Trout Fishing in America – Top 100 most influential independent artists in the past 15 years

Indie 100 Honoree

We are very proud to note Performing Songwriter Magazine( June 2008), has chosen three time Grammy Nominees, Trout Fishing in America as one of the 100 most influential independent artists in the past fifteen years. Sandwiched in the pages between Phish, and Widespread Panic, Trout Fishing in America could not be more pleased with company that included, such independent music luminaries as Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Ani DiFranco, David Byrne, Tom Waits, Bradford Marsalis, Alison Krauss , Jimmy Buffett, Steve Earle to name a few.

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Dear Fisherfolk – “Us and Them”

 

November 2016   View full newsletter or see this online version below.

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On the road right now with Trout and Birds. A thought that keeps coming up is “Us and Them.” Us is Trout. Them is Birds. There’s a lot of Us and Them going on in the world today. The thing about Trout and Birds is that it’s all us, just different parts of us. The Birds aren’t totally Us, but we are definitely a part of Them. Our being Birds has definitely influenced Us. If there was ever a time to see beyond Us and Them, it’s now. We’re way more than that. Having the contrast of Us and Them in our lives is the

most fulfilling thing dana-louise-and-adams-kissimaginable. We all bring different qualities to the table and present different experiences. This is probably waxing way too philosophical. We’re all in this together and we are better for our differences. Something to keep in mind while some people try to put us in boxes and keep us separate.

OK, that was a bit of a surprise opener. We try to write what’s on our minds. What’s on our mind right now is that we’re cruising towards Thanksgiving at a rapid pace. We have miles to go before we take our annual Thanksgiving break. Trout and Dana Louise will be at The Burren in Sommerville, MA on Nov 5th.  Birds and Trout will be at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, DE on Nov 17th.  On the 18th, Birds will play the Burlap and Bean in Newton Sq. PA. On the 19th, Birds will be at Sanctuary Concerts in Chatham Township, NJ. On the 20th Trout will return to the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA. If you can’t make it to these shows, tell a friend who might be able to. This is a good time of year to get in touch with friends. We have a lot to be thankful for. We are grateful to have been playing music for you for more than 40 years. It’s a pretty wonderful thing.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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October 2016

 

October 2016  View full newsletter or see this online version below.

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It’s the most scariest time of the year! It’s October. Some people think December is scarier, but it’s not supposed to be. In October, our thoughts turn to pumpkins, pumpkin pies, ghosts and goblins, Halloween, and the inevitable coming of both cold weather and Christmas songs! As of this writing, there are 82 days, 10 hours, 31 minutes, and 45…44…43…42 seconds until Christmas. If you’re not scared by now, probably nothing will scare you. So go ahead and watch this video to a song we wrote called BOO! Enjoy it! Share it with your friends! Then check out our sale on our Grammy Nominated CD “Merry Fishes to All” below.

We’re coming your way –
Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia

We’ve got a lot planned for the months ahead. It’s Revel Time in Shreveport, LA. That’s the Red River Revel. Three Trout Fishing in America shows. Three Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds shows. And if that’s not enough, you can follow us down to Baton Rouge for our first appearance at the Red Dragon Listening Room. The next week, we’ll be returning to the Centrum in Spring, TX, a venue we know and love.  And Pittsburgh, PA? Yes indeed, at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Calliope’s Root Cellar. That’s a new one for us. We know only a few people in that area, so please help us get the word out. Tell 50 of your closest friends about our show. Tell them what kind of music we play. Hahaha. Now we can’t sit here and read the whole calendar to you, but know that these upcoming gigs are in some very cool places that you need to locate.

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Before we leave September and it’s rare Black Moon too far behind (note: A Black Moon is a 2nd new moon in a calendar period), we’d like to say what a fabulous time we had in Taos, NM at Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival. Our Flight of the Monarch show in Grand Prairie started out grand, but had a bit of weather adversity. No matter. It’s always good to see our friends down there in Grand Prairie. We will be back again, this time without Mr. Storm. And finally, our trip to the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake, Wisconsin was delightful. We had cheese curds. We had haddock. We had fun! Come out and join us for some fun. (Photo above by Dave Hensley at the Barn Dance)

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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September 2016

September 2016  Download newsletter or see this online version below.

Dear Fisherfolk,

Trout Fishing at Godfreys

September is here and it’s Keith’s birthday month. Exactly what day is his birthday? He’s not telling, but if you want to find out, you can ‘Friend’ him on Facebook. Keith is new to FB and is a bit overwhelmed, even before his birthday. He has noticed that FB seems to know a lot about everybody’s birthday. Anyway, the weather is lovely and in honor of it being his birthday month, Keith decided to do some Spring cleaning. True, it’s a bit late as Spring was about 6 months ago, but he has an excuse! We’ve been busy this summer. How busy? Since June 1, we have driven through 30 states. That’s a busy summer! While ‘Spring Cleaning’, he found some photos from years gone by, many birthday’s ago. We haven’t changed a bit.

Glorious Birds at the Barn Dance 2015

There are two big music and art festivals on our calendar in the next couple of months. Trout Fishing in America and Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds will be playing at both of them. From September 8-10 we will be in Taos, NM for Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival. That title is a mouthful to say, but it’s only fitting as the number of incredible, awesome, fabulous, and ultra-talented
musical acts is stunning. You NEED to check it out! October 7 & 8, we return to Shreveport, LA for the Red River Revel. Talk about a mouthful to say… Try saying Red River Revel three times quickly. Now try it without sounding like Elmer Fudd. We’ve been playing at the Revel off and on since the early 1980’s. Great art! Great music! Great food! It’s Louisiana, what do you expect? And don’t forget about the Grand Prairie, TX releasing of the Monarch butterflies on Sept 24th and the Thrasher Opera House on Sept 30th. Trout and Dana Louise will be there also!

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Keith has chosen Sept 18th at the Eureka Springs House Concert (at the UU Church in Eureka Springs, AR) to be his official, unofficial birthday celebration. No, September 18 is NOT his official birthday, so it can’t be his official celebration. Stop trying to pry that information out of us! See FB! This is a very cool concert series (the Grimwoods are season ticket holders) run by our good friend, Nancy Paddock. We will be videoing the show. It’s a great excuse to visit Eureka Springs. See you there!

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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August 2016

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Ezras Watermelon Patch

August is Ezra’s birthday month. When Ezra was a little boy (and that was a very long time ago), his grandmother offered him a choice for his birthday celebration. He could either have a traditional birthday cake or she would give him and his friends all of the watermelon they could eat! There was no contest. It was watermelon. The day arrived and several watermelons were iced down and cut up. The feast took place in an apple orchard and it didn’t matter if you were totally covered in juice. It was easy to wash off. Birthdays were great days and Ezra’s love for watermelon persists to this day.

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad Concert

Trout will be in the studio a lot during the month of August. We’re working on a new CD. Although the dates are few during the month, these are all pretty special. We’re playing First Thursday, August 4th, on the Square in Fayetteville, AR. This is our home base and a chance to bring the entire family to a free outdoor event. On August 5th, The Outliers (featuring Mike Sumler, JT Huff and Keith and Ezra) will be doing an early show at George’s Majestic Lounge, also in Fayetteville, AR. August 6th, were looking forward to returning to The Bowery Stage in Winnsboro, TX. Dana Louise will be making a special guest appearance! We finish up the month with appearances in CO. We’ll be doing our annual train ride with the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad August 13th out of Alamosa. The 27th, we’ll be at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale, CO as Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds! On the 28th, our friend Don Richmond will become a Glorious Bird and join us at Cole Park for Sunday’s at Six in Alamosa, CO! If you have a chance to make any of these dates, we’d love to see you. There’s nothing better than going to hear a live concert with friends and family. It seems the way people know us best is through word of mouth. Bring someone with you who’s never seen us before next time you come out!

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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July 2016

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Dear e-Fisherfolk, The Fin Crowd We told our booking agent that we wanted to travel and work as much as possible and he took us at out word. We’ll be all over the map in the month of July. This next part should be read like the the end of a radio commercial. Slow down when you see an area near you or friends of yours. Word of mouth is our best advertisement and we’re counting on you to get the word out. We’ll be making our second ever appearance in the state of Idaho! We’re playing Sandpoint Summerfest  as Trout and also as Birds. Trout will take a quick trip down to Pasadena, CA to play the Levitt Pavillion on July 14th. Then, over the weekend we turn into DL and the Glorious Birds. July 16th we’re at the California World Music Fest in Grass Valley and the 17th we’re in Reno, NV to play Midtown on Martin Street.  Deep breath here….. After driving home from NV we’ll wash clothes and head out to the east coast where Trout will be playing Madison Square Park on the 21st and Mohonk Mountain House on the 22nd. Trout will be doing three shows July 23rd at the Barn in Egremont, MA. On the 29th of July, DL and the Glorious Birds will be making their debut at Mohonk Mountain House! We close out July in Upper Merrion PA for Concerts Under the Stars on July 31. This has been one of our favorite concert series. It’s Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds first performance there and it’s also Beth Grimwood’s birthday! Beth will be with us. No presents are required, but your presence would be greatly appreciated.

Instagramps

We’re Instagramps – Keith writing here- Have any of you ever heard of this brand new thing called Instagram? I just discovered it and I think it’s pretty cool. I’ve been ever so reluctant to get personally involved too deeply with social media. I’ve been sort of a Luddite being dragged into the 20th century. Now I’m trying to make the leap to the 21st century. If any of you want to… (what is it called?)… ‘follow’ me and the doings of Trout Fishing in America, you can find me on Instagram at troutfishinginamericaband. Ezra is on Instagram at tfiaband. He currently has 264 followers. I have 9. Please help catch up! This is the beginning of a brave new world for me. I hear there’s a couple of other ‘new’ things called Twitter and Facebook. I’ll have to check into it and report back later.

Troutfully yours, Keith and Ezra

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June 2016

Dear Fisherfolk,

The “golden years” are defined, at least online, as after 65 years old. Keith and Ezra are rapidly approaching that magic number. It’s getting really close to 40 years that we have been writing songs and playing music together. Aren’t things supposed to slow down when you get older? We don’t know about you, but as we close in on our “golden years”, our lives seem to be expanding and intensifying.

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Trout Fishing Promo 2016

These next couple of months will have Trout Fishing in America and Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds on both coasts, Arkansas and in Texas. If you live in the DC/Virginia area, please make note of our upcoming dates in Bethesda, MD at the AMP by Strathmore, The Tin Pan in Richmond, VA and the Wayne Theater in Waynesboro, VA. We’ve played in and around these venues and would love to see you there and introduce you to the Glorious Birds (Ezra’s daughters band that we get to play in). In fact, we’d love to jam these places full of folks that we know and don’t know. It’ll make it easier to get back to your area. Further on into the summer we make our debut appearance in Spokane, WA at Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill. Bring 40 of your closest friends!

Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds

Getting to play music for you all of these years is an amazing thing. We are road dogs that still love to travel. We may make a few more pit stops than we used to. We may leave our homes a little earlier to get to the far away gigs, but we’re still happy to get there and play our music. It’s hard to imagine a better way to spend an evening than going out with your friends and hearing a live performance by folks who love what they do.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

 

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May 2016

Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds

Between now and the end of May, there will just be a few chances to catch us live. We’re going to be spending a lot of time in the studio working on our new album. You will be able to see us however at the Grand Stafford Theater in Bryan, TX April 22 as Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds and on the 23rd, we’ll be there as Trout Fishing in America. We’ll do a special family concert April 22 at 11am at Rudder Theater on the Texas A&M campus benefiting Voices For Children. The Glorious Birds will also be performing in Sarasota, Florida at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center. First time in the area!
Photo by Ira Hantz

Tales From the Road

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Airline travel can be stressful. You need to get to the airport in plenty of time to check your baggage and get through security. International air travel adds an extra twist. You have to present your passport and for musicians with equipment, whatever other pertinent papers you may possess. Going through customs can also increase your stress and anxiety. Coming back from Alberta, Canada last week, Ezra and four other random passengers were selected to go through an extra step to get on the plane. We brought our bags in to be sniffed by a friendly German Shepherd. All of our bags checked out OK, but you always wonder if you brushed up against anything that might arouse suspicion. Fortunately, the seasoned travelers that we are, we allowed plenty of time. Once we got through security, customs, and bag check, there was time to eat. In Calgary there are only a few choices for the hungry passenger. There’s Tim Horton’s, (THE Canadian donut shop), the airport lounge, (which sells beer and pre-made sandwiches) and Burger King. At Burger King in the Calgary airport, if you’re feeling stressed, you can order a beer with your Whopper! This is the first Burger King we’ve ever seen with a liquor license! Could this be a trend!?

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In light of our present political climate and to possibly spark some interest in our upcoming album, we’re including a rough mix of a new Trout song. Click

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Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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April 2016

Dear Fisherfolk,

Webster Dictionary

It’s been a while since we mentioned this, but there’s an interesting fact that very few people seem to know. The word, “gullible” is not to be found in any English dictionary. It’s a strange oversight by the compilers of words and definitions. It seems that the word was published in an early version of the Oxford dictionary and back in the 1800’s the word, “gullible” was printed in an early Webster’s dictionary, but for some reason, it’s been left out of subsequent editions. Really. Look it up!

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The redbud trees are lighting up the woods here in Arkansas. Soon, the dogwoods and may apples will be out. That means that the elusive and delicious morel mushrooms will be making their appearance. It takes the right combination of cold and warm and wet to make a great crop. Ezra will be combing the woods looking for morels in his spare time. Shortly after the morel season, it’ll be time for chanterelles. The Grimwoods have an annual fruiting that they share with their mushroom hungry friends!

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This summer makes 40 years that Keith and Ezra have been writing songs and playing music together. We’ve played with many different combinations of musicians. These days you can catch us in several different bands. You have the basic Trout Fishing in America. You can also catch us with Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds and the group, Wheatfield. We’ll be performing at the Kerrville Folk Festival in June with all three bands! Check our calendar to see when one or more of these groups will be in your neighborhood. For you Arkansas folks, you have the additional opportunity to hear us with the Outliers from time to time. Thanks to all of you who read this newsletter and support us in so many ways. We’re pretty lucky to still be doing what we do.

Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

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March 2016

 

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We’re in sunny Florida right now looking at Spanish moss hanging from ancient oak trees as we drive past orange groves along open roads. There are horse farms, hot boiled peanut stands, palm and banana trees, and lots of green grass! It feels like spring.

Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds trio at Kerrville Folk Festival

Our winter weather respite won’t last long. On March 5th, Keith and Ezra will be returning to Peterborough, New Hampshire and performing with Dana Louise at the Peterborough Players Theater. Besides performing as Trout Fishing in America, we’ll be Dana’s backup band for the show. If you live anywhere close, or know anyone that does, this is a performance not to be missed.

Outliers band photo

If you live in NW Arkansas, or know anybody who does, you need to know that March 9th is JT Huff’s birthday. We’ll be celebrating with JT and Mike Summler by playing a Goodfolk concert at the Fayetteville Underground with the Outliers. The Outliers are JT, Mike, Keith and Ezra. We’ve played four gigs in the last two years, so this is a rare opportunity to hear some really great Mike Summler original music and listen to JT rip it up on guitar. We don’t know how old JT is going to be, but Keith’s mom will be 94 on March the 7th. Happy birthday mom!

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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January/February 2016

Dear Fisherfolk,

We read in the news where they had around 30 inches of snow over the weekend in New York City. The next sentence of the article was most interesting as it said schools would be open on Monday. What? 2 weeks ago we had 1/4 inch of snow here in Arkansas and schools were closed for 2 days!

Glorious Birds recording in the Trout Studio

It has been cold here, but we have avoided a lot of travel problems associated with winter. We’ve done this by staying at home here in the Trout House studio, recording lots of new music. The first 2 weeks of January we worked on Trout songs. The next 2 weeks we worked on Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds music.

Ezra in studio on drums

Next week, Craig Calvert is driving up from Austin, TX and we’ll start recording some new Wheatfield songs. We’re going to have to go back to work to get some rest! But recording is a blast with all 3 combinations. The results have been wonderful!

In news of the summer ahead, Trout Fishing in America, Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds, and Wheatfield will all be playing at the Kerrville Folk Festival on the same weekend. It’s an alignment you don’t want to miss.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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