Saturday morning at our place

Saturday morning at our place

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Well here it is Saturday morning and indeed… it is a new day. Had a lovely morning walk with Percy, our manly Chihuahua and Maverick, the Big Guy, walked himself. A new day today, as it is every day. Took a few steps back before moving forward, some outstanding early morning breaths in the frosty 36 degree weather. Moving right along indeed. My David Flammang J-35 will get the call to serve tonight although I will have two old friends on stage with me for inspirations. You will see my 1958 J-35… the guitar that my musical identity sprung from and my 1936 Gibson Advanced Jumbo. (Well, this one was made in 1997) This is the guitar I cut Blue Country Heart with. Never had electronics… never will. Anyway… I’m fired up.

Morning light on the Station Stage

Morning light on the Station Stage

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

There are still many things in life to look forward to. This may be a small one, but I’ll take the win.

Have a great day all, and see you tonight on the stream.

Here’s the link again. Be there or be square.

The Fur Peace Station awaits!



Foto by Jorma Kaukonen


  1. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by John jacob

    Jorma, thank you so much for your Saturday night YouTube show. You made myself and my wife so happy! Our hearts were full again, with all that’s going on we really needed something and lo and behold it was you playing in our living room is what we needed!
    We love you and your family
    Eternally grateful
    John Jacob

  2. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by Tom NY

    Thanks for the free show Jorma and as someone said on the youtube chat last night, the free lesson!!

    I picked up a subtle but crucial nuance in Blood Stained/Strained Banders/Good Shepherd and the way you do it. The lesson was the very impt hammer-on, (2 notes for one hit) from the B note on the A string to the C note on the A string and conversely, on the B string, the decend from the c note on the 1st fret B string fret to the open B string. Makes a world of difference… Those 2 different moves sort of talk back to each other. Makes for easy listening, a conversation type feel… Real sweet, melodic and a person can slowly dance to it.

    Thanks Jorma. I am sure Vanessa is washing the delivery boxes, bags, plastics and everything in them that are coming to the front door.

    Take your Vit D folks….helps with the lungs.. magnesium and Vit C are staples too..

    All will be well. Be not afraid and ask for wisdom.

  3. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by Christopher Quimby

    If you are indeed doing more of these, how about a split screen of you & Jack playing together aa the ultimate social distancing. Looks like Jack is up for this. I was fretful Jack would fall off that high perch but as usual he made everything look easy. Thanks for doing this. Exactly one year ago we were watching you live from Levon Helm studios…strange circumstance indeed

    • Comment made on April 5, 2020 by Jorma

      Of course he’s up for that. That’s my boy! That said, there is a time lag to deal with… a substantial one. We’re working on it brother. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by Jefferson Campervan

    Thank you Jorma & Vanessa for reaching out and touching all of us in these strange times… Frank, Taylor and Odin in Toronto.

  5. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by Rob


    Thank you both for putting together the free live stream show from your home. Your music last night was such a nice break/escape from the unfortunate situation we are dealing with. Your music certainly helped clear my mind, for a bit and I sincerely thank you for that.

    Thank you again and stay safe.


  6. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by Rob

    Great performance, Jorma, and a fantastic gift to the fans! I agree with the person above who said that you make it look easy. Maybe there should be a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen that says “Don’t try this at home.”

  7. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by rich l

    Was it just me, or were Jorma, Vanessa, Myron and Izze able to bring some peace and tranquility to our harried lives last night? Like many on this blog, I’ve seen Hot tuna many times. (and hopefully many more)

    But last night was absolutely beyond special. It was the safety of a beaming lighthouse amidst the stormy seas. I think I had a smile on my face for an hour and 15 minutes – non stop. I think Satchmo would have mentioned something about last night in his “But I say to myself, what a wonderful world.” I am curious why it wasn’t a little longer..just a taste of Jorma is never enough.

    The video and sound was impeccable. And once in awhile, the camera would zero in on Jorma’s eyes. A real close up. Now I’m not coming on to you Jorma, but they were warm soft, and caring – it appeared you were talking to Vanessa on those close ups. I’ve heard it said that the eyes are the window to the soul. Thanks for a glimpse into yours last night.

    “When you’re lying awake
    and feel your body shake
    C’mon girl don’t let your spirit break
    When the life your in, is more than you can take
    Got to once more look away
    if living for today
    don’t satisfy your sensual pleasures
    once more look away
    And follow with your heart
    as the waves come crashing miles apart

    J-dawg, a lot of hearts were touched last night. Every song was special, but you ht Heart Temporary out the park!

  8. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by Dr. Joe FitzPatrick

    Tough times don’t last…Tough people do ! Thanks for making it a little easier for all of us. A beautiful set. Thanks Jorma, Vanessa, Myron and Co. Be well…

  9. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by Greg martelli

    Thanks for the quality entertainment and the sincerity and quality of delivery.
    Go Vanessa ,Hurl & Myron.

  10. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by johno

    Really enjoyed the show last night. It was great. “In The Kingdom” was a nugget for sure. Enjoyed the banter too. Shout out to Ashville, NC – beautiful part of the country. Many thanks to all those behind the scenes at FPR. Thanks Jorma.

  11. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by mikie

    What a wonderful show. I saw nearly 6000 viewers at one point, amazing. I’ve never been that close to your fingers before. You sure make the complex look easy. thanks for sharing, m

  12. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by joseph breidenstein(JoeB)

    Thanks so Much!!! A very crisp performance…love you all!!!

  13. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by cgeorgas

    It’ll be worth your time – promise!

  14. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by cgeorgas

    Got a good deal on a Bose 500 audio thingy, ordered online from Best Buy, curbside pickup at a location near me, paired it up with my TV Bluetooth, and voila – virtual reality as good as it gets right from the comfort of my easy chair. Linda and I thought the set list perfect, the performance sublime. If the heart is true, joy will follow. Thanks.

  15. Comment made on April 5, 2020 by Chappy

    Haha…no problem…I’ve been called much worse by friends and family! I’m not familiar with the Straight Story….I’ll be sure to check it out. Thanks!@cgeorgas

  16. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by John Manley

    Thanks for great show and sharing bout Steve Mann, reminded me of my brother who turned me on to you. Still remember how stoked he was when we were in K-mart and my mother gave him the money to buy Quah Schizophrenia has messed with a lot of good minds but those were “pre war c”memories and better times are coming!!! Remember Jesus is the Good Shepherd.manley .13’s thanks for the plug(k)May God continue to bless you and family with health and happiness &LoveEasy Does It

  17. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by bill maloney

    Jorma,really enjoyed the show tonight,thank you

  18. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Kevin

    Can’t thank you and your “posse” enough Jorma. Very entertaining, the hour plus went by way to quickly. I even managed to add You Tube TV to my big screen and enjoyed you on the telly. Great camera work and sounded absolutely fantastic.

  19. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Frank

    Jorma, is Vanessa taking donations to help with the production of the face masks?

  20. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Joey Hudoklin

    In the Kingdom was a surprise!
    Haven’t heard that one in many years. My girlfriend Amy & I have adopted it as “our song “.
    Thank you Jorma

  21. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Richard

    Really enjoyed the show Jorma..Thanks for lifting my spirits..Thanks to Vanessa and the crew..Great job…

  22. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Susan

    And now, as it that wasn’t enough, dead and company one more Saturday night. The bright spots in bleak times

  23. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by rich l

    What a special evening…my 26 year old daughter tuned in. In the live stream she posted, “Hi dad!” i am blessed

  24. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by snarne

    Thank you Jorma! This was aloah from Ohio!!!
    🙂 Snarne from norway

  25. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by chinaski

    What a fun evening streaming session! Thank you so much to Jorma, Vanessa, Myron Izzie the video tech and streaming service. Great job! See you next week!

  26. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by richard

    In the kingdom yes. All drop d sounded nice.

  27. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Brian Doyle

    Stairs are an effort for my 88 year old White Rabbit so I went downstairs and watched 4 songs on her I-Phone with her because I wanted to show her who and what I was periodically leaving her alone to go see in concert…She was impressed by Jorma’s ability at his age…She’s from above the Arctic Circle in Norway so I mentioned Jorma was Finnish and a “Nord Man” and just by serendipity Jorma sang something about darkness of the winter in the northland just as I said it…Women navigate by families and wives so I had to fill in all the details of Jorma’s female relationships and children etc…Good show…Good crisp guitar tones on my Bose computer speakers…

  28. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by greg

    Such a night! Great show, tons of fun. Thanks for playing Water Song.

  29. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Susan

    Listening to a sublime water song. In terms of the thank you’s , you are indeed a blessed man

  30. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by cgeorgas

    Do I have to be a facebooker to ask a question?

  31. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by mikie

    Anyone got an update on John Prine? Last I heard was ‘stable but not improving’ on the ventilator. Prayers for a fantastic person.
    Almost time!!!!! rock it Jorma! m

  32. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by cgeorgas

    Lord have mercy! It’s hell gettin’ old, but it ain’t the first time I done looked a fool. Sorry ‘bout that, Chappy.

  33. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Greg martelli

    Can’t find my way home .
    What a great song
    Short tour

  34. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by George Henn

    I haven’t seen Jorma solo since before the ’83 Tuna shows. Many thanks for this show tonight!

  35. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Greg martelli

    It’s tough to follow Crappy
    That’s too much.
    Can’t wait to see show.
    Thanks for the opportunity to view in.
    Rock on

  36. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Eden

    The Lone Star Cafe will be reopening at 8 PM right here in my living room in the East Village, NYC and I will be dancing with the freedom of spirit that your music always inspires. Your music brings me so much joy and healing. Thank you, Jorma, for being there. I was hoping that you might do this.

  37. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by cgeorgas

    Crappy, I don’t know you from Adam, but the description of your encounter with the lawnmower brought visions of Alvin Straight’s solution in the movie The Straight Story. Had to smile.

  38. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by doug mlyn

    I’m going to be around tonight not square. No requests, the fact that you are doing this is enough 🙂

  39. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by johno

    Genesis would be amaztng!

    @Deb & Don McCabe

  40. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Kevin

    No? Damn

  41. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Kevin

    Is it 8:00 PM yet?

  42. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by mike v

    thank you furpeace ranch [ cant wait

  43. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Mike Bailey

    I’m on Facebook live tonight from 7 to 7:45, stopping promptly at 7:45 so everyone including me can get over to Fur Peace Live for your show!

  44. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Chappy

    First, thanks for the tips on getting my lawn mower started. I had a serious talk with it this morning (threatened to disown it) and dosed it with some starter fluid and it fired right up in 2 pulls. The old Toro is 17 yrs old and I guess I’ll keep it another year. Really enjoy Zimmy’s 17 min new/old opus “Murder Most Foul.” I am guessing he recorded it in 2013 as he makes a reference to JFK assassination as 50 years ago. Also, be sure to check out Ana Popovic’s FB page. She’s a great guitarist..and if I recall correctly sat in with HT in Canton a few years ago. She has taken to doing some family jam covers with her 2 young kids…so far a John Mayer tune, a Revivalist tune, and my favorite SW/BF’s “Can’t Find My Way Home.” Fun stuff! Looking forward to seeing/hearing the Captain at the helm of the mighty FPR tonight. Hey to Hurl, Myron, and the FPR crew!

  45. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by Deb & Don McCabe

    Hope you can find time for Genesis to celebrate yours & ours 32nd anniversary which we celebrated together in Jamaica 2013
    Stay strong & safe with love deb & don

  46. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by rich l


    I took two frozen pieces of tuna out of the freezer for dinner tonight for my son and I. i’m sure he’s panicking and already has Chipolte on his speed dial…just in case!

    Are there any chefs out there in Tuna land that could give me a good recipe for cooking them. It has to be simple and assume I have no clue when it comes to cooking something exotic like this. maybe a little Asian flavoring?

    Walks are good for the soul. While walking through the hood two days ago, I chanced upon an old high school friend and his wife. We talked to each other from opposite sides of the street for a good bit. I finished by saying “There are probably going to be a lot of babies about 9 months down the road making their appearance – what with the shelter in place decries. (remember when that used to be called “stay at home?!” hopefully, no one will name their baby Covid.

    At any rate, Mark shouted back across the street, “Babies or divorces!” men, do you want to score big with the little lady. Get a bucket with some hot water and disinfectant and start scrubbing the walls in “her” house.

  47. Comment made on April 4, 2020 by cgeorgas

    I’ll not be square.

    That little niggling whiner fired his gun with his powder wet, and Mama bear moved in for a most tasteful kill. I’m guessing Papa bear would have looked more like the bear in The Revenant.

    I have no requests tonight. All songs will be special. You’re a helluva good guy.

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