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Jesse Colin Young Comes To The FPR

August 27th, 2012 Jorma 8 comments

Saturday night last we hosted Jesse Colin Young and his band at the Fur Peace Station. In addition to his lovely wife Connie, who provided back up vocals, violin and percussion, Jesse was assisted by a fabulous band comprised of Mike Frost on bass, John Chin on keyboards, and John West on drums. My apologies to John… I couldn’t find a website for him. If anyone does… I’ll fix that.

Jesse has been around on the national scene even longer than me and my pals from the day. They were already a national act when I was still trying to decide if I wanted to join a rock and roll band… Anyway, like me and mine… Jesse is still out there doing it and bringing his art to people all over the world. Saturday, he left a lot of people happy here in Meigs County, Ohio.

At the end of his second set, he invited me to join him o stage for a T-Bone walker shuffle as well as the memorable song Get Together…

It all brought back a lot of memories… but most important… we made new ones. For me, it was a moment in Rock And Roll History.

Good times indeed… Thanks Jesse!

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Sunday In The Country

August 19th, 2012 Jorma 9 comments

Today, my pal Jerry Bayha and I spent the day mapping the route for the 2012 Pick ‘n’ Putt Run at the Fur Peace Ranch. We started out at Millie’s in Middleport, Ohio with a hearty breakfast at people’s prices.

The old barn next to Millie's

The old barn next to Millie's

I don’t to give anything away about the upcoming run… but we picked some beautiful roads. Coming out of Lake Hope State Park, we make a quick stop in Zeleski, Ohio and took a couple of pictures.

The glory that was Rome

The glory that was Rome

The old town... lurking in the afternoon sun

The old town... lurking in the twilight

We logged in about one hundred and thirty miles, covered four counties and had a wonderful ride in a beautiful part of the country.

The road home

The road home

Great Sunday in the country… hope you all had a good one too!

A Night With The Persuasions

August 12th, 2012 Jorma 12 comments

Last night, we at the Fur Peace Ranch hosted the Persuasions for the second time and what a show they put on… as always… there is nothing more powerful than the human voice and that voice filled our little theater with light. Thank you gentlemen!

Jack Casady was supposed to be here this weekend, but due to family issues at home he was unable to make it. Of course, our prayers are with Jack and Diana… more will be revealed. My friend Lincoln Schleifer who played with me on my River Of Time CD and when Jack gave his blessing for Lincoln to sub… I was thrilled. We were also hosting Jill Sobule as a songwriting teacher this weekend and she agreed to join Lincoln and myself to open the show for the Persuasions. We had more fun than… well, you can imagine. Here is our set list:

Jorma Solo 7, 2012
With Friends
Jill Sobule vocals and guitar and Lincoln Schleifer, Bass and vocals
The Fur Peace Station
August 11, 2012

1. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
2. Cinnamon Park with Jill Sobule
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Mexican Wrestler with Jill Sobule
5. Izze’s Lullaby
6. Tennessee Blues with Lincoln Schleiffer singing
7. Uncle Sam Blues
8. Jet Pack
9. River Of Time
10. Good Life with Jill Sobule
11. How Long Blues
12. Where Is Bobby Gentry with Jill Sobule

And here is us…

Jorma, Jill and Lincoln at the Fur Peace Staton

Jorma, Jill and Lincoln at the Fur Peace Staton

Onward friends… onward!

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

August 9th, 2012 Jorma 11 comments

Well, I didn’t exactly leave my heart in San Francisco… but I spent two decades there and without a doubt, a piece of my heart remains there.

The view from Twin Peaks just never gets old

The view from Twin Peaks just never gets old

The first sunset at back home at Hillside Farm, looked like this:

You can't make this up... very nice!

You can't make this up... very nice!

Back in the Buckeye, Zach and I had a chance to do a little off road riding on the back side of the Fur Peace Ranch property. Me, being the old man I am, ride a fourwheeler… he… being the young teenager, rode his dirt bike. After the big storm a couple of weeks ago, there were trees down over the trails… big trees. Zach just pick up the front wheel and jumped them like a professional.

The field at the end of our property... SR 681 in the distance.

The field at the end of our property... SR 681 in the distance.

You just can’t beat a ride in the woods with your son I say!

Back at the Fur Peace Station

Back at the Fur Peace Station

Back at the Fur Peace Station we dismounted and cleaned the mud off. We can hardly wait for the next ride.

Tuff Track... Red Neck Olympics

Tuff Track... Red Neck Olympics

Well, hold on now… that night we went to the Athens County Fair for Tuff Track. Mud boggin’ with the bro’s and sis’ how much better does it have to get? This is the first time I’ve been to the A County fair in a couple of years… and I love the Tuff Track!

Dwellers in the forest...

Dwellers in the forest...

Back at the Ranch… some friends who were into archeology came by and we looked at this ancient limestone cliff down from the A-Frame. There is quite a cave here and obviously, in the past… there were indeed dwellers. The River Of Time Flows on! Imagine this… right in my own back yard… so to speak.

Home to many... for a long time. Now us...

Home to many... for a long time. Now us...

Well… Lincoln Schleiffer is coming in today… Jill Sobule and the Persuasions will be in tomorrow… and me of course… It’s going to be a great weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch.

Onward…

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Home… Home… Home…

August 3rd, 2012 Jorma 26 comments

Our tour got cut short as everyone knows by this time… but it is great to be home. I had my son Zach out with me on the road this summer so I’m tuned into him right now, but i don’t have to tell you parents with young kids how much my six year old daughter has grown and changed in the last month and a half… indeed.

Jack and Diana are home and I’m sure they will let me know more about what is going on as they find out themselves…

as always… hearts and prayers… always…

Onward

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Life Is A Love Song

August 1st, 2012 Jorma 32 comments

Sometimes it is easy to lose track of the fact that there are so many wonderful people in the world. The culture we live in today often seems devoid of gentle common sense and manners. I could say more on this subject and perhaps I will at some time, but that time is not now. Suffice it to say, the wonderful comments to my little site with regards to Jack and Diana remind me that in the last analysis we are one, and that love is more powerful than hate… which in a way is in itself the ultimate selfishness!

Of course we all know that at some point in our lives, we will walk that lonesome valley and we can only hope that it will not be as lonesome as that song I learned so long ago. I find myself saying more than I would like, ‘It is what it is…’ and I wish I could say it less. I say it quite simply because I really do not know what else to say. This morning I found there are better things to say. I was reading the comments to yesterdays’ entry and they are all so beautiful. One really caught my eye… and it came from my buddy Mutt down in the torrid flatlands of Orlando, Florida. Mutt and I ride motorcycles together a couple of times a year and I can truthfully say that we rarely talk about the beauty of the life that is given us.This time, however, Mutt wrote… ‘Life is a love song…’ and for me, in this moment… that said it all! So instead of saying, ‘It is what it is,’ I shall try to remember to say, ‘Life is a love song!’ Thanks Mutt… More will be revealed, that’s for sure.

Last night at Sweetwater was our second night there and the last gig of this tour. Our old pal Bob Weir came down and sat in with us at the end of the first set and I have to say that out of all the times we have played together, this might have been the best! Thanks Bob…

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 50, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Sweetwater
Mill Valley, California
Sunday, July 31, 2012

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Children Of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Bread Line Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. More Than My Old Guitar
9. How Long Blues
10. Walking Blues with Bob Weir
11. When I Paint My Masterpiece with Bob Weir
12. I Know You Rider with Bob Weir
Second Set:
1. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. True Religion
6. Candy Man
7. Come Back Baby
8. Vicksburg Stomp
9. Good Shepherd
10. Vicksburg Stomp
11. That’ll Never Happen No More
12. Nine Pound Hammer
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

That’s about it for now… Jack and Diana leave for their home in L.A. on the bus this morning and Myron, my son Zach and myself fly home to Ohio tomorrow…