Canaan Smith Signs With Florida Georgia Line’s Newly-Formed Round Here Records

Canaan Smith is back in a BIG way. The platinum-selling singer/songwriter is the first artist signed to the just-announced label,…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 16, 2019


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Canaan Smith is back in a BIG way.

The platinum-selling singer/songwriter is the first artist signed to the just-announced label, Round Here Records, founded by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. The label is in partnership with AWAL, Kobalt’s recording company, and is the latest business endeavor for FGL, following the success of their publishing company, Tree Vibez Music (among other projects).

Kelley, Hubbard and Smith were longtime friends and now they’re business partners in publishing and recording.

“We are always pushing ourselves to be creative, elevate our business ventures, and continue to pay it forward,” Kelley shared in a statement. “We’ve seen first-hand Canaan’s pure talent both in the writing room and out on the road. Tyler and I couldn’t be more proud to have him lead off Round Here Records. Let’s go!”

Smith returns with a brand new song called “Beer Drinkin’ Weather,” which was co-written by Smith with Kelley and Hubbard as well as Tree Vibez Music writer Corey Crowder. The track is an upbeat anthem all about letting loose and was co-produced by Smith, Kelley and Hubbard.

“I always love a drinkin’ song, and this one here is a double-fister!” Smith said. “I really like how we approached it musically – just a live band in a room with a whole lotta energy. I hope people crank this song way up and it makes ‘em thirsty for a good time.”

Fans can catch Canaan Smith on Florida Georgia Line’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour, which also features Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen and HARDY. His newly expanded role on the tour will feature Smith with a full band, rather than an acoustic performance.

Listen to “Beer Drinkin’ Weather” below.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.