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Veteran’s Day… And Fifteen Years At The Fur Peace Ranch

November 13th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

We just closed our fifteenth season at the Fur Peace Ranch yesterday. The classes were great and we went out with a bang… sold out Electric Hot Tuna show with the usual cast of characters. Here is our set list from Saturday night:

Hot Tuna 51. 2012
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
With Special Guest Bill Kirchen
Closing Concert For The 15th Season
At The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, November 10, 2012

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Second Chances
5. A Little Faster
6. Can’t Get Satisfied with Bill Kirchen
7. Goodbye To the Blues with Bill Kirchen
8. Bowlegged Woman with Bill Kirchen
9. Hot Rod Lincoln with Bill Kirchen
Second Set:
1. Hammer Of the Honky Tonk Gods with Bill Kirchen solo
2. Time Will Tell The Story with Bill Kirchen solo
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. 99 Year Blues
5. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
6. Rock Me Baby
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Mourning Interrupted
9. Times They are A Changin’ with Bill
10. Funky # 7
11. Encore: Baby What You Want Me To Do? With Bill Kirchen

I need to take a moment to reflect on the Veteran’s Day that just passed. We live in a great country where many answer tha call when they are need. Vanessa took my son Zach to see the parade in Athens, Ohio. My daughter Izze has just joined Girl Scouts so she got to march too. This time always brings tears of gratitude to my eyes.

Old Glory floating quietly on the gentle breeze at the Ranch

Old Glory floating quietly on the gentle breeze at the Ranch

In Athens… we have vets of all ages… all wars…

Still walking proud...

Still walking proud...

There are the old ones who infrequently surface… and the youngsters with friends and family in the service.

Where patriotism is not a dirty word...

Where patriotism is not a dirty word...

I offer my thanks, love and respect to all those who serve… past and present… and those who paid the ultimate price so we could live our life here at home.

Duly noted!

Duly noted!

My father Jorma, and his two brothers, Tarmo and Pentti served in WWII. I never met Tarmo… he died in 1945 but I knew and loved Pentti… and of course, Dad was Dad.

Tarmo's flag, presented to Grandma Kaukonen in 1945

Tarmo's flag, presented to Grandma Kaukonen in 1945

Tarmo’s flag rests at Hillside Farm… Grandma left it to Dad and Dad left it to me.

They are all gone now. They rest with heroes… so many of them.

Nuff said…

  1. Barbara Jacobs
    November 13th, 2012 at 16:54 | #1

    Jack’s BACK!!!
    Happy Anniversary, to you all.

    JACK’S BACK!!!

  2. Barbara Jacobs
    November 13th, 2012 at 16:57 | #2

    Thoughts and prayers for Jorma Sr., who I had the pleasure to meet.

  3. Joe inDC Temporarily in New Oleans
    November 13th, 2012 at 19:04 | #3

    I share Jormas thoughts on 11/11/12 Vets Day
    My dad was in WW II in the navy…he had many stories before he passed.

    Glad Jack in Black is back
    Nearly Beacon Time ; yes..double dose..

  4. Cyndy Consentino
    November 13th, 2012 at 19:54 | #4

    Dear Jorma,
    Thanks for the beautiful Veterans Day post, and the
    lovely pictures !
    Congrats on 15 wonderful years! Glad to see that
    Jack is back.

    Stay well,

  5. Tim from Philly
    November 14th, 2012 at 09:03 | #5


    Again many thanks to you, Vanessa, and John for allowing and arringing for us to leave some of our dear friend Steve on sacred ground at FPR. The little service we had was a very special moment, Steve was looking down and smiling. Steve’s son Patrick will always remember the entire evening fondly as a wonderful tribute to his dad.

    You probably dont know but Zach actually took a nice picture of our little group with my buddy’s phone. It will long represent a treasured memory.

    Peace always.


  6. Barbara Jacobs
    November 14th, 2012 at 11:14 | #6

    That’s a nice idea and a very touching story.
    Your dearly departed friend will live on forever at Fur Peace, resting in Peace.

  7. Ellen
    November 14th, 2012 at 11:36 | #7

    How great is it to part of this community? I read Jorma’s blog faithfully and his sentiments and the comments are spot on. We are so lucky!

  8. Joanne
    November 14th, 2012 at 12:35 | #8

    A touching Veterans Day post.So happy to hear Jack is back!

  9. Bob Kelly
    November 14th, 2012 at 14:36 | #9

    good stuff..Glad to hear Jack is back,, and thanks Jorma for a real fine tribute to our Vets,,all of them.. they are every were..if not physically here, in spirit for sure,, some of the first folks to jump in and help out down here on Long island& Rockaway are the Vets,, just helping neighbors,, doing what ever it takes,, they get it…and you can tell who they are, no ID required.. thanks again, to all.. be well

  10. eaglesteve
    November 14th, 2012 at 16:07 | #10

    Agreed. God Bless all America’s Vets. Thank you for your service to our country.

  11. jim hitchcock
    November 14th, 2012 at 19:54 | #11

    Not sure if this is the proper place, but the single greatest book on the Vietnam war I’ve ever read was Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes. Unforgettable.

  12. Barbara Jacobs
    November 14th, 2012 at 20:21 | #12

    Jim: Of course this is the proper place for a good recommendation of a great book.

    My suggestion is new tee-shirts:
    “JACK’S BACK!”
    I’d like to see a graphic of a photo of Jack,looking over his shoulder, on the back of the tee-shirt.

  13. jim hitchcock
    November 14th, 2012 at 20:51 | #13

    I’ve told this story before, but I got a chance to talk to Jorma about it when he was in Carson City.

    In ’76 Tuna was playing the Santa Monica Civic when his amp when out (turns out it was an Orange amp, something I’ve been questioning my memory on for years) during Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning.

    While Jorma and his tech were fixing it, Jack kept right on chooglin, I got to hear a roughly 20 minute Casady solo that was beyond belief. When I mentioned that to Jorma, he kind of half smiled and said `that’s my band’.

  14. Joey hudoklin
    November 14th, 2012 at 22:29 | #14

    Dear Jorma, Vanessa, Hurl, Jack, Barry, Scoota, and all the others who make FPR such a warm, open, creative, and sober environment, CONGRATULATIONS! 15 years is no joke. Having only had the pleasure of being there twice, I hope to someday come again. We our truly blessed to live in a place where our dreams can be realized. Thank you, Jorma for your vision and inspiration. I owe so much to your being. The Tuna set looks like it was a great one. So happy for the return of Mr. Casady! Seeya at the Beacon! Much love, Joey

  15. Barbara Jacobs
    November 16th, 2012 at 19:49 | #15


  16. Carter Dunkin
    November 16th, 2012 at 20:22 | #16

    Nice tribute to our veterans, Jorma. As far as I am concerned, every day we live in freedom is Veterans’ Day.

    Great show and great weekend at FPR! Bill Kirchen was a hoot and a half, clearly entertaining everyone on stage as much as those of us in the audience. A great end to a week that started with you and Barry here in St. Louis.

    It was a great camp, too. Congratulations on completing 15 years! That’s no easy task these days, and I know Vanessa, Brett and Hurl work hard to make each camp special, as do you, Jack, Bill and the other instructors who share their vast knowledge. I’m glad I was able to be part of years 14 and 15.

  17. chuck newman
    November 18th, 2012 at 23:04 | #17

    Nice to have the best bass there is back in the band.