Chuck Prophet

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Having been aware of this guy since his mid-80s guitar-days with Green on Red and subsequent solo offerings (and surprisingly apt vocals), i still haven't heard much of his material that doesn't engage me. Over 20 album credits and multiple side-projects he's become about as hook-heavy as Ray Davies.

Trench-working "Roots Rock" being his mainstay, this is not the type of music i would usually seek out, i mean, jeez, elder Petty output ain't much different on paper -- but, that's just it; he shouldn't satisfy a need i never knew i actually had... akin to Davies, i suppose.

While i haven't disseminated his entire output, i'm currently steeping myself on In The Woods for the umpteenth time over the last several years; a minimalist live offering that captures my complete attention every time it's played (or even a single track when happenstanced-within a random shuffle-mode -- i'm guessing this might be a bootleg as i can't find any reference to it online.

If you know any of this material, share your thoughts -- if no, give it a spin.

bodacious ignoramus, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 02:55 (one year ago) Permalink

His last several solo albums have been really solid, and he did a good job as Alejandro Escovedo's co-writer. I want to say "Temple Beautiful" was really good.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 02:59 (one year ago) Permalink

I see this dude around SF a lot he's real cool!

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 03:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Haven't heard his latest yet, but some stuff about him here from time to time:TS: Lone Justice or Cruzados or Drivin' & Cryin' or Green On Red or Del Fuegos or Jason & The Scorchers or Long Ryders or Bodeans?

dow, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 03:08 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, and his most recent enews (that I've seen)


The three-show Northwest Solo run is finally here! And, through the aid of technology, I actually queued this e-mail up yesterday. If you received this e-mail. I may be talking to you from the grave. (You never know.) Tonight (last night to you) I’ll be interviewing Loudon Wainwright III LIVE and IN PERSON on stage at the Swedish American Hall in SF. And I’ve got some real hard questions lined up. I’d say wish me luck. But it already happened. They tell me Loudon can be cranky. He might even have it in for an ex-Paisley Undergrounder. We once did a session together. It never came out. For reals.

I just finished his book. And it was something. In fact, this morning I was telling a friend (yes, I have friends - deal with it) how much I loved Dylan’s book. It was amazing to find out Bob was studying us all along, while we were studying him. Dylan was wonderfully descriptive of the characters he came across. Getting into detail. Talking about the dark wood in his publishers office and which direction the grain ran. But, having said that: I like Loudon’s book better. I mean, I liked it for the same reason I like Dylan. The work is great. But it’s the EASE at which he seems to do it that makes Loudon the coolest of the cool. There’s no way it was hard for him to write. Well, he certainly doesn’t make it look hard.

This gig probably came my way because I reviewed one of Loudon's recent records. In the review I predicted he’d never do a book. (Take a bow, Chuck.) For him, the LP is still alive. There’s been a tsunami of memoirs of late from aging musicians who I guess can’t resist throwing a book out there while people are still buying books - or maybe they just want a chance to grab the mic and settle some scores. But not ol' Loudon. Mr. Wainwright has been writing and singing his memoirs since the 1970s. Loudon remains content to bleed all over the tape or hard-drive as the case may be. Except as the whole world now knows (take it down a notch, Chuck), I was wrong. (I could get used to being wrong.)

Anyway, Loudon's book is a wild ride. And it sends you back to the songs. And when the lyrics are on the page? They hit you in the face. Which I appreciate, because I’ve been made to feel stupid. Sometimes by song/poems on the page. I’m like, I don’t get this. Am I just dumb? (Don't hit the reply button.) Was that a rhetorical question? A cry for help.

See you in Spokane, Seattle, and Portland. (Gigs listed below.) Or at the airport. I'll be in the bar talking to a pilot, nursing a ginger ale and wondering if today might be the day I start drinking again. If I do, what should "my" drink be? I'll take my answer off the air.

Okay, enough of that….


PS: File under just announced:

12/28 LA - Bootleg w/The Mission Express
12/29 SF - Chapel w/The Mission Express
12/30 Sebastopol - Hopmonk w/The Mission Express

PPS: Don’t forget YR20: Yep Roc Records Celebrates 20th Anniversary with 3 Nights of Music – October 19th-21st, 2017


9/22/2017 - Red River NM Red River Folk Festival​ - Solo​
10/1/2017 - Novato, CA - HopMonk Tavern Cookout Series - Solo
10/6/2017 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest - Golden Gate Park Swan Stage 2:30
10/6/2017 - San Francisco CA Make Out Room w/The Mission Express
10/7/2017 - San Francisco CA Make Out Room w/The Mission Express
10/11/2017 - Spokane WA Gonzaga University​ - Solo​
10/12/2017 - Seattle - Fremont Abbey Arts Center - Solo
10/13/2017 - Portland OR The Old Church Concert Hall​ - Solo​

YR20: Yep Roc Records Celebrates 20th Anniversary with 3 Nights of Music – October 19th-21st, 2017


10/30/2017 - Brussels, BE - AB Club w/The Mission Express
10/31/2017 - Den Haag, NL - Paard w/The Mission Express
11/1/2017 - Tilburg, NL - 013 Poodium w/The Mission Express
11/2/2017 - Hoorn, NL - Het Huis Verloren w/ The Mission Express
11/3/2017 - Eeklo, BE - N9 w/The Mission Express
11/4/2017 - Groningen, NL - Take Root Festival w/The Mission Express
11/10/2017 - Barcelona, ES - Sala BeGood w/The Mission Express
11/11/2017 - Valencia, ES - 16 Toneladas w/The Mission Express
11/12/2017 - Bilbao, ES - Kafe Antzokia wThe Mission Express
11/13/2017 - Madrid, ES - El Sol w/The Mission Express
11/14/2017 - A Coruna, ES - Mardi Gras w/The Mission Express
11/15/2017 - Gijon, ES - Sala Acapulo w/The Mission Express
11/17/2017 - London, UK - ULU w/The Mission Express
11/18/2017 - Hebden Bridge, UK - Trades Club w/The Mission Express SOLD OUT
11/19/2017 - Edinburgh, UK - Belle Angele w/The Mission Express
11/20/2017 - Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach w/The Mission Express
11/21/2017 - Paris, FR - La Boule Noire w/The Mission Express

12/6/2017 -Houston TX Coffeehouse Live at St. Andrew’s w/The Mission Express
12/8/2017 - Austin TX Continental Club w/The Mission ExpresS
12/9/2017 - Austin TX Continental Club w/The Mission Express
12/28 LA - Bootleg w/The Mission Express
12/29 SF - Chapel w/The Mission Express
12/30 Sebastopol - Hopmonk w/The Mission Express
2/22/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express
2/23/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express
2/24/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express
2/25/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express
2/26/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express

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dow, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 03:14 (one year ago) Permalink

So. Why so under-the-radar? When i listen to Prophet it's akin to listening to Terry Allen, and think "why ain't THIS on the radio"?

bodacious ignoramus, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 03:32 (one year ago) Permalink

*not on the radio

bodacious ignoramus, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 04:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Chuck Prophet gets a good amount of play on the local NPR station around here over the past few years. The tune "You Did" is the one that I heard on the radio that got me listening to him then realizing he had the connection to Green On Red, which I had heard some of years before.

earlnash, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 07:25 (one year ago) Permalink

One of my favorites, going back to The Hurting Business, and especially live.

Great couplet in "You've Been Gone" about returning to a neighborhood:
The Dairy Queen where it all went down
is a halfway house called Homeward Bound

Also this 2009 recession song.

Eazy, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 14:51 (one year ago) Permalink

^^ That song also has a good addition to "songs with lyrics addressed to a doctor"

I went to the doctor
He said "You should be dead"
I said, "I was Doc, but now I'm back."
Holding on

Eazy, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 14:53 (one year ago) Permalink

nice track; as alays, i enjoy the lazy, laid-back laconacy of his vocals.

bodacious ignoramus, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 21:11 (one year ago) Permalink


bodacious ignoramus, Saturday, 11 November 2017 02:31 (one year ago) Permalink

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