Ezra Writing: It was early in May, the nights were still cool and the rains had come. The woods were coming alive. Redbud and Dogwood blooms lit up the mountain and it was time to hunt the elusive, morel mushroom! After several successful days of harvesting and cooking morels, I noticed a tick attached to my hip. It was removed and not given another thought. Two weeks passed and Trout was on its way to play in Kerrville, TX at the Schreiner Mansion. I had a fever, body aches, and a terrible headache. For the two-day tour of Texas, all I could do was play the shows. The rest of the time was spent in my hotel bed or in the van. By the time I got home, I was running a 104.8 fever. Karen took me to a medi-clinic and we were promptly sent to the emergency room at Washington Regional Hospital. From the emergency room, I was sent to the ICU. The infectious disease doctor guessed correctly that it might be the tick bite Ehrlichiosis. Eight days later, after two separate stays in the ICU, exhaustive blood testing and nearly being “lost”, I was finally released. If you are bitten by a tick and have fever, body aches and an incredible headache within the month, you should definitely take it seriously and go see a doctor. Tick born illness can be serious stuff.
While Ezra was busy surviving his tick bite experience, I became a grandfather. On May 10th, Jameson Reza Grimwood was born to Kevin and Maryam Grimwood. Oddly enough, Maryam and Ezra were in the same hospital, even wearing the same dress. It was very weird for me bouncing between the Maternity Ward and ICU. It set off a strange vibration inside that I still haven’t fully processed. In the end, it all worked out and I am grateful. My parents are driving up to Arkansas this weekend with my sister, Janis, and her husband, Chris, to meet young Jameson. He’s a lovely, healthy boy and I’m looking forward to getting all four generations together.
Trout has a big summer ahead and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you. In early June, we have several shows scheduled in TX. In late June, we’ll be in Philadelphia, PA, participating in the First Annual KindieComm and the Kids Corner Music Festival. In early July, we’ll be returning for our second appearance at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, OK. A bit later we’ll be heading back to Alamosa, CO for our awesome train shows with the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. In August, we’ll be wearing a different hat and playing shows as Wheatfield with Connie Mims and Craig Calvert. In case you don’t know, Wheatfield was the band Ezra was playing with when Keith met him 38 years ago. Keith is the new guy. We have a 2-week mini tour set up to celebrate the release of our brand new Wheatfield CD, Big Texas Sky. The CD will be officially available as of June 10th. You can order it now from Trout’s website. The Wheatfied reunion concerts have resulted in a wonderful collaborative effort of 12 new songs. Check out the calendar! Come see us.
Keith and Ezra