Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nathan Abshire, born today, 1913

In honor of Nathan Abshire’s birthday (June 27, 1913), here’s a great video clip of the man in action in 1976 at Fred’s Lounge in Mamou, Louisiana. After some introductory comments by host Revon Reed, Nathan and the band launch into his big hit “Pine Grove Blues.” Below the video are both sides of Nathan Abshire’s first postwar record, “Pine Grove Blues”/“Kaplan Waltz,” from 1949.

Nathan Abshire & His French Accordion • Pine Grove Blues • 1949

Nathan Abshire & His French Accordion • Kaplan Waltz • 1949

Nathan Abshire, vocal/accordion; Wilson Granger, fiddle; Earl Demary, rhythm guitar; Ernest Thibodeaux, vocal comments; “Coon” Guidry, bass. Recorded May 23, 1949, KPLC Studio, Lake Charles, Louisiana. 

Thanks to SCRAMBLER390 for the video; and Lyle Ferbrache for the personnel info.

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