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Johnnie Allan - 100% 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

Boozoo Chavis - 95% 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

BeauSoleil - 92% 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

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Clifton Chenier - 89% 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

Jo-El Sonnier - 81% 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

Buckwheat Zydeco - 70% 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

Zachary Richard - 55% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 September 1950, Scott, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Born into the musical atmosphere of a Cajun community, Richard took piano lessons from the age of eight and also sang in church and in the local Bishop’s Boys Choir. As he grew up he took an interest in rock ‘n’ roll, being particular impressed by the Rolling Stones, the Byrds and Simon And Garfunkel. Later, Read more

Marcia Ball - 23% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 March 1949, Orange, Texas, USA. Born into a musical family, Ball took piano lessons throughout her childhood until she was 14. Her formative years were spent in Vinton, Louisiana, and while at Louisiana State University she played in a blues-rock band, Gum. She also took particular interest in the styles of Fats Domino and Professor Longhair. Moving to Austin in the early Read more

Junior Brown - 17% match to Doug Kershaw

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jamieson Brown, 12 June 1952, Cottonwood, Arizona, USA. The country singer/guitarist Junior Brown dropped out of high school in 1969 after he had already formed his own band in his early teens. He then played the Texas clubs for many years, writing ‘Too Many Nights In A Roadhouse’ for Alvin Crow. Brown pioneered the guit-steel, a double-neck electric and steel guit Read more

Doug Sahm - 14% 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

Jerry Jeff Walker - 12% 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


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