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Tom Rush, Dar Williams And Fall At The Fur Peace Ranch

October 31st, 2011 Jorma 6 comments

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This past weekend at the Ranch we hosted Dar Williams, Barry Mitterhoff, and Steve Kaufman as teachers. Well, I… me…. Jorma was there too. It was a chilly Fall weekend… perfect for hanging around in warm rooms with your buddies creating music.

Saturday night’s concert was with Tom Rush. Tom’s been in the public eye even longer than I have, and that’s saying something. He’s a great guy and a great artist. We were at the Philadelphia Folk Festival together this summer and I knew from hanging out with him there that he was going to be perfect for a show at the Fur Peace Ranch. Yep good stuff indeed… and he called me up to join him on two numbers.

Tom Rush Live At The Fur Peace Station

Tom Rush Live At The Fur Peace Station

Sunday night Barry and I did a short set at the Station and brought Dar Williams out to do a private show for us and the campers.

Dar and me backstage at the Station

Dar and me backstage at the Station

Her show was fabulous… she’s a great teacher and a wonderful human being… we hope she’ll be back. What a weekend!

After The Fog At The Station

After The Fog At The Station

I love this gig!

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From Phoenix To Los Angeles

October 23rd, 2011 Jorma 15 comments

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Well, it’s been a hectic but rewarding couple of days… Night before last I was at the Compound Grill in Phoenix. A great new place for me and I had a blast! Good dinner too. Here is my set list:

Jorma Kaukonen Alone And Acoustic At The Compound Grill
Phoenix, Arizona
Friday, October 21, 2011

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Candy Man
3. I See The Light
4. Second Chances
5. Hesitation Blues
6. River Of Time
7. Death Don’t have No Mercy
8. Sea Child
9. Full Go Round
10. Come Back Baby
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Too Many Years
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Uncle Sam Blues
6. 99 Year Blues
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Good Shepherd
9. How Long Blues
10. Barbeque King
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Parchman Farm
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
14. Encore: Genesis

Last night I joined Jack Casady at the Key Club for the big Bass Player Award show… Jack was honored with a lifetime achievement award presented to him by Anthony Jackson… There was lots of hanging out and of course… we were on the Sunset Strip.

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Yeah, it was all going on… just like I remembered it.

Hello...

Hello...

Here is our little set list:

That’ll never happen
Things That Might Have Been
99 Year Blues
Hesitation Blues
Death Don’t Have No Mercy
I See The Light
Encore:Come Back Baby

I left early because I just had to get some rest… but what an evening… and richly deserved for Jack.

Here's Me, Leland Sklar and Jack

Here's Me, Leland Sklar and Jack

Yep, what a night!

Honor To Bass Players!

Honor To Bass Players!

Alrighty then… off to the airport and home!

Me, Anthony Jackson and Jack Casady

Me, Anthony Jackson and Jack Casady

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A Fine Time In San Diego

October 21st, 2011 Jorma 13 comments

Last night I played a new venue in San Diego… the Anthology. What a great place this is… Vanessa went to see Tommy Emmanuel there earlier this year and said, ‘You gotta play this place,’ so there I was. It’s a fabulous playing and listening room… and yes, the food is great too. Here is my set:

Jorma Kaukonen Alone And Acoustic At Anthology
Anthology
San Diego, California
Thursday, October 20, 2011

1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. True Religion
3. I See The Light
4. Second Chances
5. Mama Let Me Lay It You
6. Come Back Baby
7. Hesitation Blues
8. Things That Might Have Been
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Serpent Of Dreams
11. Full Go Round
12. Sea Child
13. 99 Year Blues
14. River Of Time
15. I Am The Light Of This World
16. Parchman Farm
17. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
18. Encore: Genesis

Indeed, I missed Barry, but he is doing what he needs to do and the good news is that playing solo is fun too. I’m off to Phoenix to the Compound Grill in an hour or so. We’re doing this old school… driving ourselves in our Bluesmobile… Yes folks a Ford Crown Victoria.

Vrooom…

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The Last Journey

October 20th, 2011 Jorma 15 comments
A Road In The Autumn Of Life

A Road In The Autumn Of Life

My dear friend Barry Mitterhoff’s mother Nettee made her final journey on this earth yesterday. I remember meeting Nettee almost ten years ago. She was an amazing woman… full of life and curiosity. I felt that she was checking me out to make sure that my interaction with Barry would be good for him. I hope we were able to put her mind at rest. Imagine how much of the world’s history one gets to be a part of in ninety years. I had not seen Nettee in a couple of years but I always asked Barry to remember me to her. I don’t think she remembered my name but Barry always told me that she knew who I was… and what’s in a name anyway? Our friend Gayle sent me this:

‘Nettee Waranch Mitterhoff, 92, of Scotch Plains, NJ died on Thursday, October 19, 2011 at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM, Thursday, October 27th at Menorah Chapels of Millburn, 2950 Vauxhall Road, Vauxhall, NJ. (908)964-1500. Shiva will be observed by family and friends that afternoon and evening at the home of her son, Barry, in Scotch Plains.

Nettee was born in Newark, NJ and lived most of her life in Springfield, NJ. She moved to Scotch Plains in 2004. Nettee was among the first classes to graduate from Weequahic High School and briefly attended Newark College before working at Bambergers in Newark. She worked alongside her husband Murray as the bookeeper in his printing business, Modern Offset for many years before returning to retail at B. Altman’s in Short Hills.

Nettee is survived by her sons Barry of Scotch Plains and Michael of Atlantic City, grandchildren Tessa, Lily & Maya of Scotch Plains, Dawn of Bound Brook and Michael and his wife Nadine of Brick Township and great grandchildren Paige, Melissa and Michael also of Brick Township. She is also survived by her sister Sylvia Reuben of Bridgewater and sister-in-law, Connie Mitterhoff of Manchester, NJ in addition to many neices and nephews.

Nettee volunteered at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and at the polls during elections during her retirement. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and spending time with family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nettee’s name to the Community Foodbank of New Jersey, www.njfoodbank.org.’

It seems small in a way to remember a full life with a few paragraphs, but that is just the way it is. She was a heck of a woman! I consider it a privilege the have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family… and Nettee if there is such a place and you see my Mom, tell her I miss her.

‘Many Houses

In many houses
all at once
I see my mother and father
and they are young as they walk in

Why should my
tears come,
to see them laughing

That they cannot
see me
is of no matter:

I was once
their dream:
now
they are mine.’

(From the Kol Haneshama)

Into The Light

Into The Light

Rest well Nettee!

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Against The Fall Of Night

October 11th, 2011 Jorma 11 comments

The glorious adventure that is life, no matter how bright… how colorful, is always played out against the backdrop of night. From the moment we are born, as our lives unfold… as our pages are written we are always preparing to embrace that final night. I have been thinking about these things of late. Of course some of these thoughts are quite simply a reality of my own age and some come from other places.

A week or so ago Vanessa went to New York for a couple of days and I stayed home with Izze, our five year old daughter. We were out in the yard… I was doing some yard work, getting ready for winter and Izze was running with Eli, our Yorkshire Terrier puppy. I could see that the spirit of life was flowing through their hearts. Izze soared like a prima ballerina. I could see that it was only the laws of gravity that tethered her to the earth. Eli spun and danced as only a puppy can do. In this moment they were two young spirits drinking deeply from the fresh spring of life. It was an uplifting honor for me to be present in that moment.

I was visiting my son Zach at a park near his home in Virginia when he was maybe six or seven… He had just learned to ride a two wheeler and he and his spirit flew over the grass as if any moment he might pull back on the stick and soar into the heavens. Today he is a young man of fourteen and his soaring is a little more understandable to an adult, but that is a different story.

At some point in my life, long ago it was thus for me as well. You take these moments for granted when you are young. It is quite simply your reality. One day you notice that they are fewer and farther between. Sometimes if you are lucky, you have a momentary flashback and for a second or two, you remember what it was like to be new again. I was able to take some time yesterday for a motorcycle ride to town to have dinner with my girls and go to a meeting. It was a beautiful fall day… perfect for riding… not too hot and not too cold. As I was powering through the corners on my way to town, there were vestiges of that soaring that flowed through my being. In some small way, I did remember what it was like.

The night is always there waiting for us… and it is so important for me at this time in my life to live as best I can each day so that when my time comes to embrace the darkness I can do so with few regrets.

A few moments ago, I got a phone call from my friend Ben in Colorado. Our good friend Bob Epstein came back from a trip to Spain with his wife, had a sudden heart attack and died yesterday. He was such a great guy… a great artist, musician, husband, father, friend… a kindred spirit… the kind of man you consider yourself lucky to have known. I’m sure he wasn’t planning on his voyage beyond the stars to come this early in life. I think he was in his sixties, and at my age I consider that far, far too young! As we age, life tends to be so much more about saying goodbye than it is saying hello and that is just the way it is. That said, there is no way to prepare for loss. It comes unbidden when it comes and this is never our call. I have excerpted a passage from a poem by the great Derek Walcott called Oddjob…

The silence
is stronger than thunder,
we are stricken dumb and deep
as the animals who never utter love
as we do, except
it becomes unutterable
and must be said,
in a whimper,
in tears,
in the drizzle that comes to our eyes
not uttering the loved thing’s name,
the silence of the dead,
the silence of the deepest buried love is
the one silence,
and whether we bear it for beast,
for child, for woman, or friend,
it is the one love, it is the same,
and it is blest
deepest by loss
it is blest, it is blest.

The pain of loss must be balanced by the promise of yet unrealized potential. As I am surrounded by the glory of our fall foliage I am reminded that I am witnessing evolution and growth… the dying of a year in preparation for the next. If indeed our journey on earth is played out against the fall of night then there must surely be a sunrise for those who will follow.

There is never a good time for bad news… that’s for sure but if there is one constant in our lives, it must be change. Those of us left behind will continue to write our story and those gone will live in our hearts and our memories.

‘Birth to death, from the sweet grass to the packing house… we journey between the two eternities.’

Rest well brother Bob!

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Home In Athens For The Mountain Stage

October 10th, 2011 Jorma 4 comments
The Boys Setting Up In Mem Aud

The Boys Setting Up In Mem Aud

Yesterday Jack and Skoota flew in from LA and Barry came in with me after our little tour. Yep… it was time for Mountain Stage at the Memorial Auditorium at Ohio University.

There was two and a half hours of great last night and here is our portion:

Hot Tuna 25, 2011
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
Mountain Stage
Memorial Auditorium
Athens, Ohio
Sunday, October 9, 2011

1. Children Of Zion
2. Second Chances
3. A Little Faster
4. Hit Single #1

A good time had by all. Thanks to Larry Groce and all the folks at Mountain Stage.

Jack, looking sharp as a tack!

Jack, looking sharp as a tack!

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A Brief Update… Three Gigs

October 9th, 2011 Jorma 4 comments

It’s hard to imagine note having time to keep the blog up, but sometimes these things happen. Barry Mitterhoff, Myron Hart and I headed out on a whirlwind three day run to Kent, Ohio… Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Ann Arbor, Michigan. With all the bustling around I didn’t accurately get a chance to note the audibles in the set list so frankly, this is just the best I could do. Corrections appreciated.

Barry In Pre-Show Repose

Barry In Pre-Show Repose

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 12, 2011
Kent Stage
Kent, Ohio
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

First Set:
1. Search My heart
2. Candy Man
3. Goodbye To The Blues
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. More Than My Old Guitar
6. Second Chances
7. Hesitation Blues
8. Come Back Baby
9. Been So Long
10. River Of Time
11. How Long Blues
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Children of Zion
5. Bread Line Blues
6. Vicksburg Stomp
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Good Shepherd
9. 99 Year Blues
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 13, 2011
Mr. Small’s Theater
Millvale, Pennsylvania
Thursday, October 6, 2011

First Set:
1. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
2. Too Many Years
3. I See The Light
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Children Of Zion
6. Second Chances
7. Full Go Round
8. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
9. How Long Blues
10. Vicksburg Stomp
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Bread Line Blues
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Goodbye To The Blues
7. Uncle Sam Blues
8. River Of Time
9. 99 year Blues
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Parchman Farm
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 14, 2011
The Ark
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Friday, October 7, 2011

First Set:
1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. I See The Light
3. Heart Temporary
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Children Of Zion
6. Bread Line Blues
7. Second Chances
8. Vicksburg Stomp
9. Come Back Baby
10. River Of Time
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. The Terrible Operation
3. More Than My Old Guitar
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Mama Let Me Lay it On You
7. 99 Year Blues
8. Goodbye To The Blues
9. Parchman Farm
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
11. Encore: Embryonic Journey

The Old Studio Road At The Ranch

The Old Studio Road At The Ranch

A dash home Saturday morning and a gear pickup at the old Studio at the Fur Peace Ranch. Yom Kippur last night and Mountain Stage in Athens today. It was foggy, cold and miserable the day we left… It’s beautiful today!

Nothing LIke A Fall Day

Nothing LIke A Fall Day

Onward… with more to be revealed!

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