Fans cheered as country duo Florida Georgia Line took the stage at Iowa Speedway on Saturday — Tyler Hubbard sporting his signature baseball cap and Brian Kelley donning a cowboy hat — kicking off their show with the hit song “Round Here”.
The band performed at 5:30 p.m. Saturday following the Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 presented by DoorDash. Florida Georgia Line — known for songs like “Cruise,” “This is How We Roll” and “HOLY” — was last in Iowa for a grandstand performance at the Iowa State Fair in 2018.
The duo kept the crowd’s energy going with “Up Down,” followed by the song “I Love My Country,” which they dedicated to Iowa. Next in the lineup was “This is How We Roll” and “God, Your Mama and Me”.
When Hubbard stopped for a drink between songs, he joked with the crowd about what was in his cup.
“Bud Light – I don’t know if that counts as hydration, but I think it does,” Hubbard said.
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Florida Georgia Line continued the show with “Smooth”. As they began to sing “HOLY,” a love ballad on the piano, couples danced and hugged in the crowd.
“We’ve been to Iowa a few times and there are such special people here,” Hubbard told the crowd. “So much heart, so much energy.
The band continued the show with “Long Live”, “Stay”, “May We All”, “Sippin’ on Fire”, and “Dirt”.
“We’re a couple of country boys from Florida and Georgia,” Hubbard told the crowd between songs. “We never thought we’d be hanging out with you in Iowa.”
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During the song “Confession”, Kelley came down from the stage, shaking hands with audience members who crowded near the front.
The duo performed “Anything Goes”, “Simple” and “Get Your Shine On” before Hubbard stopped the show to greet a woman in the crowd who was holding a cowboy boot in the hopes the band would take her. sign.
“This girl here, she’s been holding her boot the whole show. Your arm must be tired, but you’re awesome, let’s go,” Hubbard said as he picked up the boot and the marker. “I’m going to need another Sharpie, this one is dry as a bone.”
Another marker materialized, and the duo both signed the boot and handed it back to the woman as Hubbard said, “Hey, get her a beer. And bring her one. Get us all a beer.” .”
They kicked off the show with “Meant to Be” and “Lil Bit,” before wrapping up the night with fan-favorite “Cruise.” The crowd bounced, cheered and sang as the duo played their final song.
“Iowa, we love you all, thank you so much,” Hubbard said as the pair left the stage.
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Florida Georgia Line was established in 2010 by Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley. Their 2012 debut single “Cruise” has been downloaded over seven million times, making it the first country song to receive Diamond certification.
Florida Georgia Line released their fifth studio album, “Life Rolls On,” in February 2021, the duo’s last project before they announced they would be taking a break to pursue their solo careers.
The IndyCar performance was one of the few tour dates that Florida Georgia Line promised to complete before the band’s hiatus.
Both Hubbard and Kelley launched projects as solo artists last year. Hubbard was a featured artist on several tracks, including Tim McGraw’s “Undivided”, Lathan Warlick’s “My Way” and Nelly’s “Country Boy Do”.
Kelley released his first solo album, “Sunshine State of Mind”, with 17 tracks, including his first single, “Beach Cowboy”. This year, Kelley announced his first ever solo tour, the “Made By the Water Tour”, in support of the record.
Grace Altenhofen is a reporter for the Des Moines Register. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @gracealtenhofen.