• Roots-rock singer Chuck Prophet returns to Mountain Stage.
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    Roots-rock singer Chuck Prophet returns to Mountain Stage.
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  • Prophet's latest album, Temple Beautiful, is a tribute to his hometown of San Francisco.
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    Prophet's latest album, Temple Beautiful, is a tribute to his hometown of San Francisco.
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  • Chuck Prophet plays Mountain Stage on the eve of Hurricane Sandy.
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    Chuck Prophet plays Mountain Stage on the eve of Hurricane Sandy.
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  • The singer plays another tune from his deep catalog of roots-rock.
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    The singer plays another tune from his deep catalog of roots-rock.
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  • Chuck Prophet plays songs from his 12th solo album, Temple Beautiful.
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    Chuck Prophet plays songs from his 12th solo album, Temple Beautiful.
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Chuck Prophet makes his fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, live from the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. On the eve of Hurricane Sandy, Prophet was added to the lineup only hours before showtime, when another performer opted to return home before the storm hit. Prophet happened to be in the area — while en route to his West Coast home — when he agreed to make a detour.

Prophet rose to the occasion in a big way, even working up two free-wheeling rock numbers with the Mountain Stage band, drawn from his latest album Temple Beautiful, a tribute to his home city of San Francisco.

Prophet began his musical career in the early '80s, with the psychedelic-inspired rock band Green on Red. In addition to his highly regarded solo work (which frequently draws comparison to heavyweights like Tom Petty and Alex Chilton), Prophet is a sought-after producer, writer and guitarist, having worked with everyone from roots-rock icon Alejandro Escovedo to Warren Zevon.

Prophet is followed by Mountain Stage pianist Bob Thompson, with his timely reworking of Andy Williams' "Moon River."

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  • "Let Freedom Ring"
  • "The Left Hand And The Right Hand"
  • "Would You Love Me?"
  • "Castro Halloween"
  • "Willie Mays Up At Bat"
  • Bob Thompson, "Moon River"
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