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Funky Feat At The Station

Our Labyrinth from the air

Our Labyrinth from the air

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

While we were waiting for Paul, Fred, Kenny and Gabe to show up there was a break in the endless rain we’ve been having and I took the opportunity to put the bird up.

Bird's eye view of the station

Bird's eye view of the station

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

They were running a wee late, so I just kept on flying.

In control... for once.

In control... for once.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Then the boys showed up… and so did the sold out crowd!

Yup, the lot was full!

Yup, the lot was full!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We had been trying to get these guys for a decade, and it was worth the wait!

The men rock the Station!

The men rock the Station!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The sleek, stripped down Funky Feat delivered the goods in spades!

Fred's got my Jazzmaster and Paul has one of Myron's Strats

Fred's got my Jazzmaster and Paul has one of Myron's Strats

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Again, so grateful the guys spent two days with us!

Fred, me, Nessa, Hurl, Kenny and Paul

Fred, me, Nessa, Hurl, Kenny and Paul

Selfie by Vanessa Kaukonen

I got to sit in on Dixie Chicken and Spanish Moon… Thanks guys… for everything!

Back in my little world our Espresso machine was on the fritz. I talked to the folks at Whole Latte Love. ‘It’s the solenoid,’ the tech said, and he emailed me instructions. I ordered the part and it came the other day. There are more tiny little parts in this machine than Carter has Little Liver Pills.

Teeny, tiny parts... and lots of them.

Teeny, tiny parts... and lots of them.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I took pictures at every step of the disassembly so I could reverse the process. It worked!

Mmmmm.... java, java

Mmmmm.... java, java

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A fine week indeed…


The ROK Espresso Press in front of my Dad's old radio

The ROK Espresso Press in front of my Dad's old radio

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The ROK unit is awesome! Check the link. This is not a stove top boiler… and it’s all billet!


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  1. Andrew
    June 18th, 2019 at 15:08 | #1

    Jorma I was waiting for you
    to post on the Phil shows to
    ask u grateful dead questions
    Without hijacking another
    thread. If you could answer
    What is your favorite dead studio
    album. I have been listening
    to workingman alot now. Not
    trying to open a public debate
    on workingman vs American Beauty.
    Jerry’s steel pedal “phase”
    was so short, but so good. It
    is haunting in the songs high
    time and dire wolf. They
    so took their time in the
    pacing of high time. Slow
    Almost lull you into space
    But never wanting anything
    More. Also love easy Wind
    as I think it’s their best
    Blues ever.

    On another subject. Been
    listening to Doobie Brothers
    alot recently, especially
    The album captain and me.
    Patrick Simmons is such
    A good finger pickin guitarist,
    its just that the electric
    nature of the band was formatted
    For small runs of acoustic
    Fingerpicking acoustic.
    In case I missed old news
    do Pat Simmons and yourself
    Have musical history as I
    Have read from him that you
    Are an influence? Has he
    Ever taught at the ranch?

  2. mark k
    June 18th, 2019 at 16:03 | #2

    Carters Little Liver Pills- just showing your age again-they stopped calling them liver pills in the 60’s although thinking about it with all the self liver abuse I’m certain that me as well as other Tuna fans have done to ourselves over the years, we could probably all use a good liver pill about now. Did you fix the Espresso machine?. I don’t have too many vices left but a good cup of coffee better yet espresso always hits the spot. As Kids and teens we used to laugh at my Father who regularly frequently used “old timey” and “corny” expressions and sayings but as I am now verging on becoming a “senior citizen” I find myself using them more and more. One of my favorites is “now we’re cooking with gas”. How about this rain, I don’t know about Ohio but here in North East PA with all this rain this year it seems like its turning into a rain forest

  3. mark k
    June 18th, 2019 at 16:10 | #3

    I remember Seeing Rick Danko open for you at the Lone Star Roadhouse singing “Java Blues”

    Stopped by a diner, and the blond behind the counter
    Asked if she could help in any way
    I could tell by her smile, her number I could dial
    If I was in the need of company
    I asked her for some Java
    Instead she brought a cup of chickory

    A taste of Java is like a volcanic rush
    Nobody’s gonna stop me from drinking too much
    Costs many more than you care to pay
    But money is nothin, compared to a fired-up day
    Don’t try to cheat, it’s impossible to beat
    The only pick-me-up that’s here to stay

    Java Blues… coffee’s got me
    Java Blues… coffee coffee coffee
    Java Blues… well the coffee’s got me
    Java Blues… coffee coffee coffee

    You know that I’ll stay high
    Drinkin coffee till I die
    Java blues

  4. DennisK
    June 18th, 2019 at 19:01 | #4

    OT: I am planning a (potentially solo) road-trip to the Ranch for the Arts and Minds fest on July 20. It looks like it will be a great weekend on music, food and art.

    I am wondering if anyone from the NJ/Pa/NY area are considering the run. I am putting out a call for any guys or gals who would like to ride-share down and back. If you would like to hook-up, let me know and we can follow-up off line.

    Bloomsbury, NJ

  5. Rick Quinn
    June 18th, 2019 at 19:02 | #5

    Jorma, playing with Feat is ok, but fixing the coffee machine is beyond awesome. I am truly impressed.

  6. Paul
    June 18th, 2019 at 20:38 | #6

    Jorma, one word AREOPRESS

  7. Kevin
    June 18th, 2019 at 20:41 | #7

    Earl Bailey on Deep Tracks Sirius radio played “Sweet Papa John” on Fathers day and said Johnny wrote it about Papa John Creach. Anyone hear that before? I always assumed it to about himself.

    Nice job on the espresso machine. A true renaissance man.

  8. Chappy
    June 18th, 2019 at 23:06 | #8

    Wow…Funky Feat were awesome on Saturday night! Had seen LF a few times over the years and they were always great but at large venues so it was too cool to see them in the intimate setting at FPR. The dual lead guitars with Fred and Paul all night was only topped when Jorma made it three! Loved Paul’s great slide playing and Fred Tackett is incredible…got to see him on born-again Bob’s show at the Akron Civic Theatre back in 1980 and whatever one’s feelings were about that tour one thing is for sure and that is his band with Fred, Spooner and Tim Drummond was rocking…solid rocking! Coincidentally or maybe by divine intervention, last week I stumbled across a YT video of Marcus King and Heather Gillis with a great send up of “Spanish Moon” and I’m thinking I may get to hear that tune by FF. So, to have the Captain kick in with Fred and Paul on that one was just plain super! Took the opportunity to visit my 91 yr old Mom in Cleveland on Sunday. Tuned in to the show that night via the livestream after we had dinner. Half way through the FF’s first set she said to me “that’s very nice music!” Yes, Mom…yes indeed! She’s still on her game!

  9. Karen Z
    June 18th, 2019 at 23:08 | #9

    I’m with Rick Quinn… without espresso there is no life. Missed the FEAT tix tho. BTW control (even with a drone) is essentially unmanageable LOL.

  10. Paul
    June 19th, 2019 at 05:27 | #10

    make that Aeropress

  11. carey georgas
    June 19th, 2019 at 09:17 | #11

    I would venture that fixing a consumer class espresso machine would qualify as a miracle when considering one’s canonization for Tinkerer’s sainthood. Takes do it yourself to another plane in my humble opinion.

  12. June 19th, 2019 at 10:29 | #12

    Had one for years… Rachel Price and I bonded over the Aeropress in 2015. I have the Baratza Mill in house, the hand mill for the Aeropress on the road and the ROK hand powered Espesso unit for the bus. I also roast my own beans when I have the time. Real coffee is not for sissies. 🙂

  13. carey georgas
    June 19th, 2019 at 10:41 | #13

    You got that right, brother. I got one you just set on the stove and let percolate. Not quite as fast, but it makes an espresso fit for espresso lovers. I’ll have to look into doing my own roasting. Wish I could grow the bean here. That’d be fun to try.

  14. Mitch Spector
    June 19th, 2019 at 15:31 | #14

    Summer fun Jorma ..Peace

  15. johno
    June 19th, 2019 at 16:00 | #15

    There’s nothing like that first cup in the morning. What is your favorite brand of coffee. Mine is Gevalia. It is rich and smooth and from Scandinavia.

  16. mark k
    June 19th, 2019 at 21:36 | #16

    Lately I have been enjoying Bustello made in my French Press. Its easy and makes a nice strong cup of Coffee. Not quite Espresso but gets the job done. Also good if you don’t have electricity handy but can still make hot water. I may take one on my next road trip

  17. Mitch Spector
    June 20th, 2019 at 08:45 | #17

    Dark Magic by Green Mountain. Very impressed with the k-cups

  18. Tom NY
    June 20th, 2019 at 09:01 | #18

    @carey georgas
    Science may some day prove that one who fixes his or her own coffee machine, actually experiences elevated tasting sensations. Stay tuned.

    Also Carey, canonization would take 2 miracles. 1st coffee repair just may qualify for a beatification…. Jorma probably has a few other “miracles” related to his Hog, on stage guitar repairs and jerry rigs, which could push him toward canonization. I heard a story about a sewage line and a bus tranny he was somewhat connected to, but unsure if they qualify to be submitted…..

    Good thought on the canonization though… Something we should all aspire to, for prayer is the key to heaven and faith unlocks the door. Jorma does get good points though for example to his friends and audience and also not keeping his light under a bushel…Just sayin’.

  19. Dan Nigro
    June 20th, 2019 at 09:18 | #19

    My usual morning choice is Seattle’s Best Post Alley #5 Intense dark and a Bustello in the afternoon. Certainly enjoyed fresh Royal Kona while in Hawaii (brought back a plant, so hopefully I can grow my own. Funny how our horticultural adventures change as we get older). I must admit the coffee at Fur Peace is among the best I have had, but maybe it was the company as well.

  20. AndyK
    June 20th, 2019 at 10:37 | #20

    Feat’s Don’t Fail Me Now!
    Had the pleaseure of seeing them in Boston a winter night few months b4 Lowell left us.
    He was sweating profusely and pale. Clearly not well.
    Caught up with the rest of the band last year on Staten Island @ the beautiful St. George Theatre.
    They haven’t lost a step!

  21. carey georgas
    June 20th, 2019 at 14:00 | #21

    I live on the edge of Cajun country, and the Frenchmen, they like their coffee dark, Cher. There’s a regional brand called Seaport that’ll curl your toes. Ever had coffee blended with chicory? Some serious chit, man. If you don’t like it stout, stay away!

  22. AndyK
    June 20th, 2019 at 14:21 | #22

    @carey georgas
    Indeed, lots of chicory coffee popular in New Orleans. served many places including Cafe DuMonde. Cans of French Market have chicory. I think it became popular in WWII to stretch available supply of coffee.

  23. June 20th, 2019 at 16:14 | #23

    There are many fine coffees and let me start by saying that, quite simply, I love coffee. If all I have is that stuff in the hotel… so be it. I’ll drink it with full appreciation. Give my druthers, I’d druther have whole beans ground by me right before I brew that magic beverage. Chicory might have been a necessity in wartime, but to me today it’s an abomination. Black and strong, that’s perfect!

  24. Bella
    June 20th, 2019 at 18:32 | #24

    100% Kona. There’s no other bean like it.

  25. greg
    June 20th, 2019 at 23:49 | #25

    There is nothing finer than i fine strong tasty expresso after a delicious dinner!!

  26. brian
    June 21st, 2019 at 06:39 | #26

    Peets(the inspiration for, I daresay…Starbucks) Major Dickason Dark Roast Whole Bean, grounded and brewed black and strong.

  27. carey georgas
    June 21st, 2019 at 07:36 | #27

    The wartime use of chicory is something I didn’t know. I just thought it was a Louisiana thang. It’s still readily available on local grocery shelves. I’ve only tried it once, at Cafe Du Monde, and it was quite abominable to me. Tasted like coffee with a root ground up in it. Dark roast served black and hot with a touch of sugar for me. Never had a latte, don’t like it cold. Black coffee, freshly ground and fully packed.

  28. Tom NY
    June 21st, 2019 at 08:22 | #28

    How bout a nice coffee with and after breakfast and with the after breakfast part, enjoy a nice organic American Spirit… Just 1 or 2 a week.

    Had a first Cappuccino in Rome, at a cafe on Via Nazionale,…..I hear there is a Jorma/Tuna following in Italy.

    Rolling Thunder.
    Sun comes to New York today and its the longest day of the year….be outside… Thank God

  29. Richard
    June 21st, 2019 at 17:50 | #29

    mark k :
    Lately I have been enjoying Bustello made in my French Press. Its easy and makes a nice strong cup of Coffee. Not quite Espresso but gets the job done. Also good if you don’t have electricity handy but can still make hot water. I may take one on my next road trip

    My wife Beatrice is a real coffee drinker,me I am just one cup in the mourning but I like it strong..We have been enjoying Bustello for a few years now..

  30. mark k
    June 21st, 2019 at 21:06 | #30

    Try Bustello “Cuban Style” with Molasses and then frothed. Donna makes it this way for me if I ask nice

  31. John R.
    June 22nd, 2019 at 17:00 | #31

    On “The Simpsons,” Chief Wiggum threw patrolman Lou’s ass in the slammer because Lou got him an “ice” coffee when Wiggum had wanted a “nice coffee.”

  32. Bella
    June 26th, 2019 at 17:50 | #32

    freshly ground and French press…. my only vice. perfecto!

  33. Andrew E. Gross
    June 27th, 2019 at 15:05 | #33

    Jorma, I have just read your brief “interview” printed in the recent edition of “AAA World”. Hopefully you are taking some satisfaction or comfort that, after all the years and experiences, there remains much interest from many different different directions in your experiences and accomplishments, past and present. We met after the Hot Tuna concert at the City Winery in DC late last year. In signing your book for me, we referenced being “members of the tribe”. Ongoing success and best wishes to you, your family and also Jack C. -AEG, Sterling, Virginia

  34. carlo pagliano
    June 27th, 2019 at 17:23 | #34

    Rock Them All Hot Tonight Jorma!

  35. carlo pagliano
    June 29th, 2019 at 20:14 | #35

    Rock Them All High Tonight Jorma!