Country singer-songwriter Kathy Baillie says uplifting love songs are hard to write because, like love itself, they sometimes end up going bad.

"I like to either write or look for positive love songs because there are so many that are depressing," she said recently in an interview in Nashville, Tenn."They're difficult to write because you start out writing this love song and it becomes, `She left him' and `Now I'm down.' "

She and husband Michael Bonagura are the country duo Baillie and the Boys, whose hit records include "A Fool Such as I," "Oh, Heart" and "Long Shot."

Bonagura is "the Boys" because the group was a trio until member Alan LeBoeuf left a year ago and was not replaced.

The two are touring with Kenny Rogers.