When Chuck Prophet’s father lost his job during a recession, he was still suited up at 6:00am at the breakfast table perusing the day’s paper. “I don’t know if he had an appointment to get to or not, but he’d read the classifieds in his suit smelling of cologne,” says Prophet. His father showed up, job or not. With his best shirt on. “That image has stayed with me.”
A poignant message during current times as livelihoods are being slowly upended and as people struggle with the daily line between hope and hopelessness. Prophet explores this notion and how it relates to what is happening now with the CORONA virus on the track “Best Shirt On” off his upcoming album “The Land That Time Forgot” (Yep Roc) out on August 21st.
Describing it as a “21st-century exorcism from Silicon Valley to the White House” and inspired by the San Francisco cult hero being priced out of his rapidly-gentrifying home turf, ”The Land That Time Forgot” (a follow-up to 2017’s “Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins”) will be accompanied by the release of his official biography “What Makes the Monkey Dance: The Life And Music Of Chuck Prophet And Green On Red” written by Stevie Simkin (Outline Press).
Chuck shares a message of hope during these trying times:
“Even in the worst of times, you got to get dressed up and go make the donuts, people. Keep showing up. For yourself and others. Six feet is not that far away if you’re wearing your glasses! And don’t let yourself go. You must resist the temptation to put on those pajamas at 2pm. It’s a slippery slope. Believe me, I know. I’ve been “working” at home from the beginning. Sure, I have good days and bad days just like you. But then there’s the days where I come across “Happy Gilmore” on cable and boom, the whole day just got away from me.”
If you’ve attended a Chuck Prophet performance you know that it isn’t just another gig. It’s a rock concert! And inspiring. And a gift. Every time.
Hope to see you there!