Rusty & Doug Kershaw, Louisiana men (1954 -1964)

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Douglas James « Doug » Kershaw was born on January 24 of 1936 on a houseboat near Tiel Ridge, Louisiana – a tiny island off the Gulf Coast of Mexico. Russell Lee « Rusty » Kershaw was born on 2 February 1938. Their childhood was difficult, and their father committed suicide when Doug was seven, soon after the family moved to Crowley. Their older brother Nelson « Pee Wee » Kershaw formed a band called the Continental Playboys, which the younger boys would later join. Rusty played rhythm guitar, while Doug began to excel on fiddle (he eventually claimed to have mastered 29 instruments). The band became popular and was appearing on KLPC-TV in 1953, alongside Jimmy Newman and Wiley Barkdull. (suite…)

TIBBY EDWARDS: Louisiana Hillbilly (1953-1961)

Tibby Edwards (rn Edwin Thibodeaux) was born in Garland, Louisiana in March 29th, 1935.  tibby edwards tête épaulesHis thorough grip of cajun music, his native idiom, can be heard on « C’est Si Tout » which he composed with his longtime co-writer Leon Tassin.  Mercury 70719 c'est si tout (suite…)