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,

With the distance we’ve traveled to gigs in the last forty years, we could have made two round trips to the moon, driven to El Paso and back, and still have miles to go before we match our actual travel. If you ask us if we still like the road, the answer is yes! All of that road work has taken a toll on Keith’s hip and he just got a new one! It should be good for at least another million miles. We’ll be taking the month of December off so he can recover and get ready for the next million miles.

Our first gig back from this time off will be at the Epic Theater in Grand Prairie TX. “Epic” is perhaps the only way to describe this community facility. It includes a giant indoor water park, gym facilities, classrooms, art studios and a state of the art recording studio with a world class performance space connected to it. We’ll be doing two free shows (2pm and 7pm) at the Epic Theater on January 19th. Both of these shows will be recorded for a live album. If you don’t live in the Grand Prairie area, think road trip! It’ll be worth your while.  Click here to get your free tickets!

All in all, it’s been a really good year for us. Our latest limited edition project, The Dusty Dozen,  is selling briskly. Get it before it’s gone! The new Trout House studio is built and we’re busily working on our retrospective album that will represent 40 years of Trout. We hope you all have a happy holiday season. Thanks for taking the time to read our newsletters.

Oh! On your way out of this newsletter, check out our seasonal “Proper Cup Of Coffee” coffee and our year end sale.

Take 15% off of all Trout shirtsCDs, our “My Best Day” DVD, and Chicken Joe books by using the promo code TFIA15 at checkout.

We offer free first class shipping in the US.

Click here to start shopping!

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November 2018

So much is going on at Trout World Headquarters; you’ll have to pay close attention to keep up. Earlier this month, we introduced the latest Trout t-shirt. The adult sizes are deep teal and the kid sizes are sapphire blue. We’ve taken them with us for the past several shows and they are a hit! We also have them for sale on our website.

In November, we will release a limited edition CD (only 300 copies will be printed!!) called The Dusty Dozen. It contains 12 songs from our first 4 albums, covering the years 1979-1988. We’ve restored the original master tapes from those sessions and put together a treasure that chronicles our early progress as songwriters, musicians, and singers.  The Dusty Dozen is a prequel to our upcoming 40 Years of Trout project which will be released next year. We’ve been looking over our catalog of songs from the past and have been hard at work (OK… having a blast) in the studio recording them as the duo. It’s fun and challenging to re-imagine these tunes.  Pre-order your copy here.


Wheatfield is the band that Ezra was playing in when he met Keith. We’ve been doing shows as Wheatfield every year since 2004 and it’s been an great way to continue making music with our friends Connie Mims and Craig Calvert. Wheatfield will perform in Texas for two exciting nights! We’ll be in Houston on Nov 3rd at the Mucky Duck and the Backstage in Austin on Nov 4th. This band makes some really fine music that you’ll enjoy. After that tour, Trout Fishing in America will return to Sellersville, PA at the Sellersville Theater on Nov 10th. Then we’ll head to Texas at the Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse in Huntsville on Nov 17th and Poor David’s Pub in Dallas on the 18th. We close out the year with a Nov 30th show at the Mucky Duck in Houston, and a Trout kid’s show at the Duck on Dec 1. After that, Trout Fishing in America will take the rest of the year off to be with our families.

It’s been a really good year for us. There’s something special about looking over what we’ve written and done over the past 40 years. It’s like finally opening those boxes of pictures you’ve been stashing in your closet for years, intending look through one day. You see old friends and places that you haven’t thought about for a while and it calls up important memories and feelings. We’re right in the middle of that nostalgia and having a blast talking about and recording some of our favorite memories. Come out and say hi. Bring 40 of your closest friends. Wear name tags.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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New Trout T-shirts!

We went big for our latest T-shirt design.  Adult sizes are printed on a 100% cotton super-soft deep teal green shirt.  Kid sizes are printed on a 100% cotton super soft sapphire blue shirt.  All Trout orders come with FREE first class shipping

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T-shirt sale!

New Trout shirts are on the way so we want to clear out our remaining inventory of “Don’t Touch My Stuff!” t-shirts.  We also found some wonderful kids’ shirts as we unpacked the new Trout House.  All shirts are on sale and we ship FREE first class!  Click here to find the sale.

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Digital Music Through iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby

Each of Trout’s albums from “Truth Is Stranger Than Fishin” all the way through “The Strangest Times” can be purchased digitally through iTunes,, or CDBaby.  You can buy entire albums or create your own Trout playlist.  If you have questions, email us at

Songs purchased from iTunes require the iTunes app on your phone or the iTunes program on your computer.

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September 2018

In 1989, Trout Fishing in America celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a show at the Washington Avenue Showbar in Houston, TX. We invited former Trout players Rom Rosenblum, Orville Strickland, and Bill Berger to join us that night. We set up a display of pictures and other Trout memorabilia on 3 or 4 tables in the lobby. At that point, the idea that we had been playing together as Trout for such a “long” time was amazing!  We (Ezra and Keith) played together from 1976-1979 in St Elmo’s Fire, and even did some small shows for kids at schools and for adults in cafes as Trout. When St Elmo’s Fire broke up in 1979, we became Trout full time.

 1979 to 2019 is 40 years! 40 years?!?   You’ve got to be kidding!! Ten years   seemed like an eternity at the time.   Never would we have imagined that it   might last so long and do so well. We   even remember a discussion (read:   argument) we had back in the late 70’s.   Ezra was winning the argu…discussion, but Keith was not wavering from his point of view. Legend has it that Keith said, “Man, I won’t even know you in 10 years, so it really doesn’t matter!” It’s like a curse descended upon us. We became gum stuck to each other’s shoe, except in a good way.

We are reminiscing about our lengthy career and have decided to celebrate 2019 as our 40th year of Trout! If you’re going to look at the entire 40 years, you should start with the earliest recordings. We dusted off our vinyl projects (1980’sYou Bore Me to Death & 1982’s Hot to Trout) and our cassette projects (1987’s Yes, the Fish Music & 1988’s Stark Raving Trout). We chose 12 songs to represent these 4 albums and will soon be releasing a limited-edition CD called The Dusty Dozen. We are also re-recording, as a duo, some of our favorite songs and some others that got lost in the shuffle. They will be released in the future as double CD called 40 Years of Trout, or something like that.

When going through life, you mostly just live it without paying a lot of close attention. It’s kinda cool, but really no big deal. Looking back on those very same times from this perspective, they all seem dear and precious. Thanks for being a part of the Trout experience. In the meantime, let’s celebrate the PRESENT. This month we will be playing shows mostly in Texas and Louisiana. They may be kinda cool for now but will become treasures as the years go by!

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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August 2018

The last few weeks have been spent working on hooking up the new Trout House studio. The building part of the studio is complete and man, it will be a wonderful space to record in! Our old studio was really primitive. How primitive? Our old ‘isolation booth’ was a bathroom. Now that’s primitive!


For climate control, there was a tiny and very noisy window air conditioner. In the summer, we’d crank it up as high as it would go for about 20 minutes. After that, you could record for about 10 minutes in relatively quiet comfort. After about 15 minutes, the studio would be hot. After about 25 minutes, it would be unbearable and we’d start the process all over again. The new studio has three rooms (one of which is an isolation booth without a toilet) and quietly efficient climate control! The last hurdle is getting all of the wiring set up so buttons can be pushed and music can be made!


It’s August and that means it’s Ezra’s birthday month. Come on out and wish him a happy birthday. We’ll be playing some of our favorite places as well as a few new spots, at least new to us. The first part of the month, we’ll be close to home in Grove, OK and Ft. Smith, AR. We leave in the middle of the month for Dayton, OH where we’ll be playing this particular Levitt Pavilion for our first time! After that, it’s on to Columbia, MD where we’ll be making our first appearance at the Soundry. On the 17th, Trout will be returning to the lovely Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. And then, we return to the Philadelphia Folk Festival on the 18th and 19th.

We’ve got plenty of projects planned for our 40th year of being Trout Fishing in America. (Yes, it has been 42 years since we starting working together, but only the last 40 have been officially TROUT) Stay tuned for breaking news. Real news, not that other stuff! Thanks for taking the time to read our stuff, listen to our music, and for supporting us.

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July 2018

July is here and July is officially Birthday Month, at least as far as our wives are concerned. July of 2018 is an extra-special Birthday Month as both of our wives have reached that golden age of retirement. They have both decided to act on this retirement thing.

Karen, Ezra’s wife, has been working for Trout Fishing in America since about the time Dana was born.

Karen and Susan

Without Karen… I can’t even imagine how our career might have gone. Trout life would have been ever so chaotic over the years without her dedication and sense of organization. Thank you, Karen! She will be turning much of the business side of Trout over to our friend and new employee, Susan Billimek. Tough shoes to fill, but we are excited to have some fresh new ideas to explore. Welcome, Susan!

My wife, Beth, is retiring after 17 years at West Fork Elementary School. “Ms Beth” (as she is affectionately known in these parts) ran the computer lab and served as a crossing guard, interacting with every kid in school. She’s great with the little ones and has been a wonderful children’s advocate. But after this July birthday, most of those attentions will be redirected toward our grandkids, Jameson (age 4 years) and Willow (age 2 months). That and waiting on me, hand and foot, of course!  Congratulations, Beth. Great job!

Ezra and I are ignoring the numbers attached to our ages. We are NOT retiring. I repeat, WE ARE NOT RETIRING. In July, we have shows in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, and Nevada. In August, we have shows in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania. And the Pennsylvania show is at none other than the Philadelphia Folk Festival! There are so many songs to write and sing, and record. We are embarking on a retrospective project about our 40 years of Trout. Ezra has been hard at work, putting the new recording studio together. I’ve been staying out of his way. Sometimes not helping is the biggest help. You should come out and see us if you get a chance. After all, even though we are NOT retiring, nothing lasts forever.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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June 2018

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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