GET TO KNOW THE LUCKY LOSERS

Danger meets sophistication in the soulful music of The Lucky Losers, San Francisco’s premiere male/female duet fronted band. Accompanied by a dynamic six piece ensemble, veteran Bay Area artists, Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz deliver a truly signature sound, layering elements of Stax/Volt styled R&B, electric Americana, and psychedelic rock atop a Chicago and Texas blues foundation. The Lucky Losers perform powerful original music about transcending the dark side of the American dream, the beauty and pain of being alive, and devotion in all it’s complexities. 

Described as “the finest light skinned blues singer in the U.S.!” (Real Blues), fiery Dallas born entertainer, Cathy Lemons has a velvet voice with a gritty edge and the rebel conviction of a woman risen from the ashes. “Top-flight blues singer/harmonica player” (San Jose Mercury News), New Jersey native, Phil Berkowitz is The Lucky Losers’ mysterious leading man. Phil possesses a polished tenor that recalls legends of the past and his expert musicianship fuels the passionate dialogue with Cathy.  The stark contrast between incandescent Cathy Lemons and elegant Phil Berkowitz makes for a captivating musical union, breathing new life into American songwriting tradition and the vanishing art of duet singing. 

Since July of 2014, The Lucky Losers emerged onto the scene and have been entertaining audiences across America ever since. In June of 2015, Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz delivered an outstanding debut album, “A Winning Hand", which was engineered and co-produced by Kid Andersen at his famous Greaseland in San Jose, California. The Lucky Losers recruited top West Coast players, such as Grammy award winning guitarist, Steve Freund (Sunnyland Slim), Andersen himself, and Ben Rice, who won the 2014 International Blues Challenge for “Guitar” in the Solo/Duo category, to make their dreams come alive. 

"A Winning Hand" peaked at #5 on The Roots Music Report’s “Top 50 Blues Albums” and reached #1 on Blues 411's "A Baker's Dozen of Blues". Soon after, Chef Jimi Patricola nominated the record in the Jimi's Award "Best Traditional Album " category. Dan Akroyd (Elwood Blues) chose The Lucky Losers' original song, "Change in the Weather" as "Bluesbreaker of the Week" for his internationally syndicated  "Bluesmobile/Everything Blues" radio show.  The album also made the "Top 50 Blues albums for 2015" compiled by The Roots Music Report.

"A Winning Hand" was featured in “On the Radar” from the globally popular “The Alternate Root,” and was recognized by Richard L’Hommedieu, king of the “Indie Blues” movement, on “Making a Scene". The Lucky Losers landed the cover of the November 2015 issue of French magazine "Blues and Co.". Living Blues, Elmore, Classicalite, Blues Matters, Blues Blast, Blues Bytes, and more agreed that The Lucky Losers were holding a winning hand. In fall of 2015, The Lucky Losers embarked on a 16-date national tour in support of "A Winning Hand", performing for full houses in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Florida. It was a grand success. 

At the top of 2016, The Lucky Losers returned to the studio to record with Kid Andersen, which evolved into "In Any Town", their sophomore release on Dirty Cat Records. Inspired by music of the 60's and true events from their beautiful, twisted lives, Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz serve up medicine for wayward souls, offering glimpses of paradise through a veil of tears. Featuring stellar musical contributions from Kid Andersen, Terry Hanck, Paris Slim, and Jeff Jensen, and featuring nine original songs, this album was nominated for two Blues 411 "Jimi" awards in 2016: "Best Contemporary Album" and "Best Harmonica Player."

"In Any Town" made Making a Scene's "Top Independent Blues Albums of 2016" list as well as critic Bill Wilson's "Top 10 Albums of 2016."  It peaked at #6 on The Living Blues Radio Charts, #3 for "Top Blues Rock Albums," #10 for "Top Blues Albums," and climbed to #2 on The Roots Music Report's "Top Albums/All Genres/California," surpassing even Bonnie Raitt. Eight singles made the RMR charts as well. living Blues gave the album an outstanding five star review, and critics from all over the world--England, Spain, France, Croatia, Australia, Belgium, and Germany--gave the album the thumbs up. 

Next up, The Lucky Losers will be "In Any Town" on the road, rolling the dice through the South in March and April of 2017. They will be hitting 9 states and playing in 22 venues--and with an all-star band which includes guitarist Laura Chavez (Candye Kane), drummer Ronnie Smith (Maria Muldaur), and multi instrumentalist Paul Niehaus IV (bass).


 

OUR SOPHOMORE RELEASE, IN ANY TOWN . . .

 

#6 on The Living Blues Chart July 2016

#2 on The Roots Music Report's "Top 50 California Albums"
#3 on
The Roots Music Report's "Top 50 Blues Rock Albums"
#10 on
The Roots Music Report's "Top 50 Blues Albums"

Give Me A Sign reached #11 on "Top 50 Blues Rock Song Chart"
It Ain't Enough reached #15 on "Top 50 Blues Rock Song Chart"
In Any Town reached #17 on "Top 50 Blues Rock Song Chart"
Devil's Dream reached #23 on "Top 50 Blues Rock Song Chart"
Give Me A Sign reached #24 on "Top 50 Blues Song Chart"
Small Town Talk reached #25 on "Top 50 Blues Rock Song Chart"
So High reached #29 on "Top 50 Blues Song Chart"
Jackson reached #30 on "Top 50 Blues Rock Song Chart"

#1 CD on Blues 411 Radio - September 26th


IN ANY TOWN (2016)


OUR DEBUT ALBUM, A WINNING HAND . . .

Charted to #5 on The Roots Music Report's "Top 50 Blues Albums" for Summer 2015 and #1 on Blues 411's "A Baker's Dozen of Blues".

Nominated by Chef Jimi Patricola for the "Best Traditional Album" Jimi Award.

Landed the cover and a five page spread in the November 2015 issue of French magazine, Blues and Co. 

Featured in On The Radar from the globally popular, "The Alternate Root". 

Our original song, Change In The Weather was chosen by Dan Akroyd (Elwood Blues) as "BluesBreaker of the Week" for the internationally syndicated "Bluesmobile/Everything Blues" radio show. 

Highlighted by Richard L’Hommedieu (king of the “Indie Blues” movement) on “Making a Scene", the #1 independent blues radio show on the internet. 

Received rave reviews and articles from Living Blues, Elmore, Classicalite, Blues Matters, Blues Blast, Blues Bytes, and more.

Secured interviews and/or performances on KALW's Fog City Blues in San Francisco, KKFI Wendy Radio in Kansas City, 90.1 FM "Howlin' The Blues" in Houston, Al Ross' "Spectrum West" 88.7 WRFW FM in Madison, KZUM 89.3 "Highway Blues" with Al Lundy in Lincoln, and more.


A WINNING HAND (2015)


WHAT THE CRITICS SAY ABOUT THE LUCKY LOSERS

Also, as one listens to this album, you can’t help but enjoy the duets between Cathy and Phil, something that has become a lost art on the contemporary scene for a long time. The rough-hewn vocal delivery of Cathy Lemons paired with the suave hipness of Phil Berkowitz’s make these two perfect for each other, and for us fans, too. “In Any Town” is a fine sophomore effort, with strong vocals, material, and musicianship that guarantees something for everyone!
DONANDSHERYLBLUESBLOG, July 10th, 2016
Not unleashing all their goods on their impressive debut, the Losers are back with a dark end of the street sounding set that fuses contemporary blues and soul into the tastiest mix you could hope to find. With incredible blue eyed soul dripping off all the edges, all topped off with a closing track that takes “Small Town Talk” to new heights while keeping the Charles/Danko core undisturbed, this is a must for the boomer that would still like to buy records that mean something and are full of feeling. Hot stuff.
CHRIS SPECTER, Midwest Record, July 1st, 2016
Cathy Lemons’ strong and crystal clear voice and Phil Berkowitz’ rich and mellow pipes blend together like a match made in heaven….I can’t say enough good things about this CD. Everything fits exactly into place like it was meant to be. Musicianship and production values are of the highest quality. You just can’t miss with this one, your record collection deserves it.
GREG "BLUESDOG" SZALONY Blues Blast Magazine, October 1, 2015
Joining their voices for the first time on disc, San Franciscans Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz have come up with a winning formula in a band they call “The Lucky Losers.” Their harmonies are particularly fine … (Lemons’) swinging “Suicide by Love” … features her singing along in the unique conversational manner that helps set her apart from other vocalists performing today….Berkowitz blows outstanding harmonica solos throughout.
LEE HILDEBRAND, Living Blues: Issue No. 238/Volume 46, #4, August 2015

BAND MEMBERS

Cathy Lemons
Vocals

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Phil Berkowitz
Vocals & Harmonica

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Marvin Greene
Guitar

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Endre Tarczy
Bass

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Robi Bean
Drums

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Chris Burns
Keyboards

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