Who has the best hair in bluegrass?

Heading into IBMA week, and our big Red Carpet pre-show event next Thursday at 7:45 p.m. (EDT), it seems like a good time to settle one of the most compelling debates in all of bluegrass music.

Not acoustic v.s. electric bass, old school v.s. big tent, or even Earl v.s. Don.

No… today’s burning question is: Who has the best hair in bluegrass?

Won’t you help us settle this burning issue by voting in this week’s poll? Choose one of our suggestions, or enter your own.



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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Stewart Evans

    This shouldn’t even be a contest. Del’s hair could be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in its own right.

  • Jon Weisberger

    No contest.

  • Chris Skaryd

    This was a very tough one, but Del has to win. I so very wanted to vote for Sammy though.

    • Gregg Turbeville

      Like Chris, I wanted to vote for Sammy. But as I was reading the article, Del McCoury was the first name to come to mind, so my vote has to go there.

      The second name I thought of was Larry Sparks with that awesome widow’s peak. I was sorry not to see Larry on the list. He needs a vote too!

  • Ivor Trueman

    What would ‘Big Bruce’ say…?

  • John Keith

    I’d love to hear what Bill Monroe would say about that sorry looking Ricky Skaggs.

    • Will Dennis

      (you guessed it…)
      …Ain’t no part of nuthin’…

      True story:
      At the Winterhawk festival in 1988, Peter Rowan sat in for a number (Can’t You Hear Me Callin’) on Bill’s set, and afterwords as Peter was leaving the stage, Bill said,
      “Pete Rown! Used to be a Bluegrass Boy. Used to comb his hair once in a while.”

    • franklin gadd

      No hair is the way to go.
      Just can’t bring myselr to wear a cowboy hat!;)

  • Wes Lassiter

    There is only one choice and that is Del. I shouldn’t even be a discussion.

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  • Chris Jones

    I have to put in my two cents for the Larry Sparks write-in.

  • Chris Quinn

    I wrote in Larry Sparks too. Hair!!? More like a helmet.

    He could fly off a Harley, land head first, take an Aspirin, and then sing “John Deere Tractor”.

  • Dennis Jones

    Amanda Smith has beautiful hair and Becky Buller’s RED curls are fantastic.

  • Zach White