LITTLE LESLEY & THE BLOODSHOTS
BOBBY BLUE THE BALLADEER
THE HUDSON CITY RATS
Little Lesley & the Bloodshots light up the stage with their soulful twang and captivating songs. Hailing from New York City and South Carolina’s upstate, they’ve been making waves and making friends around the world with their honest approach to American roots music. Lesley Swift fronts the band, belting out her self-penned songs with gravel and grace. She caught the rock'n'roll fever from her guitar slingin' husband Brian “Swifty” Swift, and what started in their garage in Nevada has been setting fire to hearts and feet since 2012. Called “a welcome shot in the arm for the rockin’ faithful” by UK’s Vintage Rock Magazine, the band launched in New York City and played the first New England Shakeup (2013), were direct support for both Robert Gordon and Kim Lenz, independently released their debut full-length album On Fire, and landed a spot on the Ink N Iron festival (2014) in Long Beach CA. Their third year was highlighted by a stand-out performance at the world’s biggest and most renowned rockabilly festival, Viva Las Vegas (2015), which garnered them an official place in the international rockabilly scene and attention from European booking agents and labels.
2016 marked their first tour abroad and their signing with the legendary Western Star Records of the UK. Alan Wilson recorded and produced their Doin’ Fine EP, which created quite a buzz and is still in regular rotation on BBC radio. Nick Westfall produced and directed the band’s first official video for title track “Doin’ Fine”, with over 20,000 views in the first 24 hours on Facebook. The band made their first appearance at the Nashville Boogie, the Hotrod Hayride (UK), and ended the summer playing to over 10,000 people on the main stage closing night of the Summer Jamboree festival in Senigalia Italy. Lesley & Brian had moved from Brooklyn to Greenville SC and the band quickly became a fixture in the southeastern Kustom Kulture scene. In fall 2017, they returned to the UK to play the famous Hemsby Rock N Roll Weekender and record their second full length album with Alan Wilson, Heartbeat.
2018 launched the release of Heartbeat on Western Star Records, performances in Germany and Sweden, another stand-out performance at Viva, and a lineup change. Lesley returned to her roots and is leading the band on rhythm guitar, trading upright bass duties with Jersey City’s very talented Jeff Feinberg. The masterful Johnny Cola, an original from Long Island’s rockabilly scene that birthed the Stray Cats, is on lead guitar. His echo, reverb and bigsby heavy sound is the perfect fit to continue the journey Swifty started. New England drummer Jeremy Kroger brings his stylish, stripped down dance beats, and the music continues to evolve.
Friday, July 12th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10. 21+ with ID.