The Woody Guthrie Coalition have been trying to book Grammy Award-nominated duo Trout Fishing in America to play the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah for years, but their busy schedule never quite meshed with the festival’s. Until this past July, that is — when singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet played not 1, but 2 shows: a children’s matinee, and a family-friendly evening set on the Pastures of Plenty Stage (the festival’s main outdoor venue).
The well-attended matinee took place at St. Paul’s Methodist Church. To the audience’s delight, Mr. Charles “Chuck” Beary, a teddy-bear of some reknown, made a special guest appearance. Trout Fishing fans will recall that Mr. Beary’s predecessor, Ro Bear, went missing [Sidenote: The van and some of the instruments were recovered soon after, but Ro Bear remains missing.] along with the band’s instruments when their van was stolen in early 2012.