“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