Florida went for Donald Trump. Georgia went for Joe Biden. And this cross-state rift bisecting the southern United States virtually resulted in probably the most preeminent and vilified acts in fashionable mainstream nation music being torn aside too.
Tyler Hubbard from Monroe, Georgia has proven a propensity to lean culturally left on issues like gun management and Black Lives Matter during the last couple of years. Brian Kelley from Ormond Beach, Florida hasn’t been particularly outspoken on something politically, till the latest American Presidential election was known as by most media retailers for Joe Biden, and large crowds gathered within the streets to have a good time.
“Knew we were waiting on the election since March when this shit show started,” Brian Kelley stated on his Instagram story, with the image of an enormous crowd gathered celebrating the Biden victory. “Time to get back to work AMERICA.”
Not solely did the Brian Kelley missive sign his obvious help for the Trump presidency, nevertheless it additionally floated a slightly conspiratorial notion that the lockdowns had been politically-movitated. That’s fairly arduous to show, since Trump signed off on and promoted lockdowns himself early within the COVID-19 pandemic, and if something, the lockdowns have tightened because the election as circumstances and hospitalizations surge, not loosened. The hypocrisy of the celebrations by some was fairly apparent, and a good accusation. But Brian Kelley’s conspiracy is sort of a stretch.
Nonetheless, the Instagram publish from Brian Kelley practically resulted within the biggest fears of Florida Georgia Line followers coming to fruition, and the best hopes for a lot of precise nation music followers who are sometimes livid on the musical output of the Bro-Country duo.
Though who follows who on social media is often fodder for gossip columns, followers ferreted out that each Tyler Hubbard and his spouse Hayley unfollowed Brian Kelley and his spouse Brittney on Instagram after Brian Kelley’s post-election lockdown assertion. Enterprising followers additionally seen that Tyler Hubbard follows Joe Biden on Instagram, whereas Brian Kelley follows extra conservative pundits resembling Donald Trump Jr., and Brietbart.
Soon, rumors of the duo heading in direction of Splitsville had been all the fad of the nation music web. This additionally got here proper on the identical time Tyler Hubbard introduced he had examined constructive for COVID-19, and the duo would miss their efficiency slot on the 2020 CMA Awards on Wednesday, November eleventh. Some started to surprise if the constructive take a look at was merely a canopy by Hubbard to get out of the efficiency.
The unfollowing additionally occurred as nation music media retailers and personalities attacked Brian Kelley and others for his or her election chatter on social media, publicly shaming them for his or her opinions. Though regardless of the characterization that the media likes to painting of nation music being hostile in direction of artists sharing left-leaning opinions within the format, in reality it’s right-leaning opinions as of late that may land you in rather more sizzling water, not less than with the media.
Recently The Independent launched a function on what they name new “Outlaw country.” The title of the article, the TITLE, was “No one was going to utter that they didn’t like Trump’: The return of outlaw country.” The quote is attributed to Margo Price.
But regardless of the media persevering with to like to current nation music as an ultra-conservative monoculture the place artists are stifled from talking out because it aids these retailers and journalists of their efforts to advantage sign to their constituencies, in reality the most secure factor you are able to do in nation music for the time being is present help for left-leaning causes, whereas probably the most harmful factor you are able to do is say one thing on the fitting, or in some cases, not say something in any respect, and find yourself on an “Accountability List,” or have your silence equated with violence. The backlash that ensued towards Brian Kelley and others illustrates this level completely.
But again to the unique query, how dangerous are issues with the Florida Georgia Line duo, and are they headed to a breakup?
First, because the preliminary situation, Tyler Hubbard and his spouse have re-followed Brian Kelley and his spouse on Instagram. Also, an unnamed supply has informed Billboard there may be “no truth” to the rumors of a cut up. So these hoping for or fearing for the demise of Florida Georgia Line will be both disenchanted, or assured, not less than for the second.
But there was actually friction between the 2 households. Likely, the rationale Tyler Hubbard and his spouse briefly unfollowed Brian Kelley was to sign to the remainder of the world their distance and disappointment in Brian Kelley’s opinions, which on this setting, is usually essential to take care of favorable standing with the media, and social capital in lots of circles.
But these anticipating a Florida Georgia Line cut up ought to perceive the unimaginable monetary incentives in place to ensure resembling situation doesn’t transpire. At this level, Florida Georgia Line is an enormous, multi million-dollar enterprise. Brooks & Dunn, The Judds, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, and different duos have gone by main upheaval, divorces, mediation classes, and occasions once they didn’t even communicate to one another personally, however nonetheless carried out as a duo merely on account of it being financially profitable for each events.
But if Florida Georgia Line did cut up, which the percentages say will doubtless occur sooner or later both completely or briefly within the long-term, Tyler Hubbard holds all of the playing cards, not less than as a performer. From the start, he’s been the star. Hubbard is the man you hear within the combine, and the rationale they’re so widespread. Not to knock Brian Kelley, but when the duo cut up, Tyler Hubbard would instantly launch a solo profession, and Brian Kelley must transfer ahead extra as a devoted songwriter, and promoting his overpriced distressed denim in his secondary design hustle. He can be high quality, however not an A-list performer.
It additionally wouldn’t imply the demise of the Florida Georgia Line sound, solely the duo. Tyler Hubbard would proceed on, and will even change into extra widespread as a solo performer. So watch out what you would like for, actual nation followers.
Florida Georgia Line was an enormous, flash within the pan with their breakout single “Cruise” that has in some way proven unimaginable endurance even because the face of every thing flawed with fashionable nation music for a lot of, the butt of many jokes, and the leaders of Bro-Country which regardless of its important losses over the previous few years, has proven some stunning stubbornness at fully going away.
But the true enemy of the Florida Georgia Line legacy is not going to be any friction between Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, born from political variations or the rest. They’ve doubtless already hit their business peak. The greatest adversary for Florida Georgia Line shall be time. Their by-product and trite model of music is destined for the laughing inventory of historical past just like their predecessors Nickelback who shared the identical producer Joey Moi. Commercially profitable because it was and continues to be, the Florida Georgia Line franchise has at all times been a ticking time bomb.