The two men in this March Man-Ness battle come from very different backgrounds, but both have had to overcome tragedy to get to this point in their long, successful careers. Resumes aren't what's important during this bracket-style competition, however. In ToC's March Man-Ness, it's all about the sexy. 

Who's got it, Gary Allan or Trace Adkins? The California-raised Allan sings heartache as well as anyone in country music. His whiskey-soaked voice isn't traditionally sexy, but women have paid good money to be near the front of his live shows for years.

Adkins also packs them in with a mix of rowdy country-rockers and tender ballads. His long blond hair and imposing figure is sure to get him a few extra votes. He's the first person fans mention when we put together lists of the Top 10 Sexiest ... well, anything.

Vote for one of these cowboys once every hour until the Round 1 poll closes on March 16 at 11:59PM ET. The winner will move on to face either George Strait or Joe Nichols.

Taste of Country March Man-Ness