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The Lucky Losers - A Winning Hand (2015)

2-06-2015, 12:31
Music | Blues | Soul

The Lucky Losers - A Winning Hand (2015)

Artist: The Lucky Losers
Title Of Album: A Winning Hand
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Blues Soul, Modern Electric Blues
Label: West Tone Records
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 57:31
Total Size: 135 MB
Covers: Front

01. Change In The Weather (4:19)
02. I Take What I Want (4:20)
03. What Have I Done (Feat. Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz) (3:51)
04. A Winning Hand (Feat. Cathy Lemons, Kid Andersen, Phil Berkowitz & Steve Freund) (6:57)
05. Suicide By Love (4:27)
06. What Was It You Wanted (5:01)
07. What Is Success (4:50)
08. Long Hard Road (4:55)
09. Baby You Got What It Takes (3:19)
10. Cry No More (Feat. Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz) (4:08)
11. Detroit City Man (5:30)
12. Don’t You Lose It (Feat. Cathy Lemons, Kid Andersen & Phil Berkowitz) (5:49)

Male/Female blues and roots duets!. A vocally rich, harp infused, eclectic album with highly personalized covers of rare classics plus originals.

Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz, as the Lucky Losers, take a modern approach to classic blues and R&B songs and combine compelling originals with rarely recorded covers. The outstanding “A Winning Hand,” produced by Kid Andersen, includes guest artists such as Steve Freund, 2015 International Blues Challenge Best Guitarist winner Ben Rice, and Andersen himself. Far from a simple case of two solo acts teaming up for a combined effort, “A Winning Hand” is a 'duets' album in the truest sense, with a give and take that allows each artist to draw out the best in the other. As Cathy pushes toward earthiness and grit, Phil pulls toward sophistication and tradition, creating a mild tension that keeps the listener focused on the ongoing dialogue between the two. The gentle back-and-forth brings the storyline of each song to the forefront.

The album's wide range of influences include Chicago and Texas blues, Stax/Volt-styled soul, blues rock, jazz, and New Orleans funk. Of its twelve tracks, half are originals: three by Cathy, and three by Phil and collaborator Danny Caron. The remaining six are a mix of older blues and roots songs ranging from Allen Toussaint's incisive "What Is Success" to Jimmy Rogers' meat-and-potatoes "What Have I Done" and even a funk-laced jaunt through the late period Dylan masterpiece "What Was It You Wanted."

CATHY LEMONS is a blues-singing legend who has performed regularly in the Bay Area for 25 years. She has been described as “the finest light-skinned female blues vocalist in the U.S.” (Real Blues, 2010) with "a velvety and hypnotic voice resonant of a female Howlin’ Wolf” (Fulltimeblues, 2010). Hailing from Dallas, Cathy honed her chops with Anson Funderburgh, performed with Stevie Ray Vaughan, and has worked with some of the greatest names in blues, including John Lee Hooker, Tommy Castro, and Ron Thompson." " Her 2014 release “Black Crow” on Vizztone was a Downbeat magazine “Winners' Pick.”

PHIL BERKOWITZ is a charismatic San Francisco-based harmonica player and vocalist who has brought his unique, energetic music to audiences for more than 17 years. He has mastered many different types of blues, a fact that's exemplified by his diverse repertoire. Phil’s last two CDs, “Louis’ Blues” and “All Night Party,” were met with critical praise. He has toured, performed, and recorded with a variety of top blues and jazz musicians such as Danny Caron (Charles Brown's musical director), Duke Robillard, Sean Carney, and Billy Branch.

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