On July 16th Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots Tour came to Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA. It has been one of the most talked about tours this summer and features Kane Brown, The Cadillac Three and Cole Swindell. Country music fans have anticipated this show for months and now I understand why. I have seen Florida Georgia Line nearly a dozen times, however, this experience was much different. Here are five reasons why this tour is a must see.
YouTube sensation and overnight success story Kane Brown recently signed a deal with Sony and released his EP Chapter 1. His style fits in perfectly with the Dig Your Roots Tour. He is young, talented and fresh. He has a massive fan base and some people drove six hours to see his short-lived 20 minute set. Brown writes his own music, has impressive vocals and just wants to be himself. He has a variety of songs that can be relatable to almost any individual. He brings a touch of diversity to country music and it’s much appreciated.
The Cadillac Three
The Cadillac Three guys are on fire. Their live performance is high energy and action packed. Performing songs such as “All About The South” and “Party Like You” it’s clear they bring the energy. They have a compelling sound and stage presence that draws you in. You can’t help but enjoy everything they offer. They do a tremendous job at entertaining. It’s their natural ability. A gift, really.
Warner Brothers Nashville recording artist Cole Swindell has made a huge impact within country music. He is the only solo male artist in the history of Country Aircheck/Mediabase to top the chart with his first four singles. Wearing all black, Swindell opened his set with “Down Home Boys” and sailed right into “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight.” Vocally he was on target and his stage presence was high-powered. A moment of mourning filled the air during “You Should Be Here,” a song that was written about the passing of his father. Swindell is a fan favorite. His genuine personality speaks to people and his talent is well-loved.
Florida Georgia Line
Republic Nashville duo Florida Georgia Line are known for throwing major parties. Their live shows are explosive. You can expect fire, dancing and even some acoustic music from the fellas. Opening strong with “This Is How We Roll” and blasting into “It’s Just What We Do” it was very clear that this particular show would be, well, electric. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard performed songs such as “Confession” and “Dirt” but then added a little kick by sharing some new music as well. Dig Your Roots is the name of the tour and the name of their upcoming album set to release in August. It’s also one of the more intimate tracks from the record that they share live. Another five-star moment was the acoustic songwriters round. Cole Swindell and Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three) were brought on stage to join Hubbard and Kelley as they performed songs they had written for other artists such as “When The Lights Come On” (Jason Aldean). Johnston sang his version of “Sunshine & Whiskey” (Frankie Ballard), while Swindell entertained the crowd with “Get Me Some Of That” (Thomas Rhett). The high energy duo also joined forces with Kane Brown during “Sun Daze.” From the piano playing skills during “H.O.L.Y” to the sure-fire action of “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line was wildly entertaining.
Some go to concerts to socialize or party, others may go because they are die-hard fans, and then you have those who are just looking to enjoy the music and escape everyday life. Music moves, heals and repairs people. As a mother to a special needs child my day to day life is often filled with therapy appointments, meltdowns or a million and one telephone calls regarding such things. The progress of your child never leaves your mind. My concert experience was different this time around. It was so lively and entertaining that I was solely focused on the experience, the fun and the music. I wasn’t thinking about the hundreds of things I needed to do the following week, the medicine I needed to refill or the appointments I needed to schedule. Why? Because that’s what good music does. Music is medicine for the soul. It got me thinking how many others were going through things and were there to escape as well? How many lives are changed due to the power of a song? It really does not matter if the song is about wearing Jordans or if it’s about something deeper. We are so focused on if something is “country” that we fail to see the beauty in ALL music. It’s powerful. It’s art. It changes lives. Saves lives. It even helps a child, who was supposed to never speak a word, speak. Kudos to Florida Georgia Line for sharing their passion with music lovers around the globe. They continue to grow and mature musically. If you haven’t seen them live, I would highly suggest it. After all, you gotta #DigYourRoots.
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