Darryl Purpose | Friday, May 2, 2014

Darryl-Purpose_2014-1Darryl Purpose is returning to Sundilla for the first time in a decade! Tickets at the door are just $12, and $10 advance tickets can be purchased from Spicer’s Music, Mama Mocha’s Coffee, and online at this very site.

So what has he been doing for 10 years? Mostly adding to his legend as “The Most Interesting Man in the World (Despite What Those Beer Commercials Say.”) He shepherded the release of “Singer-Songwriter Heaven: the songs of Kevin Faherty.” He also continued to co-captain the Second Strings Project, which is responsible for delivering over twenty thousand sets of guitar strings to those who need them all around the world. In 2009, he was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame, only the 19th person to receive that honor. And in 2012 he released “Next Time Around,” which had no formal radio promotion but went ahead and spent five weeks at #1 on the Roots Music Report folk chart for national radio airplay.

The Darryl Purpose story started when he was 16 years old, and his mother put a book called “Beat the Dealer” in his Christmas stocking. He went to Las Vegas as a teenager and began a career as professional card player – and still calls this the “only real job I’ve ever had.” Years later, he took time off to walk across the country for peace, and fell in with a bad crowd – musicians & peaceniks. In 1996, inspired by his work with a traveling band of musical activists, Darryl began to tour nationally as a solo singer-songwriter. Eight years, six CDs and a thousand-plus shows later, he was headlining venues like the Freight and Salvage, Club Passim, McCabe’s, The Bluebird Cafe, The Kennedy Center, and the Kerrville Folk Festival Main Stage.

In 2005, he inexplicably set down his guitar and took a 7-year sabbatical in the Rocky Mountains. It was during this time that he took on the “Singer-Songwriter Heaven: the songs of Kevin Faherty” project, and was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame (joining Ed Thorp, the man who wrote that book that his mother put into his Christmas stocking at 16.) Mostly, though, he “got healthy, in multiple ways.”

After 7 years away from the singer- songwriter scene, Darryl Purpose is back to making music, with a new energy and a new flair for connecting with audiences. 2012 saw Darryl record his first CD of original material in 10 years – “Next Time Around,” produced by Billy Crockett for the Blue Rock Artists label. With no formal radio promotion, the CD spent five weeks at #1 on the Roots Music Report folk chart for national radio airplay in March & April 2013.

Live performance is his strength as he connects his audience to his songs with a storyteller’s heart. Critics have said “Purpose has the voice of James Taylor, the brains of Bob Dylan, and the soul of Willie Nelson, and “America’s most original narrative songwriter since Harry Chapin.” In other words, he’s too good to stay away for too long… and far too good for fans of live music to miss when he’s in the area.