Santa came early for Trout Fishing in America this year. On Wednesday, December 3rd we got word that our newest CD, Big Round World, has been nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Musical Album for Children category. This is our 4th nomination and if you think it’s getting old or we’re getting used to this sort of thing, you’re wrong. It is every bit as exciting for us as it’s ever been and even more so since this project was self-produced and recorded right here at the Trout House in Arkansas. The award ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles, California on February 8, 2009. We plan on attending and having a great time, win or lose. If you’d like to listen to Big Round World, you can now hear it on the Trout Radio section of our website. Or order a copy for yourself and play it any time you want. We’ve got a big holiday sale on Trout merchandise going on and you still have time to take full advantage of it. If you order by Friday the 19th, we will get your order mailed on Saturday the 20th.
Year in review
At the end of the year, we like to look back and take stock of where we’ve been and what we’ve done. In 2008, Trout played shows in 21 different states. Listed in alphabetical order, they are Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
In the winter and early spring, we recorded the songs for Big Round World, our 14th CD, and it was released on September 9th. On the family side of life, Keith’s son, Kevin, and Maryam were married on November 22nd. Ezra’s daughter, Dana, is all set to graduate from The University of Tulsa on December 20th. Ezra’s son, Steven, is playing basketball for The University of Tulsa this year. 2008 has been a weird year for all of us in many ways. At one point we were paying nearly $4 a gallon for gas. Yesterday, we bought gas for $1.38. The economy is insane, as you well know. We have a new administration coming in and we certainly hope they can figure a way to dig ourselves out of the many messes we’ve fallen into lately.
Trout’s major shortcoming of the year is a familiar refrain in that we still haven’t managed to make that trip to Idaho. For those of you not already acquainted with our predicament, Idaho is the only state we haven’t visited. Well, like the Astro’s keep saying, “Maybe next year…” We have the greatest audiences in the world. We’ve been playing music together now for over 32 years and still love what we do. Here’s to a great year in 2009!
Keith and Ezra