Roots Cafe Singer-Songwriter Series:
EDGE CITY’S JIM PATTON & SHERRY BROKUS
AND WEST VIRGINIA’S JOHN LILLY
Performing their own songs in the round, with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
Tickets: $7 in advance, $9 at door
JIM PATTON & SHERRY BROKUS:
In the ‘80s and early ‘90s, Patton and Brokus were co-leaders of a top Maryland rock'n'roll band, Edge City, based in Severna Park. In 1994, the couple moved to Austin, Texas, where they slowly but surely climbed the ladder of the city’s legendary singer-songwriter scene. They are now a national touring act and have released their best album yet. In the liner notes Washington Post music critic Geoffrey Himes writes, “In his early 60s, an age when most singer-songwriters have been in decline for a decade or more, Jim 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. For many years Patton has shined a revealing light on his own past and the inside of his own head. But with this record, he aims his flashlight into other skulls and into the future. “The Great Unknown,” indeed.”
Based in Charleston, West Virginia, John Lilly writes new songs that sound as old as the hills, and performs older songs like they were made yesterday. According to one reviewer, “If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he’d be John Lilly.” His sixth and latest, “Cold Comfort,” debuted at the #1 position on the Freeform American Root (FAR) radio chart and features guest artists Bill Kirchen, Sonny Landreth and Tim O’Brien. John beat out 1200 other contestants to become the the winner of the acoustic category of the 2010 “Next Great Road Song” contest, sponsored by Midas and Spin. In 2005, he won the national Ghost Writers In the Sky songwriting contest, sponsored by HankFest, a Chicago-based festival honoring the music of Hank Williams. John’s 2008 and 2010 Mountain Stage radio performances are available at NPR Music.
Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, Nashville Scene, Jazz Times, No Depression, Paste and others, Geoffrey Himes is also a longtime singer-songwriter who has co-written songs with Fred Koller, Walter Egan, Sonia Rutstein, Billy Kemp, Stephen Wade, Jim Patton, Ed Pettersen, Howard Markman, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Timothy Bracken, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere his new song, “My Reward." He will be accompanied by Willem Elsevier, violinist for such acts as Love Riot, Billy Kemp and Milkshake.
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