Friday, July 15, 2022 – Brian Kelley shows his patriotic pride in his "American Spirit" music video out today.
Director Ben Christensen captured freedom-flying clips during the annual Grayton Beach Parade in the Florida Panhandle on Independence Day.
"We wanted to capture the energy and spirit of Fourth of July at home in Florida. The parade grows every year in Grayton Beach, and the celebration on the beach gets even more fun," said Kelley, one half of Florida Georgia Line. "Our friends always set up a huge flag in front of their driveway, so during the afternoon when everyone was at the beach, we did one quick performance shot for this music video to tie it all in with the great footage we captured of families and friends celebrating, soaking up the Florida sun, and giving thanks to our service members. I just love our town – good times, good vibes and good people."
Kelley and Jake Rose produced his first solo release for Big Machine Records, which they co-wrote alongside Blake Redferrin and Canaan Smith. Mixing "American Spirit" pays tribute to the ideals of freedom, bravery, and honor.
Further embracing his community, Kelley's been hosting his first-ever Surf Post Sessions live from the backyard of the Tribe Kelley Surf Post in Grayton Beach. Sponsored by local veteran-owned small business 30A Blaze, he just added a fifth sold-out show this Sunday. The post is run by Kelley and his wife, Brittney, which is fully stocked with Tribe Kelley brand items.
Next Friday, the former college baseball player heads to Atlanta to headline the CMT Hot Prospects summer concert series at The Battery Atlanta. Playing a free pregame concert for fans of the Braves, Kelley will perform on the Georgia Power Pavilion stage ahead of a Los Angeles Angels vs. Atlanta Braves game. He'll also reprise his appearance at the top of the game inside Truist Park. Tickets.
Brian Kelley may be one half of Florida Georgia Line (by some accounts, disease-spreading vectors of bro country), but "Sunshine State of Mind" is not a FGL album – not by a long shot. Like his high-profile duo gig, Kelley's solo venture is not at all lyrically deep. This is a party album. But as party albums go, it's a good one.
This is also a thematically consistent album. Most of its songs include sailing, sun, the beach or all three. It's a summer ...
When Florida Georgia Line sing about how much they love their country with "I Love My Country," this lightning rod duo must certainly be aware that not everybody loves 'their' country. 'Their' country doesn't always match the country music of George Strait, after all, who is name-dropped in said song. Strait is just too stylistically straight, for instance, to ever work in the sort of hip-hop cadence that drives "Ain't Worried About It. ...
From the ribbits and Dobro on "Smooth," the lead-off song, one might think that Florida Georgia Line is eschewing its rap rock meets country past for something completely different. While at times that is true - "Smooth" has a swampy beat - Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard haven't veered so far from what brought them to the dance.
That is evident with the title track where the thwack of drum programming from long-time producer Joey Moi meets the soulful, somewhat shiny vocals. ...