I think country music is missing that folk feel. It seems too big and manufactured. They are singing songs about the south and small towns that no one from the south and small towns can truly relate to.
Some bands like Wrinkle Neck Mules
and American Aquarium like some have said have a genuine honky tonk, folk feel to them.
The song I linked by Wrinkle Neck Mules is about their struggles as a small time band and is very easy to relate to. Kind of has a similar theme as David Allen Coe's You dont even call me by my name.
Also I think bluegrass and Appalachian folk music has those intangibles that country/western music definitely needs.
This post was edited on 4/23 at 7:43 pm