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Still Flying Strong!

October 11th, 2017 Jorma 35 comments
There are many Highway 61's.  This is mine!

There are many Highway 61's. This is mine!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

San Francisco and Hardly, Strictly Bluegrass were delightful as they always are. I flew in the day before the show and out after our set on Sunday. That’s just part of the gig and it’s more than OK. Back at the Fur Peace Ranch there is always something to be done. We have a camp this weekend with Chris Smither and Doug MacLeod so there was the usual honey/do list waiting. Speaking of waiting… Bedford Township finally OK’d paving for St. Clair Rd. Our heartfelt thanks to the trustees… and the workers who did the job.

Better than Manhattan

Better than Manhattan

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It is true that all our vehicles are four wheel drive, but it looks like we won’t need that for a while.

Now… some interesting Jefferson Airplane news. Jampol Artist Management has taken over the reins of protecting and expanding the legacy of the Airplane. For years the management we had did little or nothing creative. In the short time we have been with Jampol much has already happened. Our music has appeared in more movies in the last year or so than in more than a decade and now this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yARn15Ks1DE

Yes folks, it’s a Cover Girl ad featuring one of Marty’s great songs, I Like it. This is a pre-Grace gem and there’s an interesting sidebar. Back in those early days, the guitar heroes were guys like Mike Bloomfield and Buddy Guy and other blues greats. I remember playing the Avalon Ballroom with the Airplane after Takes Off came out. We did ‘I Like It’ and I actually got a round of applause after my little solo. That had never happened before and I still remember that moment fondly.

Having our song featured in a Cover Girl ad with Ayesha Curry, Issa Rae, Katy Perry, and others has given me creds with our eleven year old daughter that money can’t buy. It’s the little things for sure!

Indeed…

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Hardly, Strictly, Bluegrass

October 9th, 2017 Jorma 15 comments

Caught Myron from my drone as we were getting ready to pack up for S.F.

I see you...

I see you...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Living the Vida Drona

Living the Vida Drona

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

We docked the truck at the John Glenn International Airport Garage and headed in.

Only the strong survive!

Only the strong survive!

Blurry foto by Myron Hart

Sunrise came as sunrise does from the East, but in the West on Saturday morning, the moon was still up.

Looking west towards the beach

Looking west towards the beach

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Whither goest thou?

Whither goest thou?

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I arrived in San Francisco about one in the morning with Myron. Jack, Justin and Phil were already there. Saturday was occupied with trying to catch up on my sleep and store some energy so we could pounce on the folks by the Banjo Stage. The Banjo Stage was where the old Speedway Meadows free shows happened back in the 60’s. It occurred to me that Jack and I had participated in Golden Gate Park gigs longer than anyone else there this weekend.

Jack stakes out his turf.

Jack stakes out his turf.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen.

The folks at Hardly, Strictly, Bluegrass really know how to throw a party. For such an all encompassing event, there were few glitches!

Staging ground...

Staging ground...

I was dumping my stuff off when I noticed that my old pal, Dave Alvin and his gang had the dressing tent next to ours.

Dave Alvin and me...

Dave Alvin and me...

I forgot who took this picture… it wasn’t me, I know that.

I’m definitely going to see if I can get Dave and his pals out to the Fur Peace Ranch for a show. I loved their show… real rock and roll!

The Tuna Boys took the stage about 1215.

Golden Gate Park the way it was meant to be!

Golden Gate Park the way it was meant to be!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 46, 2017
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
The Banjo Stage
Golden Gate Park
Sunday, October 8, 2017

1. Living Just For You
2. Trial By Fire
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Talkin’ Bout You
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Funky #7

Jack gets it!

Jack gets it!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We had a great set and after we were done I had the chance to hear the Flatlanders as well as Dave Alvin.

Me and Jimmy Dale Gilmore

Me and Jimmy Dale Gilmore

Selfie by Jorma

It was a grand weekend. I started flying home about ten last night and get in this afternoon at two… Good times. Now this weekend we have a camp at the Ranch…

Good times always…

End Of The Fundraiser & Natalie’s Wood Fired Pizza

October 5th, 2017 Jorma 40 comments

Many thanks to all who answered Izze’s call for the fundraiser… This is a short event and the money has to be turned in on Monday the 9th of October which means that we have to have the gelt in hand on Saturday the 7th so that’s it folks. For all practical purposes we’re done and again… our heartfelt thanks!

Tuesday the 3rd I played to solo shows at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza in Worthington outside of Columbus, Ohio. This is a great little venue and it was a real treat to play a cool gig so near to home.

Jorma Kaukonen 7, 2017

Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza

Worthington, Ohio

October 3, 2017

  1. True Religion
  2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  4. Barbeque King
  5. That’ll Never Happen No More
  6. River Of Time
  7. Sleep Song
  8. Watch The North Wind Rise
  9. How Long Blues
  10. San Francisco Bay Blues
  11. I See The Light
  12. Genesis
  13. Hesitation Blues
  14. Bar Room Crystal Ball
  15. Re-Enlistment Blues
  16. Keep On Trucking Mama
  17. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  18. Encore: What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?

Jorma Kaukonen 8, 2017

Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza

Worthington, Ohio

October 3, 2017

  1. Candy Man
  2. Ain’t In No Hurry
  3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  4. The Terrible Operation
  5. In My Dreams
  6. Come Back Baby
  7. Been So Long
  8. Things That Might Have Been
  9. Trial By Fire
  10. Sea Child
  11. Good Shepherd
  12. Whining Boy Blues
  13. Living In The Moment
  14. Search My Heart
  15. I Know You Rider
  16. Encore: Water Song

Notice… not one song repetition…

Last night I was part of a function at Shadowbox Live in Columbus in conjunction with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame… I got to play White Rabbit and Come Back Baby with the house band… Cool beans and a special thanks to Stacie Boord for smoothing the bumps in the road!

Tomorrow it’s off to S.F. for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend.

Onward!

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Every Thought And Every Deed…

September 30th, 2017 Jorma 18 comments

With the High Holidays coming to a close, for me I tend to look back and try to see if I have made a positive impact on the world and the people around me. I’d be lying if I tried to say I have never fallen short. We all pray in our own way, we all repent in our own way, and we all try to leave our mark in our own way. That being said, my daughter Izze is involved in a middle school fundraiser and I have involved myself to help as best I can. In the past when she was involved in scouting she sold over one thousand boxes of cookies and several cases went to Afghanistan (thanks to David Crosby and so many of my friends who answered her call) to a soldier that we knew who shared them with his brothers.

At the beginning of the school year she sold some “bake your own” cookies for her volleyball team fundraiser and she asked people to consider donating their purchases so that the local homeless shelter could benefit. When she was five, she had her first real birthday party with a ton of friends out to the family farm, a lasso throwing cowboy (thanks Rob McNurlin) and more. On her invitation she asked her friends that if they were going to bring a gift, she had made a decision to donate any toys to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for the kids that were there long term…and she did just that. It was the most beautiful thing to witness. OK, to get to the point of this blog… there’s another fundraiser. Just last week her school had an assembly and talked about the annual 8th grade trip to DC and that they needed everyone’s help. So here we are. Several sheets came home with options to buy candy and “bake your own” pizza and bread. The average price of the candy is $16 a box and the pizza and bread are about 29 bucks. She has decided once again ask folks to consider making a purchase to donate. Her plan is to send as many of the candy boxes and pizza and pretzel kits to Kittery Estates Assisted & Independent Living Facility in southern Maine and shelters throughout Florida. Small acts of kindness will hopefully brighten someone’s day!

There are a lot of products but we’re just going to pick a couple to make it easy.

Cheese Pizza’s $25 (makes 3 – 13”x18” pizzas)
Pepperoni Pizza $29 (makes 3 – 13”x18” pizzas)
Soft Pretzels w/salt $18.50 (makes 10 pretzels)
Peanut Brittle $12 (8oz in a gift tin)
Mint Meltaways $13.50 (12 pieces, 5oz )

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

Pepperoni Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza

Pretzels

Pretzels

Mint Meltaways

Mint Meltaways

Cheese Pizza

Cheese Pizza

If this is something you want to help with this, let me know. You can email me at liffetimepicker@gmail.com. Checks can be made out AMS (Athens Middle School) and mail it to Izze K, c/o Fur Peace Ranch, 39495 St Clair Rd. Pomeroy, Ohio 45769. This is a quick fundraiser. Izze has to turn the order forms and the money in to the school on October 9th. If you want to order some items for yourself, include your address and phone number and many thanks for letting me use my blog to help Izze help her fellow students.

PS We realize that with all the disasters plaguing our hemisphere right now that this fundraiser is low on the totem pole but if it matters we have donated to all of the areas affected by the recent storms and earthquakes. Just sayin’

Thanks!

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Another Day Closer To Spring

September 25th, 2017 Jorma 17 comments

Fall is upon us and as my world here in Southeast Ohio begins to think thoughts of seasonal sleep I cannot help but indulge in thoughts of death and rebirth. Tragedy comes to all our lives at some point, but still if we’re lucky life goes on. A couple of weeks ago we had our Pick And Putt (motorcycles, not golf) weekend and here are some fotos.

The last hand operated lock system in the state of Ohio

The last hand operated lock system in the state of Ohio

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It’s been a while since I rode this route, but it never gets old.

Old technology that still works

Old technology that still works

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The stuff of Tom Sawyer

The stuff of Tom Sawyer

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A shade tree by a river bank… It reminds me of being a kid and hiking the towpath by the Potomac River with my Mom when I was a kid!

This is how you cycle the locks... by hand

This is how you cycle the locks... by hand

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The lock keeper was a big man. You have to be to move these gears. His name was actually Jeremiah Johnson. You can’t make this stuff up.

Ready for the boats to enter

Ready for the boats to enter

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This is sort of an out of time experience you can share in season down here where we live. America is a beautiful country and there are a lot of beautiful places… but this is as good as any!

Last weekend was the Pomeroy Sternwheel Riverfest and I got on my bike and rode down to see what the shouting was all about.

Not as large as some years, but cool nonetheless!

Not as large as some years, but cool nonetheless!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

There was no town budget for this event this year so the Fraternal Order or Eagles sponsored it and yes… they had a Hula Hoop contest. Later that night we had the amazing A.J.Croce play a concert at the Fur Peace Station and it was more than amazing.

Sun setting over the trees

Sun setting over the trees

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was another sold out show and no one left disappointed!

A.J. at the 1903 Chickering.

A.J. at the 1903 Chickering.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A.J. is one of the finest pianists I have ever heard, and I’ve heard lots, but it’s more than than. His spirit and sensibilities are pure and powerful!

One of the things I truly enjoy about being home after family, is walking with our dog, Maverick and being wrapped in the seasonal change first thing in the morning.

The fall sky just after first light

The fall sky just after first light

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It’s been warm so these last few mornings have been gentle rather than crisp. That will come!

Trees die gently as new growth springs

Trees die gently as new growth springs

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I know this land well, but there is always something new to see in each glance.

The remains of the old barn

The remains of the old barn

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

When we first moved here 26 years ago, this barn was more than dilapidated but it was still standing. Now it approaches the ages.

Come take a walk with me on my road...

Come take a walk with me on my road...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

You just can’t beat morning country air!

Magnificent!

Magnificent!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Indeed, life is more than existence… and life prevails. More shall be revealed!

Technology that still works!

Technology that still works!

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A Pause In The River

September 18th, 2017 Jorma 27 comments

In the last week we had two fine shows. Last Saturday night was Denny Laine with Joe Orlando on bass, Belle Liao on keys, Jeff Otis Brown on guitar an Owen Goldman on drums. Thanks so much Denny for great classes and a fine show. This weekend we had Matt Schofield and his trio with another awesome show. The weather for our Pick And Putt ride was awesome and all the positive energy here at the Fur Peace Ranch helped lift our spirits a little from the news the Stephanie, my son Zach’s mom, passed a two PM on Friday.

She had fought a hard battle against the cancer, but in the end, the day was not hers to win. She was a fearless advocate for Zach all his life and the qualities of manhood he shows today are certainly at least in a great part, the result of her stewardship. Her pain is over and that at least has to be a blessing. I will be leaving for the funeral in South Carolina tomorrow.

Prayers and thoughts are always appreciated.

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9/11… Sixteen Years Later

September 11th, 2017 Jorma 59 comments

September 11 crept up on me this year. In some ways 9/11/01 seems like a lifetime ago and in others it was only yesterday. At eleven years old those moments a decade and a half ago are more unimaginable to my daughter than WWII is to me. She has inherited this world along with the rest of us, but she was not yet born when it was.

This morning was the closing of another session at the Fur Peace Ranch and even though I wasn’t teaching this weekend I played a little coffee break concert at the Beatrice Love Kitchen. They had just started reading the names of the fallen as I picked up my guitar and headed on over to the porch. In memory of those who perished that day and those who continue to perish as a result of that day, I played Washington Phillip’s ‘What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?’ I could think of nothing more fitting.

I will remember 9/11 as long as I have breath… where I was, what I was doing, who I was talking to, what I was thinking about… I do not know if that is a good or a bad thing, but that is how it is.

I remember it all… and I mourn in my own way.

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Labor Day…

September 4th, 2017 Jorma 32 comments
Sunset by drone

Sunset by drone

Done shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Life is always lived against the fall of night. Born into light we start our journey chasing the end of day. If we’re lucky, we will enjoy many years between that first and last light. I have been lucky… very lucky. I find myself saying, ‘At my age,’ thus and so might or might not be in the cards and I have earned the right to wax philosophic in the way of old men.

But always though. I am surrounded by youth with a 20 year old son and an 11 year old daughter. They have plenty of time before they need to either hear this nonsense or spout it themselves and that’s more than alright. Both my kids made it through their first week of school and though it’s early in the game, they’re both looking good. We caught the detritus of Hurricane Harvey in the form of two days of rain and there wasn’t even much of that. Again, lucky. I did get a chance to do a lot of drone flying though.

I see things no one else can see...

I see things no one else can see...

Drone selfie by Jorma Kaukonen. Goggles by DJI.

There were some fabulous sunsets and I got a chance to experiment with the drone camera.

Nice light for nine PM!

Nice light for nine PM!

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Idyllic from on high!

Idyllic from on high!

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Yesterday I worked around the Ranch but today after I let Izze practice volleyball by firing serves at me I took a hundred mile ride on the bike. This has been a fine Labor Day Weekend indeed! Indeed, another step on the journey, but the end is not yet in sight!

Good times…

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A Trip To Lockn’

August 28th, 2017 Jorma 40 comments
What the world needs now...

What the world needs now...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Myron and I drove down to Arrington, Virginia for a hang at Lockn’ with Roger MacNamee and Moonalice. A swell time was had by all and it was great to play with Roger, John Molo, Barry Sless and my old friend Pete Sears!

Modern festival life with showers

Modern festival life with showers

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

There sure was a little bit of everything here this weekend!

What the...

What the...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Nothing like rehearsing to learn songs!

Pickin' and grinnin'

Pickin' and grinnin'

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I didn’t keep track of the tunes… but we rocked!

Nice afternoon!

Nice afternoon!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Thanks to Roger and the guys for being such gracious hosts!

Every kind of folk a feller woul want!

Every kind of folk a feller woul want!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen.

Then it was off to the VIP tent for a little solo set!

Notice the chandelier in the tent!

Notice the chandelier in the tent!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen At Lockn’
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Arrington, Virginia

Lockn’
Super VIP

1. True Religion
2. Sleep Song
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Barbeque King
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Whining Boy Blues
7. River Of Time
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
11. Trial By Fire
12. Genesis
13. Keep On Trucking Mama

With this little set our work was done an Myron and I headed for home.

On another note, our thoughts and prayers our with our brothers and sisters down on the Gulf Coast!

Onward!

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Julian Coryell And Bob Margolin… And More

August 26th, 2017 Jorma 11 comments
G_d's in his heaven

G_d's in his heaven

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Last Saturday night the clouds conspired to welcome Julian Coryell and the New Eleventh House Band.

The sun sets at the Ranch as the music starts to rise!

The sun sets at the Ranch as the music starts to rise!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Larry Coryell was one of my very old friends going back to 1965 when we met on an early Airplane tour in New York City. I’m not a jazz cat and he was way heavier than I at at the time, but he took me under his wing an showed me some stuff I have taken with me to this day. When Larry passed away earlier this year after a gig at the Iridium in NYC, I could hardly believe it. I had planned on him coming to the Ranch and teaching, hanging out and doing a concert with some of his old pals from the Eleventh House Band, but it was not to be. His son Julian Coryell picked up the slack and showed up with the guys… some old, some new!

He had John Lee on bass… original 11th House member. Randy Brecker on trumpet… original 11th House member. Gerry Brown on drums, just off tour with Diana Ross… Stevie Wonder’s drummer for fifteen years and Jeff Babko on keys from Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The New 11th House Band

The New 11th House Band

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

These guys just killed it and I believe Larry was up there smiling down on us this night!

Juian tears it up through my 1967 Marshall Plexi 50w.

Juian tears it up through my 1967 Marshall Plexi 50w.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Randy Brecker gets it done!

Randy Brecker gets it done!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This was indeed a night to remember.

It was a fusion filled sksy this night!

It was a fusion filled sksy this night!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Thanks Julian and the rest of the guys for a night I’ll always remember.

I miss Larry…

Sunday night I became a member of Bob Margolin’s band and we played two sets of rockin’ old school blues!

Bob Margolin guitar and vocals. Jorma Kaukonen guitar and vocals. Bubba Norwood drums and Tad Walters, guitar, harp, vocals and bass.

Thanks guys for letting me fly with you for an evening!

Today Myron and I showed up at Lockn’ to rehearse with Roger NacNamee and Moonalice for a gig tomorrow. On board will be Roger NacNamee, John Molo, Barry Sless, Pete Sears and I.

Roger, Pete, Barry, Me and John

Roger, Pete, Barry, Me and John

Tomorrow we play… three to four…

Good times!

More will be revealed.

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