A Spring Day At The Psylodelic Museum

A Spring Day At The Psylodelic Museum

So last Friday was the opening day of the sixteenth year here at the Fur Peace Ranch and what an unbelievable weekend it was. First of all… it snowed all weekend. Actually, it snowed until Monday evening. Good times… Spirits were undaunted and however. The Psylo and the old Volkswagen looked great in the light blanket of white and even though it was snowing, the temperature was a little above freezing. A very nice set touch.

In any case, for this grand opening weekend we had myself, G.E.Smith , Steve Earle and Dick Boak and Craig Thatcher from Martin Guitars. What better way to start off what I know is going to be a great year. On Friday night after scheduled classes, Dick and Craig put on a multi media presentation of of guitar history that had all of us guitar geeks enthralled. Saturday and Sunday night Steve Earle put on two fantastic shows for two sold out houses.

If you build it... they will come!

If you build it... they will come!

I’ve been a huge fan of Steve’s since Guitar Town in the 80’s and to have him here not only in my own back yard but in our own house was, well, more than a blessing. G.E. and I have a chance to sit in with Steve towards then end of his second set each night. I played on Hometown Blues and a Lightning Hopkins number i forge the name of. Lightning through Townes, and Steve. Grand stuff! Steve taught a great songwriting class and we hope to have him back again. Thanks Steve!

Last but not least, G.E. and I have been friends for some time now and to have him in our corner at the Fur Peace Ranch is something we are always grateful for. To count him as a friend and fellow traveler is well… priceless! Thanks George!

Monday morning class in the Station

Monday morning class in the Station

Foto by Zach Kearse

My son Zach was here in Ohio for his Spring break. He put in a man’s work this weekend doing security and parking cars for the shows, taking pictures for posterity and shooting show video for our videographer, Andy Walla.

What a great weekend… what a great time!


PS Thanks to Mike McSteen and Jack Brandt… I know that the mysterious Townes song is Brand New Companion!

Thanks fellas…



  1. Comment made on April 2, 2013 by Brett

    @Barbara Jacobs

    Yes…yes he is….There’s reason his FPR workshop sells out quickly every year…It was blast for me….Great tips on playing, and some great stories too!!..he’s played and hung out with everyone in the music biz….Bob Dylan…Johnny Cash…some guy named Jorma

  2. Comment made on April 1, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    Oh, man — G.E. is the best!

  3. Comment made on March 31, 2013 by Joanne

    Happy Passover and Easter to you and all your family!

  4. Comment made on March 31, 2013 by johno

    Happy Easter to all you guys @ the ranch, the Tuna Nation and Jack. Peace on earth!

  5. Comment made on March 30, 2013 by Brett

    @Barbara Jacobs

    will do Thanks Barbara!

  6. Comment made on March 30, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    Check out G.E. giving a tour of his guitars and gear on “The Gear Page” website.@Brett

  7. Comment made on March 29, 2013 by aggiepie


  8. Comment made on March 29, 2013 by jim hitchcock

    Think you’re taking me and my memories a little too seriously there, johno 🙂

  9. Comment made on March 29, 2013 by johno

    I disagree. The bugs back in 60’s and 70’s were cheap,reliable transportation. Now I’ll agree the new bugs, with the little flower holder, are mostly female.

  10. Comment made on March 29, 2013 by carlo pagliano


  11. Comment made on March 29, 2013 by jim hitchcock

    The good about V. dubs in the ’70’s: they usually were piloted by attractive girls.

    The bad: Following a V.W. bus up a mountain grade.

  12. Comment made on March 29, 2013 by Brett


    “Just F—-n’ Dig In!” is what Mr. George Edward Smith told me to do when I was whining to him about how I got so bored with my leads when I was playing with the guys and oh “what should I do to fix this George?”….’twas November, 2007….during my first Ranch visit..

    ..’tis sound advice for sooooo many things I have discovered


  13. Comment made on March 28, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    I loved my ’72 Beetle, Johno! I had it until 1987!@johno

  14. Comment made on March 28, 2013 by johno

    I got it. thx BJ>Cindy – I had a ’73 Beetle, texas yellow. The windshield was 8″ from my head. Took it cross country 2x, sleeping in a pup tent or under the stars. those were the days. peace

  15. Comment made on March 28, 2013 by carlo pagliano

    Perfect score Zack!

    Learnt to love Steve Earle staring at the Beacon’s DVD for Jorma’s birthday. What Joyful sensations can Steve convey.
    G.E. Smith gives the tough essential screaming strength so beneficial in these days, and that G.E.’s quote is really so valuable to bear it in mind always, and a gas to pass it on to the others as it happens.
    The Psylodelic Museum at the Fur Peace Ranch took off like a rocket taking inside the artistic path altogether winding and unwinding thru the Psychedelic Era that came in like a lightning, as a token of that Art which was and still is the expression of an afflatus every single artist attained from a clear and new conscience of living, freedom dream and consciousness. We of a certain age are made out of that Art whether we are artists ourselves or followers, it’s the famous ‘philosophy of living’ we had to choose when still the years were light green, and we did right, that’s why we can celebrate today the long waves of a triumphal long weekend had in the State of Ohio.
    Thanks Jorma and Vanessa! Every day sharing your Blog is a growth and a treat under the same rocking flag the globe over.

    Steady As She Goes.

  16. Comment made on March 27, 2013 by mcsteen

    I believe the song that Jorma played with Steve was a Townes song, “Brand New Companion,” done in the the Lightin Hopkins style through Townes through Steve. And I must say Jorma smoked the shit out it! GE sat in on the Saturday night version of the song and it was just ridiculously insane. I just may have to put the video of it on the FPR youtube channel, it was that good. Of course the whole weekend was incredible


  17. Comment made on March 27, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    Posted by Brett on previous blog comments thread.
    Not sure when G.E. said it to Brett but I just read it in Brett’s comment.

    I utilized it again today.
    I’m lovin’ it!@johno

  18. Comment made on March 27, 2013 by johno

    barbara – do you mind filling the rest of us in to this incredible new quote from GE – I got no idea !!!!!!!!

  19. Comment made on March 27, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    Dear Jorma,
    Happy Passover to you and yours!
    Can’t wait to see the Psylo!
    Is the Beetle Orange? I used to own a ’72 Orange Beetle that I greatly loved .
    I then bought a 2010 Beetle in Orange!
    Stay Well

  20. Comment made on March 27, 2013 by eaglesteve

    Ah zissen Peasach to The Kaukonens and Tuna Nation

  21. Comment made on March 27, 2013 by John B

    Friends family and good music. Not much more that you could ask for. Anticipation is growing as i look forward to the spring and summer shows here in the northeast.

    John B

  22. Comment made on March 27, 2013 by HOGAN


    I just watched the video of Teresa singing White Rabbit and I thought she rocked it !!! You guys looked like you were having so much fun. Good times indeed…
    See you in May


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