Darryl Purpose
Monday, October 28, 2013, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)compelling storyteller $16.50 adv / $18.50 doorPurchase tickets online
October 28 8:00 pm

Darryl PurposeDarryl Purpose, after a seven-year break, is back with his seventh album, Next Time Around. It’s fair to say that people who hear it really like it. Maverick Magazine calls it “a stunning ten-song comeback.” The website the alternate root says “get ready to be bowled over by the beauty of this music” and calls Darryl “clearly the second coming of James Taylor and Tom Rush.” This new album, the review continues, “is the gold standard of modern American folk.” Darryl’s voice is high and reedy in a good way, an expressive instrument for communicating every nuance of a finely worded phrase. “Beginnings and endings are only pretendings,” he sings on the title track, and you can practically see the carousel spinning in his hideaway of Nederland, Colorado, the town where he spent the past seven years, and where, he says, he “got healthy, in multiple ways.”

When he was 16 years old, his mother put a book called Beat the Dealer in his Christmas stocking. He soon went to Las Vegas and began a career as a 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 and peaceniks. In 1996, inspired by his work with a traveling band of musical activists, he began to tour nationally as a solo singer-songwriter. In 2005, he moved to Nederland and stopped performing in public, although he did continue to co-captain the Second Strings Project, which has delivered over twenty thousand sets of guitar strings to folks who need them all around the world. In 2009, he was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame, one of 17 members, including Ed Thorp, the man who wrote the book that his mother put into his Christmas way back when. The point is, Darryl draws on a unique set of experiences to craft his exquisite songs, and you’ll want to hear the result tonight at the Freight!

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