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Les Kerr’s Christmas on the Bayou Concert
With his Christmas on the Bayou solo acoustic show, Nashville-based entertainer Les Kerr takes you on a musical holiday journey to the Gulf Coast, Tennessee, the Deep South, New Orleans and the North Pole. Les sings traditional and unusual holiday anthems including John Hartford’s “On Christmas Eve.” From the rollicking Zydeco version of “Jingle Bells (Christmas in New Orleans)” to the thoughtful rendition of “Silent Night,” this unusual concert of holiday music will have you smiling and singing during the yuletide season.
His holiday album, Christmas on the Coast, is a perennial favorite and has received positive reviews from The Commerical Appeal (Memphis), The Tennessean (Nashville) and OffBEAT (New Orleans).
Les Kerr is a songwriter, recording artist and performer who brings blues, Rockabilly, New Orleans music, Zydeco, and bluegrass together to create his “Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll.” Now based in Nashville, Kerr was born in Louisiana and raised in Mississippi in the Gulf Coast city of Pascagoula and in Jackson.
Kerr’s concert highlights include headlining annual Mardi Gras celebrations at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe since 1992. He headlines at the legendary songwriter venue periodically throughout the year and has also performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival and at Nashville’s official Independence Day celebration. Other venues include the Country Music Marathon (Nashville), Franklin (TN) Jazz Festival, Huntsville, Alabama’s Panoply Festival and Jackson, Tennessee’s Rockabilly Fest.
Regional concert performance venues for the singer have included shows at Eddie’s Attic (Decatur, GA), Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Knoxville (TN) Dogwood Festival, Southern Festival of Books (Nashville and Memphis) and the Country Music Marathon (Nashville).
New Orleans and Gulf Coast concert venues for the songwriter/performer over the years have included the Maple Leaf Bar, Carrollton Station and Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans; LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, Bluegill Restaurant, Tacky Jack’s Tavern and the Flora Bama Lounge on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Reviews of Les Kerr’s Christmas on the Coast CD:
Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN – 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.
OffBEAT Magazine, New Orleans, LA – (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.’
The Tennessean, Nashville, TN- The sounds of the bayou were never far away, and their influences can be heard on his new CD, 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 Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS – 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.
Music City Bluesletter, Nashville, TN- If you have ever been to one of Les Kerr’s Christmas shows, then you know what good cheer this CD will bring to your holidays. If you haven’t, by all means catch him live, and then buy a copy of this great Christmas CD!! A grand collection of ten originals and covers, this set will take you down to a cozy Christmas on the Gulf Coast, where Les spent many a holiday in years past.
Mobile Register, Mobile, AL – “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.
Mississippi Press, Pascagoula, MS- The CD contains original Christmas songs and others including the title track, a tune Kerr wrote about spending the holidays in Pascagoula.
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