Louisiana Man: The Very Best of Doug Kershaw
Live | 2003
Recording and mixing Doug's live album was a seat-of-the-pants
adventure - a Rube Goldberg exercise in skidding sideways across
the finish line for the win. I packed up a van full of whatever
I thought I might need and drove by myself through a snowstorm
to Lake of the Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. I
backed the van up to the loading dock and wheeled in 3 DA-88s and
a mess of cables. Patching into the monitor board eventually worked,
while – I'm sure – frustrating the live engineer. The
show was high-energy, with clouds of rosin exploding from Doug's
fiddle. The next day, we reconvened at Pachyderm to mix the tracks.
During the process I turned to notice Doug holding one of my Roger
Miller records, shaking his head and saying, "Oh, Roger …".
Roger Miller is one of my all-time favorites, so I just had to
ask him if he knew Roger. He said they were old friends … then
came the story of he and Roger at the Nashville airport. It went
something like this:
"We were waiting to catch a plane when this young man
with a guitar case approached us, introduced himself, and asked
Roger if he had any advice for a young songwriter just getting
into Nashville. Roger didn't miss a beat and said, 'Sure, son … just
remember to keep your change and your pills in separate pockets … I
think I just took thirty-five cents.'"
Classic Roger Miller from the mouth of one of his friends.
Later, I found out that Doug's song "Louisiana Man" was
the first song to be broadcast back from the moon by the Apollo
12 mission. What's cooler than that? It was an honor to work with