Not long ago, most country music fans would have known the punchline to the ol’ joke about what happens when you play a country song backward. You get back your dog, your job, your house and your wife.
The inherent implication — that country is about tragedy, heartbreak and loss — is increasingly at odds with the most popular songs today. Think uptempo numbers predominantly performed by men.
And their song topics, which consistently extol the physical attributes of their love interests or chronicle the power of alcohol to fuel nonstop good times, often is…
ENTERTAINMENT – Los Angeles Times