This is the CD where Austin's Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus first stepped away from the full band sound of their Edge City CDs and released an acoustic CD that focuses on Patton's heartfelt, character driven songs and the wall of sound interplay between Patton and Brokus.
In Patton’s recent songs, a man discovers alternate definitions of success; a daughter waits in a bar for the father who walked out on her years ago; a father tells his child not to make the same mistakes he did; a brave woman breaks free of an abusive past; people fall in love; relationships end; relationships endure.
Patton cites 20th century American fiction (“from Fitzgerald and Hemingway and Faulkner to Kerouac and Salinger and Raymond Chandler”) and the various lives of the friends he grew up with in Maryland (“I knew doctors and lawyers and waitresses and teachers and water rats and gravediggers and the guy who drove the truck that emptied the port-o-pots all over the state”) as the main source of his lyrical inspiration.
Patton and Brokus have sung together for over twenty five years, and confess to listening to a lot of “Richard & Linda Thompson, the Byrds, the Airplane, the Everly Brothers, and Emmy Lou Harris singing with Bob Dylan” when they started, before they took off in a direction “that’s pretty much our own”.
released May 1, 2008
Produced by Ron Flynt
(c) and (p) Jim Patton/Sherry Brokus PO Box 93081 Austin TX 78709-3081
(512)280-8455 firstname.lastname@example.org, www. Edgecitytx.com
“The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley”
-- Robert Burns, “To A Mouse”
Jim Patton: acoustic guitar, vocals
Sherry Brokus: vocals
Ron Flynt: bass, keyboards, vocals
Rich Brotherton: acoustic guitar, mandolin, cittern
Scrappy Jud Newcomb: acoustic guitar
Warren Hood: fiddle
John Bush: percussion
Produced by Ron Flynt
Recorded and mixed by Ron Flynt at Jumping Dog Studios, Austin Texas
Mastered by Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc., Austin Texas
Cover and art by: Matt Eskey
Front cover and interior photos: Valerie Fremin
Back cover photo: Winker
Website: Melissa Webb
John Bush plays Gon Bops congas & percussion
Spiritual adviser: R. Gene Munger;
This one’s for Jim Brady, the Great Monteef, too soon gone
Jim & Sherry would like to thank everyone who played on the record, played in the band, recorded us, promoted us, gave us airplay, loaned us money, came to the shows, listened to the songs, bought our records, put us up for the night, or otherwise helped us on our way. You are too numerous to mention individually, too important not to mention at all.
Above & Beyond: Karen Deschamps, Jeff Tveraas, David Glaser, Karen Mal, Bill Passalacqua, the Ginn Sisters, John & DL, Duggan, Jeff Talmadge, Bradley Kopp, Cash Edwards, Kari Estrin, Lee Cadorette, Lisa Fancher, Charlie Stewart, Bill Wence, Geoffrey Himes, Frank Mirenzi, Don Cunningham, Andy & Katie, Christina Fajardo, Brian Kalinec, Lloyd Maines, Austin & Connie, Joe & Bev, Liz Rouse, Peg & Glynda, Chris Gage & Christine Albert, Randy & Gaye Auxier, Danny & Rene’, Kathryn Ross, Mike Porter, KUT, KGSR, KOOP, every club that’s booked us, every station that’s played our songs, and the incredible music community of Austin, Texas.