Trout Fishing in America

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Trout Fishing in America

July 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet formed Trout Fishing in America in 1979 as a means of survival. As a part of the Texas-based band St. Elmo’s Fire, they traveled to California to be discovered and signed by a major record label. When no such opportunity arose, and the promising tour dissolved, Keith and Ezra peeled off from their bandmates to fend for themselves.

Busking on the streets of Santa Cruz with an acoustic guitar, and an upright bass, the pair quickly learned that engaging listeners instantly was the only path towards dollars and coins in the open guitar case. When entry in a music contest required them to have a name for their new band, they chose Trout Fishing in America as an homage to Keith’s love of writer Richard Brautigan and Ezra’s love of fishing.

For a band comprised only of a guitar, a bass, and two vocalists, Keith and Ezra could fill whatever space they played. Trout’s genre-defying musical style and unique stage presence did not lend itself to standard marketing strategies so their following developed through word-of-mouth recommendations from fans and club owners. No one could explain what kind of music Trout played but would also tell you that theirs was not a show to miss.

Through hard work, strong musicianship, solid friendship, supportive families, and a genuine ability to connect with their audience, Trout’s homegrown success and appeal exploded. They were nominated for Grammy awards in 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2008.

Together for more than forty-years, these two friends continue writing songs and performing. Ezra has added an electric banjo and an electric bouzouki to his stage instruments. Keith has added the fiddle. It is not unusual for three or four generations of a family to show up at a Trout performance and this is a point of pride for both Keith and Ezra. It may still be impossible to tell you what kind of music Trout plays, but after attending a show, you’ll know exactly what you’ve witnessed: two guys who still love what they do and are excited to share it with you.

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July 11, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
814 237 3682