Attache magazine said of Nederland-based singer-songwriter Darryl Purpose, "Purpose has the voice of James Taylor, the brains of Bob Dylan, and the soul of Willie Nelson." Purpose's seventh solo release, "Still the Birds" was released this past May.
The album was produced by Billy Crockett at Blue Rock Studio in Wimberley, Texas, and features 11 songs co-written by Purpose and Paul Zollo. Purpose leads on vocals and acoustic guitar and was joined in the studio by bassists Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen, the Dixie Chicks, Robben Ford), percussionist Eric Darken (Jimmy Buffett, Carrie Underwood), guitarist Daran DeShazo on electric guitar, and Grammy-winning accordion and keyboard player Joel Guzman. "Still the Birds" features a duet with Eliza Gilkyson, with additional guest vocals by Jonathan Byrd, Carrie Elkin, Matt Nakoa, BettySoo, and others.
The songs on the album paint compelling vignettes exploring the human condition and the tension between dark and light, despair and hope, vulnerability and triumphs. Characters in the songs range from a Vietnam draft-dodger, to the gangs of Los Angeles, to Dylan Thomas, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Buddha.
The songs on the album are as unique and diverse as the stories from Purpose's own life. An internationally-acclaimed touring musician since 1996, Purpose is also a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame. Heâs walked across the country for peace; been banned from casinos on six continents; played with Santana and Bonnie Raitt at the first stadium rock concert in the former Soviet Union; studied with global spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh; and co-founded the Second Strings Project, an organization that has delivered over 20,000 sets of strings to musicians of third world and developing countries.