CHUCK PROPHET – ” The Land That Time Forgot “

Posted: June 23, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Chuck Prophet, San Francisco’s saviour-songwriter, returns with his new album “The Land That Time Forgot”. Varying from the rich heartland rock of songs like Best Shirt On, to the building drum machine of Marathon and all the way back to stripped back words and guitar of Nixonland and Get Off the Stage, Prophet’s work defies classification.

Chuck Prophet is a rock and roll star in a country that has forgotten that it needs rock and roll stars. America turns its popular musicians into celebrities (as if that’s what we need more of). Meanwhile, the true grit, write it like you live it and live it ’til it kills you musical artist exists in obscurity, kicking ass and taking names in small clubs every night while sweating blood over making records. Thankfully, we live in the same timeline as Chuck Prophet.

“The Land That Time Forgot” got off the ground in the Money Belt, only to find its legs in the Borscht Belt. Musically it has deep roots, from the Southern Delta to the discos of Munich. There’s a kind of folkish inevitability to it, lots of acoustic instruments, on top of the each other and side by side. But as much as folk music is the soil all music grows from, it never hurts to have a boiler room. So, there’s always a rhythm section shuffling under your feet here.

Written mostly with longtime co-conspirator klipschutz, this LP steps out of Chuck Prophet’s comfort zone (“two guitars, bass, and drums”). After nailing three tracks in S.F. with Grammy-winning alchemist Matt Winegar, Prophet confesses, “We hit a wall. Schedules. Money. Towed vehicles: a thousand large to get one van out of lockup.”

The Band:
Chuck Prophet – vocal, acoustic guitar, electric guitar Stephanie Finch – vocals, keyboards James DePrato – electric guitar Matt Winegar – bass, keyboard, percussion Rusty Miller – keyboards Vicente Rodriguez – drums

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