Country Music Nicknames: From “Bocephus” To “Chief” & “Big Velvet,” Here’s Some Of Our Favorites

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Country music is well-known for its wild characters and crazy stories.

Like Hank William’s infamous arrest photo, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings spending over $1,000 a day on drugs and alcohol, and Merle Haggard spending 5 days on a boat naked with an unnamed female country star and $2 grand worth of cocaine, plus who knows how many more were stifled before the public got a hold of them…

When you’ve got stories like that, there’s undoubtedly going to be some nicknames that come from it, and for my money, country music is the genre with the best ones.

Here’s a few of the best nicknames in country music:

Eric Church – “Chief”

George Strait – “King George”

Johnny Cash – “Man in Black”

Blake Shelton – “Toad”

Jimmie Rodgers – “The Singing Brakeman” & “The Father of Country Music”

Shania Twain – “Woody”

Riley Green – “Duckman”

George Jones – “Possum” and “No-Show Jones”

Willie Nelson – “Shotgun Willie”

Paul Cauthen – “Big Velvet”

Parker McCollum – “The Limestone Kid”

Randy Houser – “Cadillac”

Taylor Swift – “Tater Tot”

Loretta Lynn – “The Coal Miner’s Daughter”

Toby Keith – “Big Dog Daddy”

Kenny Rogers – “The Gambler”

Hank Williams – “Luke The Drifter”

David Allan Coe – “The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy”

Merle Haggard – “The Hag”

Bill Anderson – “Whisperin’ Bill”

Little Jimmy Dickens – “Tater”

Hank Williams Jr. – “Bocephus”


A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock