Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

Chuck Prophet describes his new album ‘Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins’ (Feb 10, Yep Roc) 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 new 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.

Chatham County Line

Ten years in, the four gentlemen that form Chatham County Line have a lot to reflect on. Sold out shows in the US and overseas, appearances on national Radio & TV, four solid selling records, and four really dirty suits. "We want to be the band that puts on the most professional show in the business of what we do" reflects singer/guitarist/writer Dave Wilson. "I get tired of going to a show and the band stands around on stage doing nothing for 40% of the gig, if you're there for us, we are gonna prove we are there for you."

It is that sincerity of showmanship and professionalism that has led to countless miles on the road for CCL. "We've wore out two vans by now and I've actually worn out a few ties as well, you ever hear of someone wearing out a tie?" asks John Teer, mandolin, fiddle and high tenor singer for the band. It is this sweat equity that has fans driving hundreds of miles to catch Chatham County Line at work on the road. "We've had fans travel from another country to catch a show," reflects banjoist Chandler Holt, continuing, "That's when you know you're doing something right."

Releasing IV to critical acclaim in 2008, CCL was invited to be on "Later...with Jools Holland" on BBC 2 in the UK alongside such acts as The Raconteurs, Nick Cave, and Bon Iver. "Now that was a party," muses Standup Bassist Greg Readling, adding "When you've got those guys coming up and introducing themselves to you, all the miles just melt away."

The latest effort, Wildwood, will be in the hands of the world in early Summer 2010.

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