Gone are the days when barbers augmented their grooming services with forays into tooth-pulling and bloodletting. Nelson's Barber Shop offers neither of the above. In fact, when not sculpting follicles, proprietor Mike Nelson spends his time fronting the Mike Nelson Band; previously, he led the Motel Kings and, before that, the Bastard Sons of Jose Cuervo. "I think it's obvious that all the best singers are barbers," says Nelson, citing the likes of Perry Como ("the original singing barber") and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (just Wills, that is, not his Playboys). He adds: "It's like George Burns used to say: Too bad the only people qualified to run the government are driving taxi cabs and cutting hair."


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