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Les Kerr As Is
LES KERR AS IS
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THE ARERICANA BOOGIE
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NEW ORLEANS SET
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CRAWFISH CARAVAN
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CHRISTMAS ON THE COAST
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SOUTHERN SOUND SESSIONS
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COMMEMORATIVE HATCH SHOW PRINT MARDI GRAS POSTER
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45 RPM RECORD OF THE CAMELLIA GRILL & SEDUCTIVE EYES
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          Les Kerr As Is was recorded on the WDVX FM “Blue Plate Special” radio show, a daily concert series originating from the Knoxville, TN Visitors Center and broadcast on WDVX FM and online. It’s called "Les Kerr As Is" because Les performs all of the songs solo with no band. You’ll hear interaction with Red Hickey, the show’s delightful host, as Les chatted with her on the air, played some old favorites and more recent songs.
          In the CDs twenty-four tracks, you’ll hear the songs and stories about the Magnolia Springs mail boat, The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook, why Yogi Berra is one of Les’ songwriting influences, and other topics.
          This live recording is a good representation of Les’ solo shows and illustrates why he is in high demand for concert performances. With words and music about The Camellia Grill, the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Delta and a Nashville memorial gone wrong, Les weaves songs and stories together to create this entertaining concert album.
          Les Kerr As Is: Introduction/The Sun Also Rises/Mailboats in Magnolia/Magnolia Springs/New Orleans in the Spring/Guy’s Guitars/Still a profit/If It Weren’t for You/Yogi’s Observation/The Memorial/Inspiration from a King/Sharecropping Cotton Chopping Delta Blues/For the Love of Lighthouses/Old Lighthouse/Yeah, You’ Right!/Below the Level of the Sea/The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook/Streetcar in the Rain/Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll/Evolving into Coolness/Retro/Get to the Grill/The Camellia Grill/He sings, he dances! 

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          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, true its Americana moniker, the gutsy blues tunes Comfort Music and Understand the Blues, the Trop-Rock-influenced Old Lighthouse, Mississippi Sunshine and She Was There, 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.

         In his first CD since the widely-acclaimed New Orleans Set, Les shows his songwriting skills and storytelling ability. Already popular concert additions, these songs are now available in this collection, The Americana Boogie.
Song list: 1. The Americana Boogie  2. Hope and Love  3. Old Lighthouse  4. Comfort Music  5. Speak to Someone’s Heart  6. Mississippi Sunshine  7. Retro  8. She Was There  9. Schmooze It or Lose It  10. Understand the Blues

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          Finally on one CD, songs Les has written about New Orleans from "The Camellia Grill" to the new "Smile Upon Your Soul!"  This collection takes you on a musical to the Crescent City and pays tribute to the city that so many from around the world have taken to their hearts.  Favorites like "The Camellia Grill," "Pray for New Orleans" and "Streetcar in the Rain" fit right in with the brand new "Smile Upon Your Soul" and new version of "Below the Level of the Sea."

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          From "Slippin’ into Slidell" to the "House of the Rising Sun," Les Kerr’s Crawfish Caravan CD embraces the spirit of his Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll. The fifteen-song collection takes listeners to New Orleans, the Mississippi Coast and Mobile. Of the fifteen tunes, nine were written or co-written by Les, while the rest are dear to his heart.
          "Mardi Gras Song" captures the merriment that happens on Fat Tuesday while "Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll" illustrates Les’ music with a description of the styles he has combined to create his unique sound. From blues to bluegrass, it’s all stirred up like a good gumbo.
          Les has a lot of fun with "Justine," reminiscent of what might be heard in a Mississippi road house. The track features a rollicking saxophone section with Bryan Cumming (who wrote the song) and Pattie Cossentino, as well as keyboard work by Mark Jordan. Sparse instrumentation on "Running Buddies" allows the words to shine while Danny McCann’s haunting Dobro underscores this slice-of-life love story.
          "Ink by the Barrel" reviews life in the news business as it once was. Les is joined by reporters with whom he once covered the news dubbed the “Mobile Mass Media Choir” for this project.
          One of the biggest hits among Les’ fans, "The Camellia Grill" gets a new visit with fine accordion playing by Jeff Lisenby. Written after Les’ first late-night visit to a legendary New Orleans café, this song inspires visions of colorful waiters and strong coffee.
          "Buy Your Way Out of the Blues;" "Magnolia Springs;" "I Want this Afternoon to Last;" "I Miss America;" John Hartford’s "Natchez Whistle;" Dick Feller’s "Orleans Parish Prison;" Leadbelly’s "Cotton Fields" and a gutsy, New Orleans-influenced version of the classic "House of the Rising Sun," with Randy Leago’s accordion playing, round out the CD.
          The musicians on the CD are well-respected and have played with such artists as Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Kathy Mattea, Boots Randolph, Brenda Lee, Sha Na Na, and others.
          The illustrious members of The Mobile Mass Media Choir are: Dick Hylton, Ron Reams, David Nihart, Daniel Lynch, Bud McLean, Gary Smith, Nick Panayioutou, Ray Farnell, and ex-officio member Jane Williamson.
         Join the Crawfish Caravan and enjoy the trip!

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          Think of this album as eggnog with a little hot sauce thrown in for good measure. During your Christmas vacation, these ten unique songs take you from New Orleans to Pascagoula via the Gulf Coast, South Louisiana and the Mississippi River. Les is joined by The on four of the CD’s songs, beginning with a Zydeco treatment of "Jingle Bells (Christmas in New Orleans)." The legendary group also sings on the title track, an original Les wrote about his childhood holidays in Pascagoula, Mississippi. In addition, they lend their voices to Les’ "Your Kiss is My Wish List" and "On Christmas Eve," written by John Hartford.
          Other highlights on the CD include Les’ versions of Robert Earl Keen’s hilarious "Happy Holidays, Y’all" (with vocal accompaniment by the Bayou Babes Holiday Chorale), Tammy Vice’s beautiful "What the King Didn’t Know" and a spoken word rendition of the famous "Yes, Virginia, There is A Santa Claus" letter featuring Caroline Stoker as Virginia.
          The instrumental Wayfaring Stranger gives some of Les’ band members a chance to shine and "Christmas by the Bar-B-Que" puts some lighthearted blues in your Christmas stocking. The rocking "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" makes everyone glad to hear the news.
          So forego that fruitcake for some crawfish and let Les Kerr take you to Christmas on the Coast!

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          Southern Sound Sessions was recorded in Mobile, Alabama using all Gulf Coast musicians.  All sixteen songs were written by Les and have been a part of his concert set lists for years.  "Pool People" will inspire you to twist, "Midriff Mama Blues" takes you to New Orleans, "Destination: Gulf of Mexico" will fill your sails and "The Little Rebel " finds you boarding a legendary train.  Musical influences from blues to bluegrass are heard on the CD.





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2002 MARDI GRAS POSTER
 
45 RPM RECORD OF THE CAMELLIA GRILL
& SEDUCTIVE EYES
Celebrating Les Kerr & The Bayou Band's 11th Annual Mardi Gras Show at the world renowned Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN, on Fat Tuesday, 2002.  Part of a limited run (60) by the famous Hatch Show Prints. Numbered & Autographed by Les.

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Own an original copy of Les' first recording with this 45 rpm vinyl record. Songs: The Camellia Grill, Seductive Eyes.

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