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Trout Fishing in America at Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse

Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse features all-star music line up Saturday night

Grammy nominees headline Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse event

IT’S NOT OFTEN a four-time grammy nominated duo comes to Huntsville, but it’s happening Saturday night (Nov. 17) at the Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse when “Trout Fishing in America” makes a return performance.

In addition, the opening act also is a multi-award winner.

Trout has been around forever it seems and shows no signs of slowing down.  The musical marriage of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet has been called strange in more than one way. Ezra, who plays guitar and banjo, stands 6’8” while Keith, who now plays bass, stretches hard to reach 5’6.”is the long-standing and yet seemingly unlikely musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet.

Ezra is the extrovert and Keith the more serious and reserved of the duo. the pair have moved back and forth between CDs and shows for children and adults, mixing both genres. The differences apparently work well since the duo has garnered four Grammy Nominations.

Keith began playing music professionally when he was still in his teens. In school, he made the Texas All-State Orchestra four years and later earned a degree in music from the University of Houston. At 22, he landed a position with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Keith put himself through college playing pop music in local clubs and that led to his fortuitous meeting with Ezra.

Ezra attended McClennan College in Waco, Texas on a basketball scholarship. He was a “One-and-Done” player, but not exactly because of his incredible basketball skills. Instead, he decided to leave college and pursue his true love, a lifetime of playing music. In 1976, Idlet and Grimwood met as members of the Houston-based eclectic folk/rock band St. Elmo’s Fire. Ezra and Keith became the best of friends and musical partners.

When St. Elmo’s dissolved in 1979, Trout Fishing in America (named for Keith’s love of Richard Brautigan’s writing and Ezra’s love of fishing) was officially born.

TROUT FISHING in America was in the first wave of artist owned labels (Trout Records) to successfully record and market their own music. In 2008, Performing Songwriter Magazine chose Trout as one of the top 100 most influential independent artists in the past 15 years. Their recordings have garnered three National Indie Awards, multiple Parents Choice and NAPPA Gold awards, the American Library Award, as well as four Grammy nominations.

Danny Everitt

In 1992, Trout relocated their families to the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Besides being a lovely place to live and raise a family, this central location helped to expand their touring territory to all 50 United States and several Canadian provinces.

OPENING FOR Trout will be Danny Everitt. At an early age Danny’s father introduced him to the music of Hank Williams and Marty Robbins. Then one Christmas an acoustic guitar appeared.  A couple of years later baseball gave way to his first electric guitar and a hot little garage band was formed. Music started making sense as he moved through the teenage years.

After high school he got his first paying solo gig playing songs of the day in a local restaurant-bar. But Danny Everitt began his professional musical journey in the Austin, Texas nightclub scene in the 1970′s. After graduation he moved to Nashville and began traveling the U.S. as a solo performer for Buddy Lee Attractions.

While back in Texas, Danny discovered a growing live music scene in Houston that captured his imagination. So he returned to his home state and started building a reputation as a songwriter and performer with his band in the Montrose district deep in the heart of the city.

He was a New Folk Winner at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival and later a finalist in the American Song Festival. After five years in Houston and a lot of roadwork he released his first solo LP, Fire Down Inside. The Dallas Songwriters Association recognized Danny as a songwriting finalist.

He and his college rock band mates recorded a CD called Dad Was Right in 1999. He released another solo album, Cold Wind Cold Rain in 2007, which became a favorite with Americana radio.

The Academy of Texas Music nominated Everitt Singer/Songwriter of the Year in 2007, 2008 and again in 2009. He is featured in both Boys From Houston books documenting the Houston music scene of the 70’s and 80’s. Another solo project called Acoustic Souvenir caught the attention of the Academy and in 2014 he was awarded the distinction of Singer/Songwriter of the Year at the Texas Music Awards. In 2016 Danny was inducted into the Houston Folk Music Archives in the Fondren Library at the Woodson Research Center on the campus of Rice University. His latest album, Dream Big, was released in 2017.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Suggested donations are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students. Desserts, coffee and water are available for sale. Discreet BYOB of beer and wine by adults is allowed. Thoreau Woods is located at 1400 East Mosley Lane, off Highway 65 South.

About Rich Heiland

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at freepresstx@gmail.com or 936-293-0293.

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