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Number 10 Comes And Goes On A Beautiful Weekend

Sunday at the Ranch

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Our 10th Quarantine Concert evolved last night and as it always days it once again gave me a sense of purpose and removed the stress that had been building up all week. We really had such lovely goings on at the Ranch this week it sometimes seemed hard to realize that our world here in the States was… well the way it was. I did have some reminders though. There was this one POS who has been trying to get his comments approved. He’s anti-Semitic, racist, xenophobic and generally speaking a waste of human skin. The mere fact that I read his shit before I deleted it made me want to take a bath! I have prided myself on not being heavy handed in the editorial department but I’m done with that laissez-faire nonsense.  I will do my best not to let the enemy at the gate in… in any way, shape or form. My wife and daughter have both been protesting and that’s a good thing. If you can’t stand up for what you believe in there’s not much point in being human.

Anyway, all this real life conspired to really put me off my feed as the week rolled on. When we went live for Quarantine Concert #10, all that melted away for a couple of hours. The music and the human interaction nourishes my soul.

Here’s what we played:

Jorma Kaukonen 11, 2020

 #10 Of The Quarantine Concert Series

Live From The Fur Peace Ranch

Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday June 6, 2020

  1. Heart Temporary
  2. New Song For The Morning
  3. San Francisco Bay Blues
  4. Blues Stay Away From Me with Vanessa
  5. A Little More Faith In Jesus with Vanessa
  6. Walls Of Time with Myron Hart
  7. Been So Long
  8. Travelin’ with John Hurlbut
  9. Get Together with John Hurlbut
  10. Follow The Drinking Gourd
  11. That’ll Never Happen No More

It’s been a while since Nessa and I sang together on stage. It was a real treat for me. So much for my world for now. Looks like a little yard work is calling my name.

Stay well!

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  1. JOHN B
    June 7th, 2020 at 16:12 | #1

    Number ten thus far has been my favorite.Great song selection ,singing,picking and some fine story telling. Jorma i was distracted when Vanessa spoke about available Panini dates and how to secure tix. I could not find it on the websites. THANX :

  2. carey georgas
    June 7th, 2020 at 17:02 | #2

    I was born in the Jim Crow south and was coming of age as we were in the throes of its statutory dismantling. My father grew up in Chicago and my mother was the daughter of a Methodist minister in Texas. As a result, I was blessed to be raised in a household being taught we are all God’s children. Use of the “n” word was not used, and it’s use outside the home was expressly verboten. This was a rarity. They wasn’t many white kids down here raised that way. Our schools integrated when I was was 12. By the time I was in high school, I had 6 or 8 of what you’d call best friends, and four of them were black. I was called a nigger lover to my face more than once. I was chased from a neighboring community once when me and another white guy were passing through with two black friends in the car with us. Most all of my summer jobs, I worked alongside older black men doing the low wage jobs. I talked and more importantly listened to them. THAT is the number one reason I am drawn to Lightnin’ Hopkins in particular. He was born and raised within a hundred miles of me, and when I first saw him, I heard the old black men I’d grown up around. I could feel him. When I’ve used colloquialisms here that one described as ‘brer rabbit”, that ain’t Uncle Remus, bro. I use words as I’ve heard them spoken in myriad conversations, used myself in appropriate contexts.

    I was watching live as the protesters were chased from Lafayette Square. I was sickened and appalled that this was at the behest of the Commander in Chief of our nation. White people must decide before this is ever ended. Racists down here love to say “well, black people are just as racist as white people”. That is a racist cop out. I have never in my life heard one black person say they were superior to anyone. Their position was and is that no one is better than them. There’s a big difference. And that difference puts the onus on us Anglos to take a lead in true cultural acceptance and understanding. We’re all different, yet all the same. I hope the turning point has finally come and love is overcoming hatred where our racial differences are concerned.

  3. June 7th, 2020 at 17:24 | #3

    Hey John… It’s on the Fur Peace Ranch Facebook… the info that is. You can’t reserve on line. You actually have to call the FPR office # which you will see and talk to either Stephanie or Vanessa. Old school… the phone. 🙂

  4. greggg
    June 7th, 2020 at 18:13 | #4

    old school lol also like writing a letter on paper by hand envelope,stamp,mail old school

  5. Brendan Carroll
    June 7th, 2020 at 18:28 | #5

    Hey, fella who’s trying vent negative thoughts and cause controversy: Most of us do same in our heads but have learned not to post what we wouldn’t say to object’s face. How many times have we all done so and realized our aggression wasn’t about what we believed was bothering us, but a festering matter from yesteryear?
    That reminds me to watch The Apostle with Duval, Fawcett, Ritter et al.
    Speaking of which: The Church has give us some useful practices, like praying for those we loath – and the missionary position.

  6. Bob S
    June 7th, 2020 at 18:55 | #6

    Nice job on #10 Jorma and crew! I’ve watched ’em all and it’s become an integral part of my family’s weekly lock-down routine. We are very grateful.

    Peace to all!

  7. Chappy
    June 7th, 2020 at 20:16 | #7

    And yet another great show! Nice set list and Hurl and Myron keep bringing the goods! Really looking forward to the Hurl/JK album and am still pushing for a Myron/JK album next…..just saying….

  8. Brian Doyle
    June 7th, 2020 at 21:02 | #8

    I wrote that as I was about to go for my bike ride…A bike ride frees the mind in to a zen hum…The mind flows and plays its contents…It was when my mind was free that it played back “Long-choke devil” is the right cadence for that line…Leave it to me to crash in to a world class musical venue like Jorma’s page and try to get in to the mix out of step…Oh well, wouldn’t be the first time…

  9. Brian Doyle
    June 7th, 2020 at 21:04 | #9



  10. John McGough
    June 7th, 2020 at 22:00 | #10

    I miss seeing the Ranch in spring, the picture reminds me how nice you guys keep it. Glad you welcomed your first guests back, Hope to see you in Nov for a weekend. Enjoying the shows and the variety! Onward.

  11. Mitch Spector
    June 8th, 2020 at 08:01 | #11

    Good morning Jorma ! Loved the show Sat ..Thank you and the F.P.R family for getting us through these days that are a challenge ,For those few hours a week all is right with the my world ,,You are sounding as always amazing and i always love the Fam sets .Thanks again ! Peace & love

  12. rich l
    June 8th, 2020 at 09:05 | #12

    I’ve read almost every week that the most recent Quarantine concert was the best. While they’ve all been outstanding, some have been whip cream, with sugar and a cherry on top.

    There’s just something about that song Heart Temporary. If I may use an old motorcycle term, it seems to kick start your performances! Not especially blazing finger picking, just a very melodious tune that tugs at the heart…one that you don’t want to end.

    This past weeks show had an energy level that, for me, was up a notch or two. Get together was a walk off, grandslam, in the seventh game of the World Series. The two songs with Vanessa totally worked! Indeed, “If you have the faith of a mustard seed…and nothing will be impossible for you.”

    I thought Myron’s contribution was his best to date. He definitely had that Southern “twang” thang going on. It reminded me of the singing on some of the songs on the “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album. I would love to hear you to do a version of Doc Watson’s “The Girl I love Don’t Pay Me No Mind!” (“Honey, why do you treat me like you do, baby why do you treat me like you do, darlin’, you’ve always known that I’ve been always been good to you, why do you treat me like you do – take it away Jorma!)

    Your guitar work on Follow the Drinking Gourd was amazing – is what you do on that song hard to do? And if I’m not mistaken, you made the beginning of “That’ll Never happen No More,’ a little funkified.

    Hard to top last Saturday’s performance, but I have faith in you!

  13. Dan Nigro
    June 8th, 2020 at 10:58 | #13

    You do a great job with this blog/site. Tough job being the head of the editorial board. The New York Times head just resigned over the publishing of the Tom Cotton op ed as he took full responsibility for not properly vetting it. Great show Saturday, it just keeps getting better. Back in the day you would have been auditioning as the Smothers Brothers Summer replacement

  14. eaglesteve
    June 8th, 2020 at 13:40 | #14

    Well I’m late again to say I enjoyed #10, this time for a less sad reason: my birthday and a BBQ with family and friends on 6/6! Looking forward to #11 and thanks again for everyone’s efforts in making these shows possible. I way dig them.

  15. JOHN O
    June 8th, 2020 at 14:19 | #15

    A great job Saturday night. It felt like going to FPR for a concert. Everybody sang, played guitar and told some stories. Jorma was superb. Vanessa, Myron and John were a lot of fun. Thanks a lot to all!

  16. Quimbo
    June 8th, 2020 at 16:47 | #16

    For concert #11 how about the debut of The Strikeouts…the 3 K’s (Jorma, Nessa & Izzie)

  17. Phil G
    June 8th, 2020 at 16:51 | #17

    Hey Jorma and Vanessa, et. al…
    Couple of thoughts: 1. I LOVED hearing you two singing together. Yay!

    2.The Fred Neil/Karen Dalton/Dino Valenti story was great; many folks don’t know that Fred played I Know you Rider before a lot of other people did.

    3. Look forward to hearing you sing Drinking gourd, if things go that way…

    4.Personally I really like the idea of a “fireside chat” type show where you tell MORE stories; for me the stories add a great seasoning to the main dish. I loved the “Suburban Maryland” reference (as, I too, am a Suburban Maryland kid who loves that high lonesome sound).

    5.It’s really obvious to me how much you are enjoying the sit-ins with Myron and John (and Vanessa). And the back and forth between you and Vanessa is fantastic. I really liked the hearing aid story 🙂

    Can’t wait to hear what this week brings!Thanks for all you do!

  18. Gary Dion
    June 8th, 2020 at 17:02 | #18

    Jorma, I never would have thought I’d love hearing you play Dylan and the other songs you’ve been teaming up with John on – but your arrangements and playing are just so wonderful. And these concerts allow us all to REALLY WATCH you play! I don’t have adequate words for all of it. Oh, and you and Vanessa together are terrific!

    I get to work with 9-12 grade students from all sorts of cultural backgrounds. During these months of “distance learning” been doing zoom discussions with groups of these wonderful kids about a variety of topics, but in the last weeks it has been about George Floyd’s murder and racism. These young people are so good, so open, so thoughtful, so smart!

    It’s working with kids and it’s Saturday night Jorma/FPR concerts that remind me that there’s so much good – music always, science, books, good people, beautiful places, AND … the universe! As always, thank you very much.

  19. June 8th, 2020 at 17:16 | #19

    Always refreshing to listen to the Chet Powers /Dino Valenti anthem ,another great choice in drinking gourd.
    If ever in Cinn .theres a great Underground Railroad museam

  20. Steve Goldston
    June 8th, 2020 at 17:40 | #20

    Thanks again to the entire crew. The Panini Lunch was wonderful. We could hear the birds chirping along with the music in the courtyard. Thanks for your views as well. I’m beginning to feel good about the future for our kids. My boys have Ashkenazi and on their other side, family that we’re Confederate soldiers. Your kid are multi cultural as well. It’s beautiful. See you soon

  21. Richard Quinn
    June 8th, 2020 at 18:26 | #21

    Jorma, I feel for you having to read that stuff. All the nice comments somehow go up in smoke due to a single ignorant person.

  22. June 8th, 2020 at 18:48 | #22

    It could worse Rich. This creature is obviously watching the show and spending a lot of time on this blog. What’s that all about? Anyway, better him than me.

    Stay well

  23. Tom NY
    June 8th, 2020 at 22:32 | #23

    Jorma, about 80 songs done by you so far, (not counting Hurl’s and Myron’s tunes) with only one repeat I believe…maybe 2…I’m not counting, but…..I don’t believe I have seen you with any cheat sheet for lyric reminders. Is that accurate? I know there is a sheet on the floor but I presume that is the set list.

    Great exercise for the brain to have all those songs in your head. Good brain, go for another score and 5 years, then go meet up with the Children of Zion…. Hey that’s one you have not done yet. Children of Zion.
    Say Amen.

  24. carey georgas
    June 9th, 2020 at 11:16 | #24

    I know most of the usuals on this blog think if we’re not posting paeans to Hot Tuna or Jorma we’re abusing the site. I don’t believe it was created as a shrine. Obviously the Kaukonens support social activism or they would not participate in protests in the middle of a pandemic. But I can’t shut up about it right now.

    Last night one of my friends alluded to in my last post called me up out of the blue. He lives in Plano and we haven’t spoken in a couple of years. He called to thank me, my brother, and our parents for accepting him as he was in those turbulent times. I was deeply touched by his display of gratitude. I have been thinking what can my wife and I do to facilitate healing in my little town. I had considered trying to find 10 couples of each race who would commit to inviting one family a month over to beak bread and just socialize. I asked Dwain what he thought about that happening in Silsbee, Texas. He thought it was a good idea. We are gong to have to get real granular to overcome. What good is a community wide “healing” event if we all go back to our own homes and social circles? They are a starting point, and I have participated in a few over the years, but that’s as far as it goes, and every decade or so the same grievances resurface. So, when the pandemic danger subsides, that’s what I’m gonna do as my part to help. This shit has got to stop.

  25. June 9th, 2020 at 11:47 | #25

    Thank you and yours for bringing so much richness into our world. When opportunity knocks, it is usually wearing overalls. God Loves and Bless yous. Peace & Luv.

  26. Bob S
    June 9th, 2020 at 12:41 | #26


    I think any constructive celebration of diversity is a great idea. I like what you’re doing.

    Several of us here on Long Island formed an interfaith group aptly named “Come Pray with Us”. It consists of Christian, Jewish and Muslim members. We are invited into each others’ house of worship to participate in and/or witness rituals that are specific to that faith group. Music is a big part of this (where appropriate) as well. The service is intentionally not an interfaith service. It is intended to educate, and to celebrate our differences. We intend to expand this beyond the 3 founding faith groups.

    I believe education cures ignorance, and education need not be formal.

    Peace to all!

  27. Tom NY
    June 9th, 2020 at 16:00 | #27

    @carey georgas
    Some NDE folks recall being asked when they were supposedly on the other side, “did you learn to love?” and Christ will ask, “What did you do for me?”

    Book of James written by James a Jewish believer wrote, 1:27 “TRUE RELIGION is taking care of widows and orphans AND……………….keeping oneself from being polluted by the world.”

    All this stuff we are going through is making us evolve a bit, but it is going to get even more dicey so please…….keep your lamps trimmed and burning

  28. Mark Didier
    June 9th, 2020 at 16:08 | #28

    Jorma – Can’t say thank you enough for doing these shows. Adding John, Myron, and now Vanessa, really adds to enjoyment level. While, I am blessed to have a job and have kept going to work during WWC as you call it, these are some depressing times, but knowing you’ll put on another great show every Saturday gives me, and quite a few people, something
    to look forward to, if not live for.

    If I may be so bold as to make a request, I think “No Demon” suits the times we’re in well.

    Thanks again! md

  29. Judge Jim
    June 10th, 2020 at 11:44 | #29

    Hey Jorma – good to remember that for every one of those real idiots there are dozens dedicated to trying to help the under privileged and make all out lives better – your music speaks to those unsung heroes – looking forward to No. 11 –

  30. Paul J. Karp
    June 10th, 2020 at 13:12 | #30

    The songs are great, the stories are great. And the little played (or never played) gems are the best. The chemistry between Jorma and Hurl is palpable. Jorma’s playing with Hurl and Myron is inspired. I thought this was Myron’s best performance too. That song was right in his wheelhouse.

    When the ranch opens (god willing) and things return to some semblance of normal; I will be sad that these special shows end. But, they will always exist as a gift to a very loyal fan base that has loved the music for decades.

    Thanks again to the entire FPR family for bringing some light into this very dark time.

  31. JB
    June 10th, 2020 at 17:45 | #31

    Love Myron with the high lonesome sound!

  32. James Boucke
    June 10th, 2020 at 23:33 | #32

    This is only my second comment since a belated one about your 2010 show in Calaveras County, CA. ON your current series you talk about your shirts. I always remember the colorful, long-sleeved shirts you wore with Hot Tuna in the late 60’s/early 70’s.

  33. Hogan
    June 11th, 2020 at 13:35 | #33

    Hey Jorma,

    Great show on Saturday..You could play New Song every show and it would never get old, Thank You.
    Vanessa was great, as was John and Myron. I have come to really look forward to Saturday nights thanks to you guys to escape some of this madness and wearing a mask 10 hours a day at work starts to take it’s toll sometimes and then I turn the music up and things are kind of normal for awhile, I guess you could say that music is my drug of choice..
    Looking forward to #11
    Stay Well

  34. Brian Doyle
    June 11th, 2020 at 14:00 | #34

    Turner Classic Movies had an Errol Flynn movie ‘Edge Of Darkness’ on about the Nazi occupation of Norway…The town depicted was “Trollness” but that sounds too close to “Trondness” where my mother came from…I asked my grandmother about that occupation and all she remembered was German soldiers in her garden mocking them because the German language was close to Norwegian…She also told of the house next door being bombed flat by Nazi aircraft…’Edge Of Darkness’ was a typical Hollywood propaganda movie that projected what they hoped Norway would do and resist the Germans…When I went to Norway in 1973 my Uncle had a sub-machine gun on his mantle…He told me it was British…Later my other relatives told me he had gotten to Britain and was trained by the British for service in the Norwegian resistance…I heard stories of sleeping in snow caves and hiding in the mountains but I don’t think he was involved in anything heavy that I know of…I think he stayed on in the Military Reserve…Some Norwegians identified with the Germans and some mounted a national resistance…I think most were just peace-loving people who wondered what the crazy occupation was about…

  35. Mitch Spector
    June 11th, 2020 at 14:29 | #35

    I agree Paul ! These shows are a gift .Thanks Jorma !!

  36. Gary Dion
    June 11th, 2020 at 20:42 | #36

    Jorma, I’m wondering – maybe one of these Saturday night quarantine concerts would be perfect for you to hit us with your full acoustic version of Sunshine Of Your Love. You have been teasing us with it for years.

    Or, a little electric?

    I know, it really should be HT, but …

  37. JOHN O
    June 12th, 2020 at 10:48 | #37

    I don’t think that I’ve heard “Serpent Of Dreams” yet during these Quarantine concerts. I may be wrong but I don’t remember it. It’s a HT classic. Really happy things are loosening up here in upstate New York.

  38. doug mlyn
    June 12th, 2020 at 11:44 | #38

    Off-topic question. Were you guys ever on the Midnight Special? I’ve been watching some old videos on YouTube, and there are some really great performances (and not so great). Just for the hell of it, I was curious ad found a list of performers, and Hot Tuna was listed as one of the performers for 1974. Now that would have been great!

  39. Ed
    June 12th, 2020 at 14:37 | #39

    Good afternoon, Jorma. Hope it’s as beautiful there as it is in NJ. Great hike this a.m.
    One of those can-you-remember-a-night-50-years-ago questions:

    I have 2 bootleg LPs of the Dead at Stony Brook on Long Island, Oct. 30, 1970. One LP begins with you doing Uncle Sam Blues and Keep on Truckin – there’s someone on another acoustic guitar and someone on bass, but hard to pin down due to speeded up recording.
    Archives show the NRPS opened those nights. Were you there too?
    (And believe me, it’s not like I can remember what I was doing that night, so no worries.)

  40. June 13th, 2020 at 12:53 | #40

    Good question Doug. I remember Don Kirschner’s Show… we were on that a number of times and I have a vague recollection of Midnight Special. I’m guessing yes, but I can neither confirm or deny it with certitude.

  41. richard
    June 14th, 2020 at 15:32 | #41

    I don’t think you did jorma,but yes yourshows on don kirschners were haunting when it comes to fingerpicked e minor. before sunny day strut became a tag to see the light.