Catching Chris Stapleton without his cowboy hat on is odd enough, but imagine seeing him without his signature beard? Almost five years ago, Stapleton posted a couple of pictures to Instagram that blow most #ThrowbackThursday pictures out of the water, mainly due to his lack of whiskers.
The sly grin juxtaposing his stern brow really gives it away that the guy on the far right is Stapleton, but is Chris even sure he's in this next picture?
Of course, it takes time to grow such a majestic beard, and there's probably some sort of some sort of spell that has to be cast or one has to complete a quest to earn the right to wield a beard as mighty as Stapleton's, but it's still odd to see him without it. It's almost like seeing a duck without its bill or a tiger without its stripes.