I chose "Love Country" but I don't recognize most of the songs or most of the artists when I accidentally hear the local country radio station.
What I love is the music played on porches, in churches, jook joints or just around the old stills of Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta. The best of it came before the music bidness got its claws in and labeled it Hillbilly or Country or Race music. Examples are The Carter Family, Jimmy Rogers, Blind Lemon Jefferson and even Robert Johnson. By the way, I'll bet nobody ever called AP Carter a hillbilly to his face.
I love Hank Williams Sr. He seemed to take off where Jimmy Rogers left off. Junior -- not so much.
Love the old acoustic Delta blues; Muddy Waters and even BB King, great as they are, don't have the same appeal.
Favorite "recent" "country" album is Iris Dement's 1993 Infamous Angel. I swear she's channeling both Sara and Maybelle Carter. Listen to Our Town
, Mama's Opry
(with Emmy Lou Harris) or Let the Mystery Be
A favorite song writer is Gillian Welch. Red Clay Halo
and Tear My Stillhouse Down
are great country songs. Some of her other stuff you'd swear couldn't be written by anybody not born in an Appalachian "holler".
Doc Watson is a national treasure; a human archive of Americana music.
Of course, I can't help but mention the rock star southern string band of the 20's, Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers.