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Doug Kershaw: Ragin' Cajun [Warner Bros., 1976]
Warner Bros. has been betting for years that "Diggy Liggy Lo" and "Louisiana Man" were the mark of a classic songwriter and borderline insanity the mark of a star. But his two '60s hits proved novelty one-shots (or two-shots) and his manic intensity proved impossible to sell. Here they finally let him do a rocking country album that may or may not appeal to the rocking country market, by which I do not mean the outlaw market--I'm talking about a market too small to make him a star. "It Takes All Day" is a minor hit, "Blow Your Horn" and "I'm Not Strong Enough" deserve to follow, and the filler is inoffensive, proving only (outlaws take note) that those who act macho are more appealing if they also act a little nuts. B