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A Crooked Line

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All Music Guide - Evan Cater
With A Crooked Line, Darryl Purpose leaves the impression of a maturing songwriter with a growing sense of voice. He has begun to settle more assuredly into a style that seems significantly influenced by other storytelling folkies like his friend Ellis Paul, who sings backup on this album and co-wrote two of its tracks "Bryant Street" and "I Lost a Day to the Rain". More than any of Purpose's previous albums, Crooked Line feels like a collection of short stories. Purpose and his three songwriting partners, Paul, Robert Morgan Fisher and Paul Zollo, move from one vividly sketched character to another, carefully scripting desires, aspirations, and heartbreaks with minimal ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan Cater
With A Crooked Line, Darryl Purpose leaves the impression of a maturing songwriter with a growing sense of voice. He has begun to settle more assuredly into a style that seems significantly influenced by other storytelling folkies like his friend Ellis Paul, who sings backup on this album and co-wrote two of its tracks "Bryant Street" and "I Lost a Day to the Rain". More than any of Purpose's previous albums, Crooked Line feels like a collection of short stories. Purpose and his three songwriting partners, Paul, Robert Morgan Fisher and Paul Zollo, move from one vividly sketched character to another, carefully scripting desires, aspirations, and heartbreaks with minimal descriptions that frequently surprise in the final lines. The stories are unified by their individual contributions to the theme of the "crooked" path to healing and understanding. In the album's courageously quirky and surprisingly pretty opening track, "California Rutherford Hayes in the Morning", the healing comes through a 19th century presidential visit to San Francisco. In "Bryant Street" it comes in a grave side visit to a lost sister. Throughout, Evan Brubaker sets the tone perfectly with rootsy country-inflected folk arrangements that provide a strong showcase for Purpose's nimble fret work. Purpose remains marvelously versatile as a vocalist; smooth as silk on quiet tunes like "California" and dynamically ragged on rough-and-tumble numbers like the title track. And though his raspy tone is sometimes over- and misused as on the string quartet ballad "I Can Get There From Here", the singer's vocal control continues to grow along with his songwriting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2001
  • Label: Tangible Music
  • UPC: 703875681922
  • Catalog Number: 56819

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darryl Purpose Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Ellis Paul Acoustic Guitar, Overdubs
David Balakrishnan Violin
Dave Carter Banjo
David Lange Piano
Dan Reiter Cello
Keith Lowe Bass
Todd Gray Drums
Daryl S. Violin
Evan Brubaker Vocals, farfisa organ
Evan Price Violin
Dan Tyack Steel Guitar, Pedal Dobro
Tracy Grammer Violin, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Kevin Deane Executive Producer
David Glasser Mastering
Danny Seidenberg Arranger
Gary Thompson Executive Producer
Michael Tisserand Liner Notes
Héctor Horacio Santos Drawing
Evan Brubaker Producer, Engineer
Tracy Grammer Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best CD's This Year! Darryl Purpose is AMAZING!

    ''A Crooked Line'' is one of best CDs to come out in a long time. It's a complete CD- every song is worth listening to, is balanced with and enhances the next song. Darryl Purpose has the gift of being a singer-songwriter whose supreme strengths lie in his ability to tell a compelling story or feeling, sing it beautifully while adding an incredible guitar accompaniment. Add the talents of Daryl S., Ellis Paul, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer and you have a CD that is by no means ''crooked''- it is outstanding- straight down the line.

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