Florida Georgia Line Respond to Twitter Diss

Record Label Boss Ignites Wave of Angry Comments

When Sony Nashville CEO Gary Overton did an interview with The Tennessean last week, I bet he never expected it would lead to these tweets from Florida Georgia Line:

It’s a twisted story, but here it goes.

Overton’s interview was intended to show the continued importance of radio play just ahead of the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. (That’s when radio station programmers come to town to talk shop with record labels, who are hoping those radio programmers will play their music.)

It was probably supposed to be a feel-good piece aimed at the radio folks, intended to re-solidify Sony’s relationship with the industry — a fluff piece.

But it included this quote from Overton:

“You can ask people in the building, and I can be quoted several times a day, ‘If you’re not on country radio, you don’t exist.’ Again I can’t think of one star, much less superstar in country music, who wasn’t broken by country radio. It’s just a fact.”

The quote generated a wave of critical comments, spurred on by the irony of the No. 1 album at the time being Aaron Watson‘s The Underdog, a veteran of the Texas country scene who receives zero mainstream radio airplay.

People like Jack Ingram managed to voice their issues with the comments in more-or-less civilized fashion, but Charlie Robison, another longtime favorite of the Texas country scene, weighed in on Facebook with some extremely harsh words for Overton.

The post rambled on with personal attacks and strange comparisons of house size and also dragged Florida Georgia Line into the mix, calling them out as an example of country music that will not exist long or be remembered.

This of course came as a surprise to FGL, who had nothing to do with the argument in the first place and are an easy target for naysayers.

The tweets continued:

But then after some more thought, the duo wisely tried to put the whole thing in context:

Robison felt the need to respond to them as well:

I mean, Robison’s version of “El Cerrito Place” is an amazing country song I hope does last forever. But this whole thing just seems petty and spiteful.

It looks like FGL have decided to take the high road from here on out. But even some of Robison’s Red Dirt peers seem a little disappointed.

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