Harriet, thanks for the link.I'm not agreeing with the reporter about Alan & George.Maybe he live on a other planet? About the new femal singers, i can understand that it isn't real country. But is Faith Hill or Martina McBride or Trisha Yearwood or Reba McEntire pure country? Was Patsy Cline country?
I live in a country not familiar with countrymusic but i readed a lot about the history of the genre. So i know femal singers always have diffiicult to be accept in the countrymusic world. Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn were the pioneers and wimen like Terri Clark and, why not, Heidi Newfield do it real good but get not always the appreciation that they deserve.
btw. Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" is one of my favorite books.
Jean, I think there always will be a pop-country element in country music. Let those that do it do their thing as well as all the other elements in country. I like all kinds of country myself. A good song is a good song no matter who sings it.