May 162014

Under the Radar shines a light on lesser-known cover artists. If you’re not listening to these folks, you should. Catch up on past installments here.

Chuck Prophet is the classic “under the radar” artist. He’s a musician who has been recording for nearly 30 years – first with Green on Red, a band that seems more respected in its absence than it was recognized during its existence, and then as a solo act, in which a small handful of his impressive songs have barely nudged into public consciousness. He has been a successful songwriter for hire, a sought-after sideman, and has a number of higher-profile admirers. His music is generally well reviewed, and he tours regularly and successfully. Although we at Cover Me are not privy to his tax returns, it is probably safe to say that he makes a pretty good living at the music thing, but that he isn’t using hundreds to light his smokes.
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Jul 122011

Whether you know it or not, there’s a good chance you’ve heard Chuck Prophet before. While the 48-year-old songwriter, guitarist and producer may not be a household name, he has collaborated, toured and recorded with the likes of Solomon Burke, Warren Zevon, and Cake. Versions of his songs have also been featured on TV show and movie soundtracks like P.S. I Love You, America’s Got Talent, and The L Word. Over his career he’s proven his talents as a singer and guitarist, which he recently used at the High Sierra Music Festival in California to cover The Clash’s seminal 1979 album London Calling from start to finish with the temporary tribute group “Spanish Bombs,” which also features noted musician Chris Von Sneidern. Continue reading »