“Backstreet Boys was my first concert,” Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley told fans at the duo’s recent show in South Dakota, with partner Tyler Hubbard then reprimanding some fans on the front row: “Don’t laugh at us!”
After Hubbard admitted the first record he ever bought was a Backstreet Boys album — and proclaimed that he oftentimes thinks they “are the Backstreet Boys,” FGL launched into a raucous cover of the 1997 smash, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).” What their sold-out audience didn’t know was that this little shtick was foreshadowing.
Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter revealed via Instagram Monday that the two bands are collaborating on a song for FGL’s upcoming Dig Your Roots album. Working with the band that so often played on their own childhood speakers builds on Roots‘ theme: “We really wanted this album to reflect who we are and our lives in this moment, but also where we came from,” says Kelley. [See the LP’s cover, featuring baby pictures of Kelley and Hubbard, in our Ram Report video above.]
Dig Your Roots, Florida Georgia Line’s third studio album that also features the chart-topping single “H.O.L.Y.,” is out August 26th.