Florida Georgia Line ready to party at Frontier Days

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Florida Georgia Line, comprised of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, promise a party atmosphere concert when they are in Swift Current for Frontier Days on June 27.

The good time country duo Florida Georgia Line say fans can expect to have a blast on June 27 when they kick off the grandstand entertainment at Frontier Days 2013.

When asked what fans can expect during their mainstage concert, Florida Georgia Line member Brian Kelley gave the succinct answer: "A Party!" "Period!"

Florida Georgia Line, comprised of Brian Kelley from Ormond Beach, Florida and Tyler Hubbard of Monroe, Georgia, have been riding high since bursting onto the music scene with the 2012 summer country music anthem Cruise. The duo are now embarking on an exhausting tour in support of their debut full length release Here Comes The Good Times which boasts the triple platinum single Cruise and the chart topping Get Your Shine On.

"It's been a blast. Every night's been pretty much a party, and the fans have been amazing and we're having the time of our lives," Kelley said during a phone interview from St. Louis before taking the stage to open for Luke Bryan on his Dirt Road Diaries Tour.

Florida Georgia Line has an intimidating 44 shows booked between the day of our interview and the end of August, including a quartet of dates in Canada.

"We've been killing the road man. We love it out here. We go home for a day or two here and there, but we can't wait to get back on the road and hang out and party and play music for our fans," he said.

Their swing into Canada includes concerts in Swift Current, Calgary, Saskatoon plus Dauphin's Countryfest, with this four-day swing north of the US border marking just their third trip into Canada.

Kelley said there is really no difference in country music fans on either side of the border.

"They (Canadian fans) seem just as passionate and excited. I can't really tell a difference."

Admittedly, they are looking forward to a series of outdoor concert dates, country fairs and country music festivals.

"Those are fun. Those are wild too, so we're excited about seeing all the country girls and it's going to be a good time."

Florida Georgia Line are one of the red hot new country artists after winning both the American Country Music Awards New Artist of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year.

Appearing in Luke Bryan's Dirt Road Diaries Tour has allowed them to reach a number of their growing legions of fans.

"We're just very blessed to be a part of some amazing tours. Everybody's been so amazing to us and it's just awesome man. It's good to be on the road with your buddies and people you enjoy doing music with. We're just very lucky right now."

"Our fans have been amazing to us. They've just blown our minds really. They've changed our lives as well, so we're very thankful for the best fans in the world."

The duo boast having their first two singles top the music charts, the first country act to accomplish that feat in over two decades.

"People are always looking for new, fresh music, and that's what we've always tried to write. Our producer Joey Moi just has just got the touch. We call him The Wizard. He's just taken our music to another level. So it's a very cool time right now."

Frontier Days 2013 boasts an impressive line-up of concerts as the annual fair celebrates their 75th anniversary.

June 29 will feature a double bill sponsored by Robertson Implements, with High Valley taking to the concert stage along with Canadian country music star Paul Brandt.

Brandt has re-written the record books as Canada's top award winning male country music artist. He is an eight time Juno Award winner, capturing Country Male Vocalist/Artist of the Year for five straight years from 1997 to 2001, earning the nod as male vocalist of the year in 1998, plus winning the 2008 country recording of the Year for his album Risk. In 2008 he also received the Juno's prestigious Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.

Brandt is also a multiple Canadian Country Music Association Award winner, earning the following accomplishments:

2005 - Album Of The Year: This Time Around; CMT Video of the Year: Convoy.

2002 - Male Artist of the Year; Album Of The Year: Small Towns And Big Dreams.

2000 - Male Artist of the Year; Video of the Year: That's The Truth.

1999 - Male Vocalist Of The Year; Male Artist of the Year.

1998 - Male Vocalist Of The Year; Male Artist of the Year; Humanitarian Award.

1997 - Male Vocalist Of The Year; Male Artist of the Year; Single of the Year: I Do; SOCAN Song of the Year: I Do; Video of the Year: I Do; SOCAN Songwriter of the Year: I Do.

He had an immediate impact on Canada's Country Music charts right from his million-selling debut album Calm Before The Storm. He has enjoyed a string of gold and platinum albums, boosted by numerous chart toping singles.

He has released five of his own recordings through his independent record label Brand-T Record. His latest release Just As I Am, the 11th of his illustrious career, returns Brandt to his gospel roots with songs like The Old Rugged Cross, It Is Well With My Soul, and Amazing Grace. The album teams Brandt for collaborations with artists including Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs,  John Anderson, and High Valley.

Brandt's The Build It Forward Foundation is making a difference throughout the world. One initiative helped build homes and infrastructure projects to battle homelessness in Canada, Mexico and Haiti. He was also involved in a major fundraiser to support the community of Slave Lake, Alberta following a devastating fire in 2011.

Brandt, who has produced tracks for the up and coming group High Valley, is touring with the brother trio of Brad, Bryan and Curtis Rempel.

High Valley have released a pair of studio albums, the self titled High Valley (Sept. 2010) and Love Is A Long Road (June 2012) and have a bright future ahead of them. They received a series of CCMA nominations for High Valley, they are two-time nominees for the CCMA Rising Star Award, plus they were nominated for a 2012 Juno for Country Album of the Year.

Canadian rockers The Trews will wrap up the concert series with a June 30 concert.

The Trews, who formed in 1997 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, boast a pair of gold records along with a baker's dozen of top 10 songs.

Their list of five full-length studio albums includes House of Ill Fame (2003), Den of Thieves (2005) No Time For Later (2008), the live acoustic record Friends & Total Strangers (2009) plus 2011’s Hope & Ruin.

In May 2010, The Trews released the single Highway of Heroes in tribute to all fallen Canadian soldiers and their families. The song, written and produced with Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar, directed net proceeds from sales of the song to the Canadian Hero Fund. The Trews wrote Highway of Heroes after being moved by the 2006 death of Captain Nichola Goddard who was from their hometown of Antigonish.

Organizations: Florida Georgia Line, The Build It Forward Foundation, Canadian Hero Fund

Geographic location: Swift Current

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