DERIDDER (AP) — Former Eurythmics singer and guitarist Dave Stewart plans to film a new music video early next year in a century-old Gothic Revival jail, say local officials in west Louisiana.
The Beauregard Parish Police Jury — equivalent to a county council — approved the request if the lyrics to “Leave This Town” passed muster by Secretary-Treasurer Tayra DeHoven.
She said Tuesday that she approved them last week and Stewart’s employees tell her they’re thinking of filming the video in January or February.
“It’s really exciting,” she told The Associated Press.
Stewart and featured soloist Thomas Lindsey, of DeRidder, will be dressed as 1930s gangsters, DeHoven said.
The song is about a man who plans to leave someone, and his home town, behind.
“If I ever leave this town, I won’t be back and I won’t be found,” Lindsey sings in a Soundcloud recording linked from Stewart’s site and that of the duo Stewart-Lindsey, which Stewart describes as his “new personal project.”
The lyrics “fit perfectly” with the jail’s ambiance, DeHoven said.
Stewart did not respond to a query Monday from The Associated Press via his website.
He and Lindsey collaborated on an album over the Internet, with Stewart recording in Los Angeles and Lindsey in Louisiana, according to the website.
They performed together Dec. 8 at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. In a review on the website “American Songwriter,” Paul Zollo described Lindsey as phenomenal and “the big revelation of the night.”
“The man sings in that angelic high range where Aaron Neville resides, not falsetto but full belting voice, yet with a bluesy edge and vigor all his own,” Zollo wrote.
When the Gothic Revival jail was built in 1914, according to the City of DeRidder’s website, it “not only made history because of its unique design but also because there was a toilet, shower, lavatory, and a window in each cell.”
But it was closed in 1982. A judge ruled that, without central heat or air conditioning, it amounted to cruel and unusual punishment for inmates.
The police jury has been considering opening the jail for tours.