Hey everyone… Monday the First here, and probably there. Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. What will Phil say? Hmmm… It’s not that cold here, speaking in terms of East Coast winters… it’s just nasty. Drizzling snow for the last 48. I’m waiting for the mud to seep up to the surface.

#36 was a blast, as always. I hadn’t really thought about Hamilton Camp’s Pride Of Man for over half a century. I remember David Frieberg picking it on some giant 12 string. Cool… anyway…

Jorma Kaukonen 5, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #36

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, January 29, 2021

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Big River Blues
  3. Genesis
  4. Come Back Baby
  5. Dark Holler with John Hurlbut
  6. Pride Of Man with John Hurlbut
  7. A Walk With Friends for M & P
  8. Hesitation Blues
  9. Song From The Stainless Cymbal
  10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
  11. Water Song

After the show Vanessa was still chuckling about 86’ing the nudge who was saying really stupid stuff on the chat feed. My only comment at time was that it’s easy to be a tough guy sitting behind a keyboard, or like my friend Ben H. says, ‘Everyone thinks they’re a trough guy… until they meet one!’ Before I knew it, my pal MIchael M. up Detroit way sent me this great folk tune done by Jeff Daniels.

Caution: Almost every line is marinated in adult lyrics. This one may not be for the faint of heart or the kids in the house.

Good work Jeff…

Sometimes people just confound me. Like we say down here in the country, ‘Oh well.’

In a more upbeat thought process… fortunately it ain’t my business what people think of me. Anyway, thanks to Jeff for writing and singing it and to Mike for sending it to me.

Moving right along. Groundhog Day tomorrow and who knows what next? Nessa and I have more good stuff coming your collective way.

Keep smiling and.

Stay well!


  1. Comment made on February 7, 2021 by Greg martelli

    At Mr ham /eggs .A not very subtle suggestion ,we could blare trumpets .
    Well done as powers of persuasion might equate to a very unique performance of Turn my life down ( wouldn’t be disappointed with “In Time “, either .)
    #37 -wow .
    The video was great
    Keep on Truckin

  2. Comment made on February 6, 2021 by Ham Neggs

    37 was very nice. Yikes and mice!
    Stumbled across this demo afterwards but no idea why just picture of Spenser.
    Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼

    • Comment made on February 7, 2021 by Jorma

      Yo Ham… Jorma here. Where do they find this stuff? Amazing… but it does make it easier to find out what’s going on. This is not a demo. It is THE basic track for Turn My Life Down. Karp found the basic for Highway Song when i was resuscitating that number. Anyway, who knows where these things come from. In terms of learning this tune… or any tune… Chords are important ( well, yeah) but the right hand is where the rubber meets the road. As Roy Book Binder would say… ‘Your left hand is what you know, your right hand is who you are.’

      Why only Spenser? It’s just the foto the guy who posted it had… I guess. This is not an ‘official’ video so as far as I can surmise there’s no publicity forethought in the presentation. Glad it’s there though.

      Stay well

      Words to live by…

  3. Comment made on February 5, 2021 by Brian Doyle

    It’s a phosphorescence test Lucy lol…We’ve had a weird winter here in Sanibel…Steady mild weather that doesn’t hit the normal coldest low winter temperatures and doesn’t hit the normal warmest high temperatures either…This week had the strongest cold front so far but the lowest it got was 48…

  4. Comment made on February 5, 2021 by Lucy D

    @Brian Doyle ,

    I don’t get it.

  5. Comment made on February 5, 2021 by Brendan C

    @Richard K

    I rarely check in here anymore Richard K. I suspect one person is using several aliases to garner attention and sow discord. Too bad. Jorma and Jack’s music is one of few long term constants in my cultural life. They helped rescue me from adolescent noise like Led Zeppelin. I still listen, but don’t get to read thoughts here of like minded adults regarding this aspect of shared experience. Nor do I get snippets of Jewish philosophical and cultural wisdom I miss since leaving title insurance business.

    Incidentally Mr. Kaukonen; did you catch any acts long ago that pleasantly surprised you for one reason or another, music you had maybe perceived as being kitsch, but caused you to think, “Hey, they’re not bad”?

  6. Comment made on February 5, 2021 by Brian Doyle

    Hold a black light up to the Ground Hog…See if it glows…

  7. Comment made on February 5, 2021 by mikie

    …and, who can forget Cat Mother and the All night newsboys? Some classic reefer rock, there. m

  8. Comment made on February 5, 2021 by Greg martelli

    Almost forgot about the Fugs(Tuli), some parity to David Peale snd lower east side

  9. Comment made on February 5, 2021 by John B

    ” All The Snow Has Turned To Water…..”

  10. Comment made on February 5, 2021 by Ham Neggs

    Nudge Special
    Go to the FPR store and order the ceramic coffee mugs, included in your order will be a nice hot cup of Stutdafukup, be sure to choose the laser beam special delivery so you can enjoy Q 37 live .
    Remember to mention the Fugs Johnny Pissoff and the Red Angel special to be charged an extra 10,000%.
    I think some people think the song title is Turn My Life Upside Down by Ahuka the Smoking Cat Puller.
    Ahimsa, Namaste Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼

  11. Comment made on February 5, 2021 by Richard K

    Great song..Says a lot..Are the POS anti-semites at it again?

  12. Comment made on February 5, 2021 by Greg martelli

    I’m sure they like their cheese makers
    Cheddar ,on a cracker ,with Butter and warm milk,
    A fine compliment to kidney pie.
    I’ll pass the leaf lard

  13. Comment made on February 4, 2021 by MarkD

    HAHAHAHA! A new modern classic for our times. Thanks for sharing.

    Keep those lamps…
    Stay healthy,

  14. Comment made on February 3, 2021 by carey georgas

    @Greg martelli
    “Blessed are the cheesemakers…”

  15. Comment made on February 3, 2021 by Kevin Falvey

    Great show! ( again) Thanks, Jorma, Vanessa, John and the entire FPR crew.

  16. Comment made on February 2, 2021 by Greg martelli

    One of the many memorable scenes in the Esteemed” Life of Brian “,was the group sitting in the amphitheater.
    The argument was over whether their nemesis would be :
    The Judean popular front
    The people’s front of Judea
    The Judean people’s front .
    They had turned down the badger spleens and Bird beak delicacies .
    The scene where they debate the merits of Roman rule is more amusing

    Tear down the wall?
    Tear down the wall MF .

    Volunteers -great album .

    The wall is only a screen for the wizard

  17. Comment made on February 2, 2021 by carey georgas

    Dig a little deeper, never know what you might find… https://www.neh.gov/humanities/2015/marchapril/feature/august-wilsons-blues-poetry.

  18. Comment made on February 2, 2021 by carey georgas

    “Popular Front”, not progressive.

  19. Comment made on February 2, 2021 by carey georgas

    Just finished a fine article in The Washington Post about Shemekia Copeland and – ready for it? – politics and the blues. She got a new recording out, Uncivil War. Anybody hear of a movement called the Progressive Front? From back in the 1930’s. I hadn’t until I read the article. Quite a provocative piece.

  20. Comment made on February 2, 2021 by Bob Kelly

    Thanks for another real good time, Great tunes,fun conversation.Alive and Well enough instant classic,thanks for sharing. Stay well, catch you down the road.

  21. Comment made on February 1, 2021 by eaglesteve

    I dig all the Q’s, but #36 was special. Thank you.

  22. Comment made on February 1, 2021 by Bob S


    First of all, I’m loving the weekly shows. Thank you to all involved!

    You mentioned that you like a fresh set of strings on your guitar(s) for each gig. I’m wondering if you’re stringing all of those guitars we see weekly on the Q series. Coming from someone who strings his guitar maybe 3 times a year, that seems like an awful lot of work!

    • Comment made on February 1, 2021 by Jorma

      Nope… that’s only when I’m paying one guitar for four hours a night in a performance situation. The Martin XP Authentics are one good sounding long lasting string. In this home situation I just play them until they start to sound dull, which usually about four playing ours per instrument not counting ones used for tunings. I just like a bright string.

  23. Comment made on February 1, 2021 by Susan

    Lol….I think that’s the same, one and only, talented Jeff Daniels I was fortunate to see in To Kill A Mockingbird on Broadway 2 years ago. Mr. NoNo had to go go!

  24. Comment made on February 1, 2021 by Tom T

    Is the ground hog related to the wharf rat or the Phosphorescent Rat?

  25. Comment made on February 1, 2021 by Greg Martelli

    I don’t know who’s picking the songs ,but Hurl is certainly the songsmith .
    Pride of Man ,black cover, burnt umber accents .
    Coming from his early career perspective as owner or mgr of a record store ,he brings a unique sensibility to the shows.
    We’ll be looking to seeing his welcoming smile at Fur Peace as soon as the fates allow.

  26. Comment made on February 1, 2021 by carey georgas

    What a catchy little number! Shit on yor shoe, hah! Keep those metaphors comin’.

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