Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b '59, Kaplan LA) Country singer; third cousin of Doug Kershaw (above). Worked as baseball player, welder, carpenter, disc jockey, stand-up comic; one- time member of the group Blackwater; performed on club scene for 20 years before making commercial breakthrough with 'Cadillac Style' '91 and hit debut album Don't Go Near The Water. Before landing a Mercury contract '90 he had gone through two divorces, dabbled with drugs and become an alcoholic. His warm, emotional vocal styling has similarities to George Jones; Kershaw has proved himself an individual with first-rate stage show and distinctive recordings gaining him top ten country hits with 'She Don't Know She's Beautiful' no. 1 '93, 'Queen Of My Double Wide Trailer' '93, 'National Working Woman's Holiday' '94, 'Meant To Be' '96 and several more gold albums incl. Haunted Heart '93, Feeling Good Train '94, The Hits Chapter 1 '95, Politics, Religion And Her '96, all on Mercury.