Brian Kelley Talks About Pursuing His 'Tennessee Truth' Following FGL Split

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Brian Kelley shared stories behind his latest album, Tennessee Truth, when he met with podcast hosts Dan and Reid Isbell on the latest episode of God’s Country, which premiered on Tuesday (May 28).

Kelley released his 12-track album earlier this month. Tennessee Truth includes “How We’re Livin’,” “Trucks, Ducks, Bucks & Beer,” “See You Next Summer,” “Kiss My Boots” and other highlights. Kelley said in a statement when Tennessee Truth released on May 10: “I’m so excited for y’all to hear my debut album. Each and every one of these songs make up my Tennessee Truth. I hope everyone enjoys listening to this project as much as I did making it. This is my Tennessee Truth.”

The Florida-born country star spoke about “the inspiration behind this solo project, what it's been like pursuing his career solo after ten years with FGL, and what he hopes fans take away from this project,” per God’s Country. Kelley’s solo work comes after a widely successful career in the duo Florida Georgia Line with fellow singer-songwriter Tyler Hubbard. The FGL alums recently spoke about their decisions to go solo in separate episodes of another podcast. Those conversations arrived shortly after Kelley and Hubbard announced that their Nashville bar, FGL House, has closed. Kelley, who played a free show in Nashville to celebrate his album’s debut, announced Tennessee Truth earlier this year, referencing a lyric in “Kiss My Boots.” He delivered the debut live performance of the betrayal anthem and “Acres” during the 2024 Country Radio Seminar (CRS) on March 1.

1. “Acres” (Brian Kelley, Adam Sanders, Will Weatherly)

2. “How We’re Livin’” (Brian Kelley, Micah Carpenter, Jimmy Robbins, Mark Trussell)

3. “King Ranch” (Brian Kelley, Katlin Owen)

4. “Trucks, Ducks, Bucks & Beer” (Brian Kelley, Rian Ball, Matt McGinn, Michael Tyler)

5. “Goin’ Places” (Matt Dragstrem, Matt McGinn, Blake Pendergrass)

6. “Barefeet Or Boots” (Brian Kelley, Thomas Archer, Lalo Guzman, Michael Tyler)

7. “Dirt Road Date Night” (Brian Kelley, John Byron, Jimmy Robbins)

8. “10 O’Clock On The Dock” (Thomas Archer, Matt Dragstrem, Michael Tyler)

9. “See You Next Summer” (David Garcia, Michael Hardy, Hillary Lindsey)

10. “Doin’ Nothin’” (Brian Kelley, Casey Brown, Blake Pendergrass)

11. “Dirt Cheap” (Seth Ennis, Wyatt McCubbin, Andy Sheridan)

12. “Kiss My Boots” (Brian Kelley, Dylan Guthro)

Produced by Dann Huff 

Dan and Reid — who have written music for Luke CombsMiranda LambertScotty McCreeryJon PardiLainey Wilson and others — started their weekly podcast this year. Guests appearing on the show so far include HARDYDustin LynchColbie Caillat and others.

“One of our favorite things about country music has always been how intertwined it is with the outdoors,” Dan and Reid Isbell said in a statement when God’s Country launched. They hope to “bring the outdoor enthusiast or country music lover an up close and personal look into the minds of some of the best songwriters and artists of the genre — a place where they can be honest about struggles, relationships, their connection to the outdoors, the music business, family, whatever they feel comfortable talking about. We can’t wait to see where this partnership will lead and who this podcast will reach.”

The iHeartPodcasts/MeatEater show is available anywhere you listen to podcasts, including in the iHeartRadio app. Select country stations will broadcast the show between 7-11:30 p.m. local time on Sunday evenings. Find God's Country here.