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guitar swap

Folks,

We had a ball doing a couple dates with the Pretenders, but now we're headed out for a mess of headline gigs all over creation.

I'm not sure where the Pretenders gigs came from. I like to think word got back to Chrissie after I showed up at her vegan restaurant in Akron and in an homage to Yogi Bear and Boo Boo ordered "everything on the menu twice."

You know the drill, sometimes it's a struggle to find something decent to eat on the road... And, although the band was staying at some greasy motel in Cleveland, I was visiting a radio station in Akron. I knew a little detour on the way back would make me some kind of hero. Or more to the point: who doesn't want to instantly be in Stephanie Finch's good graces?

After they bagged up two of everything on the menu, I raced back to that motel in Cleveland and walked through that door and threw that veggie score on the bed. You know, like the guy in that Springsteen song: "She'll see this time I wasn't just talking/Then I'm gonna go out walking."

I don't remember what all I ordered, but the thing that sticks with me is the peanut butter pupusas. That was an adventure.

The gigs were a joy ride. And Chrissie and The Pretenders were on top of their game. In fact, as soon as Stephanie heard James Walbourne play guitar she turned to me and said, "Chuck! Now THAT is a sound! How is James Walbourne getting that sound? Why can't YOU get that sound?". I said, "I'll take a peak at his pedal-board and see what I can do." After checking it out I came to the conclusion that his tone was coming out of his fingers. I told Stephie as much and she pleaded, "Are you sure, Chuck? Are you sure there isn't ANYTHING you can do?".

After I let that soak in, I started thinking about an idea for a reality show called Guitar Swap. Imagine a cable TV reality show where cameras follow two guitarists from different bands as they trade gigs and instruments for the summer. Is that something that would interest you? The guitar players would spend the first week following each other's detailed instructions on how loud to play, how to socialize and behave around the merch table. Things change on the second week when they are allowed to impose their own rules and run things as they please. At the end of the two weeks, the guitar players and their bandmates meet for what promises to be a heated discussion, assessing each other's choices and the effect the experiences had on their bands. Week three might involve adultery or picking fight's with each other's siblings just for fun. By the end of the summer everybody's in group therapy we find out who has decided to quit Facebook but not why.

This tour is bound to be a scorcher. Thanks for being on this list. You make it all possible, and beautiful. We may not act like it but we're lucky.

Meet me in the ladies room, I'll be washing my best shirt in the sink!

Onwards,

- CP

GIGSVILLE USA:

SPECIAL GUESTS: Jeremy and the Harlequins on most US dates.

7/5/2018 NEWPORT KY SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL

7/6/2018 NASHVILLE TN THE BASEMENT EAST NASHVILLE

7/7/2018 LEXINGTON KY WILLIE'S LOCALLY KNOWN

7/8/2018 ROCKY MOUNT VA HARVESTOR PERFORMANCE CENTER

7/10/2018 SELLERSVILLE PA SELLERSVILLE THEATER

7/11/2018 HADDON HEIGHTS NJ SUNDOWN MUSIC SERIES MILTON TO SUPPORT

7/12/2018 ROCHESTER NY PARTY IN THE PARK w/ G LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE

7/13/2018 HUDSON NY CLUB HELSINKI

7/14/2018 GREENFIELD MA GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL

7/15/2018 GREENFIELD MA GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL

7/17/2018 JERSEY CITY NJ WFMU MONTY HALL

7/19/2018 WASHINGTON DC THE HAMILTON

7/20/2018 GREENSBURG PA SUMMERSOUNDS

7/21/2018 CLEVELAND OH BEACHLAND BALLROOM WITH EILEN JEWELL

7/22/2018 WORTHINGTON OH NATALIE'S

8/5/2018 NICASIO CA RANCHO NICASIO

8/18/2018 DENVER CO LEVITT PAVILLION FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

8/20/2018 BLUE SPRINGS MO PRIVATE

8/21/2018 ST. LOUIS MO OFF BROADWAY

8/22/2018 EVANSTON IL SPACE

8/23/2018 MILWAUKEE WI SHANK HALL

8/24/2018 ST. PAUL MN THE TURF CLUB

8/25/2018 MADISON WI THE ORTON PARK FESTIVAL

8/26/2018 OMAHA NE THE SUNDAY ROADHOUSE PRESENTS

Chuck Prophet/Stephanie Finch Duo tour:

9/8/2018 TWYFORD, UK TOWN HALL ACOUSTIC DUO (SOLD OUT)

9/9/2018 HARPENDEN, UK HARPENDEN PUBLIC HALLS ACOUSTIC DUO

9/11/2018 LEIDEN, NL Q BUS ACOUSTIC DUO

9/12/2018 ROTTERDAM, NL LANTAREN VENSTER ACOUSTIC DUO

9/13/2018 ARNHEM, NL LUXOR LIVE ACOUSTIC DUO

9/14/2018 RIJKEVORSEL, BE - DE SINGER ACOUSTIC DUO

9/15/2018 GRONINGEN, NL LUTHERSE KERK ACOUSTIC DUO

9/16/2018 LEFFINGELEUREN, BE LEFFINGELEUREN FESTIVAL ACOUSTIC DUO

9/17/2018 BRISTOL,UK HEN & CHICKENS ACOUSTIC DUO

9/18/2018 LONDON, UK BUSH HALL ACOUSTIC DUO

9/19/2018 BURY, UK THE MET ACOUSTIC DUO

9/20/2018 GLASGOW, UK COTTIERS THEATRE ACOUSTIC DUO

9/21/2018 NEWCASTLE, UK GOSFORTH CIVIC ACOUSTIC DUO

9/22/2018 LEEDS, UK BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB ACOUSTIC DUO

9/23/2018 NOTTINGHAM, UK GLEE CLUB ACOUSTIC DUO

9/24/2018 SHEFFIELD, UK GREYSTONES ACOUSTIC DUO

9/25/2018 BRIGHTON, UK KOMEDIA ACOUSTIC DUO

Back in the USA with the Mission Express:

10/5/2018 SAN FRANCISCO CA MAKE OUT ROOM

10/6/2018 SAN FRANCISCO CA MAKE OUT ROOM

10/21/2018 NOVATO CA HOPMONK TAVERN COOKOUT SERIES SOLO

11/10/2018 DENVER CO THE GLOBE

SUMMER TIME Gigs

Folks,

Hey, speaking of merchandise. We had such a ball touring with the Bottle Rockets, and before we ink a deal with Overstock.com, we want to give you opportunity to own a commemorative Chuck Prophet/Bottle Rockets poster. Our man John Wiseman at Ocho Loco made each and every one by hand with loving care.

Memories fade, love dies, but an Ocho Loco poster lasts forever. And yes, they make great gifts. Only $25.00. It's probably too late for Christmas, but if you buy one today we'll gift wrap it at no additional cost. I'll even make it easy for you.

Check out the poster and place your order here: http://www.bellesound.com/shop_9.html

Speaking of merch table memories, lately I've been a little off my game and there have been times Stephie says, "Maybe you could skip going out there tonight?" And I'm all... "Yeah, but I just bought a new Sharpie." "Yeah," she says, "but I'm not sure you're really helping things so much." So I put my Sharpie away and update my Instagram backstage.

Here's some highlights of recent comments:

"So, would you consider doing a Green on Red reunion?"

"I like to buy the records straight from the artist. So they can get the money. Plus, you guys are getting hosed by all the damned illegal downloading, right?"

"Do you take Discover?"

Then there's the guy who came up with a Green On Red LP from 1985. Wanted a signature. Dan Stuart has already scrawled "This man has no chin" and drawn an arrow pointing towards Chris Cacavas's picture. I take out my Sharpie and pull the cap off with my teeth. Holding the cap in my mouth I write under Dan's image: "This man has in excess of three chins at last count." I snap the cap back on the Sharpie and walk away feeling pretty good.

Green On Red was never an organization for sensitive people. Insults were our preferred mode of communication. Collectors aren't happy until they have the whole band's collective signature. They track us down at obscure gigs. House parties in South Dakota.

Then a woman. Always the women. "Is there something going on between you and the girl playing the keyboard..." Yes, I confess, we've started dating.

Bring on the Career Consultants: "Tell your manager you should play at the Bait and Tackle Store. Or at Cake Counter. Those are the places everyone goes."

Oh and, here comes the guy whose phone I confiscated during the show. I grabbed it like a monkey grabs food. He wants to apologize. "I was only trying to send a picture to a sick friend in New Zealand who couldn't make the show." He's having too much fun now to stop.

An old drummer friend shows up and starts in about his new gig. I say, "That sounds cool." And he says, "Yes, it's good. I have nothing to complain about. I'm blessed. Real blessed, Chuck."

Maybe I'm blessed too, but don't know it.

Backstage, Instagram updated, I pick up a magazine and pretend to read it. Stephie is raking in the merch dosh hand over fist (I like to imagine), and everyone else is on their phones.

I know you're reading this thinking I'm some kind of asshole. (Please don't write and tell me which kind.) Hey, I have gratitude. Hell, people give me gifts. Chocolates and things. So I guess I am blessed after all.

There I said it.

Sometimes I don't know what to say to people. I mean, I'd be lost without them. Parking cars and washing dishes... or worse, go back to taking college classes. So, thanks guys. If you're reading this. I love you.

Plus it was a pretty healthy night. The Merch seller the club provided so Stephie could go eat her salad pressed a stack of sweaty 20's into my hands. #No filter. #Blessed. . . .

Onwards,

-CP

“The excellent songs keep coming.” – Los Angeles Times

"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

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Salt Lake City, UT

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