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Arts & Minds At The Fur Peace Ranch

July 20th, 2016 Jorma 32 comments

Well I got back from Jackson Hole in time for the first day of Arts & Minds at the Fur Peace Ranch. It’s a Beautiful Day Was There and we got to celebrate David L Flamme’s 75th birthday… long day for the Ole Cap… had to hit the sack.

Saturday, however, I played a set on the lawn in the Gazebo:

Jorma Kaukonen 27, 2016
On The Lawn , Arts and Minds Fest
Fur Peace Ranch
Jormaville, Ohio
July 18, 2016

1 True Religion
2 Ain’t In No Hurry
3 Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4 Sea Child
5 Good Shepherd
6 Barbeque King
7 San Francisco Bay Blues
8 How Long Blues
9 That’ll Never Happen No More
10 Living In The Moment

Then as evening rolled around… out came the Firebird and a sit-in with The New Riders Of The Purple Sage.

The Bird and I... backstage at the FPR.

The Bird and I... backstage at the FPR.

Foto by Rusty Smith

A rockin’ good time was had by all… turn the pigs loose!

Back home again… can’t beat it.

Mav' and I hit the trails

Mav' and I hit the trails

No place like home!

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Santa Fe, To Rifle, To Arvada, To Grand Targhee

July 15th, 2016 Jorma 19 comments
Yummy

Yummy

On the way to Rifle, CO., we stopped at Poncha Springs for some Thai food… delicious… go figure.

Then in Rifle, a trip to the Shooters Cafe for organic steel cut oatmeal.

Good times in Rifle

Good times in Rifle

The pawnshop next to the cafe...

The pawnshop next to the cafe...

Foto by Phil Jacob

Be advised

Be advised

What a lovely little theater...

What a lovely little theater...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 11, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady &
Justin Guip
The Ute Theater
Rifle, Colorado
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Can’t Get Satisfied
6. Sea Child
7. Sleep Song
8. Candy Man
9. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. I Am The Light Of This World
3. How Long Blues
4. Watch The North Wind Rise
5. Rock Me Baby
6. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
7. Good Shepherd
8. Come Back Baby
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Funky #7
12. Encore: Hit Single #1

Then it was time to head for Arvada.

Arvada before the sold out crowd arrived

Arvada before the sold out crowd arrived

Michelle Malone was on this show with us and she is awesome. Check her out if you get a chance!

Great show... great picker!

Great show... great picker!

Here’s our stuff…

Hot Tuna 12, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady &
Justin Guip
Arvada Center
Arvada, Colorado
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. I See The Light
6. Sea Child
7. Sleep Song
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Rock Me Baby
10. Candy Man
11. 99 Year Blues
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. Water Song
14. Funky # 7
15. Hit Single #1

An early call this morning. We had an almost 600 mile drive to Grand Targhee, Wyoming.

But first, breakfast...

But first, breakfast...

Foto by Myron Hart

Yes, that’s a kale oriented juice in my hand…

Then lunch in Rock Springs…

This is a good one...

This is a good one...

Back side of the Tetons

Back side of the Tetons

Not a bad little view...

Not a bad little view...

Then we arrived at the lodge in Alta…

Where's that restaurant?

Where's that restaurant?

Many elk contributed to this chandelier...

Many elk contributed to this chandelier...

And now it’s finally time to rest… big show here tomorrow at Grand Targhee.

More will be revealed…

From Madrid, New Mexico To Rifle, Colorado

July 11th, 2016 Jorma 6 comments

So the flight from upper Michigan was long and involved… Three flights… three airports but finally safe and sound in Albuquerque where we rented cars and drove to Santa Fe. Lovely to get in in time for a great Mexican dinner and some much needed sleep. I was up at 0300 to make the flights out of Michigan.

Last night was the festival in Madrid.

Come and join the jubilee...

Come and join the jubilee...

Foto by Justin Guip

Reminds me of the good old days!

Reminds me of the good old days!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I got to hang with my old friend Fred King from East Of The Sun back in S.F. Always nice to see an old friend… alive and well after all these years.

Stilt walking never goes out of fashion

Stilt walking never goes out of fashion

Hot Tuna 10, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady &
Justin Guip
Madrid Ballpark Folk & Blues Fest
Madrid, New Mexico
Sunday, July 10, 2016

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. I See The Light
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Can’t Get Satisfied
6. Sea Child
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Come Back Baby
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Funky # 7
12. Encore: Hit Single #1

Rockin' in Madrid

Rockin' in Madrid

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We had to finish by 2100 and that’s what we did… a really fun show.

Under the Big Top

Under the Big Top

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Good night moon...

Good night moon...

We started driving towards Rifle, Colorado at 1000 and on the way we stopped at Poncha Springs for some Thai food. Go figure…

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

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

The drive from Santa Fe to Rifle was off the charts…

Tomorrow we play at the Ute Theater.

Hot Tuna moves on…

From Harbor Springs, MI To Santa Fe, NM

July 9th, 2016 Jorma 6 comments
Breakfast yesterday in Brutus

Breakfast yesterday in Brutus

Backstage at Blissfest

Backstage at Blissfest

A lovely July eve

A lovely July eve

Oh what a night!

Oh what a night!

Then our time…

Sweet confusion under the moonlight

Sweet confusion under the moonlight

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 9, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady &
Justin Guip
Blissfest
Harbor Springs, Michigan
Friday, July 8, 2016

1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. I See The Light
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
6. Candy Man
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Funky # 7
12. Encore: Hit Sigle #1

Placid Purple Plays

Placid Purple Plays

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Gittin' it!

Gittin' it!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then up at o445 to go to the airport…

You don't see this at La Guardia

You don't see this at La Guardia

Then twelve hourse and three flights and airports later… Santa Fe!

Historic meets historic...

Historic meets historic...

Now finally some sleep…

From Pomeroy To Pellston, MI

July 8th, 2016 Jorma 8 comments
Welcome to Pellston...

Welcome to Pellston...

Early flight… small planes… all good though!

As soon as you get off the plane in the Pellston Airport… there’s baggage claim… and a bear. Yep… we’re in the North Country now! And what better to do in the North Country? Find pasties.

Now my Dad was from Ironwood up in Gogebic County in the UP. Pasties are what’s for everything so since we were so near the Macinac Bridge… we figured ‘What the heck? Let’s go to the UP.

Yes folks, it's a BAB.

Yes folks, it's a BAB.

Cross the bridge, enter the Upper Peninsula and lo… Suzy’s.

Goodness abounds

Goodness abounds

The wonderful joint, rich in the Pasty Lore of the area.

The scene of the crime

The scene of the crime

I ordered a beef pasty with fresh coleslaw…

This is it. Suzy's beef pasty.

This is it. Suzy's beef pasty.

Seated eating… outside, of course.

Good food... good friends!

Good food... good friends!

Foto by Myron Hart

Gotta love it!

Gotta love it!

Then back across the bridge for a look at the Blissfest festival grounds.

The main stage the day before

The main stage the day before

What's in the barn?

What's in the barn?

Rural art shot

Rural art shot

Excellent… It’s going to be fun tonight!

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Happy Birthday United States Of America!

July 4th, 2016 Jorma 9 comments
Izze, Nessa, Ginger & Montana

Izze, Nessa, Ginger & Montana

Yeah, I know… you can hardly see anything, but there we were on the bike path in Athens, Ohio… waiting for the fireworks.

Family frivolity in the car and on the folding chairs… the way it was meant to be when families get together.

Happy Fourth Of July one and all… and Happy Birthday to this great land of ours that welcomed my family two generations ago.

G_d Bless!

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Life Times In A Week…

June 30th, 2016 Jorma 24 comments
Jorma Sr.'s Rolex on a young Zach's wrist...

Jorma Sr.'s Rolex on a young Zach's wrist...

So it’s starting to seem like lifetime ago, but a week ago today Phil and Myron and I were at Constitution Hall in D.C. for my son Zach’s graduation. In 1953 when the Kaukonen family was stationed in Pakistan my Dad was director of the Asia Foundation. He went to Hong Kong on some sort of business trip and bought a Rolex watch for $85.00. That was a lot of money for Dad to spend back then. He had the watch for years… wore it every day no matter what he was doing from tennis to swimming. Then one day the watch stopped running. Just needed some maintenance I guess, but Dad didn’t want to deal with it and into a drawer it went and time moved on without it.

Sometime in the early 90’s while visiting the old man, the watch surfaced and called out to me. ‘May I have it Dad?’ I asked. ‘No,’ was the emphatic reply. ‘It’s mine!’ Well, it was has so I let it go. Every now and then I would ask him again and the response was always the same.

‘No. It’s mine!’

As Dad began to feel life slipping away from him, he finally gave it to me in its dormant form. I handed it over to my pal Phil who had it restored by Rolex in New York. I got it back and it worked great. Next trip to California to visit Mom and Dad I showed it to the old man. He looked at it with a jaundiced eye. ‘Is Rolex time better than Pulsar Time’ he asked? ‘You bet it is I answered!’ Dad passed in ‘97 but the watch kept on ticking. I would wear it periodically, but unbeknownst to me at the time, it was waiting for the next generation.

That generation claimed the old Rolex last week when Jorma Sr.’s grandson Zach walked across the stage at Constitution Hall with the watch marking time to the cadence of his steps. It now lives with Zach where it should.

Well… the Ram’s Head post is already up so this will bring us up to date… more or less.

On Sunday last I beat it up to the Rockland Music Festival.

I want vintage Barton Fink

I want vintage Barton Fink

Checking into the hotel, the hallway reminded me of Barton Fink. ‘What’s in the box?’

Then to the gig.

My solo set

My solo set

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Before my set I got to sit in with my pals the New Riders… Professor Louie too.

Buddy Cage, Me and Michael Falzarano

Buddy Cage, Me and Michael Falzarano

Foto by Myron Hart

A conversation with friends… can’t be beat!

Louis Rosano and Me

Louis Rosano and Me

Louis Rosano… amp maker extraordinaire.

Jorma Kaukonen 26, 2016
Jorma Solo
Rockland/Bergen Music Festival
Tappan, New York
Sunday, June 26, 2016

1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Come Back Baby
8. I See The Light
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Keep On Trucking Mama
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. San Francisco Baby Blues
14. Things That Might Have Been
15. I Know You Rider
16. Water Song
17. Encore: Genesis

Then on Monday a 550 mile run for home.

A Tuesday morning walk with Big Mav

A Tuesday morning walk with Big Mav

Love those morning walks with Maverick on the old roads of the Fur Peace Ranch. No place like home… that’s for sure!

Back in smoothieland...

Back in smoothieland...

I missed my smoothies while I was on the road. The commercial stuff just ain’t the same!

Tuesday ride with my pal Greg.

Tuesday ride with my pal Greg.

So, the girls furloughed me to go on a last minute ride. Here’s the route.

Highway 33 to Athens, Ohio… north on Rt. 13 to Rt. 78… past McConnelsville to Rt. 83… north to Rt. 313 and east to Seneca Lake… Rt. 147 around the lake then back to Rt. 78… Rt. 13 to Chauncey… On Rt. 33 and back to to the Fur Peace Ranch in Darwin, Ohio. 256 glorious miles…

Roadside McConnelsville

Roadside McConnelsville

Clouds at the lake

Clouds at the lake

Yachting time

Yachting time

Yeah… what a day. Yesterday I did a little wrenching…

The power plant

The power plant

This is a kit?

This is a kit?

I thought I might have to youtube for helpful instructions for my new highway pegs… but I toughed it out, stayed srong and got it done!

Sadly, last but certainly not least, Nessa and I were driving to pick Izze up last night when I heard that my old pal Rob Wasserman just passed. I am in a time of my life when these hits just keep on coming. Over the last three days we of the American School in the Philippines lost three classmates. That’s just the way it is.

As for Rob, I got to hang with him and Bob Weir back in February.

Rob, Jorma & Bob

Rob, Jorma & Bob

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The River Of Time is indeed flowing and Rob now rests on the shore.

Here’s to us, and those like us. Damn few left. Now this aging father will get some help from his young daughter to clean the Harley… Our river flows…

Last Week To This Week

June 26th, 2016 Jorma 47 comments

Firstly… I’m at the Rockland/Bergen Music Festival today with the New Riders, Professor Louis and more. I’ll be going on about 1800. Be there or be square.

Last week, I got to share space at the Fur Peace Ranch with Scott Sharrard and his band.

Relaxin' at the baby grand

Relaxin' at the baby grand

Then I got to sit in a little.

What a pleasure to jam with this gentleman!

What a pleasure to jam with this gentleman!

Classes at the Ranch and a morning concert with Steve James.

Steve really is the man! Check him out.

Steve really is the man! Check him out.

Then before I knew it, after hanging with Zach for a couple of days, I was on my way to the Ram’s Head in Annapolis, Maryland.

Mmmmm... shepherd's pie too!

Mmmmm... shepherd's pie too!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 25, 2016
Jorma Solo
The Ram’s Head
Annapolis, Maryland
Saturday, June 25, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Dime For Beer
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. Sleep Song
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. San Francisco Bay Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. How Long Blues
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Encore: In My Dreams

A matinee show… on the road to Nyack by 1630… about four hours flat. Getting ready to head up to the Rockland/Bergen Festival.

More shall be revealed!

The Long Ship Sets Sail

June 24th, 2016 Jorma 21 comments

I was moved by my son’s graduation yesterday… of course I was. I am excited for him and proud of him, but as I intimated yesterday… one cannot deny that it was a passing of the baton moment.

Last night I was stringing my M-30 and quietly picking a little thinking about tomorrow’s gig at the Ram’s Head in Annapolis. I had just decided to hit the sack when Vanessa called me to tell me that Larry Miller had just passed. Who’s Larry Miller you might ask? Well… it’s time for a trip down a lane in my memory that has been unattended for many years.

I got married in 1964 to Lena Margareta Pettersson. We met on a ship to what was then called Leningrad in the summer of 1963 but this is a story for another time. Anyway, M came to this country in January of 1964, we got married and I had a seedy little apartment in Santa Clara in a large old wood frame house at 1159 Fremont St. I was teaching at the Benner Music Co. on Stevens Creek Rd. This would be the same place Paul Kantner and Pete Grant taught. I was playing out too, but most of my income came from lessons.

Anyway, I had my old Garrard turntable that I had inherited from my dad when He upgraded. I bought a Blaupunkt AM/FM/SW radio (mono of course… multiplex radio was still in its infancy) which had an input for a turntable. The input jack was a DIN plug so I had to do some re-wiring. In any case, I was so self marinated in traditional American music in general and finger style guitar in particular that I refused to listen to rock ‘n’ roll on AM radio. I was afraid it might pollute my sensibilities… or maybe I was just a pretentious stuffed shirt. In any case, when I would turn on the radio, I would listen to KJAZZ. This was a non-stop jazz station in the SF Bay Area whose programming tended to, well, very easy listening ‘jazz.’

As the 60’s got rolling and rock and roll mutated from more than bubble gum pop to a lighthouse of the times, a number of really interesting things happened, not the least of which was KMPX and multiplex radio.

FM radio was capable of hi fi and… some stations were beginning to broadcast in stereo which in the radio parlance of the times was multiplex. Stereo recordings were so important to those of us lucky enough to have record deals at the time that when radio broadcasting technology allowed us to showcase our art over the airwaves… well, it was momentous.

I had a Sony FM radio… it had a place for an adapter which would give life to an outboard speaker an amp and le voila… stereo music on the radio. The very first stereo station and for a while the only station I would listen to was KMPX and one of the most important DJ’s was Larry Miller.

Check this link out:

http://bayarearadio.org/stn_documents/kmpx_larry-miller-handbill_1967.shtml

Big Daddy Tom Donohue, Dusty Street, Larry Miller and more. These were our angels who kept us tuned into the word in sound as it descended from on high.

It’s hard to imagine today what an impact this media form… which was ours… had on our lives, sometimes minute by minute. The eclecticism on any given program was unmatched by any other radio station at the time.

We had no taste boundaries back then. We wanted to eat it all and Larry Miller and his colleagues were the chefs who would serve it up.

Larry came to the Fur Peace Ranch a couple of years ago as a student. He took finger style guitar from me, bass from Jack and brought memories of the glory days of FM radio. I had all but forgotten about it. I remembered him well as we re-established our friendship. He was a quirky as ever and we also shared a love of oddball Nordic Lore. He would come to the Ranch often and it was always a treat to see him. He had been teaching in Boston for a number of years and even though he had assumed a professorial look on some level, he was still the outlaw of the airwaves.

Back in May of this year (2016) he was supposed to come to the Ranch for a class. He emailed me to tell me that he was ill and would not be able to make it and could I just send him the tabs and stuff from the class so he could enjoy it at home. He wrote me this note on May 16, 2016:

‘Where do I start? About the time I was facing retirement back in 2008, I got the guitar of my dreams- the D18 VS. That led to Acoustic Guitar magazine, and that led me to the Ranch. That first visit, doing the workshop with you and learning Embryonic Journey and the Water Song made me a believer forever. This would have been my 9th visit.

I am so glad that I got to “re-connect” with you, and recall that mutual admiration connection that we had in SF back in the day. As you said, we are connected in more ways than I realize. Woody Mann, Roy Bookbinder, Vanessa, John Hurlbut, Larry Campbell and Happy Traum- getting to know these amazing people has been the frosting on my cake. And Jack. 4 bass workshops. When he personally praised my playing on Layla last year, it was a Golden Moment.

I had hoped that I had the energy to make at least one more trip, do one more workshop with you, play another duet with Jim Botsford. But alas, it is not to be.

I will stay in touch and let you know how I’m doing. I don’t want to bring you down, so smile when you think of me.

Larry

Presented with irony…

Larry’

Larry’s pain is over and he is in Valhalla which is where he belongs with the other sonic warriors of our generation. I am thinking of you my friend, and I am smiling. I’m sure you know how important you and all you cohorts were to us back when we and the earth were still young.

And so, there it is. Zach’s life is beginning as is our daughter Izze’s. Larry’s has ended and the world still turns. I cannot but pray that the world our children will inherit will be a kinder place where righteousness will prevail and if not, may they deal with it without their hearts turning to stone.

It could happen.

And Larry my friend, may the Dragon Ship that carries you to Valhalla by sleek and fast and may the beat always go on… and on and may the wind always, always be at your back!

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Big Day In The Hometown!

June 23rd, 2016 Jorma 8 comments
1776 D St.

1776 D St.

So I’m trying to get some writing done… yeah, working one what I hope will one day be a book of sorts. I’ve been remiss. What else is new? But here I am today, back in the one consistent place of my youth. Yep. My hometown, the Washington, D.C. area. Why am I here when I could be home in Ohio? Because it is my son Zachary’s high school graduation and here I am with my pals Myron Hart and Phil Jacobs. It’s definitely one of those ‘sweet bird of youth’ moments where one really realizes how delightful yet finite life truly is. My graduation at Woodrow Wilson over on Nebraska Ave. was outside on the field where we drilled with Jr. ROTC. I recollect that my grandparents, Ben and Vera were there since I was living with them that year, but they were my only family. Somewhere I have my diploma. Maybe I’ll be able to find it and take a picture of it. Maybe not. Was I ready for the next step in life? Did I have a life plan. Did college really mean something or was it just what I was expected to do? I don’t know. I’ll have to think on that some more.

What a day!

What a day!

But here, today, I was at Constitution Hall… the DAR hall where Hot Tuna played in 1976. We were banned from returning. I guess either we or the fans or both misbehaved. In any case, I guess they didn’t recognize me. I showed them the ticket Zach gave me, and they let me in.

A proud place to be!

A proud place to be!

Myron and Phil and I found three seats just to the left of exit four on the second tier. The entire Constitution Hall was packed. We got there early. Welcome to my world… so like I said, our seats were great.

1959… I graduated Woodrow Wilson… I can’t remember whether I felt young or old or if none of those things mattered to me at the time. I guess the world was a younger place. My Selective Service Classification was still 1-A, and you know… I didn’t care. Here I am 57 years later… still looking at the world with amazed eyes.

G_d Bless America... Got to do the Star Spangled Banner Too!

G_d Bless America... Got to do the Star Spangled Banner Too!

I am filled with gratitude and wonder. Zach’s life is going to be different… no matter what… He’ll be voting in his first presidential election this Fall. What a way to enter his majority! I can hardly wait to read the next chapter. Like Steve James says in his song, ‘Talco Girl,’ ‘Goodbye Daddy… hello world!’

Well done kiddo! Well done!

A great day in D.C.!

A great day in D.C.!

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