Les signing Tennessee at the Southern Festival of Books in Memphis
Les often performs at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville.
Occasionally, he combines music and journalism and has performed songs he has written at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, TN. Les has performed at book stores, including Borders Books and Music in Memphis and New Orleans and Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville.
Les continues to write articles and songs, while occasionally combining his interest in the two fields with literary references in his music. He wrote The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook with Jim Clark and Ken Beck. This fun mix of recipes and stories offers a slice of Americana as tasty as a piece of truck stop apple pie. Read all about it by clicking here.
His latest work is Tennessee, in collaboration with photographer George Humphries, where Les wrote about his experiences in the Volunteer State. He also interviewed lifelong Tennesseans about their lives there. Learn more about it by clicking here.
Read Les' article about Gallagher Guitars published January 10, 2004 in The Tennessean by clicking here.
Singing "The Sun Also Rises" at the Moments with Eugene celebration, Church Street Cemetery, Mobile, AL. Photo: Jane Williamson
In May, 2000, Kali Oka Press of Mobile, Alabama published Moments with Eugene, a volume of essays about poet, playwright, author and bon vivant Eugene Walter. Eugene, originally from Mobile, was toasted by literary society in Paris and New York before returning to Mobile where he was welcomed with open arms. During the 1980s, when Les was news director of two Mobile radio stations, he became acquainted with Eugene. His essay, Eugene Walter - Everywhere, is included with pieces from such notable writers as Pat Conroy (The Prince of Tides), Charles McNair (Land O'Goshen), and Carolyn Haines (Them Bones).
To kick off the book's release in a fashion which Eugene Walter surely must have appreciated, a ceremony was held at Eugene's grave side at Mobile's Church Street Cemetery, complete with an open bar and homemade potato salad contest. Les offered a few songs in Eugene's honor.
In 1986, Windsor Publications produced Mobile: Sunbelt Center of Opportunity. Drawing on his knowledge of the Port City and his journalistic skills, Les Kerr wrote two chapters for the book — "Made in Mobile" & "City in Motion" — and provided information included in other parts of the publication.
STORIES & PHOTOS:
Throughout his career, Les' articles, photos and even a few poems have been published in daily newspapers, magazines, newsletters and other publications. Among his credits are the newspapers Mobile Press Register, Azalea City News And Review, The Tennessean and Nashville Business Journal. Magazines, such as Tennessee Trucking News, LifeTimes, Voice, Tennessee Cattle Business and Coping have published Les' articles and photos.
Music Journals, including the Music City Blues Society's Bluesletter and ROCK, the journal of the Rock & Roll Society of Scandinavia, have also featured Les' photos and stories.
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|Alabama Sun||Tennessee Cattle Business||Vanderbilt Lawyer||Tennessee Restauranteur|
|Rock, the Fanzine for the Rock 'N' Roll Society of Scandinavia||Paste, August, 2012||Mobile: Sunbelt Center of Opportunity, 1986|
|The Tennessean's FYI||United Methodist Foundation, Offer them Christ||The View, Tell the World, Special Edition||Music City Bluesletter|
|MORE of LES' WRITING|
View - Tell the World - Special Edition
published by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
Les Kerr, Assistant Editor
“Offer Them Christ” magazine
Nashville Business Journal
July 21-25, 1997
Tennessee Trucking Industry
"Technology testing designed to save lives, prevent accidents"
Mobile - Sunbelt Center of
Produced in Cooperation with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce - 1986
"Made in Mobile"
"City in Motion"
December 1980/January 1981 - Vol. 1 Number 6
"An exclusive interview with Governor Fob James"
Tennessee Cattle Business
June 1996 Governors Conference
"Focusing on the Future" - story & photos
Tennessee Trucking News
"Transportation & Training Ensure Quality"
"Tennessee Leads the Way in
Training System for New Drivers"
"Trucking in Tennessee - The Century's Second Half"
"Trucking & Regulators - Steering Towards Safety"
Fanzine for Rock 'N' Roll Society of Scandinavia
#3 - 1987 - "Steve Earle"
NR1 - 1989 - "Highwaymen take a bypass"
NR3 - 1989 - "Cash honored at star-studded dinner"
NR1 - 1990 - "Rockin' in the music shop"
June 16, 1989
Beth Nielsen Chapman
"Mobile Songwriter now notable"
|Music City Blues
June 1998 - Vol. 7 No. 6
"Blues well represented in
New Orleans during JazzFest"
"Tennessee Restaurant Association Self-Insured Workers' Compensation Trust Growing In Popularity"