Nathan Abshire

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Descriptive "tags": cajun folk nathan abshire accordion Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s

Biography

27 June 1913, between Bayou Queue de Tortue and Gueydan, Louisiana, USA, d. 13 May 1981, Basile, Louisiana, USA. The eldest of six children, Abshire became one of the major stars of Cajun music. Both his parents played accordion and he taught the instrument as a child, making his first public appearance at the age of eight in a dancehall in Mermentau Cove. In 1935, backed by the Rayne-Bo Ramblers, he recorded for Bluebird Records but spent the next decade in semi-obscurity when the accordion became less popular, although he then learned to play fiddle. Although illiterate and having some difficulty in speaking English, he was drafted for army service. Having never previously been beyond the bayous, he found the experience highly unsettling, but after breaking a leg he was soon discharged. He returned to Basile, where he established himself by playing weekly bookings at the Avalon Club. In 1949, he recorded his noted ‘Pine Grove Blues’ for Virgil...

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