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Nineteen Years At The Fur Peace Ranch, And A Super Moon!

November 14th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments
The Super Moon, Nov. 13, 2016 from my back porch in Darwin, Ohio

The Super Moon, Nov. 13, 2016 from my back porch in Darwin, Ohio

Frosty mornings… the chill came late to us here in Southeast Ohio. Temperatures were down to the low 20’s in the morning. It was our first hard frost… and this late in the season, it’s hard to imagine there will be an Indian Summer. Still and all, it’s just weather and we know what that means… change, like it or not.This weekend my dear friend Barry Mitterhoff returned to the Fur Peace Ranch as did my old buddy, Jack Casady. It’s been a while since we have been graced by Barry’s presence, but it was as comfortable as putting on an old pair of shoes. Also on board for the weekend was my good pal Tom Feldmann. Tom has been with me now for a couple of years. He found his way to us through Roy Book Binder an Stefan Grossman. I am so pleased that he is now a member of the family. He is not only a great guitar player, a writer and generally speaking a serious artist… he’s also a great guy! We definitely had the A team here this weekend… not that all our teams are not A teams.

It’s been a bit since Jack and I did a show together and more than a bit since Barry joined us. What an artistically gratifying evening!

Hot Tuna 28, 2016
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Barry Mitterhoff
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, November 12, 2016

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. How Long Blues
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
I See The Light
5. Ain’t In No Hurry
6. I See The Light
7. Candy Man
8. Sleep Song
9. Sea Child
10. The Terrible Operation
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Come Back Baby
5. Prohibition Blues
6. In My Dreams
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Thanks to Pete for the set list corrections. I’ll have to talk to Myron about this… 🙂

Together... again

Together... again

Foto by Lee Cantor

Sunday the open mike for ‘The Kids,’ was awesome. In the space of the last three days we lost Leonard Cohen, Robert Vaughn and Leon Russell. At my age mortality has become a companion, and in an odd way a friend. As a friend, mortality reminds me to make the most of every day, every moment, every friend, my family… most beloved they are… and the musical notes I am still privileged to be able to share with the world. Each day is indeed precious in a way that would nave escaped me as a young man.

In any case, Vanessa got together with Phil Rosen and the two of them honored Leonard Cohen with a touching rendition of Dance Me To The End Of Love!

Phil and Vanessa... Dance Me To The End Of Love

Phil and Vanessa... Dance Me To The End Of Love

Then this morning as the weekend was officially over, Tom’s and my class got together for a picture…

The eagles have gathered

The eagles have gathered

Foto by Carol Doherty

It will be another 20 some years until the next Super Moon… as for moments with friends and family, each stands alone… yet hangs together like cut glass tears on a chandelier… precious and fragile.

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

Omar Khayyám

Nor would I have it otherwise…

  1. Barbara Jacobs
    November 18th, 2016 at 20:08 | #1

    There are 58 references to Mose Allison, throughout the entire book:
    “Georgie Fame, There’s nothing else to do”.

    From page 70:
    “Born in 1927 in Tippo, Mississippi, the philosophy graduate from Louisiana State University Mose Allison had started to play trumpet and piano at an early age and was renowned for his elegant playing and laconic vocal style with often sarcastic,precisely observed lyrics.
    Working from out of New York City since 1956, he had been meeting Fame hero Phil Woods amongst others. His debut LP was “Back Country Suite” in 1957. Allison was only allowed to release an all-vocal album in 1963.
    Fame is in good company loving the man:
    Flamingo men John Mayall, Pete Townshend& The Who, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and later J.J. Cale adored the wise man, and he is one of many who interpreted his reading of Willie Dixon’s “Seventh Son”, plus of course the BritBlues standard “Parchman Farm” about life in a prison camp in the
    American Deep South. Allison has famously played residencies in London’s Soho
    district into the 2000’s, including Ronnie Scott’s Club and the Pizza Express.”

    (“Georgie Fame: There’s nothing else to do, Life and music”
    Uli Twelker, 2014 )

  2. Diane
    November 18th, 2016 at 20:48 | #2

    Hi Mr. Kaukonen,

    Loved you in Jefferson Airplane! I was in grade school during the time of Woodstock, so needless to say, that due to my age, that is something I couldn’t get involved in. But the decades after that, I’ve come to appreciate your style of music. My parents were very anti-hippie, so they never listened to Jefferson Airplane, so I’d go to friend’s houses to listen to your music. Now, I have three grown children and they love this music, even 50 years later. Thanks for the memories and music.

    A life long fan,

  3. rich lindbloom
    November 19th, 2016 at 13:07 | #3

    @Ham n Eggs
    Ham n Eggs – thanks for posting that! Great article on Mose Alison. on Hot tuna’s recording, who plays drums on that song. I’m guessing that is Jorma on both guitars?

  4. Uli Twelker
    November 20th, 2016 at 12:25 | #4

    @Barbara Jacobs
    Dear Barbara and Jorma, I am also sad to hear about Mose Allison’s passing! Thank you so much for quoting my references to Mose in the Georgie Fame book of mine. Incidentally, I saw Georgie perform at the mentioned Ronnie Scott’s Club in Soho, London, where Mose also performed very often over the years. The memorable Mose spot came half-way through Fame’s sold-out performance(s) with The Guy Barker Big Band. He told his dedicated audience: “This is a new song about Mose Allison – I was told he was about to die – and I wrote this tune ‘Go Down Mose’ in honor of him. But, folks, I’m happy to say, Mose didn’t die, I can tell ouy he’s alive and breathing” (or very similar words to that effect). He went on to say “But I will perform the song anyway. This is for you, Mose…”. This was on October 26th, and then, just a few days later, Mose did pass away, in the same week that we lost Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell, too. Fame, I’m happy to say, is alive and really on form!!! So thanks again, Barbara – the world needs to know about Mose AND Georgie NOW!! Swing on from Uli Twelker, Germany

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