ELDORADO AND THE RUCKUS: Planet of the Vampires II: CD

Feb 15, 2006

Eldorado Del Rey of the Porch Ghouls teams up with Cheetah and J.R. Token of the Immortal Lee County Killers 3 to form this group. It was recorded at Sun Studios. Not may people get to claim that. It's from Memphis and it's blues involved in the horror business. Maybe you're into ghosts and devils and homemade lore-which is sometimes the best-if you are or if you're a fan of the Porch Ghouls and the ILCK3 then you'll most likely be all about this.

 –guest (Big Foot)

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