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Album Review

Mama Kershaw's Boy came from the middle of Doug Kershaw's seven-year stay on Warner Bros., and considering it's his eighth album in five years, he shows little slackening in either originality or excitement. Kershaw by this time was using a falsetto range in some of his singing which takes a little getting used to on numbers such as "Nickel in My Pocket," but beyond that this album is as solid and consistent as anything in his output. If anything, his fiddle-playing is more robust and that adds some sparks not just to the dance numbers but also to the ballads here, most notably "Hi Lady"; the latter song is juxtaposed with the sweetly lyrical "Lady Ann," a sincerely subdued piece that could be the highlight of the album, just based on its restraint.


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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