With the way country music is these days, very few artists have the guts to tell real (sometimes haunting) stories. Radio has stripped its listeners of that experience, and subsequently left its artists stranded in the wasteland of overused cliches, tired hip-hop beats and regurgitated drum loops. Only the females (mostly) dare to dig their perfectly manicured nails into the dirt, offering up truly incredible work.
Carrie Underwood, for example, has explored such issues as domestic abuse and alcoholism (“Blown Away,” “Wasted”), homelessness (“Temporary Home”) and even wartime (“Just A Dream”). You can add Miranda Lambert (“Gunpowder & Lead,” “All Kinds Of Kinds”), Brandy Clark (“Get High,” “Take A Pill”) and Kacey Musgraves (“Merry Go Round,” “It Is What It Is”) to the long list of bold females, unafraid of pissing people off to tell thought-provoking stories.
Well, now you can add Canadian Country Music Association’s reigning female vocalist of the year Kira Isabella to that prestigious list. Her new single “Quarterback,” originally meant for Underwood awhile back, is a dark, honest narrative of date rape, by (you guessed) a quarterback.