Austin Pitre And The Evangeline Playboys – The Essential Early Cajun Recordings


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Release Date:  2009

Label:  Swallow Records


Track List

  1. Les Flammes D’Enfer
  2. Opelousas Waltz
  3. Rene’s Special
  4. Rainbow Waltz
  5. Chinaball Blues
  6. Two Step De Bayou Teche
  7. Two Step A Tante Adele
  8. Grand Mamou Blues
  9. La Valse D’Amour
  10. J’ai Cogner A Ta Porte
  11. Don’t Shake My Tree
  12. Jungle Club Waltz
  13. Lakeview Special
  14. New Oakdale Waltz
  15. Evangeline Playboys Special
  16. Chataignier Waltz
  17. Le Pauvre Hobo
  18. Pretty Rosie Cheeks
  19. C’est Trop Tard Catin
  20. Chere ‘Tit Bassette
  21. Pitre Special
  22. I Know I’m To Blame
  23. Quoi Mon Je Va Faire
  24. You’re The Only One For Me



Austin Pitre, the Cajun music pioneer whose flamboyant playing style set him apart from other Cajun musicians of the era, claimed to be the first Cajun accordionist to play standing up. Austin is remembered for his energetic vocals and theatrics and stimulating audiences with performance trickery such as playing his accordion behind his head or between his knees. Swallow Records was fortunate to have recorded Austin and his band in October of 1959. Out of that first session came Austin’s first and biggest 7″ single release titled, “Les Flumes d’Enfer” and “The Opelousas Waltz.” Several more singles followed over the years from his Swallow recording sessions and they are all found in this collection, as well as a few previously unreleased-recordings.


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