I've been a fan of roots country music since about 1980, but I find that I listen to commercial country stations less and less. My complaint is that such stations play a routinized genre, calculated to appeal to a mostly female, middle-aged crowd. The music's without the edge that characterizes a genre's beginnings. Which is only appropriate: country music's mainstream appeal has moved -- literally and figuratively -- into middle age.
Here's an interesting and perhaps harder to classify country musician, Eric Heatherly. He doesn't get much commercial airplay, but he plays a music that still has some sharp edges. May his numbers increase.