a thousand words Beyond the Hill

Julie Busch

Dye’s Barbershop is a small one-room, three-chair shop on Old Morgantown Road. It’s adorned with a couple of buck trophies, a clutter of decorations and pictures on the wall. Most were gifts given to the shop by customers and friends. It’s not uncommon to hear Loretta Lynn singing “Blue-Eyed Kentucky Girl” on the radio.

David Dye has been a barber for 44 years. He has also been school bus drive in Warren County for 27 years. He is a bass fiddle player in a couple of bluegrass bands. He is also a husband and a father.

You would think he would be too busy to say, “Take care, come back,” but he’s not. He is a pleasant character who will chat with everyone about most anything.

“They’re all my favorites. I’ve had some characters over the years,” Dye said about his customers.

Jeremy Williams of Bowling Green has come to Dye for a haircut for 25 years.

“He’s been cutting my hair since I was 3 years old,” Williams said.

On his way out Dye told Williams, “Thank you, son. Appreciate it, hoss.”

“You know I do, too,” Williams said.

If you visit Dye’s and have $9 in your pocket, you can get a haircut, some good conversation and a smile on your face when you leave.

Julie Busch is a senior photojournalism major from Ventura, Calif. She can be reached at [email protected]