Jingle Bells, New Orleans Style! features songwriter Les Kerr, who takes you on a musical holiday journey to the Gulf Coast. The Jordanaires, the legendary vocal group who performed with Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, and others, join Les on three songs, including the title song and Christmas on the Coast, an original about Les' boyhood Christmases on the Gulf Coast in Pascagoula, Mississippi. From the rollicking Zydeco version of “Jingle Bells (Christmas in New Orleans)” to the thoughtful recitation of “Yes, Virginia (There is a Santa Claus),” this unusual collection of holiday music will have you smiling and singing during the yuletide season.
Originally released on Les' Christmas on the Coast CD, the songs have received good reviews, including these:
(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...OffBEAT Magazine, New Orleans, LA
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...and a cool surf-cum-cabaret retelling of Wayfaring Stranger. Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN
You become certain listening to Les Kerr's music that he is a spirited man who still has that child-like excitement about life. Surely this is important in all music, but it is essential in Christmas music. In his original version of "Jingle Bells (Christmas in New Orleans)", Les pens creative and playful lyrics that immediately get you in the holiday mood. "Your Kiss is My Wish List" hits home with a nice country-style twist to the occasion. Also, I've heard many versions of "Yes, Virginia (There is a Santa Claus)", but this one is my favorite. Owning over 100 holiday albums, I now include this one in my "short stack" during Christmas next to Burl Ives and Bing Crosby. Add some cheer to your holiday and buy this CD! = Kathleen Lee, WWOZ FM, New Orleans, LA
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 Tennessean, Nashville, TN-
"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. Mobile Register, Mobile, AL
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 [Christmas on the Coast] ("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. The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS