From the Moon to Marmoset, Welcoming the Legendary Doug Kershaw

Along with being a legendary Cajun-country artist, Doug Kershaw might just be the most interesting man in the world. Born the son of a Cajun alligator hunter in Louisiana, Kershaw didn’t learn to speak English until he was 8 years old, but was playing the fiddle by the time he was five. From then on, he taught himself how to play 28 instruments, landed multiple songs in the Country Top 40, opened for Eric Clapton and Johnny Cash, and had his song “Louisiana Man” broadcast from Earth to the moon for the astronauts of Apollo 12. Oh yeah, and he has a BA in Mathematics.   

Kershaw’s infectious fiddle playing and colorful Cajun flare helped his most infamous songs, “Louisiana Man” and “Diggy Diggy Lo” sell more than 18 million copies combined and land him a spot in the Grand Ole Opry, along with his brother and band mate, Rusty. The Longevity of Kershaw’s career is impressive, from releasing his first single in 1955, to recording “Cajun Baby” with Hank Williams Jr. in 1988 -- which went on to become a Top 50 country hit.

Today, 80-year-old Kershaw continues to wow the masses by performing with his band – featuring his son Tyler on the drums -- and bringing a slew of his Cajun-country songs and heart-wrenching ballads to the Marmoset Vintage Catalog. Enjoy.  

Posted on November 11, 2016 and filed under Music.