August 10, 2007

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia



CRANFORD---Trout Fishing in America, a three-time Grammy nominated folk-rock act from Arkansas, will open the Kids Kingdom stage at
10:30 a.m. at Union County MusicFest ’07 on Sept 15th in Cranford.

“We are pleased to announce that Trout Fishing in America will join us at MusicFest,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski. “Their eclectic mix of folk/pop with reggae and latin influences has widescale appeal for family audiences.”

Trout Fishing in America joins a MusicFest loaded with talented bands that includes Chuck Berry and Fountains of Wayne on the MusicFest concert stages. The Kids Kingdom Stage will also include performances by The Gemz, a girl pop act, Patience Moore, The Cowboy Girl, an award-winning singer/songwriter and sometimes yodeler, will perform. Miss Sherri & the Little Animal Band, featuring a 12-piece band that performs interactive concerts delighting all audiences, will perform.


Trout Fishing in America is the longstanding musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. The name, taken from an early Richard Brautigan novel, seems almost as incongruent and intriguing as a picture of this musical duo - Idlet (guitar) stands six feet nine inches and Grimwood (bass), five feet five and one-half inches.

The partnership of Grimwood and Idlet has been carved out in three decades of writing, recording and performing together. Trout Fishing in America’s newest release and Grammy nominated, “My Best Day,” was recorded before a live audience sponsored by the Arkansas Educational Television Network. The 15 songs cover a range of topics and themes, from odes to friends whom we love despite the fact they talk too much, to alien nose invasions and snowflakes named Bob. With the release of their twelfth CD, “Merry Fishes to All,” Trout Fishing earned their second of three Grammy nominations.

Grimwood's professional musical experience began when, as a teenage bass player, he began sitting in with jazz musicians who, he says, had socks older than him. A good student, he earned a degree in music from the University of Houston and then quickly landed a position with the Houston Symphony. By that time Idlet had given up his spot on the bench of a local junior college basketball team to pursue a life of rock & roll.

It was shortly thereafter that Idlet and Grimwood met as members of the Houston based eclectic folk/rock band St. Elmo's Fire which became the perfect percolator for Trout Fishing in America. As St. Elmo's dissolved in 1979, Trout Fishing in America was officially born. Idlet and Grimwood had become best of friends and musical partners.

After years of accumulating original songs and polishing their performance Trout Fishing in America was ready when the CD revolution took place. Trout Fishing in America was in the first wave of artist-owned labels (Trout Records) to successfully record and market their own music. Their infectious mix of folk/pop and family music is tempered by the diverse influences of reggae, latin, blues, jazz and classical music. Their recordings have garnered three National Indie Awards and multiple Parents Choice Gold and American Library Awards as well as 3 Grammy nominations. Trout Fishing in America has also expanded their touring territory to over forty states and several Canadian provinces.

Sharing knowledge and encouraging art has become another musical mission of Trout Fishing in America. In the past few years they have developed a variety of songwriting workshops for teachers and students, showing how art and music can come from the fabric of everyday life. Their willingness to make fun of our most annoying habits in one song and then create tender and passionate images of family life in the next forges a strong connection to listeners.