July 2001

Dear e-Fisherfolk:

We have heard the term “gully washer” used to describe a huge, sudden rainstorm. Occasionally, we have witnessed one first hand. Last week, however, took the cake! Trout was playing at Gulley Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 14th. We set up the equipment and a couple of thousand people showed up. We played six songs before the heavens opened up and washed out Gulley Park. It was awesome to see that many people running that fast. It looked like a scene from Braveheart. Everybody was OK, but we all sure got wet. We’ve decided to try this again and have rescheduled for July 5th. Come on back.

One of the many roots of rock and roll was born in Brinkley, Arkansas. Louis Jordan was a hugely popular and influential singer, songwriter and performer. Some of Ezra’s earliest musical memories are of his mom singing, “Is You Is Or Is You Aint My Baby” (one of Louis Jordan’s hits). This could account for some of his personality today. “Mom, if you don’t know!!!!….” On Sunday, July 8th, we’ll be at Vino’s Brew Pub in Little Rock, AR along with Keith Merckx (emcee), Stephen Koch, Eugene Porter, Thomas Jacques, Courtney & Henry, Hibby and Rich Cosgrove, performing at a benefit to raise awareness about and possibly erect a statue of Louis Jordan in his old home town. Vintage clips of Jordan from the ’40’s will be screened and a silent art auction will be held. Vino’s is at 7th and Chester. Sunday doors open at 4 pm. No smoking; all ages; children 12 and under free.

By the time you get this letter, we will be in Hawaii. We’ve never been there, but we look forward to climbing up volcanoes and seeing some of its incredible wild country. When Keith sets foot on the island of Oahu, he’ll only have one of the fifty states left to visit. Idaho! We’re looking forward to a job somewhere in the land of potatoes. We hear that there’s some pretty awesome trout fishing in Idaho as well.

Keith and Ezra

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