Country music fans have come to expect a little eccentricity from legendary crooner Willie Nelson, but he pulled off a real shocker this time.
He cut his hair.
"Oh Noooooo!," wrote one fan who saw a picture of Willie's new-do on the website of Nashville TV and radio personality Jimmy Carter. Another fan expressed the tongue-in-cheek hope that Willie had taken his freshly shorn hair and "donated it to the oil spill."
Nelson's waist-deep, reddish pigtails have long been one of the singer-songwriter's signature features. But spokeswoman Elaine Schock said Nelson, who's been hanging loose in Hawaii, got his hair cut in the last couple of weeks.
She said the Texas-born performer didn't make a big fuss about the makeover, but she theorized Willie might have grown tired of dealing with the long locks.
"There's a lot of maintenance," she said.