Chuck Prophet

King Tut’s, Glasgow, Thu, 27 Sep

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Chuck Prophet

AMERICANA

Not to be confused with the current trend for trucker-chic and check shirts, Americana in the musical sense magics up the sound of smoky bars, whisky-soaked nights in the desert and heartbroken farm boys. Mixing roots rock, blues and country was what Green on Red did best, and guitar wonder-boy Chuck Prophet spent the 80s making alt-country albums with them until drugs and depression forced them to disband. His solo career picked up where they left off, and drew from his own experiences as a teenage junkie living in San Francisco.

His latest, eighth solo album, Soap and Water is being touted by the music press as his best yet. Chuck’s beloved geetar takes centre-stage (it’s the same Fender Telecaster he’s had since the Green on Red days) and around the finger-picking, strumming and growling, he uses rock’n’roll shout-alongs and bluesy ballads to exorcise a few demons. His marriage gets a look-in, and the title track sings of his fighty wife Stephie and infidelity; elsewhere he draws inspiration from the tragic wide-eyed wannabes stepping off Greyhound buses in San Francisco and London every day. Coming out the other side of junkiedom adds an open-heart honesty and who-gives-a-shit sense of humour to his lyrics. Especially when he gets a baby-voiced child choir to sing creepy backings on ‘Let’s Do Something Wrong’. Although a few tracks have a radio-friendly polish that doesn’t sit right with the gritty, home-grown sound, his dark and moody, scarred-but-still-standing style still cleans up.

Chuck Prophet

Former Green on Red country rock man who's been described as the missing link between the roots of Bob Dylan and the punk of the Replacements.

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