Well, we just had our final weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch which featured Jack Casady, Barry Mitterhoff and Tom Feldman.

Eighteen years… that’s a long time no matter how you cut the cookie… but as Mom would say, ‘We’re still here.’ Tom has been a real addition to our teaching staff. In addition to his classes, he has been helping me with mine, and we all love that. Thanks Tom!

Me and Tom

Me and Tom

With artists like Tom in the mix… the future is certainly secured insofar as music is concerned.

Jerry B. stopped by to visit the new digs.

Jerry, me and Zammy The Cat

Jerry, me and Zammy The Cat

My other pal Jerry S. was there for the concert… and of course, he drove the Mule ferrying people to and from the parking lot.

Jer' The Younger and Me

Jer' The Younger and Me

The concert Saturday night was Acoustic Hot Tuna and we had Barry back with us for the show which was great. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 41, 2015
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, November 14, 2015

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. River Of Time
5. Blue Railroad Train
6. Sea Child
7. Full Go Round
8. The Terrible Operation
9. In my Dreams
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
4. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
5. Vicksburg Stomp
6. Come Back Baby
7. I See The Light
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

This was a really delightful show for me… true good times. Thanks guys!

Monday morning going home...

Monday morning going home...

Foto by Carol Doherty

Monday Tom, the class and I finished up Watch The North Wind Rise and everyone broke for home while Myron and Jack and I with lots of help from Vanessa and Michael, loaded the bus.

On the road again...

On the road again...

We left Darwin about 1800 last night and got to Upstate New York for a rehearsal at about 0900 this morning. Not it’s time to get together with Justin for some electric rehearsal…


Maverick, Dog Of Destiny, Dog Of Light

Maverick, Dog Of Destiny, Dog Of Light

The Big Guy is going to miss me… and I’m going to miss home but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do and what’s right is right…



  1. Comment made on November 20, 2015 by Andy K


    T-minus 12 hours and counting…..!
    Can’t wait!!!!

  2. Comment made on November 19, 2015 by Ham n Eggs

    “They will not kill cafe culture: Hundreds enjoy night out in bars and cafes of Paris in defiance of ISIS gunmen as punk band becomes first to perform in the city since the attacks” – Daily Mail Headline 11/20/15

    – BY JAKE BURNS (SLF Band Member) Twitter
    “We heard the news about the attacks on the Bataclan after our show in Dublin on the same night. To be honest, it didn’t register on me right away that Paris was only two gigs away on our schedule – we were simply as shocked and appalled as everyone else.
    Of course, it began to sink in when we heard the extent of the tragedy and of the French government’s ban on public gatherings. Our attitude from the start was one of wait and see. If we could play, we would. My teenage years in Belfast were spent dealing with civil unrest on a daily basis and that meant that bands I desperately wanted to see wouldn’t come and play there. That deprived me and many others of a normal part of growing up. That word “normal” became key to my thinking regarding our situation and whether or not we played Paris. Ironically, the show after Dublin for us was Belfast. It suddenly seemed very safe compared with other cities.
    We played our Edinburgh show after Belfast and went to sleep on the tour bus headed for Dover and still no idea whether we’d be allowed to play on the Tuesday evening. News reached us at the ferry port that the promoter was able to get permission to stage the show. We arrived in Paris around 11pm.
    I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly apprehensive about playing, mainly because there was a sudden media feeding frenzy around us, something we hadn’t had to deal with in a long time. I was very aware of needing to stick to my “normal” mantra. Things had to get back to “normal” as soon as possible – that was why we were playing. I had to be very careful in what I said. The absolute last thing we wanted was for people to think we were doing this for some form of ghoulish publicity. We had to be respectful of the dead and injured and at the same time present a hopeful face for a quick return to “normality”.
    In the end, I needn’t have worried. As soon as we went on stage it felt like a “normal” show, apart from the calls from the audience thanking us for being there. We tried to play the same as every other night, although there may have been a bit more emotion in my voice singing the line: ‘Killing isn’t my idea of fun’ [Wasted Life]. I only made mention of the tragedy once, at the end of the night, and even then just to let those in attendance know that the world was with them. I certainly felt we were.
    After the show, our merchandise guy handed me a note from a young Lebanese woman who had been in the audience. In it, she thanked us for “our courage and for being there.” We didn’t feel particularly courageous and I certainly felt the same about the audience. It was a night none of us will ever forget.”

    Never take anything for granted
    I’m gonna savor this FREAKIN like a fine French cup of coffee
    I think around ’73 was the last time we went before Thanksgiving.
    Love All Ways

  3. Comment made on November 19, 2015 by johno

    Freakin at the Beacon!!! I can’t wait – holy shit – I can’t believe it!!!

  4. one more thing – I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Tom Feldmann’s mini concert in the dining room on Monday morning – the sheer unassuming talent that shone through in the performance was a revelation – and although I was in the bass class, from my conversations with him I’m certain he’s a perfect addition to the instructor pool – both in spirit and in ability.

  5. cool pic Maverick! Frank had a great time on the weekend – and I heard that enquiries were made about my whereabouts… next time I’m a’comin’- can’t wait to meet Maverick … Thor has visited – it’s my time now! The Jefferson Campervan is ensconced back in Toronto – many thanks to Vanessa, Hurl, Brett, Jorma, Barry Tom,Jack & all the staff for yet another magical weekend.

  6. Comment made on November 18, 2015 by Andy K

    Electric…can’t wait!
    Was watching some Lockn’ video last night (getting ‘Tuned-up’ for this weekend.
    Volunteers and Feel So Good were absolutely awesome!
    See you soon.

  7. Comment made on November 17, 2015 by eaglesteve


  8. Comment made on November 17, 2015 by Chappy

    OUTSTANDING show on Saturday night at FPR…you guys never cease to amaze with your music…great for body, mind, soul, and spirit! Thank you Jorma, Jack, and Barry! And thanks to Hurl, Vanessa, and all the folks who make FPR a great experience.

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