Do you know there is a distinct difference between country and western music? I didn't until I attended my first Cowboy Poetry Gathering last year.
I'm not a fan of the seemingly popular twangy, poor, poor, poor me, pour me a drink country music. (The type turned out in the Nashville of today.)
Western music seems to follow the traditions of the true west and has its roots in the early turn-of-the-century.
Today's western singers croon songs more along the lines of the beauty found in nature, the cowboy life, etc.
It is a real treat, even for those, like me who can't handle country music!