"Prison Two Step" (#500) was Pitre's version of Amede Ardoin's "Les Blues De La Prison", originally recorded in 1934. Austin was known to have several of Ardoin's original 78 RPM records and there's little doubt he learned the song from endless days of listening to them. His group between 1954 and 1956 is possibly Cliff Fontenot on fiddle, Floyd Fontenot and Pee Wee McCoullough on guitar. The session, recorded in Crowley, would be his last one with J.D. Miller. From that point on, he would work almost exclusively with a new up-and-coming local record giant, Floyd Soileau.
In 1956, Dr. Harry Oster recorded Austin again during a field session, this time calling the tune "Prison Song". Later in life, Austin was invited to travel and play for the Library of Congress in 1973. Guitarist Preston Manuel recalled,
A group I played with a long time ago was Austin Pitre. Yes, we played many dances--me, and Austin, his son, Jimmy, [James Williams] "J.W." Pelsia, the steel player, and Roy Tate. We went to Washington, D.C. for nine days. We played in Arlington, Virginia, for that big fair.2
- Austin Pitre "Opelousas Waltz". Liner notes.
- Ye Yaille Chere by Raymond Francois
Prison Two Step | French Hits F-500
La Valse De Chagrin | French Hits F-500
Louisiana Cajun Music Volume 4: From The 30s To The 50s (Old Timey, 1972)
Acadian All Star Special - The Pioneering Cajun Recordings Of J.D. Miller (Bear, 2011)