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FGL forms label, signs Smith

Thursday, August 22, 2019 – Florida Georgia Line are expanding beyond their own music by forming a record label, Round Here Records.

The duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley signed Canaan Smith as the first artist. Smith previously had an album out on Mercury in 2014. Smith has released a song, "Beer Drinkin' Weather," an uptempo track co-written by Smith with Kelley, Hubbard and Corey Crowder. Smith, Kelley and Hubbard produced the song.

The label started with a passion to create music and to make records," Hubbard said in an interview with Billboard. "It happened organically (as) we continued to find the artists and friends that we love, believe in and thought had a gift and talent that we wanted to try to nurture. It turned into something that we are really excited about. (We're) trying to do some trailblazing in this record label space."

Last year, Smith signed to Tree Vibez Music, FGL's publishing arm founded in 2015. Smith previously had a number one hit with "Love You Like That."

"I always love a drinkin' song, and this one here is a double-fister," said Smith. "I really like how we approached it musically - just a live band in a room with a whole lotta energy. I hope people crank this song way up and it makes 'em thirsty for a good time."

There are no plans to take the song to radio for adds, according to the Billboard interview.

FGL apparently is not stopping with Smith. Hubbard and Kelley told Billboard they have three more acts "we're about to put music out on real, real soon."

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