The Chapel of the Bear
Of all the hair-brained ideas: Manning wants this record to sound like summertime in Kentucky. So he and engineer Kevin Ratterman pack up some gear and head under the bridge at Tyler Park. Thankfully, a benevolent cop didn’t quash this prime directive, and we’re better for it. Festooned with sounds of crickets, night wind and narrative bliss, Chapel is as natural as a glass of bourbon, and, by the way dancepunks, Craig Pfunder plays national steel on it. Renaissance to the core, Manning is truly a captive of his hometown. Of all the hair-brained ideas.