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Jan. 24, 2020 – As 84-year-old Cajun music legend Doug Kershaw looks back, he’s still looking ahead too — fiddling, singing, writing and performing as the quintessential “Louisiana Man.”

Kershaw taught himself to play by surreptitiously using his daddy’s fiddle at age 5. And in a life marked with struggles, drug addiction and family trauma, he’s never really stopped. But with his memoir published in October, and upcoming performances at a rockabilly festival in Spain and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, he’s once again in the spotlight.

“I’m relearning songs I wrote 65 years ago. I have to laugh about it. I am so honored that my music has lasted this long. It’s just incredible,” he said during a telephone interview from his home in Greeley, Colorado. Friday is his 84th birthday.

@NYTimes

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