Kershaw, Doug(las James)
- Ronnie Pugh
- , revised by Travis D. Stimeling
(b Tiel Ridge, LA, Jan 24, 1936). American Cajun and country fiddler, singer, and songwriter. Raised in a musical family in the Cajun culture of Louisiana, Kershaw began playing the fiddle at age five, learning from a variety of local and itinerant fiddlers. His family moved to Lake Arthur, Louisiana, when he was seven, and he began working as a shoeshine boy and entertaining customers with his fiddling. In 1953 he formed the Continental Playboys with his younger brothers Rusty (Russell Lee) and Pee Wee (Nelson); the string band performed in bars around Lake Arthur and on KPLC-TV (Lake Charles, LA). In 1955 Rusty and Doug recorded as a duo for Feature Records and soon moved to Hickory Records in Nashville. That year, they joined KWKH’s Louisiana Hayride and appeared on WWVA’s World’s Original Jamboree, and, in 1958, they became members of the Grand Ole Opry. After army service, Rusty and Doug Kershaw had their biggest hit with “Louisiana Man” (Hickory, ...