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Album Review

The Best of Doug & Rusty Kershaw collects 12 of the Kershaw brothers' recordings for Hickory Records in the late '50s, including the hit singles "Louisiana Man" and "Diggy, Diggy Lo." During this time, the group sounded like a cross between a Cajun string band and the Everly Brothers, which resulted in one of the most unique sounds of the late '50s. They might not have had many hits, and some of their material now sounds dated, but Doug and Rusty's musical interplay still sounds fresh. The Best Of isn't a perfect collection — it's missing the hits "So Lovely, Baby," "Love Me to Pieces," and "Hey Sheriff" — but what is here is very good, making it an adequate retrospective.

Biography

Born: 24 January 1936 in Tiel Ridge, LA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

1969 was a pivotal year in the musical career of Doug Kershaw (born Douglas James Kershaw). An appearance on the premier broadcast of The Johnny Cash Show, on June 7, brought him to the attention of his largest audience and led to a contract with Warner Brothers/Seven Arts. Two months later, Kershaw's autobiographical tune, "Louisiana Man," became the first song broadcast back to Earth from the Moon by the astronauts of Apollo 12. Kershaw capped the year with a much-publicized, week-long engagement...
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