Trout Fishing in America Brings Folk to Life

Trout Fishing in America will grace the stage with their folk-rock sound as a benefit for the Outpost in the Burbs organization.

Trout Fishing in America is folk music.

Acoustic Guitar
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This family friendly show is slanted more towards adults but is sure to be a great time for all. Hosted by Outpost in the Burbs, this folk-rock duo will be performing at The Unitarian Universalists Congregation, located at 67 Church Street in Montclair.  Come out Fri., April 26 at 8 p.m.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticket Web. The prices are $22 for adults and $10 for children.

Trout Fishing in America is an acoustic folk-rock two-some of very talented musicians. Ezra Idlet, vocalist and guitarist, and Keith Grimwood, vocalist and bassist, got together in 1979. The two created their own group after performing in the Houston-based folk-rock band St. Elmo’s Fire. Their name, Trout Fishing in America, was taken from the famous novel by Richard.

Trout Fishing in America’s success picked up when they began writing and playing children’s music, leading with “Big Trouble” in 1991. Soon after, “Mine!” earned them a Parents Choice Award in 1994. In between children’s music, the group had an adult hit album, Over the Limit in 1992.  In 1996 the group came out with another adult hit “Reel Life,” then in 1997 they went back to children’s music and recorded “My World.” Moving back towards the adult scene, in 1999 “Closer to the Truth” was released. In 2001 “Infinity” and in 2003 “It’s a Puzzle” started their family oriented albums back up. A holiday album in 2004 marked their twelfth release, Merry Fishes to All, which earned Idlet and Grimwood their second Grammy nomination.

As well as making music and going on tours, Trout Fishing in America hosts songwriting workshops in schools and communities. The duo has also written two children’s books that are accompanied by CDs. The books My Name is Chicken Joe and Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important are quirky stories filled with a reflective meaning, labels that cannot be used to discover the proper identity of anyone, including a cat named Chicken Joe. Both of the books were published by The Secret Mountainand illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch.

While you’re in town for Trout Fishing in America, don’t forget to stop by one of the many restaurant and sandwich shops located all around the church. Beyond Pita is a great-tasting Middle Eastern sandwich shop located right next door at 82 Church Street.  Remember that they only accept cash.  Leone’s is another great place not too far from the venue, located at 19 S Park Street. Leone’s is an Italian American restaurant that is BYOB, kid-friendly and has outdoor seating.

For more Trout Fishing in America, check out their upcoming dates! After the show in Montclair, the duo will be heading to Reston, Va. on April 27 and New Hope, Pa. on April 28. Their next show will be on July 26 in Purchase, N.Y.

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