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 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 had been performing together twenty-five years.
marvelously intimate world
The music of Roland Trenary shows marvelous harmony of the gift of Muse with state of mind and skill. His music is so natural, moderate, gentle and sweet that it sooth us far better than any New Age or so called Healing music can do. On the other hand, we can easily see a lot of fever and wit are prepared here and there that add his work moderately stimulative touch. Every tunes (including two covers) with elaborate details are quite fine and compelling and he arranges its order so well that it keeps us moving and being pleasant from the first note to the end.
On most of the recordings I receive for review, it doesn’t usually take me to long to get a perspective on the musical approach being taken. But it took a little longer with “Fever That Yearns” by Roland Trenary, who lives in both Minnesota and Arizona. While it was immediately enjoyable, the music seemed quite different from anything I’d previously encountered.