In a recent interview, Chase Rice, who co-wrote Florida Georgia Line’s 2013 breakout hit “Cruise,” said the tune was originally supposed to be a ballad. S

“[FGL duo member] Brian [Kelley] was a huge believer in it. He was like, ‘Dude, this is huge, this is monstrous,'” Rice recalls.

“I didn’t really see it at the time, but I’m glad he did.”

Rice goes on to explain that he actually wanted a more prominent artist to record the song at the time.

“I wanted Luke Bryan or somebody big to cut it. And luckily they took it and made it what it was,” he adds. “Because at that time, nobody knew who they were. They know now.”

I love hearing stories of the creative process of song writing. There are so many great examples throughout the music industry of songs that were originally written for other artist, or the tunes were supposed to be completely different from what they ended up as.

As far as Cruise goes, I don’t know if I can hear that as a ballad. Lyrically it’s got the basis for a slower track, but the up beat tempo is what really makes this song stand out and gives it that zest of being a track you can listen to on repeat.

FGL are going out on tour this year, with Dan + Shay and it’s expected to be 36 days of non-stop fun.

“We’re ready to party even bigger in 2019,” Kelley says in a statement announcing the tour. “Lots of pyro, energy, and good vibes, with a few surprises up our sleeves. And we’re so glad to be bringing our buddies along for the ride!”

No Canadian dates announced but a few shows close to the border. These guys are becoming a must-see act for any country fan!

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