Trout Fishing in America is a musical duo which performs folk rock and children’s music. The duo is composed of Keith Grimwood (upright bass, Clevinger bass, bass guitar, vocals) and Ezra Idlet (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, vocals). They took their name from the novel Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan.
Grimwood attended the University of Houston and played in the Houston Symphony Orchestra after graduation, whereas Idlet left a college basketball team to pursue rock and roll. The two met while performing together in the Houston-based folk-rock band Wheatfield, later renamed St. Elmo’s Fire. When St. Elmo’s Fire dissolved in 1979, Grimwood and Idlet formed Trout Fishing in America on the streets of Santa Cruz, California. The band was based for many years in Houston, Texas, but moved to the Prairie Grove, Arkansas area in 1992.
Their song "When I Was a Dinosaur" became a favorite of Dr. Demento, who played it frequently on his radio program.
Trout Fishing in America has received much critical recognition for both family and adult music. This includes three National Indie Awards; numerous Parents Choice awards; and four Grammy Award nominations in the Best Musical Album for Children category: first for their 2001 release inFINity, then for their 2004 release Merry Fishes to All, then for their 2006 live performance release My Best Day (engineered by Michael Nelson of the Pulaski County Assessor’s Office), and finally for their 2008 release Big Round World.
In addition to their albums and tours, Trout Fishing in America conducts songwriting workshops in schools and in communities.
Trout Fishing in America has also written two children’s books with accompanying CDs: My Name Is Chicken Joe and Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important. Both books were published by Canadian publisher The Secret Mountain, and illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch.