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Chuck Prophet at MeadowGrass Music Festival preview

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Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express @ MeadowGrass Music Festival, Sunday, May 26, 6:30 p.m., La Foret Concert & Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road, full festival schedule and ticket info at meadowgrass.org
  • Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express @ MeadowGrass Music Festival, Sunday, May 26, 6:30 p.m., La Foret Concert & Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road, full festival schedule and ticket info at meadowgrass.org

If you see just one act during this year’s MeadowGrass Festival — which would admittedly be a weird thing to do — make it Chuck Prophet. He and his band can, in their best moments, hit a level of pop perfection rivaling Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Prophet has been at it since the early ‘90s, when he relinquished his role as killer lead guitarist and co-writer in Green on Red to pursue a solo career. His most recent album
Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins — which he’s described as “California Noir” — is a collection of rock ’n’ roll character studies, both real and imagined, that rank among his best.

But it’s in a live band setting that Prophet shines brightest, in a dark kind of way, channeling the energy that fueled Green on Red’s barroom-drawl Americana into something less predictable and ultimately more compelling.

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