Four-time Grammy-nominated duo Trout Fishing In America will be heading to the Milton Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 10.
Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet formed Trout Fishing in America in 1979 as a means of survival. As a member of the Texas-based five-piece group St. Elmo’s Fire, they traveled to California to be discovered and signed by a major record company. When no opportunity presented itself and the promising tour disbanded, Keith and Ezra parted ways with their bandmates to fend for themselves.
Playing through the streets of Santa Cruz with an acoustic guitar and double bass, the couple quickly learned that instantly engaging listeners was the only way to dollars and coins in the open guitar case. When entering a music competition asked them to have a name for their new band, they chose Trout Fishing in America as a tribute to Keith’s love for writer Richard Brautigan and love of Ezra for fishing.
Drawing inspiration from their childhood spent listening to the top 40 AM radios, the two songwriters have seasoned their music with rock and roll, blues, folk, country, bluegrass, funk, Latin and reggae styles … whatever the sound that would best bring out the flavor of the lyrics they wrote. From the start they were a team of songwriters, Keith being primarily the lyrics generator while Ezra was developing the music. Their collaborative nature allowed them to edit each other’s contributions without their egos colliding. They were nominated for the Grammy Awards in 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
At 40, these two friends continue to write songs and perform. Ezra added an electric banjo and an electric bouzouki to his stage instruments. Keith added the violin. It’s not uncommon for three or four generations of a family to show up at a Trout show, and it’s a point of pride for Keith and Ezra. It might still be impossible to tell what kind of music Trout is playing, but after watching a show, viewers will know exactly what they’ve witnessed: two guys who still love what they do and are thrilled to be doing it. share with their listeners.
For tickets, go to MiltonTheater.com or call 302-684-3038.