I started listening in the late 40s to what was called "cowboy" music, and got sucked into country. Country music, in the 40s, 50s, and some of the 60s, did not cross over. It was not listened to in polite society. It was southern, and it was rural. Its performers were plain-looking folks, many of whom had Depression-era childhoods of desperate poverty. It was not show-biz. Country musicians were not paid huge amounts of money, and with a very few exceptions, were not seen on the TV variety shows of that time. Patsy Cline, an incomparable singer, could not get on the stage today because she was not pretty enough, and because she would not flash her body parts at the audience.