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Back To The Ranch

I got to the Fur Peace Ranch a little bit early and made myself at home again.


Yeah, I could tell right off it was going to be a beautiful weekend. This was one of our ‘special’ sessions with just Marjorie Thomson and myself. We had fifteen eager guys… twelve of them there for the first time. That was exciting. We covered a bunch of ground on Friday and Saturday during the day, and Saturday night I did a solo show at the Fur Peace Station, the set list of which follows:

Jorma Alone Again And Acoustic At The Fur Peace Ranch
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, August 27, 2011

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. River Of Time
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. I See The Light
6. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
7. Second Chances
8. I Know You Rider
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
Second Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Sea Child
5. Uncle Sam Blues
6. Been So Long
7. 99 Year Blues
8. Full Go Round
9. Whinin’ Boy Bues
10. Parchman Farm
11. Keep your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Genesis

Today was the last day of the Camp weekend and the start of Izze’s second week in kindergarten. The weather is more than beautiful and life is good!

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  1. David Russell
    August 29th, 2011 at 19:23 | #1

    I am happy for you that you get to spend some time at the Fur Peace Ranch. I know that feeling of returning to a quieter, more gentle pace than being on the road. Peace be with you and keep singing them songs we all cherish from you and your take on them.

  2. Cyndy Consentino
    August 29th, 2011 at 21:53 | #2

    Wow, glad to hear that Irene did not touch down at Fur Peace! It really rocked the Jersey Shore!
    Rode it out listening to Double Dose!!

  3. RIck Johnson
    August 30th, 2011 at 09:42 | #3

    Many thanks for a great weekend. The FPR weekend exceeded all expections… “Keep playing no matter what” remains a performance and life lesson. Thank you–and everyone there–for everything.

  4. greg young
    August 30th, 2011 at 16:30 | #4

    A late thank you for that wonderful video of you guys playing “There’s a Bright Side Somewhere.” I imagine the Reverend smiling about that. I think Acoustic is your real legacy, not the electric stuff. I understand why you do it though.
    More acoustic RGD please. Who else can do the Rev justice? Very few.
    I am working very hard myself but may not live long enough to really represent him, having a great time learning though.


  5. Joe in DC
    August 30th, 2011 at 19:13 | #5

    glad u got ur power back
    my sisters power in Conn is still down.

  6. Paul Smith
    August 30th, 2011 at 21:26 | #6

    @RIck Johnson

    I second Rick’s comments. I had high expectations for the weekend, and you and Marjorie and the staff easily exceeded them. My sincere thanks to everyone there, and special thanks to John for keeping us entertained, informed, and full of really good coffee.

  7. Cyndy Consentino
    August 30th, 2011 at 23:41 | #7

    Sorry to hear about your sister. CT got hit hard. I was planning on taking a drive up to Woodstock,NY this weekend to see a friend, however, don’t think they are in such great shape up there either. Will have to wait and see.
    All the best,

  8. Joe in DC
    August 31st, 2011 at 04:11 | #8

    Cyndy – and i bet your drive to WStock would have/could have been supplemented w/ some Tuna tunes huh??? Got my tix for Beacon last weekend, both nites, orchestra…

  9. Cyndy Consentino
    August 31st, 2011 at 07:32 | #9

    Joe- you betcha! Going to see today if I can still go! Would like to try nag go to one of the midnight rambles at Levon Helm’s place. Great that you got your tickets to Beacon! I am going to buy mine for Saturday!
    Did your sister get power yet?

  10. Joe in DC
    August 31st, 2011 at 10:22 | #10

    CC – dont know about sis and power. Get ur Beacon tix. For me its a 6 hour drive DC to nYC one way so I go both nites. Were u there last yr for Jorma 70th?..i went to both nites. a good time indeed Never been to Levon Helms place., isnt that where Steady as she goes was recorded?

  11. Cyndy Consentino
    August 31st, 2011 at 14:30 | #11

    I did not make it to Jorma’s 70th. In Asia on business trip. Levon Helm’s place iswhere steady was recorded and I think River of time(feel free to correct me if I am wrong, Jorma) I have to get the Beacon tickets ! Really looking forward to that! Also seeing Jorma and Barry at the Sanctuary in NJ on 9/17. That should be great, as it us a small venue! Check out the guitar Jorma put up today! So awesome! My fingers itch for that one!

  12. Joe in DC
    August 31st, 2011 at 18:28 | #12

    CC – Jorma party was a blast. ..Asia sounds good as well though..where did you go? Just got eamail from ticket master..my beacon tix are in the mail…cool Have fun at snactuary show… I saw guitar..neat, though i dont play a note..hah…i enjoy listening.. do you play?

  13. joe in dc
    August 31st, 2011 at 19:45 | #13

    CC – where in Asia did u go? Have fun at sanctuary show. 70th concert was a blast.. I checked out the guitar.,,.,.,,,, it is cool..though i do not play i can see why folks like it 4 sure. last time i saw tuna was june 2 2011 in stroudsberg, PA electric show ..it was a real fun nite for me.

  14. Cyndy Consentino
    August 31st, 2011 at 21:43 | #14

    Hi Joe,
    I go to Asia a few times a year, mainly to Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan.
    Yes, that guitar is surely a beauty. I don’t play either, however if I had the money I would buy the guitar, and then make a trip to the ranch to pick it up and see if I could get some lessons from Jorma! What a dream!
    Saw Tuna at the Count Basie in Red Bank last winter. Awesome as always! Will let you know when I get Beacon ticket. No Woodstock this weekend:( my friend said it is a mess up there.

  15. chuck
    September 2nd, 2011 at 00:57 | #15

    Tremendous thanks to you Jorma for working “Too Many Years” in to the set list. There’s a lot of life and a lot of wisdom in that song.

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