About TFIA

Troutfishing in Concert
Trout Fishing in America

Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. The name, taken from a Richard Brautigan novel, seems almost as incongruous as a picture of this musical duo: Ezra Idlet (guitar) stands six feet eight inches and Keith Grimwood (bass), five feet five and one half inches. Ezra is more playful and extroverted while Keith is more serious and reserved. Each of them bring out the best in the other and the joy that comes from this musical interaction is contagious and impossible to deny.

History

Keith Grimwood’s professional musical experience began when, as a precocious teenage bass player, he began sitting in with jazz musicians who had socks older than him. Always the good student, he earned a degree in music from the University of Houston and then quickly landed a position with the Houston Symphony. By that time, Ezra Idlet had given up his spot on the bench of a local junior college basketball team to pursue a life of rock & roll. It was shortly thereafter that Idlet and Grimwood met as members of the Houston based eclectic folk/rock band St. Elmo’s Fire which became the perfect percolator for Trout Fishing in America. As St. Elmo’s dissolved in 1979, Trout Fishing in America was officially born. Idlet and Grimwood had become best of friends and musical partners.

As Trout Records, TFIA was in the first wave of artist owned labels to successfully record and market their own music. Their infectious mix of folk/pop and family music is enriched by the diverse influences of reggae, Latin, blues, jazz and classical music. TFIA recordings have garnered three National Indie Awards and multiple Parents Choice Gold and American Library Awards as well as 4 Grammy nominations. TFIA has toured in all 50 United States and several Canadian provinces.

Sharing knowledge and encouraging art is a mission of TFIA. In the past few years they have developed a variety of song writing workshops for teachers and students which illustrate how art and music come from the fabric of everyday life. Their willingness to make fun of our most annoying and sometimes disgusting habits in one song, then touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life in the next is what makes the connection between Trout Fishing in America and their audience so real.

Keith and Ezra use Elixir Strings and Earthworks high definition microphones.

Elixer earthworks

Trout Fishing in America was named among the  Top 100 Most Influential Independent Artists in the past 15 years

Indie 100 Honoree

Awards and Honors

  • 4 Grammy nominations
  • 3 Indie Awards from the Association For Independent Music
  • multiple Parents Choice Gold and Silver Awards
  • American Library Awards
  • multiple Gold National Parenting Publications Awards
  • Performing Songwriters’  “Top 100 most influential independent artists”
  • Kerrville Music Awards
    • Duo of the Year 1993, 1994 and 1995
    • Hall of Fame Induction for “Duo of the Year” 1996
    • Children’s Entertainers of the Year 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
    • Best Independent Release Reel Life 1996
  • AACE Children’s Entertainment Awards Best Musical Group 1996

Awards for specific albums:

  • “Big Round World”
    51st Annual Grammy Nominee
    A 2008 Gold National Parenting Publications Award Winner And Judges “Top Pick”
    Winner of a 2008 Parents’ Choice Silver Award
  • “My Best Day”
    49th Annual Grammy Nominee
    A 2006 Gold National Parenting Publications Award Winner
    Winner of a 2008 Parents’ Choice Silver Award
  • “Merry Fishes to All”
    47th Annual Grammy Nominee
    A 2005 Gold National Parenting Publications Award Winner
    Winner of a 2004 Parent’s Choice Approved Award
  • “It’s a Puzzle”
    A 2003 Gold National Parenting Publications Award Winner
    Winner of a 2003 Parent’s Choice Silver Award
    Dr. Toys 10 Best Audio Products of 2003
  • “inFINity”
    44th Annual Grammy Nominee
    A 2002 American Library Association (ALA) Notable Children’s Recording
    Winner of a 2001 Parent’s Choice Gold Award
    A 2001 Gold National Parenting Publications Award Winner
  • “Family Music Party”
    A 1998 Gold National Parenting Publications Award Winner
    Winner of a 1998 Parent’s Choice Approved Award
  • “My World”
    A 1997 Gold National Parenting Publications Award Winner
    Indie Award “Best Children’s Musical Album” from the Association For Independent Music (AFIM)
  • “Mine”
    A 1996 American Library Association (ALA) Notable Children’s Recording
    Winner of a 1995 Parent’s Choice Gold Award
    A 1995 Indie Award “Best Children’s Musical Album” from the Association For Independent Music (AFIM)
  • “Over the Limit”
    A 1992 Indie Award “Best Pop Album” from the Association For Independent Music (AFIM)
  • “Big Trouble”
    A 1991 Indie Award “Honorable Mention” from the Association For Independent Music (AFIM)

Press

What the critics say:

“Somewhere between Raffi and the Spice Girls…there exists a sliver of time when parents and children can love the same music. We call it the Trout Years…Trout Fishing In America, named for the Richard Brautigan novel, is a sophomoric yet sophisticated folk duo made up of Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood.” (The News & Observer/Raleigh, NC)

“Rare mix of musicianship, humor and inspiration…impeccable dual lead vocals” (Billboard)

“…embody a kind of goofball gestalt at odds with the sugary-sweet format of so much other music for the younger crowd…also perform unabashedly sentimental and wickedly funny songs for grown-ups, with an unexpected emotional punch.” (New York Times)

“…solid, story-telling lyrics and rich instrumentation…with tongue(s) firmly placed in cheek(s)…accessible and smart, Trout Fishing In America…just wants you to have fun and not take the whole thing too seriously.” (Offbeat)

“More family music than kids’ music in their appeal, the wily performers – vocalist/guitarist Ezra Idlet and vocalist/bassist Keith Grimwood – alternate between folk-rock and kids’ genres. They throw the musical kitchen sink into their songs: folk, reggae, Cajun, blues, tango, rap and comedy routines…
their live shows are fantastic and off-beat… Combining solid musicianship – before Trout Fishing, Grimwood played with the Houston Symphony – with silly, quirky and sometimes serious tunes, the Trout boys work to entertain ‘kids’ of every age.” (Gene D’Allesandro/Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Two singers, acoustic bass, acoustic guitar. Trout Fishing In America make it look easy only because they’ve worked hard at it for 20-plus years.” (Bass Player)

“infectious indie folk-rock with a strong sense of humor.” (Sharon Kennedy Wynne/St. Petersburg Times)

“Those familiar with the acoustic duo Trout Fishing In America appreciate their uncanny ability to create a full-bodied ensemble sound.” (Guitar Player)

“Their songs are folky and intelligent, part country, part roots, a mix of cheeky lyrics and soulful harmonies. Their live shows blend campy humor and instrumental prowess …The power of their music is that they write kids’ songs that grownups can share without feeling embarrassed or lowbrow. And they write grown-up songs that don’t bore kids.” (San Jose Mercury News)

“One plays guitar, the other plays bass, and most of their repertoire is comic and original. Think of Trout Fishing In America…as the Smothers Brothers for the new millennium.” (Parents)

“…some of the wittiest, most ingenious songs children’s music has to offer.” (Family Fun )

“These guys give folk music a good name.” (Rocky Mountain News/Denver, CO)

“Songs that treat kids as smart, cynical and obstinate-akin to the empowering work of Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss.” (Philadelphia Daily News)

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