Voodoo Swing marks a twenty year anniversary in 2013 with the release of Fast Cars, Guitars, Tattoos & Scars. Adding to the groups in-house instrumentation, Shorty Kreutz (lead guitar/vocals) Leeroy Nelson (drums/hollerin’) and Tommy Collins (doghouse double-bass), the trio stretches tradition by working with producer Olivier Zahm to expand on their sonic potential. Complementing the rockabilly guitar, bass and drum sound, the group bring in pedal steel, piano, saxophones, fiddle and banjo to add flesh to songs that delve into blues, bluegrass and honky tonk.
Fast Cars, Guitars, Tattoos & Scarsdoes what rockabilly does best, scribe tales from real life, shoot music straight to your feet and create a scenario where you can drink, ride and have a smoke with bad boys, at least for the three or four minutes that the record plays. “Down at the Oak” saves a bar stool for you at a favorite watering hole, “Seein’ Double Boogie” parks in front of a roadhouse that is always hopping and where the liquor flows at a rapid rate and “Cruisin’ With My Baby” hits the avenue, puts the top down and heads out to find a quiet spot to heat up the night.
Voodoo Swing stick to tales that have been the default subjects of rockabilly bands since the 1950’s, as referenced by the Fast Cars, Guitars, Tattoos & Scars title. In the hands of Voodoo Swing, the stories carry a lot more heft. Twenty years into a career and the band has fine tuned their craft and the album represents the thoughts, angst, joys and trials of eating, breathing and living the music they play.
Amid the love bumps (“I’m Your Honey Bee”, “My Martian Girlfriend”) and love blocks (“Tell Her Hi for Me”), Voodoo Swing offer feelings and friends outside of relationships. Keeping the flame of desire hot, special guest, country crooner Pat Roberts (of The Heymakers), bares his blue-eyed soul on “If You Ever Want to Come Home” while “Lost Yesterdays” walks the past over a graveyard beat to try and remember just where things went wrong as a lonesome fiddle wails its sorrow. The title track rattles and rumbles throughout its life, as Shorty fast talks to tell you about what makes him keep ticking.
The old school recording process of the bands label, Electric Lotus, captures the sound with its sharpened edges kept in for effect. Voodoo Swing hit the road in January 2013 to cover the Southwestern American states. Their summer tour plans take them to Europe, covering France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The ambassadors of authentic roots music take their music to the world.
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