A lush August morning on the old road!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We just concluded our first weekend here at the Fur Peace Ranch. That is indeed our first session this year. I’m not going to bore everyone with Covid-19 details, prerequisites and regulations. There are out lot out there and there is no doubt in my mind that there is a potential dark side if those of us who deal with the public on any level fail to take care. OK, that said Pat Donohue came down from Minnesota and graced us with his august presence for this opening weekend. Big thanks are in order for for the students who braved travel in the outside world to come to Meigs County. With the ultimate safety of our guests in mind, we started with only five people for the two instructors and it looks like that’s the way it’s going to have to be at least for the rest of this year, presuming there is a rest of the year. Anyway, we found ourselves having a great time in spite of everything and we were able to give you all another Quarantine Concert, as we will this coming weekend.

Jorma Kaukonen 24, 2020

Quarantine Concert Series #19

Fur Peace Ranch

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, August 22, 2020

  1. Been So Long
  2. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
  3. In My Dreams
  4. River Of Time
  5. Oklahoma Hills with John Hurlbut
  6. Driftin’ Blues with John Hurlbut and Karl Dentino on harp
  7. Song From The Stainless Cymbal
  8. ‘Homebound’ a parody by Pat Donohue
  9. West Coast Blues by Pat Donohue
  10. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
  11. Genesis

I’m going to leave it at this for now… it’s been a long day, but more will be revealed I’m sure.

Stay well!


  1. Comment made on August 28, 2020 by Joe K

    any chance the ranch will have more of those mask for sale before 8-21 so we could wear to the show? This show will be the start of my wife & mine 35th wedding anniversary.One week early

  2. Comment made on August 28, 2020 by Joe K

    Race track has been open for a while now. Blue Grotto has shows weekly for a month.The set up looks like it’s done right.Just wish they had a few 2 seat tables on the lawn.The 8-21 is our daughters wedding anniversary. Welcome to the old man’s club.

  3. Comment made on August 28, 2020 by JohnB

    I hope so Joe but with this warped governor that we have here in New Jersey we cannot be sure. The 21st will be my 65th birthday so it will be a special show for me.

  4. Comment made on August 28, 2020 by Joe K

    I purchased tickets for the Blue Grotto second show a few days ago.Seems to been added because of the other canceled shows. Not many 2 seat tables available. As of now I hope to be in the house.

  5. Comment made on August 28, 2020 by JohnB

    I read that you have cancelled all dates for the remainder of this year . Am I correct to assume that the two dates at the Blue Grotto in Monmouth County New Jersey are not included in the cancellation ?

  6. Comment made on August 28, 2020 by Ed

    A suggestion to everyone out there doing what they can to help their local small businesses survive: If you’re lucky enough to live near a record store, the remaining ones are facing really tough times so if you can do anything at all to support one it helps keep music alive.

    And you never know what might turn up. I was unaware of the CD “Sweeping Up the Spotlight” – put together from two Airplane shows at the Fillmore East in November 1969. I would defer to Jorma on this – I tend to think that someone who played in the band knows better than I do – but if you never saw the Airplane live, this is the disc I’d recommend.

  7. Comment made on August 28, 2020 by Dennis Kane

    I was fortunate to play some harp with with Karl at the FPR a few years back. He is a fine musician and a kind soul.

    I hope to do it again someday.

  8. Comment made on August 28, 2020 by John R.

    This is admittedly a bit off topic. I’ve never really been much of a Talking Heads fan. (I understand the attraction but never dug them myself.) But I decided to give Chris Frantz’s new memoir a read. Not bad. But there it is, on p. 213, a passing reference to one Jorma Kaukonen.

  9. Comment made on August 28, 2020 by Penny Goldstein

    hello Jorma
    I have been a huge huge fan since I am 15 (1974)
    thank you so much for these shows and helping me keep me sane since week #1.
    thank you to Vanessa and the entire crew for their time as well.
    I look forward to tomorrow to be rejuvenated once again. best medicine evah!

  10. Comment made on August 27, 2020 by eaglesteve

    Thank you Jorm and crew for #19. Dug it.
    8/27/2020 Happy #76 to Tim Scully.

  11. Comment made on August 27, 2020 by carey georgas

    Praise be! The eye of the storm went about 40 miles east of the forecast track, and that was the difference between high wind and destructive wind. Not a shingle gone from the roof, not a tree lost on the property. No electricity, but that can be managed. Thankful doesn’t begin to describe my attitude. Be mindful of our neighbors in Louisiana. They got slammed.

  12. Comment made on August 26, 2020 by Dan Nigro

    Best of luck @careygeorgas Down in Jupiter I have spent many an evening glued to the forecast track.The waiting is the hardest part.Again, the best to you and your family

  13. Comment made on August 26, 2020 by carey georgas

    Looks bad. We’re in Pearland, TX. Little to no effects here. I don’t know what’s going to happen at home. My son and his family are hunkered down at my house in Silsbee. They’ll be safe and are provisioned. My son has a tree business, so he’s staying for the work that will be available after it’s gone. They’re talking coastal waters pushed 30 to 40 miles inland. I’m about 50, but good elevation. The region is going to be devastated. I hope the forests aren’t flattened too badly. A house can be rebuilt in months. Forests take a generation or more. If it goes 30 or 40 miles east from the forecast track we’ll be spared the severe intensity. And so it begins…

  14. Comment made on August 26, 2020 by Bill from Wisconsin

    The concerts are a welcome respite from world of COVID, politics, storms, and the sad violence that is taking place in Wisconsin and elsewhere. Your shows remain the anchor of our week. Thank you!

  15. Comment made on August 25, 2020 by Bob S

    I really enjoyed #19. I finally decided to pick up my guitar and jam along where possible – given my limited abilities. Lots of fun! I don’t know why I waited until now to try. It’s really nice when the camera stays on the fretting hand long enough for me to get the pattern. 😉

    I’m looking forward to visiting the ranch after the Covid smoke clears. Keep up the amazing work!

    Peace to all!

  16. Comment made on August 25, 2020 by nick brunetto

    hope you and vanessa are having a well deserved rest jorma another great show on 19 they have all been amazing thought i saw that nice black small body guitar perhaps a little electric for 20? everyone stay well and thanks to all at fpr for these special shows

  17. Comment made on August 25, 2020 by Ham Neggs

    And David F sings a Marty song

  18. Comment made on August 25, 2020 by Ham Neggs

    In my thoughts and prayers Carey and every one
    Cathy Richardson sings several new songs co-written by Ms Slick on new Jefferson Starship Album Mother of the Sun. There is also a cover of Mr K’s Embryonic Journey. I myself am pleased with what I hear.
    Thanks again for the shows. Carry the fire into the heart of the darkness. Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼

  19. Comment made on August 25, 2020 by Gary Dion

    @carey georgas
    Sounds pretty tough. Best wishes to you and all around you, Carey. Mountains sound pretty good. Be well. – Gary

  20. Comment made on August 25, 2020 by john o

    Great photo!
    Thanks so much for these Quarantine Concerts. The setlists keep getting better and better each week. Thanks for playing “Stainless Cymbal”. One of my new favorites.

  21. Comment made on August 25, 2020 by carey georgas

    Well, lookin’ like we’re in the crosshairs down here. NHC has Laura drawing a bead on my county. It’s still early, but still scary. Rita ripped us 15 years ago in September. Don’t know where I’m goin’, yet, but damn. The destruction from these things is devastating. Went over two weeks in ‘05 with no electricity save 2 5600W generators I had to swap out every 12 hours. 100 degrees with 1 small 110 window unit and a couple of fans. That’ll never happen no more. We may tear our asses to the mountains for a couple weeks.

  22. Comment made on August 25, 2020 by John R.

    Thank you again, Jorma. I’ve been a fan of your music for more than forty years, and yet I have found myself rediscovering it these recent months.

  23. Comment made on August 25, 2020 by carey georgas

    Send love out to Steve Earl for the loss of Justin Townes. May he Rest In Peace.

  24. Comment made on August 24, 2020 by Joey Hudoklin

    Another terrific show Jorma. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Pat blew my mind with his picking techniques!!

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