Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and Harry Connick, Jr. are partnering with LPB to produce a television tribute Louisiana’s indigenous music and its economic drivers of the past 200 years. The program will feature an all-star lineup of Louisiana’s native musicians singing their own versions of one of Louisiana’s most popular songs and the state song, You Are My Sunshine, originally recorded by Governor Jimmie Davis. The show, which will air in December on Louisiana Public Broadcasting, is being underwritten by BP.
In addition to the musical aspect of the documentary, renowned author and journalist Chris Rose will script vignettes highlighting the major industries of Louisiana including agriculture, ports and waterways, oil and gas and tourism.
“This tribute is the cherry on top of a fantastic Bicentennial year,” Lt. Governor Dardenne said. “It also will provide a seamless transition into ‘Louisiana Soundtrack 2013’ when the Louisiana Office of Tourism will focus on promoting Louisiana’s music for an entire year.”
Performers will include Harry Connick Jr., Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famers Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Guy, the Marsalis Family. country music stars Tim McGraw and Mickey Gilley, Rebirth Brass Band, “The Queen of Soul” Irma Thomas The Zion Harmonizers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Trombone Shorty, Zachary Richard and platinum recording rock stars Better Than Ezra.
“The group working on this project is a dream team—Harry Connick, Jr. is one of Louisiana’s finest musical talents, and combined with Chris Rose’s writing, we are sure to have a top-notch product,” Lt. Governor Dardenne said. “With the help of Harry Connick, Jr., we have confirmed an all-star lineup of artists and are thrilled to have LPB on board to produce the show. We are appreciative of BP’s ongoing commitment and look forward to sharing Louisiana’s unique musical heritage with the rest of the nation.”
"We are extremely pleased to be a partner in this exciting Bicentennial project. LPB has for many years produced award-winning historical documentaries about Louisiana and we will be bringing this rich archive of material to a music project that promises to be magical," Beth Courtney, president/CEO of LPB said.
Musicians featured in the film are volunteering their time and talents for the project. BP has provided up to $1 million to produce, promote and distribute the documentary.
“BP is very pleased to partner with the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Louisiana Bicentennial Commission and Louisiana Public Broadcasting on this initiative to bring national attention to the rich musical heritage of Louisiana, “BP’s Iris Cross said. “We are confident that this program will bring a renewed passion for Louisiana’s music and musicians, and raise awareness of other equally important elements of Louisiana’s natural beauty and vital economic resources.”
Published: July 13, 2012
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