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,

How’s your summer going? Are you staying cool, or at least hydrated? Our summer is rocking along. The Grimwoods are enjoying time with their 4-year old grandson, Jameson, and their brand new granddaughter, Willow!

The Idlets have moved into their new house and are no longer living in a trailer! The ticks are terrible this year, but the gardens are looking great! Trout had a blast playing at NO Jazz & Heritage Fest, the Wildflower Festival, and the Kerrville Folk Festival. (Congratulations to our friend, Rich Krueger, a Kerrville New-Folk winner this year!) And things are just getting started. We’ll be in Austin at Bubblepalooza this weekend and at the Dallas Zoo for Safari Nights later in June. The Philadelphia Folk Festivalis on tap for August and August will be here before you know it! We have many library shows lined up and some club dates, too. Check our calendar for upcoming Trout events in your area!

This morning, the sky in Arkansas is an amazing shade of blue. Our friend Skip would have looked up at and declared that you could only get this kind of blue in the Ozarks. This blue sky brings back memories of fishing trips and conversations with Skip. It’s constantly amazing how sensory perception brings up deep memories and feelings. For Ezra, it brings back the time he spent building his tree house. For Keith, the blue skies of summer always mean baseball. Ezra tells a birthday story of when his grandmother gave him a choice to either have a cake or all the ice cold watermelon he and his friends could eat. He chose the watermelon feast and the smell of fresh cut watermelon still takes him back to summertime in rural Maryland under the apple tree that held his first treehouse.

Music can do the same thing. A song on the radio or a hummed tune can bring back entire scenarios, times of life, and deep emotions. Many of you have shared happy stories of families listening to our music. It never gets old to hear how our music has affected people. At the risk of sounding extremely sappy, it is a privilege to do what we do. Thank you all for letting us into your lives. We hope to see you down the road.

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May 2018

May is a big transition month for the Idlet family. Ezra and Karen have moved out of the Airstream trailer and into their new house! The Grimwood family welcomes Willow Tayebeh, their newborn grand daughter. If you see days off on our calendar, know that we are making the most of them at home. We’re still riding high after our two performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. We’ll be bringing some of that energy with us to Texas. We’ll see you there!

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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April 2018

The month of March came in like a lion and left like a very wet lion this year. So much for that lamb thing. It’s April, it’s still cold, and I want to be warm again! I hear some ‘lucky’ people still have snow. We have rain. Lots of rain. My garden looks like a rice paddy. Or a crawfish farm. We took a bit of a holiday break for Easter this year and I swore I’d put in my garden during this time off. I was thinking potatoes, tomatoes, squash, beans, lettuce, okra, zucchini…not rice and crawfish! Although on second thought, a bit of crawfish étouffée might be tasty for lunch.

Exciting events are unfolding in the coming months for Keith (that’s me) and Ezra (that’s the other guy). On April 8th, we will be playing with Mike Sumler (on keys) and J.T. Huff (on guitar) as the Outliers in Eureka Springs, AR at Chelsea’s. Ezra will be playing drums and I’ll be on bass. (On a side note- did you notice MLB season has begun!?! Go Astros!) Then we pack it up and head out to California with Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds. Trout will also be doing a kids show at McCabe’s Guitars in Santa Monica, CA. (More Trout and Birds dates below!) To close out April, we’ll be at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival! Yeah baby! We might find a bit of crawfish étouffée there, y’think? Or Crawfish bisque, jambalaya, boiled crawfish, fried crawfish. It might be time for lunch around here.


We are also very excited about returning to KindieComm in Philadelphia, PA this year. KindieComm is a gathering of independent children’s performers and entertainers. We meet and talk about the music industry and how it relates to kids. This is super important as kids are the future! People keep forgetting that and it’s not a point to be taken lightly. The Host of KindieComm is the inimitable Kathy O’Connell of WXPN’s Kids Corner. If you haven’t heard her show, you really should. It is awesome, she is awesome! Check out this article for a peek into Kathy World! On Saturday April 21, we have an on-stage interview called In the Spotlight with Kathy in the morning. Then around noon, she’ll be interviewing Dr. Demento! Oh, we are truly in good company. On Sunday, April 22 we’ll be celebrating The Kids Corner 30th Anniversary Concert at World Cafe Live with a public performance along with Billy Kelly and Lard Dog and the Band of Shy. It’s gonna be a blast, but you’ll probably have to bring your own crawfish étouffée. Be sure to bring enough to share.

Best fishes,

Keith and Ezra

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March 2018

Trout's Then and Now Tour

Then and now is the theme of this newsletter. Then: Poor Davids Pub was on Greenville Ave in Dallas, TX. It was a scary place to play at first because it seemed like the best songwriters played there. It took a few times, but with the help of KERA and KNON radio stations the word got out and we started drawing a crowd. We’re coming back to Poor David’s on March 2nd to help them celebrate 41 years of presenting fine music and great times. The club has changed locations, but it has retained it’s spirit.
Another Legendary Venue


Now the first time we played Swallow Hill in Denver, we had a similar experience to playing Poor David’s. Swallow Hill is a legendary live music venue that has been a major part of their music community for years. We’re going to be playing Swallow Hill now as Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds on March 15th.This will be the Birds first time to play Swallow Hill. This is a show you shouldn’t miss.

Wheatfield band from Houston TX

Then… It was the band Wheatfield where Keith and Ezra started writing songs and playing music together way back in 1976. Wheatfield will be doing a lightning quick tour of Texas at the end of March. We’ll be at the Mucky Duck in Houston on the 23rd and the Barker House concert series in Austin on the 25th. Trout and Glorious Birds will be at a lot of other places this month. Please check our calendar for additional dates and times. We hope to see you out there!

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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January/February 2018


As I begin this letter, it’s Super Bowl Sunday! I was going to write it on Groundhog Day, but when Punxsutawney Phil delivered his terrible news (I used to like groundhogs), I was just too distressed. But now it’s Super Bowl Sunday and I’m set to go. Ezra and I have radically different approaches to the game. If you ask Ezra about it, he’ll ask you who’s playing. I’m not a huge football fan, but I do know who’s playing and I’m prepared to watch. I have a giant pizza in the fridge. I have guacamole and salsa and chips. I also have carrots and celery in case I go absolutely crazy! I have cheese that I brought home from Holland and crackers that I brought home from WalMart. My Christmas Soda Stream is cranking out fizzy beverages that I will mix with fruit juices. (Some parts of my Super Bowl ritual have changed drastically in recent years). And best of all, I don’t care who wins! I pick winners so rarely that fans of both the Eagles and the Patriots have requested that I please not pull for their team so they might stand a chance.

Wheatfield Band

Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds

We’re all over the map!
At this point in the letter, I like to do a bit of an overview of upcoming gigs. I try and find a pattern I can mention, a trend, something distinctive the reader might hang onto. Instead, I encourage you to visit our calendar section for yourself as there’s no way to make sense of it in a paragraph. We have shows in Texas, Kansas, Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Colorado, and California coming up with Trout Fishing in America, Dana Louise, and even a few Wheatfield shows in March. These are wonderful venues with many really cool people like yourself. Come on out and meet them and hear our music.

We had a lovely 2-week trip to The Netherlands playing music with Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds. For our most awesome gig, we played inside a windmill. Loved visiting Amsterdam. Dutch cheese rocks! I loved the raw herring, while Ezra preferred the pickled herring. We got to visit several fantastic museums and even some creepy abandoned WWII Nazi bunkers along the Atlantic Wall. To close the letter, we’d like to thank Ian for a couple of jokes he sent to us. Q- What time do ducks get up? A- At the quack of dawn. AND – Have you read the book on anti-gravity? It’s impossible to put down. Thanks Ian! We needed that!

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December 2017

 

It’s hard to imagine we’re closing out 2017. This year has disappeared so quickly. Trout is on the final leg of its new CD release tour. After this weekend in Houston, TX, we will have two performances left. On Dec 7th, we’ll be at the beautiful new Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville, AR. This room has been designed to give an intimate audience the best listening experience possible. No expense was spared on the acoustic design of this venue! Trout will be making its debut in Johnson City, TX on Dec 9th. It’s a house concert and we want to fill that house with people and music. Both of these venues have limited seating, so make your reservations early. As a bonus for those of you who attend this months concerts, we’ll have our new CD, “The Strangest Times”, on sale for $10.

Proper Cup of Coffee

 

It’s that time of year when we bring out our “Proper Cup of Coffee” coffee. This fine blend is roasted in local volcanoes by our indigenous hill folk. It’s the perfect holiday gift! Click here to see the video.

Thanks to all of you who come out to see us. We are grateful for your support. You make it possible for us to be who we are. We hope you will bring Trout home to share with your friends and family. Take 15% off all items (applies to all Trout merchandise except single bag orders of coffee). Use promo code TFIA15 at the checkout page on our website. We have FREE Shipping too.
Have a great holiday and we will be in touch next year!

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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November 2017

 

 

Q – WHY DO SKELETONS HAVE LOW SELF-ESTEEM?
A – THEY HAVE NO BODY TO LOVE
Holy Mole-y! Holiday Season is upon us. How did that happen? There is no denying it. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve are heading your way like a runaway freight train. Notice, they put the scary holiday 1st! In the time-honored tradition of Halloween, we’d like to share our video of the song “BOO!” with you. It is undoubtedly the scariest song we’ve ever written. Click on it if you dare! Bwaa-haa-haa!!

And don’t even begin to sweat gift-giving this year. Your friends at Trout Fishing in America are here to help with CD’s, kid’s books, T-shirts, and even our Holiday Christmas CD, “Merry Fishes to All” will be included with every order! This year give Trout, the gift that keeps on giving.

We’re coming your way TX,OK,MN,AZ,and AR!
2017 is not over yet and we are planning to finish this year with a flourish. First, we head to Grand Prairie, TX to see our good friends at the lovely Uptown Theater before dropping in at The Blue Door in Oklahoma City. Both places are great live music venues! Our weirdest trip of the season is a jaunt to Minnesota in November. (Minnesota Postcard, maybe?) That’s a little out of our usual range, so if you know anyone in the area, please tell them to come see us. Then we will be returning to Arizona for five big dates later in November. For those of you in Arkansas, we have two more shows for you this year. We will be playing our annual family show at Adventure Subaru in Fayetteville on Nov 28. Then on December 7, we are looking forward to a special evening concert at the awesome, new Sunrise Guitar Stage in Fayetteville.
And here’s a final bit of news. There is a new movie release called Parker’s Anchor that features both the music of Trout Fishing in America and Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds. We haven’t seen it yet, BUT we got this note the other day from the filmmaker. WOW!!! If you live anywhere near Fayetteville, AR please check out Parker’s Anchor at the AMC Fiesta Square.

I am very excited to tell you that Our movie (you are included in that “our”) will be at AMC Fiesta Square starting this Friday Oct 27th. Please help us spread the word. We are excited to show AMC that local films will be supported if they carry them in their theater. Tickets are available to purchase now.
Hope to see you at the theater. Ryan Schwartzman
Parker’s Anchor – Trailer
Parker’s Anchor – Trailer

Q- WHY DO DEMONS AND GHOULS HANG OUT TOGETHER? A – BECAUSE DEMONS ARE A GHOULS BEST FRIEND

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

 

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October 2017

 

Dear Fisherfolk,

There are a lot of strong opinions being bandied about these days. People seem to be lining up on opposite sides of so many issues. Trout has rarely taken sides on important issues, but it seems not only appropriate, but important to take a stand right now. OKRA! Some folks love it and others hate it. We’re here to tell you that if you haven’t tried roasted okra, you just don’t know how good okra can taste. Here’s a recipe to try out in your kitchen that we’re pretty sure will change your mind and open your heart to this incredibly tasty veggie.

Roasted Okra
preheat oven to 475

Okra is best when it’s fresh and about two inches long. Select enough okra to fill a cookie sheet. Cut the tops off of the okra pods and put the trimmed pieces in a bowl. Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil over the okra pods and toss until the oil lightly covers all of them. Line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up and place the okra on the cookie sheet. Lightly sprinkle the okra with Cajun seasoning (your choice) as if you were sprinkling it with salt. Place in oven for seven minutes. After the first seven minutes, turn the okra over and sprinkle lightly with Cajun seasoning and put it back in the oven for seven more minutes. We’re told this recipe also works extremely well with brussell sprouts. If you decide to try the sprouts, cut them in half and follow the directions above.

Heading to LA, TX, PA,WV with our new release!

We released our latest “adult” CD, The Strangest Times, in the spring. The album is a return to the stripped down sound of Trout as a duo. There are 11 new original songs and one cover tune (by BW Stevenson). Part of the fun of recording our new project was allowing ourselves to play instruments that we generally haven’t featured on stage. Since the album has come out, Ezra has been playing bouzouki at our shows to perform a couple of new songs. Keith is taking a giant step and is now playing fiddle for a couple of new tunes as well! After 41 years of working together, we’re still breaking new ground and loving what we do. We hope to see you out there on the road.

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September 2017

 

So much of what we’re thinking about involves Texas and hurricane Harvey. We’ve gotten varying reports from our friends and loved ones. Some folks made it through unscathed while others have been wiped out. It’s hard to imagine the scale of destruction left in the storm’s wake. “More damage than Katrina”, is the phrase some news people have been using. If any of you have lost Trout CDs as a result of the flooding, please write to us (trouts@troutmusic.com) and tell us what you need. We’ll send it to you right away if we still have it in stock here at the Trout House.

Trout and the Glorious Birds are making their annual pilgrimage to Taos, NM for Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance. There’s no way to overstate the good times we have there with some of the most talented musicians and songwriters we know. This year will be no exception.
We’re working a lot this month. Check out our calendar to see where we’ll be. There’s no better antidote for tough times than coming to a Trout show. In the meantime, stay safe and be good to each other. Here’s our newest video – “Love Love”.

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August 2017

Trout has a new video! We recently got with Jason Miller out at the Red Barn Studio in Johnson, AR and recorded a couple of our new songs. It’s a great studio space and we’ve been intending to do something there for a long time. Check it out and you’ll see (and hear) why! This month we’d like to present the title cut from our newest CD. It’s called “The Strangest Times”. Great job, Jason! We hope you all enjoy it!

We’re Heading East!
July 2017 found us traveling some of the western United States of CO, AZ, CA, and NV. In August of 2017, we will be touring some of the eastern United States. The trip opens with a visit to The Towne Crier in Beacon, NY. Our friend and club owner, Phil Ciganer, moved The Towne Crier from Pawling to Beacon a few of years ago. He always provides a great music venue. Then both Trout Fishing in America and Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds stop in at the lovely Mohonk Mountain House just outside of New Paltz, NY. This magnificent resort must be experienced to be believed and is one of our favorite places to play. A few years ago, we were inspired to write a little song called A Lovely Day at Mohonk. Here’s the 1st verse to give you an idea what you might expect.

It’s a lovely day at Mohonk by the lake up in the sky.
It’s a lovely day at Mohonk to watch the clouds roll by.
I hiked up on the mountain, I even climbed the tower,
I used to take the labyrinth, but now I’m just too tired.
Strolling in the meadow, boating on the lake.
Summer houses on the trails, if a rest you need to take.
There’s peace out in the garden and ancient, spreading trees,
History in the hallways and the mountains roll like seas.

You can follow along with the Trout calendar as we head to some big shows in PA, NY, WV and NC before returning to Fayetteville, AR for our Glorious Birds show at the Roots Festival with Ezra’s daughter, Dana Louise.

 


That may seem like plenty to most of you, but we are barely getting started folks! Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival is coming up in September. Talk about one of our favorite places to play! Try picturesque Taos, NM in Kit Carson Park with some of the best musical acts you’ve ever heard. The Glorious Birds are scheduled to play on September 7th and the Trout show is set for September 9th. Ezra also plans on sitting in with anyone who will let him play. And Keith is ready to dance with anyone who will dance with him. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the new video and have a great rest of the Summer!

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