Sometimes life hands you situations that just make you step back and laugh. Recently, we were on stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. Our performance had been delayed by bad weather and finally it was our time to perform. We had carefully planned 40 minutes of Trout music, including a mix of old and new material, and were really excited about the set. About 3/4 of the way through, it was time for Ezra to play the banjo! This, of course, means major excitement for Ezra. The first notes of “It’s Not Bad” leapt off of the electric banjo and as if on cue, the heavens opened up. The Weather Channel calls it a micro burst. A mighty wind corkscrewed large oak trees and sent a dust storm towards the offending banjo music. A torrent of rain sent a large portion of our audience fleeing to the shelter of their cars. Trout Fishing in America played on even though Keith was laughing hysterically. A titanic struggle between good and evil raged until finally the PA system shut down. Ultimately, good prevailed and power was restored, but not until Ezra put the banjo away.
In our last E-mail newsletter, we mentioned that new Trout music (that is currently unavailable on CD) is now available on our website for downloading. “Who Knows What We Might Do,” a downloadable 5-song set can be found in the FOLK/ROCK portion of our catalog page. This has been a great opportunity for us to record songs at the Trout House studio and produce them ourselves. Although “Who Knows What We Might Do” has only been available for about a month, the response we’ve already gotten has been overwhelmingly positive. So if you haven’t checked it out yet, you should do so. While you’re there, you may notice that Trout Records has also begun to add some side projects to the catalog that may be of interest to you. Our best advice is to keep an eye on this page as we plan to add even more music soon, available only as downloads.
We’d also like to mention that we’re having a Summer Christmas sale! That’s right. You can order our holiday album “Merry Fishes To All” for just $10! That is a big 33% off the original price! Smart shoppers know it’s never too early to start thinking about stocking up for stockings. And if you just can’t control your shopping urges, we need to mention we have new wearables for the entire family, baby included. This ends the sales pitch portion of our newsletter.
Here in Arkansas, it’s empty nest time for the Idlets. Steven, their baby, has gone off to Tulsa University to begin his college career. Karen and Ezra don’t mope around the house all day, but there is a definite difference at home. The children visit and then go home somewhere else. This is the natural order of things but it requires attention and changing of lifestyles. If you have children at home, know that it won’t last forever so enjoy the time while it lasts. Keith and Beth are old pros and have gotten pretty good at the empty nest thing since Kevin has moved out. We want all of you parents to take heart and know that it just seems like it lasts forever with the kids around!
Whether your children are living with you or not, live music is always a good thing for everyone in the family. Check out our calendar and come out to spend some time with us. We’re traveling all over the place this summer. Ezra will be playing the banjo, rain or shine!
Keith and Ezra