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Eighteen Years At The Fur Peace Ranch

Thursday I got back from SXSW in Austin and Friday was the opening day of the eighteenth year at the good old Fur Peace Ranch. Jack Casady just got back from the Isle Of Jersey and indeed, we were ‘putting the band back together.’ There was a great bunch of campers and the stage was set for a sold out show Saturday night.

We built it... and they came...

We built it... and they came...

The vibe was right and Jack and I were in fine fettle. Vanessa joined us for the second song of the first set… Ain’t In No Hurry. How good does it have to get?

Hot Tuna 3, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, March 21, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry with Vanessa Kaukonen
3. Other Side Of The Mountain
4. I See The Light
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
8. Barbeque King
9. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. River Of Time
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Come Back Baby
6. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
7. Living In The Moment
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. In My Dreams
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: How Long Blues

It’s a chilly Spring… but at least it isn’t snowing today.

Here’s the group pic from Sunday:

What a great bunch of guys and gals!

What a great bunch of guys and gals!

A wrap up later this morning and life goes on. I had a great two month road trip… but it’s greater still to be home!

  1. John B
    March 23rd, 2015 at 10:18 | #1

    It was a great show at the Fur Peace Station this Saturday night . Despite the dicey travel conditions on the way down it was well worth the white knuckle driving conditions we encountered going up and over the the mountains of West Virginia ,Maryland and Pennsylvania . Conditions at the Ranch were as they always are whenever I have visited which is warm and welcoming . If you haven’t yet visited the Fur Peace Station please start planning your visit now and I promise you that your expectations will not only be met but exceeded. Jorma the new songs are just beautiful and it was a treat to see Vanessa up there with you for Aint in no Hurry. It is a lovely song and Vanessa was right when she said you should record it.

  2. Hamneggs
    March 23rd, 2015 at 11:10 | #2

    Love All Ways

  3. johno
    March 23rd, 2015 at 12:24 | #3

    What was Jack doing in the Isle of Jersey – vacation?

  4. cyndy consentino
    March 23rd, 2015 at 14:37 | #4

    Dear Jorma,
    Missed it because of weather. I had to turn my little Fiat 500 around in Mid Pa.
    I heard it was great from Debbie Pace, who I was supposed to be there with.

    Ok, next time. You know I will always try!!!

    Best to you and the family,

  5. John B
    March 23rd, 2015 at 14:44 | #5

    Isle of Jersey ? Staten Island or Long Island?

  6. Barbara
    March 23rd, 2015 at 23:17 | #6

    It was a great season opener, eighteen years and counting… a first for me. If the ranch was a dream, it certainly has become a reality off the windy dirt road, amidst the trees in southeast Ohio. It was a memorable night for my sister and I to hear you in the FPR Station venue. We’ve been fans since the early 70’s, but the ranch is unique. Vanessa’s Monroe rendition of Happy Birthday was a treat for the crowd, but her accompaniment on “Ain’t in no Hurry” was a true delight. I can see why you say there’s no place like home, I think a lot of us felt like it was home for us too.
    We’re planning to return as soon as we can.

  7. johno
    March 24th, 2015 at 10:58 | #7

    @John B
    I think it’s off the coast of Great Britain – either Scotland or England – they have big music festivals there. I can’t see Jack playing without Jorma.

  8. Hamneggs
    March 24th, 2015 at 19:23 | #8

    I recall some great KBC and Starship show with Jack having a good old time.
    Love All Ways

  9. Hamneggs
    March 24th, 2015 at 20:06 | #9

    Shame on me I forgot SVT Brian Marnell! Nick Buck!
    Oh yeah Voodoo Child too
    Peace Love All Ways again

  10. Chappy
    March 24th, 2015 at 20:20 | #10

    Outstanding opening show…you guys are amazing! Thanks also to John H. and the FPR staff for the always great hospitality.

    Jorma, your recent photos from your Lucky Lounge show in Austin brought back some great memories of when I got to meet Ian McLagan there back in 2012 after one of his shows. He made some great music in his time and was a class act. May he rest in peace.

  11. Mark M
    March 25th, 2015 at 10:22 | #11

    We would love some hot tuna electric shows in so cal


  12. johno
    March 25th, 2015 at 11:36 | #12

    Happy Birthday to the Fur Peace Ranch – who would have thought – 18 years and going bigger and better than ever – Long May You Run!

  13. John B
    March 25th, 2015 at 16:14 | #13

    Jorma are you and Zach working on any new songs?

  14. Larry
    March 25th, 2015 at 18:28 | #14

    Hey Jorma! Any chance that Marty or Paul will play with you and Jack for the Airplane set at Lockn’?

  15. Tim from Philly
    March 26th, 2015 at 03:39 | #15

    Saw Hot Freaking Jack play with an early incarnation of Moonalice, w GE Smith and Pete Sears. Jack is way cool with and without Jorma.

  16. March 26th, 2015 at 09:09 | #16

    Not likely Larry… They have other commitments.

  17. March 26th, 2015 at 09:10 | #17

    Jack lives on Jersey part of the year.

  18. Hamneggs
    March 26th, 2015 at 11:21 | #18


    In thoughts and prayers
    Love All Ways

  19. johno
    March 26th, 2015 at 12:29 | #19

    Talk about getting away from it all!

  20. Andrea
    March 27th, 2015 at 17:56 | #20

    Hi, Is there any possible way to get 2 tickets to your concert at Merriweather in Columbia,MD? It would be the most awesome gift for my husband. We have seen your concerts in several venues in Annapolis,MD . I know I’m asking for a miracle but if possible , why not ask……Thank you .

  21. Mary Lee
    March 27th, 2015 at 18:50 | #21

    Jorma & Jack – love you both. I never get tired of listening to you play. It was my first trip with my sister Barbara. Your place is beautiful and so serene. Vanessa was very gracious and her voice is lovely. I enjoyed looking at your pictures, coats, boots and those great great Cat Andirons! I love them! One more thing off my bucket list, but one thing that remains is that I would love to meet both you and Jack one day. Then I’d be set. I know you played at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA, at one time, and if you were to play there again, that would be fabulous. It’s a great little theater and best of all, it’s right up the street from where I live:) My sister and I came to hear you back in December at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on a Thursday then came up to NY to see you at the Beacon on Saturday. We saw you at the Colonial Theater 2 weeks before we made the trip to your ranch. I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it but I did. We drove 6 1/2 hours to WV to a hotel then drove 45 minutes to your ranch on Saturday then drove home Sunday morning. We listened to your new CD on the way home. Loved it. Take Care and see you again soon. Maybe I’ll make the trip to the Capitol Theater on my birthday to see you.

  22. charles newman
    March 27th, 2015 at 21:14 | #22

    Thanks for the note about Paul. I hadn’t heard in other media. May all the love of the universe go out to him.

  23. March 31st, 2015 at 06:36 | #23

    Hi Andrea… If you don’t ask, you’ll never know. Sorry to say, I can’t help you with this one. I’m a minor luminary here and my guest invites were gone a long time ago.

  24. bob b.
    March 31st, 2015 at 17:18 | #24

    Save me a seat Mary Lee. I’ll take the ride…especially for “Electric Hot Tuna”.