I want to make sure you all know about this show. I'm sharing the bill with an old friend, Darryl Purpose, Sunday Night in Pasadena. Darryl and I go way back indeed. He and I were both part of the L.A. acoustic scene twenty years ago. When I first started presenting music, at 45 Beantown in Monrovia, Darryl was one of our most popular guests. He was a bit ahead of a lot of us, really taking his craft seriously. In those days we booked a lot of artists from Boston, and that is where the folk-music scene was centered, really. It wasn't long before Darryl packed his worldly goods and moved there. He began to tour full time, lived with Ellis Paul for a while, and generally made the world take notice. I was envious of his life, and heard many a tale of adventure each time we caught up as he looped through California on the never-ending journey that is a troubadour's.
He was a burly guy with a wild mane of hair tumbling out of one hat or another, and a full beard. He looked like a mountain man who might've wrestled a grizzly after breakfast. But when he sang, his smooth voice revealed the gentle soul within. And his clean vibrant finger-style guitar playing earned him a national reputation. I remember hearing him play the brand new custom Taylor that they'd made for him - with an extra-wide neck for his big fingers. He could barely contain his joy.
Well, the long hair is gone, there's a million miles on the odometer, and Darryl has a stack of critically acclaimed CDs. Is it time to retire? Actually, he tried that. He bought himself a house in the Colorado mountains and settled down for a while. But a man is what he is ... so late last year he gathered up some songs and booked some studio time down in Austin. And he put the word out that he was in the game again.
This Sunday, at the beautifully - and acoustically gorgeous - Neighborhood Church in Pasadena, he'll take you through a truly spectacular body of work, aided by the violin and voice of Julie Beaver. You'll be captivated.
Unlike the wild bunch who backed me last night, I'll have just the acoustic trio. Greg Krueger on mandolin, Dobro and guitar, and the lovely Genevieve Adell singing those goosebump harmonies she graces me with.
This is a special night of music. It's really a great venue. Plenty of parking, air-conditioned with nice padded seats. We'll have some food and refreshments for you, and as always at a show hosted by Alexia ... you may be sure you will feel welcomed and loved.