Country music has often been labeled as the favored music genre of the rural working class. With roots leading back to the Southern Appalachian mountains, country music has a proud lower class heritage. However, this culture has not been preserved, as country music has become more and more gentrified in order to be more enjoyable for mainstream consumers. There are many reasons for this gentrification. However, through grassroots efforts, we can all strive to preserve the working class tradition of country music.