American country music duo Florida Georgia Line headline the 2016 CMC Rocks festival.
American country music duo Florida Georgia Line headline the 2016 CMC Rocks festival. Jeremy Cowart

CMC Rocks headliners seek epic backdrop

FLORIDA Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard plan to make the most of their first visit to Australia.

The country music duo headlines next month's CMC Rocks music festival and hope to film their next music clip while they're down under.

"Australia looks so beautiful. I can't wait to experience it for myself," Kelley told APN.

"We'll be trying to shoot a music video while we're there on some off days.

"We're looking for one awesome location with an epic mountain backdrop; something crazy cool."

Florida Georgia Line, or FGL as fans refer to the band, is not your traditional country act.

They record many of their songs in Kelley's tree house studio, for one, and they like to collaborate outside of their genre with people like Nelly and Jason Derulo.

Kelley described the country-R&B mashup on their track Cruise featuring rapper Nelly as "natural".

"We grew up listening to a whole bunch of different music, that's what being an artist and songwriter is all about," he said.

The duo shot to stardom in the US when they became the only country artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week No 1 singles.

They followed up the success of their platinum-selling Here's To The Good Times in 2014 with Anything Goes, which soared to a No 1 debut on the all-genre Billboard 200 and the Billboard Top Country Albums charts.

Later this year Kelley and Hubbard plan to release their third studio album, titled Dig Your Roots.

"At the moment we're really focused on finishing the album," Kelley said.

"I'm really excited for this music to speak for itself. We've been waiting all our lives to make this album.

"I think we're better singers on this album. We're pushing ourselves lyrically and melodically and everybody is going to be able to tell.

"Tim McGraw may or may not be on one of the songs with us."

But for their first performances on Australian soil the singers plan to stick to their hit songs including Cruise, Get Your Shine On, Dirt, Sippin' on Fire and Sun Daze.

"We just try to bring along the energy every night," Kelley said.

"We try to connect with our fans, whether it's eye contact, a high five or 'hey I see you'. It's all about connecting through our music."

CMC Rocks plays Willowbank from March 11 to 13. Florida Georgia Line closes the main stage on Sunday March 13 at 9pm.

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