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Rory Block, Roy Book Binder And Marjorie Thompson Wrapped In Fall

October 21st, 2013 Jorma Leave a comment Go to comments
Heading to the Ranch on a beautiful fall day

Heading to the Ranch on a beautiful fall day

As I was driving to ‘work’ at the Fur Peace Ranch on Friday I was really looking forward to spending the weekend with my dear friends and colleagues, Rory Block, Roy Book Binder, and Marjorie Thompson.

It is always good to get together with old friends and share some music.

Dan Erlewine with the two short scale Jorma M-30's

Dan Erlewine with the two short scale Jorma M-30's

Before getting to the Ranch, I had to stop by Dan Erlewine’s guitar shop so he could put some Fishman Electronics in the two Jorma Kaukonen M-30 Martins which I had made at the Martin Custom Shop… both with short scale necks, one for Jack Casady and one for me. Chanukah came early!

Jorma with two beauties

Jorma with two beauties

fire in the woods

fire in the woods

The woods are filled with such wonderful vignettes.

The hits just keep on coming

The hits just keep on coming

Yeah, the classes were going great… the campers were happy… the teachers were happy. Get it, got it, good!

Back home outside my garage and shop... the fall colors wrapped us serenely

Back home outside my garage and shop... the fall colors wrapped us serenely

Back at the Ranch... we waited for concertgoers to show up... sold out show for Rory

Back at the Ranch... we waited for concertgoers to show up... sold out show for Rory

We all looked forward to Rory’s show… it had been sold out for months!

Jorma, Myron and Roy

Jorma, Myron and Roy

Back in Brett’s office… the control room for Rusty Smith and the WOUB guys, while we waited for Rory to begin, watched Tony Rice get the IBMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

We laughed along with Sam Bush and Peter Rowan as they presented Tony with his award. As Tony spoke in a clear voice for the first time in years… I teared up, and the I cheered! What a guy Tony is.

We put away the I phone as Rory hit the stage… what a great show!

Rory... what a gal!

Rory... what a gal!

After the show, it was back to Hillside Farm. This morning as I looked into my morning cappuccino… I saw our dog Maverick. Coincidence?

Hmmm…

Gotta go… more anon… Good times at the Fur Peace Station!

Maverick with a caffeine motif...

Maverick with a caffeine motif...

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  1. carlo pagliano
    October 22nd, 2013 at 07:17 | #1

    Wow Jorma of the Kaukonens’ Family!
    Each such a pic is so a beautiful song & lyric.

  2. carlo pagliano
    October 22nd, 2013 at 07:22 | #2

    Wow Jorma of the Kaukonens’ Family!
    Each such a pic is so beautiful a song & lyric.

  3. Craig K.
    October 22nd, 2013 at 10:15 | #3

    Wha? Short Scale M-30’s!?!?!? Where do I get one of those? Life is good!

  4. johno
    October 22nd, 2013 at 10:30 | #4

    Wow…that looks just like a dog. I love the pictures of the foliage keep em comin’. See you soon

  5. Joey Hudoklin
    October 22nd, 2013 at 10:46 | #5

    Jorma, may I ask…what is the advantage of, and/or why do you like the short scale guitar?
    Curious in NYC

  6. October 22nd, 2013 at 11:57 | #6

    Apples and oranges… my Gibsons were all short scale… my Martins up to now were all long scale. They sound different… play different… are different. The short scale will live at home until my arthritis tells it’s time to set it free. A man needs both… a man needs mahogany as well as rosewood too. Just sayin’

  7. October 22nd, 2013 at 11:57 | #7

    You call the custom shop… order one and send them money.

  8. Charlie
    October 22nd, 2013 at 11:58 | #8

    Whether you play or not, if you are in Nazareth, Pa. do NOT pass on touring the Martin Guitar Factory. You will not regret it! When I was there they were building a guitar ( actually 3 of the same ) for Eric Clapton. How cool!!!
    Hey, are we going to get to hear Jack play some acoustic???????

  9. HOGAN
    October 22nd, 2013 at 12:27 | #9

    Hi Jorma,

    The Fall season was absolutely beautiful this year in upstate NY, Mother Nature at its finest…The only bad thing for me about fall is I know winter is right around the corner, not a huge fan of snow, it’s beautiful to look at but I hate driving in it.
    So looking forward to seeing you next month in the city.
    Take care and safe travels.
    Hogan
    :)

  10. Paul Z
    October 22nd, 2013 at 12:45 | #10

    Great stuff, Jorma. Love the pics and the 2 guitars.

  11. Joe in DC
    October 22nd, 2013 at 13:02 | #11

    Cool Jorma. Kinda makes me wish I played the 6 string…hah

  12. Cyndy Consentino
    October 22nd, 2013 at 16:18 | #12

    Dear Jorma,
    I knew it was Maverick in the coffee when Vanessa posted
    On FB yesterday! At first , I thought maybe Marlo, but this cappuccino dog
    Looked more like Maverick than Marlo.

    See you in NYC in about one month!

    Will you and Jack be playing those beautiful Martin’s in NYC?

  13. Barbara Jacobs
    October 23rd, 2013 at 01:04 | #13

    Jorma: Beautiful photos, especially: “Back at the ranch…”

    Tony Rice and my dear friend Peter Rowan — all great and goodness.

  14. Barbara Jacobs
    October 23rd, 2013 at 01:10 | #14

    Charlie: I was on tour with Eric in the mid-1990’s.
    His then (now former guitar tech) was picked-up from my NYC apartment early in the morning and driven down to Nazareth, to see those Clapton guitars, one day in 1994 (or maybe 1995). Were you working there, at the time?
    @Charlie

  15. Charlie
    October 23rd, 2013 at 08:12 | #15

    Hi Barbara…no this was just a few years ago and I was just touring, not working there…still, a very cool place.@Barbara Jacobs

  16. Joanne
    October 23rd, 2013 at 10:36 | #16

    Such beautiful photos Jorma…miss the East in all it’s splendor!

  17. Barbara Jacobs
    October 23rd, 2013 at 13:41 | #17

    Yes, a very cool place. I would have gone along with him, except it was 7:30am when the Martin Guitar Factory employee showed up. He was a very nice guy who waited patiently in my living room while coffee was being made. He had already started a very long day, several hours earlier, just driving to NYC. @Charlie

  18. John B
    October 23rd, 2013 at 20:50 | #18

    Come on Jorma; are you pulling our leg with canine in the coffee cup picture?

  19. johno
    October 23rd, 2013 at 21:10 | #19

    @John B
    I don’t think so – shit like that happens. I see all kinda things, mostly in the clouds, just gotta look.

  20. John L
    October 24th, 2013 at 11:52 | #20

    Have an opinion about smaller-bodied acoustics vs. dreadnought-sized for fingerstyle playing? One hears that the former is preferable, but wondered if getting a dreadnought might be more desirable for versatility’s sake.

  21. chuck newman
    October 24th, 2013 at 16:12 | #21

    Jorma since we’re talking about instruments can you tell me “who all is playing what all” on “New Song for the Morning” from the first Tuna album?

  22. chuck newman
    October 24th, 2013 at 19:40 | #22

    Sorry about the wrong album Jorma. The clip says was originally to be on the debut LP and it is live and I just assumed it was the one from New Orleans House. I found some more detail from the clip that claims it’s electric but it sounds to me like you on acoustic guitar, Jack on bass of course, someone on drums and also a mandolin player.

  23. chuck newman
    October 24th, 2013 at 19:45 | #23

    Sorry for so many posts on this. Version is 3:34 rather than the longer 5 minutes plus of other versions. Curious as to the equipment being played.

  24. John B
    October 25th, 2013 at 13:16 | #24

    I’m just kidding johno. Back in the day I used to see things like that all the time. That is a good picture though . Imagine staring down into your cup of coffee and there is your old dog looking back at you!. Love this site. @johno

  25. John B
    October 25th, 2013 at 13:17 | #25

    How would I go about posting a picture I took ?

  26. Joe in DC
    October 25th, 2013 at 15:16 | #26

    well
    just checked the ole schedule and what do you know?
    4 weeks from this evening we will be treated to some Tuna Tunes in NYC
    Splendid…………

  27. October 25th, 2013 at 16:44 | #27

    Chuck… I have no idea as to which version you’re talking about. The original on Live At The New Orleans House was Jack Casady, myself and Will Scarlett. Pure acoustic.

  28. johno
    October 25th, 2013 at 20:46 | #28

    And that album was the birth of Hot Tuna and the rest is history. The music of Jorma Kaukonen of Jack Casady, or should I say the second chapter of Jack and Jorma. I, and I hope all of us Tunaheads, are grateful for them. We are there with you. Thanks Jack and Jorma.

  29. chuck newman
    October 25th, 2013 at 20:57 | #29

    Jorma I wish I was better at posting a link but I’ll try from YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkisD3A2mls

    Curious as to what equipment you were using and which guitar. @Jorma

  30. chuck newman
    October 25th, 2013 at 21:05 | #30

    Sorry once again Jorma if that link is dead. On YouTube I typed in new song for the morning hot tuna and it’s the vid that’s 3:34 and comes up on top. Thanks for being patient. I owe you a big one.

  31. johno
    October 25th, 2013 at 21:54 | #31

    @John B
    I’d look at my coffee and say holy smokes – get the camera.

  32. Joey Hudoklin
    October 26th, 2013 at 09:25 | #32

    @chuck newman
    I just checked out “New Song” clip on You Tube. Very cool. Definitely one of my my faves. Somewhat rare in concert. This one sounds to me sped up a bit. The drums have what sounds like a lot of reverb. Anyway, Chuck, thank you for pointing out this version.
    For anyone who likes the “rampage years”, google on you tube “Hot Tuna Invitation”. I believe it’s live from Santa Clara. Like 2hrs worth. Hot shit.

  33. John B
    October 26th, 2013 at 15:00 | #33

    Jacks great on that song isn’t he Joey? Just a beautiful song. @Joey Hudoklin

  34. chuck newman
    October 26th, 2013 at 22:12 | #34

    Thanks Joey. I agree with the reverb but it might also be the mics. Good job by whoever set up the mics and monitors but there can be a reverb feel from mics picking up monitors. Jormas guitar sounds a little different that’s why I was asking him if he remembered the track.@Joey Hudoklin

  35. dustin
    November 10th, 2013 at 03:08 | #35

    @johno
    indeed