September 2008

Dear e-Fisherfolk:

The biggest news in our world is that our new CD, Big Round World, is finally available. We are very proud and excited about this project. It looks and sounds great! All the pre-release responses have been very positive. This is our first self-produced, full-length CD and almost all of it was recorded here at the Trout House Studio. It includes 14 new songs and we’re currently rehearsing them so we can play them at our live shows. It’s one thing to write and record a song and another thing altogether to perform it in front of people. We can’t wait for you to hear it! You can go to our website, troutmusic.com, or call the Troutline toll free 888-HEY-TFIA (439-8342) to order your copy or you can come out to see us at one of our shows. We’ll probably have some with us. The CD will be officially available in record and online stores September 9th.

Ezra’s vacation
We’re just back from some time off. The Idlets went to Colorado to visit friends and to go to the Royal Gorge. Whitewater rafting was on the agenda for the vacation. Ezra was a little apprehensive about shooting through class 4 rapids after having watched Burt Reynolds do it in the movie Deliverance. Fortune smiled on Ezra when he found out that one of his traveling companions couldn’t go on the trip. Being the good friend that he is, Ezra volunteered to forgo the whitewater trip and hang with his buddy. A good time was had on dry land. The rest of the rafters came back wet and a little bit excited. They had been dumped into the Arkansas River in a class 4 rapid! There were no injuries and everyone was fine. The next day, Ezra was feeling a little sheepish for having passed on the rafting trip and was talked into taking a helicopter tour of the Royal Gorge. Imagine a demented roller coaster with no wheels and no tracks. That barely scratches the surface of the sheer terror involved in the trip. Not everyone on the heli-tour was terrified, but it took about an hour for Ezra to settle down from the 12 minute ride. Still, there may not be a better way to see the Royal Gorge than from the air. It was like being inside of an I-Max movie.

Ezra and son Steven with two different reactions
Keith enjoys puns probably a little too much for his own good. He’d like to thank his friend Art Donisi for sending him some particularly bad ones the other day. Keith would like to share a few of them with you.
1) Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love, and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent!
2) Mahatma Gandhi walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of callouses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitoses!

Ezra says that’s enough!
We look forward to seeing you. Tell Keith your puns. Check our calendar to see when we’re going to be in your neighborhood.

Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

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