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Gritty, Jangly Title Track From Upcoming LP ‘Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins’

Chuck Prophet Announces Spring Tour Dates with The Mission Express, Headlining Bowery Ballroom on March 29 with The Bottle Rockets

Chuck Prophet has unveiled "Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins," the title track from his upcoming LP out February 10th on Yep Roc. The gritty and jangly song pays homage to the legendary "I Fought The Law" singer. The story of Bobby Fuller, who died mysteriously in 1960s Los Angeles, sits at the crossroads of some of the record's main themes: death, celebrity and the disillusion of a California dream. Tales of doomed love, loneliness and fast-paced violence add to a musical narrative that Prophet describes as "California noir."

Listen to "Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins" here:

The title track is the second song to be released off the new record, following "Bad Year For Rock and Roll," a lament for the fallen greats of 2016. "The Thin White Duke took a final bow / there's one more star in the heavens now" Prophet croons on "Bad Year."

In a feature, Salon proclaimed "'Bad Year for Rock and Roll' deserves to become 2016's grim anthem," comparing the record sonically to Chuck's California forebearers like The Byrds, Love and The Beach Boys:

Prophet has also announced a U.S. tour with his band The Mission Express for March and April 2017, following a European tour in February. Dates for the Midwest and East Coast are below, with the rest of the country to follow.

Pre-order 'Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins':

Tour Dates:

2/8/17 – Hamburg, DE – Knust

2/9/17 – Berlin, DE – Frannz

2/10/17 – Geislingen an der Steuge, DE - Ratschenmuhle

2/11/17 – Ravensburg, DE - Zehntscheuer

2/12/17 – Wesel, DE – Jugendzentrum Karo

2/13/17 – Utrecht, NL - Tivoli Vredenburg

2/14/17 – Oxford, UK – The Bullingdon

2/15/17 – Glasgow , UK- ABC2

2/16/17 – Leeds, UK – The Brudnell Social Club

2/17/17 – Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute

2/18/17 – Winchester, UK – The Railway

2/19/17 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms

2/20/17 – Bristol, UK – The Tunnels

2/21/17 – London, UK – The Garage

2/22/17 – Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet

2/23/17 – Leiden, NL – QBUS

3/10/17 – Austin, TX – Continental Club

3/11/17 – Austin, TX – Continental Club

3/12/17 – Dallas, TX – Sundown at Granada

[MOST US Dates a co-bill with The Bottle Rockets (Check the listings)

3/16/17 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon w/ The Bottle Rockets

3/17/17 - Chicago - Old School of Folk w/ The Bottle Rockets

3/18/17 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall w/ The Bottle Rockets

3/21/17 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern

3/22/17 – Buffalo, NY – Sportsmen's Tavern

3/24/17 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival

3/25/17 – Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

3/26/17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café

3/28/17 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton Live w/ The Bottle Rockets

3/29/17 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom w/ The Bottle Rockets

3/30/17 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live w/ The Bottle Rockets

4/1/17 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall w/ The Bottle Rockets

Dudes: What. Is. Up?

Dudes: What. Is. Up? Other than Trump's hobo dream in his gold tower, blasting out tweets on his gold toilet seat while his wife dreams about grilled cheese sandwiches. Are we a country at war with ourselves? Simply put, it's been hard for me just keeping all the bad news straight.

Everybody wants to know when this damned country is gonna get it's act together. (When will I get my act together? Never mind.) Like I said, it's hard to keep up with it all. It's like that TV series Lost. When I was touring with Giant Sand, Lost was on 24/7 in the lounge on the tour bus. And as much as I like elaborate and intricately crafted drama, mostly that show made me feel stupid and confused. I couldn't keep up with the pussy grabbing and the lawsuits and appointments. Next thing you know you're so deep down the psycho rabbit hole with Alice, you're like, "How are we ever going to get out of this?" What? Wait. What were we talking about?

MEANWHILE, back at the CP Unlimited Ranch, we're pressing onward, with our new mantra still too wet to touch: Keep Calm and Blow a Trumpet. Hopefully in tune.

Of musical note - remember music! - we've got a few choice words. First up, there's a Leonard Cohen tribute tonight right here in S.F., at The Chapel with a star-studded cast I'm happy to be included in (bring your own stars and studs). I'm even lobbying Stephie to join me on a song, if I can meet a few more riders in her contract. More details here:

Did anybody else read the recent feature on LC in the New Yorker? One of the last things he said really stuck with me: "More than at any time of my life, I no longer have that voice that says, 'You're f*cking up." We should all live so long.

Tonight's Leonard Cohen tribute should be a great night. Too many luminaries to to mention. Oh, what the hell, I'll try: Tim Bluhm, Sonny Smith, Rusty Miller, Sylvie Simmons, Christopher Owen, Sarah Beth Nelson, Mark Kozelek - and the list goes on. So many songs. It could go on all night. And just might. Be there in body or spirit or both.

So, here's to f*cking up!

And here's Bad Year for Rock and Roll a new song from my upcoming LP "Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins." One about losing faith and gaining faith and f*cking up hard:

Dig into my "California Noir" playlist on Spotify and enter to win BIG PRIZES like the new record and an Eastman guitar:

You can also PRE ORDER the new record here:

While we're here, this is as good a time as any to wish everyone a very happy holiday and a great new year.


Til then Penguins,

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