Saturday night at the Ranch

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

We just concluded an in-person weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch and included in this blessing was two complete shows, Sam Bush Saturday Night and myself and Happy Traum on Sunday.

The Sam Bush Band in sound check

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Wes Corbett on banjo and vocals, Chris Brown on drums, Stephen Mougin guitar and vocals, Sam Bush himself of course on many things and Todd Parks upright and electric bass. Sam’s team also included Rick Wheeler, Road manager and house sound as well as Daniel Schimmel, stage sound. A touring band is a team… and all are important.

Sam invited me up for a couple of songs, one of which was my old Mann’s Fate. Good fun… and Chris picked a tempo that truly made me sweat!

Sam and the guys are truly unbelievable!

Two old friends… I love this guy!

Photo by Adam Rich

Then as if that wasn’t enough, Sunday night I opened the show for the wondrous Happy Traum! Here’s my set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 37, 2021

With Special Guest

John Hurlbut

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Sunday, August 15, 2021

  1. True Religion
  2. Great Change
  3. Sleep Song
  4. Barbque King
  5. Hesitation Blues
  6. River Of Time
  7. Keep Your Lams Trimmed & Burning
  8. Borderline with John Hurlbut
  9. Travelin’ with John Hurlbut
  10. Angel Island with John Hurlbut
  11. I Shall Be Released with John Hurlbut

of course I dealt John into the set. We’ve been having so much fun playing together!

Pre-show confab…

Photo by Myron Hart

Happy played and awesome show as he always does and he called my up for two songs, Dylans Down In The Flood and Dave Dudley’s Six Days On The Road.

Old friends… always the best!

Photo by Jane Traum

Before we knew it… it was Monday and time for a class picture before we said goodbye.

Great bunch of guys!

Photo by John Hurlbut

Time my slip by like water through your fingers, but we hold onto the good stuff… and this weekend was all good stuff!


  1. Comment made on August 25, 2021 by RobertoATX

    Love that line from John Hiatt on Slow Turning.Now i’m in my car,I got the radio down and yellin’ at the kids in the back cause their bangin’ like Charlie Watts.
    I’m thankful I witnessed first hand the power of the Stones.Houston ,Some Girls tour .
    Fab. T-birds,ZZTop and bang the Stones, never thought they could sound so good live.It burnt into my brain such happy fun thoughts.When we were leaving a crazed fan was jumping from car top to car top and the roof of my new corolla caved in.I now had a bird bath on my roof when it rained.The hot TX sun popped that sucker out in a weeks time. Charlie Watts!

  2. Comment made on August 25, 2021 by carey georgas

    That’s what Levon always said. “I got the best seat in the house”. Charlie was the glue. Tempus fugit.

  3. Comment made on August 25, 2021 by Greg martelli

    And the offbeat of Honky tonk women want bad either.
    Charlie had the best view from his stool .
    He had to have enhanced vision

  4. Comment made on August 24, 2021 by Chappy

    Dang…Everly, Tom T. Hall, and CW all in a few days. Charlie was a class act! Glad I got to see Stones back in ‘81 (Richfield Coliseum) and ‘89 (Cleveland Stadium). My favorite quote from Charlie – courtesy of Jim Dickinson’s autobiography (I’m Just Dead I’m Not Gone) – from Stones’ Muscle Shoals sessions – while eating BBQ in the studio Mick Jagger reportedly asked Jim Dickinson if he should lose some weight. Before Dickinson could answer Charlie Watts said to Mick “he should kick your ass!” And the next day as the Stones were getting ready to head to Altamont, they were in a diner and Dickinson had the tape of “Wild Horses” and Jagger warned him not to give a copy to his DJ buddies. And again, Charlie said to Jagger “he should kick your ass!” It’s only rock-n-roll! God bless Charlie Watts.

  5. Comment made on August 24, 2021 by Dan Nigro

    I think it was Get Off My Cloud that turned me into a life long Stones fan. Charlie’s drum intro followed by the twin leads from Keith and Brian was brilliant. Its not the Stones without Charlie

  6. Comment made on August 24, 2021 by Rob

    Charlie Watts. This one’s tough for me. Almost like a member of the family he’s been with me for so long. Could anyone have been more perfect for the Stones? Very understated, very humble, and tons of musical style.

  7. Comment made on August 24, 2021 by Walt Hetfield

    What a great weekend it was! A double header at FPR…..It doesn’t get ant better than that. Plus classes with old friends and making new ones. Still buzzing from it.

  8. Comment made on August 24, 2021 by mikie

    Wow, more RIP’s: Don Everly and now Charlie Watts. Wow. m

  9. Comment made on August 23, 2021 by Ed

    For anyone who hasn’t caught up yet with Volume Two of The River Flows, you have some great listening ahead of you. And like Volume One, it just gets better each time you spin it.

  10. Comment made on August 20, 2021 by Bruce Colegrove

    The weekend was great from the workshops to the concerts to kitchen, etc.! Thanks to you, Vanessa (she works way too hard!), John, Happy, and the rest of your crew. And especially thanks for including our class photo.

  11. Comment made on August 19, 2021 by JB

    I just read that Sal DeFeo(I think he was the owner) of Ghost passed.

  12. Comment made on August 17, 2021 by John B

    It sounds like it was an awesome weekend Jorma . Thanks for sharing.

  13. Comment made on August 16, 2021 by Chappy

    Great to catch the Sam Bush Band at FPR this past weekend. It was the first time I’d seen Sam live since the JamGrass tour in 2002. He and his band were on fire Saturday and rocked the joint. Such great musicians and music! And, always an added treat when JK joins in as a “guest musician!” It was also great to catch up with Hurl as well. I can’t hardly wait for the new JH CD and the extra features.

  14. Comment made on August 16, 2021 by Robert

    Jorma, is that T-shirt from Ghost Motorcycles in Port Washington, NY?

  15. Comment made on August 16, 2021 by Tom in St. Louis

    We just watched the “Dear Jerry” 2015 tribute to Garcia on our PBS station. There you were in the opening credits but your version of Sugaree wasn’t shown. Boooooo! It appears that their program left out about 10 songs that appear on the DVD etc. We did see you in the background during Ripple, and the great Sam Bush was present and accounted for.

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