It’s been pretty hot and dry here in Arkansas. Early this month, the Idlet’s water system quit working. Ezra and Karen get their water from a spring that feeds a cistern. Somewhere between the cistern and the house, a gigantic leak developed that drained about 1000 gallons into the dry Arkansas soil. That meant no water in the house for a week! You never know how much you miss simple things like showers and flushing toilets until you don’t have them. The positive side of the experience was the time we spent with our friends and families enjoying their facilities and company. Our gardens are wilting under the intense heat. As if that pressure wasn’t enough, the Grimwoods have suffered a security breach! The deer (aka: wood goats) found a weak spot in the fence. They broke in and devoured Keith’s okra and Beth’s green beans. They have repaired the gap, but it feels like locking the barn door after the horses are out.
Lookin’ at Lucky
Our new CD, Lookin’ at Lucky, is in the final stretch. The official release date is September 28th. Hopefully we’ll have a few copies available at our live shows before that date. The CD contains 12 songs including Lookin’ at Lucky, She’s the Only Smile, Bettin’ That it Won’t, Home, and My Baby Loves Sudoku. It was recorded right here at the Trout House studio and is our first full length CD project for adults since “Closer to the Truth” in 1999. Needless to say, we are very proud and excited about it.
Trout Fans Rock!
At our shows, it’s pretty common that we talk with people in our audience. Recently, a lot of conversations have been centered on the impact our music has had on families.
“I met my husband at a Trout concert and now I’m bringing our children out to hear you.”
“I used to bring our children to see you. Now they’re grown and I’m bringing my grandchildren.”
“Thanks for the happy hours spent driving with our family on long trips listening to your music.”
“You guys played at my elementary school when I was a kid.”
“My dad sings Lullaby to me every night. When I grow up, I’m going to sing it to my children.”
Playing music for a living is a pretty amazing thing to be doing. Being a part of so many families’ traditions adds depth and meaning to what we do. Thanks to all of you who bring our music into your homes and hearts. Take a look at our calendar to see when we’re going to be in your neighborhood. We’d love to talk with you.
Keith and Ezra