Several of the 14 songs on Big Round World were inspired by or developed during a series of kids' songwriting workshops hosted by the band. The tunes "My Favorite Jeans," "Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks," "A Tiger and a Monkey and Me," "Curse of the Spinach," "The Alarm Clock Rings," "There's a Rumor Going 'Round," and "It Must Be Halloween" all came from ideas that children shared at various workshops.
Big Round World has a laid back, mostly acoustic sound, due to sparse use of drums. Ezra's guitars and various stringed instruments and Keith's bass guitars are at the forefront, along with the duo's Southern-accented harmony vocals. Standout tracks include the title tune, the bluegrass-flavored "I Don't Care" (with help from fellow kidrockers Toucan Jam), and "It Must Be Halloween," featuring legendary guitarist Rick Gordon.
Kids' Music Veterans
Trout Fishing In America's sincere but playful approach to children's music has helped make them one of the few kids' acts to maintain a long-term, healthy career. Sure, they're singing about goofy stuff that makes third-graders laugh, like the "Curse of the Spinach," but they also make those same eight-year-olds think about their "Big Round World." And that's a good thing.
Released September 9, 2008; Trout Records