Little Lesley Swift was a farmer's daughter when at age eight she began playing piano and singing country music in backwoods bars in upstate New York. She later learned to play guitar and upright bass, and began writing and performing her own rock and roll songs. She met ex-cowboy and rockabilly guitarist Brian "Swifty" Swift in Nevada and took to his wild guitar style. They moved to New York City and formed the Bloodshots with drummer Bobby Lee of Staten Island. The Bloodshots so far released one album, On Fire, in 2013, and a couple of 7" singles. The band now has a home base in Greenville, South Carolina.
Performing two sets at Hill Country Barbecue Market tonight, Little Lesley led the Bloodshots on most songs with her complex bass rhythms and her sassy, belting vocal delivery. While the coifed hair and cowgirl outfit made her the center of attention, the strong undercurrent of Swifty's twangy guitar licks were the center of gravity in each song. Lee’s big-band influenced percussion completed the band's sparse sound. The set included some western swing and boogie-woogie, but the trio largely remained faithful to a rockabilly sound powered by turbo rock and roll energy. The music was honest, passionate and danceable, ripe for listening and for partying.
Visit the Bloodshots at www.thebloodshots.com.