Fever That Yearns
The CD mix features Trenary's guitar, mandolin, bass and vocals, and he's joined on several cuts by Bob Estes on fiddle, Bruce Johnson on banjo (and harmonica) and Norma Talbot on harmony vocals. The acoustic instrumentation is understated throughout, weaving layers of rhythm and harmony to support a range of interesting melodies and thoughtful lyrics. The songs' subject matter ranges from ballads of a 1931 heat wave and a 1940 dancehall lothario, through observations on everyday ups and downs, losses and discoveries, even life and death. From the unrequited love of the opening "Fever That Yearns," through the tongue-in-cheek duet "You Hurt Me," to the ever hopeful "We Do Remain," an underlying optimism permeates the album. Roland Trenary, an Ajo, Arizona winter resident since 2005, released his first solo CD, Fever That Yearns, in 2007. A musician since his 1966 Anoka, Minnesota high school days but a songwriter since only 2003, he has collected twelve of his best original songs and added two cover tunes to complete this fourteen-song collection. Included is a live bonus track from Trenary's trio The Bluegills who have been performing together since 1982. Minnesota. Bob Dylan. John Gorka. Greg Brown. Red House Records. Lake Superior Agates. Mandolins.