sammy kershaw

Sammy Kershaw's blend of honky tonk and southern-rock made him a popular recording artist in the early '90s. The third cousin of legendary Cajun fiddler Doug Kershaw, Sammy was born in Kaplan, Louisiana, the eldest of four children. He grew up listening to Hank Williams, Conway Twitty, Buck Owens, and his idol, George Jones. When Kershaw was eleven, his grandfather gave him an electric guitar for Christmas; he debuted professionally at age 12 with J.B. Perry, a popular local musician. With Perry, Kershaw toured the South, playing clubs and opening for several major acts; the repertoire included songs by Jones, Charlie Rich, Ray Charles and the Allman Brothers. After overcoming financial difficulties which forced him to take day jobs, Kershaw joined Blackwater, which played the club circuit in the South and West. He also cut some independent solo singles. By the late '80s, he was tired of the constant touring. To save his crumbling second marriage, he left music to work for Wal-Mart for two years. Eventually, songwriter Barry Jackson suggested that Kershaw send a demo and picture to Nashville. In 1991, he did a showcase there and was signed to Mercury Records.

His first album, Don't Go Near the Water, contained the song "Cadillac Style," which peaked at number three and spent five months on the charts. Kershaw's next two singles -- "Don't Go Near the Water" and "Yard Sale" -- reached the Top 20 and the fourth single, "Anywhere But Here," peaked at number ten. Haunted Heart, his second album, was released in 1993. The first single, "She Don'tKnow She's Beautiful," became his first number one hit and produced three more Top 10 singles --"Haunted Heart," "Double Wide Trailer," and "I Can't Reach Her Anymore." In 1994, he released his third album, Feelin' Good Train; he also released the holiday album, Christmas Time's A Comin' in 1994. The retrospective Hits: Chapter 1 was released in 1995. In 1996, Kershaw released his fourth studio album, Politics, Religion and Her. His next, Labor of Love, earned a gold award thanks to the hit single "Love of My Life." Maybe Not Tonight followed in 1999.



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