They're a thinking person's rock band.
It's hard to say how much activity there is [today], or whether the music promotion game will merely morph again as it did over the last few years to acknowledge the letter, if not the spirit, of the law.
In general music has become more topical over the last few years even on albums that are mostly battle rhymes, you still hear references to the Iraq war and to government priorities, but it's often just in passing.
As for how far it stretches, it's too soon to tell yet. So far, what we know is that it transcends national heritage among Hispanics.
There's never been a radio conspiracy to foist terrible records on people with our without payola. The records that are getting played into the ground are the ones that are going to get played into the ground anyway.
The acid test will be when there is some anti-war commentary on country radio. That hasn't happened yet.