There's a long piece here about Emmylou, who's been talking to Fiona Sturges. She says at one point, about her relationship to country music:
I like to think I have my own category by now. I once said that I smoked country music but I didn't inhale.
Well, that's as may be. Her music has obviously moved on. But I also think that it was the country component that made Emmylou who she was, and in a way she acknowledges this in what she says about the important and distinctive influence of Gram Parsons - between country and country rock:
I didn't get his music; I didn't quite get his singing either. I had always sung folk music and I saw country music as kind of hokey. So at first I just saw what we were doing as an opportunity to make some money singing on a record. But as we began singing these harmonies it seemed like we sounded good together and I began to appreciate what he was doing.
Again, later in the conversation:
I get a great joy out of singing sad songs. It's why country music works well for me.