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Catching Up… A Week’s Worth

August 25th, 2014 Jorma 4 comments
Heading out of Meigs

Heading out of Meigs

So, last Wednesday I started up to Columbus around 2000 to pick my son Zach up at the airport. ON Rt. 33 just off my home road, I noticed this great sunset and just had to take a shot. Zach came in around 2230 and we burned it back to the county so we could get some sleep and hit Burr Oak Lake on Thursday with my pal Jerry, my nephew Montana and Zach and Izze.

We got to the marina about 1000 just in time to snag a pontoon boat.

Let that girl drive...

Let that girl drive...

There was some rain coming according to the radar, our luck was holding.

Zach, surveying his fiefdom

Zach, surveying his fiefdom

Burr Oak is one of those CCC projects… used to be a reservoir… now it’s just a big, beautiful lake for all to enjoy.

Da kidz enjoying the voyage

Da kidz enjoying the voyage

Good times were abounding.

Little bit of rain... who cares?

Little bit of rain... who cares?

A great day for all. Friday, we all headed to the Fur Peace Ranch for a weekend with Tom Feldman on slide, Roy Book Binder, Livingston Taylor and myself. A great weekend of music and fellowship!

If you build it, they will come...

If you build it, they will come...

Saturday night was beautiful… very beautiful. A hot August Ohio night… with good music and lots of people. What a great show Roy and Livingston put on!

Zach and Hurl backstage at the Station

Zach and Hurl backstage at the Station

Before you know it, it was Sunday and student performance.

The campers and us in front of the Station

The campers and us in front of the Station

Tom and I did a little show for the folks Sunday night and Zach and I road our motorcycles home to Hillside Farm. This was his first night ride, so I took the lead. There was a scent in the air… it reminded me of when I was sixteen in Manila, P.I. and I would drive my Lambretta at night. Through the hot, muggy night, the smell of copra would wrap us in it’s sweet aroma. It was like a window time for me. Maybe I was the only rider who got to smell that tropical smell… who knows.

For a very brief moment, I was sixteen again. Nice… that doesn’t happen often.

Today, a half a day of camp and then Zach and I took a 70 mile ride and met the girls at the China Panda in Athens for dinner… then a ride home.

Good times… very good!

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Couple’s Weekend At The Fur Peace Ranch

August 18th, 2014 Jorma 20 comments

Monday afternoon… 1555… Couple’s Weekend At The Fur Peace Ranch is over and I’m already starting to have separation anxieties. All weekends here are special, but to have all the ladies on board for a weekend adds a special dimension.

Teaching this weekend we had my old friend and band mate Pete Sears. Pete was here to give a bass workshop which he did in spades. He’s a good one for sure. He also came to play with Moonalice, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Barry Mitterhoff was the masterful conductor of the Mandolin Orchestra class and Dave Revels (Shadows Of The 60’s) lent his spirit and his magic to the men and women in his vocal class… and, hey… I was there too!

Two old dogs... the two Jerry's

Two old dogs... the two Jerry's

Foto by one of the campers

Jerry S. seen here with me on the porch swing by the Workshop is one of my oldest friends here in Southeast Ohio. As some might know, my nickname used to be ‘Jerry,’ so there you are.

Moonalice soundchecks...

Moonalice soundchecks...

Roger McNamee, John Molo and Barry Sless make up the Moonalice gang. Moonalice’s music knocked out the folks here in Southeast Ohio… and it was a total production… light show… the works! Well… before they took the stage, Barry and I played a set and here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff 4, 2014
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Friday, August 15, 2014

1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. Full Go Round
3. Living In The Moment
Brother Can You Spare A Dime… thanks Pete
4. Vicksburg Stomp
5. Come Back Baby
6. Prohibition Blues
7. In My Dreams
8. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning

Pete Sears backstage with the cricket bat steel guitar

Pete Sears backstage with the cricket bat steel guitar

Sunday at the Student Performance, Hurl’s Girls sang beautifully as always and Gail Kaufman signed the words.

You go girl!

You go girl!

By this morning… one more workshop and a heartfelt good goodbye.

Old friends... good times!

Old friends... good times!

foto by Bob Doherty

Well… that’s it for another great weekend of fellowship and music. As Roy Rogers would have said:

‘May the good Lord take a liking to you!’

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Fur Peace Ranch Youtube & Dinner At John’s

August 14th, 2014 Jorma 3 comments

Produced by Fur Peace Ranch and Kevin Morgan Studio, directed by Andie Walla, we’ve got some great new stuff for y’all to see.

Check out Fur Peace Ranch The Movie Trailer. Also… trailer 2, Pick ‘n’ Putt. Don’t miss the Steve Kimock one either.

Thanks ya’ll… this rocks… and all the workshops for 2015 at the FPR are now posted. Scroll to the bottom of the page.

OK…

Antipasta

Antipasta

Last Sunday we descended on John Hurlbut’s homestead and good friends got together to break bread and cook dinner.

Come and get it...

Come and get it...

Home grown beef and pork… organic vegetables… bounties of the earth. A veritable cornucopia of goodness!

Good food, good meat, Good G_d...

Good food, good meat, Good G_d...

Good thing I went to the gym on Monday!

The Amish gazebo

The Amish gazebo

My Amish neighbors made this oak gazebo for me out of trees they timbered in my back yard. I’ll be having coffee here Friday morning before I head on over the the Ranch for classes and Couple’s Weekend.

Onward!!!!

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Bounty On The Bricks

August 10th, 2014 Jorma 5 comments

We had such a great time at Bounty On The Bricks in Athens, Ohio. Needless to say, tickets sold out quickly… we were so lucky to get in. Anyway, Vanessa wrote such a nice article I thought I’d abdicate my space and just let her do the talking:

The old Athena on Court Street spreads the news

The old Athena on Court Street spreads the news

‘Hey now, Vanessa here… every once in a blue moon or in this case a super moon, I get to hijack Jorma’s blog. Since I was a part of this amazing night we just had…..I thought I would weigh in. We live just outside of Athens, Ohio. If you’ve never been here…in the rolling foothills of southeast Ohio…..you owe it to yourself to take a drive and see what it’s all about. We don’t have an ocean, we don’t have the Eiffel tower, and we don’t an Arch but we have the beauty of the land and so much more and if you are paying attention it calls out to you with it’s lush hills and it’s music that’s played in all four corners of the county from the Fur Peace Ranch to pubs in Athens. This place is gentle and wild, rustic and new, peaceful though mighty, sustainable and fresh… not to mention we have a community full a great folks who really care about where they live. Jorma stumbled on our little part of the world in 1985 with his band, There Goes the Neighborhood and we ended up here in 1990.

The Athens Celtic Sessions Band

The Athens Celtic Sessions Band

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Tonight…..we were in the heart of it all at the 2nd Annual Bounty on the Bricks. The bricks is Court Street that runs from one end of town to the other. The bounty was indeed a bounty…a feast…a garden of delights served to about 330 community members who sat at a table that stretched almost the length of Court Street. Hosted by the Athens Foundation who’s goal is to provide funding for education, health, social services, animal welfare, public affairs, recreation, the environment and arts, culture and humanities. Seems like a lot in that one sentence….but they do so much more. They are committed to engaging and maintaining a healthy and inclusive community where there are opportunities for everyone. Tonight….the money raised on tickets sales for this dining extravaganza will be shared with a 7 county wide stretch of food pantries to enhance their capacity to serve more healthy foods to those in need. Last year, 18 pantries and 196,000 people were effected by their generous donation.

Jorma at the Courthouse, pickin' not picketing

Jorma at the Courthouse, pickin' not picketing

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The event sold out quick….I was on vacation when the tickets went on sale. When I found out about it I called them from the beach in Maine. I had to miss last years event because we had a show at the Fur Peace Ranch…..I just couldn’t miss another year. I pled my case and offered up my husband, Jorma to maybe kick off the event with a few tunes. Thank you Jorma! He got us in. I invited my sis, Ginger, one of the original designers of the Fur Peace idea and John Hurlbut….our great Ranch Manager and old friend. It seemed like everyone we knew was there in what had to be the social event of the summer. The weather was perfect, and the buzz of everyone meeting up and listening to some great music that included, Athens Celtic Session Band, Jorma (thank you, thank you again), Rye Burhans & Words of Mouth Jazz Band were electrifying. When the dinner bell rang, Jorma had just finished up his last tune. I have to say that the dinner bell got more applause than the ol’ man…..but that’s OK. We’d been waiting all week for this.

The menu... a veritable cornucopia of goodness

The menu... a veritable cornucopia of goodness

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The food was over the top delicious and all of it came from our community of growers and farmers. Integration Acres Goat Cheese, Shagbark Mills Corn Meal Crisp, Green Edge Leaf Greens, Shade Winery Cabernet, King Farm Chicken and Pork, , Vest Farm Kale & Chard, Snowville Creamery Sweetened Whipped Cream, Avalanche Bakery Artisan Breads, Herbal Sage Teas , Jackie O’s Artisan Beer and more wine provided by Raven’s Glen and Kinkead Wineries.

Let the eating begin!

Let the eating begin!

And it did...

And it did...

I could list the menu items….but it would take up another entire blog. Let’s just say that the food was mouthwatering. The Chef…Master Chef Alfonso A. Contrisciani outdid himself! It took the hard work of the Athens Foundation Committee Members to pull this off and a whole lot of volunteers. Such a treat to have a night out away from our own busy schedule at Fur Peace and to be able to sit amongst friends and no matter where you looked there were people that cared enough to make this night happen.’

Bon appetit

Bon appetit

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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Arrow Of Destiny

August 8th, 2014 Jorma 16 comments
Dead aim...

Dead aim...

You know, I was just ruminating on what an ephemeral flame life is. I got an email from a friend yesterday. A mutual friend’s 24 year old daughter died in a single car crash. She left behind a six year old son… and a grieving family. I have no idea about the facts surrounding this accident, and frankly… they really don’t matter at this point. When I was 24, I thought I’d live forever… or at least until it didn’t matter any more. If you look at the picture at the top of this post, my daughter Izze has just loosed an arrow from her compound bow… I caught it in flight… an accident that makes for a great picture. The arrow was a dead bulls eye and pierced the target with the crack of a .22 rifle.

Sometimes we loose an arrow with the best of intentions and have no real idea where it is going to land… sometimes it goes where we desire. At my age, G_d gives and takes as always… sometimes the taking can be very profound. Being almost 74 is not the new anything… it is just being 74… still on the seventy side of eighty. My body feels the constraints of age as does everyone’s. My son says I have a young spirit. I hope that’s true… I think it’s true. My body, well… time waits for no man.

We save precious things for that precious moment. Sometimes the things are gone and the moment never came. Our time on earth must be treasured, but not hoarded. I was a little tired this afternoon, but I got up off my lazy butt, got Izze with her bow and arrows… went over to my sister in law’s farm, sprung my nephew with his bow and arrows and played arrow caddy for the kids for a couple of hours while they practiced.

Time well spent.

Sometimes trying to savor the moment is like trying to hold back a river with your fingers. I have really been into Karine Polwart lately and this verse from ‘The Sun’s Coming Over The Hill,’ comes to mind.

‘Now there’s some say you get what you deserve, but they’re wrong
Sometimes you get what you’re given, and then it’s all gone
And you are lucky if you are sufficiently strong
To daily decide not to die’

I am happy where I am today, which is as it should be. There is no other place I could be. I do my best to maintain balance with nature and to be there for my family. Today, I see my musical abilities in terms of being a story teller and my stories are not done yet. There is yet a tale to be told.

For me, acceptance and adaptation are the keys to the kingdom. This could change tomorrow, but today, that’s how it is.

I grieve for my friend’s daughter… her life is done before it could really begin and sad to say, there are many stories like this. I daily resolve to make the most out of every minute granted me here on earth…

Dad's hands...

Dad's hands...

Foto by Izze Kaukonen

I’m no longer the Big Dog… now I’m just the Old Dog…

Thank goodness for friends!

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Dinner At Moe And Anitas

August 1st, 2014 Jorma 12 comments

Alright kids… listen up! In the tiny town of Rutland, Ohio you will find Moe & Anita’s Pizzeria. It’s like an Italian country inn right here in Meigs County, Ohio. Small, reservations recommended. The pizza… awesome! My ribeye steak dinner, off the charts. Garden fresh vegetables and organic meats… locally grown.

Moe & Anita’s

Sorry I didn’t take pictures. We knew it was going to be so good that we resolved to leave all electronic devices in the truck so we could enjoy the family dinner.

Well worth it.

Worth a trip to here from anywhere.

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A Beautiful Day At Arts And Minds

July 28th, 2014 Jorma 14 comments
A beautiful day by the Psylo... Arts And Minds

A beautiful day by the Psylo... Arts And Minds

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We had so much great music over the weekend… Marshall Ballew came up from the Carolinas to pick for the folks… and he brought his PA which I used at the Gazebo Sunday afternoon. Thanks Marshall.

Our wonderful producer of Live At The Fur Peace Ranch (WOUB) also played a great set. Big Thanks to Rusty Smith… thanks for everything Rusty!

Then it was time for my live (onstage for me) phone interview with Grace Slick from out Malibu Way.

Me... talking to Grace...

Me... talking to Grace...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

There’s only one Grace Slick and we were so lucky to have her on the line yesterday… great chatting with you Grace. You’re the bomb!

That Phil... that Zach

That Phil... that Zach

Selfie by Phil Jacobs

I thought that oung man was taller than I...

I thought that young man was taller than I...

There was all kinds of activity this weekend. Here I am admiring one of O’Linda Jansupka’s fragile works.

Sidewalk art by the Silo

Sidewalk art by the Silo

Foto by Rusty Smith

Then after dinner it was time for music by It’s A Beautiful Day They put on a simply fabulous show…Two… I said Two… Encores. Thanks you guys. We can hardly wait to have you back!

Better than ever you guys... better than ever!

Better than ever you guys... better than ever!

Poster by Kevin Morgan

And last, but not least… we had a winner for my High School graduation/BBQ King Jacket!

The jacket (in mint condition… made in 1959) was won by John Oesterle from Parkersburg, West Virginia. Congratulations John… I hope it lasts for you as long as it did for me!

John Oesterle and me... Jorma

John Oesterle and me... Jorma

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Well… that’s it for now. A new week awaits us.

PS

Eat at Chelsea's!

Eat at Chelsea's!

Foto by Dave Hofsommer

Our friend Chelsea had the killer food wagon at the Ranch. Check her out at at Chelsea’s Real Food. Nice Chelsea… very nice!

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The Magic Of Arts And Minds

July 27th, 2014 Jorma 11 comments
Folks in Darwin for Arts And Minds

Folks in Darwin for Arts And Minds

We hopped in my big red truck and left Kentucky for Darwin and the 2014 Arts And Minds Festival at the Fur Peace Ranch.The day was beautiful… so far. At the Ranch, things were hopping… until… about forty minutes before the show when a big lightning storm rushed through and knocked out the power to the whole area. (I wanted to say ‘neighborhood, but that doesn’t exactly fit out here in the country.) Well, we had a sold out show… and the show had to go on. Out came the little generator, some antique lamps and the Fishman Loud Boxes. Voila… live music!

The view from the back of the station

The view from the back of the station

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Yep, Never a dull moment. Live music is a death defying act!

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 60, 2014
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, July 26, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long with Zachary Kearse
4. Full Go Round
5. Children Of Zion
6. Second Chances
7. Barbeque King
8. River Of Time
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Whining Boy Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Come Back Baby
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball
8. Water Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: How Long Blues

My son Zach, joined Jack and myself for Been So Long.

On stage during the storm...

On stage during the storm...

Foto by Rusty Smith

To be able to play music with family is a blessed experience, to say the least. Zach and I are working on a new song together… more shall be revealed.

The auction for the Barbeque King Jacket ( my high school graduation jacket) is pulling into the final stretch. Here Phil Jacobs models aid garment:

Hold your applause...

Hold your applause...

OK… gotta finish breakfast for the kids and get back over to the Ranch. Jack is on his way home and it’s a beautiful day, again, here in Meigs County.

From The Norksi Nook To The Bluegrass State

July 26th, 2014 Jorma 2 comments
Osseo, Wisconsin

Osseo, Wisconsin

So we beat feet out of the Twin Cities and headed south to Pomeroy, Ohio for a night at home. On the way, we stopped at the fabled Norske, Nook in Osseo, Wisconsin.

Yummy... meatballs

Yummy... meatballs

It’s not exactly health food, but it sure was good.

Thinking about this for a summer home

Thinking about this for a summer home

We left the North Country behind and headed to Pomeroy for a night at home and then off to Northern Kentucky for a great gig at Greaves Hall at Northern Kentucky University.

Scene of the crime

Scene of the crime

Foto by Phil Jacobs

An almost sold out show… more than six hundred people. We love you guys!

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 59, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Greaves Hall,
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, Kentucky
Friday, July 25, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. I See The Light
4. Children Of Zion
5. Come Back Baby
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Second Chances
9. Prohibition Blues
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
11. Things That Might Have Been
1. The Terrible Operation
2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
3. River Of Time
4. Walkin’ Blues
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball
8. Water Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

What a great evening for… and this close to home too! We can hardly wait to come back. Thanks to WKNU for bringing us here!

Beautiful Hall

Beautiful Hall

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Now we’re headed back north the the Fur Peace Ranch and a weekend and the 2014 Arts & Minds Festival. Tonight, Jack and I will play… I’ll be out at the gazebo tomorrow, weather permitting and tomorrow night a concert with It’s A Beautiful Day.

That’s about it… gotta load the truck. we let the bus go.

Onward!

Two Nights In Minneapolis…

July 23rd, 2014 Jorma 6 comments
Zach and I wait for the bus in Iowa City

Zach and I wait for the bus in Iowa City

After the great gig in Iowa City, we burned it on up to the Twin Cities for two nights and four shows at the Dakota in Minneapolis.

A yummy meal at Jerusalem

A yummy meal at Jerusalem

We wandered down Nicelolett street and stumbled across the Jerusalem eatery where we had… well a really great dinner!

Nick... from Time For Three

Nick... from Time For Three

On our way out of the hotel to the Dakota, we ran into Nick from Time For Three. The guys played the night before us and are on their way to the East Coast for the Ram’s Head in Annapolis and the Birchmere in Arlington. Cool guys… cool music!

The mighty Dakota

The mighty Dakota

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here are our set lists from the two nights… and four show:

Hot Tuna 57, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Dakota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Monday, July 201, 2014

First Show:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Second Chances
6. More Than My Old Guitar
7. How Long Blues
8. Goodbye To The Blues
9. Sea Child
10. Full Go Round
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Come Back Baby
13. I Know You Rider
Second Show:
1. Too Many Years
2. I See The Light
3. Heart Temporary
4. Children Of Zion
5. BBQ King
6. Bar Room Crystal Ball
7. Water Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. I Am The Light Of The World
10. Keep On Trucking Mama
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Men at work

Men at work

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 58, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Dakota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First Show:
1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. River Of Time
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Come Back Baby
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. Hesitation Blues
9. Things That Might Have Been
10. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
11. Goodbye To The Blues
12. Good Shepherd
13. I’ll Be All Right Someday
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burnings
Second Show:
1. I See The Light
2. Second Chances
3. Search My Heart
4. Prohibition Blues
5. BBQ King
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Walking Blues
12. True Religion
13. Nine Pound hammer
14. Encore: Genesis

Faces on the wall

Faces on the wall

Good times in the Twin Cities… left early this morning. Sleeping in Hammond, Indiana tonight and home for a night tomorrow, then off to Kentucky to Greaves Hall, Northern Kentucky University. Then Jack and I are back at the Fur Peace Station on Saturday for show and I will be performing Sunday during the day at the Arts And Minds Festival… free folks… at the good old Fur Peace Ranch

That’s all folks… badea badea badea (Looney Tunes)!