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Singer/bassist Luke Metz sidelined his garage-punk outfit the Holy Smokes to explore his grittier, party-animal side with the Lucky Cheats, featuring drummer Joe Perv Mascolino. The band’s debut comprises 10 blues jams designed to get bar crawlers dancing. If it’s a calculated effort by Metz to conquer the Strip, it’ll work. His originals—especially “The Devil Walks in Tennessee”—sound like raucous Buddy Guy songs that Guy never got around to writing. Lyrics are a bit throwaway, but energy emanates from harp player Jeff Koenig and guitarist Wade Braggs. Metz and Mascolino are no slouches, either, locking into powerful Chicago-style grooves. Guests abound: Shanda Cisneros sings “Been Told Once,” organist Michael Bacich wails on “It Wasn’t Me” and pedal-steel player Thom Ferman turns “Interstate” into a truckin’ tune. Local pinup girl Sabina Kelley sweetens the album cover.