In just a few short seconds, Florida Georgia Line make a memorable impression on ‘Cruise,’ their debut single with Republic Nashville. The duo have been performing together since graduating from Belmont University, and their formal training shows in the tight execution of this lyric-heavy summer song. It’s Tyler Hubbard’s unique voice that stands out immediately. 

Hubbard doesn’t sound like anyone else on country radio. His grainy southern drawl layers over banjo and electric guitars like gravy on grits. The song begins with the hook — always an effective way to get radio play — before telling a story of summer love.

“She was sippin’ on southern and singin’ Marshall Tucker / We were falling in love in the sweet heart of summer / She hopped right up into the cab of my truck and said / Fire it up let’s go get this thing stuck,” he sings during the second verse. This isn’t an original story, but it’s one that never gets old. These boys play it with inspiration.

Baby you a song / You make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise / Down a back road blowin’ stop signs through the middle of every little farm town with you,” Hubbard sings with support from Brian Kelley during the catchy chorus.

If anyone should know a thing or two about southern love in the country, it’s a band called Florida Georgia Line. They don’t disappoint with ‘Cruise,’ although the bridge could be cut without consequence. At just 3:33, this song the song lacks space to breathe. It’s hard to make this complaint while enjoying the rock-influenced country party song for a fourth straight time, however… which is something that’s bound to happen.

Listen to Florida Georgia Line, ‘Cruise’