Well, because of all the events in our collective lives, I’ve been remiss on this update.

First of all, last Monday I drove down to Lexington, Kentucky and was a guest on Michael Johnathon’s Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour. Lowell Levinger (aka’Banana’) was the other guest on the show… and we had a blast. Here’s my little set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 1, 2015
Michael Johnathan’s
Woodsong Old Time Radio Hour
Lexington, Kentucky
Monday, January 12, 2015

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. In My Dreams
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. Ain’t In No Hurry

At the end of the hour, we all joined Lowell in a rousing version of Dino Valenti’s ‘Get Together.’ Good time had by all.

Then when I got home, Angie from Red House Records sent me this cool review by Bill Bentley from down Texas way.

Hey folks,

do ya’ll know Bill Bentley? Quite a guy – Texas, was a Warners for years, Neil young’s publicist for years, now at Vanguard but still a huge fans and writes about things he digs. He knew Roky erickson from the TX days (dig the 13th Floor Elevator reference:)
Went and reviewed Jorma already at the Morton Report please share!

Jorma Kaukonen, Ain’t In No Hurry. There’s no way a man who was the lead guitarist in Jefferson Airplane ever needs to be in a hurry. He’s done it, from pioneering early psychedelic music in the Haight-Ashbury to tearing down the walls with a revolutionary sound right up to Woodstock. He then continued to thrill with the duo Hot Tuna with Airplane bassist Jack Casady the past 45 years. Jorma Kaukonen has done it all, and it’s no surprise he’s turned his eyes and ears to the early folk music that first captivated him.
But there’s no way he’s going traditional, so whether he’s performing songs by Jimmy Cox, A.P. Carter, Woody Guthrie, Thomas A. Dorsey or touching new originals like the breathtaking “Seasons in the Field,” Kaukonen has a distinct ability to cast all his music in a shimmering glow, one likely learned on the edge of LSD waves but thankfully transferred to real life. There are very few musicians from the class of ’65 in San Francisco that still pull these dreambeams down from the sky and are able to put them into song. Jorma Kaukonen took the express bus to the 13th floor a long time ago, and through sheer spirit and hard work has stayed there. Producer Larry Campbell is the perfect choice to help him keep shining. Owsley-approved.

Not bad for openers…


  1. Comment made on January 19, 2015 by eaglesteve

    AOSIII is sitting on heaven’s rainbow and smiling down at you Captain.

  2. Comment made on January 17, 2015 by John R.

    very cool indeed. class of ’65 in SF. never heard that one before, but how true.

  3. Comment made on January 17, 2015 by Frank Davis

    whoa! nice write-up! we’ve known this all along, but how great was this article. see ya in Leesburg Captain, I’ll bring the baklava. Frank

  4. Comment made on January 16, 2015 by Michael Langley

    I really enjoyed Bill Bentley’s descriptive review of your upcoming solo album. I wasn’t familiar with him, but after reading of his history and experiences, I’m quite impressed. I liked his final seal of approval: “Owsley Approved”.
    Nice to see your short set list for the Windsongs Old Time Radio Hour, a preview of songs from your upcoming album “Ain’t In No Hurry”. I did the pre-order thing through Amazon and it’ll be awaiting my return from a month long trip to China. I am looking forward to this version of “Bar Room Crystal Ball” as well as the rest of the cuts.

    I saw you and Jack in Grass Valley a couple of weeks ago…..very nice show! I raised a family there and enjoy that fresh mountain air and pine trees. Keep up the good work and interesting posts on your blog. Think about bringing an Electric Hot Tuna to Grass Valley someday down the line. I have a real hankering for some live Electric Tuna, yes quite hungry.

    Thanks for the great music you make and your teaching sessions out at Fur Peace Ranch.

  5. Comment made on January 16, 2015 by HOGAN

    Congratulations Captain,,,,,nice review
    You still got this….
    Very strange a friend of mine just gave me the Relix copy with You,Jack, Mike and Pete on the cover with the article by Byron Moore on the 13th Floor Elevators the other day…

  6. Comment made on January 16, 2015 by johno

    Great review – you were always able to “pull these dreambeams down from the sky” that’s why we love you so much. Can’t wait to hear it for myself. See you on Long Island.

  7. Comment made on January 15, 2015 by charles newman

    The Morton Report is a great site. Al Kooper has a weekly column there also. I know what I’m buying myself come February.

  8. Comment made on January 15, 2015 by Kerry Cavanaugh

    Sorry to bother you again, but I contacted the Melting Point in Athens and they did not have you on the calendar. Did I get the date wrong, 3/1/15?

    • Comment made on January 16, 2015 by Jorma

      Kerry… the date is right. I went to the link on my tour page here on my site and it’s there… Jorma solo… be there or be square

  9. Comment made on January 15, 2015 by Dale Taylor

    Will be looking for the new album. When will you make it to the Virginia Beach area?

  10. Comment made on January 15, 2015 by Kevin

    Great review Captain. Can’t wait to hear this magic for myself.

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