A long time ago, we were driving our red truck, Robert Red Ford, to Johnson City, TN to play at the Down Home Picking Parlor. We were at the Bluebird in Nashville the night before. Somewhere in the steep, TN mountains, our trusty red truck broke down. The oil turned into pancake batter! We had to rent a U-Haul truck to continue our trip to. We got to the Down Home about ten minutes late for the gig and had no time to shower. The house was sold out and everybody was waiting for us. The audience even helped us unload the U-Haul and we had an amazing night. We’ll be at the Down Home Picking Parlor on Saturday, Nov 7th. It’s been way too long since we’ve played in Johnson City. If you live in the area or have friends close to there, we’d sure love to see you. It should be a great night! We promise you won’t have to unload our van for us.
Back to our roots with Wheatfield!
A little more recently, we’ve been playing with the band Wheatfield, the group Ezra was playing with before he met Keith. The last few years, Wheatfield has been touring in the icy month of February. As a result, we’ve been snowed out of some of the gigs. This year, we’re going to be doing a mini-tour in November! That should solve the snow problems. We’ve got some new original material that we’re going to be playing as well as some of our classic tunes. There’s a limited number of dates to catch Wheatfield so make your plans early.
Just looking around the internet, we found this Bruce Springsteen quote. “You can go from doing something quite silly to something dead serious in the blink of an eye and if you’re making those connections with your audience then they’re going to go right along with it.” It almost seems like he’s been to a Trout Fishing in America show!
Most of you have probably never had the opportunity to drive through the lovely town of Enid, OK. It’s right there on Highway 412, which travels the entire east/west length of Oklahoma. For years, we have felt that Enid has missed a bet by not using the obvious palindrome, DINE ENID as a town slogan. On our last trip through Enid, we decided to do just that. We decided to DINE ENID and we found a gem! Cafe Garcia is located at 324 Grand in Enid, OK. This delightful Mexican food restaurant has a fabulous salsa bar with 7 different varieties of salsa. The food is great and so are the prices. Cafe Garcia is conveniently located about 2 blocks off of 412 (check your GPS). We’re not sure it’s worth a trip all the way to Oklahoma just to dine here, but if you ever find yourself passing through Enid some day, you’ll know what to do. DINE ENID.
It’s almost Revel Time! The Red River Revel in Shreveport, LA is celebrating 40 years and has been a Trout favorite since the 80’s. It comes in early October and pretty much marks the end of the outdoor festival season. This year, we’ll be playing the Revel twice as Trout Fishing in America and once with Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds. In case you don’t already know, Dana Louise is Ezra’s daughter. She and her band, the Glorious Birds, have been causing quite a stir in the music world these days. Many of our upcoming shows feature a ‘double bill’ of Trout and the Glorious Birds. You really don’t want to miss these shows. It’s a treat you will be sure to enjoy. (Photo above by Dave Hensley from the Barndance)
Many of you have seen our new “Don’t Touch My Stuff” kid’s T-shirts by now. Many of you have complained that they were available only in kid sizes. Many of you tried to squeeze yourselves into these kid sizes and sadly, many of you were disappointed with the results. Folks, we do listen. We feel your pain and we’re trying to help here.
So we have printed up a batch of “Don’t Touch My Stuff” T-shirts in Adult sizes! Supplies are limited so act now! Don’t be left out! Be the first Adult on your block to sport a new “Don’t Touch My Stuff” Trout T-shirt! You’ll be the envy of everyone in your neighborhood. By the way, we don’t want to scare you, but there’s only 91 days left until Christmas. That’s not ‘shopping days’, because every day is a shopping day in our modern world. Still, don’t you think that a “Don’t Touch My Stuff” T-shirt would be a lovely outfit to wear as you open up your other presents?
We asked the creative genius Beans Barton who has done a lot of art for our projects over the years to come up with art for a kids t-shirt to go along with our song “Don’t Touch My Stuff!” We are really happy with the result and we found that adults want it too! So this is our “All Ages” t-shirt.
It is printed on a Black 100% Cotton (Pre-shrunk) t-shirt using a water based ink that provides us with a type of print that we love: soft, breathable, vibrant and more environmentally friendly.
Keith’s favorite hamburger chain is Whataburger. The chain started in Corpus Christi TX about a year before Keith was born. Up until now, the only time he got to indulge his passion for these burgers was when Trout drove to Texas. Recently, there has been quite a bit of excitement in Fayetteville, Arkansas because the newest Whataburger in the world just opened here. There has been so much excitement that incredibly long lines are forming to get in. How long are the lines? The first two times Ezra drove past the new location, he thought there was road construction in the area. The line stretched a quarter of a mile down the road. Keith has had to drive to Texas to eat his favorite burger.
A quick look at our calendar this month will tell you that we’re doing a lot of traveling and a lot more work with Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds. The Glorious Birds has been a joyful musical collaboration for all of us. If you haven’t had the chance to hear us live in this configuration, there’ll be plenty of chances this month. Keith and Ezra form the rhythm section for Dana Louise (Ezra’s daughter) and Adams Collins (the man with two last names). Trout music has always been hard to define and easy to enjoy. Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds combine folk, jazz, bluegrass with youth and experience that makes for a great evening of fun. Man, that sounds like a commercial. It kind of is, but you signed up for our mailing list because you enjoy what we do. We’re pretty sure you’ll love this too! Of course we’re still doing Trout shows. Check the calendar for those dates as well.
Ezra doesn’t have a favorite chain restaurant, but he would really love for an authentic New Jersey diner to open in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It would have shiny stainless steel walls and rotating glass cases full of cakes and pies. The menus would be an inch thick and have things like chicken piccata, pot roast, Greek salads with anchovies and stuffed grape leaves and matzoh ball soup! The diner would be open 24 hours a day with no lines. You never know. We thought there’d never be a Whataburger. It could happen!
We’re back in Arkansas after an intense road trip to Nebraska and Colorado. The first leg of our trip was a 13 hour drive to Scottsbluff, NE. After driving all day, we stopped in a little cafe in North Platte, NE and were seated right next to our buddies, Hillary and Stuart of The Flying A’s! They were on their way from Minnesota to Colorado. What are the chances!? The trip ended up in Alamosa, CO on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. Have we mentioned how much we love doing this job? We got to spend two days playing music with Anne Hills and Don Richmond in a gorgeous mountain meadow and riding on a train.
We’ve been adding a lot of dates to our regular Trout touring schedule. Please read the schedule carefully because more dates with Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds are being slated as well. (Note: Dana Louise is Ezra’s daughter and Keith and Ezra are part of the Glorious Birds). July 30th, the Birds will be playing an intimate show in Tulsa, OK for House Concerts Unlimited. The next night, July 31st, The Glorious Birds will be playing in Fayetteville, AR at Kingfish. On Saturday, August 1st Trout will be at the Fayetteville Public Library to close out their summer reading program. Then on the 7th, Trout will be at First Friday on the Bentonville, AR square. The Glorious Birds will be performing on the main stage at the Fayetteville’s Roots Festival on Sunday, August 30. Someone recently remarked that it was a good thing that we weren’t being called Dana Louise and the Old Buzzards! Both Trout and The Glorious Birds will be at Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance in Taos, NM in September.
For you folks in Canada, Trout will be in Owen Sound, Ontario August 21, 22, and 23 for the 40th anniversary of Summerfolk. Performing at this festival through the years has been like finding a vein of gold that has remained a constant source of inspiration and pleasure. Even if you’re not Canadian, this festival is worth the road trip. Summer of 2015 marks 39 years that we’ve been writing songs and playing music together. That’s just 1 year less than Summerfolk has existed. Some of you may be just now finding us and others of you have been following us for a long time. Even after all of these years on the road we still feel a passion for what we do. Thank you for signing up for our mailing list and coming out to our shows.
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?
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).
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!
Keith and Ezra
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.
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!
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!
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 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.
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!”
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.
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!