The prolific Les Kerr remains Music Citys top champion of the Bayou Sound as well as a prominent author and journalist. His current album New Orleans Set offers several more stirring examples of the spirited musical blend he calls Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Soul. The lyrics of two Kerr compositions, New Orleans in the Spring and Below the Level of the Sea are also featured in the new book Maple Leaf Rag IV: An Anthology of Poetic Writings New Orleans (Portals), which also contains a photo of Kerr in concert. Kerrs columns and commentary have also been printed in travel journals and cookbooks, but its his guitar playing and singing that remain his primary focus. The Bayou Bands stylistic range echoes Kerrs, as they leave no part of the vast Louisiana/Mississippi Bayou musical heritage untouched. While well-known for their annual Mardi Gras shows, the groups regular concerts like this St. Patricks event at Jimmy Kellys allow them to display their facility in other styles, among them Celtic and Irish as well as the usual blues, country, zydeco, etc.
Wed., March 17, 6 p.m., 2010