In two hours, Florida Georgia Line will be hitting the stage, playing to a crowd of thousands at Eugene's Matthew Knight Arena. But at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, they're wrapping up their meet-and-greet, shaking hands, sharing small talk and posing for pictures with a few dozen fans. They'll do two rounds of this on Friday (the VIP meet-and-greet comes as part of a package that gives fans entry into a special pre-show bar) but Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley show no signs of weariness, smiling and engaging with each person to pass through the line. That's not the end of their obligations: a radio DJ and his posse lingers, trying to convince the duo to come out and hit the bars after the show. "We can party here," the band, knowing they'll be on the tour bus to Seattle after the concert, reassures the group.
With the meeting room finally empty, the country breakthroughs took a few minutes to talk about their massive year.