Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus

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Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus are folk Americana recording artists from Austin TX. They’ve recorded for Houston’s Berkalin Records since 2011 and their “Collection 2008-2018” album went to #12 on the national Folk Charts in February 2020 and spent 18 weeks on the Americana Charts. They’ve had 3 official showcases at Folk Alliance International, and Patton is a three time Regional Winner (Ballad Tree) at the Kerrville Folk Festival. In Patton’s 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 40 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”.

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