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Couples Weekend At The Fur Peace Ranch!!!!

August 1st, 2016 20 comments
Nothing like a morning walk in the woods to get the ball rolling...

Nothing like a morning walk in the woods to get the ball rolling...

Foto by Jorma & Vanessa Kaukonen

Every weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch is special…but if you’re going to grade ‘special,’ Couples Weekend is high on the list of specialness! For teachers there myself, (of course), Verlon Thompson, and Kai Eckhardt. Verlon and I opened the Saturday night concert for Roger MacNamee, Jason Crosby, Pete Sears and Jay Lane. Yup… The Doobie Decibel System.

Me and Verlon backstage

Me and Verlon backstage

Foto by Rusty Smith

Jorma Kaukonen 28, 2016
With Verlon Thompson

1. Back Up & Turn Around, Verlon with Jorma
2. In My Dreams, Jorma with Verlon
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here, Jorma with Verlon
4. Come Back Baby, Jorma with Verlon
5. I Will Come Back, Verlon with Jorma
6. Poor Boy, Verlon with Jorma
7. Ain’t In No Hurry, Jorma with Verlon
8. The Guitar, Verlon with Jorma

Our cool little set…

Verlon, Jay, Kai, Me, Roger and Pete

Verlon, Jay, Kai, Me, Roger and Pete

Foto by Jason Crosby

A fine night of music and I got to sit in with the boys.

Then before you knew it… it was Monday and time for everyone to scatter to their homes.

Our class picture...

Our class picture...

Jorma, Kai and Nessa

Jorma, Kai and Nessa

Getting to hang with Kai and Verlon… two very spiritual people was the ongoing frosting on the cake…

Onward!

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Visiting Dark Star At Legend Valley

May 28th, 2016 13 comments
Me on my new scoot

Me on my new scoot

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

That’s how my week started on Tuesday… New Bike! What’s not to like.

Got a couple of rides in and then it was time to pick Jack, Justin and Phil up at the airport and head to the Dark Star Jubilee… Could it get better?

Justin, setting up... ready to rock!

Justin, setting up... ready to rock!

Weather beautiful… good friends abound!

Jack and Myron

Jack and Myron

They said it might rain… but it was holding off.

Me and the real Big Dog!

Me and the real Big Dog!

Foto by Suzy Perler

What a great Festival this is and what an honor to be here!

Yummy

Yummy

Hot Tuna 7, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Dark Star Jubilee
Legend Valley
Thornville, Ohio

Saturday, May 28, 2016

1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. Candy Man
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. A Little Faster
5. Sea Child
6. I See The Light
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Hesitation Blues
12. Can’t Get Satisfied
13. Funky # 7
14. Hit Single #1

That'll Never Happen No More

That'll Never Happen No More

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Confab on stage

Confab on stage

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After our set, the Dark Star folks graciously invited us to play White Rabbit with them…

Thanks y’all!

Goodnight Dark Star... and goodnight moon...

Goodnight Dark Star... and goodnight moon...

The Bell Tolls, And The Reaper Reaps

May 17th, 2016 21 comments
Any day is a good day for a ride!

Any day is a good day for a ride!

It has become so common of late to say, ‘At my age this,’ or ‘At my age that…’ Fact is, there really is no other way to say this and it’s true. Over the last year or so, I have lost many friends, some my age and some younger. At any age when you lose someone who is part of the story of your life, the Bell definitely tolls for us all.

That said, the Reaper is never without work and that’s just the way it is. When we talk about those who have left us, the response is almost always, ‘I’m sorry for our loss,’ and we appreciate that… but the loss is for us to absorb.

When one passes, the end is written to their story, there will never be a new chapter. All they have been is finished, and all they will be will never happen. Done.

Is it sad to see it thus?

It shouldn’t be, because that’s just the way it is. I was having brunch with Vanessa today when I heard that Guy Clark passed yesterday. I was saddened to hear this. Guy was a friend and I was such a huge admirer of his art. I knew that he had been unwell for a number of years and that his wife Susanna had preceded him. At what time does one prepare for that final journey? Hard to say since as a rule, it’s not our call when our ticket gets pulled.

It was an honor to have known Guy!

Today was raining but I had an appointment to take Vanessa’s Dyna into the Harley shop for servicing. ‘Take it tomorrow,’ she said. I thought, ‘If it’s sunny tomorrow, I’d rather go for a ride than spend a couple of hours at the Harley shop.’ Plus, every ride you don’t take is one less than you’re going to get a shot at in this life.

Why wait?

Every doggone minute folks… every doggone minute!

I’ve got a camp at the Fur Peace Ranch this weekend with Tom Feldmann, Chris Smither and Happy Traum, my beloved wife and kids are well and for me… well so far so good! I’m taking a deep breath and soldiering on.

As for Guy… fair wind and following seas brother, fair wind and following seas!

Good times can be simple sometime...

Good times can be simple sometime...

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A Night In Atlanta…

April 18th, 2016 6 comments
We ain't in Kansas anymore...

We ain't in Kansas anymore...

We buzzed into Atlanta after a quick drive from Live Oak, Florida… up in the morning, looking for breakfast and finding tall buildings.

Wow...

Wow...

From the hotel to the Variety Theater is only 7 miles… but it took a while.

Our name in lights...

Our name in lights...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A good time at the Variety Theater as always…

Hot Tuna 3, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
The Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, Georgia
Sunday, April 17, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. Sleep Song
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second St:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Candy Man
4. Too Many Years
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Come Back Baby
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Genesis

Giving the gift of song....

Giving the gift of song....

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Meanwhile, back at the Fur Peace Ranch

The blues... backstage at the Ranch

The blues... backstage at the Ranch

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Bob Margolin, G.E.Smith and friends.

Tomorrow, good old Hot Tuna plays The Orange Peel in Asheville.

Down the road…

Jahrzeit For Marjorie

September 15th, 2015 9 comments
Marjorie and Paul some years ago...

Marjorie and Paul some years ago...

It has been a year since our dear friend Marjorie passed… may her memory be a blessing. She was such a part of our life, and indeed she was such a part of everyone’s life she touched. She touched a lot of people. I miss her every day… her wise counsel… her humor and her art.

This is such a small note for such a big love… but it is all I can offer right now.

We miss you Marjorie… always.

Fair winds and following seas.

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Now We’re Ready For The Show!

September 10th, 2015 4 comments
The Carriage House welcomes us!

The Carriage House welcomes us!

We pulled in about 1300 today… the rain had quit for a while… but we knew it was coming. Still… any time you’re playing music it’s a good time!

My Grandfther's clock was too tall for the shelf...

My Grandfther's clock was too tall for the shelf...

The Carriage House was a delightful place to rehearse, weather and humidity notwithstanding. We thank everyone for their hospitality.

Rachael, G.E. & Me

Rachael, G.E. & Me

Foto by Phil Jacobs

To sing and play with the likes of these… can’t be beat!

Larry, Rachael, Teresa and Jack

Larry, Rachael, Teresa and Jack

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It was getting scarey… we started to sound like a band! 🙂

Carmelo and Justin...

Carmelo and Justin...

And then before you knew it, the rehearsal was over… next stop… Main Stage, Lockn’

The storm before the calm!

The storm before the calm!

Time for bed… knowing that we’re good to go!

Onward…

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Gearing Up For Lockn’ 2015

September 9th, 2015 8 comments
Rehearsing at the carriage house

Rehearsing at the carriage house

Check this band out:
Jorma Kaukonen… guitar and occasional vocal
Jack Casady… bass
Teresa Williams… vocals
Rachael Price… vocals
Jeff Pehrson… vocals
Larry Campbell… guitar and vocals
G.E.Smith… guitar
Justin Guip… drums and percussion

This is Hot Tuna Plus… couldn’t be better!

We had a fabulous four and a half hour rehearsal today and another one tomorrow… electric show Friday night at the good old Lockn’ Festival. This is a great band of friends… old and new, and it’s going to be a great show. I personally guarantee it!

Saturday, Jack and I will hold for acoustically in the afternoon on the big stage as well. We love this festival and we plan on doing it proud! More will be revealed after tomorrow’s rehearsal.

Nice view from the 'rehearsal hall'

Nice view from the 'rehearsal hall'

We’re fired up… let me tell you!

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July 5th, Ohio Tattoo Museum, Bidwell, Ohio!!!!!! Be There!

July 1st, 2015 17 comments
Here ye, hear ye. Be there or be square!

Here ye, hear ye. Be there or be square!

July 5th I’ll be down in Bidwell, Ohio to do some pickin’ on the guitar and talkin’ ’bout tattoos. Bidwell is right down river by Gallipolis. It’s in the old Gallipolis Harley Davidson building. We’re talking about the Ohio Tattoo Museum here. Rich has an unbelievable collection of flash that goes back several hundred years… and lots of other cool stuff too! I’ll also be playing some music. What’s not to like?

I was in Hawaii recently an got a chance to have breakfast with my old pal Ed Hardy who did my back piece. Hey, I know, life goes on and I hate to keep talking about ‘The Old Days,’ but I’m going to talk about the old days. I realize that tattooing has become mainstream in a way and that as in most art forms… the modern inkers are doing things that were unthinkable when I got my first tattoo in Lyle Tuttle’s shop over the Greyhound Station on Seventh St. in San Francisco back in the 60’s. Tattooing inhabited a demi monde back then… and the work really meant something lurking in the shadows of society.

Just sayin’

Jorma Kaukonen and Don Ed Hardy

Jorma Kaukonen and Don Ed Hardy

Couple of survivors here… Ed and I. Here’s to us and those like us… damn few left!

Good times. I’m going for a walk with Maverick the Dog.

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From Dear Jerry Onward!

May 17th, 2015 13 comments

So I was blessed and honored to be asked to be a part of the Dear Jerry celebration at Merriweather Post in Columbia, Maryland. Myron and I got in late-ish on Tuesday for the rehearsal on Wednesday and the gig on Thursday.

The view from the hotel Tuesday night... yep Camden Yards.

The view from the hotel Tuesday night... yep Camden Yards.

The first person I saw was my old buddy Sam Bush. What a treat! Then the hits just kept on coming.

Jorma & Buddy

Jorma & Buddy

Buddy Miller! Cool beans. I’ve been a fan of his for years. To get to play with him was the cat’s meow… and that wasn’t all.

There was Don Was on bass… Audley Freed on guitars… Matt Rollings on keys, coolness… Raymond Weber on drums… and the McCrary sisters with soulful back up singing! Talk about a house band! And last but not least, Russ Pawl on pedal steel.! Yeah buddy!!!

Now some more pictures:

Matt Rollings, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Don Was and Sam Bush

Matt Rollings, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Don Was and Sam Bush

The boys play Shady Grove…

Barry, Dawg & Sam

Barry, Dawg & Sam

Triumvirate!

Russ Pahl at work...

Russ Pahl at work...

Peter Frampton, Sam Bush and Jorma

Peter Frampton, Sam Bush and Jorma

Getting my do done...

Getting my do done...

Jimmy Cliff Sings... beautifully!

Jimmy Cliff Sings... beautifully!

Jorma & Jimmy

Jorma & Jimmy

Almost 20,000 people!  Wow!

Almost 20,000 people! Wow!

Then it was my turn to hold forth on Sugaree!

Jumping into Sugaree...

Jumping into Sugaree...

Barry Mitterhoff joins the fray...

Barry Mitterhoff joins the fray...

Great to have Barry Mitterhoff on board for this classic tune!

I take a selfie with Grace Potter!

I take a selfie with Grace Potter!

The rehearsal for the encore... Ripple

The rehearsal for the encore... Ripple

Performance shot...

Performance shot...

What a great time I had.

Caroline Garcia and I

Caroline Garcia and I

In the video interview, they asked me, ‘If you could say something to Jerry right now… what would it be?’ ‘That’s easy,’ I said. ‘I bet you wish you were here. I know we do!’

And then it was time to head up to New England for a gig at the Bull Run.

Noble sentiments!

Noble sentiments!

A quiet tarn...

A quiet tarn...

Here is my set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 31, 2015
Jorma Solo At
The Bull Run Concert Series
Shirley, Massachusetts
Friday, May 15, 2015

1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. The Other Side Of The Mountain
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Hesitation Blues
6. I See The Light
7. Barbeque King
8. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. In My Dreams
11. Come Back Baby
12. Good Shepherd
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. I Am The Light Of This World
16. I Know You Rider
17. How Long Blues

Bull Run... in Mass.

Bull Run... in Mass.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was off to Beacon, New York and The Town Crier.

The Town Crier

The Town Crier

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Big Dog...

The Big Dog...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 32, 2015
Jorma Solo At
The Town Crier
Beacon, New York

First Set:
1. Don’t You Leave Me Here
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. The Other Side Of The Mountain
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
5. I See The Light
6. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
7. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
8. Come Back Baby
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Hesitation Blues
11. How Long Blues
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Second Chances
4. Candy Man
5. Barbeque King
6. In My Dreams
7. Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me
8. Re-Enlistment Bleus
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Behind the Martin M-30

Behind the Martin M-30

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Yep… a grand three day run.

By the sign of the Crier

By the sign of the Crier

Foto by Kelly Worth

Well… that’s about it for now. Myron and I beat feet for home and made 600 miles in ten hours… not bad. A great little run… but great to be home!

Steve Kimock, Woody Mann & Jorma At The FPR… & More

May 11th, 2015 26 comments

This past weekend we hosted Woody Mann and Steve Kimock at the Fur Peace Ranch. Two of my favorite people!

Woody and I...

Woody and I...

Foto by John Hurlbut

Saturday night the concert was the wondrous Steve Kimock partnered with Jerry Joseph. By the Bye… I got to sit in as well.

On stage with the boys!

On stage with the boys!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Sunday we had our group foto and open mike.

In front of the Fur Peace Station

In front of the Fur Peace Station

Foto by Brett Thompson

My class this weekend was an electric one and I had a simply great bunch of guys. Thanks fellas… this was a good one.

A fine looking bunch!

A fine looking bunch!

Today after the final wrap up, I drove into Athens to meet with Dan Erlewine and get a chance to play Mike Bloomfield’s old Telecaster. Now this is the guitar he played with Dylan at Newport, I believe. Obviously one of the subsequent owners was left handed and did a butcher job trying to create a left handed guitar. That said, to play this guitar that lived in Mike’s hands was amazing! By the way… thanks for all the tips you gave me as a guitar playing youngster Mike. You were the man!

Me, the guitar and Dan Erlewine

Me, the guitar and Dan Erlewine

Foto by Dennis Powell

We may be talking about this more at a later date. Anyway, what a weekend!

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