Whether the majority of the mentally incapacitated people who have already posted a definition want to accept it or not, country is the foundation of basically every single other form of music. If somebody tells you to stop listening to country and start listening to rock instead, just remember it was country musicians who invented rock.
Not all country songs feature annoying twangy vocals, fiddles, steel guitars, redneck-y themes, or any other retarded stereotype of the genre. Not all of it's fans are white trash, conservative, over-patriotic, mid western, Bush supporters.
Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, and Clint Black, believe or not, are NOT the only acts in country and it is extremely ignorant to base your opinion of an entire music style on just four people (well, them and any of their commercially spawned craptastic wannabe sell-out clones just trying to cash in an their success in the industry).
There are MANY wonderful and talented country artists out there, they just are sometimes hard to find. Because once in a while you will actually see somebody appear in the country scene who is genuine and fresh, but when they start getting a lot of attention.... in come the clones who start producing a sad and VERY annoying barrage of shit music that clogs television and radio up so much it's almost impossible to sift through it all to find the real GOOD country music. People buy it because it's what is 'in' at the time, feeding the overrated hype even more. Eventually people wise up and get bored of all of the terrible music, another new craze comes out... the cycle continues... and the good music is sadly nowhere to be found =( And unfortunately most record labels only care about how much it sells and not about how innovative, original, and influential it is.
Which is the only reason I have started to give up on country music; slipshod imitations of the already hard to find creativity. Not because of lame and often incorrect conventional images of what people think country actually is like the rest of you dipshits.
99% of "country" you hear on the radio is a poor representation of real Country Music.