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The Last Two Gigs With Teresa & Larry

February 24th, 2015 Jorma 5 comments
Jorma, Teresa & Larry at the eTown gig Saturday...

Jorma, Teresa & Larry at the eTown gig Saturday...

The eTown radio show with the gang was a complete blast… as noted. Saturday night the amazing Joe Purdy opened the show. I love his work. I really want to get him to the Fur Peace Ranch.

Here is our set list from Saturday night:

Jorma Kaukonen 7 , 2015
Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell
& Teresa Williams
eTown Hall Concert with Joe Purdy
Boulder, Colorado
Saturday, February 21, 2015

1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Come Back Baby

Larry's Cake

Larry's Cake

A watch for 60 years with the company of life!

A watch for 60 years with the company of life!

4. Children Of Zion with Teresa
5. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble with Teresa
6. Running Wild with Larry & Teresa
7. Ain’t Nobody For Me with Larry & Teresa
8. Other Side Of The Mountain
9. Hesitation Blues
10. In My Dreams
11. Sweet Fern with Teresa
12. Blind Mary, Larry Solo
13. Big River with Larry & Teresa
14. Good Shepherd with Teresa
15. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Teresa
16. Sugaree with Teresa
17. Encore: Let Us Get Together Right Down Here with Teresa

Joe, Teresa, Larry and Jorma after the sold out show...

Joe, Teresa, Larry and Jorma after the sold out show...

Then on Sunday, we drove to Denver to play another sold out show at Swallow Hill.

Swallow Hill

Swallow Hill

Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 8 , 2015
Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell
& Teresa Williams
Swallow Hill
Daniels Hall
Denver, Colorado
Sunday, February 22, 2015

1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Children Of Zion with Teresa
5. Sweet Fern with Teresa
6. Suffer Little Children
7. Come Back Baby
8. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
9. Candy Man
10. That’ll Never Happen No More
11. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble with Teresa
12. Good Shepherd with Teresa
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Teresa
14. Sugaree featuring Teresa
15. Encore: Let Us Get Together Right Down Here with Teresa
Larry plays with me throughout…

Yep... it's winter...

Yep... it's winter...

Yesterday we started to drive from Boulder to Woodlands, Texas… which is outside of Houston. About five in the afternoon, we stopped in Dalhart, Texas for some delicious Mexican food.

It gets no better than this...

It gets no better than this...

Up this morning… a free breakfast at the hotel and then on the road to Woodlands, Texas.

The highway past Fort Worth.

The highway past Fort Worth.

This one made CNN...

This one made CNN...

Well, we made it safe and sound. Tomorrow I play The Big Barn here in Woodland. The net gaggle of shows will be me solo… This could be big fun!

Salt Lake City To Boulder

February 21st, 2015 Jorma 15 comments
The State Room

The State Room

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Night before last we were in Salt Lake City at the State Room. I’ve been there a bunch of times with Hot Tuna but this was the first time with Larry and Teresa and what a time we had.

Jorma Kaukonen 5, 2015
Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell
& Teresa Williams
The State House
Salt Lake City, Utah

1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. The Other Side Of The Mountain
4. Children Of Zion with Teresa
5. Sweet Fern with Teresa
6. Suffer Little Children
7. Hesitation Blues
8. Come Back Baby
9. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
10. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble with Teresa
11. Good Shepherd with Teresa
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Teresa
13. Sugaree with Teresa
14. Encore: Let Us Get Together Right Down Here with Teresa
15. Encore 2: Somebody To Love with Teresa

After the show we started driving to Boulder.

On the way from Phoenix to Salt Lake City

On the way from Phoenix to Salt Lake City

We pulled into Boulder yesterday morning and checked into the venerable Boulderado Hotel.

The lobby in the Boulderado

The lobby in the Boulderado

Last night we were guests on the eTown Radio Show along with Joe Purdy. Here’s what Larry and Teresa and I did:

Jorma Kaukonen 6, 2015
Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell
& Teresa Williams
eTown Radio Show
Boulder, Colorado
Friday, February 20, 2015

1. Brother Can You Spare A Dime, Jorma & Larry
2. Sweet Fern, Larry & Teresa, Nick Forster on bass
3. Children Of Zion, Larry & Teresa, Nick Foprster on bass
4. Ain’t In No Hurry, Jorma & Larry,Nick Forster on bass
5. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble, Larry & Teresa, Nick Forster on bass
6. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning, Nick Forster on bass
7. Group Finale: Long Black Veil

Great time had by all! Helen and Nick sure know how to throw a party. Great staff too!

eTown Hall

eTown Hall

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Tonight is a full gig with Joe and us.

The Hall

The Hall

Finally, A Little Time To Write… 5 Sold Out Shows

February 18th, 2015 Jorma 18 comments
The legendary McCabe's Door

The legendary McCabe's Door

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Trekking from Santa Monica and McCabe’s to Phoenix… then to Salt Lake City. Not much time to sit down and blog. Got a few moments here before I work on my set list for tomorrow’s show at the State Room here in Salt Lake City.

The second night at McCabe’s was just as much fun as the first… we love that place and look forward to being back. Thanks to Lincoln and Wayne and the whole gang at McCabe’s for being such great hosts.

The scene of the crime

The scene of the crime

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here are our set lists:

Jorma Kaukonen 3, 2015
Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell
& Teresa Williams
McCabe’s Music Store
Santa Monica, California
Sunday, February 15, 2015

First Show:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. Dime For Beer
3. Ain’t In No Hurry
4. Children Of Zion add Teresa
5. You’re Running Wild with Larry and Teresa
6. Ain’t Nobody For me with Larry & Teresa
7. The Other Side Of The Mountain
8. Candy Man
9. Come Back Baby
10. Sweet Fern with Larry and Teresa
11. Right The Wrong with Larry and Teresa
12. Blind Mary Larry solo
13. Good Shepherd with Larry and Teresa
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning with Larry and Teresa
15. Encore: Let us Get Together Right Down Here

Second Show:
1. Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
4. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble with Larry and Teresa
5. Samson An Delilah Larry and Teresa
6. Big River with Larry and Teresa
7. Water Song
8. Seasons In The Field Jorma solo
9. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
10. Police Dog Blues with Larry and Teresa
11. Bar Room Chrystal Ball with Larry and Teresa
12. Sugaree with Larry and Teresa
13. Encore: The Warfield Waltz with Larry and Teresa
14. Encore 2: Somebody To Love with Larry and Teresa

Yeah… a really good time. We left after the show and drove to Phoenix here we played the Musical Instrument Museum.

You gotta see this place...

You gotta see this place...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list from the MIM:

Jorma Kaukonen 4, 2015
Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell
& Teresa Williams
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, Arizona
Monday, February 16, 2015

1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. The Other Side Of The Mountain
4. Children Of Zion with Teresa
5. Sweet Fern with Teresa
6. Come Back Baby
7. Hesitation Blues
8. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
9. Where There’s Two, There’s Trouble with Teresa
10. Good Shepherd
11. Seasons In The Field, Jorma solo
12. Barbeque King
13. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here with Teresa
14. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Teresa
15. Sugaree with Teresa
16. Encore: I Know You Rider with Larry

All songs except for Season In The Field are with me and Larry… Thanks to Teresa for being a part of it all.

Together... Jorma, Teresa & Larry

Together... Jorma, Teresa & Larry

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Well… that’s about it. I took a couple of days to get here in Salt Lake City, but here we are. A nice dinner, a good night’s sleep and tomorrow The State Room with a drive after show to Boulder, Colorado and eTown with Nick and Helen. We’ll be with Joe Purdy on this show. Jack and I played with Joe at our last Fillmore gig. He’s cool… it’s going to be a great gig!

By the Bye… the four shows at McCabe’s and the show at MIM were all sold out!

Good times…

Goodbye To San Diego, Hello Santa Monica

February 15th, 2015 Jorma 10 comments
Nessa, Myron, Jorma & John... selfie

Nessa, Myron, Jorma & John... selfie

So we finished our second week in San Diego with a bang. David Wolff, Larry Campbell and I were teaching and Teresa Williams got in to SD on Thursday night in time to pick with me and Larry.

Happy Campers

Happy Campers

We wound up Friday Morning said goodbye to San Diego and headed out on the road.

Goodbye La Jolla

Goodbye La Jolla

Nessa, Izze, Montana and Shannon went home to Ohio (9 degrees Fahrenheit) and we came up to L.A. for the gig at McCabe’s.

Larry and Teresa and played two sold out shows last night and had a chance to debut lots of new material from my new CD, Ain’t In No Hurry.

Here is our show from last night:

Jorma Kaukonen 2, 2015
Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell
& Teresa Williams
McCabe’s Music Store
Santa Monica, California
Saturday, February 14, 2015

First Show:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Children Of Zion
4. Running Wild with Larry & Terea
5. Ain’t Nobody For Me with Larry & Terea
6. The Other Side Of The Mountain
7. In My Dreams
8. Blind Mary with Larry Campbell
9. Big River with Larry & Teresa
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry & Teresa
11. Good Shepherd with Larry & Teresa
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning, Larry & Teresa
13. Encore: Let Us Get Together… L & T swap verses
Second Show:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. Sweet Fern with Larry & Teresa
5. Samson & Delilah with Larry & Teresa
6. Deep Ellum Blues with Larry & Teresa
7. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
8. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble with Larry & Teresa
9. The Warfield Waltz with Larry & Teresa
10. Police Dog Blues with Larry & Teresa
11. Sugaree with Larry & Teresa
12. Encore: Big River with Larry & Teresa
Larry was on board for everything… I just noted when Teresa hit the stage.

Good times… another two shows tonight.

I would also like to sadly note the passing of Sam Andrews. He was a great guitar player, but mostly a fine man. We are diminished by has loss and our hearts go out to his family. Rest in peace brother.

Our company gets smaller every year…

Onward

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First Week In SD Done… Another Begins

February 9th, 2015 Jorma 16 comments

Last week I shared the teaching and an impromptu show on Thursday night with the incomparable G.E. Smith. G.E. brings so much to the musical table, no matter what genre he cloaks himself in… well, you just have to hear it. Thanks George! Thanks so much!!!

The man... the legend...

The man... the legend...

The class of... last week.

The class of... last week.

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Good job y’all!

The ubiquitous selfie...

The ubiquitous selfie...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen and John Hurlbut

Well… with that magnificent teaching experience wrapped up… I had the weekend to hang with the family.

If I have to see one more magnificent sunset...

If I have to see one more magnificent sunset...

Well… winter here in San Diego is sure different than it is back in the good old Buckeye State.

A morning walk on the beach

A morning walk on the beach

Nice breakfast… a walk on the beach… How good does it have to get?

High tide in La Jolla

High tide in La Jolla

Yeah… it’s darn scenic around here.

My nephew is in town so we took the kids to the Birch Aquarium over at Scripps… University Of San Diego.

Not your normal University...

Not your normal University...

Wow… this almost makes me want to go back to college.

I heard tell this is a 'benign' shark

I heard tell this is a 'benign' shark

I’m not sure how the concept of a ‘benign shark’ fits into my reality scheme… but so be it.

What a great weekend. Last night I bopped over to the airport and picked up Larry Campbell. He and I will be teaching this week and this weekend he an I and Teresa Williams will head up to Santa Monica for four shows at McCabe’s.

Meanwhile… messing around on Google Earth… I came up with this back home (warmer weather) screen shot of the Fur Peace Ranch including the Psylodelic Gallery and the Fur Peace Station.

NIce... and I never heard the plane...

NIce... and I never heard the plane...

That’s about it for now… gotta do some interviews about ‘Ain’t In No Hurry.’

I ain’t in no hurry… but I gotta run!

Teaching In San Diego

February 4th, 2015 Jorma 13 comments
Another great sunset?

Another great sunset?

Indeed… another great sunset in San Diego. Hmmm…

Just a short note here… teaching this week… good stuff and great students! Think what a boring job it would be to be a weather person here in the San Diego area. Nothing ever seems to change much… maybe that’s good.

Gotta finish breakfast and start imparting knowledge.

Goodnight sun...

Goodnight sun...

Yeah… I know it’s morning and I’m posting evening pictures…

They’re just too good to pass up!

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Escape From New York… And Ohio

January 27th, 2015 Jorma 14 comments
Far from Central Park

Far from Central Park

So… Sunday I made the trek… such as it was, from Ohio to San Diego. Freezing in Ohio… hot in Houston… temperate in San Diego. What a change. My friends at home in the Northeast were bracing for the big Winter Storm of 2015 while I was contemplating whether the minimal precip on the beach was worth daring. Wow… what a dilemma!

A little cloudy... hmmmmm...

A little cloudy... hmmmmm...

Just marking a little time before the first Fur Peace Ranch On The Road classes at The Dana next Monday. Urban California, whether coastal or not… are another world for me. Yeah, I know… I lived here a long time ago… but it was a long time ago. I’m a country boy now. That said, I’m sure enjoying this climatic moment this morning.

The girls on the beach...

The girls on the beach...

Well… time for a nice walk… more will be revealed.

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Getting Ready To Get Ready

January 24th, 2015 Jorma 6 comments
Last night's snow...

Last night's snow...

So I’m getting ready to hit the road… of course it starts to snow. Temperature above freezing… it won’t stick. Hmmm… The temperature was above freezing, but the snow is sticking. Dig it.

Yeah... it's sticking all right!

Yeah... it's sticking all right!

We’ve got a Fur Peace Ranch On The Road at the Dana On Mission Bay and as much as I’ve enjoyed being home, it’s time to start punching the clock again. I use the term loosely.

Yep... morning, and the snow is still there.

Yep... morning, and the snow is still there.

When I got up this morning, I shoveled the decks around the house and ran the vehicles up and down the driveway. 4X4 all the way of course. Good luck getting to the house in two wheel drive. Maybe I’ll plow before I leave. Hmmm….

Yeah... I think I'll plow.

Yeah... I think I'll plow.

Trouble is… I love this time of year. I don’t like the mud and wintry mix much… but when we get real snow… I love it. So California is in the offing for a while. Do I look forward to going? Sure… Would I look forward to staying? Sure! Good times either way. Here’s what I’m looking forward to.

Hmmm... this actually looks pretty good.

Hmmm... this actually looks pretty good.

Hey… choices! How good does it have to get. OK. I’m going to plow. Someone else might actually want to get up and down the driveway. I’m guessing I wont have to plow in La Jolla.

Onward!

Duende And Thoughts Of Upcoming Dana Point

January 16th, 2015 Jorma 34 comments

We have two great weekends coming up at this year’s Fur Peace Ranch On The Road at Dana Point In San Diego. The first week will feature G.E. Smith which would be Feb. 2nd through 6th. The second weekend would be be Me (Jorma) with David Wolff, and Larry Campbell… Feb. 9th through 13th.

It’s been an interesting time to say the least. Recently a number of friends have passed… some my age, some quite young. These things tend to lead to reflection. I start to think about what is important to me in my life and in my art and at this point in time, it is the tell… the story. I love the guitar, the instrument, the music, but these are the setting for the story… the real jewel.

Feb. 02, through 06th, 2015, at Dana Point in San Diego, is a songwriting workshop and I have been rethinking my approach to a class that so far, has been quite successful. We’ll be dealing with melody for sure. What is a song without the song? That said, this time around I see some serious interactive discussions about message, motive and metaphor.

My method has always been to write from life. I need to write about things that are affecting me at the time of the writing. I have never really been able to put myself in someone else’s shoes and create an imaginary landscape from scratch. Hopefully we will be able to learn to discuss the writing process and the emotions that drive it in an un-self conscious way. The writer will be led to put words on paper and music in the air in a way that will leave a lasting memory in the listener.

For me, song writing has always been cathartic and as a goal, to be able to really say what you mean and have others actually understand it is worth striving for.

Having just put all the emphasis on lyrics in these previous paragraphs… I’m going to back track a little for this next class, the 9th through the 13th of February, 2015… also at Dana Point In San Diego. In this workshop we’ll be learning, yes, instrumentals. Mostly ones that I have written, but not limiting ourselves to that. Again, with or without words, a musical piece must take you on a journey that has a beginning and an end. This is not about technical flash although we hope the songs we have chosen will challenge an elevate the student. It is about taking one on a listening journey that will have them at the end of the song saying to themselves, ‘That was nice!’

Since I’ll be going out to San Diego in about a week, I find myself psyching up for the trip and the teaching experience…. And having said that…

From Apprenticeship Of The Mule
By
Charlie Mehrhoff
‘They hand you a pen and perhaps some small corner to make
your home. And if you discover the strength which carries one
past exhaustion, if you are blessed, perhaps someone will arrive
to look over your shoulder and read what you are doing,
what you have done.
And if you are of the word, and if you have the duende,
they’ll be standing there, reading, long after you have gone.’

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Time Marches On

January 15th, 2015 Jorma 12 comments

Well, because of all the events in our collective lives, I’ve been remiss on this update.

First of all, last Monday I drove down to Lexington, Kentucky and was a guest on Michael Johnathon’s Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour. Lowell Levinger (aka’Banana’) was the other guest on the show… and we had a blast. Here’s my little set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 1, 2015
Michael Johnathan’s
Woodsong Old Time Radio Hour
Lexington, Kentucky
Monday, January 12, 2015

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. In My Dreams
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. Ain’t In No Hurry

At the end of the hour, we all joined Lowell in a rousing version of Dino Valenti’s ‘Get Together.’ Good time had by all.

Then when I got home, Angie from Red House Records sent me this cool review by Bill Bentley from down Texas way.

Hey folks,

do ya’ll know Bill Bentley? Quite a guy – Texas, was a Warners for years, Neil young’s publicist for years, now at Vanguard but still a huge fans and writes about things he digs. He knew Roky erickson from the TX days (dig the 13th Floor Elevator reference:)
Went and reviewed Jorma already at the Morton Report please share!


Jorma Kaukonen, Ain’t In No Hurry. There’s no way a man who was the lead guitarist in Jefferson Airplane ever needs to be in a hurry. He’s done it, from pioneering early psychedelic music in the Haight-Ashbury to tearing down the walls with a revolutionary sound right up to Woodstock. He then continued to thrill with the duo Hot Tuna with Airplane bassist Jack Casady the past 45 years. Jorma Kaukonen has done it all, and it’s no surprise he’s turned his eyes and ears to the early folk music that first captivated him.
But there’s no way he’s going traditional, so whether he’s performing songs by Jimmy Cox, A.P. Carter, Woody Guthrie, Thomas A. Dorsey or touching new originals like the breathtaking “Seasons in the Field,” Kaukonen has a distinct ability to cast all his music in a shimmering glow, one likely learned on the edge of LSD waves but thankfully transferred to real life. There are very few musicians from the class of ’65 in San Francisco that still pull these dreambeams down from the sky and are able to put them into song. Jorma Kaukonen took the express bus to the 13th floor a long time ago, and through sheer spirit and hard work has stayed there. Producer Larry Campbell is the perfect choice to help him keep shining. Owsley-approved.

Not bad for openers…

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