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.
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.
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.
Keith and Ezra