In Defense Of — Country Music

You’ve all heard it before: “I listen to everything except rap and country.” It’s the age-old adage of the music generalist. But as hip hop has become practically synonymous with pop music over the last decade or so, rap has all but dropped out of the expression. Country, however, stands firm as the most hated mainstream genre.

I can’t say I feel all that differently. Though I’ve voiced my appreciation for…