Here are a couple of ideas for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers. And this just in…”Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important” Book/CD set makes MetroKids Top 10 Best Family CDs of 2011!! 

The book/cd also earned a Mr. Dad Gold Seal of Approval.

Keith says buy the new “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important” Book/CD set and get a free copy of “Merry Fishes to All” … buy 2 books, get 2 Merry Fishes CDs…etc!
(Please don’t add Merry Fishes to your shopping cart, we will add it as we process your order.)

Ezra says get our Four Grammy Nominated CDs with FREE SHIPPING! $40
(includes inFINity, Merry Fishes to All, My Best Day and Big Round World) ORDER

We are getting the orders out within a day, so try to order by Tues the 20th and your order should make it for Christmas.

Questions? Just give the Trout House a call at 888-HEY-TFIA (888-439-8342) or 

Email Karen@troutmusic.com

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December 2011

Dear e-Fisherfolk,
We hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. We sure did. There was a week-long party and jam session at the Idlet’s house. There were 3 turkeys, over 30 people, juggling, reindeer games, and many hours of great music. Once again, Keith loves the people and the party, but is eternally grateful that it’s not at his house.
We are moving on toward the end of 2011. At least that’s what our calendars are telling us. Amazing. The individual days are getting longer and the years are getting shorter. 2011 has been a tumultuous year for a lot of people and ours has been ‘interesting’ as well. Dick Renko, our longtime manager, retired in May and we are grateful for his many years of service.

In September, The Secret Mountain publishing company released our 2nd children’s book/CD, “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important.” Keith reached a milestone birthday in September that he’d rather forget. Our tour schedule remains constant, as does our love for the music. By the end of 2011 Trout Fishing in America will have performed in 20 states (AR, CO, CT, DE, GA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MO, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, TX, VA, WV) and 1 Canadian Province (Manitoba). NOTE: STILL NO IDAHO!!
Our December calendar has some choice dates you don’t want to miss. First of all, we’ll be back at Off Broadway in St. Louis for an afternoon family concert. Then it’s on to Chicago and a morning visit to the Old Town School of Folk Music. The next weekend we have 3 big Holiday shows at the Mucky Duck in Houston. We have an afternoon kids concert and the 2 evening shows for the ‘adults’. Later on we’ll be back in Arkansas to celebrate the 31st Anniversary of the statewide arts and entertainment magazine, Nightflying, with publisher Peter Read in Little Rock. On Dec 29th we will be doing a show at Mike Shirkey’s Goodfolk Concert Series in Fayetteville, AR. This is something we’ve wanted to do for years. Goodfolk presents concerts in an intimate listening room and the show will be aimed more for the adults, although kids are always welcome. Last, but definitely NOT least, we have a gigantic New Years’ Eve planned on the East Coast. We kick things off with a kids “Countdown to Noon” at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, DE and then we’ll drive over for 3 evening shows at the Ocean City Music Pier in NJ. If that’s not enough, Peter Tork (of Monkees fame) will be playing after us! Come on out and join us as we welcome in a fresh and exciting New Year! Maybe this year, we’ll get to Idaho. Maybe Lucy will let Charlie Brown kick the football!

Troutfully yours,

Ezra and Keith

PS Another nice review from blogcritics.org on “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important.”

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November 2011

As we begin writing this note to you, it’s 1:11pm and the calendar reads 11.1.11. This is the warm-up day for the big one 11.11.11. Feel the excitement! Where will you be on this monumental occasion? We’ll be driving in our van, probably at mile marker 111 on Hwy 11.

It’s been a crazy ride this year. We’ve already survived not 1, but 2 ‘Ends of the World.’ Now we’re tumbling headlong toward 2012 and all the problems those Mayans started by not planning ahead far enough. Gosh, I hope it’s not as bad as the Millennium crisis was when they forgot to include the 21st century in the computers. But, I guess we’ll muddle through somehow.

Our new book/CD, Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important is still doing great. Last month, we told you about the NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Awards) Gold Award. Right after that letter went out, we got word that the book had received more Gold!

This is in the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards (Book with Music). We went to NYC last month to showcase the release at Symphony Space.We also recorded a show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. The book/CD really is a lovely project. Even our Moms like it… and they can be tough critics! If you’d like to listen to it on the radio, you’re in luck. We were asked to guest host a radio show called The Hilltown Family Variety Show. You can tune in Saturday, Nov 5th to WXOJ 103.3 FM – Northampton, MA from 9-10 AM or listen to the podcast at HilltownFamilies.org. We talk, say intelligent things, play some of our songs, play some of our favorite songs from some of our friends, AND present the Chicken Joe story in the middle. Don’t miss it! Don’t forget something important!

Please check our calendar as some new dates have been added to our schedule. Among other places, we’ll be in Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Chicago, Fayetteville AR, Wilmington DE, and Ocean City NJ. We hope you have a wonderful 11.11.11 (especially at 11:11 AM and even at 11:11 PM!!)

Troutfully yours,

Ezra and Keith

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October 2011

Dear e-Fisherfolk,
   Mrs. Hollier, Ezra’s English teacher in high school always said that good writing was like a mini skirt. It should be long enough to cover the subject and short enough to be interesting. It’s newsletter time! Ezra’s wife, Karen, says keep it short. How would she know? She hasn’t worn a skirt in years.  Speaking of high school, Career Day totally left out the musician’s life. If they had described the lifestyle as drive, play, get up early, drive, play, get up early, fly, drive, get up early, drive, play, drive, get up early, drive, fly, then drive back to Arkansas, we might have thought a little more before signing up. We’d have still signed up, but dang! It’s a good thing we still love to travel and play. Don’t know about the getting up early part, but that wears off after a proper cup of coffee.
New Book/CD earns NAPPA Gold
   A lot of this drive, play, get up early thing has been in support of our new children’s book/CD, “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important.” Aside from our regular concerts, we’ve been appearing at bookstores, doing readings and performances, and have gotten overwhelmingly great responses. We just found out from the publisher, Secret Mountain, that “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important” has earned a NAPPA Gold Award in the Children’s Media/Music & Audio category.
“Must See” Video!
Some of our Facebook friends may have seen our video of “16 or 17 Hours of Sleep.” This is one of the songs from the new book/cd. The video releases Keith’s inner rock star and Ezra’s kazoo virtuosity. It’s “must see” video.  
16 or 17 Hours of Sleep 
You can see more videos on Trout’s YouTube page or become a Facebook friend, or do both. 
   Also, there’s a fabulous nationally syndicated radio program called World Cafe’. It’s broadcast on WXPN 88.5 FM in Philadelphia. WXPN counted down the 885 most popular World Cafe’ artists. Out of the thousands who have appeared on the show, TFIA ranked number 343! They played our song “Who Are These People?” We’re honored to even be on this list, much less rated that high. We’d like to thank the listeners.
Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra
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Thanks to all of you who sent us your HAIR PARTY photos. We are still collecting them and will add them here and on  Trout’s ofFISHal Face Book page in the photos section. Send to karen@troutmusic.com. Trout fans Rock!

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Dear Fisherfolk

WE HAVE BIG NEWS! September 6th marks the official release date of our new children’s book/CD “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important.”

Mark the date on your calendar so you won’t forget something important! In case you don’t know already, Chicken Joe is Keith’s oldest and smartest cat. He got his name because he sleeps in the hen house, not because he’s cowardly. Published by The Secret Mountain, the book is beautifully illustrated by Stephane Jorisch. The CD includes our reading of the story and 11 new Trout tunes. Many release party events have been scheduled for September and October. They include radio broadcasts, a showcase at Symphony Space in New York City, a concert in Houston at the Mucky Duck, appearances in bookstores like Barnes and Noble, Nightbird Books, and That Bookstore in Blytheville. Check our calendar for dates and times. On a side note, the real Chicken Joe is demanding extra rations. Cats can be extremely demanding!

We were stuck in a traffic jam in New York City a few years ago. As we watched the hundreds of people in their cars beside us we realized that most of them had never heard of us our our music. That was a pretty amazing feeling. There are just so many people in this country! That being said, it’s equally amazing how many people have heard us. It’s always a pleasant surprise to have someone we don’t know walk up to us and tell us how much they have enjoyed our music through the years. It used to be that we’d buy albums, play them for our friends and talk about the music. It seems these days that the paradigm has shifted. People share videos and “like” them or comment on them. This month we have two new videos for you to watch, share and comment on. We did a video interview here in AR for the new release, “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important.” You might enjoy watching this and perhaps forwarding it to your friends who’ve never heard of us.

We also did a music video with our friends Montie and Jayna. It’s a song from our CD “Lookin’ at Lucky.”
\”The Car\’s Running\”
It’s our first step into making music videos and we’d love for you to post your comments on Youtube and share this with friends.

Trout also has a bit of frightening news. Keith has taken up the violin. Why? Why? Why? Isn’t life difficult enough? Perhaps it’s some sort of retaliation for Ezra’s banjo playing. Anyway, Keith is having lots of fun. He tried practicing outdoors for a while until he noticed the For Sale sign on his neighbor’s lawn. He showed his violin to the guy at the music store who quickly recommended a mute. Oddly, Chicken Joe seems to be the only animal that actually enjoys Keith’s fiddle playing.

Troutfully yours,

Ezra and Keith

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August 2011,

A few years ago, we wrote and recorded a song called That seems like an appropriate title for this letter because it’s almost September and almost time for the highly anticipated release of our new book/CD release for children!!

It’s called “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important” and the o-fish-al release date is Sept 6th. Pre-order your copy HERE. Our publisher, The Secret Mountain, is setting up a huge showcase for September 25th in New York City at Symphony Space. Read more about our new Children’s Book at this link .

It’s true that it’s Almost September, but don’t forget about August just yet. Otherwise we’d have to skip Ezra’s birthday and we don’t want to do that. We have some August Trout shows booked in Arkansas and Louisiana and also a Wheatfield show with Craig Calvert and Connie Mims in Houston, TX at The Mucky Duck. In early September, we’ll be returning to Michael Hearne’s Big Barndance Festival in Taos, New Mexico. If you can’t get out to see us in August, here is a video from our concert at the Jones Center in Springdale, AR. Share it with your friends!

We’ve been told that our newsletters often mention the weather. Talking about the weather is pretty mundane and frankly not all that interesting, so……. We’ll not be talking about the blazing sun in Winnipeg or the egg frying temperatures in Ohio. We’ll also not mention that the high 90′s temperatures in Seguin, TX were actually lower than the 100 plus degree weather we experienced in New York City. Discussing the drought and the effects on our gardens would be bad form. No, weather has just not been on our minds very much. Mostly we’ve been actively pursuing lofty goals and achieving new career highs.

Troutfully yours,

Ezra and Keith

PS Trout has a brand new T-shirt for Kids using the creative artwork from Beans Barton. It’s called Traveling Trouts and we have sizes youth extra small to youth extra large.

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July 2011

Dear Fisherfolk,

It’s about 4am on Hwy 412, about 50 miles west of Enid, Oklahoma. Enid spelled backwards is dinE. It’s a lonely stretch of straight road. We’re driving back from Colorado to Arkansas. Ezra is driving with his brights on. A full grown buck deer appears in the distance framed by the headlights of our van. Ezra slows down and moves into the next lane, away from the deer. The deer moves away from the van towards the side of the road. Then things go terribly wrong. What do you get when you cross a deer and a van? We’re not exactly sure, but it’s not something that we really want to discuss. The encounter diminished the Oklahoma deer herd by 1 buck. It’s going to cost Trout a whole lot of bucks, but everyone in the van arrived home safely for the 4th of July.

This summer promises to be a good one for us. By the end of July we will have visited 8 United States and 1 Canadian Province. Our Colorado trip on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad train was fabulous (other than our way too close encounter with that deer) and we hope to get back there again next year. If we do, you do not want to miss it! We’re not home for long because we’re heading to the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Manitoba this week. Then it’s off to Ohio, Connecticut, New York, and Texas, just to name a few.

It may be a little early to begin talking about it, but we are so excited about it we can’t control ourselves. In September, our new Children’s book/CD will be released by Secret Mountain Publishing. It is called “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important” and includes 11 all new Trout songs with illustrations by Stephane Jorisch. It will also feature the two of us reading an original story about a day in the life of Chicken Joe. In case you don’t know, Chicken Joe is one of Keith’s cats. He got his name as a result of sleeping in the hen house, not as a result of a personality weakness or character flaw. Some of the song titles include “16 or 17 Hours of Sleep,” “Hello, My Chicken Thinks He’s a Dog,” and “Where Did Everybody Go?” The story is about forgetting. Seems like we wrote a song about that but we can’t remember what it was. You write about what you know, even if you forget it.

Troutfully Yours,
Keith and Ezra

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June 2011

June 1 marked the 19th anniversary of the Grimwoods arrival in West Fork, AR. They left the Kerrville Folk Festival, drove to Houston, packed everything they owned and moved. Keith has always been a city guy and the move was surprising to everyone who knew him. The family arrived with 3 cats in tow, no tools, and a car that wouldn’t start again if you turned off the engine. When they arrived, they found 3 other cats living at their new residence. Introductions were tense. A day later it rained heavily and kittens started falling off the roof. Yes, it was raining cats, but not dogs. 4 kittens rained from the roof and the alarming cat total was suddenly 10. Since moving to Arkansas the cat total has ranged from 7 to 17. The current count stands at 9. When Keith cleared the field next to the house he found a Cadillac. No kidding. You may have heard Jeff Foxworthy’s bit about “You may be a redneck if you mow your lawn and find a Cadillac…” Well, there it was. For years Keith wandered around humming the Green Acres theme song. Currently he owns several tools and knows how to use some of them.
Time to Get Out!
All you have to do to know that summer is here is open your door and walk outside. If you walk outside and don’t know where to go, take a copy of our newsletter with you. We have several great ideas for holiday plans. We highly recommend the Colorado train ride in late June and early July. This is awesome! We did it last year and fell in love. Never been to Manitoba? Get your passport ready and head to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. We’ve played there 3 times in past years and it is wonderful! We’ll be passing through 10 states in the next 3 months – PA, KS, TX, TN, CO, OH, CT, NY, AR, LA! If your state isn’t listed, why not? Hey Idaho. Where ya at?

Send us your pictures

Through the years we’ve received quite a few pictures of people whose hair is having a party. This has been a touching glimpse into the generally unseen lives of our fans. It takes a lot of courage to reveal the wild and unusual shapes our hair makes, but it can be cathartic! How freeing to know that your hair can be totally messy and people will still love you, perhaps even love you more. We’d like to give you all an opportunity to share and bond with others who have this common experience. If you happen to have pictures that you would be willing to share of your hair having a party, we’d love to post them on our website and facebook. Send to karen@troutmusic.com

Troutfully yours,

Ezra and Keith

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May 2011

   So what’s up with this weather? It’s about the strangest spring we can remember. We played a show in New Jersey last week and they had a flood. Major streets were under water and closed. We had an exciting time trying to get back to our hotel after the show. In stunning contrast, the next day was bright, shiny, and perfect. Two days later we flew home to Arkansas, arriving just in time for a huge storm with baseball-sized hail! Someone posted pictures of people juggling hail. We hope Mother Nature is getting it all out of her system so we can have a great late spring and summer!

Cove Creek flooding near Ezra’s place

   On April 28th, Keith’s Mom and Dad will be celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary.Jim and Hilda Grimwood Wow and congratulations! In all those years of living together, you can bet they have learned to share. Hey, we have a song about sharing. It’s called Mine. Many of you heard it playing on NPR’s show “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me”. Thanks for the letters and comments. Mine also made an appearance in a movie short by Greg Thompson. The film is called Mine. We’ve got some really great shows coming up in the next 2 months and you don’t want to miss them. We’ve got some new songs we’d like to share with you.

Poetry Corner – Here’s a little poem Robert redFord would like to share with you. Robert was our old truck, he was a red Ford. 

A Forgettable Day

It was a forgettable day, nothing to remember,
   No tragedies or miseries to mark it on the page.
A forgettable few hours, touched and tossed away.
   Nothing scary, nothing hairy, minutes filled with ordinary.
It was a forgettable day, nothing too exciting,
   No hospitals or catastrophes to mark it on the page.
Remarkably predictable, like thousands I can’t recall.
   My favorite kind of day, a special sort of day,
      A perfect day I won’t remember at all.

 Troutfully yours,

Ezra and Keith

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