Regional, national bands to headline first FM90 Blues Fest

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The Lucky Losers will headline FM90's Blues Fest on May 19.

By Chip Chandler — Producer

California duo The Lucky Losers will headline the first Blues Fest for Amarillo College’s FM90.

The festival will run 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunset Drive. Tickets are $10; a portion of proceeds will benefit FM90.

Also featured at the festival will be Rockin' Robert Tomberlin, an Amarillo native now performing in Dallas; the Texas Blues Rangers, a popular Amarillo blues band; and solo artists Stew Moss and Jake Vernon.

Plus, Panhandle PBS will host an appearance by Daniel Tiger at the family- and pet-friendly festival, so kids (furry or not) are welcome.

While enjoying the music, dine at six food trucks, 575 Pizzeria, a burger stand and a taco stand.

The Lucky Losers formed in 2014 in San Francisco and marry vintage soul, swing, and blues together with a splash of Americana.

In the span of four years, Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz have produced three chart-topping albums as The Lucky Losers with world renowned producer Kid Andersen. Their first album, A Winning Hand, was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album by Blues 411 and made The Roots Music Report’s Top Blues Albums of 2015. Their second album, In Any Town, was nominated for a total of seven awards. Their third album, Blind Spot, is comprised solely of original material. Critics from around the world gave the album five-star reviews.

The Independent Blues Awards nominated The Lucky Losers for Best Independent Blues/Soul Artist, Best Independent Blues/Soul CD and Best Independent Blues/Soul Song in 2018. In March 2019, the prestigious International Songwriting Competition named Cathy Lemons’ song “The River,” as a finalist in the blues category.

“Fans of FM90’s popular Sunday program ‘Blues Cruise’ will not want to miss this,” said Amy Presley, FM90’s program director. “But these bands are all phenomenal and will appeal to any music fan, not just blues lovers.”

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