Wild Country: Rodeo Clowns
It's not surprising that country music looks to the rodeo with some frequency, but I must confess to being a little surprised at how often country songwriters turn their gaze to the rodeo clown.
But, then, as this collection of songs demonstrates, country artists have repeatedly found metaphoric value in this humble profession. Perhaps a little too much metaphor, as musicians tend to paint the clown as a sad, pathetic figure. But, then, finding the sadness and pathos in a story is often country's raison d'etre.