Happy New Year! We hope that you had as much fun as we did on New Year’s Eve. This year we performed at Fayetteville, AR, First Night. For First Night in Fayetteville, there was music everywhere down on the square. There was a parade of giant puppets, mariachi music, dance bands, folk music and some really talented singer songwriters. We played in the early part of the evening at Town Center and then got to enjoy a great night of Arkansas entertainment. It would have ended with fireworks, but there is a burn ban in this part of the country. Come on rain!
This February 11th, we’re thrilled to be video taping a Trout concert in Conway, AR. This concert will be used for the AETN (Arkansas public television) fund drive as well as general programming for public television. We’ll be at the lovely Don Reynolds performance hall at the University of Central Arkansas. The auditorium holds about 1200 people and we’d love to fill it up with Trout fans. The tickets will be free! To get your tickets call 1-800-662-2386. It’s at 2:00 in the afternoon on Saturday, Feb 11th. We’ll be playing new songs as well as old favorites and cameras will be roaming the audience. Bring a smile:) By the way, if that wasn’t enough to entice you from your homes, our friend and producer, Fred Bogert will be with us onstage! He is a fabulous multi-instrumentalist and if you haven’t heard him with us yet, you should.
Every year Keith likes to do an overview of the preceding year to sort of put things into perspective. In 2005, Trout Fishing in America played in 23 states (in order of their appearance: NY, PA, TX, VA, MD, KS, DE, LA, OK, CO, NJ, AR, MO, AK, NM, IL, OH, NV, CA, TN, VT, MA, and FL). We also took three trips to Canada! (two to Alberta and one to Ontario). Our van, Stretch, now has over 276,000 miles on the odometer but has a new transmission. Our latest CD, Merry Fishes To All, was nominated for a Grammy award. Since we had to work and were unable to attend the ceremony, we sent our kids. They had a great time. During the year there were many songwriting workshops and residencies, festivals, concerts at performing arts theaters, club dates and we had the best time ever playing in New York City! We are blessed. 2005 was a difficult year for a lot of people, especially on the Gulf Coast. To all of you we send our best wishes and want you to know that our thoughts are still with you. We realize that many of you are still struggling with the aftermath. It’s got to get better. Bless all of you for listening to our music and coming out to see our shows. You are the best.
Keith and Ezra