Les Kerr

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Nobody writes the 'Old Coast' like Les Kerr. He is the James Lee Burke of music.

Les Kerr has a gift for crafting songs and lyrics from his life and surroundings.  Like a great bowl of gumbo the best stuff is just below the surface!

Nashville’s Les Kerr creates a sound that’s both jovial and cerebral all at the same time. His wry and breezy observations are somewhat akin to the music made by Jimmy Buffett, especially the way Kerr tends to tell his tales from a generally genial perspective. Like its predecessor New Orleans Set, Kerr’s, Bay Street, takes an idyllic look at life on the Gulf Coast...with clever commentary about people and places typical of seaside environs. Making music that he likes to call “Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock and Roll,” Kerr takes his stylistic additives from a variety of genres -- reggae, country, folk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll -- and meshes them into a hybrid that’s philosophical, sunny and suggestive. He adds a tender touch on ballads like “Running Buddies,” “Still on the Farm” and “Southerners and Irishmen,” injecting some knowing sentiment into everyday occurrences, whether it’s the unspoken romance that pervades the former, the sense of longing that inspires the latter, or the hard-fought struggle simply to survive that forms the basis of the song in-between. As a result, he comes across as a kind of tireless troubadour, sharing his philosophical outlook from the view of an eccentric Everyman, one who frequently sees things from a somewhat skewed point of view. So too, when he offers up an amiable description of a sleepy beach town called “Magnolia Springs,” it’s practically impossible not to want to while away some time in a place that can offer a well-deserved respite. 

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.

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.

While listening to The Americana Boogie this morning, [I realized] 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.

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

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

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.

I really enjoyed 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.

Les Kerr left Cajun country to find success in Music City singing about New Orleans. Go figure.

Les' music is like a passport through the American South. He takes you on a journey with lyrics that tell tales of places you'll want to see and people you'll want to meet. It's a good mix of the exotic and familiar.

There are few people that can entertain an audience as well as Les Kerr. You can almost hear the crash of the Gulf Coast waves in many of his songs. The songs he writes tell a story and he puts pen and paper to music. His ability to entertain makes him a frequent guest on my show. He is one of the nicest, most sincere people you will ever meet.

We have just finished reviewing Les Kerr's latest 'Tropical Americana' album, Part of the Show, and have decided to feature this 'LIVE' compilation and personal introduction of the works of a 'Gulf Coast' 'Tropical Americana' Nashville Singer Songwriter. We love 'The Americana Boogie'...!!!

I've enjoyed Les Kerr's music for many years, both on record and in-person. The new album, Part Of The Show, showcases this fine artist live onstage, in a solo setting. I highly recommend it for its excellent songs and first-rate performances.

Les Kerr’s CD The Americana Boogie, that features the song Mississippi Sunshine, is a mix of salt water blues tales and blues ballads, with lyrics that make you reminisce and think, as well as melodies that make you tap your toes or just sit back and enjoy.

Part of the Show: This show of Les and his acoustic guitar showcases his songwriting abilities with such tracks as Smile Upon Your Soul, Hustling on Bay Street, The Americana Boogie, Committed Kisses and much more. This album was well written and recorded.

As you listen to Les Kerr's new Part of the Show CD, you may notice you’re warming up and shaking off the winter. When I listen to Les, the words that come to mind are authentic, clever, thoughtful, and fun. The song Inspiration and Bar Scotch always gets me. Try to keep up with The Price Of Coffee after you’ve been lulled by Committed Kisses. Here’s an opportunity for your own private concert.

Les Kerr’s “Part of the Show” CD is a compilation of live cuts that make you laugh out loud, sing along and occasionally ponder the human condition. The title track and “Midriff Mama Blues” are riotously funny, “Committed Kisses” tells a poignant tale, “Hope and Love” tells a frightful story and “Inspiration and Bar Scotch” makes you marvel at Les’s ability to weave touching and intricate lyrics. Every cut is a winner.

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.