The social conditions that gave rise to country music, hard work for little money, isolation on the farm or in a small town, singing in church, etc. no longer exist so the music reflects that change. The boomers who made Outlaw or progressive country didn't live that life either, but they listened to enough classic country that it strongly influenced their music. Current country artists are more influenced by rock and pop music. Their connection to country music is mainly cowboy hats and boots.