Austin Pitre and His Evangeline Playboys – Opelousas Waltz


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Release Date:  1997

Label:  Arhoolie Records


Track List

1. Bosco Stomp
2. Cajun Waltz
3. Widow Of The Gully
4. La v.alse De St. Landry
5. Evangeline Playboys Special
6. Opelousas Waltz
7. Perrodin Two-Step
8. Grand Basil
9. Lake Arthur Stomp
10. Chere Joues Rose
11. Drunkard’s Blues
12. Cajun Breakdown
13. Criminal Waltz
14. Church Point Breakdown
15. Jolie Blonde
16. Zydeco Sont Pas Sale
17. Tou Le Soir
18. Louisiana Aces Special



Tracks 1 – 13

  • Austin Pitre – vocals, accordion, fiddle tracks 9,10
  • Alan Ardoin – fiddle
  • Preston Manuel – guitar
  • James Pitre – drums

Tracks 14 – 18

  • Austin Pitre – vocals, accordion
  • Will Balfa – fiddle
  • J.W. Pelsia – steel guitar
  • Preston Manuel – guitar
  • James Pitre – drums



One of the most flamboyant performers during the early era of Cajun music, Austin Pitre is remembered for his exciting showmanship. Claiming to be the first Cajun accordionist to play standing up, Pitre stirred his audiences with visual gimmickry including playing his accordion behind his back and over his head. Together with his band, the Evangeline Playboys, Pitre recorded such now-classic Cajun tunes as “Les Flammes D’enfer” and the “Opelousas Waltz.” In 1971, Pitre recorded 18 tracks under the direction of Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie. Using portable equipment, the tunes were recorded in Pitre’s garage and released as Opelousas Waltz in 1997.

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