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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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From The Ranch To Dark Star

May 25th, 2018 Jorma 4 comments

We’ve had so much going on at the Ranch non-stop since the season opened that it’s nice to take a little break. Of course, I’m up here in Thornville, Ohio for Dark Star’s Jubilee… so it’s not like I’m doing nothing. My daughter just finished seventh grade with straight A’s. She didn’t get that from me… that’s for sure. Anyway, last weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch it was Pat Donohue, G.E.Smith and myself. Pat was the Big Dog on stage that night and G.E. and myself went on first.

G.E. surrounded by age and beauty!

G.E. surrounded by age and beauty!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 21, 2016
Jorma With G.E. Smith
Fur Peace Ranch Station
Darwin , Ohio
Saturday, May 19, 2018

1. Dime For Beer… Jorma solo
2. Sleep song… Jorma solo
3. Trial By Fire… Jorma Solo
4. Come Back Baby… Jorma with G.E.
5. Kentucky Blues… G.E. with Jorma
6. Re-Enlistment Blues… Jorma with G.E.
7. G.E. Buffalo Skinners… G.E.
8. Whining Boy Blues… Jorma with G.E.
9. Dark As A Dungeon… G.E.
10. Search My Heart… Jorma with G.E.
11. Ballad Of Pancho & Lefty… G.E.
12. The Automatic… G.E. with Jorma

We had a blast with this set! We also got to sit in with Pat on Deep River Blues and Teenage Wedding. Thanks for gracing us with our presence Pat… Good times. You too G.E. Always!

The Class of Last Week!

The Class of Last Week!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Big thanks to Tom Feldman for gracing us with his elegant presence and making things easier for the Old Man… me.

The Light Of This World Class

The Light Of This World Class

Foto by helpful student!

The week went by in the link of an an eye. Today is my daughter’s last day of school…and we are up here in Hebron getting ready to head over to Legend Valley. First a trip to the Lakeside diner in Buckeye Lake.

Yummy

Yummy

Foto by Suzy Perler

Looks like a nice day!

Looks like a nice day!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Electric set tonight, acoustic tomorrow. Great weather today… we’ll see about tomorrow.

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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Riding Free Towards The Weekend

May 11th, 2018 Jorma 27 comments
Where the blacktop turns to blue...

Where the blacktop turns to blue...

Foto by Izze Kaukonen

Thanks to Gretchen Peters for the foto caption. Check out Lilies Of The Field. Love her writing!

In the last week the worm has turned and Spring has more than sprung. Mixed metaphor, I know but it said what needed to be said. In the last week, the hardwood trees have gone from no leaves to being completely greened out. Beautiful! I’ve been getting some range time and riding time while I’ve been home and life is indeed good. Our daughter, Izze, has two more weeks of school and she’s already for summer camp… and even though her seventh grade year is not over yet… she’s already talking about eighth grade. My son, Zach, is finishing his second yer of college and time is indeed marching on.

Here at the Fur Peace Ranch we are getting ready to host Happy Traum and Woody Mann. It is also Happy’s 80th birthday. Happy birthday Happy! You always were the man! When I grow up, I want to be just like you. Check out Happy and Jane’s Homespun Site. Saturday night Robin and Linda Williams will be playing at the Fur Peace Station. I love these guys and it will be an honor to have them here in Darwin, Ohio!

Will beautiful weather in the offing for the weekend, a bike ride is more than tempting… but guitar first. With choices like that, what’s not to like.

I thing I’ll wander over to the Kitchen to see who has showed up yet.

Onward!

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Beautiful Weekend At The FPR…

April 24th, 2018 Jorma 25 comments

Well, thank goodness the weekend was graced by good weather. Some nasty rain came in yesterday afternoon and continues today but redbud is now in sight and I now we’ll finally be wrapped in Spring in a day or so.

Monochromatic bleakness hanfs on, but not for long!

Monochromatic bleakness hangs on, but not for long!

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

This weekend we hosted Spencer Bohren again and David Wilcox for the first time. David is a great artist who invites you into the welcome room that is his world. He taught a great song writing class and enthralled us all with his performance at the Fur Peace Station!

I spent a lot of time this weekend getting to know my D’Angelico as well.

The D'Angelico through the Allesandro Half-Bred Mutt

The D'Angelico through the Allesandro Half-Bred Mutt

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The weekend blessed us with a window of fine weather. The music and fellowship was grand!

Sunday before the open mike...

Sunday before the open mike...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Time flies when you’re having fun, and before you know it… Monday morning arrived.

Lots of good electric picking from these folks!

Lots of good electric picking from these folks!

Foto by John Hurlbut

Today Nessa and I drove up to Lancaster, Ohio to take a look at the Mill Event Center, where I’ll be playing this Saturday night the the 28th. This is a brand new spot, and it’s going to be a winner. Check it out. Only 250 tickets will be sold!

Me... waiting for the other 245 people.

Me... waiting for the other 245 people.

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Sunshine is coming, another gig this weekend and the family is well. What’s not to like?

Onward

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The Weekend That Was At The Fur Peace Ranch

April 16th, 2018 Jorma 31 comments
Larry Campbell tries out my new D'Angelico while the folks gather for orientation

Larry Campbell tries out my new D'Angelico while the folks gather for orientation

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This paste weekend Larry Campbell, Spencer Bohren and hosted the students here in Darwin, Ohio for another truly great weekend. Friday the weather was beautiful. Saturday the temperature started to slide but itdidn’t dampen the spirits that warmed the room for our concert Saturday night.

Jorma Kaukonen 19, 2016
Jorma and Larry Campbell
With Spencer Bohren
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio 45769

1. Dime For Beer, Larry & Jorma
2. Hesitation Blues, Larry & Jorma
3. Trouble In Mind, Larry & Jorma
4. Ain’t Nobody For Me, Larry & Jorma
5. Barbeque King, Larry & Jorma
6. San Francisco Bay Blues, Larry & Jorma
7. Market Town/Scatter The Mud… Larry solo Thanks for that Michael…
8. Blind Mary, Larry solo
9. Cypress Grove, Larry, Spencer & Jorma
10. No Cane On The Brazos, Larry, Spencer & Jorma
11. Lost Highway, Larry, Spencer & Jorma
12. Good Shepherd, Larry & Jorma
13. Nine Pound Hammer, Larry & Jorma
14. Come Back Baby, Larry & Jorma
15. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here, Larry & Jorma
16. Big River, Larry, Spencer & Jorma
17. Encore: I’ll Fly Away, Larry Spencer & Jorma

Larry, Spencer,our pal Wally and myself backstage

Larry, Spencer,our pal Wally and myself backstage

Foto by Rusty Smith

Spencer played for an hour and Larry and I played for ninety minutes. The folks sure got plenty of music on this night. Sunday it rained so we did our ‘Class Picture’ indoors at the Station.

Some fun...

Some fun...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Monday morning we had a final wrap up as snow… yes snow, began to fall.

The Watersong Weekend Class Picture

The Watersong Weekend Class Picture

Foto by John Hurlbut

After the folks scattered to there respective homes and climes, I went to pick up our daughter from school and on the way home it started to snow. It’s still snowing…

Spring has sprung...

Spring has sprung...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Snow and all… a great couple of days. Looking to the future!

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Ride Free To The Edge Of The World…

April 12th, 2018 Jorma 22 comments

Today started with me loading 1500 fly sheets to be autographed by me for the initial release of ‘Been So Long…’

The mule... loaded with sheets to be autographed

The mule... loaded with sheets to be autographed

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A bunch of chores to do getting ready for this camp weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch. Then, since it was the first day that was warm while I was home, I was furloughed to go for a motorcycle ride.

Black Beauty has been waiting for a while for this day

Black Beauty has been waiting for a while for this day

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Towards the end of my father’s life I asked him what he missed the most as his infirmity progressed. ‘Tennis,’ he said. ‘I miss playing tennis.’ I thought for a moment. ‘The would be as if I could no longer ride motorcycles,’ I told him. ‘Oh it’s nothing at all like that,’ he said without missing a beat. I looked him in the eyes. ‘Yes it is Dad. It’s exactly like that.’ Short rides or long… I love them all and my life would certainly be the poorer without them.

115 foot pounds of torque... barely adequate?

115 foot pounds of torque... barely adequate?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

In another conversation with my father not long before he passed. ‘Dad, was there anything in life you felt you left undone?’ I had visions of, ‘I could have been a better father… we could have gone to more ball games together…’ Something along those lines. What he said was, ‘I always wanted a motorcycle.’ I hear you dad… I hear you!

Ride free to the edge of the world dad… ride free.

I did it today with you in mind!

240 mm of aggressive rubber!

240 mm of aggressive rubber!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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Back To The Blob

April 4th, 2018 Jorma 14 comments
Yeah....

Yeah....

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I saw The Blob in 1958 when it came out. I went to the Avalon Theater on Connecticut Aveunue near Chevy Chase Circle… my hood. I think I took my girlfriend Kathy. I sure knew how to show a girl a good time back then.

A historic plaque

A historic plaque

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Fast forward to today and Hot Tuna at the Colonial Theater… scene of the Blob massacre in the movie and today’s Blobfest.

Who needs The Blob when you have Hot Tuna?

Who needs The Blob when you have Hot Tuna?

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 13, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Colonial Theater
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Monday, April 2, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Barbeque King
7. Living In The Moment
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Sleep Song
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. How Long Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When Your own & Out
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
3. Search My Heart
4. I See The Light
5. Come Back Baby
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. River Of Time
8. In My Dreams
9. Trial by Fire
10. Sea Child
11. Good Shepherd
12. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

Looking forward to the next time

Looking forward to the next time

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It’s been a while since I played the Colonial. This was Jack’s first time in Blobland. He loved it. As time passes, it’s nice to play new venues, but always a welcome pleasure to come back to familiar ones!

You can't make this stuff up.

You can't make this stuff up.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The White Rabbit art theater next door…

Yesterday we got up and drove up to Rutland, Vermont where tonight we will play the Paramount Theater. Raining here and raining at home. at least it’s not snowing… today.

More will be revealed…