A Chicago native, Paul Zollo he grew up playing Chicago clubs, had his first songwriting lesson from Steve Goodman, and learned from Chicago greats Bob Gibson, Michael Smith, Jim Post and John Prine. The leader of the Hollywood band The Ghosters, named “The Best Unsigned Band in Los Angeles” in 1993 by the Los Angeles Free Press, they released one self-titled album featuring Zollo's songs. His first solo album, Orange Avenue, features a duet with Art Garfunkel on the song "Being In This World". His next solo album will be released in March by Trough Records, a features duets with Terre Roche, of the Roches, and Darryl Purpose on “Crooked Line.” He’s written songs with many great artists, including Darryl Purpose, Severin Browne, the late great Steve Allen and Bob Malone. Paul is also the author of several books, including Songwriters On Songwriting, which features in-depth interviews with many of the world’s greatest songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Laura Nyro, Pete Seeger, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Frank Zappa. It has been called “the ultimate book about songwriting” and "the songwriter's bible," and is used as a textbook in songwriting courses in many universities, including USC, UCLA, and the Berklee School of Music. He also wrote Hollywood Remembered (a history of Hollywood), Conversations with Tom Petty, and Sunset & Cahuenga, a novel. He’s also the Senior Editor of American Songwriter magazine.
When Darryl Purpose was 16 years old, his mother put a book called “Beat the Dealer” in his Christmas stocking. He went to Las Vegas as a teenager and began a career as professional card player – and still calls this the “only real job I’ve ever had.” Years later, he took time off to walk across the country for peace, and fell in with a bad crowd – musicians & peaceniks. In 1996, inspired by his work with a traveling band of musical activists, Darryl began to tour nationally as a solo singer-songwriter. Eight years, six CDs and a thousand-plus shows later, he was headlining venues like the Freight and Salvage, Club Passim, McCabe’s, The Bluebird Cafe, The Kennedy Center, and the Kerrville Folk Festival Main Stage.In 2005, he inexplicably set down his guitar and took a 7-year sabbatical in the Rocky Mountains. During this time, he shepherded the release of “Singer-Songwriter Heaven: the songs of Kevin Faherty.” He also continued to co-captain the Second Strings Project, which is responsible for delivering over twenty thousand sets of guitar strings to those who need them all around the world. In 2009, he was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame, one of 17 members, including Ed Thorp, the man who wrote that book that his mother put into his Christmas stocking at 16. He says that he also “got healthy, in multiple ways.”After 7 years away from the singer- songwriter scene, Darryl Purpose is back to making music, with a new energy and a new flair for connecting with audiences. 2012 saw Darryl record his first CD of original material in 10 years – “Next Time Around,” produced by Billy Crockett for the Blue Rock Artists label. With no formal radio promotion, the CD spent five weeks at #1 on the Roots Music Report folk chart for national radio airplay in March & April 2013.Live performance is his strength as he connects his audience to his songs with a storyteller’s heart.