February 2014

Mountain of snow

Just a few short days ago, Ezra was commenting to me that this had been a mild winter. I quickly pointed out to him that he was in sunny Canada for those 8 days I was iced in at home with no kitty litter at the beginning of the year. I also pointed out that winter is not over yet. Now Punxsutawney Phil agrees with that assessment and says we’ve got 6 more weeks to go. It was 0 degrees in West Fork, AR this morning and I’m looking at about 4 inches of white stuff in the yard. Mild winter, indeed. We have been lucky with our shows. It seems like the bad weather stops every time we play. We sure hope that pattern continues a bit longer. Maybe we should play more shows next winter!

Ezra writing here:
It really felt like a milder winter to me when I said that to Keith. I spoke too soon! Right now, freezing rain is covering yesterday’s snow. Assuming that the roads are clear and we are able to travel to Dallas this weekend, we have a special event lined up at Poor David’s Pub. First we do a children’s concert in the afternoon and that is always fun.

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Then the duo, Air Loom is opening for us at our evening show. Air Loom is Jackson Jennings and Dana Idlet. Ezra’s daughter, Dana, is now writing and performing music for a living.  She and Jackson are making some great music these days and we’re really looking forward to having them with us in Dallas and a couple of other upcoming dates in Little Rock and Ft. Smith, AR. You don’t want to miss these shows. We are heading back to Midland, TX to perform for our friends at Camp Fire USA. These are fabulous people who do great work with the kids in their community. And the Yucca Theatre is a true classic! It’s a wonderful concert we look forward to every year.

Keith writing here:
Craig Calvert has been visiting this past week. He and Ezra have been mixing the new Wheatfield CD that we’ve been threatening to release for the past couple of years. Wheatfield is the band Ezra was playing with when I first met him. It includes Connie Mims and Craig Calvert. Great writers, great singers, wonderful musicians. The three of them had a reunion concert awhile back and decided they really needed a bass player.

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So, I’m the ‘new guy’ in the band. We’ve done quite a few shows together over the past few years, but decided to take a bit of a break until we finished this CD of all new material. 12 fine original songs, beautifully performed. I’ve been listening to them non-stop and I love it. We’ll let you know when it’s ready, but know that it’s close!

Stay warm, but come out to see us at our shows. It’s the only way we can slow this ‘mild’ winter down!

Troutfully yours,
Ezra and Keith

P.S.  It’ll probably be warmer here on February 23rd. At least we hope so! We’ll be at the Jewish Community Center in Jacksonville, FL for a Family concert.

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January 2014

Dear Fisherfolk,

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It’s already a week into the New Year and so far, I’m not all that impressed. In my opinion, 2014 has only one direction to go. WARMER! I am cold and I have been cold. I’ve been snowed in and iced in enough already. And it’s cold in weird places, too. We have friends in southern Louisiana who have frozen pipes! That’s just not right. Please excuse me while I continue to whine. It’s not just cold cold. It’s wet cold. Cold cold can be invigorating or annoying, but wet cold permeates your soul and makes you hunch your shoulders. It makes you tired and crabby even before you begin to do the things you need to do. OK, enough of that. On to the cheery side of life!
Small interjection here from Ezra
Yeah, it’s been cold. The Idlet’s water system broke for two days and there were no showers to be had. You might be able to imagine the other inconveniences. We did some binge watching of HBO’s The Wire. In two days, we watched almost three seasons of the show. Wow! We hardly noticed the weather outside. The other plus was that Ezra cooked wood fired pizza for the first and second time! AWESOME! Imagine having gourmet pizza down a dirt road with no water in the house. The food was great, but cleanup was a bit of a booger.

 

We are doing what many sensible human beings do this time of year. We are heading to Florida! After a brief visit to Beacon, NY to visit the new Towne Crier, we are traveling to Miami , St. Augustine, and Gainesville, with a stop in Alabama in the middle. Keith’s taking a bathing suit and a pair of Christmas Crocs. He’s packing sun screen, sunglasses, Hawaiian shirts, and shorts. Are you cold? Join us! Walk away (carefully so you don’t slip down) from that snow globe you’re living in and head south.

   Both of us got to spend some quality time off with our families this holiday season. We hope you had a nice one, too. We also hope it gets warmer soon! Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers

Here’s a link to a song on our new CD
“It’s C-C-C-Cold Outside”

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December 2013

Dear Fisherfolk,
Don’t look now, but the Holiday Season is upon us! This will be our final newsletter of 2013. With the year’s end, Keith likes to do a bit of an overview to keep things in perspective. In the calendar year 2013, Trout Fishing in America performed in 23 different states. AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IL, KS, LA, MO, MT, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, VA. In January of 2014, we have shows scheduled in Alabama and Florida, which will make it exactly half (25 of 50) of our United States in a 13 month period. In August, we played internationally at the Blue Skies Festival in Ontario, Canada. This year, we finished recording our newest CD, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, and released it on September 3rd. We also filmed two music videos (Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers and Boo!) in support of the CD and posted both of them on YouTube. On April 10, we were awarded The Coleen Salley Award for Storytelling. In short, it has been a very full year for Trout.

We mentioned in our last newsletter that we were participating in a new kind of online music streaming subscription service. The Standing O Project is the brainchild of John Dillon and Vivian Nesbit. The website is the first of its kind to generously give back a large portion of the subscription fees to the artists that participate. There is a lot of interesting exclusive content to be found on this site. We’ve added two Trout tunes you’ve probably never heard before. “Don’t Giggle” and “I Am a Man” are two songs that we’ve written and recorded that haven’t made it to any of our CDs yet.

give-the-gift-of-trout-music-promoWe are currently in the middle of our Thanksgiving break. We hope you all get to spend time with your family and loved ones and hope everyone gets plenty of good things to eat! We also want to wish you a Happy or Merry whichever December Holiday you celebrate. If you want to avoid the perils of Black Friday and other terrifying shopping adventures (but still want to find that perfect gift for that special someone in your life) Trout is here to help! We have sales going on to please just about everyone and we are going to continue to throw in a free cd with every order. The two of us have now been playing music and writing songs together for over 37 years. We still love what we do and are grateful that you still enjoy it. Thanks!!

Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

PS How many instruments can you find in this photo?
how many instruments

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Dear Fisherfolk – We have a gift for you!!

Dear Fisherfolk,

BOO! “Does that scare you? It scares me too.” It’s that scary time of year. If you haven’t already checked out our video “Boo!” on You Tube, you ought to do that right now.

While you’re at it, you might as well check out the Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers video, too. Share them if you like them!

We really enjoyed making both of them and we’re very proud of the results. They are as different as night (one filmed at night on a rooftop in downtown Philadelphia) and day (one filmed in the bright sunlight at Terra Studios in rural Arkansas). We are, if nothing else, a band of stunning contrast.

A few years ago, we did a radio show out of Albuquerque called, “Art of the Song”. The show was a combination live performance and interview. John Dillon and Viv Nesbit, (creators of Art of the Song) have started a new venture. It’s called the Standing O Project. The Standing O Project is sort of like Pandora or Spotify in that it’s a subscription music streaming service.

Subscribers have access to hundreds of hours of rare interviews with singer/songwriters that include Trout Fishing in America, Dr. John, Susan Werner and Richard Thompson to name a few. Live and studio cuts from these artists are also available for your listening pleasure. One of the big differences between The Standing O Project and other subscription music services is that a hefty portion of the subscription fee goes to the artists involved. The idea is to start a grass roots effort to connect singer/songwriters and their audiences in a way that works for everyone involved. If this sounds interesting to you, check it out at this link.

Online orders get a gift from us!
The leaves are already changing in the Ozarks. Glittering gold, rapturous red, and vibrant yellow are beginning to splash across the landscape. Keith will probably see a lot more of that in the next two weeks as our touring takes us to Connecticut, New Hampshire, Illinois, and Ohio. Ezra, being colorblind, will just have to listen to Keith’s rapturous ooh’s and aah’s. Most of these venues are new to us, but they sound great. We are familiar with The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and it is awesome! Don’t forget that changing leaves means a very scary thing. Winter is coming! Snow, sleet, ice, Christmas… If you’re thinking of presents, don’t panic. We’re here to help. Check out Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, The Chicken Joe Books, and a host of other Trout stuff that is sure to please somebody on your list. Orders in November will include a free CD from us!

Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

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Teachers – Activities for Trout’s new song and video “Boo!”

The great team at MyFreshPlans.com created this wonderful study guide for teachers using Trout Fishing in America’s new song “Boo!”. Turn it Up! Have some fun!
CLICK HERE

Stream the song

 

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“Boo!” video debut, does that scare you?

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!

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Trout on the “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” Radio Show

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!

Spare the Rock radio

 

Another couple of reviews:

From Stefan at Zooglobble

TheSimpleMoms.com

 

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Two days left to WIN a copy of Trout’s new CD

Check it out HERE – YOU should enter!!

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.”

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Check out the “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers” Video, USA Today and LA Times News!!!

 

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.”

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September 2013

COVERThis 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.

with Mindy siriusxm2013A 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)

Troutfully Yours,
Keith and Ezra

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