Country music is great but you have to be very selective and almost every artist that came to fame in the past decade is severely compromised.
Sorry I haven't had time to read through this entire thread so forgive me if some of these are repeats, but here are some classic artists that are worth checking out, along with one of their better songs:
Slim Whitman - Cattle Call
Ernest Tubb - Waltz Across Texas
Faron Young - Hello Walls
Little Jimmy Dickens - Country Boy
Boxcar Willie - Hank and the Hobo
The Carter Family - Can the Circle be Unbroken
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - You're From Texas
Jimmie Rodgers - In the Jailhouse Now
Billy Walker - Cross the Brazos at Waco
I like Country, I like Waylon, Willie, Jerry Reed, Hank Williams and some other tracks here and there. Love the instrumentation and lyrics. Interesting how some of you seem to hate it whereas as me, being outside of the cultural sphere of it finds it so interesting.