Wild Country: Hippie Loving Country
Country music has a reputation for despising the 1960s counterculture, largely due to Merle Haggard's 1969 Hippie-kicking redneck anthem "Okie from Muskogee." Haggard was ambivalent about the song, going back and forth on whether it was meant literally or as parody, and, as you will see, he sometimes wrote rather sympathetic songs about hippies.
He wasn't alone. He's a partial list of country songs that gazed at the Hippi counterculture with affectionate and sometimes jealous eyes, and a few songs by hippies who became obsessed with country music, and told their own stories to the sounds of strings and pedal steel.