The Lucky Losers – Standin’ Pat (2022)

The Lucky Losers - Standin' Pat (2022)
Artist: The Lucky Losers
Album: Standin’ Pat
Label: VizzTone
Year Of Release: 2022
Format: FLAC (tracks)
01. Pack Up The Bags
02. Somewhere In the Middle
03. Rich Strike
04. Try New Orleans
05. Down In Memphis Town
06. You Can’t Lose with a Winning Hand
07. Rust Belt Blues
08. High Two Pair
09. Finish What You Started
10. They Wrecked My Town
11. Standin’ Pat


San Francisco-based touring band, The Lucky Losers, led by veteran artists Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz, return with their 5th album together since 2015. Standin’ Pat is produced by multi-award-winning engineer and musician, Kid Andersen. In 2021 The Lucky Losers won five Independent Blues Awards, including Song of the Year (Godless Land) & Artist of the Year, as well as Best Blues, R&B Soul CD. The stakes have never been higher for a great new album from these two collaborators and co-band leaders. Standin’ Pat sits like a needle on the groove of something uniquely American and features 11 original tracks. Just as legendary singer songwriters captured the turbulence of a divisive country in the 1960’s, Cathy & Phil seem to peer into the minds of Americans in the year 2022. Through their own travels, they have discovered a side of America that most people just don’t see, and with great empathy. Lemons’ instantly recognizable voice is gritty & explosive as well as sweet & soulful. She has had a hard life. Overcoming a heroin addiction that almost killed her in her late 20’s and early 30’s, her streetwise singing style can scare you or soothe you, depending on her mood. Berkowitz is her opposite. He is often restrained. He takes his time. He stays cool. It’s the differences in their vocal approach that make for such an interesting musical union. Andersen’s brilliant vocal arrangements make full use of their talents when they harmonize. Berkowitz’s big, rich, powerful harmonica, ever-present on this album, leads the charge and punctuates every line with an inventive style that is deeply rooted in all forms of blues music.

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