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Genesis

Born in Oregon, and bred in the logging camps, loading docks, and produce fields of the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, until he found his way behind the steering wheel of an 18-wheeler, Danny Darst’s musical journey ignited amid the melding of country, rock, folk, and jazz.  Immersed in the melodies echoing through his CB radio, his formative years were steeped in the merging of these genres.  Drawing inspiration from the likes of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Glenn Yarborough, the Kingston Trio, Brook Benton, and Sinatra, Darst began crafting his musical identity, blending the twang of country with the plaintive cry of folk, the crooning of the Rat Pack with the rhythm of the road.

Progression from Songwriter to Actor

Darst’s compositions, steeped in poignant narratives and heartfelt emotions, reflect the commonality of human experience.  Each composition encapsulates an array of universal sentiments – love, loss, restlessness, resilience, heartache – etched onto the very soul of his melodies. 

This unique ability to infuse his music with relatable stories drew Darst into composing for himself American Songwriter and other artists Roll On Big Mama for Joe Stampley, Black Sheep with Robert Altman for John Anderson, Blue Mercedes for Johnny Duncan), as well as for film soundtracks, then into acting in films, theatre and television. See…IMDB.com

Working frequently with Robert Altman and Jonathan Demme, Darst has played a wide assortment of roles, often as military or law enforcement characters, as in Silence of the Lambs, Gingerbread Man, Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Manchurian Candidate, Swing Shift. But music has been the common thread. Casting Darst as the ghostly singer in his theatre production of 2 by South, with successful runs in Los Angeles and New York City, producer/director Robert Altman called Darst “the greatest living American poet.”

Darst Acting in a Robert Altman Film
Dad Mother and the Darst family
Danny Darst Actor
Dad Mother and the Darst family

Genesis

Born in Oregon, and bred in the logging camps, loading docks, and produce fields of the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, until he found his way behind the steering wheel of an 18-wheeler, Danny Darst’s musical journey ignited amid the melding of country, rock, folk, and jazz.  Immersed in the melodies echoing through his CB radio, his formative years were steeped in the merging of these genres.  Drawing inspiration from the likes of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Glenn Yarborough, the Kingston Trio, Brook Benton, and Sinatra, Darst began crafting his musical identity, blending the twang of country with the plaintive cry of folk, the crooning of the Rat Pack with the rhythm of the road.

Darst Acting in a Robert Altman Film

Progression from Songwriter to Actor

Darst’s compositions, steeped in poignant narratives and heartfelt emotions, reflect the commonality of human experience.  Each composition encapsulates an array of universal sentiments – love, loss, restlessness, resilience, heartache – etched onto the very soul of his melodies. 

This unique ability to infuse his music with relatable stories drew Darst into composing for himself (American Songwriter) and other artists (Roll On Big Mama for Joe Stampley, Black Sheep with Robert Altman for John Anderson, Blue Mercedes for Johnny Duncan), as well as for film soundtracks, then into acting in films, theatre and television.     https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0201719/?ref_=ext_shr_lnk

Danny Darst Actor

Working frequently with Robert Altman and Jonathan Demme, Darst has played a wide assortment of roles, often as military or law enforcement characters, as in Silence of the Lambs, Gingerbread Man, Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Manchurian Candidate, Swing Shift. But music has been the common thread. Casting Darst as the ghostly singer in his theatre production of 2 by South, with successful runs in Los Angeles and New York City, producer/director Robert Altman called Darst “the greatest living American poet.”