Hats & Rock n’ Roll

Recently, my father and I have been playing music with some people, and we are going to play a set at a party here in the near future. For this show, my dad believes he needs a new “persona”.  The reason for this? I have no clue. Maybe it is a midlife crisis or maybe he thinks he will play better with a new look. Whatever the reason there is no denying the fact that it is kind of odd. To enhance his onstage persona, my father has decided to buy a hat. Not a baseball hat. More like a Walter White pork pie hat or an Al Capone fedora. It is frightening to think about.

Since he is going through this phase, I have decided to list my top 5 favorite hats that have been worn by musicians. These guys could rock their hats, and it was part of their signature look (or onstage persona, as my dad would say). This list is compiled from my personal preference’s only. I hope you enjoy it.

5. Chris Stapleton – Cowboy/Western Hat

Chris Stapleton

Although Chris Stapleton is a relative newcomer, his hat is still one of the best we have ever seen. The cowboy western style hat is decorated with what I believe is peacock feathers (I could not find what it is online, but peacock is what it appears to be I think). Cowboys hats like this are common among country music stars, but his hat reflects his music. His hat is different than the traditional western hat just like his music is different from the country music we hear on the radio today.

4. Angus Young – Greek Fisherman Hat

Angus Young

Angus Young is the best thing about AC/DC in my opinion. His magnificent playing is seen all throughout their records and it electrifies their live shows. His schoolboy costume is topped off by a Greek Fisherman Hat. This hat even bears the letter “A” sometimes. The costume, Gibson SG, and modified Chuck Berry duck walks are the making of an awesome performer.

3. ZZ Top

ZZ Top

ZZ Top is mostly famous for their great music and great beards, but over the years they have gone through many styles of hats. Some have been up and some have been down. Take my word. Most recently Billy Gibbons wears a skullcap, but in the past they have more many western style hats. This makes since because of their roots in Texas.

ZZ Top 2

2. Stevie Ray Vaughan – The Essential

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Like ZZ Top, Stevie Ray went through many hats, but his plateau style western hat is the most famous. It is known as the essential. It is a black hat that has medallions that circle the hat. I love this hat. I may have to get one for myself. I might be correct in assuming that this hat could be Stevie’s pride and joy other than his custom Strat.

1. Slash – Top Hat


There is no denial that Slash is the most famous guitarist to wear a hat. Little kids know who he is because of his signature look, and even adults who don’t listen to Guns n’ Roses music know him because of the top hat. Don’t let this downplay his guitar abilities. He is legendary on an electric guitar. One of the best ever. It is Slash’s sweet child, and I don’t think he’ll ever part ways with it.

One thought on “Hats & Rock n’ Roll

  1. This article is spot on. I’m sure that your dad is going through some midlife ordeals but music can cure a great deal.
    We hope for your sake that the hat will do just that.


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