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Album Review

Louisiana fiddler Doug Kershaw has been performing his brand of energetic hybrid Cajun music for some 50 years now, and this live set, which tackles most songs at a blistering pace, shows that he is far from a one-trick pony. His touring band (which features his son Tyler on drums) delivers a big, full contemporary Cajun country sound with plenty of rock dynamics, topped off by Kershaw's manic fiddle playing, which careens through the arrangements, creating energy and tension. There are several high points in the set, including a blazing run-through of Hank Williams' "Jambalaya," an introduce-the-band take on Rockin' Sidney's annoying but infectious "My Toot Toot" (called "Toot Toot Man" here), and a fiery version of Bill Monroe's "Uncle Pen," a variant of the old fiddle standard "Cotton Eye Joe," which features some of the spookiest fiddle runs ever to rise out of the bayou. Kershaw closes the show with his brilliant signature tune, "Louisiana Man," a big hit in 1961 and a deserving standard ever since.

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Doug Kershaw Live

This guy is great! Even bettery live, if you can't catch him live then this albun is almost as good. Worth it, buy it, you'll love it.


I saw him in a high school gym in early 70's in southern IL. and he killed. This is great live album.


Born: January 24, 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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