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 , 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 , but Ro Bear remains missing.] along with the band’s instruments when their van was stolen in .