Trout Fishing in America – Top 100 most influential independent artists in the past 15 years

Indie 100 Honoree

We are very proud to note Performing Songwriter Magazine( June 2008), has chosen three time Grammy Nominees, Trout Fishing in America as one of the 100 most influential independent artists in the past fifteen years. Sandwiched in the pages between Phish, and Widespread Panic, Trout Fishing in America could not be more pleased with company that included, such independent music luminaries as Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Ani DiFranco, David Byrne, Tom Waits, Bradford Marsalis, Alison Krauss , Jimmy Buffett, Steve Earle to name a few.

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Dear Fisherfolk – Greetings from Jazz Fest!

Greetings from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival! We’re so excited to be here. We arrived a day early so we could enjoy the sights and sounds of the Crescent City! A few of the artists we’ll get to see include Stevie Wonder, Anders Osborne and Sonny Landreth.  Jazzfest parade

Our Mantra – Enjoy the Journey
After 25 years of nearly unlimited space to live in, Ezra and Karen’s housing situation is an Airstream trailer in Ezra’s sister, Susan’s, back yard. The never ending torrential rains this spring in Arkansas have created a wetlands to squish through on the way to Susan’s house. The Idlets opted out of cooking and indoor plumbing in the trailer. This creates a need to navigate the back yard swamp in the middle of the night to use the indoor facilities of the house. We’re not talking cooking! OK, that might be too much information. The positive


side of this living arrangement is that the trailer is on loan from the Idlet’s good friends, Brian and Belinda, while Karen and Ezra build their new house.

Closing this letter is usually a cheery invitation to come see our shows and enjoy the weather. Just want to say that live music can bring a lot of good to your mental health and well being. Getting out with treasured friends and relatives to enjoy an evening away from scripted entertainment on a screen is good for all of us. Now for the cheery part! The weather is amazing, there’s never been a more important time to enjoy our friends and family, PLUS, we’ve got a brand new CD out! Come out to hear us and buy our new CD!

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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April 2017

Dear Fisherfolk,

First, we are happy to be returning to the Center Stage at the Reston Community Center in Reston, VA. Since we skipped last year, we’re making it up to you with two shows instead of 1. Trout Fishing in America will play an afternoon concert. Later that evening, Keith and Ezra will be the rhythm section for Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds. For those of you who don’t know, Dana is Ezra’s daughter and this will be a great show. The fabulous Adams Collins will be joining us on vibraphone and banjo. You don’t want to miss either of these shows! And as a bonus, Trout’s brand new grownup album, The Strangest Times, will be available.

Here is a copy of our press release for the new CD. Please share this with everyone you know!

Trout Fishing in America is proud to announce the release of their latest CD, “The Strangest Times”. This new collection of songs is the 24th album to be released in their 40-plus years of making music. There are 11 new, original tunes and one cover (BW Stevenson’s On My Own). The songs explore a wide range of feelings and musical styles that blend seamlessly into an inspired and cohesive work.

The project is a return to the roots of the band. Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet played their first gigs as Trout Fishing in America back in 1977.  The two of them grew up in Houston, TX in the 60’s, where the music playing on the radio and in the clubs was potent and diverse. Country, blues, rock and roll, soul music, Tejano, and Cajun music were all easily found and enjoyed by both Grimwood and Idlet as they grew up. Listening to this spicy gumbo of music shaped the way this duo has approached their original songs, a style that expanded further on relocating to northwest Arkansas in 1992. Keith (on bass) and Ezra (on guitar) are percussive instrumentalists which gives them their unique and driving sound.

While The Strangest Times is a duo album, Keith and Ezra have added new sounds to their palette. Ezra plays bouzouki on the title cut as well as on “Where Did Everybody Go?” The bouzouki is an eight-string instrument
that’s kind of a cross between mandolin and guitar. Keith sets the bass aside and plays fiddle on “Quiet Alleys”. Writing songs and playing music has been a lifetime pursuit that shows no sign of ending for the Trout guys.

The official release date for “The Strangest Times”, on the exclusive Trout label, is set for April 4th 2017.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

Go HERE for Tour Dates

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March 2017

Dear Fisherfolk,

If you’ve been to any of our recent shows, or read any of our recent newsletters, you know that Trout is on the cusp of releasing our new album, “The Strangest Times”. We’ve partnered with the  Standing O Project to make our new CD exclusively available for streaming on their website a month early.

If you haven’t visited the Standing “O” Project yet, it’s an amazing community for musicians and music lovers. The site is filled with music, interviews and much more. And, the cool thing is it supports a great public radio program, Art of the Song, and working musicians like us! Be sure to take the VIDEO TOUR first thing! And after you sign up, go to our Featured Artist page to hear The Strangest Times. The actual CDs will be available for purchase at our live shows and on our website starting April 4th 2017.

So far this year, we have traveled coast to coast (New York to California) as both Trout Fishing in America and as Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds. In addition to the busy and far reaching touring schedule, the Idlets are selling their house and moving closer to the Grimwoods. When we’re not on the road, we’re in the process of packing and moving 25 years of accumulated stuff! Right now we all kind of feel like pin balls. There’s a song on our new CD called “A Place to Fall”. The words from that song, “it’s not always gonna be this way, some mountains aren’t so tall” are a constant mantra these days. Whether you’re coming to see Trout or the Glorious Birds, the shows have been great and both bands are chock full of new original material! We hope to see you soon.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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February 2017

Dear Fisherfolk,

February is the shortest month of the year. February 2nd is known in the U.S. as Groundhog Day. Legend has it that if Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil emerges and sees his shadow, we will have to endure 6 more weeks of winter. Since 1988, Phil has been right 14 of 29 times. That’s a phenomenal average if you’re a baseball player, but it’s standard as weathermen go. We do like the tradition and it’s certainly more fun than a coin flip. Keith came across some ‘alternative facts’ that say Phil is right all the time, but we’re not sure what to make of it. It’s a bit hard to believe anything anymore.

Here’s something you can believe! February is packed with Trout Fishing in America and Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds shows. We’ll be in Texas this week before traveling down to sunny Florida. Then Trout has an official showcase at The Folk Alliance (as well as several private showcases) in Kansas City before we head out with Dana and Adams to Alabama and Tennessee. If that isn’t busy enough, in the middle of all this, the Idlet’s are moving to West Fork, AR. There are not enough hours in the day, days in the week, or weeks in the year. We’ve finished recording our 12-song CD project, appropriately titled “The Strangest Times”. The official release date is April 4th. We’re very happy and excited about these new songs and know you will enjoy them. We are also happy to announce that we have been asked to play at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 6. It will be our 5th appearance at this event. YAY!!
(Cover Art by Susan Lindsay)

February 14th is Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday many people have mixed feelings about. (Beware the Ides of February?) Last week we wrote a song with some 4th graders at Pease Elementary School in Odessa, TX. They were really great kids to work with! They chose to write a very sweet song about Valentine’s Day. We’d like to close this newsletter with the lyrics and music we wrote with them. Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day means love,
It’s a time of sharing and caring
And giving each other hugs.
It can snow in February,
Winds can whistle up a storm,
But with your heart,
You can keep it cozy and warm,
On Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day means candy
It’s a time of cards and happiness
And giving each other candy.
It’s a dream of roses,
It’s a dream of romance.
With your heart
You can sing and dance
On Valentine’s Day.

Troutfully Yours,

Keith and Ezra

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January 2017

Happy New Year 2017! According to the old 2016 Trout calendar, we went into the Trout House studio to begin recording a new CD on January 4. It’s now a year later and we are in the studio putting the finishing touches on mixing our new CD project, “The Strangest Times”. We can’t wait for you to hear it! That’s one thing to look forward to in 2017! Last year, we played shows in 22 of the United States and 1 Canadian Province (Alberta). Our most amazing and ‘diverse’ weekend of the year was the first week in June when we played consecutive nights at the Kerrville Folk Festival as Trout Fishing in America, Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds, and Wheatfield. Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined that happening. Thanks, Dalis!

Trout House in Estate Sale!
Time moves ahead and some things change. Some things change a lot and in a hurry. The Trout House is moving because the Idlets are moving to West Fork, AR (where cool people like Keith Grimwood and Jack Williams live). Idlet life is being stored in Pods and boxes. Everything must go! A lot will move with them, but many items will be sold in an estate sale on January 21st and 22nd. You should stay tuned for more info (see our calendar) because some Stage Tested Musical equipment and Trout memorabilia will probably be included. While their new house is being built, Ezra and Karen will be living in a borrowed Airstream trailer. Please remember them in your prayers as they have obviously lost their minds!

Yes, time moves ahead. But some things don’t change, at least not yet. This next summer will mark the 41st year of Keith and Ezra playing music and writing songs together. We still love traveling and still love making music. Our travels in January alone will take us to New York, Colorado, New Mexico, California, and Texas. Then in February it’s back to sunny Florida. Of course, Keith will be sporting his new beard. He hasn’t had a beard in 30 years and it looks different than it used to. Some folks are asking when Ezra will grow a beard. The answer is – When he can!

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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December 2016

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Trout Records Studio

Hey! Wake up! There’s a big world out here and it needs you! How do you make your world a better place? Who do you love? What do you love? How can you show it? These are certainly important things to consider as we are now living in the future. Living in The Strangest Times. We don’t have the answers, but Keith thinks cats do. Meow!
What’s Next?
The Strangest Times… That sounds like a great name for an album. Right now, we are working in the studio on our new CD, which will be out next Spring. Can you guess what it’s called? If you guessed “The Strangest Times”, you are absolutely right! Man, this is going to be a great one. We can’t wait for you to give it a listen. Keith has been driving around in the van giving it many listens, trying to pick the perfect order for these 12 songs.


Most are originals, but there is a bit of a surprise cover included at the end. We will be proudly presenting songs from “The Strangest Times” at our showcase at the Folk Alliance International music conference in February. For anyone who is counting, this will be our 22nd album. You’d have a pretty tough time locating our early vinyl and cassette offerings. You can find them at upscale yard sales. Sometimes they come up on eBay.

Happiness begins internally, but sometimes external things can help us on our way. Just think about coffee and music. Coffee + Music = Happy! This December, we are offering both of those Pathways to Happiness. (Not Stairways to Heaven) We’re bringing back our, “Proper Cup of Coffee” coffee for this season. Also, some of our CDs/Books/DVDs are on sale. Spread a little holiday cheer by stuffing someone’s stocking with a pound of coffee, or a CD. Or for that truly special person in your life, how about both?

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

PS. As a special bonus for reading our newsletter to this point and because you are awesome, we want to give you an additional 10% off any sale item on our website. Use promo code AwesomeTroutFan at the checkout page.

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November 2016


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On the road right now with Trout and Birds. A thought that keeps coming up is “Us and Them.” Us is Trout. Them is Birds. There’s a lot of Us and Them going on in the world today. The thing about Trout and Birds is that it’s all us, just different parts of us. The Birds aren’t totally Us, but we are definitely a part of Them. Our being Birds has definitely influenced Us. If there was ever a time to see beyond Us and Them, it’s now. We’re way more than that. Having the contrast of Us and Them in our lives is the

most fulfilling thing dana-louise-and-adams-kissimaginable. We all bring different qualities to the table and present different experiences. This is probably waxing way too philosophical. We’re all in this together and we are better for our differences. Something to keep in mind while some people try to put us in boxes and keep us separate.

OK, that was a bit of a surprise opener. We try to write what’s on our minds. What’s on our mind right now is that we’re cruising towards Thanksgiving at a rapid pace. We have miles to go before we take our annual Thanksgiving break. Trout and Dana Louise will be at The Burren in Sommerville, MA on Nov 5th.  Birds and Trout will be at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, DE on Nov 17th.  On the 18th, Birds will play the Burlap and Bean in Newton Sq. PA. On the 19th, Birds will be at Sanctuary Concerts in Chatham Township, NJ. On the 20th Trout will return to the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA. If you can’t make it to these shows, tell a friend who might be able to. This is a good time of year to get in touch with friends. We have a lot to be thankful for. We are grateful to have been playing music for you for more than 40 years. It’s a pretty wonderful thing.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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October 2016


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It’s the most scariest time of the year! It’s October. Some people think December is scarier, but it’s not supposed to be. In October, our thoughts turn to pumpkins, pumpkin pies, ghosts and goblins, Halloween, and the inevitable coming of both cold weather and Christmas songs! As of this writing, there are 82 days, 10 hours, 31 minutes, and 45…44…43…42 seconds until Christmas. If you’re not scared by now, probably nothing will scare you. So go ahead and watch this video to a song we wrote called BOO! Enjoy it! Share it with your friends! Then check out our sale on our Grammy Nominated CD “Merry Fishes to All” below.

We’re coming your way –
Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia

We’ve got a lot planned for the months ahead. It’s Revel Time in Shreveport, LA. That’s the Red River Revel. Three Trout Fishing in America shows. Three Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds shows. And if that’s not enough, you can follow us down to Baton Rouge for our first appearance at the Red Dragon Listening Room. The next week, we’ll be returning to the Centrum in Spring, TX, a venue we know and love.  And Pittsburgh, PA? Yes indeed, at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Calliope’s Root Cellar. That’s a new one for us. We know only a few people in that area, so please help us get the word out. Tell 50 of your closest friends about our show. Tell them what kind of music we play. Hahaha. Now we can’t sit here and read the whole calendar to you, but know that these upcoming gigs are in some very cool places that you need to locate.


Before we leave September and it’s rare Black Moon too far behind (note: A Black Moon is a 2nd new moon in a calendar period), we’d like to say what a fabulous time we had in Taos, NM at Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival. Our Flight of the Monarch show in Grand Prairie started out grand, but had a bit of weather adversity. No matter. It’s always good to see our friends down there in Grand Prairie. We will be back again, this time without Mr. Storm. And finally, our trip to the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake, Wisconsin was delightful. We had cheese curds. We had haddock. We had fun! Come out and join us for some fun. (Photo above by Dave Hensley at the Barn Dance)

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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September 2016

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Dear Fisherfolk,

Trout Fishing at Godfreys

September is here and it’s Keith’s birthday month. Exactly what day is his birthday? He’s not telling, but if you want to find out, you can ‘Friend’ him on Facebook. Keith is new to FB and is a bit overwhelmed, even before his birthday. He has noticed that FB seems to know a lot about everybody’s birthday. Anyway, the weather is lovely and in honor of it being his birthday month, Keith decided to do some Spring cleaning. True, it’s a bit late as Spring was about 6 months ago, but he has an excuse! We’ve been busy this summer. How busy? Since June 1, we have driven through 30 states. That’s a busy summer! While ‘Spring Cleaning’, he found some photos from years gone by, many birthday’s ago. We haven’t changed a bit.

Glorious Birds at the Barn Dance 2015

There are two big music and art festivals on our calendar in the next couple of months. Trout Fishing in America and Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds will be playing at both of them. From September 8-10 we will be in Taos, NM for Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival. That title is a mouthful to say, but it’s only fitting as the number of incredible, awesome, fabulous, and ultra-talented
musical acts is stunning. You NEED to check it out! October 7 & 8, we return to Shreveport, LA for the Red River Revel. Talk about a mouthful to say… Try saying Red River Revel three times quickly. Now try it without sounding like Elmer Fudd. We’ve been playing at the Revel off and on since the early 1980’s. Great art! Great music! Great food! It’s Louisiana, what do you expect? And don’t forget about the Grand Prairie, TX releasing of the Monarch butterflies on Sept 24th and the Thrasher Opera House on Sept 30th. Trout and Dana Louise will be there also!

Keith on bass
Keith has chosen Sept 18th at the Eureka Springs House Concert (at the UU Church in Eureka Springs, AR) to be his official, unofficial birthday celebration. No, September 18 is NOT his official birthday, so it can’t be his official celebration. Stop trying to pry that information out of us! See FB! This is a very cool concert series (the Grimwoods are season ticket holders) run by our good friend, Nancy Paddock. We will be videoing the show. It’s a great excuse to visit Eureka Springs. See you there!

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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August 2016

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Ezras Watermelon Patch

August is Ezra’s birthday month. When Ezra was a little boy (and that was a very long time ago), his grandmother offered him a choice for his birthday celebration. He could either have a traditional birthday cake or she would give him and his friends all of the watermelon they could eat! There was no contest. It was watermelon. The day arrived and several watermelons were iced down and cut up. The feast took place in an apple orchard and it didn’t matter if you were totally covered in juice. It was easy to wash off. Birthdays were great days and Ezra’s love for watermelon persists to this day.

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad Concert

Trout will be in the studio a lot during the month of August. We’re working on a new CD. Although the dates are few during the month, these are all pretty special. We’re playing First Thursday, August 4th, on the Square in Fayetteville, AR. This is our home base and a chance to bring the entire family to a free outdoor event. On August 5th, The Outliers (featuring Mike Sumler, JT Huff and Keith and Ezra) will be doing an early show at George’s Majestic Lounge, also in Fayetteville, AR. August 6th, were looking forward to returning to The Bowery Stage in Winnsboro, TX. Dana Louise will be making a special guest appearance! We finish up the month with appearances in CO. We’ll be doing our annual train ride with the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad August 13th out of Alamosa. The 27th, we’ll be at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale, CO as Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds! On the 28th, our friend Don Richmond will become a Glorious Bird and join us at Cole Park for Sunday’s at Six in Alamosa, CO! If you have a chance to make any of these dates, we’d love to see you. There’s nothing better than going to hear a live concert with friends and family. It seems the way people know us best is through word of mouth. Bring someone with you who’s never seen us before next time you come out!

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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