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The Chapel of the Bear

Joe Manning
ROLLER RINK RAMPAGE

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.