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I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight

Friends, Stephanie and I worked this up on yet another lonely Saturday night for Daniel Strickland and the Mission Bowling Club's Rock The Vote campaign the other night. Here it is in all it's Richard and Linda glory for those who missed it. I know Rock The Vote sounds kind of cute and kinda MTV 80s, but it's prescient AF. In fact, dig this my Arizona brethren: You have an opportunity to really do something(!) If Biden were to win in Arizona it would be only the second time a Democratic candidate has managed to pull that off since something like 1952. Oh Arizona, you are a mess of contradictions! But imagine if you really could flip that shit?! From red to blue. Imagine how glorious that would be. It still won't be any cooler than 100° in the Fall on a good day. But, it will send a message. All the way to Washington and beyond. That Arizona is fed up with Trump and his horse manure. Anyway, I'm not sure you need me or Janet Jackson or Samuel L. Jackson or The Sleepy Jackson to tell you something you already know, but that's my spiel. Now get out there and vote.

#ChuckProphet #StephanieFinch #RockTheVote #Richardandlindathompson #Biden2020 #BidenHarris2020


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ENTER THE WANDERER

Hey Folks,

BREAKING NEWS: As you've no doubt heard, the 20th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival will be virtual this year, on October 3. So what does virtual mean? Some kind of Zoom concert?

Not by a longshot!

We're talking a 3-hour movie, with new and familiar faces including me, playing their hearts out on location in cities around the country. There will also be archival footage galore, and interviews, and much, much more celebrating Warren Hellman's gift to the city.

And let me be the first to start a rumor that throughout this extravaganza, WHO WILL POP UP WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT HIM BUT THE WANDERER! The capital letters are because The Wanderer will be...you guessed it...none other than me.

Think a cross between Judy Garland and Anthony Bourdain - back when he was still alive. And you the viewer will know what it feels like to be that farm girl from Kansas who gets swept up in a tornado.

Join me as I encounter all manner of Scarecrows, Tin Men, Wicked and Good Witches in the empty confines of Golden Gate Park. I kid you not.

So just to be clear: Hardly Strictly, the annual free of charge festival that draws 750,000 music lovers from all over creation to San Francisco over three days on six stages is coming to the electronic device of your choosing (including facebook Live) on October 3.

Think of my role as the cab driver who never shuts up. Who knows the architect behind every building, even if he has to make it up.

They say the music is gone. But is it? (Spoiler alert: I. Don't. Think. So.) Plus we will straighten out where the word "Hardly" came from and how it opened the festival up to loud and proud performers such as Buckethead, The Drive By Truckers and oh... about 500 others(!)

Plus – you'll get to see me and Tre Burt perform in an empty meadow.

And we'll show many sides of Warren Hellman. The Man Himself, who had a magic checkbook that cut through bureaucratic red tape like a hot knife through butter.

Visit https://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com for news and updates.

ONCE MORE: if you haven't checked in on my Trip In The Country radio show, you're missing out. 2 hours of COVID free jams. Every Friday at 2 PM PST with me your host hand picking records. http://gimmecountry.com Today we have special guest Jon Langford from The Mekons talking about some of his favorite records.

IN OTHER MERCH NEWS: Fleet Wood made these handmade LTTF bandannas. Fleet Wood is a cool place in the heart of the Tenderloin that doubles as an art gallery and a boutique. Nico there does the screen printing on-site. The bandannas turned out cool and honestly, any opportunity I can find to promote an independently owned business in the Tenderloin is great for me. And come to think great for the neighborhood. And great for the city too. San Francisco real estate has never been less friendly. So if you can, support this little business.

Here's the direct link where you can purchase the bandana, which is now live: https://www.theconnextion.com/chuckprophet/index.cfm?ProdAutoID=14640

If you want to buy something in my store like the new record? It helps. We've got a lot of great stuff in our online store if you haven't checked it out lately. Go here: http://www.chuckprophet.com/shop

Onwards,

-Chuck

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT OUT TODAY

Hey Folks,

BREAKING NEWS: As you have no doubt heard by now, today Yep Roc will be releasing "The Land That Time Forgot" on CD, digital and (yes, oh yes, yes... vinyl too!). To celebrate, we're throwing a frozen burrito in the microwave. No, scratch that! We can do better than that. To celebrate we've got a few on-line events you can join in on.

If you haven't checked in on my Trip In The Country radio show, you're missing out. 2 hours of COVID free jams. Every Friday at 2 PM PST with me your host hand picking records. http://gimmecountry.com This week we have special guest Pat Sansone from Wilco talking about some of his favorite records and his stylish new book of Polaroids.

Today at 12 PM PST, Green Apple Books in San Francisco is hosting an on-line event where Me and Stevie Simkin the author of What Makes the Monkey Dance: The Life And Music Of Chuck Prophet And Green On Red will be doing a Q and A on Zoom. Moderated by Daniel Strickland. General admission includes a signed copy of What Makes the Monkey Dance and exclusive access to the Zoom. There's also a Premium package with a signed LP too.

Details here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chuck-prophet-and-stevie-simkin-for-green-apple-books-tickets-114482570450

And next week, we'll be ripping the lid off the Internet with a Newbury Comics listening party. Join us Monday, August 24 at 9 PM – 10 PM EDT. Get yourself a ringside seat, an all access pass. I'll be live tweeting. In person! On twitter!

Join the Chuck Prophet Twitter Listening Party hosted by Newbury Comics here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1937745813025918/

Oh and for those San Francisco people. I'm throwing in the new CD with every to-go order from Standard Deviant Brewing. Yes, so many local businesses could use your support right now. Today I'm supporting Standard Deviant Brewing. Stop by between 3-5pm, spend $15 or more, and get a FREE copy of my new CD. As they say, while supplies last.

HERE: https://www.standarddeviantbrewing.com

As for release date jingle jangle, this record was originally scheduled to come out in May. And then with all the unforeseen nonsense, we had to push it back to August. And rather than sit on our hands, we released new music one song at a time. Pushing it back was kind of a drag but it's been a super drag to have to cancel so many tour dates. What could we do? Who knows, maybe we will look into ways of doing some kind of "virtual performance" in the future. Then again. Maybe we won't! It doesn't mean we don't miss you. Just think of us as having to go in to the army or something. You know, like Elvis! The Mission Express haven't gone this long without playing together in like ever. We've had a couple virtual band meetings on Zoom and well, it's not the same. Although it does give us a chance to tease Stephie about not having visited a salad bar for months. I think we all are getting a little dispirited. But we're still reaching for something. Even if it's just the remote.

Yeah, we want to get out there. It will happen. And just lately, there's been a flicker of hope here and there. Nice to see PBS's Judy Woodruff back in the studio last week. No more hitting "Pause" so we can try to read the book titles behind her head.

If you like this newsletter, forward it to a pal. If you want to buy something in my store like the new record? Better yet. It helps. We've got a lot of great stuff in our online store if you haven't checked it out lately. Go here: http://www.chuckprophet.com/shop

Onwards,

-Chuck

PS: I'll be doing some guest DJ slots on MDR Kultur Radio Germany and BBC Scotland soon so look out for those.

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