Accompanied by a dynamic four 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.
In 2018, The Lucky Losers continued their winning streak upon the release of their third record, “Blind Spot”, produced and engineered by long-time collaborator, Kid Andersen. “Blind Spot” is a road warrior’s tale, solely comprised of original material created by Cathy and Phil alongside their multi-talented songwriting partner, Danny Caron (Charles Brown). The album is a primal call to awareness in the eye of an irresistible storm. Traveling through a winding soundscape of modern blues, vintage R&B, and Americana, “Blind Spot” presents unvarnished testimony to the fragile and fleeting state of our world. The album features scintillating musical contributions from six-time Blues Music Award nominated guitarist, Kid Andersen, IBMA Momentum Award winning violinist, Annie Staninec (Rod Stewart), 2018 BMA nominated saxophonist, Nancy Wright, and Laura Chavez. The Lucky Losers concluded a 26-venue/ 15 state tour of North America in honor of the album’s release in the Spring of 2018, and a second tour to the Eastern seaboard in the Fall of 2018. The album has been on the Roots Music Report’s “Top 50 Blues Album Chart” for 26 weeks/ with 4 weeks in the Top 10, peaking at #9; and also for 32 weeks on the RMR “Contemporary Blues Album Chart, peaking at #5.” The album peaked at #10 on the Living Blues Radio Chart. “Blind Spot” has also been on “Top 50 California Chart” for a total of 32 weeks/18 weeks Top 10. Nine original songs from the album made The Roots Music Report’s “Top 50 Singles” in Blues & Contemporary Blues”.
In 2018, The Lucky Losers were nominated for three Independent Blues Awards from Making a Scene: Best Independent Blues R&B/Soul Artist, Best Independent Blues R&B/Soul CD/ “In Any Town”, and Best Independent Blues R&B/Soul Song/ “It Ain’t Enough”!