Chuck Prophet with String Quartet

Chuck Prophet with String Quartet

Ray Mason

Wed · June 14, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Parlor Room

$20/Adv, $25/Door

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This event is all ages

Chuck Prophet with String Quartet
Chuck Prophet with String Quartet
Chuck Prophet describes his new album ‘Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins’ (Feb 10, Yep Roc) as a “California Noir,” an album inspired partly by the mysterious death of rocker Bobby Fuller in LA in 1966. “California has always represented the Golden Dream, and it’s the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs.”

Gritty and jangly, Chuck’s new album features 13 original works that explore doomed love, loneliness and fast paced violence via Chuck’s muscular songwriting craft. They include songs about Fuller, the death of David Bowie, and the killing of a San Francisco security guard named Alex Nieto that drew international headlines as “Death By Gentrification.”

‘Bobby Fuller’ finds Chuck coming full circle. He cut the album to tape at Hyde Street Studio in San Francisco, which also happens to be the same studio where Prophet did his very first recording session, while still in high school. Chuck brought out his ’64 Stratocaster for the sessions, conjuring a sound that Jonathan Richman once described as “gasoline in the sand, like a motorcycle at a hot dog stand.” He’s backed by The Mission Express, a band featuring his wife Stephanie Finch (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Kevin White (bass), Vicente Rodriguez (drums, vocals) and James DePrato (guitar).

Lead single “Bad Year For Rock and Roll” is a timely homage to rock greats lost in 2016: “The Thin White Duke took a final bow / there’s one more star in the heavens now/I’m all dressed up in a mohair suit / watching Peter Sellers thinking of you.” “Jesus Was A Social Drinker” starts as a punchy mid tempo rocker with clanking cowbell before unfurling into an explosive, psychedelic coda. “Alex Nieto” is what Chuck refers to as his first protest song. It’s “an homage to a good man who should still be alive,” says Chuck.
Ray Mason
Ray Mason
Ray Mason started his first band in 1966 and has been going strong ever since. Playing a 1965 Silvertone electric guitar through a Peavey Bandit 65 amp he has released 13 albums including his latest The Shy Requester (produced by Henning Ohlenbusch).
Ray has recorded with the Lonesome Brothers, Cheri Knight, Lloyd Cole, J Mascis, Ware River Club, Cliff Eberhardt, Wolf Krakowski, Steve Westfield, Dennis Crommett, Mark Mulcahy and many others.
Throughout the years Ray has opened for/appeared with NRBQ, Steve Forbert, The Band, Warren Zevon, Marshall Crenshaw, Graham Parker, Amy Rigby, Wreckless Eric, Chris Whitley, The Flatlanders, Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys, Chad & Jeremy, David Crosby, Geoff Muldaur, Nils Lofgren, Alejandro Escovedo, James McMurtry, Junior Brown, The Bottle Rockets, Freedy Johnston, Joan Jett, Yo La Tengo, The Smithereens, They Might Be Giants, Dan Bern, The Kennedys….and that’s the short list!
Ray’s tunes follow no trend while keeping an upward slide on the songwriting scale. It’s rock with the roll. One man with his Silvertone!
Venue Information:
The Parlor Room
32 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA, 01060