WANT TO GO?
Trout Fishing in America
With The Sea The Sea
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: Adults $18, students and seniors $15
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.orgKeith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet of folk rock duo Trout Fishing in America have been just about everywhere in the United States.
Grimwood, who plays upright bass, bragged, "We've been to 49 out of the 50 states. We've even played Hawaii and Alaska."
They've also played West Virginia, and on Saturday, they return to West Virginia for a Woody Hawley Series show at the Clay Center. All this begs the question, "So, who's the hold out?"
"Idaho," Grimwood said though even he is at a loss to explain how that happened. Both he and guitarist Idlet, he said, share a kinship with the state.
"We love Idaho," he said. "I love potatoes. Ezra loves to fish. We should have been there ages ago."
They've even written a song about how they've always wanted to go to Idaho, but so far, no takers.
Still, Grimwood said, what choice do they have but to trudge on?
It's what they want to do anyway. Trout Fishing in America has been together for 35 years, and the pair sees no point in slowing down.
"The funny thing is we've actually received a couple of lifetime achievement awards," Grimwood said, "but we're still engaged [in music]. We're still interested in writing songs and playing in front of people."
Grimwood and Idlet started playing music together in 1976 as part of the folk band Wheatfield. After the band dissolved, they struck out together as a duo. Grimwood said they were as unlikely a pair as you'd ever meet --and still are to some degree.
"We're very different," he said. "Ezra is 6-foot-8. I'm 5-foot-5. I made good grades in school and played music. Ezra played basketball and did not make good grades. He writes from music and moves toward lyrics. Ezra is very organized. I write from lyrics toward music, and I just slap it down."
But they compliment each other. "We act as editors for each other."