Last night was the final show of 2014 at the Fur Peace Station and what a show it was. Our very own John Hurlbut, Ranch Manager, got together with a bunch of friends from Dayton (the Gem City) and put on a show to remember. In the late 50’s I lived in Greene County when I was going to Antioch College and many aspects of my life were formed in those years. Not only did I learn to finger pick from Ian Buchanan back then, but I bought my old 1958 Gibson J-50 for a hundred bucks at Pop’s Music store in Dayton.

Anyway, the music scene was alive and well then and it is even more vibrant today. Here is a list of the personnel of the Gem City rockers who comprised The Spin last night:

1. Rich Reuter, lead guitar and vocals
2. Khrys Blank, vocals and tambourine
3. Erich Reith, percussion
4. Bryan (Hazy) Russell, keyboards
5. Eric Henry, guitar & lap steel
6. Chris Carter, drums
7. Brad Denson, bass

This was a show to remember and we’re already talking about ending the season next year the same way. Many thanks to the Lost On Iddings who morphed into the Spins with Hurl, but also to their families who came along to enjoy a lovely fall night at the Fur Peace Ranch.

A more than grand time was had by one and all… Thanks folks! See ya next year and a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


  1. Comment made on November 26, 2014 by John B

    Joe in DC what shows are you going to?

  2. Comment made on November 25, 2014 by Tim from Philly

    Sure wish we lived closer to FPR, would love to make more than just the annual pilgrimage and would have loved to have seen Hurl and the Spins. John is such a stand up guy.

    Like Bob B said, see you you in Collingdale and at the Beacon!!

  3. Comment made on November 24, 2014 by johno

    @doug mlyn
    There’s always next year!

  4. Comment made on November 24, 2014 by HOGAN

    Happy Thanksgiving…..

  5. Comment made on November 24, 2014 by doug mlyn

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.. My heart was broken yesterday when I found out it would be Katy Perry and not Hot Tuna playing the halftime show at the super bowl.

  6. Comment made on November 24, 2014 by Brett


    Thanks for the tip Captain….And inspiration….Hoping I will have time this long Turkey Day weekend to fire up some Breakdownway and give Water Song another try

    Happy Thanksgiving Jorma!


  7. Comment made on November 23, 2014 by jim hitchcock

    Ah, thanks Jorma! Guess the old gray matter ain’t what it used to be πŸ™‚

  8. Comment made on November 23, 2014 by bob b.

    It’s that easy! WOW! I think I’ll get me a gee-tar. I’ll be watching Marty Balin next Saturday, Tuna in Collingwood, then The Beacon. Yee Haw!!! Your Pal

  9. Comment made on November 23, 2014 by johno

    Congratulations John! I hear you were a big hit at the Ranch this weekend.

  10. Comment made on November 23, 2014 by Jennifer Denson

    Thanks for the warm welcome and hospitality you all showed us and a very special thanks to Hurl!!

  11. Comment made on November 23, 2014 by Cyndy Consentino

    Dear Jorma ,
    Congrats on another great year!
    Next year I’m coming out to see Hurl and the Spins!
    John is a wonderful guy!
    So glad I got to spend time at FPR this year !
    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Vanessa, Izze and Zach!

  12. Comment made on November 23, 2014 by jim hitchcock

    Same thing happened with he, Anna. I hacked at Badge in my own way, and then was shown another way by friends who knew better and it was like a new world opening up. It was so much easier.

    Same thing with Water Song. It had long been a favorite of mine when I first started trying to figure it out. In standard tuning. Then I got the Jorma Homespun tape (certainly a trailblazer in VCR usefulness) and learned it was played in D tuning, and things fell into place, sorta. I never did get the low E thump quite mastered πŸ™‚

    Ah, music is such a living, breathing thing, and that may be why it means so much to me.

    • Comment made on November 23, 2014 by Jorma

      Hey Jim… by the bye… Water Song is in G tuning… D, G, D, G, B, D… it’s even easier that way. The beginning signature like is all 16th notes… four three note figures executed as forward rolls, and two couplets… each note has equal time value.

      123, 123, 123, 123, 12, 12


  13. Comment made on November 23, 2014 by Anna Stegemoeller

    Certainly some inspirational blog entrees. I am liking what carlo says…
    Steady as She Goes Jorma just Ain’t In So Hurry
    very cute…
    John must be about glowing from his gig. I am happy for him.
    For years I have played a certain little riff in the song, Badge, as best as my ear had made out at the time, and then I just kept doing it that way. The other day, I heard someone playing it just a bit differently. I liked it, so am changing how i play it. A small change that brings new life to the song.

  14. Comment made on November 23, 2014 by carlo pagliano

    We are all so greatly Pleased & Proud to read all that wonder.
    Steady As She Goes Jorma just Ain’t In No Hurry

  15. Comment made on November 23, 2014 by Cat

    Last night was my first adventure to Fur Peace…I will be back. Such a warm sense of community and the music….wow…I have no words. Another morning waking up full of gratitude for the bliss that is this life and the memory of an evening of pure delight!

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