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STREAM STRINGS IN THE TEMPLE FILM NOW

Hey folks,

Attention all you streamers, loss-leaders, grim reapers, and powdered egg beaters. We've got something to share with all of you shut-ins.

Stream The STRINGS IN THE TEMPLE FILM NOW. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. FOR THE LOW COST OF FREE.

WATCH IT HERE NOW: https://found.ee/jRYk

I don't know about you, but I am totally barricaded, holed up, shut in but not shut down. And make no mistake, this crisis is serious. Life and death serious. As for now, I've got all I need. I've actually got three Honeycrisp apples in the kitchen. Plus, one Fuji apple. Fujis are not my first choice but I am 100 percent prepared to eat that Fuji if the whip comes down. Although I could be hurting for paper towels here before too long. (Stephanie's out of town. Pray for me.)

As for this film. A little background:

Back in 2012, we released the Temple Beautiful LP - an open love letter to San Francisco and its history and characters. Written in my shoebox no-internet-having work space South of Market along with klipschutz. Lunches were had. Arguments were settled. (Never did we stoop to tossing a coin.)

After two years of playing the songs around the world, in late 2013 my band and I delivered the 12-song cycle at the Great American Music Hall - itself a former bordello and an art deco S.F institution - with a string octet scored and conducted by Brad Jones. Which turned out to be the first step that culminated in Strings in the Temple.

Director Darrell Flowers brought along at least four camera operators and a few more assorted pros from Dover to film it. We had one chance to get it right. And this film is a document of the twists and turns in the road that brought us to that one-night-only sold-out performance at the GAMH.

Some will have you believe that here in Start Up City, USA technology is the new culture. Then again, how can technology equal culture? (On what planet?) Where's the google bus - or better yet, the Virtual Stock Option (VSO) - for the out-of-work dishwasher who commutes in every day from Stockton? Or the people who commute three hours each way just for the privilege of cleaning our toilets? Where's the facebook live Zuckerberg Tip Jar (ZTJ) for them?

Let me ask you a question: Can songs connect people to the world? I'll take my answer off the air.

The songs performed that night touch on all kinds of San Franciscos and include characters like Willie Mays, martyred supervisor Harvey Milk, Cain & Abel porn kings Jim & Artie Mitchell, mythic oddball "Red Man," preacher/Svengali Jim Jones, politician-turned assassin Dan White, and Emperor Norton himself, with cameos by Laffing Sal, Carol Doda, Bill Graham, and Fatty Arbuckle. Locations too. Including the Castro and Mission Districts. One song channels the White Night Riots, sparked by the light sentence handed out to poster-boy-for-closet-cases Dan White for the assassination of Milk and Mayor Moscone.

Dig in. And do yourself a favor and stick around. At the 10:00 mark don't miss the image of Stephie smiling and James shrugging when Roy Loney makes a kind of sideways entrance. That's why I play music. I could watch that moment once a week forever. We miss you Roy.

P.S.: If you want to download the LP of the concert. You can do it over at Bandcamp. For the next 24 hours Bandcamp is waiving their 10% fee, so you know what that means, right? More paper towels for ol' CP.

Here is the Bandcamp Link https://found.ee/uO1W

And if you are feeling like you want to give back. My newsletter costs money. I pay a service to deliver it. And sometimes, even though I'm on the list I don't even receive it. I don't know what the dealio is but if you want to show your appreciation feel free to roam around my online store and throw down.

Sincerely,

-Chuck Prophet

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What the critics have to say about Temple Beautiful:

"Experience the album as one man's alternative history of three decades of West Coast culture and politics." - Fresh Air

"A heroic all round smash and grab raid on rebel rock across the generations." - Classic Rock

"A dozen beautifully melodic, razor-sharp guitar-pop elegies. Mythological in scope, soulful in execution – tracking everything from the city's vaunted musical history to baseball star Willie Mays and madman/murderer Jim Jones, it's a feast of contextual songwriting and sizzling guitar. The whole lot is first rate." - Uncut

"Not since Lou Reed paid homage to the city and era that forged him with New York has there been a song cycle dedicated to a place and reality that offers the core immediacy with the thump, churn and ferocity of Chuck Prophet's Temple Beautiful" - Paste

"Above all it rocks. A hooky, memorable album." - Mojo

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Obviously everything is a hot mess due to the current state of events surrounding COVID-19. We're taking all of this serious. Life and death serious. And exploring the possibility of rescheduling shows down the road. Some shows will be postponed. Some promoters have no plans to reschedule. All the regional UK dates will be postponed to Jan 2021 which we are working on now. We'll gather all that info for you including refunds and the like here in coming newsletters and on the CP web site. Please be patient. And don't hesitate to e-mail if you think we can help.

We plan to send an updated list of rescheduled/confirmed dates soon.

For now, these dates appear to be on.

5/8/2020 SEBASTOPOL CA HOPMONK TAVERN**

5/9/2020 SACRAMENTO CA HARLOW'S**

5/16/2020 BIG SUR CA HIPNIC**

Show details: http://chuckprophet.com/gigs/

Autograph a baseball

Folks,

Okay, we are heading to Austin even though SXSW has been cancelled. We have shows before and after the festival. Including the Luck Reunion Festival in Luck, TX. All the performers appearing at the Luck Reunion festival get Luck Rings. In fact, we were all fitted for rings. So, we want our rings. And as Daniel says, all those tacos and all that BBQ ain't gonna eat itself.

So much to talk about. So little newsletter. This is a good time to tell you that I will be sharing all kind of details in these emails long before I share them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Those platforms are for punks (Not the good kind of punks). This newsletter is the real deal. So tell your friends. Or not. You know, if you just want it to be "our thing," that's okay too.

All the reaction and nice words about The Land That Time Forgot and the "Marathon" single/video has been music to my ears. You know me, I read all your e-mails. And re-read the good ones every morning for ten or fifteen minutes just to get my day going.

Would this be the right time to tell you that you can pre-order it now? (LP comes out May 15th on Yep Roc Records Tapes and Health Aids.) You can get free shipping on the CD and LP if you pre-order through Yep Roc directly. The First Edition LP comes on red vinyl, too. Pre-order/listen to "Marathon" here: https://ffm.to/landtimeforgot

And we've got another single coming down the pike. So watch this space.

Beyond that, we've got tour dates. And yes, some UK dates coming down the line too. They love to put butter on their sandwiches over there. And you know what? We're okay with that.

Meanwhile, Austin is a great place to eat a taco. And we're headed to Texas for a mess of shows around SXSW.

What else? Oh yeah. Don't forget to wash your hands. Wash your hands before you go to the bathroom. Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom. Pick up a check. Put a check down. Wash your hands. And don't forget to wash your hands. Autograph a baseball. Wash your hands. Close your eyes and touch your ear. Wash your hands. Pop an anti-depressant. Throw another log on the fire escape. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. And if you can, wash somebody else's hands too. Oh, and get an earthquake kit, or pick up a cheeseball at the market on your way home from work in case of a zombie apocalypse. But rule #1: Live your life. And don't forget to take out the trash.

And if you think I'm not serious, here's a piece in the New York Times Stephanie just sent this to me from the other room about how to not touch your face. I once went an entire five minutes without touching my face. How to Stop Touching Your Face: https://tinyurl.com/sfvqx8z

And here's a great piece by Denise Sullivan about the tribute we all did for Roy Loney the other night. I still can't believe I'll never see him walking down he street again. I really can't. "A remembrance of Roy Loney and his surviving rock'n' roll family" – Denise Sullivan https://tinyurl.com/rd55s88

Got it?

Oh, and did I mention that you can watch/stream "Marathon," and pre-order The Land That Time Forgot: https://ffm.to/landtimeforgot

One more time! TOUR DATES! Over here and over there. Lots of them. Scroll down for more on that.

I may not touch my face all day. I'm on a not-touching-my-face roll. Without a mirror handy I sometimes find myself wondering if I still even have a face. But Stephanie knows best, so I'll take that chance.

Onwards,

-C

PS: Oh and you heard it here first. I can barely say it, but there's a CP biography coming. A kind of CP owners manual by Stevie Simkin going right back to the Green On Red days. Chuck went here. Chuck went there. Chuck stood on the corner. Looked left. Looked right. Fun and seriousness aside, it's an incredibly well researched tour de force of a book and Stevie has put much love and care into it. And my haters should know that it's not all flattering either. I believe Stevie is over in Winchester putting the finishing touches on it now, taking out semi-colons and capitalizing the names of towns like Sheffield. And all kinds of other grammatical whatnot.

Show details: http://chuckprophet.com/gigs/

NAKED AND AFRAID

Folks,

You heard it here first (unless you didn't). I've got a new record coming out on May 15 called "The Land That Time Forgot." On Yep Roc Records. In fact, today's the day we're releasing the first single,"Marathon," complete with a swanky video directed by Darrell Flowers and edited by Lauren Tabak which features some fancy footwork from me and Stephie as we trade punches.

Watch/stream "Marathon," and pre-order the album here: https://ffm.to/landtimeforgot

What can I tell you? I can tell you this:

I wasn't too pleased to learn that Jason Isbell is releasing his new record the very same day as mine.

So I sent a message to Jason and said, "I think it's only fair that you change your release date."

He replied and got straight to the point: "Chuck, you know I can't do that."

So I said, "You know Jason, I don't know how this makes me feel. Actually I DO know how it makes me feel. It makes me feel like Amy Klobuchar. I mean I'm in the running and everything but I feel like people treat me as if I'm the person that runs the concession stand at a Little League game. I'm a serious artist, Jason!"

(As you can see, we're on a first-name basis.)

Well, he calmed me down and reasoned, "Chuck, at least we will get people to the polls. I mean the record stores. And once they get in there they can vote however they like. It's their country. Or their record collection as the case might be. Maybe they buy Jason Isbell, maybe they buy Chuck Klobuchar."

That hurt a little, I won't lie.

But on reflection I thought it sounded pretty reasonable. And reminded myself that Jason is younger and better looking and he probably knows a thing or three.

[DISCLAIMER: This interchange is as I recall it. Jason may not remember it this way. But it definitely happened.]

So, what about this new record? Rock 'n' roll has always been about hope and despair, falling apart and picking up the pieces, romance and heartbreak, whistling past the graveyard with a bad moon rising. And San Francisco is all of those things. A place of new beginnings and reinventing yourself married just lately to a bottomless pit of greed filled with robots with ironic haircuts.

When it came to recording, we were priced out of our home turf and ended up in a studio a few miles from the Vermont border where I could hear myself think – which was pretty f*cking scary! Recording with some rock and roll royalty who dressed like lumberjacks in a big old mansion that's on the National Historic Register.

Musically speaking, this is a radical departure for me. I usually lean on the Rockpile by way of Highway 61 template more than Alison Krauss. But this record has a lot of acoustic energy. It's a folk record even, in spots. All that with a heaping scoop of Stephanie Finch jump, jiving and harmonizing her way down that old fair lane.

klipschutz and I had a lot of lunches and arguments. You don't want to know how sausage is made, I assume (though it's actually kind of fascinating, but whatever). So what can I say about the first single "Marathon"? It's seems kind of nostalgic. But it's not. Once you get past the krautrock bassline and The Everly Brothers acoustics and the relentless groove of The Mission Express, it's a song about Depression era dances with roots in the Salem Witch Trials and the anxiety of anyone today who's short on rent again. The gig economy. Reality shows. Exploitation. Dance marathons of the Great Depression were the first reality shows. And like Pro Wrestling, blurred the line between theatre and reality. Okay, I'll spare you any more MFA gibberish, I gotta run. I got the Discovery Channel on and Naked and Afraid is up next.

Again, watch/stream "Marathon," and pre-order the album here: https://ffm.to/landtimeforgot

Oh, and we've got TOUR DATES too!

Over here and over there. Lots of them. Scroll down for more on that. Dig in with both hands.

Onwards,

-C

2/28/2020 DENVER, CO SWALLOW HILL/DANIELS HALL*

2/29/2020 FORT COLLINS, CO MAGIC RAT*

3/11/2020 TUCSON, AZ CLUB CONGRESS*

3/13/2020 AUSTIN, TX CONTINENTAL CLUB**

3/14/2020 AUSTIN, TX CONTINENTAL CLUB**

3/15/2020 FISCHER, TX DEVIL'S BACKBONE TAVERN**

3/19/2020 SPICEWOOD, TX LUCK REUNION**

3/20/2020 AUSTIN, TX LUCY'S SOUTH BY SOUTH AUSTIN FRIED CHICKEN REVIVAL**

3/21/2020 AUSTIN, TX BURGERMANIA IX AT HOTEL VEGAS**

5/2/2020 PIONEERTOWN, CA PAPPY & HARRIET'S**

5/3/2020 REDONDO BEACH, CA BEACHLIFE FESTIVAL**

5/8/2020 SEBASTOPOL, CA HOPMONK TAVERN**

5/9/2020 SACRAMENTO, CA HARLOW'S**

5/16/2020 BIG SUR, CA HIPNIC**

OVER THERE:

5/25/2020 BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND HARE & HOUNDS **

5/26/2020 BRISTOL, ENGLAND THE FLEECE **

5/27/2020 LEEDS, ENGLAND BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB **

5/28/2020 GLASGOW, SCOTLAND ST LUKES **

5/29/2020 BURY, ENGLAND THE MET **

5/30/2020 SUFFOLK, ENGLAND RED ROOSTER FESTIVAL **

6/1/2020 RAALTE,NETHERLANDS BLUES & RIBS FESTIVAL ** with Drive By Truckers

6/2/2020 LEFFINGE, BELGIUM DE ZWERVER**

6/3/2020 UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS EKKO **

6/4/2020 OSLO, NORWAY LOADED FESTIVAL ** with Dandy Warhols

6/6/2020 ZARAGOZA, SPAIN OASIS CLUB ** with Lucinda Williams

6/8/2020 BARCELONA, SPAIN SALA APOLO ** with Lucinda Williams

6/12/2020 NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND METRONOME **

6/13/2020 LONDON, ENGLAND LAFAYETTE **

CHUCK PROPHET SOLO*

CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS **


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Fri Sep 25 HIPNIC XII
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Wed Jan 20 Hare & Hounds
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Thu Jan 21 The Met
Bury, UK
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