Les’ interviews with lifelong Tennesseans allow them to describe growing up in Music City, playing the blues on Nashville’s Jefferson Street in its heyday, being born in the Smoky Mountains and living in Clarksville near the home of the 101st Airborne Division.
Beautiful photos and captivating writing make Tennessee a visual and literary treasure.
“Photographer George Humphries contributed the
breathtaking images, while essayist Les Kerr conjures up
memories for lifelong residents and nudges newcomers to get out
and see places such as Clingman’s Dome and Rock Island State
Park.” Southern Living
“The musician’s Gulf Coast sensibility pervades every single note of his music, which is lovingly known as ‘Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll’…But Tennessee, literally translated as the ‘Land of the Western Waters,’ has gotten under this Bayou boy’s skin and won’t shake loose.” The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, TN
“Nashville-based performer Les Kerr contributed essays to add history to Tennessee…” City Paper, Nashville, TN
“The book Tennessee features beautiful photographs from all parts of the state, including Ozone Falls, which Kerr writes about in his text. He recalls his visit to the scenic waterfall, as well as his impressions of the Great Smoky Mountains, Beale Street in Memphis and Nashville’s musical heritage.” Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN
“The photos and text of the book paint a picture of the entire state from Memphis to the Great Smoky Mountains. In Kerr’s section on Nashville, he begins by recounting his first visit to the city in 1973 which included seeing the Grand Ole Opry in its last twelve months at the Ryman Auditorium.” The Westview, Nashville, TN
“Songwriter, author and recording artist Les Kerr’s new book project, Tennessee, featuring photography by George Humphries, includes the influence of R&B in Nashville… For the book’s section on Nashville, Kerr interviewed…Johnny Terrell. Terrell is a blues bass player, now in his eighties, who still performs with the Jefferson Street Bluesmen.” Music City Bluesletter, Nashville, TN