“Ray of Hope is a collection of 11 great songs that are provocative, wistful and heartfelt and funny in that Jim Patton way of making you feel like you're sitting at the bar and having a beer together. "Finally Let You Go" and "Thornton Ave" just blow me away.” -Michael Fracasso
Ray of Hope’s eleven songs dive deep into characters whose lives haven’t worked out as planned. Backed by a wall of solid harmonies woven throughout with fiddle, mandolin, and acoustic guitar, Jim Patton and Sherry Brokus passionately play their original music in the Byrds/Band style of acoustic folk rock.
Ray of Hope features the same extraordinary ensemble assembled on their last CD, Plans Gang Aft Agley. Ray of Hope producer Ron Flynt (20/20) provides bass and keyboards. Guitar and mandolinist Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen), resonator guitarist Scrappy Jud Newcomb (The Resentments), fiddler Warren Hood (The Waybacks) and percussionist John Bush (New Bohemians) laid down tracks to complement Patton’s songs, guitar/vocals and Brokus’ lead/harmony vocals and percussion.
“Intelligent urban poetry… it’s the duo’s bedrock integrity that powers their music,” raved Third Coast Music.
In Patton’s recent songs, a man keeps getting back up after being knocked down; a woman loses everything she cares about; a couple celebrates thirty years of marriage; a man discovers alternate definitions of success; a father tells his child not to make the same mistakes he did; 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 Emmylou Harris singing with Bob Dylan” when they started, before they took off in a direction “that’s pretty much our own”.
"Ray of Hope reached #2 on the Roots Music Report's Folk Charts, crashed the top 10 on the Roots Music Report's Americana Country charts, and charted on the prestigious Americana and Folk-dj charts. "Plans Gang Aft Agley" reached number 9 on the Roots Music Report's Folk Charts, and also charted nationally on Folk-dj and the FAR charts.
released March 1, 2010
Produced by Ron Flynt
Jim Patton: acoustic guitar, vocals
Sherry Brokus: vocals
Ron Flynt: bass, keyboards, acoustic guitar, vocals
Rich Brotherton: acoustic guitar, mandolin, cittern
Scrappy Jud Newcomb: acoustic guitar, resonator
Warren Hood: fiddle
John Bush: percussion
Ó ℗ 2010 Jim Patton/Sherry Brokus PO Box 93081 Austin TX 78709-3081
(512)280-8455 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pattonbrokus.com
Produced, recorded and mixed by Ron Flynt at Jumping Dog Studios, Austin TX
Mastered by Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc., Austin TX
Cover and art by: Matt Eskey
Photo by Mike Penard
John Bush plays Gon Bops congas & percussion
Spiritual adviser: R. Gene Munger
All songs written by Jim Patton except:
“Hole in His Heart” and “I Turn To You” by Jim Patton & Frank Mirenzi
Sequenced by JP, Jeff Talmadge, David Broyles w/an assist from Lee Cadorette
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.
The Rest of the Band: Mary Cutrufello, Richard Bowden, Sweet Mary Hattersley, Stuart & Hilary Adamson, Karen Mal, David Glaser, Doug “E” Rees, Larry Passalacqua, Jon Sanchez. We are blessed to have you part of our lives.
Above & Beyond: Jeff Talmadge, John & Candy Harsany, John & DL Conquest, Brian & Pam Kalinec, Charlie Stewart, Geoffrey Himes, Pigeon O’Brien, Lisa Grey, Vanessa Lively, Daktari, Lisa Fancher, Randy & Gaye, Austin & Connie, Todd & Meg, Lady Janet, Joe & Bev, Cash Edwards, Liz Rouse, Will T Massey, Valerie Fremin, Peg Miller, Curtis@Evangeline’s, K.C. Clifford, David Broyles, Paul Barker & Artz, Effron White, Tommy Byrd, Don Cunningham, Dana McBride, Andy & Katie, Mike & Jo, Danny & Rene′, Kathryn & Alan, Bill Wence, Duggan, Greg@NeWorlDeli, Terri Hendrix, Mary Battiata, Kevin Elliott, KUT, KGSR, WDBX, every club that’s booked us, every house concert that’s given us a home, every station that’s played our songs, and the incredible music community of Austin, Texas.
“False hope is still hope”
– Jon Dee Graham, Austin TX
( the official motto of jondeeco ™)