Country music isn’t about that stuff anymore. Except for the truck part. But not 18 wheelers. Pick Up trucks. Only pickup trucks. And it’s about the old swimmin’ hole. I guess Momma and Daddy still qualify. The old hometown that don’t exist anymore. And America. A whole lot of America. Won’t get quibby here, not the right thread. But it’s all nostalgia mixed with a cold beer on a Friday night. I prefer Outlaw Country. It still has some of that shit in it.
You know that Ray Wylie Hubbard was being sarcastic? That song was not dedicated to a rural maternal figure–but to the stereotypical inbred of those days who enjoyed beating up longhairs. More recently he wrote this one–which he introduces by saying “the trouble with irony is that not everybody gets it.”
The Dillards perform"Old Blue"–& refer to Joan’s version. In which you hear their classic bluegrass & the humor that made them regulars on Andy Griffith’s show. (Before they split up to help create Country Rock with Wheatstraw Suite–and the Dillard & Clark Expedition.)
If you want to learn about Country Music, listen to some. But I’d recommend starting with Old Timey & moving through Western Swing, Honky Tonk, Bluegrass & what’s called “Americana” nowadays. Listen to modern commercial country radio at your peril…