Luther Kent

Luther Kent, Louisiana Blues Heading Our Way

A coulple of weeks ago, a friend of mine, Julie Dugas from Baton Rouge, Louisiana asked me to listen to a couple of CD’s.  We were driving around on a beautiful sunny Florida day.  The artist was “Luther Kent.”  It was 10 seconds into the first song “Gotta Make New Orleans,” and I was in love with the voice of a great blues singer.  I listened to both CD’s completely and wanted to learn more about Luther.   Hopefully, he will come to the Sarasota / Bradenton area some day.

from his website, www.lutherkent.com:

Luther Kent was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. At age 14 Luther began singing professionally and signed with Louisiana based Montel Records. His first record was released under the name of Duke Royal, and the song was “I Wanna Know”. Luther toured the country for a three year period while being managed by Walt Daisy who also handled Wayne Cochran & the C.C.Riders.


In 1970 Luther became lead singer for a group who previously was the rhythm section for Atlantic records at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida. This group became known as “Cold Grits” who was signed to Lou Adlers Ode Records in Los Angeles. Personal problems erupted within the group and Luther became bound to a lengthy contract. Shortly after the breakup of “Cold Grits” Luther was asked to come aboard as new lead singer for “Blood, Sweet & Tears”. He did their world tour dates in 1974-75 and part of 76. During this time he learned he would not be granted a release from Ode records, therefore he was never allowed to record with the world famous group.

Luther now went solo to record his first album at Abby Road studios in London, England. The album is call “Luther Kent World Class” The album featured the Brecker Brothers with members from the London symphony and the London Philharmonic and was arranged by Dell Newman.

New Orleans Blues Singer, Luther KentIn 1978 Luther teamed up with former musical director for Wayne Cochran, Charlie Brent. They formed a large New Orleans horn band which became known as “Luther Kent & Trick Bag”. This became the after hours band for many named artists to sit in with, whenever they were visiting New Orleans. Some of these artists included big names such as; Boz Scaggs, B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Slim Harpo, Jimmy Page, Bonnie Bramlett, Greg Allman, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Stevie Winwood, Bo Diddley, Dr. John, Rita Coolidge, Righteous Brothers, Ike & Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, ZZ Top, Rickie Lee Jones, Mick Fleetwood, Billy Preston, Ernie K-doe, Mike Post, Average White Band, AL Hirt, Billy Ekstein and Pete Fountain. Many good times were had while listening to Big Luther and told in such books later written by Jimmy Buffet and football great, Kenny “The Snake” Stabler. Luther was also written up in another book titled, ” Up From The Cradles of Jazz”.

During the ten year period of “Trick Bag” Luther released 3 CD’s while winning a Cleo award with another Louisiana artist known to many as John Fred of “Judy In Disguise” fame. From doing many radio & TV commercials Luther is also a multi “Addy” award winner. In 1987 Dallas based Independent record promoter Ernie Phillips signed Luther to FM records. Ernie immediately introduced Luther to Grammy Award winning producer Mike Post who produced the album “Past Due”. Mike being one of the hottest producers of TV themes later cast Luther in a singing role of the show “COP ROCK”. Other product recently released on Luther has included an album called “Classic Songs”. Two releases with the multitalented Texas/Louisiana based band know as “The Chicken Hawks” under the leadership of Jack Calmes featuring such greats as Al “TNT” Braggs and the “White Trash” horn section. The latest CD just released on Red Hot Records is titled, “Luther Kent “Down In New Orleans”.

You can purchase his CD’s on line at the website.

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