Twilight at the Ranch

Twilight at the Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The night sky is moving subtly from Fall into Winter even though Winter per se is over a month away. Today is rainy and chilly here in Southeast Ohio. At least it’s no freezing. In any case, last weekend our dear friend Dave Revels brought his Shadows Of The Sixties troupe to our very own Fur Peace Station.

With the ladies...

With the ladies...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

To make it easier for me… I’m just going to list personnel before proceeding.

Dave and Sonia Revels vocals
Elmore Martin, vocals
Wiley Lopez, vocals
Susan Spain, vocals
Samuel White, vocals
Lawrence Anthony Grant, bass vocals
Anthony Davis, Vocals
Rick Humphreys Horns
Joseph Badaczewski Horns
(apologies to Rick and Joseph for me not being more specific about their personal instruments. This is a parallel universe for me.)
John Michael Cullens, Drums and percussion
Kevin Hill, bass
Charles Turner, keyboards
Melvin Miller Jr., guitar and band director

I just can’t say enough about this amazing cast of artists… their dedication to their art and their mission to tell an important story!

Melvin MIller jr. and me...

Melvin MIller jr. and me...

We have had the distinct honor to count count Dave Revels as one of our dearest friends for some time now and we are so grateful that he brought this amazing revue to our little venue!

Second set show...

Second set show...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

As the owners and operators of a small business, Vanessa and I face all he realities of business owners in our position. When everything goes as planned, it’s gravy. When our business needs a little transfusion, it’s up to us to give it. On weekends like this, surrounded by the joy of the music and what it brings to us and those who choose to spend time with us here at the Ranch… it is more than worth whatever we have to do to make it happen. Our amazing staff, our students, our audiences and the artists who come to teach and/or play concerts… I love you all!

Kevin Hill, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, John Michael Cullens and Melvin Miller Jr.

Kevin Hill, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, John Michael Cullens and Melvin Miller Jr.

I could go on and on about this show… but I’ll just post some more pictures.

Rick, Joseph and Melvin

Rick, Joseph and Melvin

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A night to remember for sure!

Back in the real world of the Fur Peace Ranch on Sunday before the Student Performance we shot our group foto.

Group wih Pumpkins

Group wih Pumpkins

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

And on Monday, my class foto:

Handsome group

Handsome group

Foto by Wendy

Another great weekend that just reaffirms why we do what we do… and now…

The other night Jack and I played a very cool show at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza in Worthington. We love this venue!

Hot Tuna 45, 2019
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Original Duo
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Worthington, Ohio
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

1. Whining Boy Blues
2. How Long Blues
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. Letter To The North Star
6. I See The Light
7. Barbeque King
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. River Of Time
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Sea Child
12. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
13. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
14. Come. Back Baby
15. Second Chances
16. San Francisco Bay Blues
17. Sleep Song
18. Good Shepherd
19. Trouble In Mind
20. I Know You Rider
21. Encore: Water Song

Good times!


  1. Comment made on November 12, 2019 by Chris Traynor

    Hello Mr. Kaukonan.

    I want to thank you for all of the performances I have seen you in New York.
    I have seen you perform more than anyone else.
    I now live in Sarasota Florida and have never seen any appearances in my area.
    Oh well!

    Best wishes to you and Jack!

  2. Comment made on November 11, 2019 by Steve Goldston

    Thanks for what you and Vanessa do. John and the staff as well. I caught both
    Tuna shows last week. Always a hoot to see you play in Columbus. The folks really love it.
    It’s like a road game so to speak since I’ve been coming to the Ranch for so many years,
    But man does it just make me feel so good to see how much love you get from “away”
    Gig fans. What a Blessing!!

  3. Comment made on November 11, 2019 by Mitch Spector

    Great time and amazing show Saturday .Loved every second .What more can i say .I love my Hot Tuna Family !! Special thanks to Brother John & Vanessa for making me feel the love .

  4. Comment made on November 11, 2019 by Frank

    Interesting, the new Fiirebird Custom looks exactly like the celebrity. Difference being the tuners.

  5. Comment made on November 10, 2019 by Joey

    Great show, great broadcast of the show from FPR Jorma!
    You Jack and Justin are awesome!
    Can’t wait for the Florida shows!

  6. Comment made on November 9, 2019 by Frank


    Currently watching the live feed from the Ranch. Love the blackbird. Is that the new Firebird custom, or a special order? Noticed the tuners are the old style banjo, while the guitar advertised on the Gibson site has the traditional tuners.


    • Comment made on November 11, 2019 by Jorma

      Hey Frank… that’s a 1991 Firebird Celebrity I go from my friend Art. What’s not to like about a ‘bird?

  7. Comment made on November 9, 2019 by Joanne Wirth

    Hello Jorma, Wanted to ask you to please come to Annapolis, MD and play for all of us at the Ram’s Head. We went in and asked why Hot Tuna wasn’t playing this year and they told me they hadn’t heard from your booking folks.Hope to see you play in Annapolis or DC 2020! We all miss you!

  8. Comment made on November 9, 2019 by carey georgas

    Any ideas as to how close to Texas you might swing in ‘20? It’s a year ago I was up there for the show, and it’s got me daydreaming as I think back on the good time had.

  9. Comment made on November 8, 2019 by John B

    Those lights at ground level that you guys installed are very helpful in keeping an old duffer like myself upright when leaving the show………

  10. Comment made on November 8, 2019 by Joakim

    Hey, Jorma!
    “Just because” from your album Blue Country Heart was on the radio today here in Norway after a brief interview with the person that requested the song where he presented some information about you and your music. It warms to hear your songs now and then on local radio up here in cold Norway!

    Have a great day!
    – Joakim

  11. Comment made on November 8, 2019 by carey georgas

    Looks like some serious stylin’ going on up on that stage! No doubt the groove was in the house. The FPR pantheon is wide and deep indeed! Did the house jump up on its piers?

  12. Comment made on November 7, 2019 by Chappy

    Sorry I had to miss the Shadows of the 60’s show this year. If it was half as good as last year’s show (and I know it was ‘cause I caught the live-stream) then it was outstanding! Looking forward to this weekend’s season closer with HT at FPR! This will be my 11th straight season ending show and I can hardly wait. It is always an epic jam and I feel blessed to be a part of it…the magic of music. However, somewhat saddened that my old buddy Gary, who turned me on to HT in Athens as freshman at OU back in 1980 can’t make it. He was looking forward to his 1st visit to FPR with me this weekend but his brother passed unexpectedly last Friday so he won’t be able to join us. His brother was a good man! Blessings to the family. And, my old buddy John R. who also has attended each of the past 11 season-ending shows was thrown a curveball work-wise at the 11th hour and can’t make it. I’ll carry on the spirit for both of my good friends. And, after HT at FPR this weekend, I am going to close out my 2019 concerts with Zimmy (aka Bob Dylan) in Richmond area next week and then also in Richmond with Bill Kirchen’s Christmas Show in mid-December followed by Samantha Fish the following night. Nothing like live music to inspire and lift our souls.

  13. Comment made on November 7, 2019 by Todd

    Zammy makes the scene!

  14. Comment made on November 7, 2019 by Richard

    Looks like you are having a grand time at the Ranch..Enjoy!! As much as we know you love to share the music I am happy to say I look forward to coming there for the first time and hear the music. Me and a buddy were lucky enough to get tickets for the 2020 HT Electric show next Nov…Cant wait good to have something to look forward to.. And thank you for the crazy inexpensive price of the tickets..Shows how you and the Ranch care about the music and people…

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