I do like traditional country music, but I also like the appeal it has to reach other people. Why I like Shania, but it has to be mixed right, too much of it nowadays is bland. You either got the ability or not, too many think they do, but so few can pull it off.
As for Gretchen, she came storming out of the gate with her first album and the Redneck Woman song. Since then the whole image she created has gotten tiresome quick. Her second album sold half what the first did, and her recent release will have trouble selling GOLD. She's trying to stir things and reaching to different areas but it seems it ain't working. I think she might become a flash in the pan. Flavor of the month if you will. She can't even sell concert tickets. So she might very well try strictly rock too.