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PATTY HEARST IN SLOW MOTION

We've got a mess of shows to announce here, there and everywhere. Scroll down for more info. But first let me say one thing: Man, it's great to be home.

The other night we had a homecoming at the Great American Music Hall, a venue you have to see to believe. Thanks to everyone who came out. And to the people who came to our shows here and overseas over the last two months. And to the folks who let us know you had a good time. We do get your emails and tweets and Facebook responses - personally I reread them for 15 minutes every morning just to get my day going.

I've been having a stress dream lately. Playing so many shows burrows into your subconscious. Here's the scenario:: The van leaves me behind at a rest stop. Then we're playing halftime at the Super Bowl and I drive the van onto the field, do a couple donuts for the kids, and jump out and jack up the van and fix a flat. The crowd goes WILD! All while Stephanie is studying herself in the rearview mirror and with a steady hand applying eyeliner. Right before I wake up she calmly steps out of the van looking a lot like one of those Patty Hearst photos. She scales the stands where she kills some dude in slow motion. I wake up sweating - and read your emails.

If I take a nap, the dream starts right back up. I clock Stephie calmly working her way through the crowd again and letting some other dude off with a warning!

Then there's the times I've wandered off and can't find the gig. That's really happened - I wish I could say it was a dream. Oh, and the chainlink fence with the padlock and the missing combination...

On to the next disaster,

-CP

5/4/2017 - Boulder, CO - eTown - Solo

5/11/2017 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern w/The Mission Express

5/12/2017 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge w/The Mission Express

5/13/2017 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond's Garage w/The Mission Express

5/19/2017 - Nicasio, CA - Rancho Nicasio w/The Mission Express

5/20/2017 - Big Sur, CA - Motherhips Festival Hipnic with too many cool bands to list w/The Mission Express

6/3/2017 - Grants Pass, OR - Private

6/6/2017 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room w/The Mission Express

6/7/2017 - Denver,CO - Globe Hall w/The Mission Express

6/9/2017 - Kansas City, MO - Knucklehead Saloon w/The Mission Express

6/10/2017 - St. Louis, MO - Twangfest w/The Mission Express and too many others to list

6/11/2017 - Clayton, MO - Private

6/14/2017 - Northampton, MA - The Parlor Room - Solo gig w/strings

6/15/2017 - Cambridge, MA - Lizard Lounge - Solo gig w/strings

6/16/2017 - Hunter, NY - Mountain Jam Festival - Solo

6/17/2017 - Fall River, MA - Narrows Center for the Arts - solo gig w/Alejandro

OVER THERE:

7/23/2017 - Newcastle/Gateshead,UK - Summertyne Festival w/The Mission Express

7/24/2017 - Sheffield, UK - Leadmill w/The Mission Express

7/25/2017 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds w/The Mission Express

7/26/2017 - Belfast, NIR - Errigle Inn w/The Mission Express

7/27/2017 - Dublin, IRL - Whelan's w/The Mission Express

7/28/2017 - Kilkenny, IRL - Set Theatre w/The Mission Express

7/29/2017 - Perth, UK - Southern Fried Festival w/The Mission Express

BACK IN THE USA:

8/2/2017 - Haddon Heights, NJ - Summer Concert Series w/The Mission Express

8/5/2017 - Arnolds Park, IA - Summer Concert Series w/The Mission Express

10/1/2017 - Novato, CA - HopMonk Tavern Cookout Series - Solo

“Live like you want to live!” - Chuck Berry

We've got a ton of shows to announce. See below. We'll be here, there, and everywhere, while The Mission Express is at the top of their game. Or anyone's game. More dates coming in all the time. As always, up-the-minute details here: http://chuckprophet.com/gigs/

Had dinner the other night with our old co-conspirator Roly Salley. When he was 18, Roly once backed up Chuck Berry. When he asked if they were gonna rehearse, Chuck said, "You've been rehearsing your whole life for this, son."

Oh man. If Chuck Berry was in a deck of cards he'd be the Joker. The ultimate wildcard. I thought he would bury us all. When we learned that he died we were setting up our gear along with the Bottle Rockets in Milwaukee at Shank Hall. We all immediately started jamming on Chuck. Worked up a song together for the encore. As we were playing our set I kept a running tab. Every time I quoted Chuck Berry I made a mental note. Then I lost track. He's the ultimate 200 proof singer/songwriter. Chuck was always there. And now he's gone. Gone like a cool breeze.

A couple years ago I actually played with Chuck after a fashion at the American Masters tribute in Cleveland - probably wrote about it in this newsletter. I took the photo linked here. It's Chuck in the wings of very same concert. His minder (a kind of strange grey-bearded little hippy dude in a tie-dye shirt and suspenders) pulled him offstage after the allotted 3 songs as per his contract. But Chuck had a wireless rig on his guitar and plopped down into a chair and kept jamming along off stage. LOUDLY. IN ANOTHER KEY! It was awesome. I was standing there frozen, then for once had the presence of mind to snap this shot:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BR043kGA43K/?taken-by=chuckprophet

He was fun. He was dangerous. Was he political? We know he wasn't thrilled about paying taxes. We know is he lived a full uninhibited life. And left a mess of great songs behind. I've got him on the hi-fi now.

And while we're at it, let's hear it for PBS for playing that Hail Hail Rock and Roll film on repeat during all their Pledge Drives in the 90's.

IN OTHER NEWS: While I've got your attention, we've got a new video I want to tell you about directed by my man Nesto. It's for "Your Skin" off the new record Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWMwDE1f8Fo Billboard says its: "like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom meets Office Space meets Rosemary's Baby." And they should know. I asked Nesto the director to try to explain the video. He writes:

"What does it mean to be out of place? Or maybe better, what does it mean to be stuck in a place when time finally catches up to sweep you out? Like Bobby Fuller, a greaser lost among the hippies in San Fransisco, our protagonist is a career man in a a world of unknowns and creeping dread — on the job where only the youngest, boldest and most confident survive."

It's a long story. And just because I'm telling you this story, it doesn't mean I'm alive at the end of it. This is the internet. This could all be pre-recorded/queued up and I could be talking to you from the bottom of the ocean or from inside a dumpster in Burbank.

Okay, I've got to check out.

"Live like you want to live!" - Chuck Berry

Words to live by.

See you there,

-CP

PS: Speaking of the Bottle Rockets. We had obscene amounts of fun. It was like playing with Creedence every night. Straight up. No lacy bullshit. One killer song after another. The whole run was a joyride. Please dudes, let's do it again.

US DATES:

4/13/2017 - Los Angeles, CA - Grammy Museum LA w/The Mission Express

4/15/2017 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall w/The Mission Express

5/4/2017 - Boulder, CO - eTown

5/11/2017 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern w/The Mission Express

5/12/2017 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge w/The Mission Express

5/13/2017 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond's Garage w/The Mission Express

5/20/2017 - Big Sur, CA - Motherhips Festival Hipnic with too many cool bands to list w/The Mission Express

6/3/2017 - Grants Pass, OR - Private

6/6/2017 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room w/The Mission Express

6/7/2017 - Denver,CO - Globe Hall w/The Mission Express

6/9/2017 - Kansas City, MO - Knucklehead Saloon w/The Mission Express

6/10/2017 - St. Louis, MO - Twangfest w/The Mission Express and too many others to list

6/11/2017 - Clayton, MO - Private

6/14/2017 - Northampton, MA - The Parlor Room - Solo gig w/strings

6/15/2017 - Cambridge, MA - Lizard Lounge - Solo gig w/strings

6/16/2017 - Hunter, NY - Mountain Jam Festival - Solo

6/17/2017 - Fall River, MA - Narrows Center for the Arts - solo gig w/Alejandro

OVER THERE:

7/24/2017 - Sheffield, UK - Leadmill w/The Mission Express

7/25/2017 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds w/The Mission Express

7/26/2017 - Belfast, NIR - Errigle Inn w/The Mission Express

7/27/2017 - Dublin, IRL - Whelan's w/The Mission Express

7/28/2017 - Kilkenny, IRL - Set Theatre w/The Mission Express

BACK IN THE USA:

8/5/2017 - Arnolds Park, IA - Summer Concert Series w/The Mission Express

like riding shotgun down some mythic highway

"Prophet's new album feels like riding shotgun down some mythic highway with a rock true believer." – NPR, First Listen

"The excellent songs keep coming." – Los Angeles Times

"Bobby Fuller may have died for your sins, but Chuck Prophet is freakin' god!" - Jim Caligiuri, The Austin Chronicle

"A fresh, full-color take on the darker side of all things Golden State." – NPR, Heavy Rotation

"He's a throwback who believes two guitars, bass, drums and a sense of humor make for great music, and he's right." – Associated Press

"He has recorded over a dozen solo albums that just keep getting better." – NPR, World Cafe

"The music attests to the enduring resilience of rock-and-roll itself." – Philadelphia Inquirer

"Memorable melodies, exuberant playing, detailed lyrics and unflinching honesty...yet another example of not just Prophet's love of rock and roll, but an ability to create it with the spirit and intensity of the best." – American Songwriter

"Prophet's voice has grown richer with time and his melodies sharper." – San Francisco Chronicle

"If you're as moved by music as Chuck Prophet, you'll want to listen to his new album."– KEXP

"He calls this collection of tunes 'California Noir,' and the album delivers on that promise with songs that explore the deteriorating American dream and all its faded glory." – Magnet

"Smart, honest and thoughtful...Prophet has rarely been better as a vocalist, finding the right tone on every track." – AllMusic

"When Chuck Prophet releases a new album, it's never a bad year for rock and roll." – No Depression

"Prophet's Ray Davies-like vocals merge with the blistering chops of the Mission Express to create a rousing, thought-provoking mélange of the highs and lows of society." – Elmore

"Chuck Prophet is a big time rock and roll star in a country that has forgotten that it needs big time rock and roll stars." – PopMatters

"What could be sad reflections becomes deliverance by the power, emotion and release of rock 'n' roll." – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Prophet has an effortless feel for pop music's power, fun and grace." – Lexington Herald-Leader

"There is morbidity in 'Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins,' but to hear Prophet tell it, it sounds like a blast." – Glide Magazine

"Chuck Prophet continues his creative roll." – The Guardian

"Hovering somewhere between the lyrical directness of Jonathan Richman and the West Coast energy of Tom Petty." – Uncut

"Prophet brings heft, heart, and honesty to songs with dynamic melodies and lyrical depth." – The Daily Country

"A reminder of how potent straightforward melodic pop/rock can be. That is not, in any way, meant to suggest that this is simple music; the themes on Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins are deep." – The Record Collector

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Tue Jun 06 The State Room
Salt Lake City, UT
Wed Jun 07 Globe Hall
Denver, CO
Fri Jun 09 Knucklehead Saloon
Kansas City, MO
Sat Jun 10 Twangfest
St. Louis, MO
Wed Jun 14 The Parlor Room
Northampton, MA

BOARD

  • greetings

    "Hello Chuck! I am a guy from Belgrade and you

  • Down South

    "Any shows this year in the South? Tampa would be

  • Sorry

    "I posted a reply to one message and it ended up

  • Thank you!

    "Had a moment this morning when I was reading the

  • New York and Long Island

    "Need more gigs on Long Island or NYC. Traveled to