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In Any Town

by The Lucky Losers

Nominated for a total of 7 awards: 2 Jimi Awards in 2016; 3 Independent Blues Awards in 2017; 3 Independent Blues Awards in 2018.
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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1. So High (feat. Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz)
4:15 album only
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2. It Ain’t Enough (feat. Cathy Lemons)
5:20 album only
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3. Jackson (feat. Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz)
3:36 album only
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4. Blind Man in the Dark (feat. Phil Berkowitz)
4:39 album only
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5. Don’t Let ‘em See Ya Cry (feat. Cathy Lemons)
5:27 album only
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6. Still Enough Time to Cry (feat. Phil Berkowitz & Cathy Lemons)
4:48 album only
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7. I Can’t Change Ya (feat. Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz)
4:44 album only
8. In Any Town (feat. Cathy Lemons)
5:14 album only
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9. Devil’s Dream (feat. Phil Berkowitz)
5:56 album only
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10. Small Town Talk (feat. Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz)
3:52 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
San Francisco’s finest male/female duet fronted band, The Lucky Losers transcend the dark side of the American dream with their 60’s inspired sophomore album, “In Any Town”, which was nominated for two Independent Blues Awards. Just one year after the release of their critically acclaimed debut, “A Winning Hand”, veteran blues singer, Cathy Lemons and soulful vocalist/harmonica ace, Phil Berkowitz return with a dangerous and sophisticated work of art.

“In Any Town” serves up medicine for wayward souls, offering glimpses of paradise through a veil of tears. The Lucky Losers build upon their distinctive signature sound, layering elements of Stax/Volt styled R&B, electric Americana, and psychedelic rock atop a Chicago and Texas blues foundation. The stark contrast between the fiery, gutsy vocals of Cathy Lemons and the elegant, refined tenor of 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.

Nominated for a total of seven awards: "Best Contemporary Blues Album/2016" /Jimi Award, "Best Harmonica Player/2016/ Jimi Award, Best Blues Soul R&B CD/2017/Independent Blues Awards, Best Blues Soul R&B Song "It Ain't Enough"/2017/IBA, Best Blues Soul Artist/2018/IBA, Best Blues Soul R&B CD 2018/IBA, and Best Blues Soul R&B Song/2018.

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Bill Wilson

Truly good music never goes out of style!
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. This duo is like a mirror image of Carter and Cash...whose "Jackson" the pair cover beautifully, remaining true to the original, yet making it their own.

Of the album's 11 tunes, 5 were written by Lemons, 4 were done by Berkowitz and his writing partner Danny Caron, and the remaining two are beautifully redone covers that pay the utmost respect to the original tunes. There is a real magic between this pair that goes beyond simple harmonizing. The vocal work of Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz is nothing short of superb. Add Phil's perfectly worked harmonica, Marvin Greene on guitar, Chrs Burns on keyboards, Tim Wagar on bass, Robi Bean on drums and the added talents of special guests Kid Christoffer Lund Andersen on lead guitar, rhythm guitar, piano & percussion, Terry Hanck on tenor sax (5), Franck Goldwasser on guitars (6), Jeff Jensen on guitar (8), D'D'mar MusicOnline on drums & percussion (5, 11), Lisa Leuschner Andersen on backing vocals (1) and a horn section consisting of Michael Peloquin on tenor & baritone sax, Mike Rose on trumpet and Mike Rinta on trombone (4, 5, 11), and you have the perfect accompaniment for the dynamic duo. Together they pull off a sound that is finely crafted and perfectly arranged.


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. Combine the elegance of a bygone era with the incredible power and passion generated by Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz and you have an album that would fit just as well in the listening room of you grandparents as it would in the disc player of your car, barreling down the interstate. This is a classic sound done in a fashion that will appeal to young and old alike. Truly good music never goes out of style...and this is truly good music!

Bill Wilson, July 27, 2016, Reflections in Blue
http://chickenwilson2.blogspot.com/search?q=the+lucky+losers
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