October 2011

Dear e-Fisherfolk,
   Mrs. Hollier, Ezra’s English teacher in high school always said that good writing was like a mini skirt. It should be long enough to cover the subject and short enough to be interesting. It’s newsletter time! Ezra’s wife, Karen, says keep it short. How would she know? She hasn’t worn a skirt in years.  Speaking of high school, Career Day totally left out the musician’s life. If they had described the lifestyle as drive, play, get up early, drive, play, get up early, fly, drive, get up early, drive, play, drive, get up early, drive, fly, then drive back to Arkansas, we might have thought a little more before signing up. We’d have still signed up, but dang! It’s a good thing we still love to travel and play. Don’t know about the getting up early part, but that wears off after a proper cup of coffee.
New Book/CD earns NAPPA Gold
   A lot of this drive, play, get up early thing has been in support of our new children’s book/CD, “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important.” Aside from our regular concerts, we’ve been appearing at bookstores, doing readings and performances, and have gotten overwhelmingly great responses. We just found out from the publisher, Secret Mountain, that “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important” has earned a NAPPA Gold Award in the Children’s Media/Music & Audio category.
“Must See” Video!
Some of our Facebook friends may have seen our video of “16 or 17 Hours of Sleep.” This is one of the songs from the new book/cd. The video releases Keith’s inner rock star and Ezra’s kazoo virtuosity. It’s “must see” video.  
16 or 17 Hours of Sleep 
You can see more videos on Trout’s YouTube page or become a Facebook friend, or do both. 
   Also, there’s a fabulous nationally syndicated radio program called World Cafe’. It’s broadcast on WXPN 88.5 FM in Philadelphia. WXPN counted down the 885 most popular World Cafe’ artists. Out of the thousands who have appeared on the show, TFIA ranked number 343! They played our song “Who Are These People?” We’re honored to even be on this list, much less rated that high. We’d like to thank the listeners.
Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra
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