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    Sammy Kershaw

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Christmas Time's A-Comin' lyrics
    2I've Never Gone This Far Before lyrics
    3Silent Night lyrics
    4Love Of My Life lyrics
    5Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! lyrics
    6Up On The Housetop lyrics
    7Queen Of My Double-Wide Trailer lyrics
    8The Cover Of The Rolling Stone lyrics
    Yard Sale lyrics
    10Too Far Gone To Leave lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Covers The Hits [2000]
    2Business Is Pleasure [Master Trak] [1992]
    3Politics, Religion And Her [1996]
    4Christmas Time's A-Comin' [1994]
    5The Hits Chapter 1 [1995]
    6Labor Of Love [1997]
    7Maybe Not Tonight [1999]
    8Don't Go Near The Water [1991]
    9Feekin' Good Train [1994]
    10Haunted Heart [1993]


    Sammy Kershaw rode in on the new traditionalist wave in the
    early '90s, finding success with a penchant for ballads and a blend
    of updated honky tonk (especially the vocal stylings of George
    Jones), Southern rock, and a hint of Cajun flavor. But as his
    career progressed, Kershaw moved farther and farther into
    crossover-minded country-pop, which actually eroded his early
    following. He was born in 1958 in Kaplan, LA, 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 get professional 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 years,
    touring the Southern club and honky tonk circuit.In 1980,
    Kershaw moved to Oklahoma with his wife and worked a day job
    while singing in local bands. However, his marriage fell apart two
    years later, and he returned to Louisiana, where he went through
    a succession of day jobs, remarried in 1985, and joined a touring
    club band called Blackwater in the mid-'80s. Unfortunately, the
    honky tonk lifestyle took its toll on Kershaw, who developed
    major problems with drugs and alcohol. In order to save his
    marriage, he quit everything cold turkey in 1988 — including the
    music business, taking a full-time job at Wal-Mart as a supervisor
    of store remodeling. However, his songwriter friend Barry Jackson
    convinced him to submit a demo tape to Mercury Records in 1990,
    and after a showcase performance, Kershaw finally landed the
    record deal he'd spent so long pursuing.Kershaw's debut album,
    Don't Go Near the Water, was released in 1991 and spawned
    the breakout hit single "Cadillac Style," which reached number
    three on the country charts the following year. The title cut and
    "Yard Sale" both charted in the Top 20, and "Anywhere but Here"
    became his second Top Ten hit in 1993, helping the album go
    platinum. Later that year, Kershaw issued his second album,
    Haunted Heart, which many critics and fans still regard as his
    finest. The lead single, "She Don't Know She's Beautiful,"
    became Kershaw's first number one hit, and its three follow-ups
    — the title track, "Queen of My Double Wide Trailer," and "I Can't
    Reach Her Anymore" — all went Top Ten; plus, the album became
    his second straight million-seller. Building on that commercial
    success, Kershaw began his shift away from hard honky tonk
    and toward more radio-friendly contemporary country with his
    next effort, 1994's Feelin' Good Train. He scored two number two
    hits with the anthem "National Working Woman's Holiday" and a
    cover of the Amazing Rhythm Aces' country-rock hit "Third Rate
    Romance"; plus, the album featured a duet with his longtime idol
    George Jones on "Never Bit a Bullet Like This." At the end of the
    year, Kershaw released a holiday album, Christmas Time's a
    Comin'.Kershaw returned in 1996 with Politics, Religion and Her,
    which found his sales beginning to slip a bit. Even so, he managed
    two Top Ten hits off the album: "Meant to Be" and the novelty
    song "Vidalia." 1997's Labor of Love was a ballad-heavy affair
    that returned Kershaw to the Top Ten of the country album
    charts; its "Love of My Life" became Kershaw's last big hit to
    date, peaking at number two. Even so, Kershaw's albums were
    growing increasingly uneven and pushing him farther into adult
    contemporary territory. That was especially true on 1999's Maybe
    Not Tonight, which found him covering '70s soft rocker Leo Sayer's
    "More Than I Can Say"; he also duetted on the Top 20 title track
    with Lorrie Morgan, who became his third wife in 2001. That year,
    they teamed up for the duet album I Finally Found Someone.
    Neither it nor Kershaw's last solo album produced any big-time
    hits, and he wound up parting ways with Mercury in the aftermath.
    He went on to sign with Koch subsidiary Audium, a newly
    established home for many country veterans of the '80s and '90s.
    His first album for the label, I Want My Money Back, was released
    in 2003.

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