Best pizza in Cowtown...

Best pizza in Cowtown...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza is a more than delightful venue and a really good restaurant that is technically in Worthington, although it’s all Columbus to country boys like me. This is my second trip to Natalie’s, and I look forward to the next one. Now, not a day goes by that I don’t spend a lot of time maintaining my relationship with my guitars, but it’s not the same thing as gigging. I’ve been home for a while and as much as I love being home with the family, sometimes I feel as if my identity is beginning to suffer when I don’t get to play for an audience. This was just the remedy I needed! Plus, there were two shows on this night… both sold out!

Jorma Kaukonen 22, 2018
Jorma Solo
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Worthington, Ohio
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

First Show:

1. Dime For Beer
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Search My Heart
5. Been So Long
6. Barbeque King
7. How Long Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. River Of Time
11. Candy Man
12. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
13. Heart Temporary
14. I Am The Light of This World
15. Trouble In Mind
16. I Know You Rider
17. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Since I’m not eating carbs right now, I feasted on a giant meatball between shows… Beef, pork an lamb… Deeeelicious!!!

Jorma Kaukonen 23, 2018
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Worthington, Ohio
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Second Show:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. True Religion
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. I See The Light
5. How Long Blues
6. Prohibition Blues
7. Come Back Baby
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Good Shepherd
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
13. Things That Might Have Been
14. Re-Enlistment Blues
15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
16. Encore: Water Song

The weather held until I was driving home… and then it was beyond torrential. Fortunately, in addition to my Daylighter headlights, I have a killer light bar!

What's not to like about a Jeep?

What's not to like about a Jeep?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Now I know that a light bar like this is not street legal, but it sure saved my bacon coming home on Rt. 33 at 0100 Wednesday morning. You just couldn’t see more that 20 feet in front of you with only the LED headlights.

Good times…

Yesterday I went up to Dan Earlewine’s shop in Athens, Ohio where a new set of engraved Waverly tuners were waiting for me. Susan from Stewart-MacDonald was shooting a video for Dan and Stewmack and we had a blast with it. My new tuners are mighty sexy too… guitar geekery… gotta love it.

Tomorrow is the beginning of another great weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch and Saturday night Peter Rowan and some of his pals will be holding forth at the Station.

Well, it’s a beautiful day today… I think I’ll go for a ride… without rainsuit!



  1. Comment made on June 22, 2018 by John B

    Jorma are their any Jorma/ Hurl Ranch Dinner shows in the works?

    • Comment made on June 22, 2018 by Jorma

      John… the 27th of July… the Hurl and I will be playing for a delicious Pho dinner. at the Beatrice Love Kitchen at the Fur Peace Ranch. Be there… or go hungry!!!!!!!!!

  2. Comment made on June 18, 2018 by Tom Fabry

    Arthur, you don’t have to make excuses for keep coming back. You just have good taste. It’s fun, and if you are a picker, and I believe you are, its all the more fun.

    I am surprised you made no comments on the culinary suggestions above. Being that you like good music, I presume you also eat. Just sayin’.

  3. Comment made on June 18, 2018 by Art

    Yesterday I went out to hear a couple of respected musicians play some duos together – kind of a jazzy genre of music. I got bored of it after a while. These musicians were obviously masters of their instruments and the technique seemed to have been the point more than the music. Lots of noodling. Really good, tight noodling, but noodling nonetheless. Now, I love noodling, but there’s a difference between noodling with a destination and a beginning, middle, and end, and maybe some thematic elements. These improvisations did not have much of that. Today, I had to drive somewhere for a half hour, and my iPhone/car sound system chose to play a live track of Hot Tuna doing “Bread Line Blues.” There was a great bass solo by Jack on that track. And it had everything that was missing from yesterday’s music. Musical storytelling. Coherent musical sentences. Even though it was improvised, it was a composition in progress. It went far beyond being a finger exercise. One big reason why I keep coming back to these guys after all these years.

  4. Comment made on June 18, 2018 by Jack Blind

    Real nice, Mark and Jorma remember the Alka Seltzer commercial, ” That’s a speecy, spicy meat-ta-ball”

  5. Comment made on June 18, 2018 by HOGAN

    Happy Father’s Day Jorma …
    Hope you had a great day.


  6. Comment made on June 17, 2018 by Greg martelli

    The earliest recording I can find of the airplane is 10/16:66, first show at Fillmore with Signe,also her last show with the band .Second show same night with Grace Skick.
    Superb and very tasty guitar ,the base is driving,and very creative.

  7. Comment made on June 17, 2018 by Greg martelli

    I’m sure the cutlets were the defining element

  8. Comment made on June 17, 2018 by Sweetbac Jr.

    @mark k
    I was cooking fathers day dinner for my racoon.
    had to start braising the beef and veal shanks for the tomato sauce.
    It was Steelers favorite. (My racoon is named after a certain drummer)
    I was making ziti with gravy..
    …roasted peppers..
    …string beans with olive oil,and beautiful cutlets…
    …that were cut just right…
    …that I was going to
    fry up as an appetizer.

  9. Comment made on June 17, 2018 by DennisK

    Hey Capt.

    What’s the good word regarding Arts and Minds fest this year? I was only able to made it once, and it was a blast. But, I plan to come back.

    Highly recommended for anyone in the area. Swing by the FPR for a cheese burger and a smoothie with the Kaukonen family.

    Happy Father’s Day Jorma!

  10. Comment made on June 17, 2018 by mark k

    We went to an Amish Farmers Market yesterday and bought some Lamb Sausage. Just had some for breakfast with eggs and some of their Blue Cheese. It was “The Bomb”. Donna and I shared some with our girls who after first making faces, tried something new and liked it. Now that’s what I call a great Fathers Day breakfast.

  11. Comment made on June 16, 2018 by Sweetbac Jr.


    Three kinds of meat in the meatballs.
    Veal, beef, and pork

    You got to have pork.

    That’s the flavor.

    I feet they use too many onions,
    but it was still a good sauce.

  12. Comment made on June 16, 2018 by johno

    Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad’s out there. Thinking of my dad recently – WWII vet – was in Pearl Harbor. Great man – they don’t make them like him anymore. Sure miss him a lot. I feel like he hasn’t died but just moved on. My mother also – she died last August. I feel the same way about her. I’m convinced that you don’t die. But rather just pass on to another place – hopefully heaven.

  13. Comment made on June 16, 2018 by mike schwarrtz

    jorma the denial of “carbs” are not a healthy options denial leads to cravings if you are trying to lose weight its better to practice moderation less thqn 1500 calories a day. protein can spike blood sugar also

    just saying

  14. Comment made on June 16, 2018 by tom

    @carey georgas
    Happy,safe and peaceful Father’s Day Mark,Jorma and all other Dad’s, blood or otherwise!

  15. Comment made on June 16, 2018 by tom

    @Sweetbac Jr.
    …..”best in the city”…..

  16. Comment made on June 15, 2018 by carey georgas

    @mark k Right on, Mark!

  17. Comment made on June 15, 2018 by mark k

    Got the best early Fathers Day gifts I could want last night. Our youngest Foster Daughter age 12 who is somewhat challenging as prior to her coming here has had a difficult life at best came to me and shyly asked me if she could call me Dad, additionally I reconnected with my Step Daughter after 9 years. We had a terrific conversation, she stated that she misses me, loves me and will always consider me her Dad. The icing on the cake was that that she wants to see me and asked if I would take her to a Hot Tuna show. [Beacon?]. I guess all those years of listening to Tuna tapes in the car stuck after all. Needless to say it made my day. It just goes to show that it doesn’t take blood to be a good Father, you just have to choose to. Happy Fathers Day to all, remember to hug your kids.

  18. Comment made on June 15, 2018 by Sweetbac Jr.

    Try the veal….very good veal

  19. Comment made on June 14, 2018 by Steve Goldston

    Hi Jorma! Obviously I’ve seen you play many times. I was commenting to my friends at the second show on Tuesday how you probably wouldn’t repeat a song. 30 songs, two shows, 3 hours, all different songs. Priceless. The comments from folks leaving we’re ALL about how special it was to see and hear you. So… some people get it some don’t. I had to laugh at the “fan’s”” comment that Jack was talkative and you weren’t. Lol, I’ve never had a conversation with Jack in all my years coming to Fur Peace. Thanks for what you do Jorma! For me, your view of parenting is especially a role model for me. Thanks for that

  20. Comment made on June 14, 2018 by carey georgas

    Like a dog without a bone…

  21. Comment made on June 14, 2018 by Joey

    Sounds like you were a bit fired up eh?
    I love your passion.

  22. Comment made on June 14, 2018 by Brett

    Looks like you and the campers are in for some good weather this weekend Jorma.

    Happy pickin’ (and grinnin’)at Da Ranch


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