Just in time for Halloween, we have released a video for the song “Boo!” from our new CD “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers”. Our video was produced by Louis Sparre and Maxwell Sorensen (Tweed Video) and it’s a combi-nation live and animated piece. We couldn’t be more excited!
We had some fun when we stopped by Bill Childs studio to record for this weeks broadcast of his radio show “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child.” You can hear it now – LISTEN HERE!
Another couple of reviews:
From Stefan at Zooglobble
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These reviews are amazing by parents that really get what Trout is about!
And Jenna from Mommy on a Shoestring! …”listening to Trout Fishing in America is like welcoming my favorite, wacky uncles into the house.”
Heather at Cherryblossomdesign blog …”They have grown up costumes they wear complete with [what my father calls] adult blonde wigs, but these two are just a pair of kids.”
Say that five times fast!! Check out Trout’s new video.
Then click HERE to see Trout music included in a USA Today report from Mindy at Kids Place Live on Siriusxm! There is lots of great music for back to school.
Here’s a LINK to the LA Times story …”wildly imaginative songs and situations unfold with every track.”
This is an exciting time for us as our new CD, “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers”, will be ofFISHally released on September 3rd. When we’re conducting a songwriting workshop, Keith always says, “Repetition is very important when you’re writing a song. It gives the listener something to remember, something to hold on to.” Repetition is also a very important way for us to learn songs! “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers”, the title cut to our new CD, is one of the most difficult songs we’ve ever learned. It’s right up there with “Proper Cup of Coffee”. We’ve been singing it repeatedly. You probably need to practice saying Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers so you can properly request it the next time you see us. We even made a video of “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers” so you can properly practice perfecting its problematic pronunciation. Here’s a link to a really nice review!
Repetition is very important to us as performers as well. It gives us something to remember, something to hold on to. We’re going to be back at Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance in Taos, NM and we’re really looking forward to that. We’ll also be in Kerrville, TX at the Historic Schreiner Mansion and the Barker House concert in Austin, TX, as well as the Mucky Duck in Houston, TX. For you Shreveport, LA folks, we’re going to be back at the Red River Revel this year as well. There are some new places for us on our calendar, too. We have concerts scheduled in Minden, LA and Overland Park, KS.
A couple of weeks ago, we went to the SiriusXM studios in Washington D.C. and recorded a concert for Kids Place Live with Rumpus Room host Mindy Thomas. We featured several of the new songs from “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers” and mixed them in with some old Trout classics. We had a great crowd and we had a ton of fun. The show will be airing 4 times during September 6-8. See, even they repeat things! Repetition is very important.
Sept 6 – Friday 9PM EST (6PM PST)
Sept 7 – Saturday 9AM EST (6AM PST)
Saturday 5PM EST (2M PST)
Sept 8 – Sunday 12 noon EST (9AM PST)
Keith and Ezra
We’re just back from the beautiful state of Colorado. We played for the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad at our annual, “train gig”. Fred Hargrove and Keith on the train We take a train out of Alamosa, CO and spend a couple of hours rocking in the Rockies at an amphitheater surrounded by mountains and trees. We were in the process of starting a love song up there when a little boy walked up to the stage and shouted at us to “PLAY DINOSAUR”! He folded his arms and waited for us to comply. There was nothing to do but to stop the song we were playing and start “When I Was a Dinosaur”. At this point he started walking away. Ezra shouted, “HEY COME BACK HERE! WE’RE PLAYING THIS SONG FOR YOU”! Unfazed, the little boy shouted, “I CAN STILL HEAR YOU OVER THERE”! Ezra said, “YOU’LL MISS MY PRETTY FACE”! The young critic just shrugged his shoulders and walked off. We all had a great laugh and played the Dinosaur song.
The official release date for our new CD, “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers”, will be September 3rd. BUT…. you can get pre-release copies through our website!! If you can’t wait to order them, know that we will have copies at all the upcoming shows! If you’re in Fayetteville, AR for our library show on July 31st or at the First Thursday performance on August 1, know that copies of “Rubber Baby Buggy Bunkers” will be available! If you miss us in Fayetteville, look for us in Rogers at the Frisco Stage on August 24th.Video shoot for RBBB We’re also working on music videos for two of the songs and we’re very excited about the possibilities. Recently, a really nice story by Becca Martin-Brown ran in What’s Up, a publication of NW Arkansas Newspapers!
We’re about to introduce our van, Whitey Ford, to Canada. (We have a white Ford van, hence the name Whitey.) Keith and Ezra in the new van He did a fine job taking us to Colorado and back, but this will be an even bigger trip. After an oil change and fluid check, we’ll be driving to Clarendon, Ontario for the Blue Skies Festival. Then we’ll head south to PA for performances at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia on August 8th and two shows at MusikFest in Bethlehem on August 10th. Come out and see us. Get your copy of “Rugger Bagee Buggy Bunkers” today!
Keith and Ezra
We just entered the New Jersey Turnpike and got an up close and personal look at 54 wheels on 3 big rigs. (That’s LIV for you Roman Numeral fans!) One big rig in front, one big rig in back, and one really big rig to the left. VIDEO
We’re on our way to festivals because it is finally festival season. We love festivals for many reasons. We often get to do both our adult and kids shows. We get to hear other musicians. And both of us love the arts, crafts, and foods. Here’s a list of some festivals in our near future.
Mayfest – Eureka Springs, AR Eureka is a town we love. If you’ve never visited Eureka Springs, bring your walking shoes. It’s truly an Ozark jewell! These people know how to have a good time.
Riverfest 2013 – Little Rock, AR On the banks of the AR River, we celebrate food, music, art, and fireworks. We play 2 sets of music divided by an impressive fireworks display during our break. How cool is that?
The Kerrville Folk Festival – Kerrville, TX In 1988, Trout Fishing in America was the opening act on the main stage. This has been a regular stop for us over the past 25 years. A family favorite, we’ve watched generations grow up around this musical community. Welcome Home! Indeed.
Woody Fest – Okemah, OK This will be our first time to play this festival honoring Woody Guthrie. We hear you should dress cool and bring sunscreen for hot days and nights of hot music under Oklahoma skies. A side note, on June 7th, we will be playing in Tulsa, OK for the First Fridays event at the brand new Woody Guthrie Center.
August festivals include Blue Skies (Clarendon, ON Canada) and Arts Quest Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA) – more on them later.
I just got ‘good’ news from home saying “Remember that tree you were worried about falling down? Tree down at the Grimwoods Well, you don’t have to worry anymore. It fell.” The good news is that it fell toward the garden and not toward the house. Folks, it could have been the house. So today’s lesson to you is – Get out of the house! Come out and enjoy some music!
Keith and Ezra
June 7th, Trout Fishing will be preforming in Tulsa, OK at the brand new Woody Guthrie Center in the Guthrie Green park as part of their First Fridays music series. Also performing are friends Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, and then Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. The center is partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern OK.
This is a night of free music and free admission to the Center and will also be an event to raise money for the TCF tornado relief fund. More about that below.
***In the spirit of Woody Guthrie, the Woody Guthrie Center will be accepting monetary donations that will be sent directly to tornado relief efforts in our state. Please come out for the free events at Guthrie Green and the Woody Guthrie Center, and give generously to our fellow Oklahomans who so desperately need our help. checks made out to tcf-tornado relief will be accepted in addition to cash donations.
For some reason, maybe the weather, maybe the coffee, joy seems to be the word that comes to mind at the moment. Sure, there are lots of distractions from joy, but there are a whole bunch of opportunities for finding it as well. It can be as simple as mowing your lawn and smelling the fresh cut grass and seeing the trimmed edges framing the green grass. It can be as common as people holding hands, laughing, singing, talking with each other. This week we’ve had some time off from the road and have had a chance to pursue some of the things that bring us joy. Keith is in Louisiana attending the Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week. He’s brought his fiddle and is immersing himself in Louisiana music and culture. Ezra has been alternately in the recording studio playing drums and in the woods cutting firewood for next winter. Sounds like work, but it’s joyful work.
Honored with an Award
We mentioned on Facebook recently that we had been awarded the 2013 Coleen Salley Storytelling Award. We traveled to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to receive the award and to play for the event. We met a passionate group of people involved in telling stories to children. From authors to librarians to illustrators, the people we met were inspirational. Thanks so much to the folks at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival for bringing us to this event.
Dates Near You!
We’re about to seriously hit the road again. If you’re looking for a little extra joy in your life, come out and see us. It’ll make us all happier. We’ll be in New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Arkansas and Texas in the next few weeks! Take a look at our calendar for dates near you. We’ll see you there.
Keith and Ezra
Keith brought the acoustic upright bass on our Texas tour. Thanks Gene for this photo.
©Gene Moore Photographic Partners Keith playing acoustic upright bass
Don’t get too excited just yet, but Trout Fishing in America is working on a brand new CD project. We’ve already written most of the songs and we’re recording every chance we get. It’s a ton of fun and we’re loving it! (See video) Ok, even though it won’t be finished and released until the Fall, you can go ahead and get excited if you want to. We sure are! The biggest problem we’ve encountered so far has been singing our title cut. If performing Proper Cup of Coffee wasn’t already tough enough, we’ve gone and written a delightful little song called Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers. Right… Go ahead and try this line – Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches? We’ll get it right eventually. You will too because, like Proper Cup of Coffee, it’s a sing-a-long!
Our new van, Whitey Ford, is cruising along nicely. Gosh, we already have over 12,000 miles on it. (note- it was a used ‘new’ van that came with 9,000 miles on it, so don’t be too impressed) That seems mighty unimpressive compared to the accomplishments of our old vehicles. Robert Red Ford was retired at around 540,000 miles. Stretch made it to 480,000. Whitey handles well on the highway, but the Radio/GPS/CD/Dashboard thing is proving most difficult. The instruction manual came in the form of a defective CD that will not play. Luckily, there is a booklet con-taining absolutely no useable information.
Ezra is resourcefully probing the mysteries of advanced technology and has had some success. While Keith did manage to recharge his cell phone, he is hopelessly lost trying to change the dashboard clock to Daylight Savings Time. Oh well, he figures it’ll be right again eventually. Maybe around the time our new CD comes out, or when he can actually sing Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers!
Keith and Ezra