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California Guitar Trio To Tommy Emmanuel

Last turn to the Ranch

Last turn to the Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Last weekend Tom Feldman, David Wolff and I hosted an Entrance Ramp Class an Saturday night the California Guitar Trio played and wowed us all!

Hurl, Wally and Ol' Jer get ready to great concert goers!

Hurl, Wally and Ol' Jer get ready to great concert goers!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The fellas in the CGT simply have to be seen and heard to be believed!

The boys hold forth

The boys hold forth

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

As soon as class wound up on Monday noonish, Myron and I beat feet to Nashville for a recording date with Tommy Emmanuel. Tommy asked me to play two songs with him and I was on my way!

Tommy and I check the levels

Tommy and I check the levels

Foto by Myron Hart

We started out with a Merle Travis tune… two acoustic guitars, au naturale… no wires!

Listening and thinking

Listening and thinking

Foto by Myron Hart

The mighty engineer at the console

The mighty engineer at the console

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Paying with Tommy is always a treat… to get to record with him is off the charts! We did a Roy Book Binder tune as well… double male vocal.

How's that song go?

How's that song go?

Foto by Myron Hart

The mighty M-30 at work!

The mighty M-30 at work!

Foto by Myron Hart

We knocked out the two acoustic tunes and laid down and electric jam as well!

Jazzmaster vs. Tele

Jazzmaster vs. Tele

Foto by Myron Hart

Then it was time for lunch… bur first…

Pick it Jorm'

Pick it Jorm'

Foto by Myron Hart

Time for some southern BBQ

Three well fed buddies

Three well fed buddies

And lest I forget… the first drone shot of last weeks FPR class!

Everything looks better from the air!

Everything looks better from the air!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen


  1. HOGAN
    May 10th, 2017 at 05:25 | #1

    Good Times,,,,

  2. Vince
    May 10th, 2017 at 11:25 | #2

    Just re-read “In Many House” Kol Hanesahama quote again today, its on my bulletin board. Just what I need to read some days. I know May 8 is a significant day for you Jorma, you have my best wishes. Peace and love, vince

  3. John B
    May 10th, 2017 at 13:46 | #3

    Jorma and Tommy Emmanuel together electric and accoustic. That certainly is something for us to look forward to as we hurtle into summer.Jorma please remember to let us know when it is released .

    Jorma what is an Entrance Ramp Class?

  4. carey georgas
    May 10th, 2017 at 14:26 | #4

    Had my first experience with a drone last Sunday. I was on the golf course with a buddy, and came up onto one of the greens. It had trees all down one side of it, and I heard a buzzing sound that was off the ground, but couldn’t tell where. I thought it was a swarm of bees or hornets in the trees, and remarked to my bud. About the time I decided it must be someone with a weed eater in the distance, he looks up and at about 200 ft. sat this stationary object hovering in the buzz. Kinda creepy, I must say, not knowing who’s eye was up there, but then after a minute or so, it just buzzed away. I’m conflicted now in my opinion of drones. One would be fun to play with, looking from above upon my place or the woods nearby, but by the same token, if one flew over my place from where I knew not, I’d be tempted to go get my 12 gauge and chase if off. Don’t want spies or peepers on or above my 5 acres of paradise.

  5. Joey Hudoklin
    May 10th, 2017 at 15:45 | #5

    May 8th?
    If it’s whatI think it is, miracles do happen.
    Jorma, you’re a beacon

  6. johno
    May 10th, 2017 at 16:41 | #6

    What is an Entrance Ramp class? Is it something I would qualify for? Never picked up a guitar. Always wanted to visit the FPR. This may be my only chance. Since all of the concerts are sell out in days, it seems.

  7. May 10th, 2017 at 20:08 | #7

    Hi John… this is not a beginner guitar class. I don’t do those. It is a moderately basic weekend for guitar players who are just beginning their foray into the finger style world.

  8. May 10th, 2017 at 20:08 | #8

    May 8th… 19 years since my Mom passed.

  9. May 10th, 2017 at 20:14 | #9

    hi Carey… Jorma here… the FAA considers drones aircraft and licenses them as such. I imagine many people ignore the many laws that govern the flying of drones. I have a amateur license and ‘tail’ numbers issued by the FAA from my drones. Later on this summer I plan on studying for the Part 107 exam so I can get a commercial license and hopefully start being to sell pictures if I get some good ones. Shooting one down is technically like shooting down an airplane although it has happened and no one has been prosecuted successfully yet some cases have gone to court. Of course there are always stupid people doing stupid things. Like my Dad used to say: ‘Why are there so many so many more horses asses than there are horses?’

  10. carey georgas
    May 10th, 2017 at 23:01 | #10

    Yes, I thought I had read that airspace is pretty much public domain, so I should have predicated the 12 gauge with brandishing to chase it off. I appreciate the info, though, because I am considering one and it’s good to know that they’re regulated to the extent that they even have tail numbers. My trepidation is somewhat alleviated

  11. Joey Hudoklin
    May 11th, 2017 at 01:22 | #11

    Ok, I had that wrong.
    May she Rest in Peace.
    Almost 9 since my Mom passed.
    I try to make every day a living amends.
    It’s the best I can do.
    God bless

  12. rich l
    May 11th, 2017 at 14:24 | #12

    ‘why are there so many more horses asses…” – that’s a keeper. I think that I’ll use that tonight when our outdoor volleyball get together’s start for the summer. The first person who, once again, notes my diminishing athleticism will hear your dad’s saying.

    My brother is a huge Tommy Emmanuel fan. He got me his CD, “Hope Street,” for Christmas. I played some of it, but must not have been in the right mood and it sort of hid out in the glove box for awhile.

    I was driving home from St. Louis one night, and couldn’t pick up any good radio stations. With about 4 hours left to kill on the long and pretty straight road actually, I threw in “Hope Street” I listened to it all the way through, then played it again and then one more time for good measure. I was hooked.

    I did see you and Tommy play Deep River Blues, (I believe), on you tube. Now I don’t normally talk like this, but all I could say was “Fuck and Yes!”

    I’ll have to check out The California Guitar Trio.

    LOL – my only stab at playing a guitar was when someone showed me how to, (sort of), play “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen. “do do do, dodo doo, do do do, doo doo” – “Oh we gotta go now…” You know that’s right!,

  13. Dan
    May 11th, 2017 at 15:50 | #13

    Jorma, we need to ask Tommy about how to get you your CGP, cant think of anyone more deserving

  14. johno
    May 12th, 2017 at 12:26 | #14

    Didn’t think you had a beginners class – shucks. I want to come to FPR – it’s on my bucket list. I knew I should have taken guitar lessons when I was younger. Now an old fart like me has to just wait for you to tour. Whoever lives in Southeast Ohio are really lucky to live there, so close to FPR. I must say that for you guys to be touring so much – year after year – is really incredible to me.

  15. johno
    May 13th, 2017 at 11:56 | #15

    But touring is rather exciting. I’m sure you keep doing it because you enjoy it. You pick and choose when you want to tour. You go to exciting places here and around the world. You have a guitar camp for 20 years. It must be a lot of fun.
    Jorma you have had an amazing life – nice guys do finnish first.

  16. Steve
    May 13th, 2017 at 15:10 | #16

    Johno-go to the Ranch for the Arts and Minds fest…thats what I did last year and it was great!!! Between Jorma solo in the gazebo and NRPS that night it was just a fantastic trip all in!!!

  17. DennisK
    May 14th, 2017 at 09:08 | #17

    The Arts and Minds Fest (and optional concert) is a great way to visit the FPR and enjoy some of the experiences that a player or guest has during an instructional weekend. The main thing is the hospitality. Jorma and Vanessa make everyone feel like they are an invited guest, totally welcome at their home (no, you can’t go in the house).

    It is a great vibe and well worth the trip. A legitimate “bucket list” item for many. Just do it while you can!

  18. rich l
    May 14th, 2017 at 10:17 | #18


    I had a thought recently – always a scary proposition. I assume you will have Derek’s and Susan’s ear once in awhile over the balance of 2017. When you mentioned the “Jazzmaster vs. the Tele,” a thought came to my mind. Specifically, maybe you could plant a suggestion in their ears to do a copy of one of my all time favorite songs.

    On Roy Bucchannan’s great album, “Loading Zone,” he plays a song called The Circle. I simply can not play that song loud enough. If there is one band that could pull that song off, I believe it is the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Mike Mattison has the perfect voice for that song, and the band would no doubt nail the background vocals.

    I just hate to see that song disappear into the shadows of the past.

  19. carey georgas
    May 14th, 2017 at 16:06 | #19

    Happy Mother’s Day to all honorees who may pass through here today.

  20. Ham n Eggs
    May 14th, 2017 at 16:27 | #20

    I second that motion
    Those straight A’s always help make the day better to begin
    Jorma n Iz treat Ms K the way she deserves.
    Love All Ways
    @carey georgas

  21. johno
    May 14th, 2017 at 17:01 | #21

    Great idea! Never thought of that – I heard the Ranch is a special place. I think what Jorma and Vanessa have done is just spectacular.
    Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there.

  22. Brian Doyle
    May 14th, 2017 at 22:35 | #22

    I saw Roy Buchanan at the Chance in Poughkeepsie back in the early 80’s. He was playing my friend Bill Perry’s pink paisley Telecaster. The late Bill Perry was Rockland County’s best home-grown electric guitarist. The Chance was so small that you would move up in to the balcony to get away from the crowd and still be close to the stage. I first heard Roy play on TV in my high school friend’s kitchen. The man owned the neck of the guitar and was no doubt a main talent…

  23. David
    May 15th, 2017 at 06:20 | #23

    Jorma get Tommy to bring you down under . Brisbane please, and bring Jack and a drummer as well though Tommy can play drums as well if noone else wants to come.

  24. Walt Hetfield
    May 19th, 2017 at 11:45 | #24

    How cool is that?

  25. carey georgas
    May 19th, 2017 at 12:46 | #25

    Found a new Pho joint in Houston. Their Dac Biet uses oxtail instead of brisket and tendon. Pretty doggone scrump.

  26. Brett
    May 19th, 2017 at 12:47 | #26

    @Brian Doyle

    My Roy story…..1976 or 1977 Me and my buds snuck in the side door of The Morris Stage (Morristown, NJ)….Right near the end of Roy’s show

    We strolled down the center aisle to the stage…..Roy is just a wailing away on his Tele and walks right to the edge of the stage where we were standing with this big old s*!t eating grin on his face and kept on a wailing….. Bliss!!

  27. Brian Doyle
    May 19th, 2017 at 13:00 | #27

    That’s right about the same time we saw him on TV. Only needed to see him once and the permanent word between me and my friend was “that man can play”. The rock fan world is tough competition however it can have its lucky moments. In Miami in 2002 I found myself at Ron Wood’s toes by the B Stage with Mick and Keith nearby.

    Roy died a true bluesman’s death in a rogue sheriff’s jail cell…

  28. Mark K
    May 19th, 2017 at 14:41 | #28

    How high can your drone fly? -Bucket list fun project-helium balloon up to 75,000 feet with a digital camera to take photos of the curve of the earth

  29. May 19th, 2017 at 17:25 | #29

    The amateur FAA license I have allows me 400 feet above the ground.

  30. carey georgas
    May 19th, 2017 at 18:49 | #30

    So the drone has an altimeter that communicates with you? That’d be pretty danged cool. Promise, if I have any more questions I’ll find me a dealer somewhere.

  31. carlo pagliano
    May 19th, 2017 at 21:18 | #31

    Rock Them All Hot Tonight Jorma!

  32. Joey Hudoklin
    May 20th, 2017 at 01:54 | #32

    I got to hear the boys live on the radio this morning from Salt Lake City.
    What a treat!
    Hesitation Blues
    Let us get Together
    Great interview
    Made my day

  33. carey georgas
    May 20th, 2017 at 08:56 | #33

    @Joey Hudoklin

  34. johno
    May 20th, 2017 at 12:32 | #34

    Jorma – I love what your father said about horses asses. It is so true.

  35. Dead Head
    May 20th, 2017 at 18:52 | #35

    Tedeschi Trucks Band on Austin City Limits tonight

  36. carlo pagliano
    May 20th, 2017 at 20:18 | #36

    Rock Them All Hot & High Tonight Jorma!

  37. jim hitchcock
    May 20th, 2017 at 22:02 | #37

    Nice, thanks@Dead Head

  38. Kevin
    May 20th, 2017 at 22:16 | #38

    @Dead Head
    Thanks, just in time to catch it.