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Listen: Chuck Prophet Has the Mountain Stage Song of the Week

San Francisco rock and roller Chuck Prophet performing on Mountain Stage in 2010.
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This week we’re looking back to a 2010 episode we recorded at the Clay Center as voted on by our listeners.

Mountain Stage this week looks back to a 2010 episode that we recorded at The Clay Center in Charleston, W.Va. with Ani DiFranco, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Andy McKee, Erin McKeown and Chuck Prophet.

San Francisco band leader and journeyman rocker Chuck Prophet performed songs from his album ¡Let Freedom Ring!, recorded, coincidentally, during the early onset of the H1N1 virus, in Mexico City, Mexico in 2009. Prophet and his band wore their masks to the studio, all the while enduring the regular power-outages common in the area resulting in multiple lost takes.

Our Song of the Week, “Hot Talk.” is a breezy and cryptic jaunt that captures the immediacy and the chaos of the album.


Credit Brian Blauser/ Mountain Stage
Trombone Shorty, Erin McKeown and Ani DiFranco join for the finale song in February, 2010.

Hear the entire set from Chuck Prophet plus more from Ani DiFranco, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Andy McKee, and Erin McKeown on this week’s episode of Mountain Stage. Find a station where you can join us this weekend to enjoy the reassuring sound of audience applause that we are all missing right now. Be sure to check in with us on Facebook and sign up for our email newsletter if you’d like some comforting sounds in your inbox once in a while.