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Night Surfer

Night Surfer

by Chuck ProphetChuck Prophet

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Overview

After his ambitious 2012 album Temple Beautiful, a song cycle about his home town of San Francisco, Chuck Prophet eases back just a bit with Night Surfer, a set of tunes that often have an autobiographical twist as Prophet (or a character speaking with his voice) interacts with a rogue's gallery of characters both honorable and dangerous. Whether he's hitting the highway on tour in a beat-up van, harvesting weed in Mexico, or jotting down mental notes about strangers in the park, Prophet has a great eye for details, and these 12 songs are often powerfully evocative and acidly funny, short stories of a memorable life where fate often puts a twist in the tale. As good a songwriter as Prophet is, he's also a fine man with a tune who can write melodies that are tough but richly musical at the same time, and his skills as a guitarist are strong, though he has a small army of helpers on these sessions, including Peter Buck on 12-string guitar, Prairie Prince of the Tubes, and Bill Rieflin, ex-Ministry, taking turns on drums (and any musician who cheerfully works with members of R.E.M., the Tubes, and Ministry on one album is one who isn't too worried about boundaries). Night Surfer jumps from atmospheric pop to full-on rock with grace, precision, and just the right touch of attitude, and Prophet's wit and storytelling smarts never get in the way of his abundant heart and soul. Chuck Prophet has quietly amassed a very impressive body of solo work in the 21st century, and Night Surfer shows he's not slowing down anytime soon.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2014
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457240629
catalogNumber: 2406
Rank: 117350

Tracks

  1. Countrified Inner-City Technological Man
  2. Wish Me Luck
  3. Guilty as a Saint
  4. They Don't Know About Me and You
  5. Lonely Desolation
  6. Laughing on the Inside
  7. If I Was a Baby
  8. Ford Econoline
  9. Felony Glamour
  10. Tell Me Anything (Turn to Gold)
  11. Truth Will Out (Ballad of Melissa and Remy)
  12. Love Is the Only Thing

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Prophet   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Peter Buck   12-string Guitar,E-bow,Guitar (12 String Electric),Hi String Guitar (Acoustic),Guitar (Resonator)
James DePrato   Banjo,Guitar
Jim Hoke   Woodwind
Brad Jones   Bass,Bells
Prairie Prince   Percussion,Drums
Bill Rieflin   Percussion,Drums
Chris Carmichael   Violin,Viola
Stephanie Finch   Vocals
Austin Hoke   Cello
Rusty Miller   Organ,Bass,Piano,Vocals,Bells,Mellotron,Vox Continental,Hammond B3
Matt Winegar   Guitar,Keyboards,Sitar
Austin   Cello

Technical Credits

Chuck Prophet   Composer,Producer
James DePrato   Composer
Brad Jones   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Paul Q. Kolderie   Engineer
Ezra Furman   Composer
Rusty Miller   Arp String Ensemble
Klipschutz   Composer
Bill Wesemann   Executive Producer

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