Between now and the end of May, there will just be a few chances to catch us live. We’re going to be spending a lot of time in the studio working on our new album. You will be able to see us however at the Grand Stafford Theater in Bryan, TX April 22 as Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds and on the 23rd, we’ll be there as Trout Fishing in America. We’ll do a special family concert April 22 at 11am at Rudder Theater on the Texas A&M campus benefiting Voices For Children. The Glorious Birds will also be performing in Sarasota, Florida at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center. First time in the area!
Photo by Ira Hantz
Tales From the Road
Airline travel can be stressful. You need to get to the airport in plenty of time to check your baggage and get through security. International air travel adds an extra twist. You have to present your passport and for musicians with equipment, whatever other pertinent papers you may possess. Going through customs can also increase your stress and anxiety. Coming back from Alberta, Canada last week, Ezra and four other random passengers were selected to go through an extra step to get on the plane. We brought our bags in to be sniffed by a friendly German Shepherd. All of our bags checked out OK, but you always wonder if you brushed up against anything that might arouse suspicion. Fortunately, the seasoned travelers that we are, we allowed plenty of time. Once we got through security, customs, and bag check, there was time to eat. In Calgary there are only a few choices for the hungry passenger. There’s Tim Horton’s, (THE Canadian donut shop), the airport lounge, (which sells beer and pre-made sandwiches) and Burger King. At Burger King in the Calgary airport, if you’re feeling stressed, you can order a beer with your Whopper! This is the first Burger King we’ve ever seen with a liquor license! Could this be a trend!?
In light of our present political climate and to possibly spark some interest in our upcoming album, we’re including a rough mix of a new Trout song. Click HERE to stream it.
It’s been a while since we mentioned this, but there’s an interesting fact that very few people seem to know. The word, “gullible” is not to be found in any English dictionary. It’s a strange oversight by the compilers of words and definitions. It seems that the word was published in an early version of the Oxford dictionary and back in the 1800’s the word, “gullible” was printed in an early Webster’s dictionary, but for some reason, it’s been left out of subsequent editions. Really. Look it up!
The redbud trees are lighting up the woods here in Arkansas. Soon, the dogwoods and may apples will be out. That means that the elusive and delicious morel mushrooms will be making their appearance. It takes the right combination of cold and warm and wet to make a great crop. Ezra will be combing the woods looking for morels in his spare time. Shortly after the morel season, it’ll be time for chanterelles. The Grimwoods have an annual fruiting that they share with their mushroom hungry friends!
This summer makes 40 years that Keith and Ezra have been writing songs and playing music together. We’ve played with many different combinations of musicians. These days you can catch us in several different bands. You have the basic Trout Fishing in America. You can also catch us with Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds and the group, Wheatfield. We’ll be performing at the Kerrville Folk Festival in June with all three bands! Check our calendar to see when one or more of these groups will be in your neighborhood. For you Arkansas folks, you have the additional opportunity to hear us with the Outliers from time to time. Thanks to all of you who read this newsletter and support us in so many ways. We’re pretty lucky to still be doing what we do.
We’re in sunny Florida right now looking at Spanish moss hanging from ancient oak trees as we drive past orange groves along open roads. There are horse farms, hot boiled peanut stands, palm and banana trees, and lots of green grass! It feels like spring.
Our winter weather respite won’t last long. On March 5th, Keith and Ezra will be returning to Peterborough, New Hampshire and performing with Dana Louise at the Peterborough Players Theater. Besides performing as Trout Fishing in America, we’ll be Dana’s backup band for the show. If you live anywhere close, or know anyone that does, this is a performance not to be missed.
If you live in NW Arkansas, or know anybody who does, you need to know that March 9th is JT Huff’s birthday. We’ll be celebrating with JT and Mike Summler by playing a Goodfolk concert at the Fayetteville Underground with the Outliers. The Outliers are JT, Mike, Keith and Ezra. We’ve played four gigs in the last two years, so this is a rare opportunity to hear some really great Mike Summler original music and listen to JT rip it up on guitar. We don’t know how old JT is going to be, but Keith’s mom will be 94 on March the 7th. Happy birthday mom!
We read in the news where they had around 30 inches of snow over the weekend in New York City. The next sentence of the article was most interesting as it said schools would be open on Monday. What? 2 weeks ago we had 1/4 inch of snow here in Arkansas and schools were closed for 2 days!
It has been cold here, but we have avoided a lot of travel problems associated with winter. We’ve done this by staying at home here in the Trout House studio, recording lots of new music. The first 2 weeks of January we worked on Trout songs. The next 2 weeks we worked on Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds music.
Next week, Craig Calvert is driving up from Austin, TX and we’ll start recording some new Wheatfield songs. We’re going to have to go back to work to get some rest! But recording is a blast with all 3 combinations. The results have been wonderful!
In news of the summer ahead, Trout Fishing in America, Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds, and Wheatfield will all be playing at the Kerrville Folk Festival on the same weekend. It’s an alignment you don’t want to miss.
Generally, Trout Fishing in America lives counter-flow to the rest of the world. When it’s Rush Hour for most of you, we are sleeping. When most folks are eating dinner, we are busy doing sound check at a gig. Our grocery shopping happens when the scary people come out at Wal-Mart. Hey, maybe we are the scary people! We have several shows in the first part of December, but after that, we’re taking a bit of time off to be with our families. We’ll be driving and shopping at the same time as everyone else. Trout time will line up with Central Standard time!
If you’re having trouble thinking of a gift for that special someone, consider a 12 ounce bag of whole bean, Trout Fishing in America “Proper Cup of Coffee” coffee. It’ll perk up your holiday, for sure. Check it out HERE.
Keith has done his traditional year-end retrospective of 2015. Trout made it to 17 states (AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, KS, LA, MD, MO, NE, NM, OK, PA, TN, TX, VA) and 1 Canadian Province (Ontario). We also released an excellent CD with Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds. We hope you enjoy your family time this Holiday Season. We’ll be going back to Trout Time next year starting in January. Sometimes you have to make time for a good time.
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!