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Doug Kershaw: Crazy Cajun Fiddler

Profile and Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, April 1970

DOUG KERSHAW, before his current tour was primarily known as "the guy who was on the Johnny Cash Show the same night that Dylan was ...

Jimmy C. Newman: Cajun: Swamp Pop

Overview by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, 12 June 1971

COUNTRY music does not accept outside influences as readily as r&b and r&b doesn't lap them up as greedily as pop music. ...

Rusty and Doug Kershaw: Louisiana Man

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, 16 October 1976

I GOT a pre-release tape of this two months ago and I played that constantly. Now I've got the record and it's wearing out very ...

Clifton Chenier's Cajun comes with French dressing

Report and Interview by Gary Kenton, Rolling Stone, 22 September 1977

The king of Zydeco accordion ...

Johnnie Allan (1978)

Interview by Cliff White, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 1978

The Cajun swamp-pop star talks about his first hit 'Lonely Days, Lonely Nights'; his immortal 1971 cover of Chuck Berry's 'Promised Land' and its belated UK reissue; his road band and stage act; getting drafted in 1961; musical attitudes in the American South; and the way races mixed (or not) in rural Louisiana.

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Johnnie Allan: Promised Land

Interview by Richard Wootton, Omaha Rainbow, Summer 1978

'PROMISED LAND' by Johnnie Allan is a rarity — a perfect pop record; just over two minutes long, it's a dynamite recording of the old ...

Jimmy C. Newman: Jimmy Newman: Front Man of the Contemporary Cajun Movement

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Country Music People, January 1979

Among the most successful exponents of cajun music, JIMMY C. NEWMAN has remained a chart contender from the days of his debut hit single, 'Cry ...

Jimmy C. Newman: Jimmy 'C' Newman: Cajun Music And The Big Beat

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, 3 March 1979

Jimmy 'Cajun' Newman tells MARTIN HAWKINS: 'Cajun music has two speeds – off, and full-blast'. ...

Clifton Chenier: Verbum Dei High School, Watts, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Musician, January 1981

VERBUM DEI High School is better known for turning out basketball players like the Chicago Bulls' David Greenwood than staging musical events, but zydeco king ...

Queen Ida: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, The Guardian, 28 July 1983

IDA GUILLORY is the nearest thing Louisiana has to offer to a housewife superstar. A 55-year-old grandmother, Queen Ida had spent almost her entire life ...

Rockin' Dopsie: Hail The Crown Prince Of Zydeco: Rockin' Dopsie

Profile by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 10 February 1985

ARTIST: Rockin' Dopsie & the Cajun Twisters. PERSONNEL: Alton Rubin (Rockin' Dopsie), accordion, vocals; John Hart, saxophone; Russell Gordon, guitar; Alonzo Johnson, bass; David Rubin, washboard; ...

Clifton Chenier: Live at the San Francisco Blues Festival

Review by Don Snowden, The Boston Phoenix, 19 November 1985

ZYDECO, the musical marriage of Louisiana's indigenous Cajun and Southern R&B traditions, first crawled out from the bayous and oil derricks of southwestern Louisiana 30 ...

Clifton Chenier, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb: Arhoolie Records: Do-It-Yourself Library Of Congress

Interview by Gene Santoro, Pulse!, February 1987

Arhoolie Records' Chris Strachwitz is Still Finding Great Music in Out-of-the-Way Places ...

Ben Sandmel: Zydeco! (The University Press of Mississippi)

Book Review by Ted Drozdowski, The Boston Phoenix, 23 August 1999

DEEP SOUTHERN places like Louisiana are packed with little mysteries. At least for us Yankees. We shiver in winter and enjoy a summer that's merely ...

Doug Kershaw

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, The Faber Companion to 20th-Century Popular Music, 2001

b. Douglas James Kershaw, 24 January 1936, Teil Ridge, Louisiana, USA ...

Nathan Abshire

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music, 2001

b. 27 June 1913, near Gueydan, Louisiana, USA, d. 13 May 1981, Basile, Louisiana ...

Menlo Park: Borderline, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 19 February 2002

THE FREAKISH Menlo Park suggests the sort of many-headed monstrosity you would be left with in the aftermath of a nuclear Armageddon. ...

Bobby Charles' Bobby Charles

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2004

BY THE TIME he got to Woodstock in 1971, Robert Charles Guidry was a wanted man. ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty: The Long Road Down: How Creedence Clearwater Revival Fell To Pieces

Retrospective and Interview by Hugh Fielder, Classic Rock, October 2006

HAD IT NOT been for the in-fighting, the pressure, crap deals, "stolen" songs and one control-freak member's desire to run the whole show, Creedence Clearwater ...

Johnnie Allan, Chuck Berry: Johnnie Allan's 'Promised Land'

Retrospective by Andy Gill, The Word, February 2011

ON 5th MARCH 1960, the same day that his rival Elvis Presley was being discharged from the army and welcomed back as an all-American icon, ...

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