Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express
March 1, 2023 @ 8:00 pm $25
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Since his neo-psychedelic Green On Red days, Chuck Prophet has been turning out country, folk, blues, and Brill Building classicism. His latest album, “The Land That Time Forgot,” is something different, a weather vane picking up signals from outer space—or maybe from the Heartland. Priced out of his beloved hometown, San Francisco, Chuck found himself re-energized in upstate New York just a few miles from the Vermont border—and made a record that’s something of a 21st-century exorcism. The songs inhabit a world where a “Fast Kid” might be on the run from the truant officer or a handsy boss … or the Immigration Service. These are love songs that turn political on a dime (“Love Doesn’t Come from the Barrel of a Gun”), and melodic hallucinations about kicking back in the Oval Office after hours “talking to my baby, saying baby, let’s not fight.” Where else besides a Chuck Prophet LP are songs going to come at you from both the Tenderloin and an English roundabout, with stopovers in “Nixonland” and a lovestruck mirror on a Saturday night while a working man tries his “Best Shirt On”? There’s more. Come and hear the latest from one of our favorite songwriters to have come out of the world of alternative rock.