I'm surrounded by the gold...

I'm surrounded by the gold...

Foto by Dubi Silverstein

Another week has come and gone and then some. We had a camp last weekend with G.E.Smith and Woody Mann. It is always great to hang with these two guys… personally and musically.

Spring is unfolding

Spring is unfolding

Now it is true that Spring is unfolding, but on this weekend we had a couple of really cold nights… a last gasp of Winter. The FPR is getting back into the rhythm of camp season and what with that and the Pho Restaurant, as always it’s a full plate. It’s a good plate though. Last Saturday night came and it was concert time at the Station. The show was G.E. and myself. We love doing this show. We just hit the stage and play songs together. On this particular night, we had a captive Woody Mann… so for us it was quite an evening. We didn’t do a set list and Myron did his best to keep track of the songs, so this is incomplete… but at least it’s something!

G.E. plays the legendary River Of Time guitar! Thanks for that Bud and Tracy!

G.E. plays the legendary River Of Time guitar! Thanks for that Bud and Tracy!

I didn’t get the first solo GE songs of each set. (GE did 3 first Set and 2 second Set, I think?) So sayeth Myron Hart II.

Jorma Kaukonen, G.E. & Woody Mann

Ain’t In No Hurry
Second Chances
Things That Might Have Been
Whining Boy
Highway 61
Barbeque King
Death Don’t Have No Mercy… with Woody
Sweet Loraine… with Woody

That’ll Never Happen No More
Living In The Moment
GE. – Trail Of The Buffalo
Come Back Baby
GE – Handsome Molly
Search My Heart – Woody… from here to the end…
Sleep Song
GE – Buddy Bolden Blues
Candy Man
GE – Let It Rock
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Encore: Who knows?

Thanks Myron… better than nothing!

Woody, me and the G.E.

Woody, me and the G.E.

On Tuesday night my goddaughter Mia Falzarano stopped by on her way to Cleveland.

The old man and the young lawyer!

The old man and the young lawyer!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The last time this young lady was here, she was barely walking, now she’s in her last year of Law School. What a world, and how glad I am to be part of it!

On Wednesday, Vanessa celebrated her 55th birthday. The hits just keep on coming. Vanessa is even more beautiful today than when I first met her, and that wasn’t yesterday! It’s been a fine week, all things told and this weekend is an ‘off’ weekend at the Ranch so I’m guessing yard work is in store, as soon as it dries up from the mega rain we had last night. In the meantime…


The road home...

The road home...


  1. Comment made on April 7, 2017 by Jim Bacon

    Happy B’day Vanessa!

  2. Comment made on April 5, 2017 by Brian Doyle

    Jim Marshall of (Hendrix-preferred) Marshall amps died at 88. Wire-er of the thunder:


  3. Comment made on April 5, 2017 by johno

    @Dead Head
    Felix was a sad story – got his hands caught in the cookie
    jar. Fell in love with a girlfriend. Got a bullet to the head.
    Kinda sounds like an good old country song.

  4. Comment made on April 4, 2017 by Ham n Eggs

    Amen Carey
    though I had to use the search engine to figure out WWJT.
    I originally knew LOL as Lots of Love.
    Ouch Anger like somebody fucked ya back in the old neighborhood.
    Love All Ways
    Smokin Lonnie number btw Brian thanks.
    Cheap Clearwater tickets till Friday

  5. Comment made on April 4, 2017 by Brian Doyle

    RIP Lonnie Brooks:


  6. Comment made on April 3, 2017 by John B

    One missing GE song is Codeine. It was awesome.

  7. Comment made on April 3, 2017 by Dead Head

    OK, then……. the subject of Felix P. was brought up a short spell ago. Forgot to insert this:


    My apologies if you’ve seen it.

  8. Comment made on April 3, 2017 by Dead Head

    Holey big-girl panties, Batman. Trouble is, when it gets slimy AND really stinks, some people don’t have the sense G-d gave a billy goat with regard to doing it differently or NOT AT ALL. After all, let’s give credit where credit is due: at least they know what BS is; B is for baby. The rest of it needs to sink in. PHEW

  9. Comment made on April 3, 2017 by carey georgas

    Whoa, such animus! WWJT?

  10. Comment made on April 3, 2017 by Joey Hudoklin

    The usual self obsessed, egotistical, confrontational, paranoid drivel.
    This has been such a happy place for quite some time.
    Oh well.
    There goes the Neighbourhood.
    I’ll be back when it’s gone
    Who cares

  11. Comment made on April 3, 2017 by Barbara Jacobs

    The usual nonsense. No surprise that when I post here, after months of being away: I get the baby shit.
    As if those comments will impress Jorma, with their intelligence. So smart.

  12. Comment made on April 2, 2017 by Richard

    I used to work with Woodys brother building movie and TV scenery in New York..They look just like each other..I know..so what..Just sayin

  13. Comment made on April 2, 2017 by Sweetbac Jr.

    Barbara is investigating the Russian influence on the decision to release the 1989 Jefferson Airplane “reunion” album. Oy Vey.

  14. Comment made on April 2, 2017 by Dead Head

    There went my breakfast……. Row, Jimmy

  15. Comment made on April 2, 2017 by Barbara Jacobs

    I still love Ronnie Lane and all of my friends who have passed.
    They live on in my heart and thoughts.
    Currently, Levon Helm has been cheering me on. He knows I’m on the case, after I got a hot lead from a NY Post reader who contacted me after that fish-fry.
    So I’ve been working on something that doesn’t give me much extra time to stop by here and say hello. @jim hitchcock

  16. Comment made on April 2, 2017 by Barbara Jacobs

    No, yesterday was Ronnie Lane’s birthday. It was a heavenly sent hello to all of us who loved him.
    @jim hitchcock

  17. Comment made on April 1, 2017 by jim hitchcock


    Do not, DO NOT, ever let it fall into the hands of Quentin Tarantino.

  18. Comment made on April 1, 2017 by jim hitchcock

    @Barbara Jacobs

    Ha, just wondered where you have been this morning…must have sent out a secret bat signal : )

  19. Comment made on April 1, 2017 by Barbara Jacobs

    Oh, that was you?! @rich l

  20. Comment made on April 1, 2017 by rich l

    @Barbara Jacobs
    Doing “the white boy” since 1967.

    One more dancing episode comes to mind.

    Three years ago we were in Austin Texas. We were looking for a place to eat, and my wife was going through some brochure on the music and restaurants on the infamous 6th street. We had my 16 year old son who we had to drag on vacation with us, and my 18 year old daughter. Nathalie found this Irish bar/restaurant called Riley’s that said they had this harpist, (Kristen Gibbs), who played contemporary music with her band. Now bear in mind, we had planned on getting something to eat and calling it an early night. (I love Lennon’s saying, “Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans.”)

    At any rate, we had dinner and were about to pack it in when the band started playing. They opened with Bob Marley’s “One Love”, then “Dock of the Bay,” and then Wooly Bully” By this point the band, Gibbs on vocals and harpist extraordinaire, a drummer and bass player who had a gray pony tail down to his derriere, had our full attention. They were tremendous. The place was fairly crowded, and by the end of the third song everyone was chair dancing, with the exception of my son who was bound and determined to be miserable that evening. (he like totally succeeded)

    When they started playing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” I asked my wife and daughter both to dance with me. They shook their head violently from side to side. But the band was nailing “Thriller,” so I just got up and started dancing with myself. I began to throw it down, Soul Train style. It seemed everyone in Riley’s was laughing at me and my wife and daughter were filming/sending text pictures off to friends.

    It didn’t matter to me – the groove was just to good. After about 30 seconds, this lady comes up and starts dancing with me. Before you know it, the dance floor was packed! we went over to the table of the lady who rescued me, and had a time of it that night. It was after midnight when we left – and we were just about out the door at 9pm.

    When my son came home for spring Break two weeks ago, we somehow got on the subject of that evening. Greg says, “I wasn’t too fun to be around that vacation, was I?” Had something to do with that love thing. Oh, what a woman can do to your soul!

    He should have took Zorba the Greek’s advice and just danced.

  21. Comment made on April 1, 2017 by rich l

    @carlo pagliano
    i would love to see that skating performance. I can’t imagine dancing to Kitaro. I’m going to have to pull out a CD and listen to it this week!

  22. Comment made on April 1, 2017 by Barbara Jacobs

    Thanks for that update.
    Her performance at the Ladies Short Program World Figure Skating Championships (and Free Skating)is beautiful.@carlo pagliano

  23. Comment made on April 1, 2017 by Barbara Jacobs

    Nice to stop by, read another fine Jorma blog, great photos, and G.E. always brings good things to life.
    Happy Birthday Vanessa.

    Thanks for that funny story.@rich l

  24. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by DennisK

    PS – Happy 55th Vanessa and congrats on 20 years of FPR success. I wish you many more. You are amazing!…Dennis K

  25. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by DennisK

    Please enlighten us with the story behind the legendary River Of Time guitar. I was fortunate to get a good look at it and hear you play it, the night you received it a Bethlehem, PA. My pal Andy even got to play it.

    I know it was a custom made gift with beautiful inlay honoring the milestones and highlights. It has some old roots combined with modern master-craftsmanship. I wish I could have heard old George Edward put in through it’s paces. Be well. See ya soon.

    • Comment made on April 1, 2017 by Jorma

      The River Of Time Guitar was built by Bud Divens with able assistance from Tracy Cox who did the magnificent inlays. It sports walnut sides and back and the top is a piece of salvaged redwood from a California mill that last produced wood in the 1870’s. This is a magnificent instrument and we certainly don’t have to worry about the top aging!

      Thanks for asking…

  26. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by Chappy

    Wow! Another outstanding show at FPR! GE, Jorma, and Woody…it don’t get much better. Always love to hear GE’s and Jorma’s stories, backdrops and insights into songs, the road, and life its own self. As always , Hurl and FPR staff ushered in great hospitality. And Happy B-Day to Vanessa. I hit that double nickel mark myself a coupla weeks ago…so far so good!

  27. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by Ham n Eggs

    Happy Birthday Ms. K
    May your blessings continue
    Don’t worry about no Jimmy Crack because he don’t care
    Love All Ways
    But no Ringo?

  28. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by carlo pagliano

    Does that mean Myron Hart The Second? Wow Jorma! Nothing more appropriately evocative to distinguish the great nobleness of soul Myron frees in the action potential of his scrupulous functions. Love Myron!
    To match “ rich l “ abt dancing to the drummer ‘s beat, Carolina Kostner chose to dance the Ladies Short Program at the World Figure Skating Championships now on in Helsinki, to the sound of God of Thunder by Kitaro, Bonzo’s Montreux by John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), whereas Carolina’s Ladies Free Skating was a thrilling ‘Nisi Dominus (Cum Dederit)’ by Antonio Vivaldi.
    To match Jorma’s enlivening refrain ‘life is good’.
    Always Thanks for the opportunity Jorma!

  29. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by Brett


    I think they started stalking me at about age 50

  30. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by John B

    Living in the moment, Trail of the Buffalo and Come back Baby we’re just a few highlights from a show that had many. Jorma You were superb all night long hitting the perfect spots and I loved the casual impromptu format. Looking forward to the next time. You left Jimmy Crack Corn off the set list.

  31. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by carey georgas

    Noah’s great rainbow?

  32. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by Joey Hudoklin

    Indeed Happy Birthday Vanessa
    You’re so instrumental in keeping the dream alive
    Thank you
    About Buddy Boldens Blues, at my first trip to FPR, Jorma, you played the original Jelly Roll Morton version for us, and then figured out how to play it after that. That was an eye opening experience.
    Happy Spring

  33. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by eaglesteve

    Happy Birthday V.

  34. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by Phil Zisook

    Wow, so many good things! Time brings both happy and sad times, and its great to see the happy times unfold, including young Mia Falzarano! That’s great!

  35. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by rich l

    Great pictures! I especially like the one with Mia and then the three ol’ wizened troubadours. Truck on!

    While listening to The Stars in my Crown CD this week, a thought came to me. While immensely enjoying Living in the Moment, I was envisioning myself doing ballet to that song. I’ve never had any formal dance instruction, so it would be a challenge. Most of my dancing comes from focusing in on the drummer.

    I picked up that technique at our 8th grade school dance. I was a wall flower and three of my mates dragged me into the boys bathroom, and I empathize the word drag.

    Rick Morales, a 200# Puerto Rican (think Barry white as far as the soulness goes), says “Watch me. I’m going to teach you how to dance.” Thank the Good Lord there were no cell phones back then. But I’ll never forget his advice, “just listen to the drums.”

    At any rate, does wanting to dance ballet style to Living In The Moment make me weird?

  36. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by j barker

    You forgot Jimmy Crack Corn. There were many highlights at this show. Living in the moment> Trail of the Buffalo and Come back baby were as good as it gets.Jorma I thought that you were outstanding on Trail of the Buffalo.The “just sittin in” format was awesome.
    Thanks for a great night of fun and music.

  37. Comment made on March 31, 2017 by Dan

    Wavy Gravy probably said it best “This must be heaven, man”. Congrats to Vanessa,but dont be surprised when you start getting mail from AARP

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