Master of the Cajun Accordion: The Classic Swallow Recordings

Master of the Cajun Accordion: The Classic Swallow Recordings

by Nathan AbshireNathan Abshire


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Nathan Abshire is one of the classic Cajun figures of the mid-20th century and Ace's 2013 compilation, Master of the Cajun Accordion: The Classic Swallow Recordings, captures many of the best of his last years. Abshire recorded regularly and many of his earliest sides are collected on Ace's 1995 collection The Great Cajun Accordionist, but this 2013 set captures the last phase of his career, when he sometimes flirted with crossover -- he covered Joe South's "Games People Play" in 1970 and started incorporating a harder backbeat as the calendar crossed over into the '70s -- while still remaining true to his Bayou roots. Ace has collected this material before, but this comp contains the entirety of the two Swallow LPs Abshire released, along with various singles, all supplemented by detailed liner notes highlighted by an exacting discography. Abshire is one of the greats of 20th century Cajun music, and this collection does justice to his final act.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/02/2013
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667052320
catalogNumber: 6705232
Rank: 68403

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nathan Abshire   Primary Artist,Accordion,Vocals
Dewey Balfa   Fiddle,Vocals
Rodney Balfa   Guitar,Vocals
Will Balfa   Fiddle
Don Guillory   Vocals
Thomas Langley   Drums,Vocals
J.W. Pelsia   Steel Guitar
Larry Miller   Steel Guitar
Junior Benoit   Guitar
Darius LeBlanc   Steel Guitar
Cleveland "Cat" Deshotel   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Nathan Abshire   Composer
Dewey Balfa   Arranger,Composer
Joe South   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Ann Savoy   Liner Notes
Eddie Shuler   Composer
Floyd Soileau   Composer
Thomas Langley   Composer
James LaRocca   Cover Photo
Jack Rollins   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Broven   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy,Photo Scanning
Lyle Ferbrache   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy,Photo Scanning
Bernella Fruge   Photo Courtesy
Nancy Marcantell   Composer
Helen Langley   Photo Courtesy
Bill Russell   Composer

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