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!
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