#28… In The Books

November 29th, 2020 21 comments

Just a short note… It was our pleasure to bring you all #28 last night. Hot Tuna and the Fur Peace Ranch’s Thanksgiving offering

Hot Tuna 26, 2020

Electric Trio

Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady

& Justin Guip

Quarantine Concert Series #28

Fur Peace Ranch

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, November 28, 2020

  1. True Religion
  2. Been So Long
  3. Trial By Fire
  4. Ode To Billy Dean
  5. Song For The Stainless Cymbal
  6. Living Just For You
  7. Bowlegged Woman
  8. Highway Song
  9. Roads and Roads &
  10. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  11. Funky # 7

Indeed, I had almost as much fun watching the show as I did when we played it… well, almost. I hope everyone is staying well and enjoying the weekend.

More will be revealed…

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A Happy Thanksgiving To All

November 26th, 2020 13 comments
And it just got better…

Photo By Vanessa Kaukonen

Vanessa and Izze were up all Wednesday night getting the menu together. Lobster Mac & Cheese, Nessa’s own roasted peppers, Spiral cut ham, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cranberry/Apple/Mango/Cherry sauce, Maple Glaze Delicata Squash, Arugula Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato. Izze baked a Three Layer Coconut Angel Cake.

A most special feed indeed… all plans came together without drama!

Needless to say this was in same ways a Thanksgiving like no other, but in the last analysis for us, at least, it was a blessing. I’m not going to go into a litany of things Covid-19 has taken from all of us but the Kaukonens have certainly not lost as much as some.

Our Thanksgivings are usually spent on the road with the Hot Tuna gang and we have always loved that. This made a Thanksgiving at home so much the more precious.

We hope all our friends out the had a good one too. We must also point out this:

FPR Stream Graphic Thanksgiving Special.jpg
https://youtu.be/s1YOu8ePLaY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1YOu8ePLaY

In a normal world, we’d be at the Beacon or Town Hall like we were last year. In this one, we bring you a streaming concert from the Fur Peace Station. It’s the least we can do. Of course Vanessa and I will be on the feed chatting with you all.

That’s about it for now. As always, more will be revealed!

Stay Well!

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QCS # 27… Back Live!

November 22nd, 2020 12 comments

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Well… The above photo was taken a couple of days ago. Before we did the show last night I was definitely suffering from Covid Malaise. It sucked. Yeah I know… don’t cry for me Argentina :). I’m living large down here. Anyway, to be back live again was a big deal for Nessa and me and the team. being back in the saddle again made everything seem OK.

Jorma Kaukonen 35, 2020

Quarantine Concert Series #27

Live From The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, November 21, 2020

  1. Heart Temporary
  2. A Life Well Lived
  3. Corners Without Exits
  4. Broken Highway
  5. Vampire Women
  6. Roads and Roads &
  7. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
  8. Genesis
  9. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
  10. Deportees
  11. Travelin’
  12. The Old Homestead

Yeah.. we had a blast and Johnny and I got to yak about our record and the good folks at Culture Factory for taking our project and just being the best ever to work with!

Sexy Beast

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen.

Apropos of nothing… I took a ride on Nessa’s Sportster the other day.

Good times!

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On The Way…

November 19th, 2020 12 comments

Well, with the virus spiking we canceled our Thanksgiving trip to the Chesapeake Bay Area. It just made sense. Not much else to do but roll with the punches. That said, this Saturday night, the 21st we’re back live and in person for #27 of our Quarantine Concert Series.

https://youtu.be/7kEP7hvBOp8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kEP7hvBOp8&feature=youtu.be

Yeah, it’s always fun to do and we do what me must to get it out there to you folks… but live is always best. So, be there or…

Stay well…

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The River Flows

November 17th, 2020 20 comments
Here it is folks… the Kaukonen/Hurlbut project, The River Flows

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Check with your local independent record store for this soon to be released gem. Coming out on Record Store Day/Black Friday and not a moment before. We will have some available from the Company Store here at the Ranch, but so far this is a very limited run. A very high quality package… and the music is damn good too!

Last night I put the splatter vinyl on the Rega turntable.

Lookin’ good and soundin’ good!

Photon by Jorma Kaukonen

I could have gone down to the Studio which is a might fine listening room and where I have my 1962 Marantz pre, Austin and Michaelson TVA-1 power amp and JBL 4312 speakers but instead I opted for my father’s old NAD integrated pre and power and his great Polk Audio speakers.

This project was something I had been thinking about for a long time. Covid-19 gave me the time to make it real. For John and I to have Justin Guip engineer and mix this project was the frosting on the cake!

Culture Factory USA picked up our project immediately and we were thrilled and honored they did so. I couldn’t have asked for a better relationship with a label.

So, it’s coming folks… don’t miss out!

Love these Polk Audio shelf tops!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

That’s all folks….

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Friday The 13th & Me

November 13th, 2020 18 comments

Well… much to my surprise, our friend Mike put me up for a Hometown Hero Award on WSAZ, our local NBC affiliate and they picked me. I mean heck, we do what we can for our community and the Quarantine Concert Series is ongoing but there’s jot much heroism involved in that. Still and all, I humbly accepted the honor on the behalf of all of us here at the Fur Peace Ranch.

It’s nice to be a part of a community. I never really had that before we moved her in 1991. We are blessed!

Now… Saturday the 14… tomorrow that would be, we have a real treat from the vault!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2J2Qnss_Z0

Yeah folks… this was one rockin’ show… plus you get to hear me play Season Of The Witch with the guys. This might be the loudest show we’ve ever had at the Ranch… and that includes Tuna!

Getting chilly out… it’s still fall, but it didn’t feel like it today.

Well… I’ll be teaching tomorrow but I’ll ‘see’ you all on the feed.

Stay well!

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Walking The Dogs & A Trip To Natalie’s & Veteran’s Day

November 11th, 2020 15 comments
Me & Mav on the old road

Photo By Vanessa Kaukonen

Every now and the Nessa and I get to take a morning walk together with our pals. All the pretty leaves are on the ground now… well, most of them but that’s OK.

Last night Jack and I drove up to Columbus for a two show night at the new Natalie’s. Lovely venue… our first time there. Many thanks to Natalie, her dad and Alec Whiteman for making a safe evening most enjoyable!

A two show night, of course!

Hot Tuna 24, 2020

The Acoustic Duo

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady

Early Show

Natalie’s

Columbus, Ohio

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

  1. True Religion
  2. Second Chances
  3. Broken Highway
  4. Hesitation Blues
  5. Letter To The North Star
  6. Parchman Farm
  7. In The Kingdom
  8. Trial By Fire
  9. Great Divide Revisited
  10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  11. Candy Man
  12. How Long Blues
  13. San Francisco Bay Blues
  14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Hot Tuna 25, 2020

The Acoustic Duo

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady

Late Show

Natalie’s

Columbus, Ohio

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Whining Boy Blues
  3. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
  4. Been So Long
  5. Barbeque King
  6. West Coast Blues
  7. Highway Song
  8. Sleep Song
  9. Watch The North Wind Rise
  10. Good Shepherd
  11. Song For The Stainless Cymbal
  12. Another Man Done Gone
  13. That’ll Never Happen No More
  14. Come Back Baby
  15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  16. Encore: Waiting For A Train
Nessa and Perseus aka Chunky

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Indeed it is Veteran’s Day 2020 and so as I honor all of our veteran’s I think of my dad and his two brothers.

Jorma Sr. in ’44 getting ready to set sail for the Pacific.

Photographer unknown

While dad was getting ready to leave San Francisco for the Far East, Uncle Tarmo was in Sicily.

Tarmo, the uncle I never met

Photographer unkown

For Tarmo, a relaxing moment out of the line of fire. North Aftrica, Sicily, Italy… those were his venues. He made it through all those campaigns to die in a VA hospital in Memphis in 1945 from lung cancer.

My uncle Pentti

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen Sr.

So my uncle Pen… he was army… South Pacific. Carried a flame thrower… went into tunnels. He would have been a tunnel rat in Vietnam. He came up through Leyte. After the Philippines were liberated he would run into his brother, my dad, outside of Manila. The only thing he ever said to me about the war was, ‘Your dad never had to pull the trigger himself.’ I’m not a vet so I’m unequipped to really speak about hidden truths here. There are no pictures that I have of Pen in the service. I only know that something happened to him out there in the Pacific that could never be fixed. He died in a VA hospital back in the 70’s when he was a quarter of a century younger than I am today. I think he died of a broken heart.

He was my friend.

Not much more for me to say today on this.

I honor them all… all those who served and are serving!

Thank you!

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Nov. 7, #26

November 8th, 2020 21 comments

Yeah, so last night’s Quarantine Concert Series was # 26. We taped that show four or five days ago because… our drummer Justin Guip drove down from Upstate New York and the Electric Trio spent yesterday afternoon recording a rockin’ HFT show to be aired the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

You’re welcome… 🙂

While I was on the feed last night after our recording the recurring question was about live… recorded… blah blah blah. I get it. We’re keeping good stuff coming for you folks and doing what we have to do to make it happen! Here’s last night’s set list:

Hot Tuna 23, 2020

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady

Quarantine Concert Series #26

Fur Peace Ranch

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, November 7 , 2020

  1. Candy Man
  2. Ode To Billy Dean
  3. Living Just For You
  4. Living In The Moment
  5. In The Kingdom
  6. The Terrible Operation
  7. Letter To The North Star
  8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
  9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  10. That’ll Never Happen No More

That’ll have to do for now. The QCS means so much to us and it is our pleasure and honor to bring it/them to you.

Stay well!

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#25

November 1st, 2020 24 comments
Last gasp of color…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah, here we are with our final camp weekend of 2020. Not exactly how we planned it… but like they say, you can make planes but you can’t plan the outcome. Hey, like you all out there, we’re just trying to roll with the punches life throws at us and keep smiling!

OK… # 25 last night!

Hot Tuna 22, 2020

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady

With Special Guest

Larry Campbell

Quarantine Concert Series #25

Fur Peace Ranch

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, October 30, 2020

  1. Been So Long
  2. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
  3. Uncle Sam Blues
  4. Sleep Song
  5. Free From The Chain Gang with Larry Campbell
  6. Larry Campbell, Scottish instrumental medley… awesome!
  7. Larry Campbell, Blind Mary
  8. Ain’t In No Hurry with Larry Campbell
  9. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
  10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here with Larry Campbell

Another great Quarantine Concert Series Night… if indeed there’s anything great about being quarantined.

Stay well y’all!

Larry’s stuff… Flammang, fiddle, Buckeye and D-18

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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Cecilia Chiang 1920-2020

October 29th, 2020 15 comments
Madame Chiang and our daughter Izze in 2018

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

My old friend Cecilia passed yesterday morning. I first met her in 1964 when I came up to San Francisco from Santa Clara as a young college student looking for some affordable good food. I wandered into her first restaurant, the Mandarin, which was on Polk St. back then. I was a young nobody, but she treated me with respect. We became friends and when I moved to San Francisco in 1965 and she moved the Mandarin to Ghirardelli Square I followed her there. Later on in life we would be neighbors in St. Francis Wood.

It was my great honor for her to meet our daughter Izze in 2018. Of course I considered any time spent with Cecilia to be an honor.

She was my friend… and I will miss her!

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