Multi-award winning acoustic "power duo" Trout Fishing in America released their hghly anticipated third children's album, My World, on April 1, 1997. Produced by Fred Bogert and recorded at Studio C in Nashville, TN, My World features nine all-new Trout Fishing originals (including My Hair Had Party Last NIght, Science Fair, Back When I Could Fly), a brand new version fo the much requested TFIA original Baby's Got The Car Keys and their hilarious adaption of Ed Kohn's Six.
1998 INDIE Award for "Children's Album Of The Year"
1997 National Parenting Publications Awards "Gold Award"
Dale Armstrong - Percussion, Drums
Beans Barton - Illustrations
Fred Bogert - Guitar, Keyboards, Producer
Steve Conn - Accordion
Milo Deering - Violin
Hoyt Dooley - Mastering
Rick Gordon - Guitar (Electric)
Keith Grimwood - Bass, Guitar (Bass), Vocals
Joe Hayden - Mixing
Steve Hinson - Dobro, Pedal Steel
James Holland - Photography
Ezra Idlet Guitar - (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Vocals
Chris Munson - Engineer
Dick Renko - Project Coordinator
Karen Thom - Project Coordinator
If this doesn't brighten your day, nothing will. The latest children's release from acoustic Arkansan duo Trout Fishing In America continues their tradition of offering witty and literate songs for elementary school-age kids and their parents. Guitarist-vocalist Ezra Idlet and bassist-vocalist Keith Grimwood stir country, blues, folk, rock 'n' roll, and zydeco into a rootsy stew, brimming with delectable melodies and foot-tapping rhythms. The Trout's fertile imagination has spawned ten distinctive cuts-plus one cover song, the clever and comical 'Six,'--written by FamilyFun research editor Ed Kohn.
The title track hooks you immediately with its unfettered imagination:'There's a highway where gravity stopped working/Cars and trucks are flyinghigh above the town...' And bluesy raveup 'Baby's Got the Car Keys' willelicit laughs all around. Your kids may not take to the poignantparent-to-child closing cut, 'Back When I Could Fly,' but just see if itdoesn't put a lump in your throat.
Children’s music from some grown-ups who really get it!
If you’ve been reading this column with any regularity, you may have picked up on my negative opinion of many popular, adult-oriented musical artists who try (often with little success, in my opinion) to create meaningful music for kids and families. So I thought it only fair to bring to your attention two of those rare artists/performers who can and do successfully cross that musical bridge: Trout Fishing In America and Peter Himmelman.
A favorite recording of mine from this past year is My World (Trout Records1997) ...My World is their third album for children, following their award-winning and very successful 1994 release Mine! There is so much to like about My World that I hardly know where to begin. The title track is an imaginative look into that place a child sees when he stares into space, lost in his own world. Other great songs include “Six,” a hilarious performance of math problems that become increasingly complex, but all end up with the answer 6, and “Chicken Joe,” about a cat, a little dog named Miss Kitty, a parakeet named King Kong and a mule named Mister. Other standouts include the school-friendly “Science Fair” and the infectious “Beans and Weenies,” a get-up-and-dance number in the style of Stevie Ray Vaughn. The only words are a boisterous and well timed refrain, “beans and weenies!”
My World is full of great music that adults can enjoy with their children
Trout Fishing In America's third children's album, 'My World' has finallyarrived--and their fans in Springfield and elsewhere should be pleased.
Take the title song, an upbeat look into imaginary worlds where cars andtrucks defy gravity and children do not skin their knees when they fall. Itis a child's fantasy--one that adults can also appreciate.
Trout Fishing is Ezra Idlet (guitar/vocals) and Keith Grimwood(bass/vocals), an often goofy and always lively musical duo from Arkansasthat has developed quite a following in Springfield.
Fathers themselves, Idlet and Grimwood present the world as kids see it,without being heavy-handed, sugary or too simple. Trout's music respectschildren as bright individuals--an approach that has been compared to the'empowering work of Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss' (Philadelphia DailyNews). It's not suprising that Trout's previous children's albums 'BigTrouble' and 'Mine' have won several awards.
'My World' is a typical Trout offering: a collection of smart, oftencynical lyrics set to catchy, foot-tapping music that varies in style fromballad to folk to light rock.
Adults enjoy Trout's kid's music as much as younger audiences. When Idletand Grimwood played at Springfield's Juke Joint for the American HeartAssociation benefit in February, an all-adult audience requested, danced toand sang along with many of Trout's beloved children's songs.
The Trout songs parents and children enjoy hearing over and over reachinto real life and view it in a fresh manner. The duo pokes gentle,good-hearted fun at foibles like losing the car keys or waking up with badhair, which send parents into a tizzy, but leave kids rolling with laughter.
These and other songs on 'My World' cover a range of subjects. 'Beans and weenies' is silly. 'Science Fair' and Ed Kohn's 'Six' enter the realm of school. 'We Weary Dear' reveals Trout's environmental side. 'Chicken Joe' praises the individual and 'Back When I Could Fly' tells us never to let homework and responsibilities erase the wild, carefree child inside.
Such songs make us laugh and sing; often, they are bittersweet. More than anything, Trout's music reminds us to love and embrace life and to smile as we are doing it.