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JimBo Trout & the Fishpeople

JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople is the band that is making music fun again!

JT&FP are the essence of the “bluegrassish sound”–elements of bluegrass, old-time, ragtime, blues, western-swing, rockabilly, honky-tonk, jug band, jazz, swing, Cowboy, rock+roll, New Orleans, and more. But they are not a band that would let tradition stand in the way of a good time. They are a fun, high-energy, danceable group if ever there was one!

The San Francisco-based JT&FP have been crafting their good-time musical gumbo since 1992. With over 400 songs on their list, the band will surprise you with their range. Their appeal extends to fans of traditional music  as well as those with more modern tastes, young and old, and in-between. JT&FP is a collective of top musicians from three generations performing in various formats, always keeping it fresh!

JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople have opened for a wide range of top acts including Dr. John, Johnny Winter, David Bromberg,The Freighthoppers, Wayne Hancock, The Gourds, Hot Club of Cowtown, The Squirrel Nut Zippers,The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Cake, Calexico, Doo Rag, The Iguanas, Riders In the Sky, Drew Emmitt, Dale Watson, Jeff Buckley, Peter Rowan, The California Honeydrops, Poor Man’s Whiskey, The Waybacks, Casey Driessen, and Southern Culture on the Skids among others.

JT&FP perform at restaurants, nightclubs, cafes, weddings, dances, festivals, street fairs, retirement homes, and children’s parties, averaging 80-100 shows each year. The band has performed at many of top clubs and festivals in San Francisco and beyond including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, The Oregon Country Fair, The Great American Music Hall (11 times!), The Mystic Theatre, The Independent, Slim’s, Bottom of the Hill, Freight and Salvage, the Ashkenaz,  and the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival (10 times!). They have toured Europe twice and perform regularly throughout California and beyond.



Photo: Carla Laser
Photo: Carla Laser

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Photo: Leif Karlstrom

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Photo: Doug Johnson

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Mission Loc@l

Jimbo Trout: Bringing the Old Music to the Kids

Jimbo Trout is a children’s musician based in the Mission. He recently released a new album titled “Jam Along With Jimbo.” Trout makes his living reviving old folk and Americana songs for an online generation that he feels isn’t well-versed in its own musical heritage.


Music:  Fish Stories
Jimbo Trout and the Fish People feature clawhammer-style pickin’ on original tunes like “Beer Bottle Breakdown,” and their music has all the weird, retro, low-fidelity crust of Cap’n Beefheart or Rube Waddell. Plus they’ve got a washboard player and an upright bass. Turn back time and catch the gig …

Berkeley Daily Planet

Arts: Jimbo Trout Plays the Twang Cafe
“They’re a great amalgamation of classic Americana,” says Tom Wegner, host of the ongoing Americana music series Twang Cafe held monthly at Epic Arts. “They combine Appalachian bluegrass with Louisiana swamp music, Cajun, zydeco, Dixieland, ragtime and street-corner jugband.”

Sacramento News Review

Hillbilly be-bop fun
Jimbo Trout and the Fishpeople (and yes, his name really is Jimbo Trout, and the only thing you can do with a name like that is get creative) play what we‘ve taken to calling “Americana” in this part of the country.

Bluegrass Breakdown – magazine of the Cal. Bluegrass Assn

The Atlas Cafe Bluegrass and Old-Time Jam in San Francisco
Now in its ninth year, the monthly jam at Atlas Cafe is getting to be a real institution in San Francisco. It was started by Jimbo Trout who does the booking for the other bluegrass and old-time acts in the cafe on Thursdays. His bandmate and friend Chad Manning was also involved in the beginning. The jam is hosted on the last Thursday of every month by Jimbo and the house band who will back up guest musicians, but on occasion, the entire band may be replaced for a couple of tunes when enough other musicians or another whole band shows up …