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The Dusty Dozen

by Trout Fishing in America

Keith and Ezra went into the Trout vault and chose these 12 songs off of their vinyl and cassette projects from the 1980s to be digitized and remastered.
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1. In the Night
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2. Lori's Song
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3. I Got News
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4. Hot to Trout
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5. I've Turned My Back
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6. It's Easy
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7. (Keep Your) Back to the Wall
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8. Buffalo Shuffle
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9. Diane
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10. Two Trains
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11. Further Away
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12. Slumberland
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
When we first played as Trout Fishing in America, we did almost all cover songs. The songs we wrote back then were for another band, an original band, called St. Elmo's Fire. While still playing with St Elmo's Fire, we started a little side-project called Trout Fishing in America after the book by Richard Brautigan. We played anything we felt like playing. Cover songs we liked. Fun songs. Stupid songs. Rocking songs. Sweet songs. Even 'kid' songs. The Dusty Dozen reflects our fledgling style as musicians and producers in the 1980s. As you listen to this project, we hope you hear the evolution of the sound that would become our signature.

In the Night, Roy Byrd, Atlantic Records, 1972
Keith Grimwood: string bass and vocals
Ezra Idlet: acoustic guitar and vocals
Rom Rosenblum: piano

Back in the day, there was a legendary band called Uncle Walt's Band: Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood, and David Ball. We loved them! They played a version of this Professor Longhair song, so we did too. From the beginning and for many years to come, we'd open Trout shows with In the Night. It was always a great way to kick off an evening and we think it's a great way to kick off this album.

Lori's Song, Ezra Idlet, Troutoons, BMI, 1992
Keith Grimwood: string bass and vocals
Ezra Idlet: acoustic guitar and vocals

Ezra’s full name is Ezra Crispin Idlet. As a kid, he didn’t like the name Ezra, so he went by Cris. Before meeting Keith, Cris (aka Ezra) wrote a beautiful song called Lori’s Song. He wrote it for his high school sweetheart. Her name was Lori. Ezra can be very creative when it comes to titles.

I Got News, Roy Alfred, 1960
Keith Grimwood: string bass and vocals
Ezra Idlet: acoustic guitar

In Houston in the early 70's, Keith played bass in a 9-piece horn band called The Southwest Freeway. He didn't sing a lot with that band because they had awesome singers with charisma and talent and other stuff like that. Bobby Hocking sang I Got News with that band. When he wasn't there, Keith copied his style and sang it sort of like he did. The original arrangement was taken from Edgar Winter and White Trash. It's more of a live performance type song, but we tried it in a studio this one time.

Hot to Trout, Keith Grimwood & Rom Rosenblum, Troutoons, BMI, 1982
Keith Grimwood: electric bass and vocals
Ezra Idlet: electric guitar
Rom Rosenblum: piano
Orville Strickland: drums
Larry Slezak: soprano sax
Victor Reyes: trumpet
Dave Vandiver: trombone

In the early 80's we had a band! Rom Rosenblum played keyboards, sang, wrote music, and provided a much-needed spark in the early days of Trout. Orville Strickland, the drummer on this song, joined soon after it was recorded. We thought Hot to Trout would make a great album title, so we set about trying to write a purely fictitious song for it. We played a lot in Shreveport at The Rusty Nail in those days, so we set the story in Louisiana. Check out that horn section! Talk about some players!!

I've Turned My Back, Keith Grimwood & Ezra Idlet, Troutoons, BMI, 1982
Keith Grimwood: electric bass and vocals
Ezra Idlet: electric guitar and vocals
Rom Rosenblum: piano and synthesizer
Orville Strickland: drums and congas

We wrote this song at a Steak and Egg Kitchen while we were waiting to be served a late-night breakfast. They were out of steak, so we ordered eggs. They were out of eggs, so we ordered coffee. We arranged this song while waiting for a refill. As to the events in this song, nothing like this ever happened to anyone, we feel sure of it.

It's Easy, Mac McAnally, I’ve Got The Music Co, ASCAP, 1979
Ezra Idlet: vocals
Keith Grimwood: piano
Rom Rosenblum: synthesizer

We love Mac McAnally's music! We painstakingly transcribed his piano part on this song note for note, to be performed in a show at the Alley Theater in Houston, TX. The show, called It’ll Never Work, was an “autobiographical” play written and performed by Trout Fishing in America. It was staged once on January 26, 1981.

(Keep Your) Back to the Wall, Danny O’Keefe, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing & Road Canon Music, 1979
Keith Grimwood: electric bass and vocals
Ezra Idlet: acoustic guitar and vocals

Audience members often suggest songs for us to learn. We have no idea who suggested this one, but it was at a Steak and Ale in Houston, TX. We played it at our live shows for years, but good songs get lost. The original is by Danny O'Keefe.

Buffalo Shuffle, Keith Grimwood & Ezra Idlet, Troutoons, BMI, 1987
Keith Grimwood: electric bass and vocals
Ezra Idlet: acoustic guitar and vocals

We had a friend who would run up legendary bar tabs at Lovejoy's and other places we played. He was from Buffalo, NY. He always had a distinct walk at the end of the night that we called The Buffalo Shuffle.

Diane, Keith Grimwood & Ezra Idlet, Troutoons, BMI, 1987
Keith Grimwood: electric bass and vocals
Ezra Idlet: acoustic guitar and vocals

We wrote this song in Corpus Christi, TX. It was late. Listening to the two of us playing it, one might imagine a huge band with a lush sound. Our early cover concept for albums was very artsy. We'd have minimalistic black and white covers while we played the music as a duo and let the listeners fill in the colors in their minds. Cool ideas aren't always great marketing plans.

Two Trains, Lowell George, Naked Snake Music, ASCAP, 1973
Keith Grimwood: electric bass and vocals
Ezra Idlet: acoustic guitar and vocals

We both love Little Feat! As our Trout band members came and went, we experimented with ways to fill up missing parts. The fewer people you have in a band, the more you have to play. On Two Trains, Keith lays down a rolling bass line reminiscent of Rom's left hand on the piano in an earlier version of Trout. Ezra flat-out soars above on that guitar! You can hear our duo sound beginning to gel.

Further Away, Ezra Idlet, Troutoons, BMI, 1983
Keith Grimwood: electric bass and vocals
Ezra Idlet: electric guitar and vocals

Ezra came up with this oddity. It was, and is, unlike anything we've ever heard. Ezra does this every once and awhile. It's always surprising. Keith added some 'angular' bass lines and this haunting and dramatic song unfolds. You'll have to ask Ezra what it's about.

Slumberland, Scott Merritt, Little Jona Music, CAPAC, 1983
Keith Grimwood: electric bass and vocals
Ezra Idlet: acoustic guitar and vocals

In 1984, the Red River Revel music festival took us to Canada as part of a Cultural Exchange program with the Festival of Friends in Hamilton, Ontario. We were never the same. We met many great friends and fabulous musicians in our travels in Canada. Scott Merritt was one of those people. It seems appropriate to end with a cover of his song from those days, days that were to shape and influence our music for years to come.

In no particular order, we would like to thank Kathy O’Connell, the handsome Don Teach, Karl Caillouet, Rom Rosenblum, Orville Strickland, Sam Birmingham, our wives Karen and Beth, and many others too humorous to mention.

Restoration and digitization of our original master tapes - Adam Putman of Heartbreak House (he had to bake them in the oven!)
Song mastering – Adam Putman
Album concept - Susan Billimek
Album design - Susan Idlet
Original art – Betsy Strauch




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