The Strangest Times - The Strangest Times Album
notice the same person keeps showing up to help you out. This song is a thank you. It is also an acknowledgment that the world is really getting strange!
Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet started playing music and writing songs together in 1976 as part of a band called St. Elmo’s Fire. As early as 1977, Keith and Ezra were playing as a duo. The duo was called Trout Fishing in America. The name came from a book written by Richard Brautigan. Keith is a big Richard Brautigan fan. Ezra was doing a lot of fishing at the time and it seemed like a good and obscure name to use when we weren’t playing with St. Elmo’s Fire.
When St. Elmo’s Fire broke up in 1979, we decided to continue Trout Fishing in America as a full time endeavor. We did a lot of cover material and made a good living playing music. We also did shows for children. Since we didn’t know any children’s songs, we played the music that we knew and loved. We’d play the Beatles, Blues and folk music. Playing the same music for children that we performed in nightclubs gave us a different perspective on music for kids. We never played down to them as an audience and they enjoyed it. Keith went back to college to take astronomy courses and Ezra bought a sailboat. Even then, we still wrote songs and included them in our shows.
In 1992 Trout Fishing in America moved from Houston TX to Northwest AR . By that time, we were touring nationally and writing more songs. Something about that move to Arkansas seemed to accelerate our songwriting.
As of 2013, Trout Fishing in America has received four Grammy nominations for best musical album for children. We’re currently 0 for 4! Our shows these days cover a lot of ground. We play for adults and children at festivals, performing arts centers, house concerts, as well as giving songwriting workshops across the country. Being able to make a life playing music for generations is a pretty amazing and humbling accomplishment. Sometimes we’re asked if we ever get tired of the road.NO! is the answer. We love traveling and performing still.
Sam's Last Boogie
recorded at Dosey Doe in Conroe TX 3-8-15
On an amazing day in Nashville, Trout Fishing in America got together with the Kruger Brothers and recorded a few tunes. None of these tunes were ever released. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed recording them.
This song was used as a wedding song when it was first played. Again, The Kruger Brothers brought new life and love to this song.
There's no feeling like coming home after a long road trip. Playing with the Krugers felt like a homecoming. These men pursue a fineness in music that's humbling. Thanks for listening!
Ezra: John Leventhal Keith: Ezra
Ezra: My David Enke fretless guitar! Keith: violin
Ezra: Don't mingle with the audience. You are a commodity. Keith: You don't have the dicipline to become a professional musician. Choose another carreer.
Ezra:The Beatles Keith: The Animals
Ezra: It's a chain, but Jason's Deli has an amazing salad bar and some pretty healthy food. Keith: Depends on where we are!
Ezra: Make every show unique. Be in the moment. Keith: You learn more by playing on stage than you'll ever learn practicing at home
Ezra: The Kingston Trio Keith: The 13th Floor Elevators