They arent diametrically opposed. There are tons of libs in the Nashville scene -Toby, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw. They are all actors playing a part.
As a guy who lives there, writes songs (which don’t fit the formula for the “hits) and plays little venues around town, I have to agree. Put on a hate, get yourself some boots and write songs about pickup trucks, fishing and the troops. Do a lot of, “Ma’m, I’m just so country” - and bore the dog doo out of me.