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Changes In The Ocean…

November 22nd, 2014 Jorma 3 comments

‘Cause there’s changes in the ocean
And there’s changes in the sea
And there’s changes in my own true love
But there ain’t no change in me’

From ‘The Rose Of Aberdeen’

So we were rearranging some furniture in the house yesterday and today and I have to say that left to my own devices, I would rarely change anything. Yeah, boring I know. Anyway, moving this… moving that and all of a sudden, it’s like a new world. Izze, our delightful eight year old was completely upset by the repositioning of the dining room table… and I get it, believe me. Things are moving quickly in her young life and I can see it is sometimes hard to accept this. Things are changing more quickly in my life too. There was that period of time in my forties and fifties where I just really didn’t perceive change until after it had taken place. Now, change is with me every day. My Dad (may he rest in peace) used to talk about the fact that getting older was a series of successful adaptations. These adaptations occur more often these days and sometimes when I sit by myself I find myself thinking about the time I have left to accomplish the things I want to accomplish. Now I know that thoughts like these are a luxury and largely a waste of time.

With this in mind, I get up off my ass and get something done… finish writing a song, take Izze skating, practice the guitar, vacuum the bird room… whatever. I’ve got a tour with Tuna coming up… I look forward to that but I’ll miss home. After the first of the year my new CD, ‘Ain’t In No Hurry’ will be out and I’ll be touring to support that. I hope to get a little motorcycle trip in in the Spring… spend some vacation time with the family… maybe a little time with my seventeen year old son Zach before his young life calls him away for the Summer…

As always, my life is a embarrassment of riches and I am still confronted with a plethora of delightful choices. It is cold this morning as I sit here in the dining room… with the table in a new place. It’s like having a new room… sort of. Changes in the ocean, changes in the sea… there is no constant except change and there are changes in me too… and that has to be a good thing.

Now I’ll see if I can convince Izze, and myself… that this is true.

Onward!

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Final Weekend Of Season 17 At The Fur Peace Ranch

November 10th, 2014 Jorma 5 comments
Turn, turn, turn...

Turn, turn, turn...

The seasons are turning again as seasons will… Halloween has come and gone… Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the final weekend of Season 17 at the Fur Peace Ranch is over. Almost two decades of music and fellowship… indeed where does the time go?

Saturday night G.E. Smith held sway on the Jackie Russell stage at the Fur Peace Station… Jack Casady played bass, John Sferra played drums, and yours truly got to wail a bit on my Jazzmaster. a heckuva good time was had by all.

Campers... last weekend, 2014

Campers... last weekend, 2014

The open mike Sunday afternoon was as outstanding as it’s ever been… thanks everyone!

G.E. pays me a visit in the library...

G.E. pays me a visit in the library...

Sunday night… G.E. joined Spencer Bohren for an impromptu show at the Station… opened by me doing about twenty minutes of tunes. Spenser is a national treasure… you gotta see and hear him! By the bye.. G.E. is a national treasure too!

Pick it boys!

Pick it boys!

Yeah, what a weekend of music.

This morning after the last class, me and the guys got together for a class picture…

Looking good boys!

Looking good boys!

A fitting end to a fine year… Until next year folks…

May the Good Lord take a liking to you…

(as Roy Rogers would say!)

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Recording Begins At The Fur Peace Ranch

September 29th, 2014 Jorma 13 comments
Early evening Fall sky at the FPR

Early evening Fall sky at the FPR

So Larry Campbell came in yesterday to produce and play on my new recording project for Red House Records. We’re doing this at the Fur Peace Station so we have converted the Station into a recording facility for the next ten days or so. Justin Guip came down from Woodstock, N.Y. to engineer the session and to play drums as needed. (Justin is also currently playing drums with Electric Hot Tuna.) With the able assistance of Myron Hart my guitar tech and pal… we got three songs done the first afternoon… well, basics, anyway.

Kirchen's poster still rules the stage

Kirchen's poster still rules the stage

Myron, Larry, Justin and me...

Myron, Larry, Justin and me...

Well, that’s about it for the first day… good sounds with more to come. I’ll sleep well tonight.

Goodnight Ranch

Goodnight Ranch

Of Time, The River, And Pick ‘n’ Putt

September 22nd, 2014 Jorma 11 comments
Sheila, Ben and Me

Sheila, Ben and Me

So last Thurday, Sheila, Ben, Greg and myself went on a 250 mile ride… up past Marietta and down a magnificent little road oft touted as the ‘Baby Dragon.’ It was a majestic ride… twisty, contemplative, no traffic and perfect weather.

Perfect!

Country driving... can't beat it!

Country driving... can't beat it!

Before we descended into Hannibal, Ohio… we stopped do drink in the scenery and rest our butts.

No more needs be said...

No more needs be said...

Nice... very nice

Nice... very nice

The view off the mountain down into Hannibal, was truly… picture perfect!

What a day!

What a day!

Then Friday morning came… and so began another grand session at the Fur Peace Ranch. This weekend we hosted Maurice Cridlin, Bill Kirchen, David Wolff of Breakdown Way fame, and myself.

Saturday morning, we gathered at 0800 for our 13th Pick ‘n’ Putt run. We have decided that this will also be our first Marjorie Thompson Memorial Run. Marjorie didn’t ride, but she certainly was a free spirit. I think she would have liked this little tribute.

Before the run, Izze sits on Nessa's bike.

Before the run, Izze sits on Nessa's bike.

Again, weather was perfect for the Saturday Ride.

Gas stop on Rt. 124

Gas stop on Rt. 124

Jerry Bayha, as always, had scrupulously mapped this ride for everyone with mile by mile data. Unfortunately, some health issues prevented Jer’ from making the run with us. Everyone appreciated your efforts on our behalf, and your presence was missed. Get back up on the scoot soon brother.

I lead the pack near Canaan...

I lead the pack near Canaan...

Foto by Dennis Powell

Yeah, it just kept getting better and better…

Sound check for Mac, Jack, and Bill

Sound check for Mac, Jack, and Bill

And then we were back at the Ranch getting ready for Bill’s concert… which, by the bye, was more than stellar.

Before you know it, it was Monday morning… time for a class picture and time to pack up.

These men picked up a storm this weekend...

These men picked up a storm this weekend...

There’s always separation anxiety at the end of each camp… this one was no different. I’ll miss these folks… but it’s time to move on.

Olph… that’s Ole Phil Jacobs, just sent me this pick from Manhattan. Yep… Madison Square Garden… with an ad for Jack’s 70th at the Beacon.

We're big time now!

We're big time now!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

No time for lolligagging…I’ll be starting to record a new Jorma project later this week. Gotta finish writing… gotta practice… gotta ready to Larry Campbell and the gang to show up… and of course, much more will be revealed about this as time goes on.

Now? Well, it’s dinner time folks and I’ve gotta set the table.

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Rockin’ At Lockn’ And Home

September 8th, 2014 Jorma 18 comments
Izze tickles the ivories on the street in Lychburg

Izze tickles the ivories on the street in Lychburg

Lynchburg, Virginia is an immensely cool college town… no Interstates go there. What a concept. There are tuned and decorated uprights on the street… Izze sat right down and played a tune.

Taj Mahal and Me...

Taj Mahal and Me...

Back at the Holiday Inn, I ran into my old pal, Taj Mahal in the lobby. We stopped to chat for a while. Sorry I missed his set. He’s a master! I must get him to the Fur Peace Ranch. Perhaps next year!

Some good food at the Market At Main and a walk about town.

Nothing like an old wall for an architectural foto

Nothing like an old wall for an architectural foto

Lynchburg is girdled by malls just like any small town in America… but the nucleus is still a real small town.

WW I monument...  Lynchburg

WW I monument... Lynchburg

The 6th of September was my son Zach’s 17th birthday and he came down to spend the day with me and go to Lockn’. He was going to play a song with Hot Tuna on the Triangle Stage so we thought a little rehearsal might be in order.

Been So Long... together... Zach and I

Been So Long... together... Zach and I

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Zach has been playing my tune, Been So Long, for a year now… and he nails it every time.

The afternoon of the 6th... Lockn'

The afternoon of the 6th... Lockn'

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Our set at Lockn’ was supposed to be at midnight… after Tom Petty’s set on the main stage. Weather intervened, however, and the Festival was locked down for a while. Our set was postponed to 0100. The skies cleared… Tom Petty rocked out and then good old Hot Tuna hit the Triangle Stage.

We called Zach out to join us for the first song of our set… Been So Long.

Been So Long with Zach

Been So Long with Zach

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 61, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Lock’n
Arrington, Virginia
Saturday, September 6, 2014

1. Been So Long with Zachary Kearse
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
4. Hesitation Blues
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. Full Go Round for Brian Farmer
8. Children Of Zion
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. 99 Year Blues
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
14. Candy Man
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Keep On Truckin’ Mama

Zach and Jorma onstage

Zach, Jorma and the Boys onstage

Good time at Lockn’ and great to have the seventeen year old on board! Finished our set, got to the hotel at 0400, slept to 0630 and then a fast six hour drive home in time for Izze to practice some archery.

The view down range

The view down range

Monday here at Hillside Farm… homeschooling Izze and getting ready to fix her some lunch. It sure feels like Fall today. The seasons are sliding by for sure.

Onward

A Trip To Lynchburg With Lockn’ In The Offing

September 6th, 2014 Jorma 15 comments
Sunset before the drive

Sunset before the drive

A beautiful evening at home before the drive to Virginia… The hot Ohio weather has returned, and you know… that’s OK. The Farmer’s Almanac says it’s going to be another harsh winter so we’re enjoying this as long as we can.

Izze and Maverick... post dinner

Izze and Maverick... post dinner

The big Mav’ was hanging with us after dinner… as always. We love this dog, plus… when he barks the windows rattle.

Coffee on the porch... with Mom's old Flag

Coffee on the porch... with Mom's old Flag

Beatrice’s old flag from Talmont in Tahoe… keeps us company every morning at the pergola.

After a beautiful ride from Ohio, through the mountains of West Virginia and Virginia, we arrived in Lynchburg in time to dine at Ty Thai.

This place rocks!

This place rocks!

Tonight, Hot Tuna plays at midnight on the Triangle Stage after Tom Petty’s show on the main stage.

Jorma on the steps of the Beatrice Love Kitchen

Jorma on the steps of the Beatrice Love Kitchen

That’s about it for now… thinking about the coming Fall at home…

My front yard

My front yard

Yeah, it’s a trick shot I know, but I like it anyway. Filters… I love them!

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)!

Milwaukee To Iowa City

July 20th, 2014 Jorma 19 comments
Cool building in Milwaukee

Cool building in Milwaukee

So we pulled into Milwaukee on a ‘day off,’ aka ‘travel day,’ and had time for some good food and a nice walk.

View from the bridge near the hotel

View from the bridge near the hotel

We were here to play the extremely cool Pabst Theater.

The plaque says it all

The plaque says it all

The Pabst is one of those extremely cool beautifully restored and maintained historic theaters that dot this great country of ours.

Not bad eh?

Not bad eh?

Not only was it a great place to play, but the catering was out of this world. Now we need to thank Chef Lou Lou and her gang for the unbelievable and classy feed they fixed for us. Check this desert out.

Not bad eh?

Not bad eh?

And check this menu out:

The plain menu

The plain menu

The artistic menu

The artistic menu

OK… we came… we ate… and we played. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 55, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Pabst Theater
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Friday, July 18, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long with Zach Kearse
4. The Terrible Operation
5. I See The Light
6. Sea Child
7. Second Chances
8. Barbeque King
9. Children Of Zion
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Candy Man
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. How Long Blues
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Vicksburg Stomp
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball
8. Water Song
9. Walkin’ Blues
10. Keep On Trucking Mama
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: Come Back Baby

My son Zach joined us for Been So Long… cool beans.

Zach joins the boys on stage at the Pabst!

Zach joins the boys on stage at the Pabst!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The scene of the crime in Milwaukee

The scene of the crime in Milwaukee

Then it was off to Iowa City and the Englert Theater.

The lovely Englert Marquee

The lovely Englert Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

In Iowa City we were greeted by a myriad of old friends… and it is always good to see old friends.

Zach sets up the stage with Myron

Zach sets up the stage with Myron

Here is our set list from the Englert last night:

Hot Tuna 56, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Englert Theater
Iowa City, Iowa
Saturday, July 19, 2014

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. More Than My Old Guitar
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
8. In My Dreams
9. Barbeque King
10. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Follow The Drinking Gourd
12. I See The Light
Second Set:
1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. Vicksburg Stomp
3. Second Chances
4. Children Of Zion
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Bar Room Crystal Ball
7. Water Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Years roll by… but old friends will always be old friends.

Downstairs at the Englert

Downstairs at the Englert

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Speaking of memories... check these names...

Speaking of memories... check these names...

That’s about it for now… off to the Twin Cities and the Dakota for two nights… four shows.

Who could it be now?

Who could it be now?

Foto by Phil Jacobs… self portrait… sort of…

Onward!