Okay, so that's stretching it a bit -- the show tonight at the Mucky Duck isn't technically a Trout Fishing In America show. What is is, though, involves the TFIA guys and happens to be pretty cool.
See, TFIA are originally from right here in H-town; bassist Keith Grimwood went to school at U of H and played with the Houston Symphony, while Ezra Idlet apparently went to Lamar High (I think?). Back in the early '70s, Idlet was part of a rootsy/folky rock band called Wheatfield, formed at a Lamar H.S. talent show. The band made its name playing in and around Houston for a few years before legal wrangling over their name caused them to morph into St. Elmo's Fire, and somewhere in there, Grimwood joined the band, as well. St. Elmo's Fire played a few years more, winding up in 1979.
Since then, though, the members of Wheatfield pop back up each year (not sure how long it's been happening, honestly) for an annual reunion show at -- yes, you guessed it -- the Mucky Duck. And that's what's apparently happening tonight, Tues., June 2nd, with both Idlet & Grimwood in attendance. I'm kinda betting they won't be playing any Trout Fishing tunes, but hey, you never know.
I should note, btw, that Trout Fishing's got an actual book out now, based on a character from one of their "kid" songs (although really, I've always had fun at the "kid" shows, myself) & called My Name Is Chicken Joe. It'll include a CD to go along with the book, naturally; you can check out both the book & title song right here:
Anyway, there you go; head over to the Duck & experience some long-gone H-town music scene history...
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