Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus

Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus

 Austin, Texas, USA
DuoFolkAmericana

"...tales of universal life, love and woe with the slyness of Hemingway and the convoluted depth of William Falkner." -John Hammel, Homegrownradio.com

Biography

“I met Jim and Sherry when I first moved to Austin in 1998. I had the opportunity to work on a record with them and I’m glad it worked out. They are so passionate about their music. I’ve always been drawn to artists who write about their life experiences, and that’s just what Jim and Sherry do. I’m glad to be a part of their music.” - Lloyd Maines

“..proof that spousal harmonies can rival the sibling kind when the voices are right..” -Mary Battiata, 3rd Coast Music

Berkalin Records is proud to announce the July 2013 release of The Great Unknown, a new album from the Austin folk/Americana duo Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus. Building on the momentum of their past two albums, 2008’s Plans Gang Aft Agley and 2010’s Ray of Hope, both of which went top-10 on the Roots Music chart, the duo has teamed up with producer Ron Flynt for the third straight time to deliver their strongest writing and singing yet. Once the album is released, Patton & Brokus will support it with live shows not only in their home state of Texas but also in cities across North America. The act also plans a major radio and press campaign to build on the warm reception their last two albums received.

In the album's liner notes, Washington Post music critic Geoffrey Himes declares that “Patton has improbably deepened and broadened his art. For his new album with his wife and longtime musical partner Sherry Brokus, The Great Unknown, Patton has crafted 10 new songs that do more than explain himself to his listeners; these songs explain those listeners to themselves.”

Producer Flynt has crafted ingenious acoustic/electric arrangements that keep Patton’s acoustic guitar, Brokus’s hand percussion and the duo’s voices out front, while subtly reinforcing them with bass and keyboards. The result is a sound that closely resembles the duo’s live shows, where the lanky, silver-haired Patton sits next to the petite, dark-haired Brokus and showcase the lyrics that are the key to the act’s appeal. Even at house concerts and folk clubs, however, the duo often brings along an extra musician to embellish the songs, and that's the feel of the record as well. Providing that enhancement on The Great Unknown are guitarist/keyboardist Ron Flynt, lead guitarist Mary Cutrufello, mandolinist Marvin Dykhuis, fiddler Warren Hood, cellist Julie Carter and percussionist John Bush

Lyrics

Fortunate Man

Written By: Jim Patton

This isn’t the life that I pictured
But this is the life that I chose
Measured by jewelry,
My life isn’t much, I suppose
Cause I’ve never made any money
And fame was a Tuesday night stand
In spite of all that
I am a fortunate man

For I have the fairest of lovers
And I have the truest of friends
And I have a place I can go
When my darkness descends
And I have a dream still inside me
And I’ve got this guitar in my hand
Measured by that
I am a fortunate man

For I have the fairest of lovers
And I have the truest of friends
Measured by that
I am a fortunate man

Wings of an Airplane

Written By: Jim Patton

On the wings of an airplane
He’s coming back home
She waits at the airport
In the bar, all alone
She’s waiting for someone
That she don’t even know
The only man that she ever loved
Is coming back home

On the wings of an airplane
He moved to the coast
She used to call him at Christmas
When it hurt her the most
She once was his daughter
She became like a ghost
The only man that she ever loved
Disappeared, just like smoke

He used to fight with her mother
Over money and love
Then he walked out forever
Said: “It hurts too damn much”
He walked out on his old life
And the seeds that he’d sown
On the wings of an airplane
He’s coming back home

On the wings of an airplane
He’s coming her way
He called her last Thursday
Hoping it was ok
Now she’s drinking tequila
She’s got nothing to say
The only man that she ever loved
Is coming too late

I'll Still Stand By You

Written By: Jim Patton

We looked into each other’s eyes
Upon our wedding day
The Reverend Frank Mirenzi
Gave us cards with words to say
But we didn’t need those cards at all
We knew that song by heart
Ben E. King sang “Stand By Me”
And we swore we’d never part

The road we took from Paradise
Was not always straight and true
We did some damage to each other
You hurt me and I hurt you
I know we can’t turn back time
To when our love was new
But if you hold me close tonight
I’ll still stand by you

Twenty years have come and gone
Since our wedding day
Battles lost and battles won
Plans gang aft aglay
But you’re still standing by my side
And one thing I know is true
If you hold me close tonight
I’ll still stand by you
I know we can’t turn back time
To when our love was new
But if you hold me close tonight
I’ll still stand by you

Aliceanna St

Written By: Patton-Mirenzi-Kemp-Himes

See the people in the morning on their way to work
Or maybe just looking for a day's pay
I see 'em leaving in the morning
And I see 'em come home late at night
Looking like they lost something along the way

I see my man coming home, so down and tired
The bottle's open before I get supper on
But I’m not complaining
It makes him feel better
Aliceanna Street ain't what we counted on

It's not the working hard
It's not the being poor
It's the feeling deep inside us
That we could be so much more
It's not the bitter cold
It's not the August heat
It's being stuck without a choice
On Aliceanna Street

Now I work parttime while my kids are at school
There's no one home when they let themselves in
And I tell them they'll have it different
And I tell them they'll have it better
Christ, I tell them anything that I can

The nuns always said you gotta suffer here
To earn your place above
That it's a sin to expect any more
Well, I don't believe that
And I don't feel guilty
Aliceanna Street ain't what I'm living for

Sometimes we take the kids on that old ferry boat
And we wave to all the people on the shore
Someday we'll take that ride across the water
And we won't come back here anymore

27 Voices

Written By: Jim Patton

I’ve got 27 voices in my head
25 tell me I’d be better off dead
Twelve get scared in the middle of the night
One says: Jim you better hold on tight
Most of them are pretty sure I’ve been misled
By the other 26 voices in my head
I’ve got 27 voices in my head
27 voices

I’ve got 27 voices in my brain
Two remind me of my greatest shame
Three can’t even remember my name
Four of them are clinically insane
One voice howling like a hurricane
At the other 26 voices in my brain
I’ve got 27 voices in my brain
27 voices

One voice fills me with regret
Second voice says: forgive and forget
Third voice tells me: that’s a sucker’s bet
Fourth voice says: You take what you can get
One voice wishing he had never met
The other 26 voices in my head
I’ve got 27 voices in my head
27 voices
I’ve got 27 voices in my head
27 voices
27 voices
27 voices
27 voices

Don’t Say Goodbye

Written By: Jim Patton

Heard you’re leaving town today
For a new and better life, well that’s ok
Toward thinner air and bluer skies
Just say so long
Don’t say goodbye

A wheel can turn without some spokes
But without the center, that wheel’s just broke
Now this old wheel’s been shot to hell
Don’t say goodbye
Say fare thee well

Now that red sun is setting strong
And I know (I know) you must be moving on
500 miles before the dawn
Don’t say goodbye
Just say so long

Now my old friend, we’ve often been apart
Ah, but never, never, never in my heart
I wrote the words, You sang the tune
Don’t say goodbye
Say see you soon
You wrote the words, I sang the tune
Don’t say goodbye
Say see you soon
Just say so long
Don’t say goodbye
I’ll say fare thee well
I don’t say goodbye

Discography

The Great Unknown CD 2013
Ray of Hope CD 2010
Plans Gang Aft Agley CD 2008
Keepers of the Flame CD 2006 (as Edge City)
Mystery Ride CD 2000 (as Edge City)

Set List

95% original music 1-3 sets