In the raw aftermath of police murders and national controversy on law enforcement, the article caused an uproar, with many FGL fans taking to social media to say they'd stop buying music and attending concerts by the band.
Singers Brian Kelley and Tyley Hubbard quickly released a statement saying that they simply declined the extra police presence because they have their own security, and said "We have nothing but love and respect for the police".
The reporting has many wondering if this kind of drama and misunderstanding will become increasingly common now that TMZ has opened offices in Nashville. In a city known for the laid-back nature of its celebrities, here's hoping Nashville doesn't become the next Hollywood.
Below is the full statement by Florida Georgia Line:
“You won’t find two guys who are more supportive of the police than we are. What happened over the weekend was a misunderstanding that was blown out of proportion and taken out of context. There is nothing more to this story beyond our team feeling that it would be redundant for us to use local authorities when we are already covered.
Our management is routinely asked if they need help from local law enforcement for additional security backstage at concerts, which is common among touring acts.
Some acts accept the offer, but most don’t because they have their own security, or the promoters provide it.
We have an enormous amount of respect for the brave men and women who protect our communities and allow us and our fans to have a good time at our shows.
Nothing is more important than our fans’ safety.
We are lovers of people, and want to be a part of the change that is needed right now.
We encourage everyone to do the same.
Let’s love one another.
BK and Tyler
Compare it to voting; You can share anti-Clinton, Trump, or Sanders memes all day, but in the end, the only real way for your average citizen to affect change is at the ballot box. When it comes to music, your dollars and your presence at a music venue are your vote. Whining about today's music if you don't financially support the artists you like is the equivalent of complaining about the president, but not voting.
There is a huge amount of amazing music being created out of hubs like Nashville and the Texas scene. Artists are touring without the support of labels, and producing amazing, "Real country" songs with depth and actual meaning. Unfortunately, they're often playing to half-empty bars and spending tens of thousands to record songs that might only see a few hundred downloads or CD sales.
No record label executive or radio program director is going to base their decisions on what people say they want; they look at sales first and foremost. As long as the fans of Taylor Swift, FGL, and Luke Bryan are buying albums and concert tickets, those are the artists that will be pushed to the forefront.
So next time, instead of sharing a meme, head to the country bar down the road that has local artists playing. Find someone you like. Buy a CD. Get a T-shirt. Fund their Kickstarter. Actions speak louder than words, and your wallet speaks even louder than that.
So next time you get a beer, get it during a real country band's 4 hour bar set. That $4 will do more good than a lifetime of Facebook posts. In case you're not sure where to start, here's a list of just a few "True country" artists. Feel free to comment with more!
Jake Nelson, though somewhat new to the country scene, is bringing some much needed originality to the genre. Songs like "Don't Worry" and "Bad News" are produced with a stripped-down instrumentation that let the songs breath, drawing the attention to the well-written lyrics and vocals. It's a breath of fresh air in an age when so many independent country artists stick to the same four-piece drums/bass/thrashing electric lead guitar. Check out his music at http://www.jakenelsonmusic.com/, and listen below!
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Anchoring and connecting all the sounds is Simpson’s classic voice. His voice has a bit of a Randy Travis feel throughout, and he showcases an impressive range on “Call to Arms,” but his vocal talent isn’t the only thing he has going for him. He also produced his entire album, and wrote all of the songs himself, with the exception of the cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom.”
According to his website, Simpson wrote this album as a letter to his wife and young son. After his son was born, he “really questioned whether I wanted to spend however many more years on this bus, not being there and seeing all that was happening,” he said. “I had to figure out a way to put that into music, so I decided to write the whole record from the perspective of a sailor going to sea and not knowing if he’s ever coming home”
From the emotion and soul he’s poured into every song to the unique instruments and sounds he uses on A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson’s album will have you nodding along and wondering why no one ever thought to combine such diverse sounds before. Find the album on Spotify here, or visit Sturgill Simpson’s website here.
- Allie Windom
Watch the music video for “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)”:
There can never be too much sass in the country music world, and Jessie G is determined to add some of her own to the mix. With her new single “Drop a Line” out now, she combines powerful vocals with an outlaw banjo sound for a truly unique musical experience.
“Drop a Line” will be the first single released to country radio for the Brookings, Oregon native, and she’s making sure it’s a standout. “I think the song makes a bold statement,” she said in a recent media release. “I’m laying it out there just like folks would usually only hear from men!”
Grammy-winning artist Gretchen Wilson produced “Drop a Line”, but Wilson certainly wasn’t the only influence on the track. Jessie G’s sound is shaped by musicians from Reba to Van Halen, and anywhere in between.
We certainly can’t deny Jessie G’s no-nonsense attitude and her bold style. The edgy sound and saucy lyrics of “Drop a Line” leave no doubt that Jessie G will be one of country music’s next great female rebels.
Watch for Jessie G’s self-titled EP to be released in the coming months, and find out more about her at jessiegofficial.com.
- Allie Windom
In a musical climate that offers more production and editing capabilities than ever before, it’s easy to forget the beauty of a simple recording that showcases true talent and raw character. Ward Davis doesn’t need any major production—his message comes through loud and clear in good old-fashioned acoustic country music.
An Arkansas native, Davis has written songs for modern country superstars including Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard. In 2015 he released a project all his own, “15 Years in a 10 Year Town.”
From the first note you hear of this album, it captures your attention in the best way possible. Davis’ earnest voice is backed with perfectly understated acoustic parts that let his voice and songwriting talent shine. As you listen, his straightforward recordings make it easy to imagine that Davis is no further away than the rocking chair beside yours on a front-porch-pickin’ Saturday night.
Davis doesn’t shy away from typical country music content, including a cheating song with “Nobody’s Looking,” an honest religious doubter’s anthem on “Skeptic’s Prayer,” and the rush of love with “I Got You.” Between the outlaw feel of his collaboration with Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson to cover the 1978 Ed Bruce tune “Old Wore Out Cowboys,” and the upbeat drive of “More Goodbye,” this album has a little of everything.
Ward Davis doesn’t sugarcoat his music, and his straightforward writing style is a refreshing reminder of days gone by. As a modern musician with the influence of time-tested traditional sound and honesty, Ward Davis’ album “15 Years in a 10 Year Town” is a real gem of a listening experience.
- Allie Windom
Alt-Country singer/songwriter Jason Isbell went onto The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with what he called the "Saddest song ever." Covering topics such as dogs dying (10,000 of them to be exact, even sadder.), alcoholism and drinking "The devil's brown liquor", and tragic cannon accidents.
The video is yet another example of alternative country music entering not only the mainstream music industry, but into popular culture as well.