Happy New Year! We hope all of you had a safe and wonderful holiday season. Wow! Writing 2011 is hard to get used to, but the 1’s are really cool. First there are the dates that use only 1’s. It’s like binary code gone berserk. Think about it, 1.1.11, 1.11.11, 11.1.11, 11.11.11, not to mention 11 AM and 11 PM on all of these dates. It boggles the mind if you think about it. Keith does, but his mind is usually boggled about something. We brought in the New Year on EST with 3 concerts at the Ocean City Music Pier in New Jersey. They had 2 feet of snow before we arrived but managed to clear the boardwalk using a front-end loader. We got to watch. Don’t see that every day. Nor do you see a snowman on the beach. It was cool, to say the least!
Recently, there has been a lot of reporting about snow and record cold temperatures. The Philadelphia Eagles actually postponed their football game recently. New York was hit with “Snowpocolypse”. Something most people probably don’t think about these days is wood heat. Here in the Ozarks, a lot of us use wood burning stoves. There’s sort of a trade off you make when using wood heat. Coming into a house that’s heated with a wood stove is like stepping into a dry sauna. This is not your traditional 68 degree heat in the winter. It’s like a summer day in the house. The downside of this heat is the mess. When you bring in logs from outside, you’re bringing in loose bark, sawdust, and whatever critters that may have taken up residency in the logs. It’s said that with wood heat, you warm yourself twice. Once when you’re cutting, splitting and stacking the wood, and once when you burn it. This really has very little to do with our schedule, but it’s something that you might find interesting.
January is an unusually busy month for the Trout. We have two shows and a showcase in the East, two shows in Arkansas, and three dates in Texas. It’s busy at the Trout Office too. We’re working on remodeling and updating our website. When it’s finished it will be so cool you won’t even believe it. Here’s a screen shot of the new Home Page. Adding to all that, the Wheatfield “Band Camp and Tour” happens the last week of January. For more info on the Wheatfield tour schedule, check out Wheatfieldband.com If you find yourself shivering in your home and wishing you had some messy wood heat, why don’t you come out and see your friends from the Ozarks? Our show will bring the warmth of a wood stove to your evening without the mess.
Keith and Ezra