Well I got back from Jackson Hole in time for the first day of Arts & Minds at the Fur Peace Ranch. It’s a Beautiful Day Was There and we got to celebrate David L Flamme’s 75th birthday… long day for the Ole Cap… had to hit the sack.

Saturday, however, I played a set on the lawn in the Gazebo:

Jorma Kaukonen 27, 2016
On The Lawn , Arts and Minds Fest
Fur Peace Ranch
Jormaville, Ohio
July 18, 2016

1 True Religion
2 Ain’t In No Hurry
3 Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4 Sea Child
5 Good Shepherd
6 Barbeque King
7 San Francisco Bay Blues
8 How Long Blues
9 That’ll Never Happen No More
10 Living In The Moment

Then as evening rolled around… out came the Firebird and a sit-in with The New Riders Of The Purple Sage.

The Bird and I... backstage at the FPR.

The Bird and I... backstage at the FPR.

Foto by Rusty Smith

A rockin’ good time was had by all… turn the pigs loose!

Back home again… can’t beat it.

Mav' and I hit the trails

Mav' and I hit the trails

No place like home!


  1. Comment made on July 23, 2016 by Steven Levenson

    Gullible guy that I am I googled “Jormaville”. Google thought I was looking for Normanville. You know “Jormaville” does have aa nice ring to it….

  2. Comment made on July 23, 2016 by Steve

    @John B
    My bad guys-you know why I have that in my head it is because he said he would play it during his set when I was talking to him…now that I think about it you’re right…I just want to make sure the TunaBase is accurate so in 30 years when my grandson is referencing it he knows it is correct!!!!

  3. Comment made on July 23, 2016 by John B

    Sea child is correct. . I was going to request Sleep Song before he played but I didn’t want to be a bother.

  4. Comment made on July 22, 2016 by DennisK

    Sorry Steve…the Captain’s original set list was accurate. Sea Child was played on the lawn (not Sleep Song). I shot a bunch of cool photos that I sent to Vanessa and a little video (including Sea Child)…one of my favs!

    A great day at the Ranch for sure!

  5. Comment made on July 22, 2016 by Ruby Russo

    Ruby Russo :
    Hey Jorma…I t

    Art :
    Nice … do you still have the non-reverse?


    Ruby Russo :
    Hey Jorma…I think you and your beautiful firebird should play “Invitation” together. You do look good.

    Think you and your beautiful firebird should play “Invitation” together. You do look good.

  6. Comment made on July 22, 2016 by Art

    Nice … do you still have the non-reverse?

  7. Comment made on July 22, 2016 by Ruby Russo

    Hey Jorma…I fhink you and your beautiful firebird should play “Invitation” together. You do look good.

  8. Comment made on July 22, 2016 by John B

    Congratulations Joey you are truly amazing. I am happy for you and hope to see you soon. @Joey Hudoklin

  9. Comment made on July 22, 2016 by Jim McKeon

    @Joey Hudoklin Congratulations Joey

  10. Comment made on July 22, 2016 by Michael FOLEY

    I had a kid at OU for four years and have tried to get to the ranch for a show, but was constantly denied because my kid had other priorities and most I understood. So lucky was I to talk my wife into going to the Arts and Mind Fest. It was just a great weekend with such a great vibe. Jorma and Vanessa just open up their ranch for all to enjoy and their generosity is magnified by their friendliness and just being themselves. My hat also of to Hurl and his crew for all they do. We loved the weekend. Many say they want to put FPR on their bucket list–not me. I am just planning on going every year till I can’t. Thanks again FPR for letting us just breathe and enjoy and keeping us aware that there is a great life out there to live–one day at a time. Redman

  11. Comment made on July 22, 2016 by Joey Hudoklin

    @jim hitchcock
    Thank you Jim.
    Just something I picked up after a few all night Tuna shows.
    Hangin’w in Washington Square Park at 7am.

  12. Comment made on July 22, 2016 by rich l

    just found the time to listen to Gretchen Peters “Jubilee”. Definitely a “One of Them” – a song you want to sing along with while you’re driving down that ol’ lonesome highway.

    I’m going to have to order a CD by her.

  13. Comment made on July 21, 2016 by rich l

    @jim hitchcock
    boy, those of us who grew up in the 60’s/70’s were treated to some great music. how about a little “Mercy, Mercy me by Marvin Gaye – or the Motown scene in general. No wonder I have hearing problems.

    If you’ve never heard the song “Train” do yourself a favor and you tube it. Robert Bradley, a blind street performer was asked to sing with this band out of Detroit I think. I saw them at The House of Blues in Chicago, and knew absolutely nothing about them. I had no socks on when I left – don’t you just love seeing a group that you know nothing about and it turns out to be a incredible show!? Sort of like the first time I heard Heart Temporary live.

    Live music – amen and amen.

    Joey, I can’t even connect with a partner 30 feet away with me when tossing the disc. There is something very mesmerizing about a frisbee. Dude, you crazy. You are the Frisbee Dawg.

    By the way, “live” 24 hours at a time! Funny, in Little Martha, I always thought of it being sort of a prodigal son song. There’s a part in it when Duane seems to make his guitar sound like a door bell – I can envision estranged people whose hearts are bursting with joy after that door bell sound.

    Aside from a couple Leo Kottke pieces,(give me some Jack Fig any day!) Jorma’s Embryonic Journey and the Duane Allman’s Little Martha, might be my favorite acoustic songs.

    When you look at the “One of them” list, and how many great performers are up in heaven playing in a fiery band, I realize what an incredible blessing it is to see Jorma and Jack still performing – as Scrooge would say, “I’m giddy as a goose,” thinking about the upcoming Old Town show. I’m working on a set list for Jorma as we speak!

  14. Comment made on July 21, 2016 by jim hitchcock

    Holy moly Joey, that’s awesome.

    Rich L, 24 Hours at a Time & Little Martha, good pulls 🙂

  15. Comment made on July 21, 2016 by Chappy

    Blessed to have attended both shows and A&M Fest last weekend at FPR. IABD was simply great and New Riders really lit it up. First time seeing the great Buddy Cage and David Nelson and it was a night to remember. On top of that, having Jorma sit in with them took it to another level. A double dose of musical magic at FPR with IABD and New Riders indeed! Thank you to both bands, Jorma, Vanessa, Hurl, and the entire staff of FPR. It is one of my favorite places on this Earth for the sheer joy that the music brings out in the players and crowd.

  16. Comment made on July 21, 2016 by jimhitchcock

    Awesome, Joey!

  17. Comment made on July 21, 2016 by Tom in St. Louis

    That guitar is dang near as beautiful as the countryside out there in Miegs County.

  18. Comment made on July 21, 2016 by Ham n Eggs

    Just like Jorma’s playin
    You make it look easy … but it ain’t
    relentless practice indeed

    Love All Ways

    @Joey Hudoklin

  19. Comment made on July 21, 2016 by johno

    I just gotta get out there to southern Ohio to FPR – it’s on my bucket list. It’s about a 15 hour drive. Problem is all the shows are sold out. That’s why the Arts and Minds Festival is such a great idea. Hopefully next year. FPR reminds me of the movie “Field Of Dreams” – If you build it they will come.

  20. Comment made on July 21, 2016 by marcus

    Very nice pic of you and the bird jorma,what a beauty : )

  21. Comment made on July 21, 2016 by rich l

    “One of Them”

    I finally broke down and bought “Stars In My Crown.” I recall Jorma playing Heart Temporary, Come back baby (one more time) and Living in the Moment at City Winery last year. Heart Temporary might have been the song of the night, (always hard to pick one!). It was a song I had never heard before – and for someone who somewhat considers himself a Tuna-ologist, it caught me by surprise.

    The recording is great, but watching Jorma play it live, well…, let’s just say he knocked it “out the park!” Is it just me, or is it always a treat to hear Jorma singing about blue skies, contrasted with that early morning rain – sort of a “sunshine’s waiting for me, a little further down the road,” type moment.

    When he played the song, I asked my sister if she knew what album it was fun. Neither of us could place our finger on it. Lo and behold, when I listened to the Stars In My Crown CD, I realized that was the song. It’s one of “them songs.”

    Them songs fall under the category of a song you hear for the first time. When it’s over you go back to the same song, turn up the volume a notch or three, about 5 or 6 times in a row! I’m assuming I’m not the only one who does this, but I could be wrong.

    Here are some examples of “Them songs”

    Stairway to Heaven or Hangman
    Little Martha (Blue skies anyone?)
    Ride my seesaw
    Ry Cooder’s – Nobody
    pick your Dead song
    Head On – by the Jesus and Mary chain – (there’s a story behind that one – maybe at a later date I’ll revisit)
    Somebody to Love
    Growing Up
    We Fives, “You were on my mind”
    OAR’s – love and memories
    Lou Reeds Sweet Jane – (what a great moment when you switch a radio station and hear “Standing on a corner, suitcase…”)
    Baba O’reilly – Won’t get Fooled Again
    Sugar in the Gourd – by David Bromberg
    Ohio – CSNY
    Old Man
    Winnie the Pooh – (ok, shoot me, I love that Kenny Loggin’s song)
    The Circle – Roy Buchannan
    The Dutchman
    24 hours at a Time
    Free Bird – go ahead and shoot me – I still crank it!
    I know a little bout love
    Crossfire – SRV
    Can’t find my way home
    I’ll, never fall in love again
    Train – by Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise (this song is a treasure)

    I could go on and on – it would be interesting to hear some of your other nominee’s for one of “Them songs” would be. Remember, the only criteria is you have to have played it five times in a row, with increasing volume.

    And trust me, I could add a myriad of Hot tuna/Jorma songs. But Heart Temporary is the newest. It was a magical moment at the City winery that evening. I just love those, for lack of a better term, backbeat chords, that seem to slow the song down, before preacher starts picking the guitar again. Heart Temporary seems to be a very heartfelt song. I’m guessing like a lot of Jorma’s songs, there’s a story behind it.

    Stars in my crown has a couple of other jewels in it – love “will there be any stars in my crown.” Barry’s mandolin seems to be made for that song. Again, I can only imagine a juke joint singing along and carrying on with Rev Gary back in the day when he played that song!

    Come back baby is another one I heard Jorma play live twice – it brings up so many lovesick pleas to mind, “baby, what’s wrong,” “You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille,” “Is you is, or is you ain’t my baby,” “We can work it out,” “Baby , why does love have to be so sad,” “Down to seeds and stems again blues,” “Jewel Eyed Judy, please come home,” indeed, lets talk it over, one more time. Talk to me, baby.

    At any rate, if you don’t have the Stars in My Crown CD, I highly recommend it.

    In closing, I have to pass along some great news – you’ll all be glad to “hear” it.

    I once read that all the important things I learned in life, I learned from my grandma. She used to admonish me quite often to wash your ears, “or carrots will grow in them.” I was reminded of that this weekend when I almost totally lost my hearing. My kids had to scream at me from two feet away, and I still could barely make out what they were saying.

    It was quite frightening – let me tell you it is a very eerie feeling not being able to hear. One of my first thoughts was, “How am I going to hear Jorma and Jack at the upcoming show at the Old Town? I was freaking!

    I made it through the weekend by reading and playing some golf. On Monday I went to the doctor – and he quickly diagnosed the problem; you guessed it, carrots.

    actually it was a big build up of ear wax – if any of you are having a hard time hearing, I highly suggest getting your ears checked out – it makes a world of difference. I can hear way too many noises now, I forgot how much the floor board squeak!

    At any rate, being able to hear again, well it’s a “Blue sky in the morning, said good bye early morning rain,” feeling!

    Love that song Jorma!

  22. Comment made on July 21, 2016 by Ken Millroy

    I hope the Firebird comes out on tour this summer. I love their tone. See u at the Count Basie in New Jersey in Aug. The line up for that show cracks me up Leftover Salmon/Hot Tuna. Im kinda getting hungry LOL

  23. Comment made on July 21, 2016 by Ham n Eggs

    So I guess that means your one of the ultimate legends in Freestyle?
    Hope to see you on Sheep Measow on August 7
    Love All Ways
    @Joey Hudoklin

  24. Comment made on July 20, 2016 by Joey Hudoklin

    By the way Jorma, you look great. Very svelte.
    Hope to Seeya this fall in NoCal.

  25. Comment made on July 20, 2016 by Joey Hudoklin

    @Ham n Eggs
    Thank you Ham n eggs.
    I’ll be in NY to be inducted first week of Aug.
    It’s very emotional for me, as I’ve dedicated my life to this.
    But…just to clarify, it’s not Ultimate Frisbee that I do, it’s Freestyle Frisbee.
    So, if anyone wants to enjoy this year’s Freestyle Frisbee World Championships, they will be in Brooklyn first week of Aug.
    Thank you again.

  26. Comment made on July 20, 2016 by Steve

    Just a great day Sunday at the Ranch Jorma!!! Many thanks to you and Vanessa to open it up like that what a great event all around!! Loved the gallery-to see the many things in there such as your jewelry, Jack’s clothes, (his glasses!!!) Grace’s recorder well I simply never…Your set on the lawn was killer (however Sleepsong was played not Sea Child…nudge nudge wink wink) Well worth the 8 hour drive all in for sure. The New Riders were simply great and man you killed it sitting in with them!!! Many thanks and let’ do it again next year!!!

  27. Comment made on July 20, 2016 by Sweetbac

    one of THE coolest guitars ever…is that a new Firebird, Jorma?

  28. Comment made on July 20, 2016 by Ham n Eggs

    Congratulations Joey Hudoklin on being selected into the inaugural Frisbee Hall of Fame class!
    Many of us know Joey from this blog but in ultimate circles he is a legend .
    So I guess this means you won’t be in Portchester? Lol
    Enjoy it. You earned and deserved it.
    Love All Ways
    PS I’ll have to make sure Brad has a freak flag for the championship.

  29. Comment made on July 20, 2016 by Scott M

    Jorma, the ranch looks beautiful but we need to see more pictures of the MAV!

  30. Comment made on July 20, 2016 by DennisK

    The kids and I had a great time at the FPR on Sunday. Happy to be part of one of the biggest turn-outs so far. The set on the lawn sounded great (esp.Living In The Moment)! It was sunny and warm, but the smoothies kept everyone cool. Thanks again for the hospitality.

    See ya soon!

  31. Comment made on July 20, 2016 by John B

    A rockin good time was had by all is an understatement. Its A Beautiful Day turned in a sterling performance Saturday night and if you have not seen this band please make every effort to do so. There was hope that Jorma would join IABD for a number or two but most figured that with your travel schedule and lack of sleep that it would be an extreme long shot. We figured the best chance would be with the New Riders on Sunday night and we were not dissapointed.

    After the Riders finished their first song ” Where i come from” i turned to my buddy John and asked where do they go from here? It was so good, so intense that if the show ended right then and there i would have thought it worth the long ride and price of admission. It didn’t end there as the Riders bringing the audience to their feet a few times powered through the first set. The question of where do they go from here was answered when you stepped out onto that stage with the Firebird in hand a few songs into the second set and plugged in. That performance by the Riders and then being joined by you will most certainly hold a special place in my heart as a superb weekend of music and comraderie.

  32. Comment made on July 20, 2016 by Bob Presti

    Sounds like I need to get to Southeastern Ohio one of these days.
    How did things go at the Targhee Fest?
    See you in Westbury next month.

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