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Trout Fishing in America

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Trout Fishing in America New Life Church Auditorium, 11025 Voyager Pkwy. Saturday, April 29, 2 p.m. $14 for adults, $8 for students ages 4 and up, children 3 and under are free. Family packs are available; call 481-1950 ext. 168 for more info.

Admittedly, they look damn goofy.With the official "wild-and-crazy guys" shirts and wacky press shots, it's hard not to think otherwise. Still, acoustic duo Trout Fishing in America take their goofiness pretty seriously.

Trout Fishing began when 6-foot-9 guitarist Ezra Idlet gave up a life of basketball to pursue music alongside 5-foot-5 bassist Keith Grimwood. The odd couple has kept at it for 27 years, and collected its fair share of fans and awards along the way, including three Indie Awards and two Grammy nominations.

They cover a wide range of genres, from weepy, country-tinged tunes to folk and rock music specially designed not to freak out your mom. Idlet's bluegrass-influenced picking lends Trout Fishing's music not only a melodic line, but a thumping percussion as well. A cover of the Buddy Holly classic "Not Fade Away" roams wildly in near jam-session territory.

Their show at New Life is family-oriented, with plenty of extra goofiness provided for the kiddies. Both guys have children, which lends to their songwriting. "Our music is sophisticated," Idlet says on their Web site, troutmusic.com. "It doesn't play down to kids or adults. Kids are moved by the lyrics or the rhythm. They know right off the bat if you're faking it musically."


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