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This Was The Week That Was

A Spring Day At The Psylodelic Museum

A Spring Day At The Psylodelic Museum

So last Friday was the opening day of the sixteenth year here at the Fur Peace Ranch and what an unbelievable weekend it was. First of all… it snowed all weekend. Actually, it snowed until Monday evening. Good times… Spirits were undaunted and however. The Psylo and the old Volkswagen looked great in the light blanket of white and even though it was snowing, the temperature was a little above freezing. A very nice set touch.

In any case, for this grand opening weekend we had myself, G.E.Smith , Steve Earle and Dick Boak and Craig Thatcher from Martin Guitars. What better way to start off what I know is going to be a great year. On Friday night after scheduled classes, Dick and Craig put on a multi media presentation of of guitar history that had all of us guitar geeks enthralled. Saturday and Sunday night Steve Earle put on two fantastic shows for two sold out houses.

If you build it... they will come!

If you build it... they will come!

I’ve been a huge fan of Steve’s since Guitar Town in the 80’s and to have him here not only in my own back yard but in our own house was, well, more than a blessing. G.E. and I have a chance to sit in with Steve towards then end of his second set each night. I played on Hometown Blues and a Lightning Hopkins number i forge the name of. Lightning through Townes, and Steve. Grand stuff! Steve taught a great songwriting class and we hope to have him back again. Thanks Steve!

Last but not least, G.E. and I have been friends for some time now and to have him in our corner at the Fur Peace Ranch is something we are always grateful for. To count him as a friend and fellow traveler is well… priceless! Thanks George!

Monday morning class in the Station

Monday morning class in the Station

Foto by Zach Kearse

My son Zach was here in Ohio for his Spring break. He put in a man’s work this weekend doing security and parking cars for the shows, taking pictures for posterity and shooting show video for our videographer, Andy Walla.

What a great weekend… what a great time!


PS Thanks to Mike McSteen and Jack Brandt… I know that the mysterious Townes song is Brand New Companion!

Thanks fellas…


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  1. HOGAN
    March 27th, 2013 at 07:10 | #1


    I just watched the video of Teresa singing White Rabbit and I thought she rocked it !!! You guys looked like you were having so much fun. Good times indeed…
    See you in May


  2. John B
    March 27th, 2013 at 08:59 | #2

    Friends family and good music. Not much more that you could ask for. Anticipation is growing as i look forward to the spring and summer shows here in the northeast.

    John B

  3. eaglesteve
    March 27th, 2013 at 09:50 | #3

    Ah zissen Peasach to The Kaukonens and Tuna Nation

  4. Cyndy Consentino
    March 27th, 2013 at 10:53 | #4

    Dear Jorma,
    Happy Passover to you and yours!
    Can’t wait to see the Psylo!
    Is the Beetle Orange? I used to own a ’72 Orange Beetle that I greatly loved .
    I then bought a 2010 Beetle in Orange!
    Stay Well

  5. johno
    March 27th, 2013 at 18:37 | #5

    barbara – do you mind filling the rest of us in to this incredible new quote from GE – I got no idea !!!!!!!!

  6. Barbara Jacobs
    March 27th, 2013 at 19:46 | #6

    Posted by Brett on previous blog comments thread.
    Not sure when G.E. said it to Brett but I just read it in Brett’s comment.

    I utilized it again today.
    I’m lovin’ it!@johno

  7. March 27th, 2013 at 21:10 | #7

    I believe the song that Jorma played with Steve was a Townes song, “Brand New Companion,” done in the the Lightin Hopkins style through Townes through Steve. And I must say Jorma smoked the shit out it! GE sat in on the Saturday night version of the song and it was just ridiculously insane. I just may have to put the video of it on the FPR youtube channel, it was that good. Of course the whole weekend was incredible


  8. carlo pagliano
    March 28th, 2013 at 14:05 | #8

    Perfect score Zack!

    Learnt to love Steve Earle staring at the Beacon’s DVD for Jorma’s birthday. What Joyful sensations can Steve convey.
    G.E. Smith gives the tough essential screaming strength so beneficial in these days, and that G.E.’s quote is really so valuable to bear it in mind always, and a gas to pass it on to the others as it happens.
    The Psylodelic Museum at the Fur Peace Ranch took off like a rocket taking inside the artistic path altogether winding and unwinding thru the Psychedelic Era that came in like a lightning, as a token of that Art which was and still is the expression of an afflatus every single artist attained from a clear and new conscience of living, freedom dream and consciousness. We of a certain age are made out of that Art whether we are artists ourselves or followers, it’s the famous ‘philosophy of living’ we had to choose when still the years were light green, and we did right, that’s why we can celebrate today the long waves of a triumphal long weekend had in the State of Ohio.
    Thanks Jorma and Vanessa! Every day sharing your Blog is a growth and a treat under the same rocking flag the globe over.

    Steady As She Goes.

  9. johno
    March 28th, 2013 at 19:39 | #9

    I got it. thx BJ>Cindy – I had a ’73 Beetle, texas yellow. The windshield was 8″ from my head. Took it cross country 2x, sleeping in a pup tent or under the stars. those were the days. peace

  10. Cyndy Consentino
    March 28th, 2013 at 21:33 | #10

    I loved my ’72 Beetle, Johno! I had it until 1987!@johno

  11. Brett
    March 29th, 2013 at 07:41 | #11


    “Just F—-n’ Dig In!” is what Mr. George Edward Smith told me to do when I was whining to him about how I got so bored with my leads when I was playing with the guys and oh “what should I do to fix this George?”….’twas November, 2007….during my first Ranch visit..

    ..’tis sound advice for sooooo many things I have discovered


  12. jim hitchcock
    March 29th, 2013 at 15:08 | #12

    The good about V. dubs in the ’70’s: they usually were piloted by attractive girls.

    The bad: Following a V.W. bus up a mountain grade.

  13. carlo pagliano
    March 29th, 2013 at 15:34 | #13


  14. johno
    March 29th, 2013 at 17:00 | #14

    I disagree. The bugs back in 60’s and 70’s were cheap,reliable transportation. Now I’ll agree the new bugs, with the little flower holder, are mostly female.

  15. jim hitchcock
    March 29th, 2013 at 18:08 | #15

    Think you’re taking me and my memories a little too seriously there, johno 🙂

  16. March 29th, 2013 at 20:27 | #16


  17. Barbara Jacobs
    March 30th, 2013 at 14:53 | #17

    Check out G.E. giving a tour of his guitars and gear on “The Gear Page” website.@Brett

  18. Brett
    March 30th, 2013 at 19:00 | #18

    @Barbara Jacobs

    will do Thanks Barbara!

  19. johno
    March 31st, 2013 at 12:51 | #19

    Happy Easter to all you guys @ the ranch, the Tuna Nation and Jack. Peace on earth!

  20. Joanne
    March 31st, 2013 at 16:33 | #20

    Happy Passover and Easter to you and all your family!

  21. Barbara Jacobs
    April 1st, 2013 at 22:26 | #21

    Oh, man — G.E. is the best!

  22. Brett
    April 2nd, 2013 at 10:40 | #22

    @Barbara Jacobs

    Yes…yes he is….There’s reason his FPR workshop sells out quickly every year…It was blast for me….Great tips on playing, and some great stories too!!..he’s played and hung out with everyone in the music biz….Bob Dylan…Johnny Cash…some guy named Jorma