Well, last night Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley came to our little corner of the universe and made a whole lot of people, including me and Vanessa very happy with their magnificent show. I got to briefly share the stage with Rob and Trey at the Folk Alliance in Kansas City, MO earlier this year. I’ve known Rob for some time now and have always admired his technical mastery of the dobro that was always deeply marinated with soul. Getting to know Trey both musically and personally was equally a treat! This gentleman’s guitar playing is stratospheric to say the least! That said, the song always comes first with him and never gets lost in the notes. I love these guys!

Rob and Trey bordered by my 1961 Fender Super

Rob and Trey bordered by my 1961 Fender Super

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Marginal foto I know, but I left my camera with the long lens in the house. What a show!

Me, Rob, Trey, Wally and Vanessa

Me, Rob, Trey, Wally and Vanessa

Photographer lost in antiquity

Now to back up a little… I opened the show for the guys, and here is my set list.

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Jorma Solo
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, June 30, 2018

1. Dime For Beer
2. Heart Temporary
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Barbeque King
5. Sleep Song
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. That’ll Never Happen No More

When Rob and Trey came out for their much deserved encore, they honored my by inviting me to share it with them and we did an outstanding (If I do say so myself) version of Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out.

The guys stayed over at the Fur Peace Ranch and while Nessa was fixing a yummy breakfast for everyone Maverick, the Big Dog, and I took a walk.

Early morning on the old road

Early morning on the old road

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Nothing like a morning walk with one of your best pals!

The Big Guy

The Big Guy

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Well, Rob and Trey are off to Maggie Valley, NC and I think I’ll go outside in with by the pool for a while before it gets too hot.



  1. Comment made on July 10, 2018 by Andriy

    I need to learn more about American history it is a very important subject. This summer now I’m taking two courses for getting my Usa college degree . In September I will take course classes every weekday morning before I go to work. @John B

  2. Comment made on July 9, 2018 by John B

    Thanks for gettin back to me. Maybe next time around……….@Jorma

  3. Comment made on July 9, 2018 by John B

    Jorma do you have any idea when you are going to have one of those lunch or dinner shows with Hurl? Been looking forward to getting down there for one but haven’t seen anything listed yet. Please advise when you can.

  4. Comment made on July 9, 2018 by John B

    Love Hot Tuna on Long Island.!…………Thanks again johno!

  5. Comment made on July 9, 2018 by John B

    If it were not for the efforts of John Adams to avoid war with Napoleon things may have been very different . Adams doesn’t seem to have gotten the recognition that many feel he deserves. Adams was correct when he predicted that there would be no monuments or special recognition for him. t @Andriy

  6. Comment made on July 6, 2018 by Andriy

    I see you are here right now same time as me. “. Never say or think you are not good enough “. a very good thought in support of others who are helped by people not afraid to say these things. Thank you. href=”#comment-38127″>@John B

  7. Comment made on July 6, 2018 by Andriy

    Edit is censor. A better discription word.

  8. Comment made on July 6, 2018 by Andriy

    @Tom Fabry

    @John B
    The Bible is a good book. Tom did not allow to be edit here. Freedom. In Russia it is not permitted to have freedom of religion and no freedom of speech about any topic especially religion.

  9. Comment made on July 6, 2018 by John B

    @Tom Fabry
    Solomons mother was Bathsheba……….yes David’s story is truly remarkable and his sin was no different then ours yet he was used and many great ways. Moses killed a man , David sent Uriah The Hitite to the point of where the battle was most intense and then had the troops withdraw and leave him to his death , Paul was a murderer, Jonah ran away and hid rather then go and carry out the task that was put before him……People from all walks of life and dealing with all of the same infirmities that afflict all humans were and are used to accomplish Gods plan….Remarkable isn’t it? So never say or think you are not good enough .

  10. Comment made on July 6, 2018 by Andriy

    I just finish reading a very interesting book. “Whirlwind: the American revolution and the war that won it”. French and Indian war ending then signing of the treaty of Paris then British troops left n.y. Jorma, you are a student of history, will like this book.

  11. Comment made on July 5, 2018 by Tom Fabry

    @John B
    Cool. Good for you. World would be a better place if we all read and lived by the wisdom and instruction in the psalms and proverbs. Solomon is the son of David.

    One thing is remarkable…. David wrote some of those psalms, and then proceeded to screw up/miss the mark/sin afterwards. (Not sure when Bathsheba came into the picture, former wife of Uriah (not Uriah Heep)… and then he wrote more psalms…
    Sort of like Paul of Silas and Paul… Paul had St. Stephen killed when Paul was still called Saul and then he, gets transformed, blinded and convicted and goes on to write around 1/2 the 2nd book, the New Testament. Go figure.

  12. Comment made on July 5, 2018 by Tom Fabry

    Or Blood Stained Banders.

    No direct connection to Gary Davis, I see. I wonder if he ever played it.

    From wikedepia – “Good Shepherd” originated in a very early 19th century hymn written by the Methodist minister Reverend John Adam Granade (1770–1807), “Let Thy Kingdom, Blessed Savior”.[1][2][3] Granade was a significant figure of the Great Revival in the American West during the 19th century’s first decade, as the most important author of camp meeting hymns during that time.[4] He was referred to by the Nashville Banner as the “wild man of Goose Creek”,[4] and was also variously known as “the poet of the backwoods” and “the Wild Man of Holston”.[5] Granade worked in part in the world of shape-note singing in the Shenandoah Valley, where a variety of musical sources both sacred and profane were at play.[6]

    This new hymn had an immediate effect. A Thomas Griffin recalls hearing it in a Methodist meeting in Oglethorpe, Georgia in 1808.[7] He wrote that the singing of the hymn “made the flesh tremble on me, and caused an awful sense of the hereafter to press on my mind”; he converted to Christianity a few days later.[7] Granade’s work can be seen in the 1817 hymnal A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Two Parts as “Come good shepherd, feed thy Sheep”,[8] while the first line of the hymn also makes an appearance in one Eleazer Sherman’s 1832 memoir.

    Several of these different variants of the song are still performed in the 21st century.

    Ya don’t say.

  13. Comment made on July 4, 2018 by mark k

    What a good day to be am American: Here today in small town America, natures great display of pyrotechnics this afternoon, which broke the heat wave, clearing out for fireworks over the Susquehanna at 9:00.Here with Donna, my Step Daughter Athena, our two Foster Daughters [Caidense and Cora] and Zeus the worlds best natural therapy dog. I have ribs on the grill and a Cuban Cigar in hand [at least give me one vice left]. This afternoon, I pulled some some old tapes, [yes Cassettes]. Academy of Music 76, and yes I was there too. When your twenty years old, this was the “stuff”. Happy 4th to all.

  14. Comment made on July 4, 2018 by eaglesteve

    Happy 242. G_d Bless America. Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

  15. Comment made on July 4, 2018 by johno

    Went to Bethel Woods(Woodstock) last Friday and went to the Museum also. Been there before but they had a Peter Max exhibition I wanted to see. Then went over to the Pavilion and saw Peter Frampton and The Steve Miller Band. Great show. Nice and loud. Great music, great weather, great vibe. Can’t wait to see Hot Tuna there later this summer. Been really hot here in the Catskills the last couple days. But it cools down nicely at night.
    Great setlist at the Ranch. I’m dying to hear Death Don’t Have No Mercy.

  16. Comment made on July 4, 2018 by John B

    I have been reading book of Psalms for about a month now and just read the 121st last night. I immediately remembered you mentioning it here on the blog!@Tom Fabry

  17. Comment made on July 3, 2018 by Joey

    @Tom Fabry
    Jimmy Struther
    Blood Strained Banders

  18. Comment made on July 3, 2018 by rich l

    I love the quote that says, “If dogs don’t go to heaven, I want to go where they are.”

    “Aint’ three things in this world worth a solitary dime…but old dogs and children and watermelon wine.” – Tom T. Hall

  19. Comment made on July 3, 2018 by Andriy

    Hot tuna Tuesday! ( how those people who are here trying to make me look like a non-person/ not human being continue to try to marginalize me ! Because they have nothing better to do troll me here. They believe conspiracy happen here. Barbara and hamn’eggs making a lie that I exist just to fool them. We laugh at them every time.)

  20. Comment made on July 3, 2018 by Andriy

    Where in Hudson area did you play? I was there with my new beach friends last Wednesday my day off. Americans there were very kind to us. @Tom Fabry

  21. Comment made on July 2, 2018 by carey georgas

    I can’t see how it gets any better than that. A man, his dog, the woods with a hot breakfast awaiting his return plus a cool dip and that’s just to start the day. Good stuff!

  22. Comment made on July 2, 2018 by Tom Fabry

    How are the tubes in that Fender Super? Does it have a reverb tank on the bottom?

    I played Oh Good Shepherd this weekend at an outdoor gig… 92 degrees along the Hudson. A guy said,”Thanks for the Jefferson AirPlane tune”… I informed him that they covered the tune, made originally available by the Reverend. Had a nice chat… Turns out he saw the Airplane at Clark University, April 1969… 600 people or so in a gym he said….. He said the Jim Kweskin Jug band opened up, W Maria D’Amato and Geoff Muldaur.
    He was 12th row center and all he and his buddies wanted was for Grace Slick to look at them…
    He added, it was after Bathing at Baxters and B4 Crown of Creation… I didnt fact check that but I do know this 600 seat gig was about 4 months before that other not so small gig in Bethel… How quickly things can change.

    Psalm 121 vs 3 – “He will not let your foot slip-he who watches over you will not slumber”

    Heat wave. Enjoy it… These r the good old days.

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