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In Any Town

by The Lucky Losers

Blues & Gospel Soul. Nominated for 5 Independent Blues Awards: "Best Blues/Soul Artist/ 2018", "Best Blues/Soul CD 2017 & 2018"; and "Best Blues/ Soul Song/ It Ain't Enough/ 2017 & 2018."
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1. So High (feat. Cathy Lemons, Phil Berkowitz & Kid Andersen)
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2. It Ain't Enough (feat. Cathy Lemons)
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3. Jackson (feat. Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz)
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4. Don't Let 'em See Ya Cry (feat. Cathy Lemons)
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5. Blind Man in the Dark (feat. Phil Berkowitz)
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6. I Can't Change Ya (feat. Cathy Lemons, Phil Berkowitz & Frank Goldwasser)
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7. Still Enough Time to Cry (feat. Phil Berkowitz, Terry Hanck & Cathy Lemons)
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8. Give Me a Sign (feat. Phil Berkowitz, Jeff Jensen & Cathy Lemons)
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9. In Any Town (feat. Cathy Lemons & Kid Andersen)
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10. Devil's Dream (feat. Phil Berkwoitz & Cathy Lemons)
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11. Small Town Talk (feat. Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Nominated for a total of seven awards: 5 Independent Blues/ Soul Awards in 2017 & 2018, and 2 Blues 411 Jimi Awards.

The Lucky Losers, with their second Greaseland produced album, build upon their distinctive signature sound, layering elements of Memphis styled R&B, electric Americana, and psychedelic rock atop a Chicago and Texas blues foundation. The stark contrast between fiery Cathy Lemons and elegant Phil Berkowitz makes for a captivating musical union, breathing new life into American songwriting tradition and the lost art of duet singing.

Produced and engineered by Kid Andersen at his famed Greaseland Studios in San Jose, California, “In Any Town” features nine riveting original compositions and two innovative covers of works originally performed by Bobby Charles and Johnny Cash.

The cast of guest artists include musical luminaries, such as Kid Andersen (2017 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipient for Greaseland Studios), Terry Hanck (2016 Blues Music Foundation Award Winner), Frank Goldwasser (a.k.a. Paris Slim, veteran Delta Groove recording artist), and Memphis’ own rising blues star, Jeff Jensen.

The Lucky Losers invite listeners to relive the beautiful and twisted stories that inspired “In Any Town”. Five of the original songs were crafted by Lemons, the other four were co-written by Berkowitz and his writing partner, Danny Caron. Four of the songs are charming duets.

Berkowitz and Lemons reach for the heavens in perfect harmony on Track 1 “So High”, a spirited celebration of everlasting love. Lemons’ vocals evoke smoke and syrup on Track 2 “It Ain’t Enough”, a gospel tinged testimonial to finding freedom in imperfection. Track 10 is Berkowitz’s “Devil’s Dream”, a gripping confrontation of personal demons. The title Track 9, “In Any Town” provides the album’s most fragile moment, a slow dance of lost faith.

TRACKS 1, 5, 7, 10 BERKOWITZ, CARON BMI/ASCAP
TRACKS 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 LEMONS BMI
TRACK 3 LEIBER/WHEELER BMI/ASCAP
TRACK 11 GUIDRY/DANKO/ BMI/ASCAP

A BIT OF INDIVIDUALIZED HISTORY ON CATHY LEMONS & PHIL BERKOWITZ

CATHY LEMONS is a southern styled vocalist and true blues veteran who has recorded and performed with some of the greatest names in blues such as Tommy Castro, Anson Funderburgh, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and more. She has been called “The finest light-skinned female Blues vocalist in the U.S.!” (REAL Blues). Her fist album "Dark Road" was hailed by blues critics and one of the best debut albums from 2000, and her subsequent albums, "Lemonace" from 2009 and Black Crow from 2013, are on the highly respected label Vizztone. Cathy's solo album from 2013, "Black Crow," made the United Kingdom's "Top 10 Blues Albums" and it was nominated for a Jimi Award in 2014.

PHIL BERKOWITZ “sings in a clear, declarative tenor and is a commanding harmonica player whose approach owes more to Big Walter than Little Walter.” (Lee Hildebrand /Living Blues). Phil toured for five years with Sean Carney (2011 International Blues Challenge Winner), and for two years with Ben Rice (2014 IBC Winner / “Guitar”). He has also recorded with the great Duke Robillard. He has 3 solo albums to his credit, and "Louis' Blues" and "All Night Party" were hailed by blues critics as both inventive and beautifully crafted albums.

PRESS FOR "IN ANY TOWN:"
“‘In Any Town’ the second CD by the Bay Area band The Lucky Losers, featuring vocalist Cathy Lemons and vocalist/harmonica player Phil Berkowitz, is a throwback to the hybrid of soul, blues, rock, gospel, and country that emerged in the late 1960’s/ early 1970’s. Delaney & Bonnie laid down some scorching blues rock thanks to friends like Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, and Duane Allman. The Lucky Losers follow suit with ‘Give me a Sign’ featuring Lemons’ impassioned vocal and an electrifying interplay between Berkowitz’s harp and guest Jeff Jensen. ‘In Any Town’ continues to mine that era’s back to the roots rock with a cover of Rick Danko /Bobby Charles tune ‘Small Town Talk, and Berkowitz powerful harmonica work brings to mind the laid back, countrified version of Paul Butterfield’s ‘Better Days.’ They broaden their range with three numbers: the bouncy cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s ‘Jackson,’’ the deep funk of Meters-inspired ‘Still Enough Time to Cry’ and the dramatic, heavy blues rock of ‘Devil’s Dream.’ Finally, two tracks that stand out and make ‘In Any Town’ such a compelling listen are the stripped down swampy funk of ‘It Ain’t Enough’ and the title track, a haunting soulful ballad. Roots music listeners who take a chance on the Lucky losers will surely hit the jackpot.”

Living Blues, Robert H. Cataliotti, Oct/Nov 2016, Issue 245, Vol 47, #5

“Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz have gifted us with some beautiful duet music, with big band depth and funk and grit. Cathy Lemons has that beautiful voice they just drills into your head. Phil not only sings great but is a phenomenal harmonica player. Yea, that Phil Berkowitz! He honks the shit out of it on here too! Can I say that? With nine original tunes, and two sweet covers, they show you what they can do, and they can do a lot!.... Top to bottom it’s strong. Vocals and harmonica are just top notch. Great recording job, and just flat entertaining.”

Smoky Mountain Blues Society, Blue Barry, November 2016,

“On their second disc they bring a darker side to life in America. There are touching and moving songs sung as interpretative laments. In all, their vocal duets stand out as very endearing to the heart…. In almost each of these songs the playing is both electric and acoustic with lots of harmonica. Tasty vocal duets, great guitar work, keyboards and harmonica. They touch on all different styles of blues. Wonderful music!”

Blues.pl (Poland), Przemek Draheim, October 2016,
http://www.blues.pl/draheim/?s=201607

“One thing is certain, the songs are all done tastefully and perfectly interpreted. Our duo lovers, Cathy Lemons plays off her counter mate with a magnificent voice-- strong and fluid, sometimes gritty, sometimes coaxing, but still expressive as hell, while Phil Berkowitz accompanies with simplicity and conviction, whether it be with singing or harp…
Basically a cool album, pleasant, swinging in the strong bluesy style, perfectly produced and performed by a duo that are becoming more and more interesting.

Blues & Co (France), Tonton Erick, October 2016

“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!”

donandsherylsbluesblog (Australia), Don Crow, July 2016,
https://donandsherylsbluesblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/the-lucky-losers-review-july-10-2016/

“They don’t do things halfway and that’s why the second CD as well as the first one was produced by and recorded in Kid Anderson’s Greaseland Studios in San Jose, CA… In sum, a very successful album with a total of eleven songs and two vocalists that should enter the category of the Singer-Songwriter genre, with a band that is beyond any doubt great. A wonderful well rounded album.”

Blues News German/Feature (Germany, Dirk Föhrs, October 2016

“‘In Any Town’ is as masterful as it is smooth, with just the right amount of grit … well produced, impeccable even- a straightforward disc with the blues and soul as primary foundations that doesn’t hide behind effects and studio trickery. The emotional content ranges from the highest highs to the lowest lows, described in the bio as ‘beautiful and twisted stories’… kinda makes you want to listen, doesn’t it?”

Rock Doctor Music Reviews, John Kereiff, September 2016,
http://gonzookanagan.com/rock-doctor-music-reviews-town-lucky-losers/

“This is a very prominent original work in its own right….a highly spiritualized and interesting album.”

Sound Gaurdian/ Blues Corner (Croatia), Mladen Loncar, August 2016.
http://soundguardian.com/lucky-losers-in-any-town

“This is the best boy-girl fronted blues band since the criminally under-appreciated Janiva Magness and Jeff Turmes classic, ‘It Takes One To Know One’ from 1999. Most of the tunes are originals – they do a bang-up version of ‘Jackson’ – and the band is tighter than your boss.”

Rock `n’ Roll Call Andy Black, August 2016
http://locey.blogs.vcstar.com/2016/08/16/rock-n-roll-call-the-lucky-losers-2/

“They can take on soul, country blues and all points in between, and end up with a winning hand. A really enjoyable album!”

The Rocker (United Kingdom), S. Hamilton, August 2016,
http://www.the-rocker.co.uk/

“An excellent successor to last year's 'A Winning Hand'. On this album we again find Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz in excellent shape. The clever thing about the music of The Lucky Losers is that they both raise each other up to greater musical heights. The crystal-clear voice of Cathy Lemons colors perfectly with the crooner-like voice and style of Phil Berkowitz. On the album we hear blues, R&B, and soul drenched in ‘60’s sauce. This combination makes the music on the album particularly pleasant but above all varied. The eleven songs on the album always hold the attention of the listener.”

Rudolfs Music (Holland), July 2016,
http://www.rudolfsmusic.com/the-lucky-losers/

“The tracks that cross ‘In Any Town’ are balanced between tunes from the pen of the pair that make up The Lucky Losers. On her cuts, Cathy Lemons slows the groove to a simmer on ‘It Ain’t Enough’ and wanders through the title track as she nods to the ghosts walking beside her with each step. Phil Berkowitz co-writes with Danny Caron over the electric bristle of ‘Devil’s Dream’ as he wanders out on a hot summer night. The Lucky Losers work magic on ‘In Any Town’ as they make cover tunes their own, singing ‘Small Town Talk’ on a Bobby Charles hit or as they take sides heading into 'Jackson’ on a Johnny and June tune.”

The Alternate Root, Danny McClosky, July 2016,
http://thealternateroot.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5349:thell-iat&catid=222&Itemid=299

“Not since the pairing of Johnny Cash and June Carter has the music world seen a duet that is this well suited for one another. San Francisco based Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz do a blend of blues, country, R&B and soul that is smooth as silk while, on the other hand, as gravelly as a back country road, when that is what is called for. ‘In Any Town’ is a timeless masterpiece, reminiscent of the day when duets worked their magic, voices blending in perfect harmony. Deeply rooted in blues and R&B, this recording brings back glimpses of the sophistication heard in ages past.”

Reflections in Blue, Bill Wilson, July 2016
http://chickenwilson2.blogspot.com/search?q=the+lucky+losers

“A lot of singers have had the mantle put on them but Cathy Lemons really sounds like she should/could be Bonnie Raitt's long lost duet partner she never sang with. 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….This is a must for the boomer that would still like to buy records that mean something and are full of feeling. Hot stuff!”

Midwest Record, Chris Specter, July 2016,
http://www.midwestrecord.com/MWR1109.html

“There is so much variation on ‘In Any Town,’ and that's why we love these two artists so much. Among the many originals we can barely find a cover. But in the body of this work we found ‘Jackson,’ and therefore it is only natural that we would compare Lemons & Berkowitz to Carter and Cash…. This beautifully balanced album makes it clear that this duo know the ropes. The ending song ‘Small Town Talk’ is a classic example of how to sing a duet.”

Rootsville Blues, Jazz and Roots, (Holland), July 2016,
http://rootsville.eu/2015%20album%20reports/2016/reports/the%20lucky%20losers%20in%20any%20town.html


PRESS FOR DEBUT ALBUM “A WINNING HAND:”

“When an exception comes along, it’s all that more remarkable. They capture the fun and excitement of a bluesy band in a dimly lit bar. And at its core, that’s what modern blues is about. That Berkowitz is a skilled blues harpist only adds to the enjoyment.”
Musoscribe, Bill Kopp, August 2015 (Bill Kopp writes for Rolling Stone)
http://blog.musoscribe.com/?p=8423




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Cathy Lemons

Review from Living Blues Oct/Nov 2016, Living Blues, Issue 245, Vol 47, #5
“ ‘In Any Town’ the second CD by the Bay Area band The Lucky Losers, featuring vocalist Cathy Lemons and vocalist/harmonica player Phil Berkowitz, is a throwback to the hybrid of soul, blues, rock, gospel, and country that emerged in the late 1960’s/ early 1970’s. The vocal blend and repartee that Lemons and Berkowitz achieve on ‘So High,’ the opening number, is clearly reminiscent of the sounds pioneered by Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett. That connection is also apparent as they trade vocals on ‘I Can’t Change Ya’ with its hard driving groove and slide guitar work from Marvin Greene. The soulful sounds that they created were so convincing that they actually made their first album ‘Home” for Stax Records with Duck Dunn and Don Nix producing: The Lucky losers invoke that trademark Memphis R&B sound with two powerful horn-driven tracks ‘Don’t let ‘Em See Ya Cry’ and ‘Blind Man in the Dark.’
Delaney & Bonnie laid down some scorching blues rock thanks to friends like Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, and Duane Allman. The Lucky Losers follow suit with ‘Give me a Sign’ featuring Lemons’ impassioned vocal and an electrifying interplay between Berkowitz’s harp and guest Jeff Jensen. ‘In Any Town’ continues to mine that era’s back to the roots rock with a cover of Rick Danko /Bobby Charles tune ‘Small Town Talk, and Berkowitz powerful harmonica work brings to mind the laid back, countrified version of Paul Butterfield’s ‘Better Days.’ They broaden their range with three numbers: the bouncy cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s ‘Jackson,’’ the deep funk of Meters-inspired ‘Still Enough Time to Cry’ and the dramatic, heavy blues rock of ‘Devil’s Dream.’ Finally, two tracks that stand out and make ‘In Any Town’ such a compelling listen are the stripped down swampy funk of ‘It Ain’t Enough’ and the title track, a haunting soulful ballad. Roots music listeners who take a chance on the Lucky losers will surely hit the jackpot.”
Robert H. Cataliotti, Oct/Nov 2016, Living Blues, Issue 245, Vol 47, #5
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