Report: Country might be the ‘smartest’ music, and Louisiana gets some of the credit _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Libby Isenhower -- Eric Church befores at the Bayou Country Superfest at Tiger Stadium in 2012.

Country music may have a reputation as a dumbed-down brand of music meant for backwoods rural folk, but according to a new study released this week the genre actually boasts the smartest lyrics of any major American genre over the past 10 years, reports The Guardian website.

The study based its findings on word count, word length and the number of syllables contained in each word, which gave country a leg-up over pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop, thanks to longer words like “tacklebox” and “Louisiana.” Still, country’s top-ranked average reading level came in at just above third grade.

Country-star couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford are among the performers who’ll appear during the Bayou Country Superfest’s sixth Memorial Day weekend in Tiger Stadium.

See The Guardian report here.