What's a Tremble of Fortune?

Trembles of Fortune is the working name of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Geoff Thevenot, currently of Elgin, Illinois. Trembles of Fortune's strongly West Coast AOR-influenced sound brings together elements of 70s jazz and soul-flavored studio rock and cerebral early 80s pop. The sound of artists such as Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan, Toto, and Todd Rundgren is an inspiration here, as are more modern examples such as State Cows and Young Gun Silver Fox - if that's music to your ears, I invite you to take the Trembles for a spin.

The second Trembles of Fortune album, Sucker in the Promised Land, was released in March of 2020 (just in time for COVID-19 to shut everything down - great timing!) It was my pleasure to work with some excellent musicians and engineers to bring the vision to life, and you can hear Sucker in the Promised Land here, on Trembles of Fortune's Bandcamp page, or on just about all the major streaming platforms. The 2018 self-titled debut release is also available, in case you're in the mood for some, uh, old school Trembles. (Don't ask me which child I like better!)

A little bit about how Trembles of Fortune music gets made: I record most of the instrumental and vocal parts in my cozy home studio. I then record the lead vocals at a commercial studio near me, and the live drums and horn parts are recorded remotely by session musicians. Then it's mixed, mastered and out the door! It's a comfortable, very 21st-century way for a solo recording artist to work. I can put the puzzle pieces together at my own pace - I have to, since like most musicians I need to keep the day job - and bring in strong players from elsewhere to take the music to another level when it's time.

As for playing Trembles of Fortune live, well, I'd love to. But I'm a little short on time these days, and it would take quite a lot to put a band together to do this thing up right. I use a band name instead of my own name for the project to help convey the sense that this COULD be a band, because that's what I want the experience to feel like for the listener. (I hear the guitarist for Trembles of Fortune is a really good dude, but the singer's kind of a jerk. Oh, wait...)

Anyway, I'm glad you're here - thanks for listening!