Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet describes his new album ‘Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins’ as a “California Noir,” an album inspired partly by the mysterious death of rocker Bobby Fuller in LA in 1966. “California has always represented the Golden Dream, and it’s the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs.

Gritty and jangly, Chuck’s album features 13 original works that explore doomed love, loneliness and fast paced violence via Chuck’s muscular songwriting craft. They include songs about Fuller, the death of David Bowie, and the killing of a San Francisco security guard named Alex Nieto that drew international headlines as “Death By Gentrification.”

‘Bobby Fuller’ finds Chuck coming full circle. He cut the album to tape at Hyde Street Studio in San Francisco, which also happens to be the same studio where Prophet did his very first recording session, while still in high school. Chuck brought out his ’64 Stratocaster for the sessions, conjuring a sound that Jonathan Richman once described as “gasoline in the sand, like a motorcycle at a hot dog stand.” He’s backed by The Mission Express, a band featuring his wife Stephanie Finch (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Kevin White (bass), Vicente Rodriguez (drums, vocals) and James DePrato (guitar).

Lead single “Bad Year For Rock and Roll” is a timely homage to rock greats lost in 2016: “The Thin White Duke took a final bow / there’s one more star in the heavens now/I’m all dressed up in a mohair suit / watching Peter Sellers thinking of you.” “Jesus Was A Social Drinker” starts as a punchy mid tempo rocker with clanking cowbell before unfurling into an explosive, psychedelic coda. “Alex Nieto” is what Chuck refers to as his first protest song. It’s “an homage to a good man who should still be alive,” says Chuck.

Tour Dates

06-21-2018Santa Fe, NMSanta Fe Bandstand
06-22-2018San Francisco, CAThe Masonic
06-24-2018Saratoga, CAMountain Winery
07-05-2018Newport, KYSouthgate House Revival
07-06-2018Nashville, TNThe Basement East
07-07-2018Lexington, KYWillie’s Locally Known
07-08-2018Rocky Mount, VAHarvestor Performance Center
07-10-2018Sellersville, PASellersville Theater
07-11-2018Haddon Heights, NJ2017 Sundown Music Series
07-12-2018Rochester, NYParty in the Park
07-13-2018Hudson, NYClub Helsinki
07-14-2018Greenfield, MAGreen River Festival
07-15-2018Greenfield, MAGreen River Festival
07-17-2018Jersey City, NJWFMU Monty Hall
07-18-2018Columbia, MDThe Soundry
07-19-2018Washington, DCThe Hamilton
07-20-2018Greensburg, PASummerSounds
07-21-2018Cleveland, OHBeachland Ballroom
07-22-2018Worthington, OHNatalie’s
07-24-2018Kansas City, MOKnucklehead Saloon
08-05-2018Nicasio, CARancho Nicasio
08-18-2018Denver, COLevitt Pavillion for the Performing Arts
08-21-2018St. Louis, MOOff Broadway
08-22-2018Evanston, ILSPACE
08-23-2018Milwaukee, WIShank Hall
08-24-2018St. Paul, MNThe Turf Club
08-25-2018Madison, WIThe Orton Park Festival
08-26-2018Omaha, NEThe Sunday Roadhouse Presents
10-11-2018Pawling, NYDaryl’s House
10-21-2018Novato, CAHopMonk Tavern Cookout Series
11-10-2018Denver, COGlobe Hall