Chanteur Cajun US né le 13 juin 1927 à Guyedan (Louisiane). Nathan Abshire commença a enregistrer vers 1935. Il peut être considéré comme l'accordéoniste le plus talentueux du pays bayou. Il a enregistré pour les labels OT, Khoury et Kajun Records et était accompagné par les Pinegrove Boys. Nathan était installé à Basile (Louisiane) où il exerçait la profession de ferrailleur. Il est décédé le 13 mai 1981 à Basile (Louisiane).

Nathan Abshire helped bring the blues and honky tonk to Cajun music and repopularized the accordion with his recordings during the 1950s and '60s, but still never managed to make a living from his music. Born in Gueyden, LA, on June 23, 1913, Abshire began playing professionally in the 1920s, and he first recorded in the early '30s with Happy Fats & His Rayne-Bo Ramblers. Abshire went to work at the Basile, LA, town dump around that time, and he held the job for most of his working life.
His fortunes began looking bright by 1936, however, when the Rayne-Bo Ramblers began backing him on sides for Bluebird. After serving in World War II, Abshire cut "Pine Grove Blues" — his most famous single and later his signature song — for D.T. Records. He recorded for Khoury/Lyric, Swallow, and Kajun during the 1950s and '60s, meanwhile playing local dances and appearing on sessions by the Balfa Brothers.
A renewal of interest in Cajun and folk music during the '70s gave Abshire a chance to play several festivals and colleges and star in the 1975 PBS-TV Cajun documentary, Good Times Are Killing Me. The title proved prophetic, however, as Abshire fought alcoholism during his last years. Several sessions for Folkways and La Louisienne followed in the late '70s, but he died on May 13, 1981.

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Talents : Vocal, Fiddle, Accordeon

Style musical : Zydeco, Traditional Cajun, Louisiana Blues, Swamp Blues

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FRENCH BLUES

HIP ET TAIAU

PINEGROVE BLUES

Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

1955 SP KHOURY 647 (US) Lulu Boogie / Casablanca Waltz
1956 ? SP HR 103 (US) Chète Te Mon / ?
1956 ? SP OT 102 (US) Pinegrove Blues / ?
1956 ? SP OT 111 (US) Hat Howay's Waltz / Pinegrove Boogie
1957 ?  SP CAJUN CLASSICS 647 (US) Hoola Hoop Two Step / Lonely Heart Blues
197? SP SWALLOW 10166 (US) Tramp Su La Rue / Sur Le Courtableau
197? SP SWALLOW 10170 (US) Offshore Blues / Phil's Waltz
19?? SP SWALLOW 10173 (US) Lemonade Song / I Don't Hurt Anymore
197? SP SWALLOW 10175 (US) Pinegrove Blues / A Musician's Life
197? SP SWALLOW 10190 (US) If You Don't Love Me / Let Me Hold Your Hand
197? SP SWALLOW 10193 (US) Service Blues / Shamrock
197? SP SWALLOW 10198 (US) La Noce A Joséphine / Partie A Grand Basile
197? SP SWALLOW 10206 (US) La Valse De Bayou Teche / Games People Play
197? SP SWALLOW 104 (US) My Dream Came True / Don't Say No

Albums

1973 LP 12" SONET 643 (UK) THE CAJUNS - (Nathan ABSHIRE & the PINEGROVE BOYS)
1974 LP 12" EXPRESSION 17 (US) LES HARICOTS SONT PAS SALES - (Nathan ABSHIRE & the PINEGROVE BOYS)
1979 LP 12" SWALLOW LP-6014 (US) PINE GROVE BLUES - (Nathan ABSHIRE & the PINEGROVE BOYS) - Pine Grove Blues / Lemonade Song / Sur la Courtableau / Musician's Life / Choupique Two Step / Tramp Sur La Rue / I Don't Hurt Anymore / Phil's Waltz / Off Shore Blues / Service Blues / Maison Lafayette Two-Step / French Blues / La Valse De Bayou Teche / La Valse Holly Beach / Games People Play / Shamrock
1979 LP 12" SWALLOW LP-6023 (US) THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME - (Nathan ABSHIRE & the PINEGROVE BOYS)
197? LP 12" LA LOUISIANE LL-139 (US) A CAJUN TRADITION
197? LP 12" LA LOUISIANE LL-144 (US) A CAJUN TRADITION VOL. 2
1981 LP 12" ARHOOLIE 5013 (US) NATHAN ABSHIRE & THE PINEGROVE BOYS & OTHERS CAJUNS GEM
198? LP 12" SWALLOW LP-6061 (US) A CAJUN LEGEND... THE BEST OF NATHAN ABSHIRE - (Nathan ABSHIRE & the BALFA BROTHERS)
198? LP 12" FLYRIGHT 535 (US) NATHAN ABSHIRE & THE PINEGROVE BOYS - Popcorn Blues / French Waltz (Broken Hearted Blues) / Pine Grove Blues / La Valse De Theo / Jolie Catin / Pinegrove Stomp / Mardi Gras Song / Dreamer's Waltz / La Blues / French Two-Step / Lonely Heart Waltz / La Blues / French Two-Step / Lonely Heart Waltz / Frog-Leg Two Step / La Valse De Jole Fille / Hey Mom
10/1991 CD SWALLOW 6021 (US) THE CAJUN LEGEND - BEST OF NATHAN ABSHIRE - Pine Grove Blues / Musician's Life / Sur Le Courtableu / Belisaire Waltz / Fee Fee Poncho (inst.) / Service Blues / French Blues (inst.) / Valse De Bayou Teche / Choupique Two Step / Valse De Holly Beach / J'Etais Au Bal / Kaplan Waltz / Lemonade Song / I Don't Hurt Anymore / Shamrock (inst.) / Tracks Of My Buggy / Dying In Misery / Games People Play / Tramp Sur La Rue / Partie A Grand Basile
12/1993 CD ARHOOLIE 373 (US) FRENCH BLUES - Pine Grove Blues / Kaplan Waltz / French Blues / New Orleans Waltz / Pine Groove Boogie / Hathaway Waltz / Step It Fast / Jolie, Petite Juilette / Choupique Two Step / Valse De Belezaire / Pine Grove Blues #2 / Valse De Holly Beach / Iota Two-Step / Valse De Bayou Tech / Musical Five Special / Avalon Waltz / Tee Per Coine (Keep A' Knocking, But You Can't Come In) / New Jolie Blon / Point De Lou Two Step / Texas Waltz / Lu Lu Boogie / Carolina Blues / Shamrock Waltz / Mama Rosin / L.S.U. French Waltz / Crying Pine Grove Blues / Red Rock Waltz / Cannon Ball Special
12/1995 CD ACE 401 (UK) THE GREAT COUNTRY ACCORDIONIST - Valse De Meche / Valse De Bayou Teche / Valse Du Kaplan / T'En As Eu, T'En Auras Plus / Valse De Belezaire / Two Step De l'Acadian / Cher Ti-Monde / Allons Tuer La Tortue / Valse Des Valses / Blues Francais / Valse De Grand Basile / Two Step De Choupique / Pauvre Hobo / J'Aimerais Connaitre / Valse De La Porte Ouverte / Blues Du Tac Tac / Valse Du Reveur / Hip Et Taiau / Jolie Blon' / Pine Grove Blues / Valse De Choupique / Flames d'Enfer / Temps Est Apres Finir

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