LUS Fiber presents: Doug Kershaw, Steve Riley & friends


Though never having played a note of music together, vintage Cajun instruments and a love of classic Cajun and Country music brought together South Louisiana music legends Doug Kershaw and Steve Riley for a recording session in the most traditional of settings. The two musicians, working as a duo, recorded “Face to Face” in late July 2014 using 100 year old Sterling & Monarch Cajun accordions in their original condition (the 1st accordions of the Cajuns and Creoles) and 150 year old fiddles from Kershaw’s incredible fiddle collection.

This Valcour Records release features their takes on the recordings of classic and archaic Cajun and Creole tunes as they were recorded in the early part of the 20th century as well as a few stellar original compositions. The recording was recorded, mixed and mastered by Joel Savoy at Studio SavoyFaire in Eunice, LA.

“I never left my Cajun roots. I took them around the world with me and we have reached unbelievable heights. After seventy eight years I brought them home,” said Kershaw. “Steve Riley and Joel Savoy, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for welcoming us back home.”

“It was a delight to bring these fabulous old songs to life on these instruments so rich with Cajun music history and to do it with one of Cajun music’s most legendary musicians,” said Riley. “Doug Kershaw has taken his Cajun roots farther than just about anyone I know. It was good to bring him home!”

Though they are from opposite ends of the Cajun music spectrum, both artists have contributed significantly to the music, having styles that are undoubtedly the most recognizable, innovative, and popular to ever come out of south LA’s Cajun country. Neither Doug or Steve had recorded in such a paired down, bare bones setting before, but the result is raw, real, and packed with Ragin’ Cajun attitude and energy from start to finish!

Bien que n’ayant jamais joué une seule note de musique ensemble, des instruments cajuns anciens et un amour commun de la musique cajun et country ont suffi aux deux légendes de la musique louisianaise Doug Kershaw et Steve Riley pour s’associer lors d’un enregistrement des plus traditionnels. En juillet 2014, le duo de musiciens a enregistré “Face to Face” à l’aide d’accordéons cajuns Sterling and Monarch centenaires dans leur état d’origine (les premiers accordéons des Cajuns et des Créoles) et de violons de plus de 150 ans tirés de la collection personnelle de Kershaw. Doug et Steve seront rejoint sur scène par le fils de Doug, Tyler, à la batterie, Mitch Reed à la basse et Chris Stafford à la guitare. Le set sera rempli de rhytmes cajuns et country énérgiques et ira des morceaux les plus connus de Doug comme “Louisiana Man” et “Diggy Liggy Lo” à des morceaux plus traditionnels cajuns sortis de l’album “Face to Face”.

Performance Lineup:

04/28/2018 11:45 am LUS Scène Internationale

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