French Blues

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/1/1993
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297037324
  • Catalog Number: 373
  • Sales rank: 85,089

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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