Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line is heading to the 2023 Great Allentown Fair on Aug. 31 with special guest Matt Stell.
Tyler Hubbard’s face and name are very familiar — and his voice is a staple on country music radio. He’s accumulated 20 No. 1 hits with songs now woven into the fabric of music culture. However, he’s never made a project bearing solely his name — telling his story — until now.
Hubbard cruised into country music a decade ago as the lead singer of multiplatinum selling duo Florida Georgia Line. The pair had hits including “Cruise,” “H.O.L.Y.” and “Meant To Be.” Hubbard was a 24-year-old when FGL took off. Now, he’s a married father of three.
“I do hope that the FGL fans will hear this and know I’m still there for them,” Hubbard said. While there’s still plenty of fun and lighthearted music on Hubbard’s debut album, there’s also a depth that comes with growing up. His debut solo single “5 Foot 9,” written by Hubbard, Jaren Johnston and Chase McGill, became Hubbard’s 20th No. 1 hit. Hubbard’s second single, “Dancin’ In The Country,” is out now.
“I’m thankful for the last 10 years as one half of FGL,” Hubbard said. “But there’s a lot more layers to who I am. As a duo partner, you are respectful of one another’s stories and stick to common ground. I wanted to make music that let the fans into my life on a little bit deeper level.”
Tyler Hubbard, the debut solo album, was released Jan. 27. Making a solo project was never part of Hubbard’s plan. As a songwriter who has had more than 100 songs recorded by artists including FGL, Jason Aldean, Chris Tomlin, Zac Brown and Kane Brown, Hubbard thought he could be happy as a songwriter for other artists. And he was, but the more Hubbard wrote, the more he realized many of the songs were telling his own story, through his music.
“I really set out to write this album for the fans who have allowed me to do what I love,” Hubbard said. “I wanted to make a country album that was authentic to who I am. I’m a husband, father and man of faith, and these things all shape the stories I am telling through my music as a solo artist. I want to represent where I am today and where I’ve been as well.”
Hubbard said he created the album to be listened to in its entirety, and he always kept the idea of playing the songs in front of an audience at the forefront. “I went with my gut on somewhere between what I would want a live set to be and how I would want my story to unfold. It’s a fun ride from top to bottom, and people really get to know me along the way. The track listing provokes a lot of emotion, and as a whole, I hope these songs make listeners feel something.”
This will be Hubbard’s second time performing at The Great Allentown Fair. Florida Georgia Line along with Thompson Square performed at the 2013 sold out Luke Bryan show.
Matt Stell is joining Hubbard as the special guest. In just three years, Stell has quickly made his mark on country music, amassing over half a billion on-demand streams with back-to-back No. 1s: “Prayed For You” and “Everywhere But On,” plus fan-favorites “Boyfriend Season” and “That Ain’t Me No More.” Furthermore, he’s one of only eight new artists to have consecutive No. 1s in the past six years. With Billboard touting his “versatile” style, he’s the first-ever artist to receive a virtual plaque from the RIAA for multiweek breakout “Prayed For You” which is two time platinum, and is an ASCAP Pop and Country most-performed song awards winner. “Man Made” is his current lead single off a new album expected next year, following his 2020 EP “Better Than That.”
Tickets for Tyler Hubbard with special guest Matt Stell are $52, $62 and $72. Tickets go on sale to the public starting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 3. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com and the fair’s Box Office.
Special box office hours will be held Feb. 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are also available for Keith Urban on Sept. 3 Styx / REO Speedwagon on Aug. 30. All show tickets include admission into the Fair.
For more information and upcoming show announcements, visit the fair’s website at www.allentownfairpa.org.