Luther Kent records LPB special in Donaldsonville


Singer Luther Kent recorded an LPB special Tuesday in Donaldsonville. The city's radio station, KKAY, hosted the singer at its Railroad Avenue location.

Singer Luther Kent recorded an LPB special Tuesday in Donaldsonville. The city’s radio station, KKAY, hosted the singer at its Railroad Avenue location.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…

A film crew was on Railroad Avenue in Donaldsonville.

LPB was working out of the KKAY radio station building Tuesday on a special about the song “You Are My Sunshine.”

Singer Luther Kent was there to perform for the recording, which is said to expand to National Public Television with even more artists. Kent is a renowned blues singer based in New Orleans.

The Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District was there to greet the guests, and help out with the production. A few of them were cast as background dancers.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Harry Connick Jr. partnered with LPB on the project, which features some of Louisiana’s biggest performers.

The show, underwritten by BP, will center on “You Are My Sunshine,” originally recorded by former Gov. Jimmie Davis.

The documentary will include vignettes written by author and journalist Chris Rose. These will highlight the major industries of Louisiana, such as agriculture, tourism, and oil and gas.

Viewers will be treated to scenes of second-lining through the French Quarter, the Rebirth Brass Band marching through the Lafayette Cemetery, Trombone Shorty playing on a St. Charles Avenue streetcar, and country music star Tim McGraw leading a rendition of the song in the New Orleans Arena. The program will also feature Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy, Zachary Richard, and many other notable Louisiana musicians.

KKAY owner Harry Hoyler will be featured as the disc jockey recording Kent.

The production comes fresh off the recent work done on the Bonnie and Clyde miniseries, which will air later this year on a trio of networks – A&E, Lifetime, and History.

“Being the second largest historic district in Louisiana is extremely intriguing to film makers and artists,” said Missy Jandura, Executive Director of Mainstreet Donaldsonville and the Donaldsonville DDD.

“The community has been rolling out the red carpet to support our Mainstreet Donaldsonville’s increased programs, and growing film visibility,” she added.

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Michael Tortorich is a writer and photographer for The Creole Online Newspaper. He can be reached through www.michaeltortorich.com.