Gentle Arms Of Eden - SINGLE 2020

Darryl Purpose

Among the great things that humans have accomplished--there is the splitting of the atom, landing on the moon, and, dare I say, the writing of THIS SONG by Dave Carter.
This track was recorded at the Elephant Collective Studios.
The first time Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer played this song, at a farmers market in Oregon, Dave had woken up with the song, fresh from a dream, ready to go. The first time they played it at a festival, they got a standing ovation from the festival audience IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SONG.
It's a great honor and privilege to share this song with you, and I hope that this kicks it just a little further down the road to where it needs to be -- sung and recognized all over the world for the Epic Earth Anthem that it is. ~Darryl
Thanks to Tracy Grammer and to Elise Fisher
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You Can Walk Up There - SINGLE 2019

Darryl Purpose

There was a house warming gathering when I first moved to Nederland, Colorado. I was looking, with a neighbor, out at the continental divide. It seemed a fantasy. Untouchable. He turned to me and said, "Ya know, you can walk up there". Song has been percolating for 14 years.
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Still The Birds (2016)

Darryl Purpose

Still the Birds press – what folks are saying:

“…there’s no end to the superior songs and equally adept performances, a combined bounty that’s more than capable of taking Purpose out of the shadows and soaring like those birds he name-checks in the title.”
~ Lee Zimmerman, NoDepression

“Yes, Darryl Purpose sounds like James Taylor. And, yes, he has an amazing backstory…These songs are so good they eclipse all that. Purpose has a rare flair for writing memorable mellifluous melodies, and on ‘Still the Birds’ he pairs them with marvelous lyrics by Paul Zollo, who has written a rhyming dictionary and shows it by pairing ‘Halloween’ with ‘gabardine.’ Purpose’s folksy tunes enchant thanks to their surprising twists, such as the octave-and-a-half leap in the chorus of ‘When Buddha Smiled at the Elephant.’ Elsewhere he sings about gangs, devotion, Dylan Thomas, and wars today and two centuries ago. Keep this up, and someday folks will say James Taylor sounds like Darryl Purpose.”~ Steve Wine, Associated Press (read the whole review in The Washington Post, ABC News, Yahoo News, Daily Mail)

“This is absolutely superb work from one of a kind. ”
~ Jim Hynes – Elmore Magazine

“His duet with Eliza Gilkyson, ‘The Meaning of My Love,’ …shares subtle similarities with the John Prine & Iris DeMent’s duet ‘In Spite of Ourselves,’ more softly played and articulated emotionally by Darryl and Eliza…”
~ Chris Kresge

“Whoosh! It sweeps you right up. Big guy. Big heart. Big songs. Thank you Darryl Purpose and Paul Zollo for some beautiful art.”
~ Marilyn Rae Beyer – WUMB

“Fascinating, ingratiating, controversial, interesting, deep and somewhat off-center…”
~ Soundwaves

“All 11 of the songs here, written by Purpose and his partner Paul Zollo, are intriguing, the words filled with brilliant imagery while Purpose’s laid-back, warm vocal style imbues the whole album with an underlying sense of deep compassion for the human condition. Get this album and listen with care. If you like lyrics that demand attention and that will make you think, Purpose is going to make you very happy.”
~ Rhetta – Making a Scene

“Way too accomplished an album for the indie world, if this roustabout can wrangle and corral the audience this set deserves, fireworks will ensue. Well done.”
~ Midwest Record blog
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Next Time Around (2012)

Darryl Purpose

"It’s been a long time since I put a new record in my CD player and
listened repeatedly for days."
~Robin Pressman, 'Our Roots Are Showing' KRCBfm

"'Next Time Around' is the gold standard of modern American folk"
~Nancy Dunham, Folking.Com

"So far, this is my favorite CD of 2012. There is no finer storyteller in acoustic
music today than Darryl Purpose, and it's good to have him back."
~Jim Colbert, The Folk Show, WPSUfm (Dec1, 2012)

"Once in a great while an artists work shows up in my life and stands
me on my ear. Darryl’s singing and writing have unmistakably advanced
to another level." (read full blog post)
~Louise Taylor, Recording Artist
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