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, Summer Fun!

 

Summer is in full swing. Temperatures are climbing. We hope you are all having a fine summer. Some of us are getting a lot of rain. Some are getting even more than that! Others are still getting little or none. We need to figure out a way to share the wet. Don’t ya’ think?

Swallow Hill Denver CO

 

Hey Denver, Colorado! We’ve been getting a bunch of emails for awhile asking when we’d be back in your area. Well, July 12th, we’ll be returning to Swallow Hill. We’re guessing you haven’t been paying attention because the folks at Swallow Hill tell us they need to sell a few more tickets. So Coloradens (?), you need a little incentive, do you? Well here it is! Come out to the Swallow Hill show and, along with hearing a great concert, you will receive a FREE Trout Fishing in America CD. We have an overstock on a couple of our titles and you will get an age appropriate one all to yourself. Bring your friends, especially if they’ve never heard us. Now back to Coloradens. Can that be right? Or is it Coloraders? Or Coloradians? Coloradists? Colorfornians? Coloradites? Whoever you are, come on out! (We will be in several other places in CO, check out our Tour Schedule).

Yianni's Taverna Bethlehem PA

 

In our travels, we get to experience many fine and wonderful things. Restaurants, in particular, grab our attention. Sometimes we find restaurants and other points of interest we’d like to share with you. Recently, Trout played the Tall Stacks Levitt Pavilion in Bethlehem, PA. Bethlehem is known for Muzikfest, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem Steel, and is close to Nazareth, PA the home of Martin Guitars. But who thinks of Yianni’s Taverna at 3700 Old Bethlehem Pike? If you’ve ever been there, you know that they serve top shelf Greek cuisine. If you haven’t been there, it’s worth checking out. Yianni’s Taverna didn’t give us anything to say this. They didn’t have to. It’s that good!

We are now going to the yard to conduct our scientific Mentos and Diet Coke experiment. They didn’t give us anything to do this research. And here we are risking our lives, all in the name of pseudo-science!
Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

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A Concert In Your Living Room – June 12th!

Dana Louise and Trout Fishing

Heads Up! This Friday, June 12th, at 8 PM CST, Trout Fishing in America and Dana Louise (Ezra’s daughter) are performing for an intimate audience at the Bugle Boy in La Grange, TX. You don’t have to be there to be there. How is that possible? Through the miracle of The Internet, of course. We are requesting your virtual presence for this fabulous show. Just click on this Link and you’re in. A minimum donation of $1 is all it takes. 70% of donations go to the artist. Hey, that’s us.

Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

P.S. If you can’t make it to this concert, check out our calender to see when we will be near you!

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June 2015

weeds

Texas has needed rain for a long time. It didn’t need all of it at once though! The flooding photos and videos we’ve seen are mind-boggling. The losses are catastrophic. We missed the flooding part, but got to drive through the ocean of water falling from the sky going and coming to our show in Houston last week . We hope you are all doing well. It’s been a pretty wet spring here in Arkansas, too. The ground is soggy and the weeds in our garden are practically jumping for joy!
Kerrville group
It’s almost time to head to the Kerrville Folk Festival. Ezra and his family will be camping. We’re hoping that the campgrounds will be dried out by then. Keith will be camping at the YO Ranch Hotel where the room is always dry. Trout first played the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1988 as the opening act on the main stage. We’ve only missed one year of the festival since 1990. That’s 24 out of the last 25 years. Our kids have grown up with this festival and we’ve watched generations of other families over the years. It’s always a beautiful thing.

In July, we’ll be doing a two week trip to Colorado that includes the fabulous train trip to Fir from Alamosa, CO. If you’ve ever thought that riding a train through the Rockies to hear a concert in a remote, pristine meadow with Trout Fishing in America, eating King Cake and catching occasional glimpses of elk, deer, and possibly bear was something you would like to do in July, this is your time. The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad offers just this trip! We’d love to see you there.

Jameson at 1
Jameson Grimwood turned 1 year old on May the 10th. Here he is celebrating with his first taste of sugar. Keith is a proud grandpa! He goes by the moniker, “Boompa”. If you don’t know why, you’ll have to ask him the next time you see him.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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May 2015

Dear Fisherfolk,

crossing Mississippi

Trout just completed a long drive from Arkansas to the East Coast and back. The first leg of our journey to Rock Hill, MD took about 23 hours! The drive home from Reston, VA took about 21 hours. Our van, Whitey Ford, has a bed right behind the driver’s seat allowing one of us to nap. As Keith always says, “We hope the guy napping isn’t the one driving!”
throwback guys and Robert_NEW

This summer makes 39 years that we’ve been writing songs, playing music, and driving the roads of this country together. It’s amazing how the roads and vistas we see bring back so many thoughts of previous tours. Memories fire like popcorn popping as we drive I-40 through Arkansas and Tennessee. It’s impossible to know how many times we’ve crossed the Mississippi River, but it’s always a big deal. The views of the mountains up I-81 are breathtaking any time of year. The drive is perhaps a little more breathtaking in an ice storm, but it’s more relaxing to see the trees and flowers in full bloom.
Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds Cover Art

May is a big month for us. Trout Records is releasing the self titled CD, Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds. For those of you who might not know, Dana Louise is Ezra’s daughter. The official album release tour starts on Cinco de Mayo at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR. Keith and Ezra will be taking the stage as Glorious Birds for a lot of the month of May. We’ll also be doing quite a bit as Trout. It’s a busy time for us, but playing music is what makes us the happiest. Check out our calendar to find when we’ll be in your neighborhood as Trout or as Glorious Birds. A guaranteed good time will be had, whether fish or fowl!

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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April 2015

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
Keith and Ezra proudly use Elixir Strings

 

 

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