Chuck Prophet — the Petty-with-an-edge Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist — has a new CD out, Let Freedom Ring!, which features his imagistic, sometimes-gripping and sometimes-humorous impressions of hard living in a recession-gripped America. The songs are given a stripped-down Rock-quartet sound, a result of recording in a Mexico City studio with 1950s-era equipment.
Overall, the album plays like a soundtrack for Robert Frank’s outsider-compassionate The Americans photo series, featuring the kind of catchy, Folk-tinged Rock & Roll that Tom Petty inherited from The Stones and The Byrds and handed down to Prophet, who added Punk-era insight.
But Prophet does have a reputation for being able to turn heads and throw listeners for a loop with his lyrics.
He plays the Southgate House 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Get show details, read Steve Rosen's full interview and get Sound Advice here.