The Dusty Dozen (CD)

The Dusty Dozen (CD)

Between 1979 and 1988, Trout released two vinyl albums and two cassette projects. As we get ready to celebrate 40 years of Trout Fishing in America, we went back to those original recordings and chose 12 songs that chronicle our early progress as songwriters, musicians, and singers. Only 300 of these CDs will be printed so place your order now!!

$20.00

1 In the Night, Roy Byrd, Atlantic Records, 1972
Keith Grimwood:  string bass and vocals, Ezra Idlet:  acoustic guitar and vocals, Rom Rosenblum:  piano
Back in the day, there was a legendary band called Uncle Walt’s Band:  Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood, and David Ball. We loved them! They played a version of this Professor Longhair song, so we did too. From the beginning and for many years to come, we’d open Trout shows with In the Night. It was always a great way to kick off an evening and we’re hoping it’s a great way to kick off this album.

2 Lori’s Song, Ezra Idlet, Troutoons, BMI, 1992
Keith Grimwood:  string bass and vocals, Ezra Idlet:  acoustic guitar and vocals
Ezra’s full name is Ezra Crispin Idlet.  As a kid, he didn’t like the name Ezra, so he went by Cris.  Before meeting Keith, Cris (aka Ezra) wrote a beautiful song called Lori’s Song.  He wrote it for his high school sweetheart.  Her name was Lori.  Ezra can be very creative when it comes to titles.

3 I Got News, Roy Alfred, 1960
Keith Grimwood:  string bass and vocals, Ezra Idlet:  acoustic guitar
In Houston in the early 70’s, Keith played bass in a 9-piece horn band called The Southwest Freeway. He didn’t sing a lot with that band because they had awesome, fabulous singers with charisma and talent and other stuff like that. Bobby Hocking sang I Got News with that band. When he wasn’t there, Keith copied his style and sang it sort of like he did. The original arrangement was taken from Edgar Winter and White Trash. It’s more of a live performance type song, but we tried it in a studio this one time. You’ll need to supply your own applause.

Hot to Trout, Keith Grimwood & Rom Rosenblum, Troutoons, BMI, 1982
Keith Grimwood: electric bass and vocals, Ezra Idlet: electric guitar, Rom Rosenblum: piano, Orville Strickland: drums, Larry Slezak: soprano sax, Victor Reyes: trumpet, Dave Vandiver: trombone
In the early 80’s we had a band! Rom Rosenblum played keyboards, sang, wrote music, and provided a much-needed spark in the early days of Trout. Orville Strickland, the drummer playing on this song, wasn’t officially in the band when it was recorded, but joined soon afterwards. As to the song itself, we thought Hot to Trout would make a great album title, so we set about trying to write a purely fictitious song for it. We were playing a lot in Shreveport at The Rusty Nail in those days, so we set the story in Louisiana. Check out that horn section! Talk about some players!!

I’ve Turned My Back, Keith Grimwood & Ezra Idlet, Troutoons, BMI, 1982
Keith Grimwood: electric bass and vocals, Ezra Idlet: electric guitar and vocals, Rom Rosenblum: piano and synthesizer, Orville Strickland: drums and congas
We wrote this song at a Steak and Egg Kitchen while we were waiting to be served a late-night breakfast. They were out of steak, so we ordered eggs. They were out of eggs, so we ordered coffee. We arranged this song while waiting for a refill. As to the events in this song, nothing like this ever happened to anyone, we feel sure of it.

6 It’s Easy, Mac McAnally, I’ve Got The Music Co, ASCAP, 1979
Ezra Idlet:  vocals, Keith Grimwood:  piano, Rom Rosenblum: synthesizer
We love Mac McAnally’s music! On this recording, Keith is on piano, Rom is on Synthesizer, and Ezra is singing. We painstakingly transcribed the piano part note for note to be performed in a show at the Alley Theater in Houston, TX. The show, called It’ll Never Work, was an “autobiographical” play written and performed by Trout Fishing in America. It was staged once on January 26, 1981.

7 (Keep Your) Back to the Wall, Danny O’Keefe, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing & Road Canon Music, 1979
Keith Grimwood:  electric bass and vocals, Ezra Idlet:  acoustic guitar and vocals
Audience members often suggest songs for us to learn. We have no idea who suggested this one, but it was at a Steak and Ale in Houston, TX. We played it at our live shows for years, but good songs get lost. This one probably fell out of the rotation in the years we played more dance venues. It’s just not a dance tune.

8 Buffalo Shuffle, Keith Grimwood & Ezra Idlet, Troutoons, BMI, 1987
Keith Grimwood:  electric bass and vocals, Ezra Idlet:  acoustic guitar and vocals
We had a friend who would run up legendary bar tabs at Lovejoy’s and other places we played. He was from Buffalo, NY. He always had a distinct walk at the end of the night that we called The Buffalo Shuffle.

9 Diane, Keith Grimwood & Ezra Idlet, Troutoons, BMI, 1987
Keith Grimwood:  electric bass and vocals, Ezra Idlet:  acoustic guitar and vocals
We wrote this song in Corpus Christi, TX. It was late. Listening to the two of us playing it, one might imagine a huge band with a lush sound. Our early cover concept for albums was very artsy. We’d have minimalistic black and white covers while we played the music as a duo and let the listeners fill in the colors in their minds. Cool ideas aren’t always great marketing plans.

10 Two Trains, Lowell George, Naked Snake Music, ASCAP, 1973
Keith Grimwood:  electric bass and vocals, Ezra Idlet:  acoustic guitar and vocals
We both love Little Feat! As our Trout band members came and went, we experimented with ways to fill up missing parts. The fewer people you have in a band, the more you have to play. On Two Trains, Keith lays down a rolling bass line reminiscent of Rom’s left hand on the piano in an earlier version of Trout. Ezra flat-out soars above on that guitar! You can hear our duo sound beginning to gel.

11 Further Away, Ezra Idlet, Troutoons, BMI, 1983
Keith Grimwood:  electric bass and vocals, Ezra Idlet:  electric guitar and vocals
Ezra came up with this oddity. It was, and is, unlike anything we’ve ever heard. Ezra does this every once and awhile. It’s always surprising. Keith added some ‘angular’ bass lines and this haunting and dramatic song unfolds. You’ll have to ask Ezra what it’s about.

12 Slumberland, Scott Merritt, Little Jona Music, CAPAC, 1983
Keith Grimwood:  electric bass and vocals, Ezra Idlet:  acoustic guitar and vocals
In 1984, the Red River Revel music festival took us to Canada as part of a Cultural Exchange program with the Festival of Friends in Hamilton, Ontario. We were never the same. We met many great friends and fabulous musicians in our travels in Canada. Scott Merritt was one of those people. It seems appropriate to end with a cover of his song from those days, days that were to shape and influence our music for years to come.


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