Imagine being one half of a superstar duo.  It's tough to know what that's like, but try.

Now, imagine being a solo artist and taking a break from the duo, which skyrocketed to the top of the charts and into the hearts of all bro-country lovers forever.

In walks Tyler Hubbard, half of the award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line.  Over a year ago, the duo announced they were taking a break from FGL, and recording solo projects.

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It was Brian Kelley who jumped into the solo record deal, and Tyler was left wondering what to do next.

As Tyler told some radio people recently in New York for a special listening event for his project, Covid gave him a lot of time to think, be with family, and imagine what was going to happen next without FGL. He's 35 with a wife he adores and three children.

With BK wanting to do his solo album, Tyler explained how he writes at least 100 songs a year, and realized maybe now is the right time to do his own thing.  So he wrote, recorded, and crafted a music project where you can "hear" where his head is. It's the small things in life that matter.

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He said "none of these songs would ever be on a Florida Georgia Line album". They are too personal. His song about his dad is poignant, telling the crowd of about 20 people how he lost his father when he was only 20 years old.

"5 foot 9" is his first single off the project, and Hubbard is very excited.  His eyes light up at the thought of touring again.

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I asked him if he would be coming up to New England on tour, and he said maybe, but he and management weren't sure what size venue they would book.  He laughed and said "it depends on how the song and the album do".   Then I asked about favorite venues FGL liked to play in New England, and he didn't hesitate to say "Gilford", with a big smile.

Yes, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford is near the top of their list.  He said it's so much fun to play there, and they treat the artists so well. He also talked about the lobster for dinner, all kinds of adult toys, a pool, and more.

It's nice to know the superstars love New Hampshire so much.  What's not to love about the "Live Free or Die" state?  Let's hope Tyler get back to NH soon.

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