Two GTAs (that I know of, SA and V) have a lot of rural countryside and a terrible country station to go with it. It's cool that R* understands how large a chunk of the market rural America accounts for, but who is this music for?!? The oldest NPCs of Blaine County, or the players?!? GTA's next map will be large, and likely feature countryside, so... let's have some good country music next time around.
RebelRadio and KRose were both way off. RR was all over the place. The two good songs felt like accidents.(Willie Nelson "Whiskey River" and Waylon Jennings "Ain't Livin Long Like This") A lot of the content is older stuff from the 60s or even 50s. (KRose was all oldies) I touched on this in the anti-wishlist by saying something like "less Hank Sr, more Hank Jr." I'd never heard that J. Cash song about the Duke boy's car, I puked in my mouth a little. Convoy?...WTF? Now, I'm no huge country fan, it wouldn't kill me if the game had no country station at all, but there is some good stuff, well suited to the game, that could make something like RebelRadio one of the best, rather than worst stations.
"Folsom Prison Blues" by Jonny Cash is an easy choice, but what about "Ain't No Grave" or "Cocaine Blues"
"You Never Even Called Me By My Name" by David Allen Coe, (joy) or maybe "Jack Daniels If You Please" , "Longhaired Redneck", "If That Ain't Country", "Take This Job and Shove It"
"Uneasy Rider" by Charlie Daniels, or "Wichita Jail", "Long Haired Country Boy"
"Family Tradition" by Hank Williams Jr, another easy choice, but then there's "Mind Your Own Business" and "I'd Love to Knock the Hell Out of You"
"Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw" by Jimmy Buffet
"Highway Patrol" by Junior Brown, not a great song, but a hilarious police chase soundtrack
Willie Nelson... just use "Whiskey River" again, I won't complain
Something else from Waylon Jennings, Johnny Paycheck, Merle Haggard, you know, dudes that lived hard and wrote songs about it. Don't go all George Jones on us. No Patsy Cline, no Loretta Lynn, no Hank Sr, none of that broken heart, I'm in love, mainstream 60's stuff.
Maybe mix in a handful of Southern Rock tracks, rather than one just kinda ending up there by mistake cause it sounds so country. Mississippi Queen, Black Betty, Gimme Three Steps, Whippin Post or Midnight Rider...
I'm sure many players would rather country music not be in the game at all, like "Who listens to this sh*t?" I feel this way about all the house/techno, the 4th rap station, the 3rd rap station, ultra-light rock, radio east los (I think it was called, come on R*, why?) but just remember the opera station in LCS. You might not like the music, but how fitting and f-ing cool that they put an opera station in Liberty City. Bashing through traffic while The Anvil Chorus played...yea!