It’s already September, the month we’ve all been waiting for. September means it’s time for BACK TO SCHOOL. It also means the end of summer vacations and BACK TO WORK. It means that Ezra is a year older and Keith will be getting older soon (but not just yet)! It even means that the weather will be cooling off soon, believe it or not. But mostly and most importantly, it means that our new CD, MY BEST DAY, is being released on September 12th.
For those of you who may be new to the newsletter (or haven’t been paying attention lately), MY BEST DAY is a live concert recording that will make you feel like you’re at a Trout Concert. All stage patter and crowd response has been left in and the songs are a fine example of our family concert appearances. It was recorded in Conway, Arkansas earlier this year as a part of the AETN Front Row series for Public Television. Yes, that means that eventually the performance will be shown on TV and will even be available as a DVD. But right now, it is already here and available in CD form. It has already received national attention from Entertainment Weekly (Sept. 8 edition) as well as an in depth review in the September issue of Metro Kids. Mostly, we just want to let you know that it’s a fun CD and we think (and hope) you’ll enjoy it.
Last week we were in Big Timber, Montana for a private party. It was a lovely setting that was a little otherworldly because of a nearby forest fire. At the latest count, 159,000 acres had burned or were burning and 26 houses had been lost. The setting was an absolute paradise, but the air was smokey. The people we met were wonderful to talk with and Ezra even got to go trout fishing with our host. This is real Brautigan country and we got to speak with several people who knew him personally. Montana is not a regular stop with us (it was our second visit), but it was enjoyable and edgy all at the same time. The nearby fire just made all the beauty more noticeable as you realize that it can all go up in smoke at any minute. Enjoy your blessings.
This week, our travels will take us to California where we will play a few shows in some fine places and go see a Giants baseball game in San Francisco. We will see friends and play music and eat hot dogs or peanuts. Then we’ll come back home and head east. The Red River Revel in Shreveport, LA is coming up soon. If you’ve never been to the Revel, you should go. If you’ve ever been to the Revel, you should go again. The Trout calendar is full of places to go and things to do. Just because the summer is over, it’s no reason to quit having fun. Come out and see us.
Keith and Ezra