Country music is on the rise, there’s no doubt about it — pop stars are recording songs with a country twang and some members of bands are going solo and entering the world of country.
One thing that’s a lot more common in country music than some other genres becomes very apparent in Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton’s hit “Say Something” in which the camera pans from JT to Stapleton and you see his magnificent beard — a contrast when compared to Justin.
So, I had a little think about it and here is a countdown of some of the best beards in country music:
Best known for his legendary single “Achy Breaky Heart”, Billy Ray is the father of pop sensation Miley Cyrus and was somewhat of a heartthrob for those in the 80s and 90s.
He once did sport an impressive mullet but it’s his beard we’re interested in — it’s a lot darker than his head hair so I wouldn’t be surprised if he utilised a bit of beard dye for that bad boy.
“Take This Job and Shove It” is probably David Allan Coe’s biggest success, the country legend went on to inspire a movie by the same name with the song.
Coe has a unique look already, with his exceptionally long hair but, when he was a bit younger, he also rocked a pretty unique beard — by decorating it with beads of course.
Cody Jinks is a lesser known country music artist with only his 2016 release “I’m Not the Devil” seeing any notable success, debuting at No. 4 on Top Country Albums with 11,000 sold (just under 70,000 in total as of last year).
However, Cody is the owner of a very impressive beard and is still yet to hit 40 years old so I’m sure we’ll hear more from him as he builds on his rising success.
Have a listen to his music:
Jordan Davis is a rising country music star; at just 30 years of age and one album he’s already had a country number one single in “Singles You Up”.
Davis’ beard reminds me of that of Skillet’s John Cooper — read my listicle of some of the best beards to inspire you.
Jamey Johnson is a well renowned country music singer and songwriter, he has worked with the legendary Willie Nelson and is an accomplished musician in his own right — earning a gold certification in the US for his 2008 single “In Color”.
Johnson has the cliche appearance of a country singer with all but a cowboy hat on show.
Speaking of Willie Nelson, a man who needs no introduction, he also has a pretty nice beard. Especially so when he was young, rocking it out with a cowboy hat. Iconic.
Luke Combs smashed onto the scene last year with his breakthrough album “This One’s For You”, unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve likely heard “When It Rains It Pours”.
As you can see, Combs’ beard is much longer along his jawline than it is anywhere else. Personally, he’s quickly becoming one of my favourite musicians and, at just 28 years old, I’d keep an eye on him if I were you.
The bad boy of country music, the self expressed “outlaw” does possess a badass style; with the style of clothes he wears, the rings and other jewellery he wears and the way he carries himself.
Gilbert doesn’t always rock a full beard but he probably should do more often!
Zac Brown is the lead singer of the aptly named Zac Brown Band and has consistently pumped out some of the best contemporary country songs over the last decade.
The band is actually somewhat versatile and you may know them as a pop band, a rock band or even as an EDM group — they’ve their fingers in many a pie.
Finally, the top dog of my list and the guy of whom made me first thing of this idea: Chris Stapleton. I think you’d be hard pressed if you tried to argue him being atop this list.
Do you agree with my selections? Who’d make your list? Comment below!