The title song, Christmas on the Coast, is about Christmas in Pascagoula, Mississippi and features songwriter Les Kerr and the legendary Jordanaires. The Jordanaires also join Les on three other songs on the CD, including Jingle Bells (Christmas in New Orleans) for which Les wrote special lyrics to reflect a Zydeco-influenced take on Christmas in the Crescent City. Les' unique original Your Kiss is My Wish List and his version of John Hartford's On Christmas Eve also feature The Jordanaires. From Les' treatment of Robert Earl Keen's "Happy Holidays, Y'all" to the thoughtful recitation of "Yes, Virginia (There is a Santa Claus)," this unusual collection of holiday music will have you smiling and singing along during the yuletide season.
Here are some reviews of Les Kerr's Christmas on the Coast:
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.
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.
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.
The Point, Jackson, MS
A collection of unusual holiday songs, Kerr brings his characteristic Southern blues, zydeco and Gulf Coast sounds to the project, joined by the legendary gospel quartet The Jordanaires on four of the tracks, including 'Jingle Bells (Christmas in New Orleans),' 'Your Kiss is my Wish List,' and 'On Christmas Eve.'
Jackson Free Press, Jackson, MS
...Kerr's album mixes up well with the familiar songs that jingle through your head on crisp, cool days around this time every year.
(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.'
Music City Bluesletter, Sheryl and Don Crow
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.