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New FGL House Opens June 5 in Downtown Nashville

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Nashvegas gains a new four-story fun palace downtown

Just less than a year after the launch of their whiskey, Old Camp, multi-platinum duo Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line are set to open the doors to their newest four-story bar concept in downtown Nashville, the FGL House, Monday, June 5, 2017.

The FGL House and will be four levels of rising entertainment, according to an FGL press release. From the basement-level lounge to the rooftop patio, the higher you climb, the better the party. Food will be “Southern-style fare with a Cali twist.” (Your guess is as good as ours here — maybe they plan to use local ingredients but with Cali-fusion techniques exploiting fresh ingredients and — gasp — lesser amounts of meat?) The guys’ peachy Old Camp Whiskey will be available too. Welcome to the best house party ever! Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration, but someone had to say it.

Word on the street is the EDM-pop duo Chainsmokers are predicted to make an appearance at the FGL House on opening day. Whether that’s true or not, one can expect to run into famous people any time anywhere in a crazy town like Nashville, so remain calm folks.

Let me take us back to the year 2013. It is pretty incredible what the FGL brand has turned into since. (Have you noticed their style lately?) The Florida Georgia Line guys launched into superstardom because of their innovative sounding tune “Cruise,” which climbed to the top of the country charts and stayed there for a record-breaking number of weeks, causing quite a ruckus in the industry. Then, when Nelly and FGL dropped the “Cruise” remix, the radio spins followed and so did industry positions on what came to be thought of as a new up-and-coming “sub-genre” — and that is how bro-country came to be associated with Florida Georgia Line. Although others were thrown into this category of country music as well like Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean (I’m as confused as you…) and Luke Bryan via an article in New York.

Some artists, like Blake Shelton, openly endorsed bro-country’s fun flair while some longtime haters of the subgenre have gone as far to say that Florida Georgia Line ruined country music altogether. Grammy winner Jason Isbell joined in the conversation too:

To make a long story short, the success of “Cruise” launched a new brand, two more albums, countless nominations, awards, sold-out tours, Old Camp whiskey, and now the FGL House in downtown Nashville.

Most country music artists, including chart-toppers we know and love, mostly began careers playing in bars and restaurants. It is where many artists practice new sounds, hang out, network, and, for some, develop a passion for the culinary scene. Nashville stars Jimmy Buffet, Kings of Leon (Caleb Followill), and Alan Jackson all partook in culinary ventures in downtown Nashville and soon so will Dierks Bentley, John Rich, and Blake Shelton.

Already the kings of bro-country, Florida Georgia Line are expanding further into the world of food and beverage and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. When it comes to creating a good time, love it or hate it, they go all-out, and you never know what you are going to get. I discovered this for the first time around the launch of Old Camp Whiskey when I attended FGL’s pre-concert disco party. Yep, two country dudes pulled off a disco party complete with dancers, disco balls, and bellbottoms. Here's their Fast Track - which is easy to make at home.

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