Florida Georgia Line members Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard were toddlers when Garth Brooks' self-titled debut album was released. But even though they are a generation apart, the country music icon is a huge fan of the duo.

"They're sweet, sweet kids," Brooks shares on Broadway's Electric Barnyard. "My niece on Ms. [Trisha] Yearwood's side of the family actually got to hang with them one night at an awards show, and they treated her like a queen, so I just love them for that right there."

Florida Georgia Line isn't the only new country act that Brooks has praise for, however. He has also publicly admitted he's a big fan of Jason Aldean, even going so far as to credit the 'Burnin' It Down' singer with changing the country music genre.

“Guys like Jason Aldean, who came out with what I call ‘muscle country,’ [the] poor guy came out and did it, and he was the only guy doing it -- and then everybody jumped on it,” Brooks says. “Everybody tried to do that Jason thing.”

Brooks will kick off the New Year with a series of shows in Oklahoma, followed by stops in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. A list of all of his upcoming shows can be found here.

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