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#39 And A Rainy February Sunday

February 28th, 2021 35 comments
The Big Guy, a lull in the storm and our Hwy 61

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Izze and Nessa went to Newark (or Nerk as we say) for a volleyball tournament. They left around 0530. It could be worse. A male kid playing ice hockey would require lots more driving. Anyway, left home alone, I took Mav for a walk down our Hwy 61 in between storms. Rain or not, at least it’s warmer and any day now I expect to hear peepers.

Well, we sent out # 39 to our brothers and sisters in Radio Stream Dreamland last night, and here’s what we did:

Jorma Kaukonen 10, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #39

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, February 27, 2021

  1. West Coast Blues
  2. Serpent Of Dreams
  3. Walkin’ Blues
  4. Full Go Round
  5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
  6. Living In The Moment
  7. Kansas City Southern with John Hurlbut
  8. Someone’s Calling with John Hurlbut
  9. Mann’s Fate
  10. Letter To The North Star
  11. Genesis

West Coast Blues was the first finger style songs I ‘got’ when I was first starting out finger picking in 1960. thanks brother Ian! I owe more to you than I was ever able to tell you, may your memory be a blessing! I rarely do it as a performance piece so it was big fun to start the set with it. I hadn’t performed Brother Can You Spare A Dime since one of the very earliest shows of the Quarantine Concert Series so it was equally great to bring that beauty to light again. Now I’m already thinking about #40. Hmmmm….

After their walks Percy relaxes in Maverick’s house and they both contemplate sharing a bone.

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

I’ve got a Sunday Zoom lesson coming up but I just wanted to get this post up and running.

More will be revealed!

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A Cloudy Day, Brightened By #39

February 27th, 2021 15 comments
Back live… like it or not

Except for some of the deepest piles, the snow is gone. Maverick, the big Dog and I took a two mile walk in the morning mist and then I dittoed that with Perseus, The Little Guy. Nice to be able to walk around outside without being bundled up like a kid in a snowsuit. (Remember those, older folks?)

It looks like some road gigs may be coming my way, but these are still thoughts and nothing is even close to being written in stone. Based on ongoing discussions my colleagues and I have, it will be a very long time (if ever) that touring returns to pre-2020 levels. That said, what else are we going to do except, well… the best we can.

Well, it’s always warm in the Fur Peace Station, so I hope to ‘see’ you all there tonight.

Stay well!

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#38 And A Trip To Akai Hana

February 21st, 2021 13 comments

#38 was yet another good time for us here at the Fur Peace Ranch. Instead of waiting until our 8 o’clock start time, we started recording at four. We’ve had some nasty weather here (I know we’re not alone) and the temperature dropped to 8 degrees F last night. We just couldn’t have our people driving these country roads late at night under those conditions. Things look like they’re warming up, if a little rainy. We’ll be live and in person for #39!

While I’m making corrections, for years I’ve been crediting Snooks Eaglin with Uncle Sam (or Questionaire Blues as it is also called.) I also went back last night and checked the Folkways LP I have been referencing. The song is not there. Armed with these facts, I can’t remember where I got the song and why I blamed Snooks. Could it have been Ian Buchanan? Perhaps, but that’s not even an educated guess. I stand corrected… the true facts may be lost in antiquity.

Moving on… the set list from last night:

Jorma Kaukonen 9, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #38

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, February 19, 2021

  1. Been So Long
  2. Trouble In Mind
  3. That’ll Never Happen No More
  4. Second Chances
  5. Ninety Nine Year Blues
  6. They Call Me The Breeze with John Hurlbut
  7. Smokestack Lightning with John Hurlbut
  8. Uncle Sam Blues
  9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  10. A Walk With Friends

Like I said… 8 degrees when I got up this morning… and then things started to warm. After Izze’s volleyball practice, we collected Vanessa and drove to Columbus for a delicious dinner at Akai Hana, one of Columbus’ premier Asian eatery.

Back home we look forward to warmer if rainy days. Got some great ideas already for #39.

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#36 In The Bag

February 1st, 2021 29 comments

Hey everyone… Monday the First here, and probably there. Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. What will Phil say? Hmmm… It’s not that cold here, speaking in terms of East Coast winters… it’s just nasty. Drizzling snow for the last 48. I’m waiting for the mud to seep up to the surface.

#36 was a blast, as always. I hadn’t really thought about Hamilton Camp’s Pride Of Man for over half a century. I remember David Frieberg picking it on some giant 12 string. Cool… anyway…

Jorma Kaukonen 5, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #36

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, January 29, 2021

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Big River Blues
  3. Genesis
  4. Come Back Baby
  5. Dark Holler with John Hurlbut
  6. Pride Of Man with John Hurlbut
  7. A Walk With Friends for M & P
  8. Hesitation Blues
  9. Song From The Stainless Cymbal
  10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
  11. Water Song

After the show Vanessa was still chuckling about 86’ing the nudge who was saying really stupid stuff on the chat feed. My only comment at time was that it’s easy to be a tough guy sitting behind a keyboard, or like my friend Ben H. says, ‘Everyone thinks they’re a trough guy… until they meet one!’ Before I knew it, my pal MIchael M. up Detroit way sent me this great folk tune done by Jeff Daniels.

Caution: Almost every line is marinated in adult lyrics. This one may not be for the faint of heart or the kids in the house.

Good work Jeff…

Sometimes people just confound me. Like we say down here in the country, ‘Oh well.’

In a more upbeat thought process… fortunately it ain’t my business what people think of me. Anyway, thanks to Jeff for writing and singing it and to Mike for sending it to me.

Moving right along. Groundhog Day tomorrow and who knows what next? Nessa and I have more good stuff coming your collective way.

Keep smiling and.

Stay well!

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#36 On The 29th!

January 29th, 2021 15 comments
Be there… or….

Well, another week done gone and we’ve got #36 coming up.

It’s been cold and nasty, but at least with the extreme cold, it’s not muddy. I did get one of my drones out and shot a couple of frames.

A winter wonderland here at the Ranch.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Well, hope to ‘see’ everyone Saturday night.

Stay well

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#35 And Onwards

January 24th, 2021 30 comments
Turn Bernie up in the monitors!

Meme by Martha’s daughter…

You just can’t get enough of this stuff. As confined our our lives have become, a good laugh is always dandy medicine.

A great time was had by all for #35. Good to have Myron Hart back with a great John Prine song and of coure, John Hurlbut never lets any of us down!

Jorma Kaukonen 4, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #35

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, January 23, 2021

  1. True Religion
  2. Great Change
  3. I See The Light
  4. New Song For The Morning
  5. Souvenirs with Myron Hart
  6. Police Dog Blues
  7. Sleep Song
  8. Wooden Ships with John Hurlbut
  9. I’ll Remember You with John Hurlbut
  10. Whining Boy Blues
  11. I Know You Rider

The Har Dee Har Har factor was primo last night. Lots of laughs all the way around and some good music as well.

Getting ready for the playoffs tonight..

More will be revealed.

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#35 Tonight & A Comment Or Two

January 23rd, 2021 24 comments
I got my first one…

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Indeed, Nessa got hers first in Meigs and then I got mine at Holzer in Gallipolis. This is all good news relatively speaking. When I get back from my trip down to Florida and Nashville both our second shots will be due. Now I know there’s no guarantee of a free lunch or a certified cure, but it’s time for me to show my face and make a few bucks. Like so many, I’ve been out of work for the better part of a year. Covid-19 has stolen so much from all of us, not the least of which is time that can never be recovered.

Well, I’m here with the gang this weekend and we’ve got #35 coming up tonight.

Good to be back live again.

Yeah, there was a lot of emotion in the comments for the last post and I thought about weighing in and then I thought at least for now, if you need to vent, vent. Look, we’re all fighting the same battle here… some of us may have different weapons, but in the end none of that matters.

I have been listening to Volunteers recently for a number of reasons. There is some really great music and great songs on that album. Nicky Hopkins is certainly a big part of the sound in that moment. What a guy! It’s been so long since that was a real world for me that I have to chuckle at some of the material content. At this point in our collective lives we were all quite well off and hardly dirty anarchists. That said, I’m talking about art here and art marches to a different drummer and exists in its own parallel universe. In the light of evolving time some of the writing might seem sophomoric or fatuous. I wouldn’t suggest that anyone make life choices based on the personal stands of their favorite pop star… but you can still like the music… and even the poetry may stand the test of time… or not.

Well… still working on the set list for tonight’s show. Cold indeed… but beautiful here today in Southeast Ohio.

Stay positive

Test negative.

Hawke the RV in repose

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Looking forward to braving the trip down south.

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Wednesday Night At The Birchmere

January 14th, 2021 6 comments
A road trip and a gig… socially distant!

Photo by Myron Hart

Yeah… a trip to the D.C. Metro Area and a gig at the Birchmere. It’s been more than a minute or two since I have been to this wonderful stage and it was great to be back. It’s also been about nine months since I got to see my son so that was awesome as well!

Jorma Kaukonen 3, 2021

The Man Alone @

The Birchmere

Alexandria, Virginia

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  1. Whining Boy Blues
  2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  3. Great Divide Revisited
  4. Ain’t In No Hurry
  5. Too Many Years
  6. In The Kingdom
  7. Trial By Fire
  8. Hesitation Blues
  9. Broken Highway
  10. Take Your Time
  11. Been So Long
  12. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  13. Barbeque King
  14. True Religion
  15. Corners Without Exits
  16. Good Shepherd
  17. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  18. Encore: Water Song

Indeed, it’s still not ‘normal,’ whatever that means these days, but it sure felt good.

Here I am with Gary Oeltze, the proud founder of this great establishment!

Photo by Myron Hart

Back home at the Fur Peace Ranch in time for dinner. A more than awesome venture!

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A Night At Natalie’s & Back To The Ranch For #34 Tonight

January 9th, 2021 15 comments

Yeah, so Hurl and I met up in Grandview, Ohio last night at Natalie’s for a live stream together. Even though we have played together so much over the past couple of years this was actually our first ‘gig’ together outside of the Fur Peace Ranch. Natailie’s room in Grandview is a perfect small room for both acoustic and electric music. Jack and I did a show there back in November when Ohio still permitted socially distant audiences and needless to say, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Obviously a show with me and Hurl is a different animal than Jack and myself but even with no audience present, the room was magic. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & John Hurlbut #1, 2021


Grandview, Ohio

January 8, 2021

  1. Ballad Of Easy Rider
  2. People Get Ready
  3. Choices
  4. Kansas City Southern
  5. She Belongs To Me
  6. After Midnite
  7. Sugaree
  8. I Shall Be Released
  9. Borderline
  10. Travelin’
  11. The Old Homestead
  12. All Along The Watchtower
  13. Someone’s Calling

So here it is 2021. I was listening to Jefferson Airplane We Can Be Together while I was doing my morning chores and after all these years I have to say, what a track! Sad to say Nicky Hopkins is not still alive to play with. Time spares no one. Now I realize a half a century has passed since this tune was penned and played and some of the thoughts seem sophomoric in the light of history, but as my grandmother Vera said in an interview in 1950, ‘It is not a bad thing to be audacious when you are young!’ Paraphrasing Nana a bit, but it went something like that. The passions of youth are, well, the passions of youth. Anyway, what a great track.


Time is indeed marching on… thank goodness. We’ll be here tonight for #34.

Join us and stay well!

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#33 Brings A Great Start To 2021

January 3rd, 2021 21 comments

Last night was my first ‘show’ of 2021 and #33 in our Quarantine Concert Series. It is still our honor and pleasure to bring these shows to all of you out there. As life evolves around us our commitment here at the Fur Peace Ranch is to bring you quality, heartfelt and honest musical entertainment… interspersed with a little window into our lives.

Jorma Kaukonen 1, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #33

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, January 2, 2021

  1. Serpent Of Dreams
  2. Things That Might Have Been
  3. The Terrible Operation
  4. Waiting For A Train
  5. Sea Child
  6. Good Shepherd
  7. Barbeque King
  8. Take Your Time
  9. Big Boss Man with John Hurlbut
  10.  Choices with John Hurlbut
  11. Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone with John Hurlbut featuring Izze Kaukonen

Yeah, so I always take my time with the set lists for our weekly show. Fortunately I have a lot tunes to choose from. John Hurlbut always brings some gems to the table but on this night we got to accompany my daughter Izze singing the great Bill Withers tune, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone.’ As a musician, to be able to share a moment of artistry with one’s kids is beyond awesome. I remember when almost a decade ago my son Zach took it upon himself to learn my tune Been So Long and we got to play it together at the Birchmere in Virginia as well as a couple of other places.

Izze’s interpretation of ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ evolved over the last week into a powerful tune. As an artist I look forward to whatever she brings to the table next. As a dad… well, you can imagine.

A fine start to 2021 for the Kaukonens here in Southeast Ohio.

Stay well!

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