Les Kerr is the leader of Les Kerr and The Bayou Band and a solo performer, as well. With his band, he performs at festivals, special events, concerts, corporate functions and nightclubs.They offer an upbeat, audience-friendly mix of music Les calls "Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll." He has hosted 26 annual Mardi Gras shows at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. The group has also performed 23 St. Patrick's Day shows at Jimmy Kelly's in Nashville and has performed at Nashville's official Independence Day celebration, the Southern Festival of Books and many other events.
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Les Kerr is a songwriter, recording artist and performer who brings blues, New Orleans music, Zydeco, rock and bluegrass together to create his “Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll.” A Nashville resident since 1987, Kerr was born in Louisiana and raised in Mississippi.
Kerr has recorded ten albums, including his latest, Bay Street. About Bay Street, national music publication No Depression wrote, “Nashville’s Les Kerr creates a sound that’s both jovial and cerebral all at the same time… 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 [and] sunny”
The title song of his last album Contributor was inspired by Nashville’s street newspaper and the premier event of the video raised money for the newspaper, The Contributor. The video for Contributor can be seen on (link hidden).
Mackinac Blues, from Les’ New Orleans Set CD, was included in NPR’s All Songs Considered and the New Orleans-based OffBEAT magazine declared, “Kerr’s musical stylings aptly cover the gamut from rockabilly to boogie to Caribbean beats with ease.”
Kerr has performed at many regional blues festivals and has headlined annual Mardi Gras celebrations at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café since 1992. Among the venues and events where he has performed include Nashville’s Official Independence Day Celebration, the Grand Ole Opry House, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Southern Festival of Books and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Nashville (formerly the Country Music Marathon).
Regional performances include shows at the Maple Leaf Bar and Louisiana Music Factory (New Orleans, LA); Decatur, Alabama’s Historic Princess Theatre; The Listening Room (Mobile, AL); The Railyard (Decatur, AL); Hal and Mal’s (Jackson, MS); Atlanta Dogwood Festival; Knoxville (TN) Dogwood Festival; Southern Festival of Books (Nashville and Memphis) and Cookeville, Tennessee’s city-wide “Cooking on the Square” event.
He was a three-time award nominee of the former Music City Blues Society and was featured in the TV documentary Civil War Songs and Stories broadcast on PBS stations across the U.S.
Lyrics of several of Les’ songs have appeared in three volumes of Maple Leaf Rag, a New Orleans Poetry Anthology. He is also the co-author of The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook (Harper Collins) and Tennessee (Graphic Arts Press).
Past Booked Events
|June 29, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm||Fontanel Nashville Back Porch Concert Series|
|June 07, 2017 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm||Maxwell House Songwriter Showcase|
|May 17, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Private concert|
|May 16, 2017 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||WRFN FM In-Studio|
|May 14, 2017 • 10:00pm - 10:45pm||Bluebird Cafe Special Guest Songwriter|
|May 06, 2017 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Produce Place Strawberry Festival|
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