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Crooked Line
     

A Crooked Line

by Darryl Purpose
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/26/2002
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0783707611723
catalogNumber:
5637280204

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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
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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