Florida Georgia Line's 'Anything Goes' and the State of Bro Country

October 14, 2014 2:02 PM

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Florida Georgia Line's 'Anything Goes' and the State of Bro Country

On Oct. 14, “bro country” duo Florida Georgia Line will release their new album, Anything Goes. Rarely has something that sounds so relaxed been so fraught. For the uninitiated: bro country is all about booze, boys, and the girls they’re eyeing across the party, often featuring more guitars than fiddles. It’s slicker, it’s bigger: more Daughtry than George Strait.

The subgenre was crystallized with the success of Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” which spent more than 20 record-shattering weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country chart. The song was first released in 2012, then benefiting from a second life last year with a Nelly-assisted remix, and that cross...

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