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

12-12-2018Lafayette, LAFrank & Tony’s House Concert
12-13-2018Houston, TXCoffeehouse Live at St. Andrew’s
12-14-2018Austin, TXCactus Cafe
12-16-2018Mill Valley, CAPrivate
01-03-2019San Francisco, CAPrivate
01-24-2019Bilbao, ESKafe Antzokia
01-25-2019Gijon, ESSala Albeniz
01-26-2019Galicia, ESTBC
01-29-2019Madrid, ESChango
01-30-2019Barcelona, ESRazzmatazz 2
01-31-2019Zaragoza, ESLas Armas
02-01-2019Valencia, ESToneladas
02-02-2019Cadiz, ESLa Bomba
02-14-2019Kennett Square, PAThe Kennett Flash
02-15-2019Vienna, VAJammin Java
02-16-2019Pittsburgh, PAClub Cafe
02-17-2019Worthington, OHNatalie’s
02-19-2019East Aurora, NY189 Public House
02-20-2019Harrisburg, PAHarrisburg Midtown Arts Center
02-21-2019Brooklyn, NYUnion Pool
02-22-2019New Hope, PANew Hope Winery
02-23-2019Ringwood, NJLive at Drews
03-08-2019Austin, TXContinental Club
03-09-2019Austin, TXContinental Club