Phoenix rockabilly band Voodoo Swing is like the rock 'n' roll train that never stops coming. Since 1993 (when they were based in Salt Lake City), they've been releasing records, and their latest and sixth album, Keep On Rollin', is out now on Electric Lotus Music. They've already shared the stage with the likes of the Reverend Horton Heat, Lee Rocker, and The Hillbilly Hellcats, and have had well-known members like Ruth Wilson of Flathead.
The core of the band -- Wes Hinshaw on bass, Leeroy Nelson on drums, and vocalist/guitarist Shorty Kreutz -- have kept rocking, and are preparing to embark on a 42-show tour of Europe, starting June 2.
This will be the band's third trip to Europe in a year. "After several tours of all the western states, and even Mexico, we have seen American Roots music fans come out of the woodwork even in the most remote cities and towns," said guitarist and lead vocalist Paul "Shorty" Kreutz. "But what surprised us most was how authentic the rockabilly culture in Europe is."
"It's pretty incredible just how true to form the European fans can be," added Leeroy Nelson, drummer and hollerer. "Each one of the guys had their hair cut, greased, and combed to perfection. The cuffs on their jeans measured the perfect height, and they wear 50's-era American shirts and jackets. I haven't seen that many sideburns since West Side Story!"
Upright bassist Wes Hinshaw's also excited about seeing the rockabilly gals in Europe. "They look fantastic with their hair curled and bobby-pinned, and their vintage dresses and heels," he says.
Voodoo Swing won't be back in the States until August, but the band promises plenty of updates and shenanigans on their Facebook and Reverb Nation pages.
Check out a mini "rockumentary" on Voodoo Swing below: