Florida Georgia Line will be honored by Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with a new exhibit on their music and career in January. Florida Georgia Line: Mix It Up Strong will open on Friday, January 21, and run for a full year until January 1, 2023.
Museum CEO Kyle Young notes: “Florida Georgia Line expanded the country music audience and created some of the most popular recordings in the genre’s history by embracing hip-hop and rock influences. In less than a decade, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have had twenty-five singles reach gold, platinum or multi-platinum status, with two of those singles – ‘Cruise’ and ‘Meant to Be’ – reaching the elite plateau of Diamond sales certification.
“Very few artists in any genre accomplish that feat even once,” continues Young. “The museum looks forward to exploring the duo’s distinctive music and career in this special exhibit.”
Mix It Up Strong will tell the story of Hubbard and Kelley‘s meeting in college, their emergence in 2012 with the Diamond-certified smash “Cruise,” and the duo’s subsequent incredible, unbroken success. The exhibit will include instruments, awards, stage and screen costumes, and personal artifacts.
Items to be featured in the exhibit include:
A serape Kelley wore in Florida Georgia Line’s 2016 music video for “H.O.L.Y.”;
The Selmer Bundy II saxophone Hubbard played as a child;
Hubbard’s Alvarez AD-60SC guitar, which he customized and played early in the duo’s career;
A diamond certification award from the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) for “Cruise”;
A note from Hubbard’s high school classmates and teachers wishing him luck with his music career in Nashville;
A ball cap Kelley wore when playing on his high school baseball team, the Seabreeze Fighting Sandcrabs;
Kelley’s Takamine GB7C Garth Brooks Signature acoustic guitar, which Kelley used when writing “Cruise” and other hits;
Racing suits and helmets Hubbard and Kelley wore in the 2016 music video for “May We All” (feat. Tim McGraw);
Ensembles worn by the duo on the cover of their 2019 album Can’t Say I Ain’t Country;
Hubbard’s first guitar, a Sigma DM-3 acoustic guitar, which he acquired in fourth grade
“To be chosen for an exhibit is the ultimate honor as an artist, and we can’t thank the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum enough,” says Hubbard. “I can’t wait for opening day, when we can stand back and take in this blessing with everyone that’s supported us along the way.”
Adds Kelley: “We are both dreamers and always striving to go big. To have the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum now feature our wild ride is surreal and humbling. I couldn’t be more excited about this exhibit and to be able to relive each step of our journey. Here’s to the good times!”
The duo will take part in a conversation and performance in the museum’s CMA Theater at 2pm on Sunday, February 6. to talk about their career and the stories behind the items in Mix It Up Strong. Tickets will be available at CountryMusicHallofFame.org on Friday (December 10).