Florida Georgia Line Explains Why They Are ‘Thankful’ for ‘Reality Check’ in 2020

by Atlanta Northcutt

Florida Georgia Line is searching for a silver lining to be found amongst the struggles of 2020. The two are expressing gratitude for being given a hard “reality check.”

The music duo comprised of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, felt the full consequences of the pandemic. The effects don’t only include the hit to the music industry and cancellation of their tour dates.

Florida Georgia Line Receives a Reality Check From 2020

Member Tyler Hubbard personally suffered from COVID-19 after testing positive for the deadly virus.

Hubbard explains he received a “reality check” after battling COVID. However, he and bandmate Brian Kelley, are looking forward to performing live for their fans again. Whenever they can return to the stage, heightened safety precautions will be of the utmost importance for everyone.

“It’s a reality check that anything that you love or whatever you live for can be taken away instantly. So don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” says Hubbard. “And for us, it’s more than just music. You know, music’s what we love. We obviously miss the live portion of that, and it was just a reminder of how grateful we are. When we get back out on the road I think the fans are gonna be more grateful. I think we’re gonna be more grateful for it and also just excited and inspired as well.”

The Duo Looks Towards the Future

The duo is using their free time to work on projects and create new music.

“And I think Kelley and I, we’ve always said, ‘Man, I wish we could have some true off time,'” adds Hubbard. “And so, we got what we wished for and obviously now we’re ready to get on back to it. But I think we made the most of it and I think we were re-inspired. I think it’s been really good for us overall. So, we’re excited about the future and thankful for this year, ultimately.”

Florida Georgia Line will celebrate the beginning of 2021 by releasing Life Rolls On, the band’s fifth studio album.

The record’s release on Feb. 12 is an early Valentine’s Day gift to fans. The album contains 16-song co-produced by Hubbard and Kelly with longtime collaborator Corey Crowder.

“I think this personally is just a big, celebratory chapter,” Hubbard said in a statement. “We’ve come a long way since 2012 when we dropped our first album. It’s wild to think about the journey we’ve been on – the things we’ve got to do, the places music has taken us. We’re celebrating life and the good times, the ups and the downs, and the journey it took us to get where we’re at.”