Band of the Day

2013.03.25

Voodoo Swing

Slappin' the bass, rip-it-up rockabilly from Phoenix, AZ
You go your way, and I'll go mine. Is it really such a shame to leave the world behind?
lyrics from Fast Cars Guitars Tattoos And Scars

Voodoo Swing is Shorty Kreutz on lead guitar and vocals; Leeroy Nelson on drums; and Wesley Hinshaw on his ‘doghouse’ double-bass. Their unique ‘rip-it-up’ Rockabilly attracted England’s Nervous Records in 1993. Voodoo Swing's debut album "We're Usin' Code Names!" was 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 scored the soundtrack for the Lowrider documentary "Low and Slow," as well as “Rockabilly Vampire.” In 1998, Shorty was 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 to document rebirth with Greasers Por Vida, self-released. In 2010 the band, released “Refried Voodoo Beans” produced by Olivier Zahm of Electric Lotus Music.

The band had just recruited the young Wesley Hinshaw on upright bass. His electro-kinetic slap bass playing sets the new Voodoo Swing sound apart from the flock. Voodoo Swing is rollin’ all over the western United States in their 1969 Lincoln Continental, tagging along a trailer full of gear. They've also made various major stops in Europe at popular Summer Festivals for their ardent European Rockabilly fans.