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From SoHo To The High Desert

January 31st, 2013 Jorma 6 comments
SoHo onstge

SoHo onstge

Last night Barry Mitterhoff and I played two fine sets at SoHo in Santa Barbara… good times… Our set list as follows:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 4, 2013
SoHo
Santa Barbara, California
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

First Set:

1. I See The Light
2. Children Of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. Full Go Round
7. Sea Child
8. Prohibition Blues
9. River Of Time
10. Come Back Baby
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Big River Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. The Terrible Operation
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Good Shepherd
8. Vicksburg Stomp
9. Barbeque King
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Water Songs

This morning we got up and drove up to the high desert up by Joshua Tree… A beautiful sunset tonight and tomorrow Pappy And Harriet’s in Pioneer Town. More will be revealed for sure!

Goodnight sky!

Goodnight sky!

Another Twofer… Arizona And California

January 28th, 2013 Jorma 19 comments
Beautiful delights at the Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix

Beautiful delights at the Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix

Night before last we were at the glorious Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. There is nothing like this that I know of anywhere else in the world. What a joint! The exhibits were off the charts. Where else are you going to see something like this?

Where's Jack when we need him?

Where's Jack when we need him?

Well, after a little guided tour, we played our gig in a beautiful listening room. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 2, 2013
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, Arizona
Saturday, January 26, 2013

First Set:
1. Search My heart
2. Children Of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Heart Temporary
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Second Chances
8. Vicksburg Stomp
9. Come Back Baby
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Sea Child
3. Full Go Round
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Goodbye To The Blues
7. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
8. Good Shepherd
9. Barbeque King
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. 99 year Blues
12. Nine Pound Hammer
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

…and yes, I forgot Let Us Get Together right Down Here…

Let the dance continue...

Let the dance continue...

I got a chance to see i Filipino Gabang… I got one in 1960 in the Sulu Archipelago off North Borneo. Wasn’t that a time?

Onward to Solano Beach and the Belly Up. It’s been since the CAMI tour since we’ve been at the good old Belly Up… I gotta tell you… we had a stellar time last night. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 3, 2013
The Belly Up
Solano Beach, California
Sunday, January 27, 2013

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Children Of Zion
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Sea Child
7. Prohibition Blues
8. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
9. How Long Blues
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Big River Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. River Of Time
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Good Shepherd
8. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Goodbye To The Blues
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Watersong

Yep… good times. We were up early this morning and drove up to Santa Barbara where we are now. Hmmm… a little good food and a guest laundry. Now those are good times!

Blue skies in Santa Barbara

Blue skies in Santa Barbara

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Jorma And Barry At The FPR Road Show

January 25th, 2013 Jorma 11 comments
Ocean Beach before breakfast...

Ocean Beach before breakfast...

The days started for Barry Mitterhoff and myself with a walk on the pier on Ocean Beach before breakfast. Good food and then back to the Resort for our day with Fur Peace On The Road. A great day teaching and a fine open mike for the students.

Dennis, Hurl and Norm at the open mike...

Dennis, Hurl and Norm at the open mike...

After dinner, David Wolff and Marjorie Thompson each did a short set and then Barry and I hit the stage for our first show together this year. Here is our set list… more or less:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 1, 2013
Second Fur Peace Ranch Weekend
San Diego, California
Thursday, January 24, 2013

1. Been So Long
2. Children Of Zion
3. Second Chances
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Things That Might Have Been
9. Come Back Baby
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
11. Encore: Genesis

Tomorrow, one more class in the morning and then the good old bus takes us to Phoenix and the Musical Instrument Museum… the first gig of this long upcoming tour.

Now… to bed…

Beautiful Week For FPR On The Road

January 22nd, 2013 Jorma 12 comments

Just a short note as I get ready for breakfast here by Mission Bay. Indeed, we have a full house this week for our second session here in San Diego. Considering how cold things are at home in Ohio this week, this is indeed a nice place to be… although, of course, weather notwithstanding, there’s no place like home. Of course for this session of the Fur Peace Ranch On The Road we have Barry Mitterhoff, Marjorie Thompson and David Wolff on board. With a constellation of stars like this, we and the students are sure to have a grand time…

Onward.

Lawyerpalooza In San Diego

January 20th, 2013 Jorma 8 comments
Jorma on the Ural sidehack at Ocean Beach

Jorma on the Ural sidehack at Ocean Beach

So yesterday morning while walking on Ocean Beach I saw this Ural rig and the owner kindly let me sit on it and have my picture taken… I may have to get one of these.

Anyway, my pal Marc Shechter’s law firm, Butterfield and Schechter just celebrated their fifteenth anniversary and Marc asked me to pick a few tunes ate the fete which I was more than happy to do.

Here is a list of those tunes, not necessarily in that order and not necessarily complete:

Jorma At Mark’s Place
San Diego, California
Saturday, January 19, 2013

1. True Religion
2. I See The Light
3. Heart Temporary
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. That’ll Never Happen No More
7. Second Chances
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Come Back Baby
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
11. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
12. Living In The Moment
13. I Am The Light Of This World
14. Nine Pound Hammer

Good company, good food and I got to play the guitar… good times!

Shell hunting on ocean beach

Shell hunting on ocean beach

Barry Mitterhoff is flying in tonight and tomorrow our second Fur Peace Ranch session here in California begins with me, Marjorie Thompson, Barry Mitterhoff and David Wolff. Needless to say, we expect to have another great week.

The First FPR Week In San Diego

January 18th, 2013 Jorma 3 comments
Singing the blues in San Diego

Singing the blues in San Diego

So we just wound up the first Fur Peace Ranch workshop of 2013… on the road in San Diego. Obviously, this is an ‘on the road’ episode of the Ranch… and it is sure nice to be here this time of year. A day or so of respite and back on the clock on Monday. Have a great weekend everyone!

Me and Hurl a la Salvador D.

Me and Hurl a la Salvador D.

By The Sea

January 15th, 2013 Jorma 17 comments
Breakfaast Tamales

Breakfaast Tamales

Starting out with breakfast at the Village Kitchen 4853 Newport Ave., San Diego. (Ocean Beach actually). Family owned for over a quarter of a century… the tamales can’t be beat. what a way to start the the day!

Where's the snow?

Where's the snow?

Nice morning walk after breakfast… not bad eh?

Happy camper

Happy camper

OK… so I’m a lucky dog! Dinner with the students tonight and classes start tomorrow… Fur Peace Ranch on the road in San Diego.

Good times!

Thoughts On This Warm Winter Day

January 11th, 2013 Jorma 23 comments
My country road by morning...

My country road by morning...

Sometimes I feel as if I’m in sepia tone, like an old photo from another century. Some things remain fresh, however. I got home yesterday from a round of errands… nothing big, just time consuming. I went into the house and my guitar called to me from its case. I opened said case and withdrew my Martin M-30 where it made its way to my right thigh where it feels most at home. I felt that same commanding place in the universe that I did when I was fifteen. I would open the cardboard guitar case (simulated alligator exterior) and take out my Gibson J-45 and head for the tile bathroom to play and sing. In those days, the bathroom was the best place in the house to play. No one would bother you, and the natural echo properties of the room were outstanding.

Well, no need to head for the bathroom… the tile and wood of the middle room of our 1830’s farmhouse sounds pretty darned good to me. Anyway, what a great place to be at this point in my life. I’m gathering tunes for a new Jorma project so I spent some time writing a new song. Then with a tour coming up I spent another hour or so just playing and singing songs… doing what I have to do to get back in the performance groove. Some of these tunes have been mine for over fifty years, but they cannot be taken for granted. I try to play them lovingly with the same energy that was mine when I learned them so long ago.

Things change over time, without fail. My playing style is still mine and as such, totally recognizable… but it has mutated, changed for the better I would like to think. Well, maybe I’ll just let it go as changed since when I hear old recordings of myself, I always think, ‘I wasn’t too bad.’

Think how lucky I was to come of age as an artist in the Sixties when the art of the time was inextricably entwined with the evolving culture. The music, the graphic art, spoken work and literature was a touchstone for the times. I realize that it is a cheap shot to compare the musical scene of the Sixties and Seventies with today. What I perceive of today is such a soft target. The artists that become visible and pass for today’s mainstream are far more proficient as musicians… players and singers, whatever… than we ever were and yet to what end? To me, the music was a means to convey a story. Now, not every story has to be War And Peace… sometimes it’s just Goldilocks And The Three Bears, but a good story is always a good story. On those rare occasions when I listen to mainstream ‘popular’ musicians, I find very few stories worth listening to and I’d like to think that it is not just because I’m an old coot.

On the other hand, it is a big world out there what with all this internet stuff, and without regard to how much the internet can dissipate our powers of concentration there is indeed a world of multidimensional artists singing songs that matter in any given context. Wow… is that good news or what?

OK, I’ve ascertained that the future is safe at least for music. It’s a deep mine out there and lots of us miners. The fact that at my age I still love the guitar, the music, the poetry and performing for people sometimes amazes even me, but there it is. My gratitude is boundless for being able to feel all these things.

I will be leaving for the Coast soon and will be playing for folks across this country for a couple of weeks or so. I will be accompanied by friends… Jack Casady and Barry MItterhoff… and one of my oldest friends of all… the flat top guitar.

How good does it have to get?

PS I got a comment from Susan on my Merry Xmas On Day Late entry that I felt warranted comment. Nuff said…

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Taxation Without Representation

January 3rd, 2013 Jorma 25 comments
The White House, in my home town

The White House, in my home town

Indeed folks… I’m from D.C. Jack and I both… I drove my son Zach home to Arlington after his Xmas break and Vanessa and I brought Izze, Montana and Marcus along for the road trip. Yep, we stopped at the White house after a trip to the Smithsonian Aerospace Museum.

My dream as a kid... foto by Vanessa

My dream as a kid... foto by Vanessa

Yeah… Starting in the very early 50’s, I went to the museum at least once a week.

DC-3... or C-47 Dakota

DC-3... or C-47 Dakota

I flew in one of these babies in 1962 into Jolo in the Sulu Archipelago in the Philippines. What a memory!

The Spirit Of St. Louis

The Spirit Of St. Louis

I remember seeing this beauty in 1951… what an adventure!

Thie kids in front of an American Dream!

Thie kids in front of an American Dream!

Hmm… what happened to national adventure?

American Iron

American Iron

At least the police are still riding Harleys in the District Of Columbia!

Yeah... me and my buddy

Yeah... me and my buddy

Strong family resemblance indeed.

The missing link... me

The missing link... me

Way too much fun… way too much fun!

What a day… more tomorrow.

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Happy 2013 One And All

January 1st, 2013 Jorma 14 comments
Traditional New Years at Kevin and Janet's... see if you can find me.

Traditional New Years at Kevin and Janet's... see if you can find me.

Last night we went to Kevin and Janet Morgan’s for their traditional New Year’s celebration. Kevin Morgan is a dear friend… and he does all the art work for the Fur Peace Ranch, Hot Tuna... and me. As always we had a wonderful time with friends and family here in the country.

Happy New Year from Jorma, Vanessa, Izze and Zach!

Happy New Year from Jorma, Vanessa, Izze and Zach!

Yep… good times with thoughts about good things to come in the New Year!

2012 was a rough one for everyone… as the eternal optimist I am… I know 2013 if going to not only be better… but it’s going to be outstanding! Let’s put that out there.

Zach, John Hurlbut and Nessa... looking forward!

Zach, John Hurlbut and Nessa... looking forward!

Happy 2013 all you out there!

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