‘Swamp People’ Narrator Landed Part By Trying to Sound Like ‘Authentic Southerner’

by Madison Miller

If you’re an avid watcher of “Swamp People” on the History channel, then you’re likely very familiar with the silky smooth voice of Pat Duke.

Pat Duke narrates the show, which follows the interesting lives of a group of people living in the swamps of Lousiana. Despite not having a Louisiana accent, Duke somehow manages to embody the very spirit the show looks to convey.

Or, as one Twitter user graciously pointed out, his voice sounds like “what an alligator would sound like if they could talk.”

Pat Duke, ‘Swamp People’ Narrator

According to Distractify, Pat Duke has been narrating “Swamp People” since 2010. Instead of coming from Louisiana, Duke is actually from Nashville, Tennessee. He began his music career there when he was just an optimistic 14-year-old.

Although he’s the narrator of the show, his work goes far beyond the Louisiana swamps. In fact, he’s a studio singer, musician, and even a producer. However, now his work mostly gravitates to voice work instead. If you’ve gotten the chance to hear him talk, that’s for a very good reason.

His voice has been the pinnacle point of over 10,000 commercials at this point. It’s an amazing accomplishment. Besides his work on “Swamp People,” he was also hired by Miller Lite for certain projects. In addition, he can be heard on different National Geographic shows like “Wild Alaska,” “Rock Stars,” and “Breakout.” He’s also the voice on Destination America’s “Buying the Bayou.”

Clearly, he’s not lacking experience when it comes to voicing outdoorsy material. In many ways, it was natural for Pat Duke. He channeled his childhood and his life spent in the scenic world of Tennessee. He’s a Southerner, meaning sounding like a Southerner for a show is a piece of cake.

“‘Swamp People’ began for me as just one more audition in a huge stack of auditions I was recording on a typical day in Los Angeles. I had no idea that one audition was going to change my life. The direction for the script said they wanted it to sound like an ‘authentic Southerner.’ I figured I might have a shot at winning the gig, because being from Nashville, Tenn., I actually am an ‘authentic Southerner,” Pat told NOLA.com.

Details of the Show

“Swamp People” has continued to pull in audiences even after 12 seasons on TV.

The series follows the intriguing day-to-day activities of alligator hunters that reside in the swamps of the Atchafalaya River Basin. Some of the stars of the series are Bruce Mitchell, Jacob Landry, Junior Edwards, Troy Landry, Liz Choate, and Daniel Edgar.

The series airs on Thursday nights. A spin-off of the series started airing on March 9, 2020. It’s called “Swamp People Serpent Invasion,” with Troy and Chase Landry and Bruce Mitchel. They join Florida natives Zac Catchem and Bill Booth. Together, they try to get rid of pythons in the Everglades since they are invasive.