February 2017

Dear Fisherfolk,

February is the shortest month of the year. February 2nd is known in the U.S. as Groundhog Day. Legend has it that if Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil emerges and sees his shadow, we will have to endure 6 more weeks of winter. Since 1988, Phil has been right 14 of 29 times. That’s a phenomenal average if you’re a baseball player, but it’s standard as weathermen go. We do like the tradition and it’s certainly more fun than a coin flip. Keith came across some ‘alternative facts’ that say Phil is right all the time, but we’re not sure what to make of it. It’s a bit hard to believe anything anymore.

Here’s something you can believe! February is packed with Trout Fishing in America and Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds shows. We’ll be in Texas this week before traveling down to sunny Florida. Then Trout has an official showcase at The Folk Alliance (as well as several private showcases) in Kansas City before we head out with Dana and Adams to Alabama and Tennessee. If that isn’t busy enough, in the middle of all this, the Idlet’s are moving to West Fork, AR. There are not enough hours in the day, days in the week, or weeks in the year. We’ve finished recording our 12-song CD project, appropriately titled “The Strangest Times”. The official release date is April 4th. We’re very happy and excited about these new songs and know you will enjoy them. We are also happy to announce that we have been asked to play at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 6. It will be our 5th appearance at this event. YAY!!
(Cover Art by Susan Lindsay)

February 14th is Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday many people have mixed feelings about. (Beware the Ides of February?) Last week we wrote a song with some 4th graders at Pease Elementary School in Odessa, TX. They were really great kids to work with! They chose to write a very sweet song about Valentine’s Day. We’d like to close this newsletter with the lyrics and music we wrote with them. Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day means love,
It’s a time of sharing and caring
And giving each other hugs.
It can snow in February,
Winds can whistle up a storm,
But with your heart,
You can keep it cozy and warm,
On Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day means candy
It’s a time of cards and happiness
And giving each other candy.
It’s a dream of roses,
It’s a dream of romance.
With your heart
You can sing and dance
On Valentine’s Day.

Troutfully Yours,

Keith and Ezra

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