This past weekend we hosted Woody Mann and Steve Kimock at the Fur Peace Ranch. Two of my favorite people!

Woody and I...

Woody and I...

Foto by John Hurlbut

Saturday night the concert was the wondrous Steve Kimock partnered with Jerry Joseph. By the Bye… I got to sit in as well.

On stage with the boys!

On stage with the boys!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Sunday we had our group foto and open mike.

In front of the Fur Peace Station

In front of the Fur Peace Station

Foto by Brett Thompson

My class this weekend was an electric one and I had a simply great bunch of guys. Thanks fellas… this was a good one.

A fine looking bunch!

A fine looking bunch!

Today after the final wrap up, I drove into Athens to meet with Dan Erlewine and get a chance to play Mike Bloomfield’s old Telecaster. Now this is the guitar he played with Dylan at Newport, I believe. Obviously one of the subsequent owners was left handed and did a butcher job trying to create a left handed guitar. That said, to play this guitar that lived in Mike’s hands was amazing! By the way… thanks for all the tips you gave me as a guitar playing youngster Mike. You were the man!

Me, the guitar and Dan Erlewine

Me, the guitar and Dan Erlewine

Foto by Dennis Powell

We may be talking about this more at a later date. Anyway, what a weekend!


  1. Comment made on May 17, 2015 by jim hitchcock

    Side note: editing on a so called smart phone is hard!

  2. Comment made on May 17, 2015 by jim hitchcock

    I was at the San Bernardino Swing Auditorium when Johnny and Edgar recorded the Together album. Show started withe the Climax Blues Band (dig up a copy of Nogales, and crank it up), followed b a set by Edgar, then a set by Johnny, who had the longest fingers I had ever seen, then a set with them both together, hence the album title.I stood in front of? He stage the whole time, and was just drained by the time the show ended. Good times!

  3. Comment made on May 17, 2015 by andriy

    correct: Fri. and Sat., 1/10 and 1/11/69 The Fillmore East

  4. Comment made on May 17, 2015 by andriy

    O.K. we can all agree that B.B. King should R.I.P.
    The necks of those guitars Fender and Les Paul (older/newer necks) whatever, Jorma can be pleased to play those. I see no complaint from him here.

    The Fillmore East:
    Friday 1/10/69 and Sat. 1/10/69:
    B.B. King , Winter with Johnny Winter, Terry Reid (2 shows each).

    (At the Tanglewood: Tuesday 8/12/69 : JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, B.B. KING, THE WHO )

    Fillmore East: Friday and Sat., Sept. 5 and 6, 1969:
    B.B. King, Albert King, Bobby Blue Band (2 shows each).

    Friday and Sat. 10/16 and 10/17/70:
    B.B. King, Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin Bishop (2 shows each).

    Friday and Sat. 6/18 and 6/19/71 :
    B.B. King, Moby Grape, Grootna
    Thursday 6/24/71: B.B. King, Edgar Winter’s White Trash, Albert King
    (on the bill Johnny Winter, but he cancelled).

    This is all that matters, although it was way before I was born, I study the Barbara diary.

  5. Comment made on May 17, 2015 by jim hitchcock

    @richu Oh, sorry!I was more Les Paul oriented, is all. I did not know that the same issue applied to Fender necks. Thanks!

  6. Comment made on May 17, 2015 by richu

    @jim hitchcock
    ? I thought we were talking older fender necks my mistake jim to get a chance to play live or play at all on a older fender tele with original fret wire is a treat.sorry for the tech like talk. but bloomfields guitar prompted it.peace…

  7. Comment made on May 16, 2015 by gregg

    yea mike I seen the date and I knew what you were saying. I have a mini mag. from relix mag or label showing jorma,s back, nice clear photo and his not so dark hair do Gregg s.i.n.y.

  8. Comment made on May 16, 2015 by Joey Hudoklin

    @charles newman
    That sounds unforgettable!
    An all-time All-Star lineup.

  9. Comment made on May 16, 2015 by carlo pagliano

    Rock Them Hign Tonight Jorma!

  10. Comment made on May 16, 2015 by jim hitchcock

    That’s the old original fat fret thin thin fret Les Paul argument.


  11. Comment made on May 16, 2015 by richu

    Was just wondering what the neck felt like in your hands,obviously it’s a rosewood board and not maple like my older neck and just wondered if it had been refretted at some point if you knew.Guitarists in general went thru a phase were they came to a conclusion that bigger frets were better which in my opionion is not true.I sure liked your post and hope that all is well…Richu

  12. Comment made on May 16, 2015 by Mike Anderson

    Jorma, recent auto biography by Carlos Santana he states his breakthrough in the U.S. started with a meeting with you, Jerry Garcia, Bill Graham and Michael Bloomfield and being able to sit in and jam with you all while barely being able to speak English.
    Don’t know if you’ve noticed or if it matters to you but while watching and advertisement for the TV show “Wicked Tuna” there is a heavy set Tuna Boat Captain wearing a tee shirt with Hot Tuna printed on it but it is not referring to your group. Don’t know if you would even care about use of this sort but thought it was an interesting tidbit all the same.
    While the world lost the great B.B. King yesterday, Waterbury, CT lost Walt Quadrato, owner of Brass City Records, a music legend here in these parts for his work with fledgling musicians and music lovers for over 30 years here carrying all sorts of genre of music on vinyl, cassette adn CD (what, no 8 track?). It was noted that he was instrumental for two musicians now part of the Foo Fighters. Another interesting tidbit.
    I lost my leg in 1979 on my 1966 Harley and spent 10 weeks in traction at Yale New-Haven Hospital and while there my younger brother brought me a copy of Rolling Stone magazine telling me there was an article about my favorite musician, it related to your back tattoo, rather than your artistry with a guitar, but interesting just the same, I think it was titled “Jorma’s Back,” another interesting tidbit.

  13. Comment made on May 15, 2015 by jim hitchcock

    @charles newman BB, Muddy, Johnny Winter, having a jam 🙂

  14. Comment made on May 15, 2015 by charles newman

    Jorma I’ll bet that Kooper could give you some info on that guitar. Seems to me I remember something about Bloomfield using a guitar at that time that was a little dinged up anyway. Maybe some of the original dings are still there.

  15. Comment made on May 15, 2015 by charles newman

    Joey, back in the early 80’s I saw a concert in Milwaukee outdoors at the lakefront. It wasn’t Summerfest it was just an independent gig as I remember. Anyway the players on stage all at the same time and playing together were B.B. King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. You would think it would be packed but it really wasn’t and we got right toward the front. It was stunning to say the least. They were tight as a drum and never outshone one another instead they were truly enjoying each other. After one particular really intense barn-burner we looked up at Clarence who had been playing harmonica like a man possessed and the blood was pouring from his mouth. He just wiped it with a towel and gave everybody a big smile. Quite a night and B.B. had a long hot blues number all mostly to himself. Muddy passed shortly thereafter. @Joey Hudoklin

  16. Comment made on May 15, 2015 by Joey Hudoklin

    B.B. King R.I.P.
    I’m saddened by the passing of perhaps the most influential Bluesman of this generation.
    His playing was pure, accurate, and moving.
    What are they doing in Heaven Today?

  17. Comment made on May 15, 2015 by Andy K

    I guess I will be the first to wish Jorma a happy 75th (almost). Expect there will be a big birthday celebration @ The Beacon in December. Hoping for 2 Hot Tuna Electric shows! Hoping to see folks like Bill Kirchen and Skoota again.

  18. Comment made on May 15, 2015 by John L

    Bloomfield played the Tele on Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” recording also. Dylan’s Stratocaster from Newport reportedly sold for $965,000 a few years ago.

  19. Comment made on May 14, 2015 by Hogan

    Have a good show tonight….


  20. Comment made on May 13, 2015 by andriy

    Jorma, in the Ukraine translation it means:
    Use a napkin when eating potato latkes with your fingers, or over time your mother will worry and refuse to serve the latkes, regretfully.@Jorma

  21. Comment made on May 13, 2015 by Lee

    Yes indeed, this was a fine weekend.

  22. Comment made on May 13, 2015 by Steve Comeau

    Yes, a truly fine bunch of fellas in your electric guitar workshop. 16th time at the ranch for me and number 17 can’t come soon enough. Thanks to you, Vanessa and all the FPR staff for taking such good care of us this past weekend.

  23. Comment made on May 12, 2015 by johno

    Your looking mighty good there Jorma – with the shades and Hawaiian shirt – getting ready for your upcoming Hawaiian tour? I really like the look – and appreciate your seemingly constant touring – you are the best.

  24. Comment made on May 12, 2015 by John R.

    In case it hasn’t been noted, nice write-up on JK in the June issue of DownBeat.

  25. Comment made on May 12, 2015 by richu

    has the fingerboard shinked or subsided over time…refrett?

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *