You know you’ve hit the big time when a Nashville country music singer records a song about you. Welcome to the big time, “Lake D’Arbonne”. I hope it’s a big “hit”!!!
Local singer Katie Knight is busy developing a singing career in Music City, but she found time to write and sing a song about Union Parish outdoors. It’s called “Lake D’Arbonne”. The words below don’t do it justice without hearing her voice singing it, but here’s my favorite verse:
“Lake D’Arbonne in the middle of Farmerville
C’mon don’t forget your rod and reel
Get yourself a buck and a duck or a gator
Tell the catfish you’ll catch em all later”
Katie will be coming home from Nashville this weekend to sing the song at the Scott Bullitt Benefit Bass tournament at the final weigh-in at Ludwig Marine on the shores of Lake D’Arbonne. It’s shaping up like a big Saturday on the lake and this will be the icing on the cake. Don’t be surprised if one of her fishing buddies, Mountain Man, doesn’t show up and play a little gee-tar right along with her.
“Peyton McKinnie told me we need a song about Lake D’Arbonne and Farmerville, but there just wasn’t one, so I wrote one,” she said from Nashville earlier this week. “It was so much fun writing it. I worked in my favorite new outdoor pursuit — catfish noodling,” she said. Here’s a unique thing about the song. Katie has actually done everything that she sings about in the song. That makes it real. She did the song along with fellow writer/singer Keesy Timmer of Nashville.
You’ll be hearing this song a lot and hopefully it will become a favorite on radio stations not just here, but everywhere. Thanks to the Chamber, Union Parish Tourist Commission and everyone that helped pull this together. And special thanks to Katie. You can help out Katie, promote the song and our area by sharing this post on Facebook and through emails to your friends. Help get the word out!
You can listen to the whole song here (and read more about Katie at the end of the writeup):
More about Katie:
“Be different, stand out, and work your tail off,” are the words the 18-year old Katie Knight lives by; a quote made famous by one of her idol’s, Reba McEntire, for which she not only shares her vivacious spirit but signature red hair. “I love singing, playing the guitar and writing music,” shares Katie.
This comes as no surprise to anyone. The tenacious teen has been entertaining most of her life. In fact, she began singing solos at her church when she was just 4 years old! Katie’s performances are marked by her youthful vigor and raw talent. She takes her audiences on a musical journey with heartfelt Patty Loveless covers including “Chains” and “Blame it on Your Heart” to catchy originals like “Sad Song” and “No End in Sight.”
Katie’s parents have been instrumental in helping her develop her musical talents. As Katie puts it, “I have unbelievably supportive parents and family. They are behind me 100%. Along with being supportive they push me to do my best. Nothing I’ve done would have been possible without them.” Katie has just recorded her 2nd full length album “Girl Like That.” It is packed with 14 exciting new songs that are sure to be a hit with country music fans. Both of her albums “Girl Like That” and “Color Outside The Lines” are available on I-Tunes for download!
Katie loves to entertain, but says that her music is for a higher purpose. “Although my parents deserve a lot of thanks, there’s someone else who deserves it even more than them and that’s Jesus Christ. My desire is to serve Him through my life and my music.” “Always take time to enjoy life,” quotes the nature lover. Louisiana is the Sportsman’s Paradise and Katie certainly knows her roots.
“When I’m not playing or singing, I’m fishing, tubing, knee boarding, or running. I love the outdoors!” When Katie was asked about her hopes for the long term, “Singing on the Grand Ole Opry stage would be the ultimate dream for me.” Learn more about Katie online at katieknight.com