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, We’re busy birds and fish!

Ezra cutting wood

There are so many ways to look at Spring. Leaves are popping out. Flowers are in bloom. At night, there’s a symphony of peeper frogs singing the song of future generations of peeper frogs. The other side of the coin is that everything that can is filling the air with pollen! Acres and acres of pollen! Sneezing, wheezing, itching eyes and sore throats. It’s all how you look at it. It’s the season of getting things done! Working in the garden, mowing the lawn, collapsing in your easy chair at the end of the day and resting your sore back. Don’t exactly know what we’re saying here, but we’re glad the sun is shining and the winter cold has released its grip. In April and May, Keith and Ezra will be busy fish and birds.

Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds Cover Art

This is one of the happiest, most crowded, and possibly confusing calendars we’ve ever tried to explain. May 5th, Trout Records is proud to announce the release of a brand new CD project, Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds! In case you don’t know, Dana Louise is Ezra’s daughter. This 11-song album, recorded in the Trout House Studio, is an amazing collection of songs that paint beautiful tonal dreamscapes. Dana weaves her ideas from a myriad of musical styles with a voice that is at once forceful and softly genuine. Pre-order the CD and get it on Cinco de Mayo! The band features Dana Louise on guitar and vocals and Adams Collins on vibraphone and 5-string banjo. The rhythm section of the Glorious Birds is Keith Grimwood (bass) and Ezra Idlet (percussion) of TFIA.

Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds

 

That’s right, Keith and Ezra are now Birds as well as Trout! We will be touring that way over the next few months, playing both Trout shows and Glorious Birds shows. Read your calendar carefully and don’t miss any of these concerts if we are in your area! Trout dates will be on April 11, 12, 17, 24, 25, 26, and May 1, 10, 15, 16, and 30. At the Reston Community Center and The Blue Door concerts, Dana Louise and Adams will be joining us for a few songs. And in return, we will be joining Dana and Adams on all of their dates. It’s a Spring kind of thing, a song of future generations, flowers in bloom, getting things done. VIDEO

On Tour
TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA
4/11 Bryan, TX Civic Auditorium 11am Family Concert and Grand Stafford Theater 8pm Folk/Rock Concert 701.240.1976 Both concerts Benefiting Voices for Children
4/12 Austin, TX Strange Brew 6pm 512.828.7636 All Ages Concert
4/17 Winnsboro, TX Center for the Arts – Bowery Stage 7:30pm 903.342.0686
4/24 Rock Hall, MD The Mainstay 8pm 410.639.9133 Folk/Rock Concert
4/25 New Hope, PA Bucks County Playhouse 2pm 215.862.2121 Family Concert
4/26 Reston, VA Reston Community Center 3pm 703.476.4500

with THE GLORIOUS BIRDS
4/19 Tulsa, OK Woody Guthrie Center – Guthrie Green 2:30pm 918.574.2421
4/21 Little Rock, AR White Water Tavern 9:30pm 501.375.8400
More Tour Dates

Troutfully (and Gloriously) yours,

Keith and Ezra

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March 2015

Cozy Cat

Keith writing – Help me! Help me! I’ve been iced and snowed in for 4 days with 9 cats! I know you folks in the Northeast rightfully have little or no sympathy for me. You may have had a ton of snow, but do you have 9 cats to go with it? Cats do not behave well forced to live together in close quarters for extended times. They’ve done just about every bad thing they can think of, including breaking into the cabinet and eating up my tortillas. At least I have an ample supply of kitty litter this time. I won’t make that mistake again. Shelia made the biggest mess clearing the shelf to make a nice cozy space for herself.

Pi

I’d like to bring your attention to Saturday, March 14. This is the day of Pi. On that fine Saturday, it will be 3.14.15. At 9:26am it will be 3.1415926! I’m not sure what it means. Probably no comets, plague of locusts, or another end of the world. But on 3.14.15 at 9:26 AM, I’m planning on having a slice of pie for breakfast. Got milk?
Keith

Ezra writing – Iced and snowed in with a cozy fire and lots of time in the recording studio. Time to work with my daughter, Dana Louise, and time to think about our recent trip to the Folk Alliance International. The music has been fun and the people I’ve met we’re inspirational. Got to meet and hear Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield. He spoke about space and music as well as the deeper implications of both. Got to Jam with some amazing musicians including Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds.

Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds

Keith and I are the rhythm section for that band. Somewhere in the middle of all this ice and snow, we got a beautiful day to shoot some video outdoors as the Glorious Birds. Check it out! That’s Dana wearing my pants from high school! Could it be that the main difference between Keith’s and my snow experience is cat’s?

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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February 2015

Punxsutawney Phil

This morning we woke to 14 degrees in Arkansas. The sun was hanging low in the sky and snow flurries were shimmering like we were living inside of a snow globe. Imagine someone dropping glitter form the skies. Truly a magical and glorious moment! The joy was short-lived though when we got the sad news that the infamous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, has predicted another 6 weeks of winter. Sounds like its time to head to Florida! And folks, that’s just where we’re going.

valentines day

This year we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a return to one of our old favorites, Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, FL. We’ll have a kid’s show in the afternoon and then you all can get sitters and return for a romantic evening show! It promises to be great fun and you should be there. We also have a series of house concerts lined up that week that you might be interested in. These are intimate gatherings that offer a unique perspective on live music. If you haven’t been to one yet, you should consider it. It’s the opposite of watching the Rolling Stones in the Astrodome.

Jack Williams in the Trout Records studio

The next week, we’ll be attending the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, this is a huge gathering of musicians and other people involved with the music business. We will be doing several Private showcases as Trout Fishing in America. We will also be presenting Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds. Dana is Ezra’s daughter and she’s writing some great songs these days. We’ve been in the studio recording for her next CD that will be released in the Spring on Trout Records. That’s Jack Williams in the studio singing some amazing harmonies!

Check www.troutmusic.com for the Florida tour and beyond.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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January 2015

Happy new year! 2015 will mark the 39th year that Keith and Ezra have been writing songs and playing music together. We put over a million miles on our last two vehicles and have flown over a million miles on airplanes. It’s amazing to think about the longevity of our partnership. There have been many times that we’ve talked with fans that have grown up on our music and are now bringing their children or parents to our shows. Still, when we ask how many people are seeing us for the first time, it’s surprising to see so many Trout newcomers. Whether you’re a newcomer or an old fan, thanks for taking the time to sign up for our newsletter after hearing one of our shows. We’re looking forward to seeing you this new year.

Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood Early Troutthrowback guys and Robert_NEW

 

Above: In the beginning late 70’s. Below: A few years later with Robert redFORD in the 90’s.

January starts out with Keith and Ezra playing with Craig Calvert and Connie Mims with the group, Wheatfield. This is the band that Ezra was playing in back in the 70’s when he met Keith. The four of us are writing and performing songs from the perspective that we have now as, “much older” if not more mature people. The harmonies musicianship and songs make for an evening not to be missed. Trout will be back in Midland Texas at the Yucca Theater for its annual fund raiser for the West Texas Campfire USA on Jan 11th. If you’re near any of our January dates, come on out to see us. There’s something we all get from live music that we can’t get anywhere else. It’s why we’ve done this for so long.

Wheatfield Band Promo Photo from the 70's

 

Wheatfield band at Mucky Duck

 

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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December 2014

Keith Grimwood's grandson Jameson at 6 months

 

We woke up to an ice fog this morning in Arkansas. It was 27 degrees and the bare tree branches looked like popsicles. Must be December and time to take a look back over the year and see what we’ve done. Most importantly, on May 10th Keith became a grandfather! By the end of 2014, TFIA will have played shows in 18 different states. (AL, AR, CO, DE, FL, IL, LA, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NY, NM, OK, PA, RI, TX, and VA) If your state is not on the list, take action and see that we get there next year! In March, we delivered the Keynote Address at the Arkansas State Capitol for Music in Our Schools. This year our single artist label, Trout Records, expanded and signed a duo called Handmade Moments. We recorded their album in our studio and it was released on July 24th. Trout Records also released a CD called “Big Texas Sky” with Wheatfield, a 4-piece band Keith and Ezra play with from time to time during the year. We are currently recording a project with Dana Louise, Ezra’s daughter, and we’re really excited about that.
Dana Louise and Trout Fishing

Have you heard about the *Pavlock? It is apparently a bracelet of some sort that shocks you when you do something ‘bad’. Something like wasting time online, eating at a fast food restaurant, or texting an ex-girlfriend. We don’t know how it works and we don’t care. We think it is a horrible gift idea and suggest that you look to the left side of this letter instead. There are some lovely Trout Fishing in America specials that everyone will enjoy. All of them are so much better than a Pavlock! Heck, a lump of coal is better than a Pavlock! But do check out the Trout specials and make somebody very merry this year. Use the Promo code: TFIA10 for an extra 10% off your order! *Trout Trivia: Did you know that Trout Fishing in America changed its name to Pavlov’s Band for one year.
Feed Communities

One of our first jobs as Trout Fishing in America was playing at a Ford dealership in Pasadena TX. The dealership was celebrating the arrival of the 1980 Fords. We performed in the beds of two pickup trucks backed up to each other. It may have been one of the strangest and most disconnected shows we’ve ever done. Mostly we were playing to cars as they drove past us on South Richie Road. There were a couple of kids eating ice cream cones that rode their bicycles over to see what all the noise was. They were disappointed that we didn’t play any Kiss. We’ll be performing a benefit for Feed Communities sponsored by Adventure Subaru at the dealership in Fayetteville, AR on Tuesday Dec. 9th. Feed Communities is an organization whose mission is to create sustainable food networks for hungry people in our area. We won’t be performing in the backs of pickup trucks and the show should feel a whole lot more connected to our audience and community. We hope to see you there. If you can’t make it, perhaps you can come out to the Sellersville Theater 1894 in PA on Dec 28th or World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, DE on Dec 31st. If you make all three of those shows, we’ll give you our entire (in print) catalogue of CDs as well as a vintage Trout t-shirt.

Troutfully Yours,

Keith and Ezra

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November 2014

Four generations of Grimwoods family

It begins! Don’t look now, but it’s later than you think and the scariest time of year is upon us. Halloween is over and if you thought that was scary, the Holiday Season is officially upon us. The leaves are changing colors and that means cold weather is on the way. Turkeys are hiding nervously and proclaiming the healthy benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Christmas songs and jingle bells will soon be all over the radio. Excitement is in the air for many and emotions of every kind come bursting to the surface. This will be Keith’s first holiday experience with his grandson, Jameson, and also the first without his Dad, who at 91 passed away September 2nd.

 

Thanksgiving at the Idlet's    Trout will be returning to the Blue Door in Oklahoma City on November 9th. This is one of the coolest small venue rooms we’ve come across lately. Don’t miss it! After that, we head to Michigan for shows in Lapeer and Ann Arbor. This is our first trip to Lapeer and we’re looking forward to it. We’ve been to The Ark in Ann Arbor several times, but it’s been years since our last visit. Tell everyone you know in the area to come on out, or take a road trip yourself! We take off the week of Thanksgiving for a weeklong party at the Idlet House. Once again, Keith would like to express his deep and heartfelt appreciation to Ezra and Karen for not having to host this event at his house! It’s a ton of fun for all of us, but it’s truly more fun for Keith at someone else’s house.

CJ book set and MFTA

For those of you who want to get some ‘early’ shopping done, we have cooked up a special Trout Holiday gift package with our 2 books and a Merry Fishes CD at the super low price of $30. Fun for the whole family! Don’t put it off! Act now! Supplies are limited to the first million orders! Our operators are standing by! Order online with free shipping so you can stay home and finish that leftover turkey and pumpkin pie!

Troutfully Yours,
Keith and Ezra
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October 2014

October is Halloween month. Check out the video from our song “Boo!” to get in the mood for the season.

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September 2014

Dear Fisherfolk,

Questionable information on the internet says that we are born and live our entire lives with the same size eyes. Our ears and noses grow. This may or may not be verifiable, but we can verify that Ezra has shrunk an inch and grown one shoe size since he was in college. We’re not sure if his nose and his ears are still growing. Keith is not measuring!

Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance

Keith and Ezra join Michael and Don at the Barn Dance

Information you can count on is that Trout will be at Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance again this year! The festival features top notch songwriters and musicians set in Taos, NM. If you have time to travel to a festival this September, this one gets our highest recommendation! If the Barn Dance was a normal 11 year old boy, it would wear somewhere between a size 6-9. If the festival is going to grow up to be as big as Ezra, it would be wearing a size 12 shoe right about now.

Canned pickles and hot sauce

Ezra’s summer canning

The Idlets are harvesting their garden right now. 32 quarts of sweet pickles have been put up and hot sauce is currently being made from the cayenne peppers and tomatoes that have been picked. There’s been a lot of time spent working in the kitchen, but it’s fun time. Greg Brown has a song called Canned Goods that pretty much says it all. Check this video out!

Wherever you are, we hope your summer is going well. Cooler weather is just around the corner. If your shoes still fit you pretty well, it’s a safe guess that they’re not growing too fast. If they’re too small, get some bigger ones. Can’t help with the nose or ears though.

Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

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August 2014

Wheatfield band

Dear Fisherfolk, It’s already August! Wow, the summer has flown by. Keith and Ezra have been busy touring Texas with the group Wheatfield and the bands new CD “Big Texas Sky”. There have been some great evenings of music, and Mexican food has been consumed! It looks like there’s only one show for Trout in August. We’ll be at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR on Friday August 15th. We’re playing the early show (happy hour) and Ezra’s daughter, Dana Louise will be joining Trout onstage for that show. Don’t miss it if you’re in the area! Photo by Neale Eckstein

Dana Louise with Trout Fishing in America

Trout Records is expanding!
We plan to be in the recording studio with Dana Louise for the last two weeks of August. We’re working on another Trout Records release with her. Last month we released Joel Ludford and Anna Horton’s self titled CD “Handmade Moments”. The debut album is doing well and has garnered some good reviews already. More about them and their tour at Handmademoments.net.

Handmade Moments CD Cover

It’s been hotter than a billy goat in a pepper patch down in Texas. We’re looking forward to getting back to the cool nights in Arkansas. Hope you are all keeping cool and wearing plenty of sun screen.

Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

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July 2014

watermelon

Dear Fisherfolk,

Are you worried about how to boost your bikini confidence? Are you looking for the best light jeans for fall? You’re probably reading the wrong newsletter. If you’re interested in what’s going on in Trout Fishing in America’s world, you’re in the right place! We ask the important questions. For instance: In what state are the best watermelons grown? How can you be sure of selecting a great watermelon? Are you wearing your sun screen this summer? You should!
Justin and guys KindiecommTrout just flew to Philadelphia to participate in the first annual KindieComm conference. We had a great time in Philadelphia meeting up with other independent children’s musicians as well as other people in the business of putting on great family programming. There were several standout moments at the convention. Ezra and Cathy Fink led a workshop on home recording  that was fun and actually informative to all involved. The session ended up as one of the “Seven Golden Moments ” during the conference! After KindieComm was over, Kid’s Corner (WXPN’s Peabody award winning radio show), put on the Kids Corner Music Festival that included a whole bunch of amazing, “kindie” artists. Trout, Justin Roberts, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Jennifer Gasoi and Dan Zanes shared the stage at World Cafe Live and played for a massive crowd. Another standout moment from this trip was becoming Justin Roberts backup band! If you’re not familiar with Justin’s music, you should be. Here’s a nice review of the Kids Corner Music Festival.

Concert Under the Stars pictureLooking at our calender, we’ll be in OK, NY, PA and CO. If you live in these areas, or know someone who does, we’d love to see you or them. Or both you and them. Besides doing a series of library shows in OK, we’ll be playing the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival again this year! It’s hot in OK in July, but so is the music. We’ll be flying to the East Coast to cool off. Once again, Trout will be performing at Mohonk Mountain House, in New Paultz NY. This place is absolutely AMAZING! It’s been a while since we’ve done a Concert Under the Stars in King of Prussia PA, but we’re looking forward to returning. We’ll finish out the month with our yearly pilgrimage to Alamosa CO, where we’ll board a train and ride two hours up into the mountains (with our audience) to Fir CO. We’ll perform a concert on a solar and wind powered stage under the CO sky. What a great way to finish off a month.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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