A photo of Trout Fishing in America reveals that we are, if nothing else, a band of stunning contrasts. There is a sense of balance in the equation. Contrast and balance. In live performances, we try to balance our serious songs with our not-so-serious songs. We balance presenting new songs with revisiting some of our old standbys. This concept applies to places we play as well. Our upcoming schedule is an exciting combination of familiar places that feel as comfortable as a pair of old shoes and new, unpredictable places full of people who have never heard us.
When we visit Enoch's Irish Pub and Cafe in Monroe, LA and The Reston Community Center in Reston, VA, we feel like we're with family. The atmosphere in these venues and the folks we work with team up to make these special evenings of music and fun. In contrast, there are several new places for us, something we always find exciting and we certainly hope to make these special evenings of music and fun too. We will need your help. Someone needs to be there, so either you show up or tell someone you know in the area to show up! It works either way. Maybe you can show up together!
The Sofia Tsakapolous Center For The Arts in Sacramento, CA
The Center for Arts and Humanities in North Little Rock, AR
The Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA
Gornick Auditorium in Gaylord, MI
The Cheboygan Opera House in Cheboygan, MI
These are new places for Trout. Most of these folks will be hearing us for the first time. It's amazing, when you stop to think about it, how many people in this country have not heard our music. We've played music for a lot of people and covered a lot of territory in 40 years of Trout, but there's always new worlds to discover.
Our newest CD, Live At The Epic Theater, will be coming out sometime in April! We two old guys recorded two shows at a brand new theater in Grand Prairie, TX. The album captures the feeling of a live Trout show with older and newer songs in this collection. Are you feeling a theme here? Speaking of old and new, Keith took his 4-year old grandson to the Grimwood family garden to plant potatoes on St. Patrick's Day. "I don't like potatoes," said Jameson. "French fries are potatoes," replied Keith. "Oh, I like them. Let's plant all the potatoes, Boompah!" Young and old, familiar and fresh, conservative and liberal. A balance is the best.
Troutfully yours, Keith and Ezra