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Little Lesley & The Bloodshots are a 3 piece Rockabilly band based in Brooklyn, NY.
Little Lesley fronts the band, slapping the upright bass while she belts out songs with gravel and grace.This farmer’s daughter from upstate New York began playing piano and singing Patsy Cline songs in backwoods bars at age 8. She moved on to guitar and most recently doghouse bass, writing and performing her own brand of roots Rock n’ Roll.
Alongside her, Brian "Swifty" Swift rips out the rock and twang on 6 string. A preacher's son from rural California, he has been writing songs and playing honky tonks and biker bars up and down the West Coast since the 80s when his band was part of the Reno punk rock scene that launched 7 Seconds.
They met in Nevada and left together to start a new life in NYC where they met native Staten Islander Mr. Bobby Lee. Bobby's no stranger to swingin', high-energy Rock. All night long he keeps folks on their feets with his stylish beats.
Together since Summer of 2012, The Bloodshots have been making waves and making friends around New York City with their honest approach to roots-Rockabilly. Known for their charismatic stage-presence and entertaining live show (Don't be surprised if Little Lesley hops right up on her bass in high-heels), The Bloodshots keep it rolling at NYC’s most famous Honkey Tonks and beyond. In their short time together, they are tearing up the rockabilly circuit and have played major festivals including Viva Las Vegas, Ink N Iron, Heavy Rebel, and have shared the stage with legends: Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson, Lee Rocker, Robert Gordon, Rosie Flores, and Kim Lenz.
“On Fire” is The Bloodshots debut album, featuring 13 original songs of their brand of roots-rockabilly-twang. Songs range from dark, lonesome country to finger poppin’ head boppin’ feet flyin’ rock n’ roll. It has received critical acclaim from around the world, including England, France, Spain and Germany.
“This is a strong collection of rock n roll numbers with an old school feel to them.” “They retain a traditional rockabilly sound but keep a freshness and sense of urgency which makes this a really strong album.” Paul Hastings, Mudkiss Magazine
“Lesley doesn’t sound like she’s concerned about things like breaking a nail. She sounds more like the kind of girl that would dot your eye and steal your bottle of whiskey. Just listen to her sing “You Can’t Break My Soul” and see if you disagree with me.” “Brian Swift plays a pretty mean guitar, and I think my favorite example of his prowess is “Nothing without You.” That being said, you can pick any song on the album and see examples of his skill with the guitar. Bobby Lee combines with Lesley to provide rhythms that will get people moving on dance floors.” Gary Schwind, Incognitomusicmagazine.com
“This is a genius record.” Ronny Franke, Hamburg
“I want to be Little Lesley when I grow up.” –Brooklyn Babydoll, International Burlesque Dancer
So go comb your hair, grab some whiskey, and get on out to see The Bloodshots for some of the best neo-Rockabilly in the world. And bring yer dancin’ shoes!