Last turn to the Ranch

Last turn to the Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Last weekend Tom Feldman, David Wolff and I hosted an Entrance Ramp Class an Saturday night the California Guitar Trio played and wowed us all!

Hurl, Wally and Ol' Jer get ready to great concert goers!

Hurl, Wally and Ol' Jer get ready to great concert goers!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The fellas in the CGT simply have to be seen and heard to be believed!

The boys hold forth

The boys hold forth

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

As soon as class wound up on Monday noonish, Myron and I beat feet to Nashville for a recording date with Tommy Emmanuel. Tommy asked me to play two songs with him and I was on my way!

Tommy and I check the levels

Tommy and I check the levels

Foto by Myron Hart

We started out with a Merle Travis tune… two acoustic guitars, au naturale… no wires!

Listening and thinking

Listening and thinking

Foto by Myron Hart

The mighty engineer at the console

The mighty engineer at the console

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Paying with Tommy is always a treat… to get to record with him is off the charts! We did a Roy Book Binder tune as well… double male vocal.

How's that song go?

How's that song go?

Foto by Myron Hart

The mighty M-30 at work!

The mighty M-30 at work!

Foto by Myron Hart

We knocked out the two acoustic tunes and laid down and electric jam as well!

Jazzmaster vs. Tele

Jazzmaster vs. Tele

Foto by Myron Hart

Then it was time for lunch… bur first…

Pick it Jorm'

Pick it Jorm'

Foto by Myron Hart

Time for some southern BBQ

Three well fed buddies

Three well fed buddies

And lest I forget… the first drone shot of last weeks FPR class!

Everything looks better from the air!

Everything looks better from the air!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen



  1. Comment made on May 20, 2017 by Kevin

    @Dead Head
    Thanks, just in time to catch it.

  2. Comment made on May 20, 2017 by jim hitchcock

    Nice, thanks@Dead Head

  3. Comment made on May 20, 2017 by carlo pagliano

    Rock Them All Hot & High Tonight Jorma!

  4. Comment made on May 20, 2017 by Dead Head

    Tedeschi Trucks Band on Austin City Limits tonight

  5. Comment made on May 20, 2017 by johno

    Jorma – I love what your father said about horses asses. It is so true.

  6. Comment made on May 20, 2017 by carey georgas

    @Joey Hudoklin

  7. Comment made on May 20, 2017 by Joey Hudoklin

    I got to hear the boys live on the radio this morning from Salt Lake City.
    What a treat!
    Hesitation Blues
    Let us get Together
    Great interview
    Made my day

  8. Comment made on May 19, 2017 by carlo pagliano

    Rock Them All Hot Tonight Jorma!

  9. Comment made on May 19, 2017 by carey georgas

    So the drone has an altimeter that communicates with you? That’d be pretty danged cool. Promise, if I have any more questions I’ll find me a dealer somewhere.

  10. Comment made on May 19, 2017 by Mark K

    How high can your drone fly? -Bucket list fun project-helium balloon up to 75,000 feet with a digital camera to take photos of the curve of the earth

  11. Comment made on May 19, 2017 by Brian Doyle

    That’s right about the same time we saw him on TV. Only needed to see him once and the permanent word between me and my friend was “that man can play”. The rock fan world is tough competition however it can have its lucky moments. In Miami in 2002 I found myself at Ron Wood’s toes by the B Stage with Mick and Keith nearby.

    Roy died a true bluesman’s death in a rogue sheriff’s jail cell…

  12. Comment made on May 19, 2017 by Brett

    @Brian Doyle

    My Roy story…..1976 or 1977 Me and my buds snuck in the side door of The Morris Stage (Morristown, NJ)….Right near the end of Roy’s show

    We strolled down the center aisle to the stage…..Roy is just a wailing away on his Tele and walks right to the edge of the stage where we were standing with this big old s*!t eating grin on his face and kept on a wailing….. Bliss!!

  13. Comment made on May 19, 2017 by carey georgas

    Found a new Pho joint in Houston. Their Dac Biet uses oxtail instead of brisket and tendon. Pretty doggone scrump.

  14. Comment made on May 19, 2017 by Walt Hetfield

    How cool is that?

  15. Comment made on May 15, 2017 by David

    Jorma get Tommy to bring you down under . Brisbane please, and bring Jack and a drummer as well though Tommy can play drums as well if noone else wants to come.

  16. Comment made on May 14, 2017 by Brian Doyle

    I saw Roy Buchanan at the Chance in Poughkeepsie back in the early 80’s. He was playing my friend Bill Perry’s pink paisley Telecaster. The late Bill Perry was Rockland County’s best home-grown electric guitarist. The Chance was so small that you would move up in to the balcony to get away from the crowd and still be close to the stage. I first heard Roy play on TV in my high school friend’s kitchen. The man owned the neck of the guitar and was no doubt a main talent…

  17. Comment made on May 14, 2017 by johno

    Great idea! Never thought of that – I heard the Ranch is a special place. I think what Jorma and Vanessa have done is just spectacular.
    Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there.

  18. Comment made on May 14, 2017 by Ham n Eggs

    I second that motion
    Those straight A’s always help make the day better to begin
    Jorma n Iz treat Ms K the way she deserves.
    Love All Ways
    @carey georgas

  19. Comment made on May 14, 2017 by carey georgas

    Happy Mother’s Day to all honorees who may pass through here today.

  20. Comment made on May 14, 2017 by rich l


    I had a thought recently – always a scary proposition. I assume you will have Derek’s and Susan’s ear once in awhile over the balance of 2017. When you mentioned the “Jazzmaster vs. the Tele,” a thought came to my mind. Specifically, maybe you could plant a suggestion in their ears to do a copy of one of my all time favorite songs.

    On Roy Bucchannan’s great album, “Loading Zone,” he plays a song called The Circle. I simply can not play that song loud enough. If there is one band that could pull that song off, I believe it is the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Mike Mattison has the perfect voice for that song, and the band would no doubt nail the background vocals.

    I just hate to see that song disappear into the shadows of the past.

  21. Comment made on May 14, 2017 by DennisK

    The Arts and Minds Fest (and optional concert) is a great way to visit the FPR and enjoy some of the experiences that a player or guest has during an instructional weekend. The main thing is the hospitality. Jorma and Vanessa make everyone feel like they are an invited guest, totally welcome at their home (no, you can’t go in the house).

    It is a great vibe and well worth the trip. A legitimate “bucket list” item for many. Just do it while you can!

  22. Comment made on May 13, 2017 by Steve

    Johno-go to the Ranch for the Arts and Minds fest…thats what I did last year and it was great!!! Between Jorma solo in the gazebo and NRPS that night it was just a fantastic trip all in!!!

  23. Comment made on May 13, 2017 by johno

    But touring is rather exciting. I’m sure you keep doing it because you enjoy it. You pick and choose when you want to tour. You go to exciting places here and around the world. You have a guitar camp for 20 years. It must be a lot of fun.
    Jorma you have had an amazing life – nice guys do finnish first.

  24. Comment made on May 12, 2017 by johno

    Didn’t think you had a beginners class – shucks. I want to come to FPR – it’s on my bucket list. I knew I should have taken guitar lessons when I was younger. Now an old fart like me has to just wait for you to tour. Whoever lives in Southeast Ohio are really lucky to live there, so close to FPR. I must say that for you guys to be touring so much – year after year – is really incredible to me.

  25. Comment made on May 11, 2017 by Dan

    Jorma, we need to ask Tommy about how to get you your CGP, cant think of anyone more deserving

  26. Comment made on May 11, 2017 by rich l

    ‘why are there so many more horses asses…” – that’s a keeper. I think that I’ll use that tonight when our outdoor volleyball get together’s start for the summer. The first person who, once again, notes my diminishing athleticism will hear your dad’s saying.

    My brother is a huge Tommy Emmanuel fan. He got me his CD, “Hope Street,” for Christmas. I played some of it, but must not have been in the right mood and it sort of hid out in the glove box for awhile.

    I was driving home from St. Louis one night, and couldn’t pick up any good radio stations. With about 4 hours left to kill on the long and pretty straight road actually, I threw in “Hope Street” I listened to it all the way through, then played it again and then one more time for good measure. I was hooked.

    I did see you and Tommy play Deep River Blues, (I believe), on you tube. Now I don’t normally talk like this, but all I could say was “Fuck and Yes!”

    I’ll have to check out The California Guitar Trio.

    LOL – my only stab at playing a guitar was when someone showed me how to, (sort of), play “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen. “do do do, dodo doo, do do do, doo doo” – “Oh we gotta go now…” You know that’s right!,

  27. Comment made on May 11, 2017 by Joey Hudoklin

    Ok, I had that wrong.
    May she Rest in Peace.
    Almost 9 since my Mom passed.
    I try to make every day a living amends.
    It’s the best I can do.
    God bless

  28. Comment made on May 10, 2017 by carey georgas

    Yes, I thought I had read that airspace is pretty much public domain, so I should have predicated the 12 gauge with brandishing to chase it off. I appreciate the info, though, because I am considering one and it’s good to know that they’re regulated to the extent that they even have tail numbers. My trepidation is somewhat alleviated

  29. Comment made on May 10, 2017 by johno

    What is an Entrance Ramp class? Is it something I would qualify for? Never picked up a guitar. Always wanted to visit the FPR. This may be my only chance. Since all of the concerts are sell out in days, it seems.

    • Comment made on May 10, 2017 by Jorma

      Hi John… this is not a beginner guitar class. I don’t do those. It is a moderately basic weekend for guitar players who are just beginning their foray into the finger style world.

  30. Comment made on May 10, 2017 by Joey Hudoklin

    May 8th?
    If it’s whatI think it is, miracles do happen.
    Jorma, you’re a beacon

  31. Comment made on May 10, 2017 by carey georgas

    Had my first experience with a drone last Sunday. I was on the golf course with a buddy, and came up onto one of the greens. It had trees all down one side of it, and I heard a buzzing sound that was off the ground, but couldn’t tell where. I thought it was a swarm of bees or hornets in the trees, and remarked to my bud. About the time I decided it must be someone with a weed eater in the distance, he looks up and at about 200 ft. sat this stationary object hovering in the buzz. Kinda creepy, I must say, not knowing who’s eye was up there, but then after a minute or so, it just buzzed away. I’m conflicted now in my opinion of drones. One would be fun to play with, looking from above upon my place or the woods nearby, but by the same token, if one flew over my place from where I knew not, I’d be tempted to go get my 12 gauge and chase if off. Don’t want spies or peepers on or above my 5 acres of paradise.

    • Comment made on May 10, 2017 by Jorma

      hi Carey… Jorma here… the FAA considers drones aircraft and licenses them as such. I imagine many people ignore the many laws that govern the flying of drones. I have a amateur license and ‘tail’ numbers issued by the FAA from my drones. Later on this summer I plan on studying for the Part 107 exam so I can get a commercial license and hopefully start being to sell pictures if I get some good ones. Shooting one down is technically like shooting down an airplane although it has happened and no one has been prosecuted successfully yet some cases have gone to court. Of course there are always stupid people doing stupid things. Like my Dad used to say: ‘Why are there so many so many more horses asses than there are horses?’

  32. Comment made on May 10, 2017 by John B

    Jorma and Tommy Emmanuel together electric and accoustic. That certainly is something for us to look forward to as we hurtle into summer.Jorma please remember to let us know when it is released .

    Jorma what is an Entrance Ramp Class?

  33. Comment made on May 10, 2017 by Vince

    Just re-read “In Many House” Kol Hanesahama quote again today, its on my bulletin board. Just what I need to read some days. I know May 8 is a significant day for you Jorma, you have my best wishes. Peace and love, vince

  34. Comment made on May 10, 2017 by HOGAN

    Good Times,,,,

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