The Rescue Rooms archives: 2013

CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS, The Rescue Rooms

  • Sunday 28th April 2013
  • Supported by: The Dreaming Spires

COSMIC AMERICAN PRESENT...

CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

In some parallel dimension Chuck Prophet is a star, though for the real-world fans he's amassed over the past three decades, beginning with his stint in Green on Red through his well-regarded solo career, he may as well already be one. Certainly Prophet stands as a revered writer's writer, earning the respect of such peers as Lucinda Williams and Alejandro Escovedo—the latter's last three records were co-written with Prophet.

One wonders whether Escovedo's pronounced trips down memory lane partly inspired Prophet's latest, 'Temple Beautiful', a tribute to his San Francisco roots that's populated with figures both familiar and forgotten, from Willie Mays, murdered politician Harvey Milk and legendary stripper Carol Doda to an ode to the colorful characters gathered to watch the annual Castro Street Halloween parades. The music itself combines the provincial street poetry of Lou Reed with roots-riffs and the jangle of power-pop, all propelled with a passion and soul that lifts the project well past its personal scrapbook blueprint. And that's really the gift of a great storyteller: to make memories public, to make friends out of strangers, to take something specific and transform it into something universal. Or, in the case of the oblique AIDS chronicle "Museum of Broken Hearts," to turn the tragic, dirty or damaged into something beautiful.

Chuck Prophet was born in Whittier, California. After recording one E.P. and eight albums with rock group Green on Red, he released his first solo record on Fire Records in 1990. He has worked as a sideman or session musician with many artists, including Kelly Willis, Aimee Mann, Warren Zevon, Jonathan Richman, Lucinda Williams and Cake. His compositions have been recorded by musicians like Alejandro Escovedo, Solomon Burke, Heart, Kim Carnes, Peter Wolf, Kim Richey, Chris Knight and Kelly Willis.

Prophet was signed to New West Records in 2002. He made two records for New West: No Other Love and Age of Miracles. After years of mostly European and UK success, 2002's No Other Love was a breakthrough record for Prophet stateside due to the success of the summer single "Summertime Thing" and endorsements from Lucinda Williams, who gave him the opening slot for her summer tour.

Recorded in San Francisco and Nashville, 2007's Soap and Water received critical praise. Prophet toured Europe and North America in support of the album and appeared with his band on The Late Show With David Letterman, and Last Call with Carson Daly. In 2008 Prophet co-wrote all the songs on Alejandro Escovedo's Real Animal, to which he also contributed guitar and vocals. In May 2009, Prophet along with a cast of characters including Ernest "Boom" Carter headed to Mexico City to record a collection of "political songs for non political people". ¡Let Freedom Ring! Was released on October 27, 2009 on Yep Roc. This is another really great record.

 




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