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Les Kerr / Press

“His songwriting is easily the showpiece of his music, its witty, unusual wordplay and welcome respite from the 'love-above' contingency, using innovative rhyme and unorthodox subject matter.”

Amanda Sawyer - Encore, Wilmington, NC

“This is the perfect model of the Nashville songwriter, performing the music that flows from the pen via the soul and personality of the writer. Les Kerr is delightful and masterful in his expression of these tunes.”

“Nashville's street newspaper The Contributor now has a song in its honor...Kerr's song is written from the perspective of the homeless and formerly homeless men and women who sell the newspaper.”

“Les Kerr has soaked up the music and culture of the South, something readily apparent in his music which he calls "Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll," an amalgam of rockabilly, Zydeco, bluegrass, blues and rock"”

Carey Miller - Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi

“Les Kerr is a great spinner of musical yarns. He is living in Nashville but is a product of the Upper Gulf Coast of MS, AL and LA. He grew up just a few miles from where Jimmy Buffett was born and raised. He knows the real story behind the 'Pascagoula Run'.”

“Kerr hails from Mississippi and developed a deep love of the blues while growing up. His deep voice is reminiscent of a bluesy Johnny Cash and his well-crafted guitar playing lays down the perfect accompaniment for each song...Les Kerr is no stranger to the Crescent City.”

Kathleen Rippy - OffBEAT, New Orleans, LA

“Nashville singer/songwriter Les Kerr is slated to premier a new video and song about The Contributor...Kerr said he's watched The Contributor emerge and grow...he's also watched the community learn to embrace the organization.”

“...Les Kerr, Nashville's most ardent ambassador for the blues and vintage New Orleans and Gulf Coast music.”

The City Paper, Nashville, Tennessee

“Listening to a Les Kerr CD is like getting a hug from an old friend. Warm, familiar, and energizing. There’s something about Les’ music that brings back happy memories, even though the tunes you’re listening to are brand new. Les’ latest cd, The Americana Boogie, is a great example with the mash up of musical styles on the title track, the shuffling 'Comfort Music,' and 'Mississippi Sunshine,' a great song for driving around with the top down.”

“Les Kerr’s CD, The Americana Boogie, is my favorite of all his albums. Recorded in the studio with his Bayou Band, the ten songs capture the feeling of a live performance. 'Old Lighthouse' is a poignant metaphor for a world that is slipping away. 'Comfort Music' and the title cut will keep you humming and nodding your head long after you hear them. A meticulous songwriter, Les explains the goal of all artists in 'Speak to Someone’s Heart.' The entire CD is summed up in a line from the final cut: 'You can speak my language if you understand the blues.' Besides, it’s the only song I ever heard that contains the word 'Mozambique.' That alone should make you want to listen.”

"Nobody writes the old Coast like Les Kerr. He is the James Lee Burke of music."

Howard L. Bahr - Author, The Judas Field, The Year of Jubilo, Pelican Road

“Les Kerr’s greatest personal virtue – a ginormous heart – beats steady in these smart, catchy songs. Listening to Les just makes you happy, like watching a geyser of good cheer. He’s never sounded better in his career … and neither has Americana boogie.”

“His blues are his go-to when the chips are down, and he gives his best performance on “Comfort Music,” where his straight-ahead, no-nonsense guitar picking and clear, honest vocals make us feel good.”

“I've played Les Kerr's music many, many times on my radio show, and his new album is a very welcome addition to the collection. It's filled with good stuff, ranging from Americana to rockabilly to folk to blues. Les is a fine singer/songwriter, and his new CD includes a bunch of strong originals... my favorites being ‘Speak To Someone's Heart’ and ‘The Americana Boogie.’”

“Les Kerr has struck Cajun gold with The Americana Boogie, a delightful mix of Louisiana gumbo, Mississippi sunshine and Mardi Gras merrymaking. Les has made tremendous strides with his artistry, but more importantly, he brings an authentic, uplifting sound that makes listeners smile. Every Mardi Gras season, I long to return to my hometown of Mobile to celebrate. Les's latest album takes me there.”

“The sounds of the bayou were never far away, and their influences can be heard on ... Christmas on the Coast. Cascading accordion riffs, reminiscent of the French-Cajun sounds of the Gulf Coast, are laced throughout several cuts on the CD.”

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee

“Have yourself a merry little Christmas with "Christmas on the Coast" You become certain listening to Les Kerr's music that he is a spirited man who still has that child-like excitement about life. Surely this is important in all music, but it is essential in Christmas music...Owning over 100 holiday albums, I now include this one in my "short stack" during Christmas next to Burl Ives and Bing Crosby. Add some cheer to your holiday and buy this CD!”

Kathleen Lee, WWOZ FM, New Orleans - CDBaby.com

“About Christmas on the Coast: (The Jordanaires) go a long way towards giving a real old-fashioned Christmas feel to these simple country tunes laced with a hint of Zydeco, especially Kerr’s charming original title track and John Hartford’s ‘On Christmas Eve.’”

OffBEAT Magazine, New Orleans, Louisiana

“Much hits home on Les Kerr's Christmas on the Coast. Formerly of Jackson, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter has ripe, new lyrics for Jingle Bells ("Dashing through the snow is one way to go/ But I'd rather row the pirogue down the old bayou"), and a stanza on the title tune ("It might turn cold, but it might not/ Some years it was downright hot/ One thing's for sure, it never snows ...") is the perfect antidote to a White Christmas overdose.”

Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi

“Nashville-based guitarist/ singer Les Kerr wisely employs Elvis Presley greats the Jordanaires on "Christmas on the Coast" (O.N.U. Records), a holiday album highlighted by Kerr's hillbilly title track, the John Hartford number On Christmas Eve and a cool surf-cum-cabaret retelling of Wayfaring Stranger.”

Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN

“Christmas on the Coast carries on the style Kerr calls Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll with mellow roots-rock arrangements leaving plenty of room for sing-along vocals.”

Mobile Register, Mobile, AL

“Once again, Les Kerr has delivered a group of songs that fill our senses with the sounds, sights, and smells of the Gulf Coast and the Deep South. The whole project made me smile.”

“I love Les Kerr. He’s multi-talented, a great songwriter and artist. Les is a favorite with Bluebird audiences”

“You and your music make us smile!!”

“While listening to The Americana Boogie this morning, Les' gift is telling the listener what is going on in life. I feel like I have just had an update from him about what he's thinking about. That is a great way to approach songwriting.”

“Les grew up in the Gulf region around jambalaya, great Cajun-style food and Southern atmosphere and a lot of that you can hear in Les’ songwriting. His latest effort, The Americana Boogie, is a wonderful CD from a great songwriter and a great Nashvillian.”

“Les Kerr's new cd, 'The Americana Boogie' takes me through a whole range of wonderful emotions -- from wanting to laugh and boogie to the title song -- to slowing it way down with a good dose of warmth with others like 'Hope and Love.' Then there's my favorite, 'Comfort Music,' for its groove that gets a hold of me and won't let go.”

“The Americana Boogie celebrates the musical genre Les Kerr calls his own: Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll! This collection of ten songs from Les’ pen includes the rocking title track... and the Folk-tinged Hope and Love and Speak to Someone’s Heart. Rounding out the album with some expected Les Kerr humor are Schmooze It or Lose It and Retro.”

“For the past two decades, the band’s blend of Zydeco, rockabilly, bluegrass and blues became a staple of the Mardi Gras season.”

Catherine Godbey - The Decatur Daily

“An outstanding singer,instrumentalist, composer & bandleader, Kerr's adroit musical blend combines blues, R&B, and soul with zydeco, bluegrass and country.”

Nashville Scene

“Les Kerr combines music and poetry at the Maple Leaf...”

Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA

“Hurricanes, floods and all types of upheavals have changed the world since the last time Les Kerr played in the Mobile area. But the particular strain of music that ties this Nashville resident to the coast hasn't broken.”

Lawrence Specker - Mobile Register

“Kerr and his band have long been known for music that has people bobbing in their seats”

Colleen Creamer - The Dickson Herald

“I really enjoyed it (Les Kerr's Crawfish Caravan CD). All of the singing is good and the music is good on every song throughout the whole album. I especially enjoyed Mardi Gras Song and Justine.”

“Want to savor musically”The Big Easy?" You can almost taste the Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice and Hurricanes on Les Kerr’s new CD”

Bob Mueller - News Anchor, WKRN TV Nashville

“Kerr is not just a singer, not just a guitar player, not just a songwriter. He is indeed an entertainer, bringing his own brand of savory Cajun, rock and blues music.”

Music City Bluesletter

“If you're a fan of Jimmy Buffett's...and the music of New Orleans, check out Les Kerr's solo acoustic show at Hal & Mal's...He'll be supporting his new album, New Orleans Set.”

Herman Snell - Jackson Free Press

"Nashville club favorite Les Kerr has been playing his brand of Gulf Coast-informed rhythm and country blues for years ... Red Blues is his best recording to date."

The Tennessean

“Les Kerr & The Bayou Band coin their blend of music as "Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll." Just the type of energy that is needed from these veteran performers to kick start the Country Music Marathon.”

Country Music Marathon

“Les Kerr entertained during the Southern Festival of books. His original music had everyone tapping their feet!”

Paula Underwood Winters - The Westview, Nashville, Tennessee

“Kerr excels as both a vocalist and guitarist while working with either small combos or larger groups. New Orleans Set again puts the compositional and musical flair of Les Kerr squarely in the spotlight.”

Ron Wynn - The City Paper

“He’s a master of taking everyday slices of life and setting them to music, and his love for New Orleans has been an inspiration for some of his best works.”

Music City Bluesletter

“Les is a superb musician and songwriter.”

Jan Duke - about.com