By Robyn Collins
Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year, in any genre. Here, we dive in to it, and list our five favorite songs. And since it has already hit number one, we’ll leave “H.O.L.Y.” out, in the interest of telling you about songs that you may not have heard yet.
Dig Your Roots (Written by Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Jerry Flowers, Brett James, Ernest Keith Smith, Will Weatherly) – The album’s title track is a fresh jam combining nostalgic lyrics and current vibes. With an intricate simplicity the song has high energy while dropping some crucial life philosophies. It’s a song about celebrating your upbringing and being proud of where you came from. “The way I was raised up made me a better man.”
Lifer (Written by Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Jordan Schmidt) – This is a promise song. It’s like all the ways you can think of to let the person you love know that you aren’t ever leaving or giving up in one song. “Dancing who I came with.”
Wish You Were On It (Written by Smith Ahnquist, Hunter Phelps, Jameson Rodgers, Will Weatherly) – What starts out sounding like the soundtrack to an old western, set in Mexico, rolls into a compelling song about all of the things that make you think of the girl you wish you were with. It’s a sexy, vulnerable lyric, that lets the girl you love know you’re missing her, and wishing for her.
God, Your Mama, and Me (featuring the Backstreet Boys) (Written by Josh Kear, Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson) – This a the beautiful marriage of two epic vocal teams. The chorus will make you feel like you stepped back in time to the TRL era. With harmonies that have been the calling card of each group, this is a track that we didn’t know we were waiting for, but we’re glad it’s here. The emotional performances allow you to imagine each singer actually saying the words they are singing.
Music Is Healing (Written by Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Jordan Schmidt, Craig Wiseman) – If music is the answer to the pain that is in the world right now, this song is that music. With killer guitar licks and an emotional track, you can feel the intensity in the message under the emotional vocals. This message of hope and love suggests that music will heal the hurt.
Each song from Dig Your Roots could make this list. There is so much to listen to, like the Ziggy Marley-assisted reggae jam, “Life Is a Honeymoon” (written by Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Cary Barlowe, David Marley, Jordan Schmidt), or the classic “loving the simple life” type of song “May We All” featuring Tim McGraw, (written by Rodney Clawson, Jamie Moore).
This is a set of songs about appreciating what you have and fighting to keep love alive. It’s got the classic FGL characteristics fan will be glad to feel again, but it definitely represents a new bend in the journey.