I've included this picture because Willie Nelson is a great example of country music at it's best. If a band of country music were to look for inspiration, Willie Nelson would be a great icon to look up at.
Beatriz de Dia 1140 – 1175 In Provence, France was female troubadours (trobairitz,) who wrote courtly songs of love. Her poems were often set to the music of a flute. Five of her works survive, including 4 cansos and 1 tenson.
CHAILLOU, Christelle, « La poésie lyrique des troubadours. Musique, poésie, contexte », in ‘Les Annales de Vendée. Revue d’études pluridisciplinaires’ (ICES), No. 4 (2009), pp. 139-157. Accessible in HAL multi-disciplinary open archive library for scientific research documents. HAL ID: <hal-00363416v2>