Nathan Abshire & the Pinegrove Boys / Nathan Abshire

French Blues

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Recorded between 1949 and 1956, this is prime Cajun music. The fidelity is slightly better than the best Cajun discs of the 1930s, but the approach is still satisfyingly raw and spontaneous, with waltzes, boogies, and blues. A steel guitar is present to varying degrees on most of the tracks, giving the fiddle/accordion-dominated arrangements a bit more flavor. This has a great spontaneous feel that stops short (but not that short) of raggedness, highlighted by Abshire's joyous calls and asides. Includes his big "hit," "Pine Grove Blues," although a hit by the standards of this regional style only constituted about three thousand copies sold. With 28 tracks and 78 minutes running time, it's the usual excellent value for an Arhoolie reissue.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:50
2 2:55
3
2:45
4
2:50
5
2:46
6
2:39
7
2:50
8
2:58
9
2:44
10 3:13
11
2:58
12
3:00
13
2:41
14
2:49
15
2:58
16
3:00
17
2:46
18
2:59
19
2:24
20
2:55
21
2:58
22
2:34
23
2:31
24
2:49
25
2:58
26
2:44
27
2:36
28
2:15
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