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Two Gigs, Jerry’s Birthday… And Audio Books

August 3rd, 2018 Jorma 19 comments
By the Mighty Delaware

By the Mighty Delaware

Foto By Suzy Perler

Just killing a little time in New Hope before the show at the new Hope Winery.

Jorma Kaukonen 25, 2018
Jorma Solo
New Hope Winery
New Hope, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. River Of Time
5. Barbeque King
6. Full Go Round
7. Sea Child
8. Trial By Fire
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Big River Blues
11. How Long Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Second Chances
3. Ain’t In No Hurry
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Water Song

Holding forth in New Hope

Holding forth in New Hope

Foto by Dennis Kane

Thursday we were heading out to the end of Long Island for an AISH event and on the way, we stopped to pay our respects at Rev. Gary Davis’ grave not far from Rockville Center.

Rev. Davis... what an artist!

Rev. Davis... what an artist!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 26, 2018
Jorma Solo
Watermill, New York
Thursday, August 2, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Good Shepherd

Pickin' in the barn

Pickin' in the barn

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The AISH was awesome… good folks and a good cause.

Thursday the First was Jerry Garcia’s birthday. We all miss that guy. I was reminded of my answer to a question I was asked at the Dear Jerry show in Meriweather Post some years ago. “If you could write a note to Jerry today, what would you say?’

‘I bet you wish you were here!’

Meanwhile… back in Times Square… I’m working on my Audio Book…

Good times…

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The Whirlwind YoYo

July 17th, 2018 Jorma 26 comments

Saturday Myron and I drove 590 miles from the Fur Peace Ranch to Ronkonkoma. We barely stopped for gas on that run, so hen se go to the hotel we were starving. Fortunately, right next to the hotel was this:

Tasted like there, but it was here!

Tasted like there, but it was here!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

La Villetta was quite simply… awesome! What a way to end the drive up!

Sunday we checked out of the hotel and drove to the venue in Patchogue. As an honorary Long Islander, there were lots of old friends as well as new!

Chewing the fat with Devon Allman

Chewing the fat with Devon Allman

Photographer unknown

I brought a box of the great Hot Tuna vinyl reissue of the first LP, and Jack and I signed them for the Company Store at the Fur Peace Ranch.

John Hancock time...

John Hancock time...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a great hang. Got to hear my old pal Michael Falzarano as well as all the other great acts. We also got a little time to actually check our stuff out on stage before our set. Rare in a festival situation.

Eh?

Eh?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then our moment came…

Lovely evening spot...

Lovely evening spot...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 20, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Great South Bay Music Festival
Patchogue, N.Y.
Sunday, July 15, 2018

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. I Wish You Would
5. Sleep Song
6. Trial By Fire
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Come Back Baby

Dicky Betts and the guys were coming on after us but they had some setup problems and Myron and I had to leave before their set.

Life on the road

Life on the road

Foto by Myron Hart

Myron and I slept for some hours off of I-78 and then made it home. A fine surgical strike of music.

More anon!

A Lovely Tuesday

July 10th, 2018 Jorma 24 comments
Me on the 1932 Rickebacker Tuxedo

Me on the 1932 Rickebacker Tuxedo

Foto by Myron Hart

Last week I got to play on a tune for the great Joe Louis Walker for his upcoming project on Cleopatra Records out of L.A. Joe and I go way, way back to the early Fillmore days. It was such an honor that he asked me to do this!

On of the old covered bridges in Athens County

On of the old covered bridges in Athens County

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Izze had a sleepover in a remote pat of the county I had never been to before. Lovely.

A man and his Jeep

A man and his Jeep

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Lots of stuff to do this week. Driving up for the Hot Tuna show in Patchogue and heading home after our set. All things considered… it’s all good! Think I’ll go out to see what the pool is like right now…

Hmmmmmm….

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Rob Ickes And Trey Hensley Come To The Fur Peace Ranch

July 1st, 2018 Jorma 24 comments

Well, last night Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley came to our little corner of the universe and made a whole lot of people, including me and Vanessa very happy with their magnificent show. I got to briefly share the stage with Rob and Trey at the Folk Alliance in Kansas City, MO earlier this year. I’ve known Rob for some time now and have always admired his technical mastery of the dobro that was always deeply marinated with soul. Getting to know Trey both musically and personally was equally a treat! This gentleman’s guitar playing is stratospheric to say the least! That said, the song always comes first with him and never gets lost in the notes. I love these guys!

Rob and Trey bordered by my 1961 Fender Super

Rob and Trey bordered by my 1961 Fender Super

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Marginal foto I know, but I left my camera with the long lens in the house. What a show!

Me, Rob, Trey, Wally and Vanessa

Me, Rob, Trey, Wally and Vanessa

Photographer lost in antiquity

Now to back up a little… I opened the show for the guys, and here is my set list.

Jorma Kaukonen 24
Jorma Solo
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, June 30, 2018

1. Dime For Beer
2. Heart Temporary
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Barbeque King
5. Sleep Song
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. That’ll Never Happen No More

When Rob and Trey came out for their much deserved encore, they honored my by inviting me to share it with them and we did an outstanding (If I do say so myself) version of Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out.

The guys stayed over at the Fur Peace Ranch and while Nessa was fixing a yummy breakfast for everyone Maverick, the Big Dog, and I took a walk.

Early morning on the old road

Early morning on the old road

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Nothing like a morning walk with one of your best pals!

The Big Guy

The Big Guy

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Well, Rob and Trey are off to Maggie Valley, NC and I think I’ll go outside in with by the pool for a while before it gets too hot.

Onward!

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Life Is A Disappearing Act

June 18th, 2018 Jorma 14 comments


Good things come, good things go
If it lifts you up, it’ll lay you low
People leave and they don’t come back
Life is a disappearing act…

Gretchen Peters, Life Is A Disappearing Act

From Dancing With The Beast

We had another wonderful weekend here at the Fur Peace Ranch With Tom Feldman, David Wolff and myself. All that being said there’s no good time for bad news. Saturday night before the show with Peter Rowan and his Twang And Groove, I found that my friend Steve Story had passed away on Friday. I just texting him a couple of days ago and we were planning on getting together in a week or so. Life is indeed a disappearing act and my friends are starting to disappear at an alarming rate. Indeed, in death all you are, all you might ever be disappears into the ether like dust, and that’s just the way it is. ‘We are all travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house, birth till death, we travel between the eternities.’ I’ll be at your service in Thursday but I’m sure going to miss talking to you Steve. Fair winds and following seas brother… fair winds and following seas!

Because life goes on no matter who dies, back at the Ranch, good things were happening.

David wears the first person view google while I pilot my Mavic.

David wears the first person view google while I pilot my Mavic.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Peter and his buddies sure helped to cheer us up Saturday night.

The boys holding forth

The boys holding forth

With Paul Knight on bass, Jamie Oldaker, percussion, Dave Easley, steel guitar, and Don Rigsby mandolin it was truly a night to remember.

Two friends

Two friends

Foto by Wally Himmelman

It was a bittersweet weekend on the on hand, but a joyous one on the other and that is good because life is too short to be anything but joyous!

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The Nelsonville Music Festival

June 4th, 2018 Jorma 11 comments

Since I wasn’t working this past weekend, Vanessa and I got to got to the Nelsonville Music Festival, hear some great music and catch up with some friends. We also had to retrieve our daughter who had been camping with her friends for the weekend. Ah… summer vacation… if you’re a kid!

The Kaukonens... showing the flag!

The Kaukonens... showing the flag!

Photographer lost in antiquity

This is an amazing regional festival, well supported by the community and filled with great artists! I was fortunate enough to do a solo set here a couple of years ago. One of the first people we ran into yesterday when we parked was my old friend ScareKrow who brought us over to say ‘hi’ to Ani DiFranco.

ScareKrow, Ani and me

ScareKrow, Ani and me

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

We wandered around and I ran into the Henna Faerie.

Here I am with the Henna Faerie

Here I am with the Henna Faerie

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

the HF turned us onto Bridget Punsalang who tattoos out of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. from the Neeledwurks parlor. Check out Bridget’s work. I’ve got a little… Nessa’s got a lot from her. Good stuff.

We headed up to the main stage where the Blind Boys Of Alabama were just starting their set. I noticed that the bass player… whose name I didn’t get, was playing a Jack Casady Bass.

The JC Bass on the main stage...

The JC Bass on the main stage...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Blind Boys were awesome… as they always are!

A line of greatness!

A line of greatness!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Paul Thorn sat in with the Blind Boys and it was like a revival right there in our own Nelsonville!

After that great performance, Nessa and I collected Izze and headed back the the Fur Peace Ranch.

Stage right at the Bind Boys Of Alabama set!

Stage right at the Bind Boys Of Alabama set!

Selfie by Vanessa Kaukonen

What a great weekend!

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Maybe April Comes To The Fur Peace Station

June 3rd, 2018 Jorma 1 comment

Last night the Fur Peace Ranch hosted the up and coming band from Nashville, Maybe April. Since I wasn’t playing or teaching this weekend I took over my pal Jerry’s spot behind the wheel of the mule to ferry folks in from the parking lot.

Service with a smile from the Ole Picker.

Service with a smile from the Ole Picker.

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Hurl, our Ranch Manager, discover Maybe April before they were even signed and recorded. They were awesome on YouTube and even more awesome in person.

Alana, Katy and Kristin onstage at the Station

Alaina, Katy and Kristin onstage at the Station

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

What a great show the girls put on for the sold out house here at the Ranch. I predict great things for these gals.

Nessa, Kristin, Katy, Alana and me after the show

Nessa, Kristin, Katy, Alaina and me after the show

Foto by Wally Himmelman

The gals spent the night here at the Ranch and this morning Nessa sent them on their way to Asheville with coffee, fresh fruit and sundry goodies.

It’s good to know the future of music is more than safe!

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Just A Little Slide Show

June 2nd, 2018 Jorma 4 comments
One our porch...

One our porch...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Porch left

Porch left

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Dont' get lost at the FPR

Dont' get lost at the FPR

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Smiles finishing the railng on the new Green Room Cabin

Smiles finishing the railng on the new Green Room Cabin

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Psylodelic Museum & New Company Store

Psylodelic Museum & New Company Store

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Turn right

Turn right

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

John H. Yoda of Merchandise

John H. Yoda of Merchandise

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Rev. Davis and Grace Slick... two of my favorite people

Rev. Davis and Grace Slick... two of my favorite people

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Painting by Malles Meje and Jorma sculpture by Lisa Reinertson

Painting by Malles Meje and Jorma sculpture by Lisa Reinertson

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Buckeye Rural swath through the woods

The Buckeye Rural swath through the woods

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Day is almost done...

Day is almost done...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Just a photographic cross section of my afternoon yesterday. Today we have Maybe April with their concert here at the Fur Peace Ranch. More tomorrow…

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Dark Star Jubilee 2018

May 27th, 2018 Jorma 10 comments
The eagles gather on Friday...

The eagles gather on Friday...

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After a stop at the Cherry St. Pub in Lancaster for a steak… we beat feet on up to Heath, Ohio Thursday night and got to the Jubilee early on Friday.

Our backstage tent at the festival

Our backstage tent at the festival

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was time to rock!

Preflight Check

Preflight Check

Photo by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 18, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Dark Star Jubilee
Thornville, Ohio
Friday, May 25, 2018

1. True Religion
2. I See The Light
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Living Just For You
6. Roads And Roads &
7. Rock Me Baby
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Walkin’ Blues
12. Talkin’ Bout You
13. Funky #7

The Beano sings

The Beano sings

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Saturday the weather was beautiful until we finished our set.

The calm before the storm

The calm before the storm

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 19, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Dark Star Jubilee
Thornville, Ohio
Saturday, May 26, 2018

1. Dime For Beer
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Search My Heart
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Serpent Of Dreams
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Good Shepherd
12. How Long Blues
13. That’ll Never Happen No More
14. I Am The Light Of This World
15. Water Song
With Los Lobos:
1. The Neighborhood
2. Papa Was A Rolling Stone
3. One Way Out
With Dark Star Orchestra:
1. 3/5ths Of A Mile In 10 Seconds
2. White Rabbit

I did get to fly my drone before Los Lobos and the storm set in.

Nothing but blue skies... for a while...

Nothing but blue skies... for a while...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Los Lobos got a couple of songs into their set… and then… the storm.

This was a real gully washer!

This was a real gully washer!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The rain passed… they reset the stage and I got to sit in with David and the guys.

What a treat!

What a treat!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then DSO took the stage and Jack and I had the honor of sitting in with them!

3/5's and White Rabbit

3/5's and White Rabbit

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Another great Jubilee… Our heartfelt thanks to the Dark Star Folks for inviting us. If DSO wants us… we’re there!!

Onward!

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One Week To The Next…

May 17th, 2018 Jorma 12 comments

Last weekend we hosted Happy Traum and Woody Mann. Saturday night Robin and Linda Williams played the show. It was an awesome weekend of music.

Always good to see Happy!

Always good to see Happy!

We also got to celebrate Happy’s 80th birthday!

Nessa sings and presents... Happy Birthday Mr. President......

Nessa sings and presents... Happy Birthday Mr. President......

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a truly great group of guys and gals… as it always is!

The weekend class...

The weekend class...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Then before you know it… the weekend was over.

My group of stalwarts

My group of stalwarts

Foto by John Hurlbut

Starting tomorrow the Fur Peace Ranch will involve myself, G.E.Smith and Pat Donohue will be holding forth and I expect another weekend filled with joy and notes!

Woody Mann pick on my D'Angelico

Woody Mann pick on my D'Angelico

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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