Tonight, City Winery hosts a twin bill that promises to be terrific. I don’t know who thought to pair Chuck Prophet and Robbie Fulks, but there is a certain logic to it. Both are hugely talented songwriters and performers. Both are much less famous than their talent indicates that they should be. Although they work mainly in different genres, they both have taken detours along the way as well.
You can call Robbie Fulks country, alt country or whatever. He plays a mean guitar and writes funny, clever and yes, even poignant songs. If you read his blog, you’ll find that he’s probably one of the most literate musicians anywhere. Robbie is based in Chicago and only gets to New York a couple of times a year, so take this opportunity to see him. This time around, Robbie is touring with a quartet.
Chuck Prophet plays soul tinged rock with blistering guitar solos. I saw Chuck and company a few years ago, packed into the basement of a tiny club located off a back alley in Austin, Texas. The place was stuffed to the gills and steamy, but Chuck had most of the crowd dancing (me too). Since he’s based in San Francisco, Chuck doesn’t get to our area often (maybe once every year or so).
This time around Chuck will be playing solo. I’ve never seen Chuck play a solo show, but between his songs and his dry sense of humor, I’m looking forward to it.
Chuck Prophet and Robbie Fulks, City Winery, 155 Varick Street between Spring and Vandam Streets (1 Train to Houston or Canal Streets, C or E Trains to Spring Street), doors 6pm / show 8pm, $20, $22, $25