November 23rd - LITTLE LESLEY and the BLOODSHOTS
November 23, 2019 06:00 PM until November 23, 2019 11:00 PM
Little Lesley, the fiery blond bombshell, brings it every time with an incredible voice, compelling original songs and jaw-dropping bass moves.
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. What started out as trio in New York City in 2012 quickly became a fixture on the national Rockabilly scene. They 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 20,0 00 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 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 Greenville’s own Mark Dye. Winthrop graduate and soulful country picker Zac Bolton is on lead guitar, veteran honky tonk drummer Brian Kennedy is keeping time, and Sean O’Shields lays down the sweet, lonesome pedal steel. Lesley is currently working on a new album and the music continues to evolve.
Anyone who is looking for some compelling, passionate roots music with a great stage show, Little Lesley & The Bloodshots are playing a town near you!