I was highly influenced by older country music, I grew up in the 1980's, my Dad and Grandpa loved the 1940's to 1960's country. I spent alot of time with both of them. The first dance song at our wedding was "I love you Because" by Jim Reeves.
This music has something that new country music is lacking. It is hard to pick a favorite, there are so many great artists from that time period. Johnny Horten is another one of my favorites, I like how his music tells a story.