Tyler Hubbard Celebrates Third Solo No. 1 With Nostalgic Hit ‘Back Then Right Now’

Hubbard admits it feels “surreal.”


Lauren Jo Black

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May 20, 2024


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Tyler Hubbard; Photo by Jimmy Fontaine

Tyler Hubbard just earned his third consecutive No.1 as a solo artist with “Back Then Right Now.” 

The nostalgia-filled track topped both the Country Aircheck and Billboard Country Airplay charts this week and spent two weeks at the No. 1 spot in Canada. 

“I’m so thankful to have my third consecutive No. 1 single on country radio, and it feels surreal to have it happen on the two-year anniversary of starting this journey with the release of ‘5 Foot 9,’” Hubbard shared in a statement. “The past two years have been amazing, and I’m grateful for all the support from country radio, the fans, and my UMG Nashville/EMI team. I’m excited to keep it going and keep telling my story through my music, songwriting, and live shows, and I’m happy we’re all on this ride together.” 

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The success of “Back Then Right Now,” written by Hubbard with 2024 ACM Songwriter Of The Year winner Jessie Jo Dillon, David Garcia and Geoff Warburton, follows his previous chart-toppers “5 Foot 9” and “Dancin’ In The Country.” 

With more than 78 million streams to date, “Back Then Right Now” is a standout track off Hubbard’s recently released sophomore solo album, Strong

This album features 13 tracks and is truly reflective of where the former Florida Georgia Line star is at in his life and career. As for the title, the chart-topping artist says that came about organically. 

Tyler Hubbard - Strong
Tyler Hubbard – Strong

“We kept referring to everything as, ‘well, that’s a strong take’ or ‘that’s a strong mix,’ or ‘man, that’s a really strong song for this next album,’ or ‘that’s a strong photo’ and as we were trying to title this project, we just kept saying that. Finally, I’m just like, ‘guys, why don’t we just call it ‘Strong,’” Hubbard recently shared with Country Now and other outlets. “It feels like it’s overall pretty strong project. I would confidently say that I’m proud of it and I love the heart behind the actual song, and I love the depth of the word strong. So let’s just roll with that and see where it goes.’ It felt right.” 

In support of the album, Hubbard recently announced his headlining Strong World Tour, set to kick off on September 6 in Indianapolis. The trek will visit cities such as Chattanooga, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, and more through November 21 when it’s set to wrap up in Nashville. 

Rising star Alana Springsteen will join Tyler Hubbard as direct support on the tour. 

Until then, fans can catch Tyler Hubbard serving as direct support on Kane Brown’s In The Air Tour and performing at various fairs and festivals throughout the summer.  

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.