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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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”.
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!
We just passed a sign on the road that advertised antiques and live music. Kinda makes you think, or at least wonder if those two words really belong together. In our case, maybe. We fit both categories!
As musicians, we live counterflow. When most people are going to work, we are sleeping. While you’re sleeping, often we’re on the highways making our way from town to town. It’s summer and that’s when a lot of folks take their vacations. Trout and the Glorious Birds will be hopping from one side of the country to the other plying our trade. For those of you who live out west, Trout and Birds will be pairing up for shows in Los Angeles CA, Altadena CA, Reno NV, and Berkeley CA. There will be a stop in Okoboji IA as the Glorious Birds. We’ll head down to TX for a series of shows before we take a trip out east to New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina. All of this road work leads up to the Fayetteville Roots Festival in AR. There is much more specific info to be had on our calendar. (Photo below by Jeremy Scott) If you like antiques or live music or both, we’d sure love to see you.
June 1, 2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Grimwood family’s move to northwest Arkansas. The Idlet family arrived a few days later. It is so like Keith to insist on being early! We have thrived in our ‘chosen land’. Keith lives on a luxurious 10-acre estate on a mountain just outside of the booming metropolis of West Fork. Ezra is living the dream in an Air Stream trailer in his sister’s backyard. My but we’ve come a long way!
We only have time for a ‘short’ newsletter. Can you guess who was chosen to write it? Think short… That’s right, it’s Keith! Did you know that I can actually stand up in an Air Stream trailer? Some people can’t. So this will be a short letter and I can write anything I want. Bwa-Haa-Haa!! I can feel myself going mad with power! Makes me want to open a Twitter Account. Or maybe not. I am on Instagram as troutfishinginamericaband. You should “Follow” me. Ezra has more Instagram Followers than I do, and he hardly ever posts anything. Poor me. Poor, poor me…
Summer is here. It arrived while we were having a fabulous time at the Kerrville Folk Festival. What magic that was for us! Thanks to all who attended. Trout kicks off the HOT SUMMER NIGHTS festival in Sherman, TX on Thursday, June 1. Hopefully we’ll have time to visit our newly found delicious barbecue joint, Cackle and Oink. Seriously, that’s the name. With a name like that, I had to try it. YUMMY! Then on June 2nd, we’ll be having a CD RELEASE PARTY at THE MUCKY DUCK in Houston. You need to get to the DUCK. It’s a great place to eat, listen to music, and get our new CD, The Strangest Times. Saturday the 3rd, finds us at the Dallas Zoo. We’ve played at this awesome zoo a couple of times. It’s a great venue that just keeps getting better. And don’t forget the other two dates, June 13th in Watauga, TX at the library and a June 18th fundraiser in Pasadena, TX for the Lion’s Camp. Thought this newsletter was supposed to be SHORT? Big things come in little packages, I guess.
In late June we will be at our “BAND CAMP” in Tyler, TX with Craig Calvert and Connie Mims in preparation for our Wheatfield Tour. Wheatfield has concerts scheduled in Houston, Dallas, Tyler, and Austin. Check our calendar for exact dates and places. If you’ve never heard Keith and Ezra making music as Wheatfield with Connie and Craig, you are missing out. Next month we’ll tell you about our tour to CA, CO, AZ, IA, and Terra del Fuego. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating, but not by much!
Greetings from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival! We’re so excited to be here. We arrived a day early so we could enjoy the sights and sounds of the Crescent City! A few of the artists we’ll get to see include Stevie Wonder, Anders Osborne and Sonny Landreth. Jazzfest parade
Our Mantra – Enjoy the Journey
After 25 years of nearly unlimited space to live in, Ezra and Karen’s housing situation is an Airstream trailer in Ezra’s sister, Susan’s, back yard. The never ending torrential rains this spring in Arkansas have created a wetlands to squish through on the way to Susan’s house. The Idlets opted out of cooking and indoor plumbing in the trailer. This creates a need to navigate the back yard swamp in the middle of the night to use the indoor facilities of the house. We’re not talking cooking! OK, that might be too much information. The positive
side of this living arrangement is that the trailer is on loan from the Idlet’s good friends, Brian and Belinda, while Karen and Ezra build their new house.
Closing this letter is usually a cheery invitation to come see our shows and enjoy the weather. Just want to say that live music can bring a lot of good to your mental health and well being. Getting out with treasured friends and relatives to enjoy an evening away from scripted entertainment on a screen is good for all of us. Now for the cheery part! The weather is amazing, there’s never been a more important time to enjoy our friends and family, PLUS, we’ve got a brand new CD out! Come out to hear us and buy our new CD!
First, we are happy to be returning to the Center Stage at the Reston Community Center in Reston, VA. Since we skipped last year, we’re making it up to you with two shows instead of 1. Trout Fishing in America will play an afternoon concert. Later that evening, Keith and Ezra will be the rhythm section for Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds. For those of you who don’t know, Dana is Ezra’s daughter and this will be a great show. The fabulous Adams Collins will be joining us on vibraphone and banjo. You don’t want to miss either of these shows! And as a bonus, Trout’s brand new grownup album, The Strangest Times, will be available.
Here is a copy of our press release for the new CD. Please share this with everyone you know!
Trout Fishing in America is proud to announce the release of their latest CD, “The Strangest Times”. This new collection of songs is the 24th album to be released in their 40-plus years of making music. There are 11 new, original tunes and one cover (BW Stevenson’s On My Own). The songs explore a wide range of feelings and musical styles that blend seamlessly into an inspired and cohesive work.
The project is a return to the roots of the band. Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet played their first gigs as Trout Fishing in America back in 1977. The two of them grew up in Houston, TX in the 60’s, where the music playing on the radio and in the clubs was potent and diverse. Country, blues, rock and roll, soul music, Tejano, and Cajun music were all easily found and enjoyed by both Grimwood and Idlet as they grew up. Listening to this spicy gumbo of music shaped the way this duo has approached their original songs, a style that expanded further on relocating to northwest Arkansas in 1992. Keith (on bass) and Ezra (on guitar) are percussive instrumentalists which gives them their unique and driving sound.
While The Strangest Times is a duo album, Keith and Ezra have added new sounds to their palette. Ezra plays bouzouki on the title cut as well as on “Where Did Everybody Go?” The bouzouki is an eight-string instrument
that’s kind of a cross between mandolin and guitar. Keith sets the bass aside and plays fiddle on “Quiet Alleys”. Writing songs and playing music has been a lifetime pursuit that shows no sign of ending for the Trout guys.
The official release date for “The Strangest Times”, on the exclusive Trout label, is set for April 4th 2017.
If you’ve been to any of our recent shows, or read any of our recent newsletters, you know that Trout is on the cusp of releasing our new album, “The Strangest Times”. We’ve partnered with the Standing O Project to make our new CD exclusively available for streaming on their website a month early.
If you haven’t visited the Standing “O” Project yet, it’s an amazing community for musicians and music lovers. The site is filled with music, interviews and much more. And, the cool thing is it supports a great public radio program, Art of the Song, and working musicians like us! Be sure to take the VIDEO TOUR first thing! And after you sign up, go to our Featured Artist page to hear The Strangest Times. The actual CDs will be available for purchase at our live shows and on our website starting April 4th 2017.
So far this year, we have traveled coast to coast (New York to California) as both Trout Fishing in America and as Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds. In addition to the busy and far reaching touring schedule, the Idlets are selling their house and moving closer to the Grimwoods. When we’re not on the road, we’re in the process of packing and moving 25 years of accumulated stuff! Right now we all kind of feel like pin balls. There’s a song on our new CD called “A Place to Fall”. The words from that song, “it’s not always gonna be this way, some mountains aren’t so tall” are a constant mantra these days. Whether you’re coming to see Trout or the Glorious Birds, the shows have been great and both bands are chock full of new original material! We hope to see you soon.
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 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.
Happy New Year 2017! According to the old 2016 Trout calendar, we went into the Trout House studio to begin recording a new CD on January 4. It’s now a year later and we are in the studio putting the finishing touches on mixing our new CD project, “The Strangest Times”. We can’t wait for you to hear it! That’s one thing to look forward to in 2017! Last year, we played shows in 22 of the United States and 1 Canadian Province (Alberta). Our most amazing and ‘diverse’ weekend of the year was the first week in June when we played consecutive nights at the Kerrville Folk Festival as Trout Fishing in America, Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds, and Wheatfield. Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined that happening. Thanks, Dalis!
Trout House in Estate Sale!
Time moves ahead and some things change. Some things change a lot and in a hurry. The Trout House is moving because the Idlets are moving to West Fork, AR (where cool people like Keith Grimwood and Jack Williams live). Idlet life is being stored in Pods and boxes. Everything must go! A lot will move with them, but many items will be sold in an estate sale on January 21st and 22nd. You should stay tuned for more info (see our calendar) because some Stage Tested Musical equipment and Trout memorabilia will probably be included. While their new house is being built, Ezra and Karen will be living in a borrowed Airstream trailer. Please remember them in your prayers as they have obviously lost their minds!
Yes, time moves ahead. But some things don’t change, at least not yet. This next summer will mark the 41st year of Keith and Ezra playing music and writing songs together. We still love traveling and still love making music. Our travels in January alone will take us to New York, Colorado, New Mexico, California, and Texas. Then in February it’s back to sunny Florida. Of course, Keith will be sporting his new beard. He hasn’t had a beard in 30 years and it looks different than it used to. Some folks are asking when Ezra will grow a beard. The answer is – When he can!