Co-written with the San Francisco-based poet klipschutz, "The Left Hand and the Right Hand" tells the story of the Mitchell brothers, porn kings of the seedy side of San Francisco, whose rise to power ultimately ended in fratricide. Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express make that tale unforgettable in this recording from the KDHX studios.
It's easy to forget that there are lots of ways to be involved in the music industry. Rodney Crowell, though not a household name, is a giant of his craft, and getting your mind around the length and breadth of his career can be daunting.
The countrified, poppy aesthetic of the Mastersons, a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter duo, was forged at a festival in Colorado where the pair first met by chance.
Shannon McNally originally hails from New York, but her love for the music of the American South, especially Louisiana and New Orleans, runs deep. Her most recent release is a tribute to her friend Bobby Charles, and on this Live at KDHX recording of Charles' "I Don't Want to Know," she lets her smokey voice unfurl around the pure country melody.
A long-distance call comes in across the digital airwaves emanating from the West Coast: "Hi, this is Chuck." His voice is easily recognizable, the same voice as heard on songs like "Sonny Liston's Blues," "Willie Mays Is up at Bat" and "Doubter Out of Jesus (All Over You)." The man behind the voice is Chuck Prophet, a musician with a career that spans the days of jamming econo in the Paisley Underground with Green on Red, working in the surreal world known as Nashville and essentially altering the rock 'n' roll landscape for some four decades.
Rodney Crowell has had one of the great careers in American music -- and it ain't over yet. With his latest album, "Tarpaper Sky," he reunites with the core members of his classic '80s band, and threads together all of his musical loves: rockabilly, blues, gospel, country and folk. He's also back out on the road again, and on Thursday, June 5, 2014, KDHX will welcome Crowell to Off Broadway in St. Louis for a headlining show at Twangfest 18.