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Blind Spot

by The Lucky Losers

WINNER of "Best Blues-Soul Artist of 2019" by The Independent Blues Awards! Best Albums of 2018"/ Downbeat; "Best Blues Albums of 2018"/ Roots Music Report (#26); "Top 40 Blues Recordings of 2018," (#1) /Richard Ludmerer/ Making a Scene.
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1. It’s Never Too Early
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2. Take the Long Road
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3. Alligator Baptism
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4. The River
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5. Supernatural Blues
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6. Make a Right Turn
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7. Bulldogs & Angels
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8. Last Ride
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9. Don't Take Too Much
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10. Love Is Blind
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11. You Left It Behind
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“An ANTIDOTE to the multitude of emotionally vacant singers, 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, ... 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
http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/issue-12-32-august-9-2018/

“The Lucky Losers Triumph with ‘Blind Spot’! 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
https://www.americanbluesscene.com/the-lucky-losers-triumph-with-blind-spot-so2/

“The album is so strong overall that it's hard to pick something out, but it's especially good when Lemons and Berkowitz sing in duet. ‘Blind Spot’ is described by the record company as ‘60's retro sound,’ but that falls short. The eleven original compositions go far beyond virtuosity and great humor and turn the album into something which brings absolute, timeless fun. Music loving people will find this album very dear to the heart. (5 ½ star rating out of 6)”

—Blues News Germany/ Issue # 94 /July 2018

"Between the catchy lyrics, the impeccable arrangements, the flawless musicianship and the chemistry that Lemons & Berkowitz share, it is hard to imagine anything less than a masterful performance from this dynamic duo. Blind Spot has a distinct 60's feel with the odd twists and turns we have come to expect and to love. Drawing from a deeply rooted knowledge of blues in all of its many forms from the traditional to primal, R&B, funk, soul, big bands and more, the band takes us along with them on the journey as they wind their way cross-country, carrying their message of love, peace and hope."

Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blues, May 9 2018
http://chickenwilson2.blogspot.com/

"Sure, we know now the real purpose of artist development was to let the artist dig a financial hole they couldn't climb out of when they finally hit it, but the altruistic side of the old days surfaces here as this duo's third album isn't a case of the third time's the charm, it's an example of how you get more sure footed and willing to break down fourth wall as your chops deepen. Kind of a retro soul date, with this set under their arms, they can tell anyone that asks if they have real jobs to kiss their asses. If this ain't while soul/blues from the heart and gut they sure have me fooled. Smoking stuff throughout."

Chris Spector, Midwest Record, May 5 2018
http://midwestrecord.com/MWR1361.html

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Veteran blues vocalists Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz, aka The Lucky Losers, deliver a soulful ‘60s retro sound on their third album, Blind Spot.

Recorded at award-winning Greaseland Studios (John Nemeth, Wee Willie Walker, Billy Price) in San Jose, California, "Blind Spot" continues The Lucky Losers’ long-standing relationship with acclaimed producer/engineer, Kid Andersen. Bringing back the lost art of the vocal duet, the album is solely comprised of original material created by Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz alongside their illustrious and multi-talented songwriting partner, Danny Caron (Charles Brown). Blind Spot features scintillating musical contributions from six-time Blues Music Award nominated guitarist, Kid Andersen, International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award winning violinist Annie Staninec (Rod Stewart), 2018 BMA nominated saxophonist, Nancy Wright, and guitarist Laura Chavez (Nikki Hill), who was listed as one of the “Top 50 Sensational Female Guitarists” by Guitar Play Magazine.

Vocalist/harmonica master Phil Berkowitz says about the recording sessions: “Cathy, Kid and I are all on the same page musically. And Kid has an intuitive understanding of our creative vision. When people hear this album, they will be reminded of Willie Mitchell's Hi Records, as well as Stax. We love singers like Ann Peebles and O.V. Wright. We went to great lengths to make our album sound like it came from that late ‘60s and early ‘70s era. We were going for that warm, live, Memphis sound with all that great, spontaneous ensemble playing. We also drew heavily from early ‘70s psychedelic soul. When you hear ‘Alligator Baptism,’ for example, artists like Curtis Mayfield might come to mind. You will hear all the percussion, the horns, the harmonies, the street-wise stories, etc. But that is just one facet of our diverse style. We also love electric Americana pioneers like J.J. Cale, The Band and Bob Dylan. But we are blues artists at heart—Cathy and I—so you will hear plenty of blues in the mix. We brought in marvelous Bay Area players, and we blended these styles together.”

Blind Spot is a road warrior’s tale. The album is a primal call to awareness in the eye of an irresistible storm. Caught between hope and catastrophe, The Lucky Losers take a fearless ride into the unknown, witnessing the good, bad, and ugly of contemporary America through a fractured rear-view mirror. 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. From the redemptive embrace of love in “The River,” to the erosion of human dignity in “Alligator Baptism,” to the “do or die” determination of “Take the Long Road” and “It’s Never Too Early,” The Lucky Losers express the challenges they face as they try to maintain a firm grasp on the wheel.

“Phil and I have travelled some of the loneliest highways in America to bring our music to the people,” says Cathy Lemons. “And in all those travels what we see is a kind of distraction everywhere--almost to the point of madness. I feel so overwhelmed by all this information pouring in from my phone, from the news, from tragic headlines. Now that can be a funny or it can be deadly. For example, in a song we wrote called ‘You Left It Behind’ we talk about losing our wallets, our keys, our passports, our clothes--on the road. But on the other side of the slapstick comedy there is the dark side. ‘Last Ride’ is about the mass shootings, the natural disasters, and all the divisiveness we are seeing right now in America. This album is about this separation from real experience--seeing life through a screen.”

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David Carter

The Lucky Losers - Blind Spot
Nothing Lucky or Loser about this CD. The duo of Cathy Lemons (vocals) and Phil Berkowitz (vocals/harmonica) have produced a great CD here. Their third release under 'The Lucky Losers' name , the previous two, 'A Winning Hand' & 'In Any Town' are cracking CD's as well. This one was recorded by Kid Anderson in his Greaseland Studios and the sheer quality shines through. The songs themselves are high quality with witty and warm lyrics and great arrangements. Every player brings their A game and each song has a life and verve of it's own. Put them together and you have an outstanding album that i'm sure everyone is very proud of. This is one you should search out and own. Check them out on YouTube and catch them live if you get the chance. Highly recommended.
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Mary C Lemons

The Lucky Losers Triumph with ‘Blind Spot’
The Lucky Losers’ 'Blind Spot' is a solid album because the music is tight. There’s that great scene in The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night where the band is riding a train with Paul’s grandfather, who’s nursing a broken heart. John leans in to Paul and says, “He’s a nice old man, isn’t he?” and Paul comes back with “He’s really…,” pausing imperceptibly, before finishing “…clean.” Calling a band tight is the music review equivalent of calling Paul’s grandfather clean. It’s damning with faint praise. But sometimes albums are good because the band is tight. It’s not always coded language. Such is the case with The Lucky Losers’ Blind Spot. It’s a solid album because the music is tight.

The Lucky Losers are singer Cathy Lemons and singer/harmonica-player Phil Berkowitz. The album is Americana-inspired, with an energy similar to the fictional country of the TV show Nashville. Think big polished pop songs that leeringly wink at country while firmly in a blues-rock camp. “Take the Long Road” is a great example of the sound. The drums and bass form a funky bed and Lemons handles everything else, ably assisted by some excellent guitar stabs and Berkowitz’s sax-like harmonica. “Supernatural Blues” begins with an almost Latin bassline and an urgent drum beat before quickly giving way to both Lemon and Berkowitz. 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. “Make a Right Turn” is essentially Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” performed as a duet (and featuring a killer violin solo by Annie Staninec), which is no trivial task. “Alligator Baptism” features Berkowitz on lead vocals, with Lemons providing strong background support. The song is lifted by horns right out of the Stones’ “Bitch.” There’s a lot of elements, almost on top of each other, but no lines are crossed. The song breathes even as just about every bit of sonic space is filled. Not many artists could execute songs like this. They’re polished and intricate but also sweet and musical.

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. Blind Spot is an album every bit as impressive as Paul’s grandfather’s cleanliness.
--American Blues Scene, Steven Ovadia, July 12, 2018

https://www.americanbluesscene.com/the-lucky-losers-triumph-with-blind-spot-so2/

Blind Spot by The Lucky Losers
Tracks: 11
Label: Dirty Cat Records
Released: May 18th, 2018
Running Time: 52:11
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