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Birth Name: Nathan Abshire
Born: 1913/06/27
Birth Place: Gueydan, Louisiana, United States
Died: 1981/05/13
Years Active: 1930s-1981
Genres: Cajun Music, Swamp Blues, Louisiana Blues

Nathan Abshire (June 27, 1913 near Gueydan, Louisiana – May 13, 1981, Basile, Louisiana) was a Cajun accordion player who, along with Iry LeJeune, was responsible for the renaissance of the accordion in Cajun music in the 1940s. Abshire first performed on the accordion in public at age eight. He continued playing at dance halls and parties through his teenage years. In the 1930s, he performed with and learned from fiddler Lionel Leleux and accordionist Amédé Ardoin. In 1935, he recorded six songs with the Rayne-Bo Ramblers, a group led by guitarist and singer Leroy "Happy Fats" Leblanc. Abshire served in the U.S. military during World War II. After the war, he settled in Basile, Loui... Continue Bio >>


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