Doug Kershaw, the “Ragin’ Cajun,” is considered to be the king of the fiddle players. He was born and raised on a houseboat, and since his early days on a Louisiana bayou, he still takes the fiddle beyond what most people think possible. With tremendous energy, he plays so incredibly fast and passionately, that his worldwide audiences are infused with foot stomping excitement. Self taught, Kershaw has mastered over 20 instruments, with many of his peers considering him to be the best musician, performer, singer, and songwriter to ever come out of Southwest Louisiana. Starting at the age of 9, he has been captivating audiences with his live performances for 60 years. In addition, he has had a prolific television career with appearances on the Johnny Cash Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, and a member of the Fiddlers Three with Itzhak Perlman and Jean-Luc Ponty. He wrote and recorded the title song for the movie Heaven’s Gate, and had acting roles in Zechariah, Days of Heaven, and Medicine Ball Caravan. Songs such as Diggy, Diggy Lo, Cajun Joe, and Rita Put Your Black Shoes On, are familiar tunes to Doug Kershaw fans, but none of his works reached the fame of his 1961 autobiographical recording of Louisiana Man, which was the first song ever broadcast back to Earth from the Moon during the 1969 Apollo 12 Mission. Kershaw has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 20 years, and has also performed at the White House. He is a recent inductee to the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame, in addition to being honored as the first inductee to the Cajun Zydeco Hall of Fame in Louisiana this past August 2007.
For more than 2 decades Grammy award winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Creole Zydeco music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience Band, Simien has become one of the most respected and internationally recognized touring and recording artists in roots music today. He has performed over 5000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 40 countries and reached at least a million people during his eventful 25 year career.
At the young age of 18 Simien began touring professionally and by 20 he was sharing the stage with Fats Domino and Sarah Vaughn at the Bern Jazz Festival. It just exploded from there and Terrance remains a pivotal part of Zydeco music history. Simien has shared studio and stage with Robert Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, the Meters, Alan Toussaint, Paul Simon and Dave Matthews Band to name a few.
Grammy and CMA award-winning blue artist Chris Thomas King, son of reknown Baton Rouge bluesman Tabby Thomas has already lived a career that would be the envy of most octagenarians. King’s talents run the gamut from his knowledge of traditional, acoustic Delta blues, such as he portrayed as seminal bluesman Tommy Johnson in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, to his work as a pioneer in rap/blues and sample-based blues. As a businessman, he owns and operates 21st Century Blues Records and Young Blues Rebel Publishing. As an actor, he’s also starred in Ray, The Soul of a Man, and in Kill Switch along side Steven Segal. You can learn more about Chris, listen to even more of his music, and follow his career at ChrisThomasKing.com.