Penultimate swamp-pop classic "Louisiana Man" by brothers Rusty and Doug Kershaw—originally released on Acuff-Rose Publishing founders Roy Acuff and Fred Rose's Hickory Records (and produced by

Penultimate swamp-pop classic "Louisiana Man" by brothers Rusty and Doug Kershaw—originally released on Acuff-Rose Publishing founders Roy Acuff and Fred Rose's Hickory Records (and produced by Rose's son Wesley)—reached the top 10 on the country & western charts in 1961 and pointed the way to South Louisiana Cajun music and culture. But the Kershaws were hardly limited to Doug's autobiographical tune about his bayou upbringing, which featured his infectious Cajun fiddling and an edgier brother-harmony vocal sound than country contemporaries the Everly Brothers. Though the duo delivered other heritage-inspired songs like "Cajun Joe (Bully of the Bayou)" and country hit "Diggy Liggy Lo," the Kershaws were equally adept at rockabilly (1957's "Hey Mae," which obviously owed to Elvis Presley) and varied material from the likes of Hank Williams ("Why Don't You Love Me"), Don Gibson ("Sweet Sweet Girl to Me"), and Felice and Boudleaux Bryant ("Hey, Sheriff"). This fabulous hits collection serves as a fitting memorial for Rusty, who died last year—38 years after the two split professionally and Doug achieved solo stardom.—JB