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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 4-piece ensemble, veteran artists Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz deliver an inventive, hypnotic, spin on 60’s Chicago blues, vintage R&B, and original roots music.

Though Cathy and Phil have worked individually in blues for decades, they joined forces in 2014 to create something new. Crossing genres from roots and blues to R&B and soul, The Lucky Losers sound is comprised of gorgeous vocal harmonies, some masterful harmonica playing, expert musicianship, and confessional songwriting.

Nominated for Five Independent Blues Awards in 2019:
Best Independent Blues R&B | Soul CD
Independent Blues-Soul Artist
Best R&B/Soul Song | Take The Long Road
Best Contemporary Blues Song | The River
Best Blues Rock Song | Alligator Baptism (from album “Blind Spot”)

Their first album, “A Winning Hand” received international attention from critics and made The Roots Music Report’s “Top 50 Blues Albums of 2015.” They were nominated for “Best Traditional Album in 2015” by Blues 411. Their second album, “In Any Town,” made Making a Scene’s “Top Independent Blues Albums of 2016” list plus the indie king nominated them for five Independent Blues Music Awards (two in 2017, an three in 2018). Blues 411 again honored their exceptional work and nominated them for “Best Contemporary Album /2016” and “Best Harmonica Player/ 2016”. Cathy Lemons' song "The River" (from "Blind Spot") was a finalist in the 2018 International Songwriting Competition. In 2019, they are currently up for a total of five Independent Blues awards. Critics from Rolling Stone to Living Blues have given this songwriting/singing team a huge thumbs up. They just completed their seventh tour, traveling to 13 states in the spring of 2019.


"The two vocalists fit together perfectly, sounding almost like one voice. The songs aren’t blues and aren’t quite country, but they’re wonderful. The Lucky Losers got tight by touring. A lot. Their website has a map of where they’ve played, and it’s got more pins dropped than a tailor riding a mechanical bull. The relentless road work has created a cohesiveness between Berkowitz and Lemons that comes through the music the moment you hear it...The Lucky Losers are tight. But that’s not all they are. They’re also musical. Their extensive performance schedule has given them a familiarity that allows them to execute their big, polished pop in a way very few bands could manage.”

—American Blues Scene, Steven Ovadia, July 12, 2018

“A seamless melding of blues, soul, and Americana styles, coupled with introspective songwriting. Berkowitz has earned renown as one of the West Coast’s most distinctive harp players, as well as for his sharp, resonant tenor. Lemons is a recovering addict who blogs freely about her previous life on the other side of the tracks…"

—Living Blues, Rod Evans, Issue June/July #255

“Guarantees a feast of vocals and sharp-witted rhythms …. We are not travelling through the flat lands of one twelve bar tune after another. Lemons & Berkowitz know how to make the sound a fascinating listen.”

—Blues Matters Issue 2013/UK

“As a band you are nevertheless blessed when you have two top soul singers …. And the voices of this pair fit together exactly as in the past with other soul duos like Billy Vera and Judy Clay… The Lucky Losers is a band in which all elements are spot on. Songs and instruments all exude a very authentic and impressive soul sound.”

—Blues Magazine/Netherlands, Peter Marinus, June 018

“An antidote to the multitude of emotionally vacant singers, San Jose, California’s Cathy Lemons sounds genuinely wise, gritty, tender, wounded, and flirtatious, sometimes all at once. Fortunate to have harmonica champ, Phil Berkowitz, as her partner in songwriting and singing, she crystallizes her creative resolve to put across a program of smart, likeable originals, that sport winning riffs. Refreshingly mixing rock, blues, R&B, soul, and a dash of country, The Losers lean on technique and spirit equally. Special mention: Laura Chavez’s stirring lead guitar on Supernatural Blues.”

— Downbeat, Frank John Hadley, August 2018

“The Bay Area has known many top-notch bands over the years and this outfit is no exception. The real selling point is how well these two relate to each other musically, and how tunefully they play off each other’s strengths. Whether solo vocals backed by the other, or duets, they are a match made in heaven. Like Cathy’s (if Tina Turner and Bonnie Raitt had a baby) soulful solo on “Take the Long Road” backed by Phil’s tasty harp, or Phil’s blues radio hit “Alligator Baptism”, a vintage Fabulous Thunderbirds meets Curtis Mayfield romp with Cathy helping out on the chorus, they each more than hold their own. But when they get together on tunes like “Make A Right Turn” it’s Dan Hick’s and the Hot Licks time… a main stream hit for sure. This is the high point of the album…. ‘Blind Spot’ is the modern-day blues album.”

—Blues Blast Magazine, Steve Gabe, August 9, 2018