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A Rose By Any Other Name…

April 7th, 2014 8 comments
If you build it... they will come!

If you build it... they will come!

The second weekend of 2014 at the Fur Peace Ranch featured Marjorie Thompson, David Wolff and myself tag teaming 18 eager guitarists… and what a time we had. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and we’re definitely doing it again next year.

Seventeen years later, Miss Kitty still rules the roost.

Seventeen years later, Miss Kitty still rules the roost.

Foto by Dennis Powell

The sold out concert Saturday night was in the person of the Desert Rose Band. That would be Chris Hillman, Herb Pederson, and john Jorgenson. Now I’ve known Chris and Herb for a while but this was the first that I not only got to hear John Jorgenson play live, but I got to sit in with the band.

Sittin' in with the boys!

Sittin' in with the boys!

Foto by Dennis Powell

What a treat that was.

The guys played on great song after another… I was in heaven.

Happy camper!

Happy camper!

Foto by Dennis Powell

Yeah… what a night!

The band played on...

The band played on...

Foto by Dennis Powell

Yeah… this was a night… and a weekend to remember! Come back soon fellas!

A good time had by all!

A good time had by all!

Foto by Rusty Smith

Yeah… this was great weekend. Now it’s off to Wanee tomorrow night for our gig on Thursday. Driving back after the show for the next Fur Peace Ranch session.

Good times!

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Say ‘Amen’ Somebody!

April 4th, 2014 17 comments

As I get ready for our second weekend here at the Fur Peace Ranch, with Marjorie Thompson and David Wolff, I got to thinking about my class May 9, 2014.

When Ian Buchanan finally opened to door to finger picking for me back in 1960 the key was spirituals… My parents exposed me to Mahalia Jackson when I was young. Ours was not a Christian Family, nor as Jews, were we observant at that time. That said, I found Mahalia’s music to be unbelievably moving. When I got bitten by the finger style guitar bug, the first songs that grabbed me were gospel and spirituals. The depth of this music is inescapable. The techniques involved set the course for the development of my music by means of the guitar. The rest is not just history, the evolution continues.

I am anticipating a grand turnout for this weekend. This is something near and dear to my heart as you’ve probably figured out by this time. To get y’all in the spirit for the weekend, everyone who signs up for this class will get a Rev. Gary Davis, ‘Harlem Street Singer’ CD as well as a Jorma Kaukonen, ‘Stars In my Crown’ CD. Just to get you in the mood!

Yep… there’s nothing like a good spiritual guitar song, and we’re going to be teaching a bunch of them.

Sign up and come on down to the Ranch. We’re all going to be sitting in the Amen Corner together!

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A Trifecta Of Gigs In The Northeast!

April 1st, 2014 28 comments
Sold out in Beacon ag the Crier

Sold out in Beacon at the Crier

On Thursday last, Myron and I hopped into my Nissan Titan and drove up to Beacon, New York for our Friday gig at the Town Crier there. I haven’t played the Town Crier since it was in Pauling, New York… and that was well over a decade ago. Barry and I hadn’t played a Jorma duo show since Fall of last year so we were looking forward to the adventure. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 1, 2014
The Town Crier
Beacon, New York
Friday, March 28, 2014

First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. True Religion
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. How Long Blues
5. Sea Child
6. Trial By Fire
7. Second Chances
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Barbeque King
10. Hesitation Blues
11. River Of Time
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Heart Temporary
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Come Back Baby
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Vicksburg Stomp
7. Good Shepherd
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Nice... nice

Nice... nice

Great fun was had by all. We are looking forward to getting back there again soon… perhaps even with Tuna.

Saturday we are in Brooklyn for a fundraiser put on by the Racoon Lodge. (That’s not a typo for Racoon… they avoid copyright infringements that way.)

Here I am with the Racoon gang... honorary member!

Here I am with the Racoon gang... honorary member!

This gig was a fundraiser for the Guild For Exceptional Children and was put on in the gym of Our Lady Of Perpetual Help. We couldn’t advertise this one because of sundry arrangements with promoters we work for all the time, so this was strictly word of mouth. All would have been welcome, but we had a great turnout… almso a thousand people.

Fly the flag

Fly the flag

This gig also involved our good pal, Bill Kirchen, who put on a heck of a solo show as he always does. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 2, 2014
Our Lady Of Perpetual Help
Notre Dame Hall
Brooklyn, New York
Saturday, March 29, 2014

First Set:
1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Genesis
5. More Than My Old Guitar
6. How Long Blues
7. Barbeque King
8. Goodbye To The Blues
9. Mama Let Me Lay it On You
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Red River Blues
3. Trial By Fire
4. Good Shepherd
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Water Song
8. Uncle Sam Blues with Bill Kirchen
9. Talkin’ Bout Chicken with Bill Kirchen
10. Louis Collins with Bill Kirchen
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

The men and women of this organization are always ready to do good works. Well done you guys!

Barry relaxes backstage at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help

Barry relaxes backstage at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help

This was not meant to be a secret… we just couldn’t advertise. Thanks so much to everyone who came out and contributed!

Sunday, Barry and I drove out to the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, New York. What a beautifully restored old theater. Class all the way, and sold out I might add. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 3, 2014
Suffolk Theater
Riverhead, New York
Sunday, March 30, 2014

First Set:
1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Second Chances
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Sea Child
7. Trial By Fire
8. Prohibition Blues
9. Serpent Of Dreams
10. 99 year Blues
11. River of Time
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Children Of Zion
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. How Long Blues
6. In My Dreams
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Vicksburg Stomp
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
14. Encore: Genesis

After show we drove to Clark, New Jersey, spent the night and drove home to Ohio Monday morning.

Sold out in Suffolk!

Sold out in Suffolk!

A great weekend… and great to be back home for a bit.