florida Georgia Line eventually rejoined them from the back, finishing up the iconic 90s hit and launching into their collaboration, “God, Your Mama and Me”. A room full of thrilled fans were left coming down from a rush but they still had surprises in store.digyourroots-023

A guy who’s always good for a good time, Jake Owen, popped in to join the fellas on “Sundaze”, struttin’ around on stage and doing a little dancing with them and the crowd. The duo continued the fun by teasing each other over a couple photos from their younger days. For those familiar, their Dig Your Roots album cover features photos of Kelley & Hubbard as toddlers. Kelley joked that Hubbard’s shot, a grinning little guy perched on a tricycle always made him think of Chamillionaire’s “Ridin'”, while the shot of Kelley in a cowboy hat, boots and a diaper brought to mind Toby Keith’s “Should’ve Been A Cowboy”. The songs were hits with the crowd and the medley of songs from several genres continued from there. Spins on Papa Roach’s “Last Resort” and Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” all led up to the big finale, rapper Nelly joining FGL onstage to close out the show. Bridgestone Arena practically became a packed nightclub as he cranked out “Hot in Herre”, before the three set the room on fire with the song that launched Florida Georgia Line into success, “Cruise”. digyourroots-028

The Dig Your Roots Tour was just under four hours of talent, excitement and complete entertainment. Florida Georgia Line certainly gives fans their money’s worth with this tour and it’s easy to see why they continue to grow their fanbase with each hit that hits the airwaves. These guys give their all onstage and know how to put on a hell of a show. While the Dig Your Roots Tour is winding down as the year draws to a close, there’s still time to catch a show and we highly suggest you do. You’re definitely in for a good time.

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