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 Jackson and the Gulf Coast city of Pascagoula.
Kerr’s concert highlights include headlining annual Mardi Gras concerts at Nashville’s Bluebird Café since 1992. He has also performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival and at Nashville’s official Independence Day celebrations in 2000 and 2008. Other venues include the Franklin (TN) Jazz Festival, Huntsville, Alabama’s Panoply Festival and Jackson, Tennessee’s Rockabilly Fest.
Along the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans, Kerr has performed at such notable venues as the Maple Leaf Bar, Carrollton Station, Louisiana Music Factory, Flora-Bama Lounge, Huck’s Cove, the Lumber Yard Café and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Café. At the Lumber Yard (Mobile) and Margaritaville Café (New Orleans), he opened for blues-rocker Marcia Ball. He has also shared the stage with Zydeco great Terrence Simien and fiddle legend Mark O’Connor.
Other regional performances include 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.
His six CDs include New Orleans Set, Crawfish Caravan, Christmas on the Coast, Red Blues, Southern Sound Sessions and Below the Level of the Sea.
A three-time nominee for Music City Blues Society awards, Kerr has been nominated for the society’s Male Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year and Entertainer of the Year awards. His song Mackinac Blues was included in NPR’s All Songs Considered in 2005. With Bryan Cumming, he has written songs officially adopted as theme songs for the University of Mississippi’s $200 Million “MomentUM” campaign and the Cookeville-Putnam County, TN Chamber of Commerce $2 million economic and tourism “Highlands of Tennessee” campaign.
Also a journalist, Kerr co-authored The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook and frequently writes for magazines and newspapers. Tennessee features Kerr’s words and photos by George Humphries. He also contributed to The Bluebird Café Scrapbook with an essay about his Mardi Gras concerts and a recipe for pralines.
His review of the book How Nashville Became Music City U.S.A. appeared in the nationally recognized music magazine PASTE and he continues to contribute to other magazines and newspapers. More information about Les Kerr is available online at www.leskerr.com.