Nathan Abshire

Nathan Abshire

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Nathan Joseph Abshire (June 27, 1913 near Gueydan, Louisiana – May 13, 1981, Basile, Louisiana), was an American 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.