Loretta Lynn sings, "If you're lookin' at me, you're lookin' at country." And country music, more than most genres, likes to remind folks what they're lookin' at. If you're lookin' for the themes of country that span generations, look for pride, connection to the land and homespun wisdom. These folks know country when they see it.

"You can come as you are, there ain't no dress code/Just some rural-route rules that you need to know/Don't mess with the bull, he can get real mean/Don't forget to shut the gate, stay out of the beans"

--'Down on the Farm,' Tim McGraw (1994)