Good things come, good things go
If it lifts you up, it’ll lay you low
People leave and they don’t come back
Life is a disappearing act…

Gretchen Peters, Life Is A Disappearing Act

From Dancing With The Beast

We had another wonderful weekend here at the Fur Peace Ranch With Tom Feldman, David Wolff and myself. All that being said there’s no good time for bad news. Saturday night before the show with Peter Rowan and his Twang And Groove, I found that my friend Steve Story had passed away on Friday. I just texting him a couple of days ago and we were planning on getting together in a week or so. Life is indeed a disappearing act and my friends are starting to disappear at an alarming rate. Indeed, in death all you are, all you might ever be disappears into the ether like dust, and that’s just the way it is. ‘We are all travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house, birth till death, we travel between the eternities.’ I’ll be at your service in Thursday but I’m sure going to miss talking to you Steve. Fair winds and following seas brother… fair winds and following seas!

Because life goes on no matter who dies, back at the Ranch, good things were happening.

David wears the first person view google while I pilot my Mavic.

David wears the first person view google while I pilot my Mavic.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Peter and his buddies sure helped to cheer us up Saturday night.

The boys holding forth

The boys holding forth

With Paul Knight on bass, Jamie Oldaker, percussion, Dave Easley, steel guitar, and Don Rigsby mandolin it was truly a night to remember.

Two friends

Two friends

Foto by Wally Himmelman

It was a bittersweet weekend on the on hand, but a joyous one on the other and that is good because life is too short to be anything but joyous!


  1. Comment made on June 27, 2018 by John B

    Sorry I missed Peter…….@mikie

  2. Comment made on June 26, 2018 by mikie

    I tell you, of all the shows I’ve seen at The Station, I believe Mr. Rowan’s appearances were some of my very favorite. Oh, there were others: Warren Haynes, Country Joe’s tribute to Woody, a couple of the Bromberg shows, but that first show Peter did in the old studio, howling Land of the Navajo in the alcove next to the ‘stage’, now that was memorable. m

  3. Comment made on June 25, 2018 by johno

    Jorma – are you following the World Cup. I think it’s really exciting. Don’t usually watch soccer but the World Cup is different. Mexico and Belgium and several other teams look great. The game this morning, Uruguay vs Russia should be a good game.

  4. Comment made on June 23, 2018 by richu

    hello jorma..

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

    Date of Birth – Date of Death. The line separating the two is our life. We are like a vapor……….

  6. Comment made on June 20, 2018 by Tom Fabry

    I wonder where Steve Story did go amen
    I wonder where Steve Story did go amen
    Somewhere singing in glory, AMEN.
    Somewhere singing in glory, AMEN.
    Amen Amen
    May his prayers be intense and more effective now and his loved ones be comforted.
    All will be well

  7. Comment made on June 20, 2018 by eaglesteve

    RIP Steve Story. Condolences to family and friends.

  8. Comment made on June 19, 2018 by Chappy

    Sorry to hear of your friend’s passing. I paid my respects to an old friend on Sunday whose mother had passed on last week at age 90. We had not seen each other in years but the bonds of friendship know no time limits. Sadly I had learned that her sister had passed a few years ago as well….way too young. We were all friends from grade school and later OU. Her sister was a talented artist who did 2 incredible Dylan oil paintings for me. I think Zimmy once said the purpose of art is to inspire. Yes indeed…be it inspiration through paint on canvas or the the joy of music. Peter Rowan and his band were the epitome of art/inspiration on Saturday night at FPR. Wow! The music, stories, and spirit that he and his band put forth is really beyond description. I hadn’t seen him live since the Jamgrass tour in the early 2000s and he hasn’t missed a beat.

  9. Comment made on June 19, 2018 by mark k

    The Clock of Life is Wound But Once

    By Robert H Smith

    The clock of life is wound but once
    And no man has the power
    To tell just when the hands will stop
    At late or early hour.
    To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed
    To lose one’s health is more,
    To lose one’s soul is such a loss
    That no man can restore.
    The present is our own,
    So live love, toil with a will
    Place no faith in “tomorrow,”
    For the clock may then be still

  10. Comment made on June 19, 2018 by Mitch Spector

    R.I.P Steve Story .Sorry to hear this Jorma .Prayers

  11. Comment made on June 19, 2018 by Tom Fabry

    God bless your brother’s soul. Death is not the end.

  12. Comment made on June 19, 2018 by Paul Caldwell

    Sorry for yet another loss Jorma. Years ago we saw Leon Russell with New Grass Revival in Iowa City. What a show! Just pre-ordered your book, can’t wait for August! Peace to you and yours, Paul

  13. Comment made on June 18, 2018 by Phil Zisook

    Sorry for your loss, Jorma. Wishing you peace and strength during this hard time. The River of Time. That is an absolutely great shot of you and Peter Rowan. This was my 10th year in a row at Merlefest and its been a huge blessing to see Peter play each one of those years. With each year its more apparent how special it is. What a unique singer, writer, and performer, and such a wealth of musical history that he was a vital part of, helped create and continues to forge. And its wonderful that Peter keeps mixing it up with different band configurations at any point in time. I’ve never seen Jack play with Peter in his Dharma Blues configuration, but that would be particularly special. Positive thoughts, Phil

  14. Comment made on June 18, 2018 by Joey

    R.I.P. Steve Story

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