Nashville's Cats in Hats
updated 03/30/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/30/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST
COLOR: Black, of course
STYLE: A felt custom job by the Standard Hat Works in Waco, Tex.
HOW HE SHOPS: "Lots of times I like the $50 hat better than the $400 one."
IF HIS HAT COULD TALK: "Get a haircut."
GARTH BROOKS BRAND: Stetson
HOW TO GARTHIZE A HAT: Dunk it in water, shape the brim by hand, wear it on your head until it dries.
SIZE: 7 5/8
IF HIS HAT COULD TALK: "God, I really just don't understand why this is happening."
GEORGE STRAIT BRAND: Resistol
STYLE: Of his 30 wide-brims, his favorite is a $300 deep-black beaver.
IF HIS HAT COULD TALK: "I hope it never has to say, 'Put me on the stretcher, your head's gettin' too big.' "
MARTY BROWN BRAND: Unknown
STYLE: Old and beat-up
HOW HE BROKE IT IN: Bound the brim with a necktie, held it over a steaming lea kettle to give it a "mule kick" crease in back and stiffened it with hair spray.
IF HIS HAT COULD TALK: "Drunks have thrown up on me."
TRACY LAWRENCE FAVORITE STYLE: A custom, $600 beaver pelt
WHY HE WEARS HATS: "My hair don't do what I want it to. I just put on my hat, and nobody knows the difference."
IF HIS HAT COULD TALK: "It's seen a lot of wild things; it better not say nothing."
RICKY VAN SHELTON BRAND: A wide-brimmed straw Resistol
WHY HE LOVES IT: "I feel naked without my hat. I think everybody should wear hats. I've had women try to trade me their undergarments for my hat. I wouldn't go for that."
IF HIS HAT COULD TALK: "Take me home, fool."
ALAN JACKSON BRAND: A $100 Stetson
WHY HE LOVES IT: "I wore it to every hellhole dive across the country and to the White House."
MAINTENANCE SECRET: Cleans it with cornmeal
WHY HIS HAT HAS CLAMMED UP: "I'm work in' on this song: 'If This Old Hat Could Talk."
CHARLIE DANIELS STYLE: A custom-made buckaroo block
WHY HE THREW A MAN THROUGH A BATHROOM DOOR: "I was walkin' through this hotel, and a guy told me my hat looked funny."
IF HIS HAT COULD TALK: "Take better care of me."
HANK WILLIAMS JR. COLOR: Black, always
BRAND: Handmade by a Montana woman friend
IF HIS HAT COULD TALK: "Please don't sit on me. There's nothin' uglier than a nice custom-made hat that someone has just sat on."
TRAVIS TRITT FAVORITE HAT: A motorcycle helmet
WHY HE AND MARTY STUART HAVE EMBARKED ON A "NO HATS" CONCERT TOUR: "No one should wear a cowboy hat unless he feels comfortable sitting on a horse. I'm more comfortable on a Harley."