Edge City plays folk-rock with an emphasis on the rock. Led by singer-songrocker Jim Patton and vocalist/partner Sherry Brokus, Edge City's 'Mystery Ride' CD combines intelligent, literate lyrics and wall of sound vocals with Byrds/Band/Petty style American rock. Originally from Baltimore, Patton and Brokus relocated Edge City to Austin,Texas where in early 1999, they recorded Mystery Ride with producer Lloyd Maines, recently dubbed 'the guru of Texas record producers' by the Dallas Morning News. Patton cites 20th century American fiction and the variety of jobs held by the friends he grew up with in Maryland as the main source of his lyrical inspiration. Musically, Patton admits he learned acoustic guitar playing Bob Dylan songs,and electric guitar playing the Rolling Stones, and 'that was the last time I learned anybody else's songs but my own.' Mystery Ride's sound combines Patton and Brokus' Airplane-meets-the Everly Brothers vocal harmonics with a full rock and roll band led by a David Grissom's strong lead guitar and augmented by fiddles, mandolins, and dobros.
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