December 2003

 

Dear e-Fisherfolk:

In our last newsletter, we told you about filming a television show called Perfect Proposal for The Learning Channel produced by Banyan Productions. We want to let you know that it will be airing this Friday, December 5th, at 12:30 PM CST (that’s 1:30 PM EST) on TLC (The Learning Channel). It was a blast to do and we can’t wait to see it. That’s right, we haven’t seen it yet and will be watching for the first time at the same time you do. Reality Television meets Trout Fishing in America.

In case you’ve forgotten what all this is about, let us refresh your memory. In October, we went to Louisville, KY for a different type of Trout Performance. In a strange twist on a marriage proposal, a man (Adam) proposed marriage to a very surprised teacher (Mandy) at an elementary school during a Trout concert while we played a song written for the occasion. For “Perfect Proposal,” we held two songwriting workshops, one with fifth-graders at Cartmel Elementary where Mandy is a teacher and the other at a recording studio with the show host and Adam, the man who wanted to propose during an elementary school performance by Trout Fishing in America. Confused? Don’t worry about it. Just watch the show or have someone tape it for you.

We, Keith and Ezra, began making music together in the summer of 1976. The summer of 2003 marks the beginning of our 28th year. This will probably be our last newsletter for the year 2003. Keith likes to look back and reflect on what we’ve accomplished during the past year. Ezra does too, but Keith keeps lists and loves stats. It becomes more important to make notes as his memory becomes more inconsistent with each passing year. The following list is not official in any way, but in going through it, it does give you (and us) an overall picture of 2003.

By the year’s end, we will have played 98 concerts (sometimes more than one in a day), and done 51 workshops (also sometimes more than one in a day). We played in 26 of the United States and 1 Province (Ontario, Canada). We played eight festivals including the Kerrville Folk Festival, Ottawa Folk Festival, Riverfest (Little Rock), the Denton Arts and Music Festival, Bridgeton Folk Festival, Uncle Otto’s Octoberfest, Grapefest (Tontitown), and Harpersville (a first year Texas festival). We attended and showcased at the Folk Alliance in Nashville, TN. Our friend and producer, Fred Bogert, arranged six of our songs for orchestra, which we performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. We finished recording and released our 11th CD, It’s A Puzzle, which, to date, has received three awards, NAPPA Gold, Parent’s Choice Silver and Dr. Toy’s 10 Best CD’s. We have done interviews on Kathy O’Connell’s Kid’s Corner on WXPN, B.B. Good’s show on Radio Disney, XM Kids on satellite radio, and next week will be taping a show for NPR’s Morning Edition. The Ozark Music Awards placed us in their Hall of Fame for winning the Duo of the Year Award three years in a row. And we already mentioned that TV show.

The last paragraph may seem like bragging, but we really are proud of what we’ve done. I think I remember Dizzy Dean once saying, “It ain’t bragging if you done it” or something like that. We’d like to thank you for helping make all this possible. Come out and see us and say hello. If you’re still looking for Holiday presents, don’t forget us. It’s A Puzzle, our new family CD is available on our secure online catalogue at troutmusic.com or call us at 1-888 HEY TFIA. Real people are standing by with real help.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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