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Austin Pitre - Opelousas Waltz

CAT. #: 452

Price: $15.00

CD 452

One of the great Cajun singers and accordionists, who also played fiddle on occasion (note 9 & 10). Born in 1918, Austin Pitre was a well-liked dance hall musician from the late 1940s until his untimely death in 1981. Although never before released, these 1971 recordings present Austin playing at his best.

1. Bosco Stomp
2. Cajun Waltz
3. Widow Of The Gully
4. La Valse De St. Landry
5. Evangeline Playboys Special
6. Opelousas Waltz
7. Perrodin Two-Step
8. Grand Basil
9. Lake Arthur Stomp
10. Cheres 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


“Travelers to Louisiana have sung the praises of the late Cajun accordionist and singer, Austin Pitre. I’ve been a fan since picking up a Swallow LP many years ago. It’s sad that he did not receive more acclaim during his life, but he should gather some well-deserved fame based on this CD, culled from 1971 . . . There are a lot of dancehall favorites here, many becoming just that due to Pitre’s great talent, like his own ‘Evangeline Playboys Special,’ ‘Chere Joues Rose,’ and the title. Pitre led a rugged life, working hard, and died well before his time, but some of his magnificent legacy can be shared through this nicely done and remastered CD.”

(Kerry Blech — Victory Review)