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50% Of An Airplane… Opening Day At The Ranch

Really big show tonight!

Really big show tonight!

The weekend premiered the 17th year of our amazing Fur Peace Ranch. Aside from the great classes we offered, Verlon Thompson with a songwriting class, Jack Casady with a bass workshop and Marjorie Thompson and me with a fingerstyle guitar class, the theme of which was, ‘Love Is Strange, we also had two concert nights with the Marty Balin Band.

Vanessa an Johnny Hurlbut welcome the folks to our 17th year

Vanessa an Johnny Hurlbut welcome the folks to our 17th year

Here is Tuna’s set list from the first night:

Hot Tuna 33, 2014
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, March 22, 2014

1. Hesitation Blues
2. Living In The Moment
3. Trial By Fire
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Heart Temporary
6. Bar Room Crystal Ball
7. Water Song
8. In My Dreams
9. 99 Year Blues
10. I See The Light

Living the life I love

Living the life I love

Foto by Dennis Powell

It was more than great to see Marty and his friends after all these years.

The man hasn't slipped a bit

The man hasn't slipped a bit

Marty played a fabulous two plus hour set and Jack and I joined his for a rousing rendition of Volunteers…

Lloyd Goldstein... playing upright for Marty

Lloyd Goldstein... playing upright for Marty

Marty’s bass player, Lloyd Goldstein, playing some absolutely amazing music over the course of the two nights.

Here is Tuna’s st from night two:

Hot Tuna 34, 2014
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Sunday, March 23, 2014

1. True Religion
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
3. Sea Child
4. Good Shepherd
5. Barbeque King
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

A lovely Sunday night for the boys!

There's nobody like this guy...

There's nobody like this guy...

Foto by Dennis Powell

This time, I brought my LP-295 for the sit in with the boys… nothing like a Les Paul I always say… and some serious rockin’ got done. We played three songs with Marty… Volunteers, Plastic Fantastic Lover and on of Marty’s new songs. Marty also sat in on Jack’s class and gave the students some insights into his art!

Marty and Lloyd were joined onstage by Charles Morrongiello on guitar. Helluva picker, this one!

Here I am with Charles in the green room

Here I am with Charles in the green room

What a treat this weekend was… we’ve got to do this again… maybe even a tour!

Jorma, Jack, Marty and Charles

Jorma, Jack, Marty and Charles

Sue took this pic with my iPhone.

A grand time for all… I can’t wait for the next time we all get together!

  1. Barbara Jacobs
    March 24th, 2014 at 21:06 | #1

    Instant edit (I’m sure that Jorma won’t mind):

    “A grand time for all… I CAN’T wait for the next time we all get together!”

    Life is good: Do what you love,
    Love what you do.

  2. Nick Mead
    March 24th, 2014 at 21:56 | #2

    Hey Jorma!
    Just wondering if it was taped, on audio or video?

  3. Steve Levenson
    March 24th, 2014 at 23:46 | #3

    That’s a nice shirt.

  4. pete
    March 25th, 2014 at 04:04 | #4

    An acoustic tour w/marty and maybie get grace’s head out of her ass this isn’t
    a rock and roll show so she wont look stupid sitting and singing we need to hear her voice again

  5. March 25th, 2014 at 07:53 | #5

    Sounds like a great time was had by all… wish I could have been there…congrats FPR on your 17th year! Frank in Toronto

  6. March 25th, 2014 at 08:03 | #6

    Hey Nick

    Audio and video… the audio will first appear on our NPR show, ‘Live From The Fur Peace Ranch,’ that airs on WOUB 91.3 out of Athens, Ohio. It will also be available streaming on the web an the video will appear on our video channel.

  7. mikie
    March 25th, 2014 at 08:46 | #7

    fine show Sunday, thanks so very much. m

  8. HOGAN
    March 25th, 2014 at 08:47 | #8

    Dear Jorma,

    Plastic Fantastic Lover and the Les Paul, WOW “Firmer than Firm”…lol can’t wait to see that video.
    You are absolutely right there is no other like Jack and also getting together with old friends, I plan on doing the same this weekend and catching two of your shows and I am so looking forward to it.
    Good music, good friends, good times indeed….
    Take care

  9. johno
    March 25th, 2014 at 08:47 | #9

    I think John is the spittin’ image of Jorma in that picture w/ Vanessa. I had to look twice.

  10. Angelika
    March 25th, 2014 at 10:04 | #10

    When “Surrealistic Pillow” was released I was 10 years old. Having heard the first songs when I was around 15 I got impressed by the voices of Grace and Marty, Jorma’s guitar and Jack’s bass and became a big fan here in Germany. There are not too many people in my age that have heard of you guys at all. But I find some of them getting involved after been treated with your music of these days and nowadays. I think its so great that you are all still there and I really love to see you guys on this photo together. A long comment from me just to say: thank you for your music!

  11. John B
    March 25th, 2014 at 11:45 | #11

    It was a weekend of great music and good times had with old friends and new. You are right in saying that Marty hasn’t slipped a bit. He sounded and looked terrific and his band was top notch . Marty delivered two strong shows. Hot Tuna as always was solid and I finally got to hear In My Dreams. It’s hard to pick a highlight for me but Barbecue King was as strong as ever and the story you told before playing it was great. This was my first trip to the Ranch and I can see myself returning soon.

    Thanks ;

  12. chuck newman
    March 25th, 2014 at 13:24 | #12

    Jorma I’ll have a longer comment later but the sight of you three together and knowing how much you all enjoyed it brings tears to this old man. We’ve all been missing this for a long time. Thanks so much Jorma.

  13. Bill
    March 25th, 2014 at 13:39 | #13

    What a treat is is to see you three together and smiling! Great idea regarding a tour!

  14. Hamneggs
    March 25th, 2014 at 17:57 | #14

    Jefferson Halfplane!
    We expect miracles to always continue.
    A tour would be a thing of beauty. I’ve been lucky enough to see Marty 3 times in the past few months. (He took a break from the NY area for a while)
    My wife calls me a groupie but I just consider myself an airplane freak,
    It’s also always a pleasure to take in The Lost Tribe of Donegal at Rocky Sullivan’s in Brooklyn.
    Anyway you guys keep playing and I’ll keep on riding the music. a Heartsong thank you to all of you and your loved ones
    Love All Ways

  15. Barbara Jacobs
    March 25th, 2014 at 18:36 | #15

    “…at Rocky Sullivan’s in Brooklyn.”
    There’s an upcoming charity benefit in Brooklyn ( that your Rocky Sullivan’s friends should have informed you about).
    (Not at Rocky Sullivan’s, however it’s only 15 minutes away from there.)

    I’m not involved in that charity benefit.
    I’m just giving you a heads-up on it.@Hamneggs

  16. Barbara Jacobs
    March 25th, 2014 at 18:43 | #16

    Or, better yet:
    I’m giving Jorma fans a “sunny-side-up” on it.

    Seek and ye shall find. (if not, don’t say I didn’t do all to lead you to it, except for leaving a trail of breadcrumbs.)

    Take your Hamneggs on a journey of discovery. Sunny-side-up!

  17. Nick Mead
    March 25th, 2014 at 18:56 | #17

    Thanks for the reply, looking forward to seeing it! @Jorma

  18. Larry
    March 25th, 2014 at 19:09 | #18

    If there’s a tour, sign me up for a season’s pass. And I would like to echo what Angelika wrote above and thank you and your musical brothers (and sister) for the music you’ve created over the years. I was 8 when Pillow was released, and too young to see the classic lineup of the Airplane in concert. But I’ve seen just about every iteration over the years, including Tuna at the Beacon or on LI. One question for you. As talented and creative as all 6 of you were individually, did you recognize or appreciate at the time that the whole was greater than the sum of its parts? Thanks for letting me ramble. Keep on truckin’.

  19. Cyndy Consentino
    March 25th, 2014 at 23:04 | #19

    Dear Jorma,

    I felt really privledged to be at the Ranch in Saturday night fort
    The Hot Tuna!Marty Balin Bans show! Definitely half an Airplane!!
    Wonderful music!

    I also wanted to give a shout out to the wonderful Fur Peace Ranch staff
    Hurl was wonderful in guiding me with directions from Ohio U Inn to the Ranch,
    And then helped me with a wonderful seat!

    Brett is beyond sweet, and helped me find an excellent spot to park.

    You don’t get more wonderful than these two

    See you this weekend

    Best to you all,


  20. Steve Goldston
    March 26th, 2014 at 07:39 | #20

    One of my joys is bringing guests with me who haven’t been to the Ranch before. As usual,they were mesmerized and can’t wait to return. Everyone is just wonderful,and the Jamaican ladies can cook it up! Thank you for another real good time!

  21. John B
    March 26th, 2014 at 09:16 | #21

    Will you be there Barbara?
    @Barbara Jacobs

  22. johno
    March 26th, 2014 at 10:41 | #22

    @Cyndy Consentino
    How long did it take you to drive to the ranch? And how did you go – 78 west? I’m assuming you drove. Sounds like a great trip!

  23. Barbara Jacobs
    March 26th, 2014 at 12:49 | #23

    I won’t be in town for it.
    I’m not sure why it’s not being advertised, but all of Bay Ridge knows about it.
    I got a phone call from a friend who lives there, he’s very excited.
    It’s certainly a very good cause.@John B

  24. Greg Martelli
    March 26th, 2014 at 18:55 | #24

    Bay Ridge. ?, I was born there and lived there until I was 4- later Ct.
    The psychedelic Messerschmidt was a great poster Saturday night at Fur peace and set the level of atmospherics .
    The Hot Tuna set was appropriately restrained and deferential,
    The Fur Peace staff in full swing and as always offered their best – hospitality.
    Marty had a great band ,Charles tempo was spot on and un diminished ( sounded like a band), Lloyd’s stand up bass ,plucked and with frequent use of the bow was very evocative. .
    Great band.
    I had a measured level of anticipation about Marty;would he pull it off?
    He was in full voice and had the highest level of enthusiasm – covered some Baxters stuff,a surprising Young Girl Sunday Blues and Martha.However I think the real treat was a great Fat Angel.
    My wife ( now a confirmed Tuna &Jorma fan) had never seen the Airplane /Starship, said- “where can we see Marty ‘s band again?”
    It would be great to see these guys Electric – together.
    Leave Grace home.

  25. Hamneggs
    March 26th, 2014 at 19:40 | #25

    Im still looking for breadcrumbs but having no luck
    young girl sunday blues πŸ™‚
    @Barbara Jacobs
    Peace love all ways

  26. Barbara Jacobs
    March 26th, 2014 at 21:49 | #26

    If my friend from Bay Ridge hadn’t called me, I would not have known.
    I mentioned it because I think that you live in Brooklyn.
    Again, I’m not involved in the benefit and have no inside info, other than what I heard from my friend.

    I don’t even know if I’m at liberty to tell anything more about it.
    If there was something online, I would give you the link; there’s nothing advertised anywhere.
    It seems that maybe the place has limited seating and maybe it’s a word-of-mouth
    situation, that only Bay Ridge folks know about it.

    I just figure that since you’re a teacher, you might have heard from somebody
    in Bay Ridge or around that area of Brooklyn.

    It’s counter-intuitive for me, I kind of feel like Brooklyn fans should know — but it’s not my call.

    Maybe I can tell just one person? I don’t know.
    If you post your e-mail, I’m going to throw caution to the wind and maybe today’s 40mph winds will carry it through cyberspace to you.
    If you can keep it to yourself, maybe it will be O.K.
    I don’t even know if there are any tix left.


  27. Hamneggs
    March 27th, 2014 at 09:59 | #27

    @Barbara Jacobs
    Never fear I’m an uptown guy, way uptown Da Bronx, in the 33 county.
    So fret not. I probably would not be able to make it anyway. Always good to tie two of my favorite bands Lost Tribe and Tuna in a discussion.
    Love All Ways
    Balin Band and Tuna would be a great tour.
    Jack & Jorma sitting in a seissun at Rocky’s would be mind boggling.

  28. Pete
    March 27th, 2014 at 12:34 | #28

    Glad to hear that your LP-295 is back in action. I always wondered why you stopped playing it (and hoped it might show up in one of your Second Chances sales).

  29. Barbara Jacobs
    March 27th, 2014 at 16:41 | #29

    O.K.: If you’re up in Da Bronx, it makes sense that you haven’t heard about it.
    Such a great cause, I’m sorry that I can’t make it, either.

    Maybe after, more will be revealed, by Jorma.

  30. Joe in Dc
    March 27th, 2014 at 20:03 | #30

    Hey all. Just a different spin here. Last Saturday nite while tuna was playing at the ranch w/ Marty and company I drove to Stroudsberg, PA to the Sherman to see Paul K and starship. Seen HFT @ that venue for last 4 years or so, but not starship. Well, good time 4 sure, but starship is not tuna. Lots of good ole JA songs and even imagine by Lennon, a surprise. All in all fun Just thought u tuna/JA heads would want to know….hah,

  31. Barbara Jacobs
    March 27th, 2014 at 22:43 | #31

    “Sorry Charlie — No Tuna!”@Joe in Dc

  32. Hamneggs
    March 28th, 2014 at 06:41 | #32

    caught two show of Starship this tourTarrytown & BB’s both great fun. their harmonies really impressed me this tour. David Frieberg rocks
    Love All Ways
    @Joe in Dc

  33. March 28th, 2014 at 08:40 | #33

    We absolutely did realize the the whole was greater than the sum of the parts… It was an honor to play with those folks!

  34. johno
    March 28th, 2014 at 10:25 | #34

    Wouldn’t it be a blast if we got the Airplane together for a show sometime this summer for Jack’s 70th Birthday. Just thinking…

  35. Joe in Dc
    March 28th, 2014 at 12:48 | #35

    Hey Freiburg made the show. Yup no tuna but I got a ride on the starship. What the heck; all good

  36. April 1st, 2014 at 17:23 | #36

    Jorma it was great seeing you and jack ! Me Marty and lloyd had a blast playing 2 show with Hot tuna ;D Cant wait to do it again . Thanks for all the great licks and storys of the Rev. Gary Davis .. Hope to do it again with you guys !! Chuck M πŸ˜€

  37. April 13th, 2015 at 20:45 | #37

    Still looking forward to a return engagement at The Fur Peace Ranch. We’ve gotten tighter too since then! And 2 new albums about to be released.