Trout Fishing in America are known for their inventive original music, dynamic stage performance and exceptional musicianship.
1995 Parents’ Choice Award
1994 American Library Association “Notable Recording Award”
1994 INDIE Award for "Children's Album of the Year"
Beans Barton - Art Direction
Joe Cripps - Percussion
Milo Deering - Violin
Carl Finch - Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Producer, Synthesizer Bass
Keith Grimwood - Guitar (Bass), Vocals, String Bass
James Holland - Photography
Ezra Idlet - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Vocals
Mitch Marine - Drums
Danny O'Brien - Trumpet
Jim Perry - Design
Dick Renko - Project Coordinator
Terry Slemmons - Guitar, Engineer
Karen Thom - Project Coordinator
Lee Tomboulian - Piano, Accordion
Kim Willrodt - Design
This new release by TFIA if being sold as a kid's album, but you don't haveto have a kid to enjoy it...you just have to be a kid, of whatever age. Theirmusic touches universal themes that apply to all of us. 'Mine,' the titlecut, humorously points out the way any possession increases in value as soonas someone else wants it. '18 Wheels on a Big Rig' is a counting song/comedyroutine that keeps you singing along and chuckling.
Beware of 'Five Little Ducks' -- having heard/participated in this song ata TFIA concert, my six-year-old delights in repeat performances that leave usboth hoarse. And what kid can't identify with the best line in 'Boiled Okraand Spinach': 'I'd rather eat boogers than black-eyed peas...?'
Not all of the tape is rolling-in-the-aisles funny. Other songs aretender, such as 'Count on Me' and 'Carry Me.' The syncopated 'Swimming Pool'is catchy and just fun. And 'I Can Dance' is a celebration of overcoming thefear of seeming ridiculous.
The best thing one can say about TFIA is that they are high-energy withoutbeing cloying. This release is genuinely fun, with humor that is silly, yeterudite, and enjoyable even to adult ears. When stacking up the multi-disc CDplayer with other albums of whatever genre, this one will fit right in for abreath of fresh air and some comic relief and maybe the kids won't complainso much about the music if they know 'Five Little Ducks' might just popup.
--Susan Harman (Baltimore,MD)
This group's eccentric approach to music is a little wacky, a lot real,and unaffectedly respectful of children's intelligence and emotion. Did youreally like sharing when you were a kid ('I saw it first! It's mine/I had itlast! It's mine!')? From boogie to tango, the performers are game--and ableto tackle just about any musical mode.
Towering Ezra Idlet and diminutive Keith Grimwood are the Mutt-and-Jefftwosome who comprise Trout Fishing in America. 'Mine!' is their secondchildren's album, and it is a humorous, delightful must-have. From folk toblues to rock and roll to old-timey music, Trout Fishing plays it all--withsmart lyrics to boot. Check out this couplet from the tango-style titletrack, about the difficulty of sharing: 'I feel the envy in your eyes eachtime you see it,/But you know that it's rightfully mine,/You'd better believeit.' 'Mine!' is funny, touching, and always true to life.