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A Nod To The Past… A Wave To The Future

April 21st, 2017 Jorma 17 comments
The St. George Theater... who knew?

The St. George Theater... who knew?

So last Saturday the mighty Tuna Trio had the honor of appearing at the St. George Theater in Staten Island. What an amazing venue… who knew indeed?

Bring on the cherubs...

Bring on the cherubs...

Hot Tuna 13, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
The St. George Theater
Staten Island, New York
Saturday, April 15, 2017

First Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
5. Can’t Get Satisfied
6. Sleep Song
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Been So Long
9. Ode To Billy Dean
10. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Second Chances
3. I Wish You Would
4. Come Back Baby
5. Sea Child
6. Trial By Fire
7. Good Shepherd
9. Funky #7
10. Hit Single # 1

Pickin' and grinnin'

Pickin' and grinnin'

Foto by Phil Jacobs

By the bye… while I was out in Westbury I was honored with this great award!

Love this honor!

Love this honor!

Then it was back to Southeast Ohio where Myron and I settled down to overdub some guitar parts on a new project by my old pals The Ace Of Cups. The ladies started this great band in 1967… indeed perhaps the first all girl band… and they could all really play!

Myron critically eyes the board

Myron critically eyes the board

The Ace Of Cups gals sent me three tracks to work on… a blues, a rocker and a finger picking ballad.

Pickin' and Wah'ing

Pickin' and Wah'ing

This is going to be a great project and I was honored to be a part of it.

The back lot at the Johnson Hollow digs.

The back lot at the Johnson Hollow digs.

Then it was back to the Ranch to get ready for our camp this weekend with Eric Bibb, Happy Traum and me with an able assist from Tom Feldman.

Along the way I got to make some great shots around the Ranch.

Red Bud in the House

Red Bud in the House

The redbud is everywhere right now… it is a paean to Spring in these parts and its beauty is delightfully ephemeral. In a week or so the blaze of color will be gone as green returns to the forest.

Twilight drones eye view of the A-Frame

Twilight drones eye view of the A-Frame

I’ve been doing some sunset flying with my drones and was able to get some nifty shots!

Lake Hope after dinner

Lake Hope after dinner

Welcome lights at the Beatrice Love Kitchen

Welcome lights at the Beatrice Love Kitchen

Last light at the Fur Peace Ranch

Last light at the Fur Peace Ranch

Time to walk Big Maverick and get on over to greet the students…

Onward!

Zeissen Pesach & More

April 11th, 2017 Jorma 26 comments
Week Three at the Ranch

Week Three at the Ranch

This last weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch was our third of this year and what a killer one it was. We were honored to host Jimmy Dale Gilmore as well as our old pal Bill Kirchen. What a weekend indeed!

FPR from the eye of a drone

FPR from the eye of a drone

Friday was chilly to say the least but the weekend warmed up in more ways than one and Spring was in the air! Saturday night Bill and Jimmy Dale did a simply amazing show!

This is the Honky Tonk Hammer Of The Gods!

This is the Honky Tonk Hammer Of The Gods!

Jimmy Dale and Bill’s show was indeed, Poultry In Motion… I mean Poetry In Motion. Perfect in every way!

The men in action!

The men in action!

In and around the concert and classes, there is always plenty of time for folks to jam!

Back porch pickin'n at its finest!

Back porch pickin'n at its finest!

The weekend moved magnificently towards the first of the week.

The men... and the women!

The men... and the women!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Nice shot of my guys here!

Well armed men on the porch!

Well armed men on the porch!

Foto by John Hurlbut

Monday evening Izze and Vanessa and I drove into Athens to celebrate Pesach with our community at Hillel.

Izze and Vanessa on the steps of HIllel

Izze and Vanessa on the steps of HIllel

The Jewish community here in Southeast Ohio is a singular creature… if it weren’t for Ohio University, it would be pretty lonely.

Izze and the old man on the steps

Izze and the old man on the steps

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It was nice to reconnect with friends we only see periodically through the year… and share a meal together.

At the Seder Table

At the Seder Table

The brisket was awesome and the gefilte fish rocked too. I had double helpings!

And so as the full moon begins to wane, Zeissen Pesach to all out there!

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Another Week Done Gone And The Double Nickel

March 31st, 2017 Jorma 38 comments
I'm surrounded by the gold...

I'm surrounded by the gold...

Foto by Dubi Silverstein

Another week has come and gone and then some. We had a camp last weekend with G.E.Smith and Woody Mann. It is always great to hang with these two guys… personally and musically.

Spring is unfolding

Spring is unfolding

Now it is true that Spring is unfolding, but on this weekend we had a couple of really cold nights… a last gasp of Winter. The FPR is getting back into the rhythm of camp season and what with that and the Pho Restaurant, as always it’s a full plate. It’s a good plate though. Last Saturday night came and it was concert time at the Station. The show was G.E. and myself. We love doing this show. We just hit the stage and play songs together. On this particular night, we had a captive Woody Mann… so for us it was quite an evening. We didn’t do a set list and Myron did his best to keep track of the songs, so this is incomplete… but at least it’s something!

G.E. plays the legendary River Of Time guitar! Thanks for that Bud and Tracy!

G.E. plays the legendary River Of Time guitar! Thanks for that Bud and Tracy!

I didn’t get the first solo GE songs of each set. (GE did 3 first Set and 2 second Set, I think?) So sayeth Myron Hart II.

Jorma Kaukonen, G.E. & Woody Mann

Ain’t In No Hurry
Second Chances
Things That Might Have Been
Whining Boy
Highway 61
Barbeque King
Arrowhead
Death Don’t Have No Mercy… with Woody
Sweet Loraine… with Woody

That’ll Never Happen No More
Living In The Moment
GE. – Trail Of The Buffalo
Come Back Baby
GE – Handsome Molly
Search My Heart – Woody… from here to the end…
Sleep Song
GE – Buddy Bolden Blues
Candy Man
GE – Let It Rock
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Encore: Who knows?

Thanks Myron… better than nothing!

Woody, me and the G.E.

Woody, me and the G.E.

On Tuesday night my goddaughter Mia Falzarano stopped by on her way to Cleveland.

The old man and the young lawyer!

The old man and the young lawyer!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The last time this young lady was here, she was barely walking, now she’s in her last year of Law School. What a world, and how glad I am to be part of it!

On Wednesday, Vanessa celebrated her 55th birthday. The hits just keep on coming. Vanessa is even more beautiful today than when I first met her, and that wasn’t yesterday! It’s been a fine week, all things told and this weekend is an ‘off’ weekend at the Ranch so I’m guessing yard work is in store, as soon as it dries up from the mega rain we had last night. In the meantime…

Onward!

The road home...

The road home...

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Spring Is Hiding, But The Fur Peace Ranch Opens

March 21st, 2017 Jorma 43 comments

Friday the 17th of March, we opened for our 20th year here at the Fur Peace Ranch. It has been such an odd winter… some really cold days, some really warm ones… lots of rain an not much snow. Weather… gotta love it. This weekend started out cold but wound up in the 50’s. Rainy and muddy… thinking about it… typical for Southeast Ohio. It was great having Jack back on site again and our annual Double Dose Class went well.

Saturday night Jack and I played a two set concert in the Station…

Hot Tuna 11, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, March 18, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
6. I See The Light
7. Candy Man
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. In The Kingdom
10. How Long Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Come Back Baby
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
6. Sleep Song
7. Good Shepherd
8. Living In The Moment
9. Keep On Trucking Mama
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

We’ve got so many good things coming up this year… great classes an shows at the FPR, great gigs and tours coming up for me and Jack. Yeah, so far so good. Everyone is alive and well and you can’t ask for much more than that. Spring is here now and I look forward to some of this mud drying up.

Onward!

Daylight Savings Time Closes The Week

March 12th, 2017 Jorma 42 comments

After coming home from Nashville there was lots of cleaning up around the Fur Peace Ranch that had to be done. Our good friend Smiles did most of it, of course, but I got my hands a little dirty. I brought a nagging chest cold back from Spokane with me and today is the first day that I’m really starting to feel normal… whatever that is. The girls and I took a killer hike in the hills for a couple of hours and I got some work done on my book. This coming week is the beginning of the 19th full season here at the Ranch and Jack and I will be teaching and doing the concert on Saturday night.

At this point in my life when so many of my friends and colleagues are starting to fall I must share with the universe the gratitude I feel just to be able to get up in the morning unassisted, not to mention all the other things I am still able to do. Life is good, most of the time and I cannot allow myself to take that for granted.

Spring break is over for the kids and Izze is back to school tomorrow with extracurricular activities abounding… Irish Dance, to Photography, to Piano… yep… we’re Izze’s Uber Service.

Jack will be in Wednesday night and even though it’s only been a month since we played together, I’ve missed the hang. Sub freezing temperatures here the last two days, but we barbecued dinner both nights.

Uneventful… but precious!

More will be revealed!

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Two Gigs, A Twister And Home

March 5th, 2017 Jorma 17 comments

Last Tuesday, Phil and Myron and I drove my truck over to Charleston, West Virginia so I could open for Tedeschi/Trucks.

Sailors take warning...

Sailors take warning...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Little did I know what was coming at the time. Over in Charleston, it was just bleak and raining.

The gig in Charleston

The gig in Charleston

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I was feeling a little under the weather, but playing with Susan and Derek is always a pleasure and an honor!

Jorma Kaukonen 1, 2017
Opening For Tedeschi/Trucks
Charleston Municipal Auditorium
Charleston, West Virginia
Feb. 28, 2017

1. Whining Boy Blues
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Ain’t In No Hurry
4. Trial By Fire
5. Watch The North wind Rise
6. Barbeque King
7. Candy Man
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. San Francisco Bay Blues

I went back to the hotel after my set. I wanted to be rested and well for the Ryman!

As we were loading the truck on Wednesday morning the rain was blowing sideways. I got a call from Vanessa as a tornado was hitting the Fur Peace Ranch.

Maverick, Izze and Nessa in the tub as the twister hit!

Maverick, Izze and Nessa in the tub as the twister hit!

Selfie by Vanessa Kaukonen

It was frustrating for me not to be there, but I doubt if it would have changed anything. I thought it might be a derecho wind, but it wasn’t. I was a bona fide tornado! As we drove towards Nashville in crazy winds… the really crazy winds were at home.

Just touched our barn!

Just touched our barn!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Power line downed by the A-Frame.

Power line downed by the A-Frame.

You sure find our who your friends are when a disaster strikes. My heartfelt thanks to all who came to Vanessa’s aid in this moment of crisis!

While this was going one, we made it to Nashville and on Thursday, played our gig with the Gang ate the Ryman Theater.

Minnie and Roy welcome me to their dressing room.

Minnie and Roy welcome me to their dressing room.

After sound check we got to walk around a bit.

Captain Ryman himself at the wheel...

Captain Ryman himself at the wheel...

Hello to the folks at home!

Hello to the folks at home!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

My name in letters...

My name in letters...

Jorma Kaukonen 2, 2017
Opening For Tedeschi/Trucks
The Ryman
Nashville, Tennessee
Thursday, March 2, 2017

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Come Back Baby
4. Been So Long
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. In My Dreams
7. How Long Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Good Shepherd
10. I Know You Rider

Susan, Jorma & Derek

Susan, Jorma & Derek

Norah Jones and Me

Norah Jones and Me

Foto by Myron Hart

I got to play The Sky Is Crying with Susan and Derek, then to bed and home to help pick up the pieces.

Saturday morning, trees coming down

Saturday morning, trees coming down

This root ball is twice as tall as I am.

This root ball is twice as tall as I am.

Things are getting back to normal… we took the dog and went for a hike behind Ginger’s place.

A not so dank tarn

A not so dank tarn

Selfie from the drone

Selfie from the drone

And time for relaxing at home.

Good night to the Shire!

Good night to the Shire!

More will be revealed…

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Aloha And Back To The Mainland

February 11th, 2017 Jorma 26 comments
Happy campers, pickin' and grinnin'

Happy campers, pickin' and grinnin'

Another fabulous Fur Peace Ranch On The Road has come to an end and it is time for us all to return to our ‘normal’ lives… whatever that means.

A last look at Molokai and a search for whales...

A last look at Molokai and a search for whales...

Yep, this was a dandy alright. Vanessa and Izze and Montana flew back yesterday. True, it is still winter in Ohio, but home and our animals are there!

Pickers and family support...

Pickers and family support...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Time for me to close up my bags and head for San Diego where I will meet Jack Casady as well as Phil and Myron. Our first gig will be at the Belly Up in Solana Beach.

If I have to see one more beautiful sunset...

If I have to see one more beautiful sunset...

Yep, it’s been great… but I gotta be movin’ along…

More will be revealed!

Of Felines, Football & Sunrises

February 6th, 2017 Jorma 18 comments
This is not a white oak

This is not a white oak

Saturday started with a trip to Lahaina for breakfast and of course I took yet another close up of the Banyan Tree. Our plans were to take the ferry to Lanai and visit the cat sanctuary.

Heading to Lanai

Heading to Lanai

Personally, I don’t think I would like to live on an island… too confining… but to be here when it’s winter in Ohio and to, in some way, make this a ‘work’ trip… how good does it have to get.

Izze loves kitties… we have four at our place. There’s Miss Kitty, the mistress of the Fur Peace Ranch, There’s Zammy and Aslan and Mary Katherine who came with us from Hillside Farm. There are also a number of visiting felines who come to share in the buffet when Maverick, Dog Of Light And Destiny, is not out. The feline sanctuary, was an amazing forever home for cats who would otherwise be destroyed.

How true... how true!

How true... how true!

The cats get medical attention, food, and a safe place to live. There were almost six hundred in permanent residence the day we were there!

New found friends!

New found friends!

Most of the animals were moderately friendly. The feral ones kept to themselves and we neither saw nor heard any cat fights.

Just a microcosm of what is going on here.

Just a microcosm of what is going on here.

Keep in mind that the Lanai Cat Sanctuary is a donation driven non profit organization. Check out their website, and if you love kitties… give them a few bucks. It is also ocean with an amazing view from a gentle hillside. What a location!

A sly look from above...

A sly look from above...

What a cool place. Yes, there is occasionally eau de cat poop tickling your nose, but hey… there’s over 500 cats! It could be worse… and the staff is constantly cleaning the grounds.

Can we take them home?

Can we take them home?

Then it was back to Maui in time for some late afternoon swimming.

This doesn't suck too bad...

This doesn't suck too bad...

Yesterday, of course, was Super Bowl Sunday. I didn’t have a favorite team. My Steelers were eliminated in the playoffs. I’m not fond of New England so I was rooting for Atlanta. Vanessa is a New England fan, so football at our place is always exciting. All this being said, I don’t think I have ever seen a more amazing game. My first NFL game was Super Bowl VII. Dolphins vs Redskins. We had tickets on the 50 yard line at the L.A. Coliseum. I was hooked and later I would have season tickets for the Oakland Raiders. I parked in Al Davis’ parking spot when I bought my first season ticket. Good times. Anyway…yesterday’s game was off the charts for me. Great football from two fine teams. I may never see a better one. Of course… there’s always next year.

Exciting stuff for sure!

I was up early this morning and out the window day was breaking in the most amazing way. I grabbed my camera and hit the beach!

Morning over Molokai

Morning over Molokai

You can’t make this stuff up!

Indeed...

Indeed...

Today we begin our second Fur Peace Ranch On The Road and I will be joined by my pal David Wolff. He and I will be teaching here until Friday morning.

Classes don’t start until this evening, so I think I’ll take a drive on the back side of the island to Hana.

More will be revealed!

Volcanos And Frets

February 1st, 2017 Jorma 33 comments
From 10,000 feet

From 10,000 feet

Every time we come to Maui, a trip to Haleakala is mandated, and it never gets old. The drive to Kula is amazing enough, and then you enter the National Park. I show the Ranger at the gate my Golden Age Passport an me and my carload of family and friends are passed into the park free. Age is recognized at national parks.

Not a bad view

Not a bad view

This is one of those places here everywhere is a photo op and more. If you consider that the last eruption here was in 1790, it seems like yesterday.

Lava grows

Lava grows

We’ve been up here when the temperature was in the 30’s, but on this day, the low 60’s were delightful.

The caldera...

The caldera...

Mountains of the moon?

Mountains of the moon?

The power of nature is always awesome wherever you encounter it… it is truly in your face here!

Life in the rocks...

Life in the rocks...

To see vegetation so far above the tree line, is truly breathtaking.

Another look at the caldera...

Another look at the caldera...

Yeah, the hits just keep on coming!

One great shot after another...

One great shot after another...

Looking down from 10,000 feet

Looking down from 10,000 feet

What a great day Sunday was. Yesterday our Fur Peace Ranch On The Road began and we have been able to invite our creative souls with the sound of the ocean gently rolling in the background. Every now and then a whale breaches and a cheer goes up from the beach.

Good times!

Another glorious day bids us goodbye...

Another glorious day bids us goodbye...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Sometimes you have to make the best of where you are… and sometimes where you are… is the best!

Onward!

Back In Lahaina

January 30th, 2017 Jorma 20 comments
The Banyan tree on Front St.

The Banyan tree on Front St.

Well, it was a long day of travel from Columbus to Kahalui, but hey, how tough could it be? We started today with a trip to Front St. in Lahaina and had a hearty Moco Loco for breakfast. A little snack shopping and back to our hotel on the beach where starting tomorrow we will enjoy our first Fur Peace Ranch ‘camp’ for this year… on the road in the sun as well.

Twenty steps from our abode...

Twenty steps from our abode...

Yeah, sure there’s more traffic than when we were here five or six years ago, but that’s OK.

Nephew Montana, Izze an Nessa eyeing paradise.

Nephew Montana, Izze an Nessa eyeing paradise.

A good couple of miles walking on the beach and a plunge in the Pacific. Yeah…

Awesome... and warm too!

Awesome... and warm too!

Yeah, we start ‘working’ tomorrow. I’ve got the best gig in the world on any given day! A delicious dinner, and a beautiful sunset!

And tomorrow is another day!

And tomorrow is another day!

More anon… for now, to bed!

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