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Austin Pitre


Perhaps one of the most flamboyant performers through the early period of Cajun music, Austin Pitre is remembered for his exciting showmanship. Declaring to end up being the initial Cajun accordionist to try out taking a stand, Pitre stirred his viewers with visible gimmickry including playing his accordion behind his back again and over his mind. Regarding his music group, the Evangeline Playboys, Pitre documented such now-classic Cajun music as “Les Flammes D’enfer” as well as the “Opelousas Waltz.” In 1971, Pitre documented 18 tracks beneath the path of Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie. Using portable devices, the tunes had been documented in Pitre’s garage area and released as Opelousas Waltz in 1997.

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Full Name Austin Pitre
Died April 8, 1981, Elton, Louisiana, United States
Profession Musician
Music Songs Opelousas Waltz, Les flammes d'enfer, Mamou Blues, Evangeline Playboys Special, Cajun Waltz, Bosco Stomp, Criminal Waltz, Louisiana Aces Special, Cajun Breakdown, Widow of the Gully, Grand Basil, Cheres Joues Rose, Jolie Blonde, Zydeco Sont Pas Sale, Tou le Soir, La Valse de St. Landry, Midway Two-Step, Church Point Breakdown, Two-Step de Bayou Teche, Drunkard's Blues, Perrodin Two-Step, Contredanse, Les Flumes D'Enfer, Prison Song, Manuel Bar Waltz, Lake Arthur Stomp, Lost Lover Breakdown, Flammes d'enfer, Two Step à Tante Adele
Albums Opelousas Waltz, The Essential Early Cajun Recordings of Austin Pitre and The Evangeline Playboys

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