Keith Whitley. That's what's missing
What I really think is missing from country is western civilization. With the upcoming loss of George Strait, mainstream country music loses its last cowboy. While plenty of guys wear cowboy hats, they're a part of the show. Lots of songs used to focus on Texas and rodeos. With the bulk of music coming out of Nashville, there are no elements of cowboys, therefore switching theme to the more mainstream "red red red red red redneck"
The way lyrics are presented have changed dramatically. The song Copenhagen was about a bad habit that couldn't be broken. Modern country says "chew tobacco spit"
Also, the assumption that men are men is missing. Good country artists don't need to talk about possessions, beautiful women, and jacked up truck 4x4's to be "country." These modern day pansies are trying too hard to display masculinity through trucks and other messages that aren't believable or relatable.
This post was edited on 4/24 at 12:23 am