French Blues

French Blues

by Nathan Abshire & The Pinegrove Boys
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/01/1993
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297037324
catalogNumber:
373
Rank:
110797

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Tracks

  1. Pine Grove Blues
  2. Kaplan Waltz
  3. French Blues
  4. New Orleans Waltz
  5. Pine Groove Boogie
  6. Hathaway Waltz
  7. Step It Fast
  8. Jolie, Petite Juilette
  9. Choupique Two Step
  10. La Valse de Belezaire
  11. Pine Grove Blues #2
  12. La Valse de Holly Beach
  13. Iota Two-Step
  14. La Valse de Bayou Tech
  15. Musical Five Special
  16. Avalon Waltz
  17. Tee Per Coine (Keep A' Knocking, But You Can't Come In)
  18. The New Jolie Blon
  19. Point de Lou Two Step
  20. Texas Waltz
  21. Lu Lu Boogie
  22. Carolina Blues
  23. Shamrock Waltz
  24. Mama Rosin
  25. L.S.U. French Waltz
  26. Crying Pine Grove Blues
  27. Red Rock Waltz
  28. Cannon Ball Special

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nathan Abshire & The Pinegrove Boys   Primary Artist
Nathan Abshire   Indexed Contributor,Accordion,Vocals
Dewey Balfa   Vocals
James Baker   Bass
Roy Broussard   Vocals
Atlas Fruge   Steel Base
Oziet Kegley   Drums
Will Kegley   Fiddle,Violin,Vocals
Harry LaFleur   Guitar
Little Yvonne LeBlanc   Vocals
Jake Miere   Vocals
Ernest Thibodeaux   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Baker   Bass
Wilson Granger   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Chris Strachwitz   Producer,Liner Notes,Cover Photo
Wayne Pope   Cover Design,Cover Art
George Khoury   Producer
George Morrow   Engineer,Contributor

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