Sammy Kershaw rode in on country's new traditionalist wave in the early '90s, finding success with ballads and a blend of updated honky tonk (taking pointers from the vocal stylings of George Jones) and Southern rock with a hint of Cajun flavor. As his career progressed, Kershaw moved farther and farther into crossover-minded country-pop, though he would later swing back into more traditional styles. Kershaw was born in 1958 in Kaplan, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun country; in fact, his third cousin was legendary Cajun fiddler Doug Kershaw. He got his first electric guitar at age 11 from his grandfather, but sadly, his father passed away not long after, forcing Kershaw to find work as quickly as he could. He debuted at age 12 with local bandleader J.B. Perry and often worked for Perry as both a musician and roadie during his teenage ...
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