Monday afternoon… 1555… Couple’s Weekend At The Fur Peace Ranch is over and I’m already starting to have separation anxieties. All weekends here are special, but to have all the ladies on board for a weekend adds a special dimension.

Teaching this weekend we had my old friend and band mate Pete Sears. Pete was here to give a bass workshop which he did in spades. He’s a good one for sure. He also came to play with Moonalice, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Barry Mitterhoff was the masterful conductor of the Mandolin Orchestra class and Dave Revels (Shadows Of The 60’s) lent his spirit and his magic to the men and women in his vocal class… and, hey… I was there too!

Two old dogs... the two Jerry's

Two old dogs... the two Jerry's

Foto by one of the campers

Jerry S. seen here with me on the porch swing by the Workshop is one of my oldest friends here in Southeast Ohio. As some might know, my nickname used to be ‘Jerry,’ so there you are.

Moonalice soundchecks...

Moonalice soundchecks...

Roger McNamee, John Molo and Barry Sless make up the Moonalice gang. Moonalice’s music knocked out the folks here in Southeast Ohio… and it was a total production… light show… the works! Well… before they took the stage, Barry and I played a set and here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff 4, 2014
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Friday, August 15, 2014

1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. Full Go Round
3. Living In The Moment
Brother Can You Spare A Dime… thanks Pete
4. Vicksburg Stomp
5. Come Back Baby
6. Prohibition Blues
7. In My Dreams
8. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning

Pete Sears backstage with the cricket bat steel guitar

Pete Sears backstage with the cricket bat steel guitar

Sunday at the Student Performance, Hurl’s Girls sang beautifully as always and Gail Kaufman signed the words.

You go girl!

You go girl!

By this morning… one more workshop and a heartfelt good goodbye.

Old friends... good times!

Old friends... good times!

foto by Bob Doherty

Well… that’s it for another great weekend of fellowship and music. As Roy Rogers would have said:

‘May the good Lord take a liking to you!’


  1. Comment made on September 18, 2014 by Paul Wasserman

    Hey Jorma. Catching up on your blog. Shock seeing Jerry B. With long hair. Hope he is well. I fondly remember when “The Two Jerrys” were you and Garcia. Seems, at times, like another lifetime. Now I look at Zach and I catch a glimpse of the young JK as a college student. Praise The Lord.

    • Comment made on September 21, 2014 by Jorma

      Hey Paul… That’s not jerry B… That’s Jerry Sullivan… We have three Jerrys here… Jerry The Younger… that’s Sully, Jerry The MIddler… that’s Mr. Bayha… and Jerry The Elder… me.

      Jorma… aka Jerry

  2. Comment made on September 6, 2014 by Cate

    You don’t see many ladies out to play music at workshops the rest of the time? Man, that makes me really sad.

  3. Comment made on August 25, 2014 by John B

    Bill K may be in the northeast come December. He usually does a show for the Ocean County Library system in December. Check his tour schedule.

  4. Comment made on August 25, 2014 by johno

    Or maybe Phil Lesh and Bob Weir doing ‘Know You Rider’ and ‘Sugaree’. Whoever shows up – this is gonna be good. With Marty there you know they’ll play some old Airplane songs.


  5. Comment made on August 25, 2014 by Andy K

    Hoping Bill Kirchen will be available for Jack’s B’day bash at the Beacon.

  6. Comment made on August 22, 2014 by Burnsy

    To Jorma,
    One of my favorite albums of all time is ‘Worst of Jefferson Airplane.’ With that said, i’d like to thank you and your ranch for vacating my sisters house…and swimming pool every few weeks. I babysit their pooch to avoid the cold concrete of a kennel. You probably know them as Sandy and Bruce, since they have been pestering you for quite a few years now.
    Anyway, even though I was a product of the mid-70’s–I look at the world with a jaundiced eye, much like you folks of the ‘progressive 60’s.’
    I write, so I usually sit on jokes; but, I gave this to Bruce a few years back. One morning before going to work, the TV was giving their usual ‘junk science of the day.’ My head was still groggy from a few beers (as measured in quarts the night before). The talking head on the tube informed me that scientists were now using ‘urine’ to create ‘braincells’! Had to laugh–stupidist thing I’ve ever heard…everyone knows you use shit-for-brains!!!
    Be well… J3

  7. Comment made on August 22, 2014 by johno

    Is there anyway we can get the lyrics for In My Dreams? I love the song, but don’t get all the words.

  8. Comment made on August 22, 2014 by Pete

    You left out Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? in your set list after Living in the Moment. You nailed it too! 🙂

  9. Comment made on August 22, 2014 by johno

    In that pic with your friend Jerry – he looks a little like David Crosby – could be the lighting or lack of. Can’t wait for Jack’s Birthday Party @ the Beacon!

  10. Comment made on August 20, 2014 by jim hitchcock

    Darnit, ‘he’ played barefoot. At least that’s how I remember it.

  11. Comment made on August 20, 2014 by jim hitchcock

    I saw Starship once in ’74 at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. I remember being terribly exited that Craig Chaquico was using an MXR Phase 90, my second effect (after a much less sturdily constructed Big Muff), and we played barefoot, which was really cool at the time.

  12. Comment made on August 20, 2014 by Joe

    Outstanding show on Saturday night with Moonalice. I have been a fan for several years but that was the first time I got to see them live. Also got to meet and chat briefly with Roger, John, and Barry on Fri/Sat at the Inn. In addition to being outstanding musicians they are downright great folks! I first saw Pete Sears with Jefferson Starship (1978 Earth tour…I think). I knew him as a great keyboard player, however, never realized until Sat night what a great bass player he is as well. Thank you Moonalice for a tremendous show and thanks always to Jorma, Vanessa, and John Hurlbut for making the FPR a welcome venue.

  13. Comment made on August 19, 2014 by FrankF

    Jorma, Couples Weekend was indeed wonderful – again. Your class was maybe the best, most interesting set of sessions yet. So glad to have bern there and share the good feelings with all the rest of the campers!

  14. Comment made on August 19, 2014 by eaglesteve

    I enjoyed the simulcast. Thanks.

  15. Comment made on August 19, 2014 by Willy

    Pete wears lots of different hats (musically and sartorially), doesn’t he? Always liked it when he joined the Tuna gang on stage. Great photo of JK and Mr. Sears.

  16. Comment made on August 19, 2014 by Joey Hudoklin

    P.S. Pete never got in the way of Jormas’ picking.

  17. Comment made on August 19, 2014 by Joey Hudoklin

    The first time I saw Pete Sears w/HT was at McCabes’.
    I remember Jorma saying, “hey Pete! Keep coming back! It works!” A truer statement I havn’t heard. Those years w/Pete was one of my favorite Tuna incarnations. His Keyboard playing added a bluesy, yet sometimes cabaret feel, while sometimes going off on a wild space ride.
    Jorma, the pic of you & Pete says it all.
    Thank you, as always, Joey.

  18. Comment made on August 19, 2014 by doug mlyn

    I thought Pete Sears’ keyboard playing was a great addition to Hot Tuna. I believe he played from around 1990 to maybe 2000 or 2001. The album “Furthurmore” is a great example. He also sat in Jorma’s birthday show at the Beacon.

  19. Comment made on August 19, 2014 by johno

    Roy Rogers is one of my heroes…of course Jack and Jorma are on the list.
    Pete Sears has been around forever he’s a Brit and played with Rod Stewart before going out to SF to play with the Airplane/Starship and Hot Tuna and now Moonalice.

  20. Comment made on August 18, 2014 by rich l.

    I never heard that Roy Rogers quote! And yes I do recollect watching the show. Truth of the matter is, He loves us like a father. I like the old Irish version – “May the good Lord hold you in the palm of his hand…but not to tightly.”

    I’m going to have to look up the name Pete Sears. Did he play on at Hot Tuna albums? I definitely recall the name.

  21. Comment made on August 18, 2014 by Cyndy Consentino

    Dear Jorma,
    I saw the live stream on Moonalice’s site on Saturday.
    Fantastic show, not as good as being at the Ranch, but it was great to see
    You and Barry, as well as Moonalice!
    Best ,

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