1. The Sheepdogs - "Feeling Good"
Coming out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, The Sheepdogs really look the part. These lads are in the business of spreading a good time, which is why songs like "Feeling Good" are quickly travelling beyond their native Canadian airwaves.
2. ZZ Top - "Gimme All Your Lovin'"
It would be downright rude not to include ZZ Top. Even though i'm not the biggest fan they are perhaps the most popular bearded band in the world. Get this...the one guy in the band who does NOT don the chin whiskers is the drummer. His name? Frank Beard. YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP
3. Motorhead - "The Devil I Know" (Lemmy Kilmister)
An inspiration for young metalheads, bass-vocalists, whiskey drinkers and just hellraisers in general is Motorhead's larger than life front man Lemmy Kilmister. The distinct voice behind some classic metal anthems like "Ace Of Spades", "Overkill", & "(We Are) The Roadcrew" he's rarely spotted without a bottle of Jack and his signature handlebars mustache.
4. The Beards - "You Should Consider Having Sex With A Bearded Man"
I would've given up my blogging license if I omitted this one. The Beards from Adelaide, Australia are the only band in the world playing 'bearded music for bearded people'. I can't go on....just watch and enjoy
5. William Fitzsimmons - "Funeral Dress"
This bearded chap from Illinois has been on my radar for quite some time. Playing a mellow, yet fluid form of folk-rock Fitzsimmon's style was birthed from growing up in a musically friendly environment. His father even built a pipe-organ into their family home. Perhaps best known for "Passion Play" & "Beautiful Girl" I chose "Funeral Dress" for it's unique and unassuming cadence.
6. Anthrax - "Madhouse" (Scott Ian)
One of thrash metal's earliest champions, Anthrax also are often credited for being one of the first Metal groups to incorporate rap elements into their music. Guitarist Scott Ian is easily identifiable with his long goatee often dyed bright red.
7. Gogol Bordello - "Immigraniada" (Eugene Hutz)
Gogol Bordello almost stand in a genre all by themselves with their unique blend of gypsy music, hardcore punk and even some cabaret. At the mic is a lad named Eugene Hutz, a Ukrainian immigrant who moved to America in 1993, who's eclectic taste in music forged Gogol Bordello's distinct sounds. It's his fabulous mustache though, that landed his band a spot on this list.
8. Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers - "Down To The River"
There's not much else to do in Halifax when the harsh winter rages, but grow a beard and play some music. Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers have had many members over the years, but lately they seem to have landed on a stable lineup. Featuring instruments such as violins, saxophones, organs and other melodic tools, their style really harkens back to a time when there was little else to do on your free time than make music to soul search to.
9. Stalley - "Pound"
Had a few bad injuries not derailed his basketball career Kyle Myricks' beard might be right up there in the NBA with the likes of James Harden, Reggie Evans and Quincy Acy. In 2008 however, he changed paths and focused on music and became known as Stalley. He grabbed the attention of Rick Ross and is signed to his label. He has also toured as an opening act for Mos Def. Look for his debut studio album this year
10. System Of A Down - "Deer Dance" (Shavo Odadjian)
Aremanian-American metal group System Of A Down has become known for their politically charged subject matter as well as music that stands out in a crowd and is impossible to ignore. Their 2001 album Toxicity gained them a much larger, worldwide audience and have carved out a nice niche for themselves. While most of the band members have had facial hair of some kind, i'd like to focus on bass player Shavo Odadjian with an impressively braided goatee. I bet that thing gets dangerous when the head banging kicks in.
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