Luxurious Panthers

Roll Panthers Roll

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In the first year of rockabilly in the new millennium, the Luxurious Panthers rolled out Roll Panthers Roll. This was when Ford, a singer and guitarist and not a car, was still fronting a roots rock trio, minus the rhythm guitar that would be added to the equation later. In the final tally, the sum total of these three musicians' collection of weird stage names, nicknames, and aliases is heftier than the sound of the music they make, even when heavy-duty items such as "Pomade and Hand Grenades," "Chain and Pipe," and "Thunderbolt Transmissions" are being dropped on the listener. In fairness, though, this could be because these performers seem to be trying particularly hard in the science of pseudonyms, not such a tangent in a genre where devotion to dressing up is as intense as in a men's department. Bassist Buddy Demon really helps hold things together, as usual: this is the same player who is sometimes known as Bobby Hopeless, Buddy Dee, and -- in an apparent attempt to confuse Latin music discographers -- Felipe Rosano. The drummer in this version of the Luxurious Panthers called himself Cody, Lugnut, Tater Tot, and Rockin' Cassanova; the attractive "Without Me Tonight" secretly predicts his decision to quit the band and join the Navy, presumably as one person.

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