You are correct in your thinking.
Today, all of the radio stations, record companies, etc. are trying to tell us that this "new" country is "real" country. Unfortunately, all of the "new blonde female clone wannabee country singers", believe that what they are singing is country because the labels tell them it is. Money talks and once the labels see something that sells, i.e. Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, etc. then they clone everyone else and hope the money rolls in again and again. Sadly, these singers wouldn't know "real" country music if it stood right in front of them.
Thank God for artists like George Jones, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, Hank Williams, Jr, Merle Haggard, and a few others who know what "real country music" should be. They haven't "gone to the dark side" and they never will.
Hopefully, the labels will wake up and realize that the crap of today is 100% pure Pop. Until then, we should just be thankful that there are still "real" country artists out there who are giving us what we want!!! :-)