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,

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.

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February 2019

February finds Trout Fishing in America deeply immersed in studio work. It may be cold outside, but Ezra is on fire! He’s learning how to operate his new recording board, making quantum leaps forward every day. He is impressing and amazing me, which is a tough thing to do when you’ve worked together 40 plus years. I don’t know where to begin telling you about all the great stuff we have going on! But I will…

THE (Not So Distant) PAST

On January 19th we recorded 2 live concerts at The Epic Theater in Grand Prairie, TX. What a great facility! The crew was fantastic! We’d like to thank all of you who made it out for those shows. On the day after the recording, Ezra mixed the tracks with Dave Wietzel in The Epic’s state of the art control room. We came home to the Trout Studio where we did the final edit. I say “we” …more like Ezra did 99% of the work while I watched and told him what a great job he was doing. The project (Trout Fishing in America, Live at The Epic Theater) will soon be sent to Mastering and Production and should be released early this Spring. Yes, pre-orders are available.

Also, don’t forget our limited-edition release, “The Dusty Dozen“. It’s a 12-song CD   covering the Trout years from 1980-1988. I can’t stop listening to it! So much fun and so many memories. It is a one-time limited edition; only 300 discs were made. As of this moment, we are down to our last 12 copies.  Like the past itself, when it’s gone, it’s gone…


In March we will leave the friendly confines of the studio and hit the road again. First, we head to Texas for shows beginning March 1 in Tomball. If you haven’t been out to Main Street Crossing in Tomball, you really should. It’s a great listening room (and restaurant) with an impressive entertainment calendar. On March 2, we’ll return to The Backstage at El Mercado in Austin. It’s a cool listening room reminiscent of the old Texas Opry House (from ‘BACK IN THE DAY HOUSTON’) except it’s a bit smaller and El Mercado serves awesome Mexican food. What’s not to like? On our way home, we’ll stop in at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas on March 3 to help David Card celebrate his 42nd anniversary of presenting great live music. Way to go, David!  Then we head west to Taos, New Mexico for our premier performance at the Taos Mesa Brewing Company (The Mothership location). Tell all your friends and let’s fill this place up on March 8 so we can make a good impression. Then on the 9th, we visit our friends in Alamosa, Colorado for a show at Society Hall before finishing up the tour at the legendary Swallow Hill in Denver on March 10.

But wait, there’s more! Later in March, Craig Calvert and Connie Mims will take a field trip up to Arkansas to work on Wheatfield’s latest album. While they’re in town, Wheatfield will play a concert in Fayetteville on March 23rd. More details about the show will post on Wheatfield’s Facebook page and their website. As always, you can check out Trout’s full concert calendar for a further vision into the future.

Troutfully yours,

Keith (and Ezra says hi from the control room)

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January 2019

Happy New Year!

It is officially 2019. Today marks exactly one month since Keith had his right hip replaced. He’s walking around the Trout House without a cane, without a walker, without pants. OK, we’re exaggerating here. He’s wearing sweat pants. We’re back at work and that feels great: so many things to do and so many things to tell you about.

Let’s start with the Epic Theater on Saturday January 19th. The Epic is a brand new multi-million-dollar community facility in Grand Prairie, TX. It is truly incredible. Besides a state of the art performing arts center, there is an enormous indoor water park, exercise facilities and classrooms for continuing education. Trout will record a live album from our two performances. Both shows are free to the public. You do need a ticket and you should consider getting one sooner than later because the first show is nearly sold out. That’s impressive until you realize the show is free. Actually, it is impressive. We want to fill both concerts up! It’s an experience you don’t want to miss. Bring the whole family; this is going to be a show for everybody.

A week later, we’re going to be at the Greenwood Performing Arts Center in Greenwood, AR just south of Ft. Smith. Ezra remembers going to Greenwood to watch his children play basketball in an incredible high school gym. The Prairie Grove Lady Tigers got whipped by the Ozark Lady Hillbillies. Dana, Ezra’s daughter, came out of the game saying, “that girl plays like a man!” We promise to play like men too when we come to play music at the Greenwood Performing Arts Center!

Our shows in 2019 will be centered around celebrating 40 years of Trout. It’s almost impossible to imagine that we’ve been doing this that long. We’ve driven or flown well over a million miles. We’re back in the all new Trout House studio recording a retrospective that will include music from our entire career. We’re recording the project as a duo. What you hear when you come to our shows will be what you hear when you listen to the recording. We’re staying home for the month of February to put the finishing touches on it as well as work on the new Wheatfield album.  You can always check our calendar to find out where we’re headed.

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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New Trout T-shirts!

We went big for our latest T-shirt design.  Adult sizes are printed on a 100% cotton super-soft deep teal green shirt.  Kid sizes are printed on a 100% cotton super soft sapphire blue shirt.  All Trout orders come with FREE first class shipping

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Digital Music Through iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby

Each of Trout’s albums from “Truth Is Stranger Than Fishin” all the way through “The Strangest Times” can be purchased digitally through iTunes,, or CDBaby.  You can buy entire albums or create your own Trout playlist.  If you have questions, email us at

Songs purchased from iTunes require the iTunes app on your phone or the iTunes program on your computer.

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“Don’t Touch My Stuff!”

Many of you have seen our new “Don’t Touch My Stuff” kid’s T-shirts by now. Many of you have complained that they were available only in kid sizes. Many of you tried to squeeze yourselves into these kid sizes and sadly, many of you were disappointed with the results. Folks, we do listen. We feel your pain and we’re trying to help here.

Don't Touch My Stuff! t-shirt

So we have printed up a batch of “Don’t Touch My Stuff” T-shirts in Adult sizes! Supplies are limited so act now! Don’t be left out! Be the first Adult on your block to sport a new “Don’t Touch My Stuff” Trout T-shirt! You’ll be the envy of everyone in your neighborhood. By the way, we don’t want to scare you, but there’s only 91 days left until Christmas. That’s not ‘shopping days’, because every day is a shopping day in our modern world. Still, don’t you think that a “Don’t Touch My Stuff” T-shirt would be a lovely outfit to wear as you open up your other presents?

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra

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New All Ages t-shirt “Don’t Touch My Stuff”

Don't Touch My Stuff! t-shirt

We asked the creative genius Beans Barton who has done a lot of art for our projects over the years to come up with art for a kids t-shirt to go along with our song “Don’t Touch My Stuff!” We are really happy with the result and we found that adults want it too! So this is our “All Ages” t-shirt.

It is printed on a Black 100% Cotton (Pre-shrunk) t-shirt using a water based ink that provides us with a type of print that we love: soft, breathable, vibrant and more environmentally friendly.

Get yours HERE!

Troutfully yours,

Keith and Ezra




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A Concert In Your Living Room – June 12th!

Dana Louise and Trout Fishing

Heads Up! This Friday, June 12th, at 8 PM CST, Trout Fishing in America and Dana Louise (Ezra’s daughter) are performing for an intimate audience at the Bugle Boy in La Grange, TX. You don’t have to be there to be there. How is that possible? Through the miracle of The Internet, of course. We are requesting your virtual presence for this fabulous show. Just click on this Link and you’re in. A minimum donation of $1 is all it takes. 70% of donations go to the artist. Hey, that’s us.

Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

P.S. If you can’t make it to this concert, check out our calender to see when we will be near you!

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Speaking at the Capitol about Music in Schools

Speaking at the capitol today about Music in Schools and thought we would share our message and the latest songwriting workshop song.

(Keith) Try to imagine a society without art or music. It’s almost impossible. Now I am not a Trekkie. I do not generally define things in my life in terms of how they relate to Star Trek. But, I was snowed in at my house the other day and watched Star Trek Into Darkness. I was also thinking about what I was going to say to you today. So I started imagining the Starship Enterprise coming upon our planet. If they found no art or music, what would they think of us? They’d probably consider us primitive at best and maybe not even bother with us at all. But what if they discovered that we once had art and music and let it go, let it die, because we considered it unimportant? I think they would be horrified. They might even consider us dangerous.

My parents are not musical. My Dad is a historian. He was Chief Historian at NASA and put together the NASA Library. He and my mom always stressed education, but also thought that as a part of that education, everyone needed at least 1 year of piano lessons to be a well-rounded human being. They believed studying music would help develop abilities and life skills and enrich the quality of life. They never expected me to become a musician and were very surprised, to say the least, when I did. But they always encouraged me to do what I loved. I was a good student and loved school, but I especially loved music. I had interested teachers who cared and I owe all of them a great debt of gratitude. They opened a rich and wonderful world to me.

(Ezra) Keith and I were different kinds of students in school. I was the kid always getting in trouble. I talked out of turn in class, I was late and I didn’t do my homework. When I was in 9th grade (for the first time) my final report card had 5 Fs and one A. The A was in band. I didn’t and still don’t read music. I managed to learn my musical parts and become an integral member of the school band. I wasn’t a total failure. Some children excel at receiving lists of facts as well as science and mathematical concepts. They’re able to then prove their knowledge on tests. Not everybody works well with that system. I sure didn’t. I think it’s interesting to point out that Keith, the A student and I, the bad student, currently have the same job.

Why is music important? I don’t even know why you would ask. It seems obvious to me that music develops your brain to work in ways it wouldn’t work otherwise. Music is logic, and beauty, and form, and structure, and freedom, and emotions, and inspiration. Studying music develops skills like problem solving, self-expression, working together, creative thinking, learning how to follow rules and, yes, even learning how to break them.

We give songwriting workshops. They began back in the mid 90’s. Educators wanted to bring our music into the schools, but needed to prove that it was somehow educational. We don’t write overtly educational songs. You can learn things from them, but we’re not writing about how to tie your shoe. We decided to talk about songwriting. But why just talk about it? Why not do it? Learning by doing is a great way to learn! I feel like we’re delivering fire. We present the novel idea that kids can think creatively and work together to build something beautiful. We de-mystify the creative process and tell them they can do it! While its going on, the kids sometimes feel like they’re getting away with something. They sort of look around as if to ask, is this really OK? It’s work, but it’s fun. Is that allowed? You can ask our friend, Delynn West. We’ve written several songs with her classes and she’s developed them to use in her school programs.

Last week we gave a songwriting workshop in Joplin MO. There was nothing uncommon about it. We sang two of our songs and examined the ideas that created the song as well as the form. There were about 20 children from 3rd to 6th grade participating. It was a Saturday afternoon. Some of the children wanted to be there and others clearly didn’t. We sang one of our songs, “There’s an Alien in My Nose”, as an example of songwriting. One of the kids refused to smile or be involved in any way. Even when the only way to defeat the alien was to eat the alien. After we perform our songs and dissect them, we ask the students to contribute their ideas for songs. It’s usually pretty easy to get them to respond. The young man who refused to smile was asked for his idea. “I don’t know” he said. Keith said, “Great idea!’ and wrote it down. “Not Nothing!” was the next thing out of our reluctant participant’s mouth. “Even better!” said Keith. I Don’t Know Not Nothing. We put three of their ideas up to vote on and the idea that most of our workshop voted for was, I Don’t Know Not Nothing.

Soon we were all involved in coming up with lyrics for the tune. Our reluctant child was up to his elbows in helping out. Whatever divisions of age or attitude that had been very present at the beginning of the workshop disappeared. We were all involved in creating something. By the end of the workshop, we recorded the song. Every voice singing together, smiles and fun being passed around the room like electricity. What was passed to the workshop went beyond just songwriting. They learned about teamwork, creative thinking, learning melody and rhythm, understanding dynamics. This learning was done actively with genuine enthusiasm. It involved all of us and we now have a wonderful song to listen to as a result. “I don’t know about nuthing”

This song may not be a number one hit, but as a device for bringing people together, it works. Music is an art form, much like architecture, that can bring us all together. It can potently deliver ideas and it can lift spirits. We’ve seen it elevate our audiences for almost 40 years. It’s important to expose our children to music and to allow them to participate in it. If we don’t, where do we expect our next generations of creative minds to come from? Visiting a society without music seems absurd and sad. Thanks for your time. And thanks to all of the music teachers who open our children’s minds to the architecture of the spirit.

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Teachers – Activities for Trout’s new song and video “Boo!”

The great team at created this wonderful study guide for teachers using Trout Fishing in America’s new song “Boo!”. Turn it Up! Have some fun!

Stream the song HERE

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