Joe Purdy, a singer/songwriter from Arkansas, put in his time working at a loading dock and as a counselor at a private high school before his song “Wash Away” became synonymous with the 2004 season of ABC’s Lost.
About Joe Purdy
Purdy left Arkansas for California in 2001, where he learned how to play the piano and began writing songs. He went on to record several homemade albums, breaking into the L.A. music scene with 2003’s StompinGrounds. It was around this time that Purdy was contacted by J.J. Abrams, the executive producer of Lost, who asked Purdy to write a song for the show. Purdy, who at the time was visiting an island on a river in upstate New York, wrote “Wash Away,” which went on to hit the country chart. The album that featured the song, Julie Blue, was released in 2004. Only Four Seasons followed it up two years later.
Purdy’s released albums are Joe Purdy, Sessions from Motor Ave., StompinGrounds, Julie Blue, Only Four Seasons, You Can Tell Georgia, Paris In The Morning, Canyon Joe, Take My Blanket and Go, Last Clock On the Wall, 4th of July, This American, Eagle Rock Fire, Who Will Be Next? and American Folk. The first two were not initially released for public sale, but have been since.
You Can Tell Georgia was recorded outside London immediately following a European tour with Tom McRae. Paris in the Morning was recorded during a short visit to Paris a few months later. In July 2009, Purdy began touring with Steve Earle.