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Family Music Party

Trout Fishing In America

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Album Review

This album really does deliver on its title, because it's tuneful and sunny enough for children to enjoy, yet also clever enough for their parents to appreciate. The conceits behind the songs are playful and true to toddler life: the instantly recognizable subject of "Mine!," the bad-hair-day saga of "My Hair Had a Party Last Night," and the morning household chaos of "Baby's Got the Car Keys." More importantly, these are largely performed in a live setting, which allows the duo to engage in stage banter and one-upmanship, as when "18 Wheels on a Big Rig" turns into a counting contest — in Roman numerals (!). Trout Fishing also includes a few of their "grown-up" tunes on the album; these aren't anything that children can't listen to as well, but frankly, these songs just aren't as compelling. The children's set on Family Music Party, though, is a fine addition to any parent's collection of children's music.

Biography

Formed: 1979

Genre: Children's Music

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Taking their name from the novel by Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America formed in 1979 from the remnants of the Houston-based unit St. Elmo's Fire. An acoustic folk-rock duo comprised of vocalist/guitarist Ezra Idlet and vocalist/bassist Keith Grimwood, they earned their greatest success performing music for children, beginning with 1991's Big Trouble. In addition to their kid-friendly songwriting, the band also delighted children with their rather arresting...
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