Chuck Prophet hit the road in the ’80s with the psychedelic-roots band Green on Red straight out of high school and never looked back. In addition to working as a singer/songwriter, guitarist, bandleader, and musical collaborator with artists diverse as Cake, Kim Carnes and Solomon Burke, Prophet’s deepening solo catalog of self-produced “sideways” roots rock has steadily becoming his calling card.
Born in the Southern California suburb of Whittier, the San Francisco-based Prophet made his debut as a solo artist in 1990 with Brother Aldo. One U.K. music paper called its collision of lo-fi and country “As close to the genuine article as a white boy can get.” Developing his style over the course of seven albums, including Balinese Dancer (1993) and Feast of Hearts (1995), Prophet hit his stride with his gritty meditation on suburbia, Homemade Blood (1997) followed by the studio tweaked and poetic The Hurting Business (1998) and the streetwise epic No Other Love (2002) which sparked a radio hit, “Summertime Thing” (the title track was covered by Heart). His 2004 release, Age of Miracles, marries vintage with state-of-the art studio technique while consistently never compromising its raw, roots foundation. Soap and Water (2007) barges through rock’s barriers with a helping of swamp and hip-hop. Between albums, Kelly Willis and Boz Scaggs, among others, have laid down versions of Prophet’s songs while his guitar tracks show up on recordings from Warren Zevon and Lucinda Williams to Jewel. In 2005-2006, Green on Red reunited for a series of shows. Prophet continues to perform as a solo artist and with his band, the Mission Express, featuring his wife, Stephanie Finch, on keyboards and vocals.
- Sonny Liston’s Blues
- Let Freedom Ring
- American Man