2013: Primal Vintage and modern Retro virtuosity
2013 marks the band’s finest work in their 20-year career. “Fast Cars, Guitars, Tattoos & Scars” is a 14-song masterpiece that represents the band’s thoughts, angst, joy and trials of living music. With the support of their producer Olivier Zahm, they expand sonic American landscapes to pedal steel, piano, saxophones (from bass to alto), fiddle, banjo…They stretch their sound beyond more blues, bluegrass, honky-tonk as well as loads of talented guest musicians: notably the crooner Pat Roberts (& The Heymakers), the multi-instrumentalist powerhouse Shea Marshall, as well as country fiend Tony Martinez.
The trio’s energy is captured in great detail, perfectly captured by the old-school recording process of Electric Lotus Music. The album is released internationally on February 20, 2013. The band will hit the road as soon as January 2013 to present it in Southwestern American states, before flying to Europe for the whole summer. France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland… the 2013 Europe Tour covers more countries at each visit. Voodoo Swing’s music is reaching deeper and wider. The ambassadors of authentic roots music you don’t want to miss on stage!
Voodoo Swing is Shorty Kreutz on lead guitar and vocals; Leeroy Nelson on drums and hollerin’ and Tommy Collins on the doghouse double-bass. Their unique style of rip-it-up Rockabilly first attracted England’s Nervous Records in 1993.
Voodoo Swing's debut album We're Usin' Code Names! is followed by a second album, Well, Okay Then! released on Netherlands’ Rockhouse Records label. Voodoo Swing is also featured on Rockabilly compilations American Rumble and The Sounds of Gasoline. The band also scores the soundtrack for the Lowrider documentary Low and Slow as well as for the full-length feature film Rockabilly Vampire.
In 1998, Shorty is awarded Best Electric Guitar Player by Salt Lake's City Weekly Magazine reader’s poll. In the early years, the band headquartered in Salt Lake City. After a long hiatus, the band regrouped in Phoenix and released their third record, Greasers Por Vida, then criss-crossed the Western USA on their Back From the Grave tour. In 2010 the band, released Refried Voodoo Beans , redesigned and reprinted by Electric Lotus Label in 2011.
The band had just added the young Wesley Hinshaw on upright bass. His incredible slap bass playing sets the new Voodoo Swing sound apart from the flock. Voodoo Swing continued to tour the Western United States in their 1969 Lincoln Continental, towing a trailer-full of gear. They also begin to heavily roam Europe, focusing on Belgium, Holland, Germany and Austria, featured in popular Summer Festivals for the pleasure of their ardent European Rockabilly fans.
Keep on Rollin', Voodoo Swing’s first official Electric Lotus Label release premieres in the summer of 2011. This proved to be the trio’s most popular release to date, backed by sponsors, Gretsch Guitars and Knucklehead Strings. Again, the band hit the road in the Voodoo Continental, as well as playing heavy European schedules in the summers of ’11 and ’12, the later enhanced by the Europe Summer Tour 2012, a tour product featuring exclusive recordings already collectors. Back in the USA, the band swarms Electric Lotus Music studio during Fall 2012 to record their latest opus. A fresh step in their creative endeavor, blending diverse roots music influences with an innovative twist.
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