December 2004

Dear e-Fisherfolk:

They said no two snowflakes are ever exactly alike. Then Bob and Bob, identical twin flakes, came along to prove them wrong. They said the “Curse of the Bambino” would last forever. Don’t look now, but I believe the Boston Red Sox are the World Series Champions. They also said lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Now even that theory has been proven wrong because Trout Fishing in America’s newest CD, Merry Fishes to All has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Musical Album for Children category. That’s our second Grammy nomination! (inFINity was nominated in 2002.) We are so excited you wouldn’t believe it. Well, maybe you would believe it since any old thing has been proven believable these days. This was about the nicest Christmas present we could have possibly asked for.

Our Thanksgiving vacation was wonderful. The Idlets had approximately 40 people over for dinner, serving three turkeys, one baked, one smoked and one fried. I believe I heard the figure 20 pounds of mashed potatoes and it wouldn’t be a surprise if that were accurate. There was lots of music, Boggle, ping-pong, and talking. Keith copied out lyric sheets for the Beatles song “When I’m 64,” wrote a clarinet part that was beautifully performed by young Sarah Clark, wrote a bass guitar chart for his son, Kevin Grimwood, had Ezra play guitar, emily kaitz on piano, and conducted a choir of many well-fed singers who are not nearly 64 years old. So much fun.

2004 marks the 28th year anniversary of the partnership between Keith and Ezra. At the year’s end, we often like to step back and look at what has happened over the last 12 months. In 2004, Keith briefly grew a moustache, but shaved it when people still called him ma’am. Ezra lost an inch in height and is now only 6’8″ tall. In 2004, Trout played shows in 25 states (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, KS, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV) and Washington,D.C. It’s sad to notice that Idaho is still not on the list. Just like the Astros… maybe next year. We also played in Alberta, Canada (in April, not January). We wrote songs for, recorded, and released our first Christmas CD and (just in case you skipped the first paragraph) it’s been nominated for a Grammy Award. We’d like to thank everyone in our lives for everything and wish all of you a Merry whatever and a Happy New Year in 2005.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

P.S. Wheatfield, the band that Ezra played with in the early 70′s, will be doing a reunion tour of Texas in January. This is the band that was Keith’s favorite band when he was playing with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. It’s also ground zero for Ezra’s musical career. Thursday, the 6th the trio of Craig Calvert, Connie Mims and Ezra Idlet will open the tour at the new Poor David’s Pub in Dallas. Friday, January 7th at 7:30pm you can catch them at McGonigel’s, Mucky Duck, Houston, TX. We’ll finish the three day Texas trip in Austin at the historic Sholtz’s Beer Garden. For more information on Wheatfield or for more specific information on the shows, go to www.wheatfieldband.com.

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