Dear Fisherfolk,

morrells

Cooking Morrells

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.

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Ezra’s sister Susan found the appropriate t-shirt.

Jameson and Boompa

Keith Writing
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.

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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.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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4 Responses to Dear Fisherfolk,

  1. Ridik & Rayne Lawless says:

    We were at your concert in Springdale, AR this summer. We were the group of 4 (a boy, a girl, & grandma & grandpa). There were only 2 other people there. The kids have listened to your music for the last year, everywhere we go. You played Ridik’s favorite somg, “Creepy Dead Bug” & Rayne’s favorites, “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” & “Boo”. We bought a CD that you didn’t have with you. When it arrived autographed they were thrilled! They keep asking when they can see you again.. I noticed a concert at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR. We know Georges so we were wondering if it was going to be child appropriate. Please respond. Thanks! Janice Amon

    • Karen says:

      Hi Janice – of course we remember you! So glad you could come out to the event. For the Georges concert we will be playing more of the folk/rock side of Trout. There is nothing that is unsuitable for children though and Ezra’s daughter Dana will be joining them for a few songs. You might need to call Georges to see if they let young people in as this is a “happy hour” show. If you sign up for the Trout monthly email letter, you will know when they are in the area. We are so happy your family enjoys the music!

  2. Vickie (your longest running fan) says:

    I’m so glad to read that you will once again be at the Revel this year…can’t wait. I’m sending my copy of the book to a baby shower this month. Hope the kid enjoys his first taste of Trout Music and becomes a fan too…Will you have new adult music with you this year?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vickie,
      We are always happy to return to the Revel, lots of good times at this festival! Thanks for sharng our music and “passing it down”. We have an “adult” project we worked on with Ezra’s first band Wheatfield called “Big Texas Sky”. Here is a little about the band –
      Wheatfield is the blending of four strong songwriters and instrumentalists. Connie Mims, Craig Calvert, Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet are long time friends and musical collaborators. The band was originally formed in 1973. Wheatfield appeared on the first season of Austin City Limits along with Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt and Doug Sahm. The band also wrote two rock ballets performed by the Houston, Dallas, Ft Worth and Chicago ballet companies as well as the cutting edge Space Dance Theater.
      We are touring this weekend through next weekend and we have a lot of fun! Here is a link to the new CD http://www.troutmusic.com/shop/big-texas-sky-2/
      Thanks for your comments!

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