15 January 2015
Chenaniah was the trio of "Bruce Muckala", "Stephen West" and "Kenny Ronning".
Minnesota certainly seems to have had its share of cool Jesus Music lps, and Chenaniah is a prime example.
The group have a wonderful homespun Rural Rock sound featuring gentle vocals overtop 6 and 12-string acoustic guitars, electric guitar backing/leads, bass and drums. They often strike a resemblance to the Country-Rock side of "Harvest Flight" and "Rainbow Promise", while mixing in some of America's melodic optimism. Nice upbeat mid-tempo electric tracks like "Water Of Life", "Hold Me", "Out Comes The Polish" and "Day After Day". Beautiful acoustic ballads as well, including the dreamy flute-accompanied "Gift Of Love", "September" with moving cello backing, and the graceful Leo Kottke-ish instrumental "Chenaniah".
A touch of the "Flying Burritos Brothers"/Byrds style on "A Real Love". All original songs. The band derived their name from a character in I Chronicles 15:22, described as a minister of song. Glorious purple and green fantasy cover illustration (no label 7071N11 Stereo, 1977). 500 made. Excerpt from "The Archivist", 4th edition by Ken Scott.