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Free At Noon Flashback: Chuck Prophet keeps the rock & roll tradition alive with crowd-pleasing acoustic set

Chuck Prophet | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | <A href=http://cameronpollackphotography.com target="_blank">cameronpollackphotography.com</a>
Chuck Prophet | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Singer/songwriter Chuck Prophet’s music is steeped in history. Whether it be the San Francisco-centric Temple Beautiful or the personal tales on 2014’s Night Surfer, there’s a palpable reverence for the past that can’t be ignored. The rock & roll tradition is constantly being reimagined and reinterpreted, and Chuck is just one of many reshaping it in his image. His latest, Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins, is sure to continue on that trajectory. On record, he’s usually joined by a full band, but one man and his guitar were more than enough to satisfy the Free At Noon audience this Friday afternoon. Continue reading →

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Bad Year For Rock and Roll” by Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet | Photo by Karen Doolittle
Chuck Prophet | Photo by Karen Doolittle

First David Bowie, then Prince, and recently Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell; these are some of the greats that have passed away this year. And as singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet sings on our Gotta Hear Song of the Week, it’s “Been A Bad Year for Rock and Roll.” Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Ford Econoline” by Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Chuck Prophet | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Chuck Prophet has been at this musician thing for a long time. Trace back to the mid-Eighties, you’ll find Prophet becoming a member of the legendary alt-country psychedelic rock band Green On Red for their 1985 release, Gas Food Lodging, staying with the band until they dissolved. Continue reading →

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Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express take on World Cafe Live

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Chuck Prophet | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Chuck Prophet is a genre all unto himself. Part ‘50s cool and ‘80s jangle with the sense of a big full sound that comes with four bandmates, he delivered on his promise of his 2014 record Night Surfer of crashing waves on last Sunday night at World Café. For 20-plus songs he rocked Philadelphia from head to toe. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Residuels at Boot & Saddle, New Sound Brass Band at Underground Arts, Chuck Prophet at World Cafe Live

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Residuels | photo via Facebook

Residuels debut their new look as a four-piece tonight at Boot & Saddle. After drummer Pat Troxell dispersed for sunnier days in Georgia with his other band Creepoid earlier this year, frontman Justin Pittney thought the group was put to rest.  But a working relationship with Iggy Pop and some choice advice inspired him to charge on with a new line-up and new album, recorded at Uniform Recording with Jeff Zeigler.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Listen to “Maligned” below.

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Recap: Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express light up World Cafe Live

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

All photos by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

August began with an aural bang at World Café in Philadelphia last night as Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express powered through a nearly two-hour set of good old-fashioned rock and roll. Heavy on songs from the stellar 2012 release Temple Beautiful, Prophet and his crackerjack Mission Express players – including Prophet’s wife and fellow songstress Stephie Finch, guitarist James DePrato (who even utilized a double-necked guitar on some songs), bassist Kevin White, and drummer Vicente Rodriguez – engaged the audience in a rollicking musical affair. Prophet also regaled his fans with tales of meeting the late Jerry Garcia and shaking his “catcher’s mitt” sized hand and of WXPN’s Dan Reed comparing the Prophet tune “Summertime Thing” to Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” and the subsequent serendipity of hearing “Summertime Thing” in a Philly restaurant. Musical highlights included the main set closer “You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp),” Prophet’s catchiest tune that had the crowd gleefully calling “you did” back at Prophet and Co., and the finale, Alejandro Escovedo’s “Always a Friend,” a song co-penned by Prophet that crystallized the atmosphere and the experience of the night – there is a love affair between Prophet, Mission Express, and the audience that is sure to never end.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express at World Cafe Live, Melvins at Underground Arts, Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah at TLA

Chuck Prophet has been around since the 80s, making music with Green and Red before moving on to a solo successful solo career.  Prophet is known for his unique melodies and impressive songwriting prowess.  His most recent album, Temple Beautiful, which was released last year, is no exception, and proves him to be just a skilled as ever.  It’s theme is San Francisco, which has been a constant muse for Prophet.  Tonight you can catch him at our very own World Cafe Live where he will kick off his summer tour.  Click here for ticket information and check out a song from the new album below.

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