Trout Fishing In America
I've been going to see TFIA play live for about 16 years. I initially bought their kid's album Mine, and while I love their adult stuff (They do a beautiful rendition of "Not Fade Away," for instance) I tend to like just as much their children's stuff.
In an amusing visual display, Keith Grimwood, the high-voiced bassist who used to play with the Houston Symphony, is 5'5", and is dwarfed by his upright basses, while Ezra Idlet, the tenor-voiced guitarist, is 6'9", and tends to like smaller guitars. They tend to share equally the microphone, singing a repertoire of other composers' classics along with their own compositions. They reside in Arkansas, and tour the South regularly
They usually put on a kids' show early in the afternoon, followed by an adult show in the evening. Family men both, it's not uncommon to see their wives and kids dancing in the front row.
They've received some Grammy nominations, and seem content with their enthusiastic grassroots following. Ezra has built an incredible treehouse that was so kewl, the New York Times did a story on it. . Because it's that cool.
Somewhere along the line, some traditions got started with some of their performances. They enjoy puns, and put them in some of their music, like "Pico De Gallo" and "Breakfeast Blues," the latter of which elicits corn tortillas thrown at them by the audience.
I'm not kidding.
Someone here decided to put up a YouTube video with one of their more popular songs, about a favorite topic of mine. Enjoy.