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Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins

Chuck Prophet, Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins

★★★★☆

Download this: Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins; In The Mausoleum; Post-War Cinematic Dead Man Blues; Alex Nieto

Master guitarist and accomplished songwriter Chuck Prophet is on top form with this latest collection of reflections and rejections. The pervasive tone of zeitgeist fatigue crystallises in "Post-War Cinematic Dead Man Blues"; but it's there from the start, in the assertive anthem about the potency of cheap music, personified in the mysterious death of Bobby ("I Fought The Law") Fuller in 1966: in the manner of Alex Chilton, Prophet somehow manages to be both wistful and euphoric at once. He's clearly an encyclopaedic master of musical form, piling up influences across these tracks, notably the terse, hypnotic twitch of Alan Vega's space-age rockabilly that drives "In The Mausoleum". But the most effective borrowing applies the "Rockin' In The Free World" riff to the police killing of "Alex Nieto", which draws strength from Prophet's repeatedly returning to the victim's character: "Alex Nieto was a pacifist, a 49ers fan". Powerful and personal, it's a persuasive protest tribute straight from the heart.

LIKE RIDING SHOTGUN DOWN SOME MYTHIC HIGHWAY

"Protest songs that leave you more pissed than you were before and half-told tales that leave you curiouser and curiouser" - Robert Christgau

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

"Ultimately, every track on this masterfully sculpted set courses with life-affirming pop-rock passion" - Classic Rock

"Everywhere ageless rock'n'roll brio comes freighted with careworn sagacity." - Mojo

"There's something elegantly and acerbically wasted about Chuck Prophet.'' A-—Entertainment Weekly

Folk and Rock (France) Album of the month ****

"The overall mood is bright, hovering somewhere between the lyrical directness of Jonathan Richman and the West Coast energy of Tom Petty." - Uncut

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

"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

"And what if Prophet was Connie Britton? 'My skin would smell like berries,' he sings. Sweet". - The Washington Times

TOUR DATES HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE

You still here?

I just got off the phone with Stephie and tried to start yet another fight. I was like, "I'm not sure the pears at Whole Paycheck are any better than Safeway. Just sayin'." And she said, "Why you gotta open these old wounds? You're probably right, but the lighting is WAY better at Whole Foods." (Why do I do it? She always wins. The fluorescent lights at Safeway are all "Bzzzzzzzzzzt")

It remains to be seen if we'll continue to drive 3 hours out of the way for a Whole Foods salad just to put more money in Jeff Bezos pockets. Don't mind me, I just watching the business news at the Springfield Suites in Fall River, MS. where I'm killing time after a run of shows.

Chowder to the people right on,

-CP

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 (sold out!)

BACK IN THE USA:

8/2/2017 - Haddon Heights NJ 2017 Sundown Music Series w/The Mission Express

8/3/2017 - Worthington OH Natalie's w/The Mission Express

8/4/2017 - Berwyn IL FitzGerald's w/The Mission Express

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

9/3/2017 - Nicasio CA Rancho Nicasio w/The Mission Express

9/15/2017 - San Francisco CA The Fillmore w/The Mission Express supporting Ian Hunter(!)

9/22/2017 - Red River NM Red River Folk Festival - Solo

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

[AND YES, WE ARE PLAYING HARDLY STRICKLY BLUEGRASS THIS YEAR. NOT SURE THE DAY YET].

10/6/2017 - San Francisco CA Make Out Room w/The Mission Express

10/7/2017 - San Francisco CA Make Out Room w/The Mission Express

10/11/2017 - Spokane WA Gonzaga University - Solo

10/13/2017 - Portland OR The Old Church Concert Hall - Solo

10/11/2017 1 Gonzaga University Spokane,Wa - SOLO

OVER THERE AGAIN:

10/30/2017 - Brussels, BE - AB Club w/The Mission Express

10/31/2017 - Den Haag, NL - Paard w/The Mission Express

11/1/2017 - Tilburg, NL - 013 Poodium w/The Mission Express

11/2/2017 - Hoorn, NL - Het Huis Verloren w/ The Mission Express

11/3/2017 - Eeklo, BE - N9 w/The Mission Express

11/4/2017 - Groningen, NL - Take Root Festival w/The Mission Express

11/10/2017 - Barcelona, ES - Sala BeGood w/The Mission Express

11/11/2017 - Valencia, ES - 16 Toneladas w/The Mission Express

11/12/2017 - Bilbao, ES - Kafe Antzokia wThe Mission Express

11/13/2017 - Madrid, ES - El Sol w/The Mission Express

11/14/2017 - A Coruna, ES - Mardi Gras w/The Mission Express

11/15/2017 - Gijon, ES - Sala Acapulo w/The Mission Express

11/17/2017 - London, UK - ULU w/The Mission Express

11/18/2017 - Hebden Bridge, UK - Trades Club w/The Mission Express

11/19/2017 - Edinburgh, UK - Belle Angele w/The Mission Express

11/20/2017 - Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach w/The Mission Express

11/21/2017 - Paris, FR - La Boule Noire w/The Mission Express

OVER HERE AGAIN:

12/6/2017 -Houston TX Coffeehouse Live at St. Andrew's w/The Mission Express

12/8/2017 - Austin TX Continental Club w/The Mission ExpresS

12/9/2017 - Austin TX Continental Club w/The Mission Express

2/22/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express

2/23/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express

2/24/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express

2/25/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express

2/26/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express

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Denver, CO
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Sebastopol, CA
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Houston, TX

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