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Last Two Dates In Jamaica And Home

January 24th, 2018 Jorma 38 comments

Just wrapping this up on a snowy afternoon.

Saturday's Gig

Saturday's Gig

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 7, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Saturday January 20, 2018

1. Wolves And Lambs
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Come Back Baby
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Been So Long
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Sleep Song
10. Roads and Roads &
11. Funky #7

We just got finished before a big storm came in. Definitely got lucky!

Sunday afternoon

Sunday afternoon

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 8, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Sunday January 21, 2018

1. Keep On Trucking Mama
2. I See The Light
3. Walking Blues
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Trial By Fire
6. Good Shepherd
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Come Back Baby
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Hit Single #1

Later that evening we sat in with Dark Star for Smokestack Lightning, Baby What You Want Me To Do? and White Rabbit. A great time had by all!

The last sunset of the trip

The last sunset of the trip

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was back home… to the real world here in Southeast Ohio.

Winter's Eve at the Ranch

Winter's Eve at the Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a great trip, but it’s great to me home… wintry mix and all!

Chrismas 2017… A Little Whiteness…

December 25th, 2017 Jorma 18 comments
Not exactly a wonderland...

Not exactly a wonderland...

Foto by jorma Kaukonen

But all things considered, a bona fide winter morning!

Morning peeks through at the Ranch

Morning peeks through at the Ranch

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Time for a little minor snow removal…

The Workshop and Library by morning...

The Workshop and Library by morning...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Very cold… but lovely!

And so came the dawn...

And so came the dawn...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It must be my ancestry. I love this weather!

A man and his leaf blower

A man and his leaf blower

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The leaf blower before the shovel… makes life easier.

Some might complain about this weather, but not I. Every day is a day closer to Spring, but I’m enjoying this season as it comes!

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Looking Back… Looking Forward… 2017

December 22nd, 2017 Jorma 40 comments
Morning at the Ranch...

Morning at the Ranch...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Thoughts On Seventy Seven

Birthdays come like it or not and require some measured moments of reflection. For me they are a reminder that the present is not the end result of a life in which each day is like a drop of water… a Chinese water torture of time. As both my children have observed at some point in their young lives, the only constant is change. Nothing is ever one way, good or bad… it just is. I guess what has brought me this far has always been being able to make the most of any situation, self-inflicted or not. I don’t live in the past, but I do not run from memories. They, and the events that spawned them are what have made me… me.

Tonight Vanessa and I went to the memorial service of a friend of mine. We were really more of acquaintances but we liked each other so in the end, I guess that made us friends. I have been to a lot of memorial services here in Southeast Ohio over the last decade or so and since I live in a small, rural community I see the same faces. I see a friend who I almost only see at memorials. ‘We’ve got to stop meeting like this,’ I tell him. We both laugh and move on to extend our condolences to the family. ‘And so it goes,’ in Tralfamadore speak.

As for me, for some time my goal has been to see both my children as adults and to do this with Vanessa by my side. That is indeed the main course, and everything else is desert. I continue to be blessed and not for a moment do I take this life for granted. I am committed to making the most of each day. Whether at home or on the road, it is my duty to be always present.

Tomorrow I will go to the Lake Hope State Park and enjoy a steak dinner with friends and family overlooking the lake. Perhaps I will take my drone with me and take some aerial shots. Perhaps I will just enjoy the moment unencumbered by gadgets. In any case… so far so good. As some wag once said, ‘It will be the oldest I’ve ever been, and the youngest I’ll ever be.’

I’ll take it!

The end of the day...

The end of the day...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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It Was The Last Night Of…

December 20th, 2017 Jorma 17 comments

Hanukkah last night!

Beauty by the Shade River

Beauty by the Shade River

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It was still in the high 40’s last night as the Kaukonen household celebrated the last night of Hanukkah. As the setting sun heralded the end of the Festival Of Lights we were able to spend a peaceful moment with the Menorah on the back porch overlooking the Shade River.

Zei gesundt… zei gesundt!

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And Four To Go…

December 4th, 2017 Jorma 52 comments

We started this run of four at the Wilbur in Boston…

Hot Tuna 54, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Wilbur Theater
Boston, Massachusetts
Thursday, November 30, 2017

First Set:
1. Second Chances
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. In My Dreams
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Barbeque King
8. Trial By Fire
9. Sea Child
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. True Religion
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Trouble In Mind
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Our friends Derek and Susan were right up the street, but we didn’t get a chance to say ‘hello!’ Next time.

The mighty Warehouse in Fairfield, Connecticut

The mighty Warehouse in Fairfield, Connecticut

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 55, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Warehouse
Fairfield, Connecticut
Friday, December 1, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Heart Temporary
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
5. Come Back Baby
6. Serpent Of Dreams
7. Come Back Baby
8. Sea Child
9. Full Go Round
10. 99 Year Blues
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Second Chances
2. Hesitation Blues
3. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
4. Barbeque King
5. I See The Light
6. How Long Blues
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Water Song
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Genesis

Telling the story... one more time!

Telling the story... one more time!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was to the Odeum in East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Hot Tuna 56, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Greenwich Odeum
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Saturday, December 2, 2017

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. River Of Time
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Living In The Moment
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. San Francisco Bay Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Candy Man
6. Barbeque King
7. The Terrible Operation
8. That’ll Never Happen No More
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Water Song

Always time for a smoothie... no nuts though...

Always time for a smoothie... no nuts though...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Lovely venue in Cohoes, New York

Lovely venue in Cohoes, New York

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 57, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Cohoes Music Hall
Cohoes, N.Y.
Sunday, December 3, 2017

First Set:
1. Heart Temporary
2. Candy Man
3. Barbeque King
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. How Long Blues
7. 99 Year Blues
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. True Religion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. River Of Time
7. In My Dreams
8. Come Back Baby
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

Live on stage in Cohoes

Live on stage in Cohoes

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After the show we started driving to Alexandria for our gig at the Birchmere in Alexandria tomorrow. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been to this old haunt, and we’re looking forward to it. I had a lovely dinner with my son Zach night, and tomorrow is another day.

Here’s a picture of moondown at the Fur Peace Ranch this morning.

Don't the moon look pretty...

Don't the moon look pretty...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Onward…

2017 Ends For The Fur Peace Ranch

November 14th, 2017 Jorma 17 comments
My friend Paul lurks in the Labyrinth

My friend Paul lurks in the Labyrinth

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Before I get to my report from our final weekend of 2017, a quick sidebar on my last post. I would would never, ever advise anyone on parenting, self defense, survival skills or come to think of it… just about anything. The following is just my opinion and experience. Where we live, the nearest LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) is an hour away… if things go according to plan. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. If something horrible were to happen at our place, screaming would just tell the VCA (Violent Criminal Attacker) where my girls were. My neighbors and I may differ in some opinions, but we are united in our commitment to keeping our little street safe… an we will do so by any means necessary. It has also been noted that all of us including our children need to not put ourselves in dangerous situations and in a perfect world that would suffice. Sometimes common sense is just not enough and on any given day our children might be fed a line of BS that makes sense to them at the time. There are bad people out there and life gives us no safe spaces.

Nuff said… it’s a beautiful chill morning and at 0700 my daughter is on her way to middle school.

The last weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch was awesome by any standard! We hosted the wondrous Steve Kimock and Jack Casady. Our good friend and colleague Justin Guip drove down from Woodstock to be part of the party. Thanks justin. You’re a great addition to our world! Our plan was to involve Steve in as much of the music as possible and that’s what we did!

No Steve or Justin... but here's Jack and Jorma

No Steve or Justin... but here's Jack and Jorma

Foto by Lee Cantor

Hot Tuna 47, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Justin Guip
And Special Guest Steve Kimock
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, November 11, 2017

First Set:
1. Candy Man
2. I See The Light
3. Living Just For You
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Talkin’ Bout You
6. Trial By Fire
7. Wolves & Lambs
8. Hesitation Blues with Steve Kimock
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve Kimock
Second Set:
1. Sleep Song
2. Sea Child
3. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve Kimock
4. Rock Me Baby with Steve Kimock
5. In The Kingdom
6. Roads And Roads &
7. Come Back Baby with Steve Kimock
8. Funky # 7 with Steve Kimock
9. Encore: Water Song with Steve Kimock

Almost three hours of music… we’re not fooling around! Hot Tuna has some electric shows coming up with Steve and we’ve got some heady plans to put his august presence to good use.

It was chill here in Southeast Ohio this past weekend, but it’s halfway through November and I’d expect no less. I actually thoroughly enjoy these late Fall days although I’m sure I’ll thinking of Spring by the time New Years rolls around.

Sunday afternoon it warmed up enough to go outside for the final class picture

Sunday afternoon it warmed up enough to go outside for the final class picture

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

A hearty thanks and a shout out to Tom Feldman for his inestimable assistance as a teacher, the purity and perfection of his art which he shares so readily with us, his qualities as a man and his friendship! Thanks Tom!

Now that this weekend is over I can get back to the second rewrite of my book. Life visits many humbling situations upon us and this is yet another one. It’s all good though and I can feel that this event is giving more growth rings on my tree of life.

Time to walk my four footed friends and get my nose back to the grindstone.

Have a great day all!

Excercising My Franchise

November 8th, 2017 Jorma 19 comments
Wear it proudly

Wear it proudly

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

An early morning trip to our polling place in Rock Springs Road… It doesn’t get any closer to grass roots than this. This is grass roots. Over the last quarter of a century I’ve gotten to know a number of our neighbors and they’re all great folks. Regardless of our political dispositions our common goal is to keep our county safe for our families and our kids. (That’s ‘county’ not ‘country’) Local is where it counts! Had some great conversations waiting in line. This is really good stuff.

Jack Casady just got in from L.A. and we’ll get to hang a little tomorrow before the final weekend 2017 here at the Fur Peace Ranch begins Friday morning. The leaves are mostly gone now and the temperature has already slipped into the high 30’s. I love this time of year even if it’s too chilly for a motorcycle ride.

Gotta walk the Big Dog…

PS Just back from being outside with Maverick and the two of us barking back at the coyotes. Now… the comments thing is out of control again. I am a keystroke away from shitcanning the entire comments section. I don’t want to have to get into this again!

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The Final Weekend of 2017 Here At The Fur Peace Ranch This Way Comes

November 6th, 2017 Jorma 37 comments
Uncle Charles Pond

Uncle Charles Pond

Drone Shot By Jorma Kaukonen

It’s been almost a decade since Uncle Charles has been gone. He was a wonderful neighbor and an amazing man. It is said that when he was a kid he farmed the land where the Fur Peace Ranch is with mules. He wound up living most of his life in Florida but he always kept the hilltop property next to ours. ‘Jorma, I’ve got a ten thousand dollar house with a million dollar view,’ he used to say. We were always welcome to fish his little pond and here it is today seen from the air.

The forest always welcomes...

The forest always welcomes...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

This was a mere couple of days ago… Eastern Standard Time is here and the leaves are now mostly gone.

Lone survivor by the Beatrice Love Kitchen

Lone survivor by the Beatrice Love Kitchen

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Time is flying by these days. It seems as if yesterday was Izze’s first day at Middle School and now the Thanksgiving vacation is upon us and she is already looking forward to the Christmas Holidays. I am working on rewrites on my book and rhythm of reading through it over and over again is no longer intimidating. We are looking at mid 2018 for it’s release and the attendant book tour.

One of the last trees by our parking lot.

One of the last trees by our parking lot.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Jack Casady
will be rolling in this week as will Steve Kimock. Justin Guip will be driving in for the Electric Tuna Show with Kimock this weekend. What a way to wrap up the 20th season at the FPR. What a way to end the 2017 Season down here in Meigs County.

Tomorrow is election day here in Miegs County and there are a number of important issues that must be voted on. I will be at the polls bright and early so that in some small way my voice can be heard. In this time of people running their mouths incessantly I have elected to stay mostly quiet. So many of today’s discussions are like trying to teach a pig to dance. It’s frustrating for you… and it pisses off the pig.

There was a major storm in Southeast Ohio last night and with secondary road flooding Athens Schools are on a two hour delay today. Poor Izze’s heart is broken… a shorter school day. Tomorrow is no school also as teachers prepare grades. We didn’t get days off when I was a kid. Of course, she’s at school at 0730 and done by 1430. We didn’t have hours like that when I was a kid either… but so it goes.

The road out of the Ranch.

The road out of the Ranch.

So it goes indeed… time to walk Maverick through last night’s mud.

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A Dinner At Pho Peace & A Night At The Museum!

October 28th, 2017 Jorma 40 comments
Jorma chats in the Psylodelic gallery...

Jorma chats in the Psylodelic gallery...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Last night we hosted one of our dinners at the Pho Peace Restaurant right here in the Beatrice Love Kitchen. As always, Justin and the gang in the kitchen knocked it out of the park. I had the beef as I usually do, and as I usually do I saved the meatballs for desert. Having tasted everything here I must say the chicken and the vegetarian pho are also delicious, but I’m just a beef guy I guess. We also had Kimchi and Bánh Mì sandwiches. A true evening of yumminess!

As if that weren’t enough we had fellowship and music too! I’ve been accompanying my dear friend John Hurlbut at sundry Pho Peace events and it is something I always look forward to. John has always had his own artful approach to the music and playing with him totally frees me from the ‘Doing My Show’ syndrome that we professional musicians cannot help but fall into. I get to explore territories that I rarely get to visit when I’m either solo or with Jack and Justin. Good times always! Here’s what John and I played:

1. Get Together
2. Maybe Baby
3. Kansas City Southern
4. House Of The Rising sun
5. Across The Borderline
6. That’s Alright Mama
7. Mystery Train
8. Blow Wind Blow
9. Chimes Of Freedom
10. I Remember You
11. Fishin’ Blues
12. Sitting Here In Limbo
13. Sugaree
14. This Land Is Your Land

What a set Johnny put together and what a delightful evening. After dinner we all adjourned to the Psylodelic Gallery and I hung out and chatted with the folks while they looked at our current show featuring paintings by Andy Tucker whose work reflects moments in time with the faces of inspiring politicians, activists, writers, poets and musicians. We’re also exhibiting a collection of photographs from my personal archives during the early years of Jefferson Airplane. Though the focus last night was on our current exhibit, our permanent collection of original concert posters, jewelry, clothing, instruments and more is always worth a drive to Darwin, Ohio and the Fur Peace Ranch.

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Highway To The Stars

October 18th, 2017 Jorma 7 comments

We finally were blessed to have St. Clair Rd. paved… really paved!

Vanessa, on the new road

Vanessa, on the new road

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Vanessa and I waited down by Rock Springs Rd. to remind people to drive slowly and watch for he children.

Rock Springs and St. Clair

Rock Springs and St. Clair

Drone Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a beginning of a beautiful evening when Doug MacLeod and Chris Smither would each hold forth in the Fur Peace Station.

Jorma, Doug and Chris backstage...

Jorma, Doug and Chris backstage...

Monday came, and the students and teachers scattered to the four winds. It’s been brisk here in Southeast Ohio and we had our first hard frost the other night. During the day it’s been warm enough for a daily motorcycle ride. Not cold enough for electric gear but certainly an all leather moment. I feel unbelievably grateful that so far I can pilot a 750 pound machine with relative ease… it is truly all good! I have the mandible on my modular helmet up so I can enjoy the cold splash of the afternoon air. As I move through the gears the wind in my face almost takes my breath away. I have been looking forward to this all day. The bike and I are one as we transit country roads that dance through the trees like a ribbon in the wind. This is a sanctified place to be! None of the nonsense that plagues our wired lives is even in the same universe with me in these moments.

I have been able to do this for three days in a row and it certainly helps my perspective on things. Back at the as as the sun was setting, Vanessa roasted fresh vegetables and I cooked local beef burgers on the grill on the back porch.

The sun begins its downward path from my back porch.

The sun begins its downward path from my back porch.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I don’t know why, but I was reminded today of Andrei Konchalovsky’s great movie Siberiade. Perhaps like Afonya we should all be building a highway to the stars.

Perhaps we are already on the way…

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