Well this little song called "Old Town Road" from Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus has caused quite the controversy. Is it country? What is country? To sound like my mother when I started falling in love with country music... "this isn't country".
Now the lyrics of the song are about things that stereotypical country songs are about... horses, trucks, dirt roads, but the beat and how it's delivered is clearly rap. A song being about horses and trucks does not make it country, but the story of the song and the delivery is always what's made a tune country to me. However, if I go by those two criteria there's plenty of country artists now that years ago would be considered pop.
SOOOOO tonight I'll play just once the Lil Nas X "Old Town Road" and I'm going to want your opinion ... so get ready to call tonight!
Oh... and if you want a version that sounds a bit more country... check out Keith Urban's cover on the banjo!