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Was Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Stay’ Originally a Rock Song?

You’ve heard of country-pop crossovers, but rock-country crossovers? Now that’s something unique.

Kentucky-based rock band Black Stone Cherry recently performed an acoustic set for our sister station Q103 and answered several questions about the inspiration behind their music. One question led to lead singer Chris Robertson talking about how the band came to inspire the music of country duo Florida Georgia Line.

Florida Georgia Line has had numerous hits in the past two years as they’ve made the climb to win the ACM Awards Vocal Duo of the Year for 2014. Among them is ‘Stay,’ a song about a man pleading with his woman not to leave and asking what it would take to make her stay.

The lyrics are not unlike many country songs you can hear on the radio, but according to Black Stone Cherry, the song was originally written with rock roots. Still, Black Stone Cherry seemed happy for Florida Georgia Line’s success, even though the band may cut back on how often they sing the now-famous country song.

“To me, that song’s a Florida Georgia Line song now. I’m sure we’ll still do it ocassionally. But they took that song and made it their own. The world knows it as a Florida Georgia Line song,” lead singer Chris Robertson said.

Watch what else Robertson had to say about ‘Stay’ and check out both the Florida Georgia Line and Black Stone Cherry versions of the song below. Tell us which version you like better in the comments.

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