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Band with Local Connections Hits the Big Time

Florida Georgia Line, with local Walton County hometown boy Tyler Hubbard, has just signed a record deal with Republic Nashville.

Country Rock duo Florida Georgia Line announced on their Facebook page Monday that they have just signed a record deal with Republic Nashville.

"They are about to take "Cruise" the rest of the way up the charts," the announcement read. "Cruise" is the single they hope will help them make it on the national music scene. 

Florida Georgia Line is an country duo made up of Tyler Hubbard from Monroe Ga. and Brian Kelley from Florida. The two musicians have been paying their dues in Nashville for the last couple of years and feel their efforts have finally paid off. According to the website, they have worked opening slots for artists like Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford as well as joined up with the 2012 Country Throwdown Tour.

With the recent signing of a deal with Republic Nashville, Florida Georgia line hope to take their music to the next level. They describe their sound as "combined electrifying, hard-driving rock with honest, expressive lyrics into one of the most exciting sounds in all of country music." They claim to have come a long way "since their days as students at Nashville’s Belmont University, where they played local clubs and wrote songs between classes."

Hubbard's roots in the local community are strong. He grew up in Walton County and attended . His mother and brother still live in the county and the family attended the and in Loganville. Hubbard's father, Roy Hubbard, was a well-known and much respected Loganville businessman. The community was devasted in 2007 when he was killed in a helicopter crash while taking off and landing on his property in Bold Springs. It was a while after the death of his father that Hubbard made his way to Nashville to begin a career in music. It looks like those efforts are about to bear fruit.

"It's such a blessing that we get to do this for a living," Hubbard said on the website.

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