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Jo-El Sonnier - 100% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 October 1946, Rayne, Louisiana, USA. The son of sharecroppers, Sonnier (pronounced Sawn-ya) was working in cotton fields from the age of five. He began singing and playing accordion, worked on local radio and recorded his first single, ‘Tes Yeaux Bleus’ (Your Blue Eyes) when aged 13. He recorded his ‘white roots Cajun music’ for the Swallow and Goldband Read more

Doug Sahm - 89% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Douglas Wayne Sahm, 6 November 1941, San Antonio, Texas, USA, d. 18 November 1999, Taos, New Mexico, USA. Sahm was a highly knowledgeable and superbly competent performer of Texan musical styles, whether they be blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll, western swing, Cajun or polkas. A child prodigy, he appeared on radio at the age of five and became a featured player (steel Read more

BeauSoleil - 82% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Widely considered to be the pre-eminent Cajun band of the 80s and 90s, BeauSoleil (the capitalized ‘S’ having been added in the 90s) have amassed a substantial discography that features some of the most exciting music extant within the traditional music realm. Rather than contemplate retirement, if anything, their output seems to have increased and intensified during Read more

Buckwheat Zydeco - 66% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Founded by Stanley Dural (Lafayette, Louisiana, USA). Dural started his musical career playing piano and organ in local bands around south-east Louisiana. In the late 80s and early 90s, Buckwheat Zydeco emerged as one of the leaders of zydeco music, the accordion-led dance music of southern Louisiana’s French-speaking Creoles. Dural, taking the nickname ‘Buckwheat& Read more

Clifton Chenier - 57% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 June 1925, Opelousas, Louisiana, USA, d. 12 December 1987, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. This singer, guitarist, and harmonica and accordion player is regarded by many as the ‘king of zydeco music’. Chenier was given lessons on the accordion by his father, and started performing at dances. He also had the advantage of being able to sing in French patois, English an Read more

Johnnie Allan - 47% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Allan Guillot, 10 March 1938, Rayne, Louisiana, USA. Allan was raised in a sharecropping family, speaking both English and French. His great-uncle, Joe Falcon, made one of the first Cajun records, ‘Allons A Lafayette’. From the age of 13, he was playing rhythm guitar and steel guitar in local bands. In 1958 and as part of the Krazy Kats, Allan had regional hit Read more

Charlie Louvin - 30% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charlie Elzer Loudermilk, 7 July 1927, Rainsville, Alabama, USA. From 1943-63, Louvin sang with his elder brother, Ira, as the Louvin Brothers, until differences saw them split to pursue separate careers. After the split, Charlie formed his own touring show. He also toured with other artists, continued to record for Capitol Records and to make regular appearances on the Gran Read more

Stonewall Jackson - 28% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 November 1932, Tabor City, North Carolina, USA. Jackson’s family tree does in fact extend to the famous Confederate general of the American Civil War, hence his name. After the death of his father when Stonewall was aged two, his mother relocated to Moultrie, Georgia, where, at the age of eight, he worked on his uncle’s farm. When he was 10 he swapped his bicycle Read more

Waylon Jennings - 28% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Children's Music Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Wayland Arnold Jennings, 15 June 1937, Littlefield, Texas, USA, d. 13 February 2002, Arizona, USA. Jennings’ mother wanted to name him Tommy but his father, William Alvin, insisted that the family tradition of ‘W.A.’ should be maintained. His father played guitar in Texas dancehalls and Jennings’ childhood hero was Ernest Tubb, with whom he later recorded Read more

June Carter Cash - 27% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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Valerie June Carter, 23 June 1929, Maces Springs, Scott County, Virginia, USA, d. 15 May 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The second of the three daughters of Mother Maybelle Carter of the legendary Carter Family. Her mother taught her to play autoharp (and later guitar) and in 1939, she and sisters Anita Carter and Helen Carter were appearing on Border Radio as members of t Read more

Johnny Paycheck - 23% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Donald Eugene Lytle, 31 May 1938, Greenfield, Ohio, USA, d. 18 February 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His date of birth is often disputed, and varies between 1938 and 1941. The title of Paycheck’s 1977 country hit, ‘I’m The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)’, is apt as he was in trouble throughout his life; the wild eyes on his album sleeves give the pictur Read more

Jackie Lomax - 22% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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10 May 1944, Wallasey, Merseyside, England. A former vocalist with the 60s beat group the Undertakers, Lomax began a new career in America when this respected Liverpool unit disbanded. Spells with two short-lived bands, the Mersey Lads and the Lost Souls, preceded a return to England where the singer worked with his own group, the Lomax Alliance, and as a solo act. Two stron Read more

Jerry Jeff Walker - 22% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ronald Clyde Crosby, 16 March 1942, Oneonta, New York, USA. Although Walker initially pursued a career as a folk singer in New York’s Greenwich Village, he first forged his reputation as a member of Circus Maximus. He left this promising group following their debut album, when a jazz-based initiative proved incompatible with his own ambitions. Having moved to Key West i Read more

Billy Joe Shaver - 20% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 September 1941, Corsicana, Texas, USA. Shaver was raised in Waco, Texas, and lost two fingers in a sawmill accident. In typically contradictory fashion, he took up bronc-busting as a safer job and started to learn guitar. An early song, ‘Two Bits Worth Of Nothing’, was written about his wife - a woman he has both married and divorced three times! Shaver spent so Read more

Boozoo Chavis - 20% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Wilson Anthony Chavis, 23 October 1930, Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA, d. 5 May 2001, Austin, Texas, USA. This singer and accordionist was one of the first artists to popularise zydeco, the vernacular music of African-American Louisiana. Chavis had learned to play accordion and harmonica by the age of nine and performed around Lake Charles while in his teens. In 1954 he was s Read more


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