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, Join us in Florida!

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.

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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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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

Keith and Ezra Proudly Use Elixir Strings

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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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June 2014

morrells

Cooking Morrells

Ezra Writing: It was early in May, the nights were still cool and the rains had come. The woods were coming alive. Redbud and Dogwood blooms lit up the mountain and it was time to hunt the elusive, morel mushroom! After several successful days of harvesting and cooking morels, I noticed a tick attached to my hip. It was removed and not given another thought. Two weeks passed and Trout was on its way to play in Kerrville, TX at the Schreiner Mansion. I had a fever, body aches, and a terrible headache. For the two-day tour of Texas, all I could do was play the shows. The rest of the time was spent in my hotel bed or in the van. By the time I got home, I was running a 104.8 fever. Karen took me to a medi-clinic and we were promptly sent to the emergency room at Washington Regional Hospital. From the emergency room, I was sent to the ICU. The infectious disease doctor guessed correctly that it might be the tick bite Ehrlichiosis. Eight days later, after two separate stays in the ICU, exhaustive blood testing and nearly being “lost”, I was finally released. If you are bitten by a tick and have fever, body aches and an incredible headache within the month, you should definitely take it seriously and go see a doctor. Tick born illness can be serious stuff.

Tick magnet
Ezra’s sister Susan found the appropriate t-shirt.

Jameson and Boompa

Keith Writing
While Ezra was busy surviving his tick bite experience, I became a grandfather. On May 10th, Jameson Reza Grimwood was born to Kevin and Maryam Grimwood. Oddly enough, Maryam and Ezra were in the same hospital, even wearing the same dress. It was very weird for me bouncing between the Maternity Ward and ICU. It set off a strange vibration inside that I still haven’t fully processed. In the end, it all worked out and I am grateful. My parents are driving up to Arkansas this weekend with my sister, Janis, and her husband, Chris, to meet young Jameson. He’s a lovely, healthy boy and I’m looking forward to getting all four generations together.

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Trout has a big summer ahead and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you. In early June, we have several shows scheduled in TX. In late June, we’ll be in Philadelphia, PA, participating in the First Annual KindieComm and the Kids Corner Music Festival. In early July, we’ll be returning for our second appearance at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, OK. A bit later we’ll be heading back to Alamosa, CO for our awesome train shows with the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. In August, we’ll be wearing a different hat and playing shows as Wheatfield with Connie Mims and Craig Calvert. In case you don’t know, Wheatfield was the band Ezra was playing with when Keith met him 38 years ago. Keith is the new guy. We have a 2-week mini tour set up to celebrate the release of our brand new Wheatfield CD, Big Texas Sky. The CD will be officially available as of June 10th. You can order it now from Trout’s website. The Wheatfied reunion concerts have resulted in a wonderful collaborative effort of 12 new songs.  Check out the calendar! Come see us.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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May 2014

Bass and crate backWe got some more of our stolen stuff back! Keith was reunited with his Sadowsky bass guitar and Ezra got one of his Crate amplifiers back. We’d like to thank Officer Greg Shelton of the Houston Police Department for his perseverance. We’d also like to thank our friend, Walter Bryan, for picking up the musical equipment at the police station and holding it for us until we could come and get it. It had been over 2 years since our van with all the equipment was stolen. What a surprise to see any of our stuff again after all this time!

Grandparents

And then for the biggest news, it looks like Keith and Beth are going to be grandparents. Their son, Kevin, and his wife, Maryam, are expecting the arrival of a son on May 12th. Everyone is really happy and so excited! Beth has chosen to be known as Nana, in honor of her own grandmother. Keith likes the sound of Boompa. It has a nice, resonant ring to it. Does anyone recognize the Boompa reference? Hint, hint…it has to do with an old, relatively obscure Jimmy Stewart movie that was one of Keith’s favorites.

Troutfully yours,

Ezra and Keith

PS. T-shirt weather is coming…

It’s heating up outside, unless you are in Canada! Time to start considering cool summerwear. May we suggest our soft, breathable, vibrant and more environmentally friendly brand new adult T-shirt. Each order comes with the retro Trout fishing bumper sticker!

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