OFFSTAGE: Craig Morgan Lets a Fan Take It All Off

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The headline makes it sound like the start of a dirty blog, doesn’t it? But country singer Craig Morgan did this for all the right reasons. He let a fan shave all those sexy curls right off of his head. It was part of a live auction to raise money for Morgan’s charity, Billy’s Place , a home for temporarily-displaced children in Morgan’s hometown of Dickson, Tenn. So the fan, former NFL player Robb Nelson, paid $1,200 at an auction for the opportunity to give Morgan this one-of-a-kind haircut right then and there. And now when I hear Morgan’s latest single, “This Ole Boy,” I’m picturing him with this military-like, high-and-tight buzz cut. Which is weird because the song’s all about how this girl is his shotgun rider, they’re in his old Ford, fogging up the windshield, she butters his biscuit and so on. I love the song. And I even love buzz cuts. But they just don’t go together. Maybe if I donate $1,200 to Billy’s Place, Morgan will grow his hair back out before he makes a video for “This Ole Boy.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.