Me digging Tom Feldmann and his blues!

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

More on this later… but first.

Yeah it was 9/11 but having honored the moment, it was time to move on. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams were in town to share the joy of their music with us here at the Fur Peace Ranch. My good friend Tom Feldmann made the trek down from the far reaches of Minnesota to help me illuminate some guitar pieces. Always a pleasure to see and play with these guys!

Because of the rising Covid numbers in the area where we live the only live folks in the audience were those students here at the Ranch. We sent the show out streaming for the folks who had hard tickets. Obviously we’re hoping we won’t have to do this for the next show which is a G.E. Smith show but we’re taking it one day at a time. Anyway, I opened the show for Larry and Teresa and, joy of joys, got to sit in with them for three songs!

Jorma Kaukonen 38, 2021

Opening For Larry Campbell

And Teresa Williams

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

  1. Trouble In Mind
  2. Broken Highway
  3. Too Many Years
  4. That’ll Never Happen No More
  5. Whining Boy Blues
  6. Hamar Promenade
  7. Been So Long

With Larry And Teresa

  1. Big River
  2. Let Us Get Together
  3. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Always a treat to be with these folks!

This morning was a beautiful winding down for a great weekend! Tom Feldmann played a forty minute set for our Coffee Break Concert Show before class.

Tom lights it up in a blue way while Mary Cat watches reverently!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

It’s been a while since I had the distinct pleasure of seeing and hearing Tom. It was an awesome set of moments!

Now this is music!

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

After Tom’s show, my class, Tom and I adjourned to the theater for the weekend’s final session.

Me and a great bunch of guys!

Photo by Stephanie Layton

Everyone scattered to the four corners of the earth and I drove into town to pick up Izze at school while I started thinking about my set at the PawPaw Festival this weekend.

John Hurlbut will be with me too. Maybe we’ll see you there!


  1. Comment made on September 19, 2021 by carey georgas

    Hey,Jorma, when I did the google on Tony Joe the other day, I noticed the song spelled Polk Salad Annie, then sure enough you spelled it the same way. Then I looked at a couple other places, all spelling it “Polk”. Well, being the southern boy I am, I have always assumed since I first heard it as a teenager (I guess I’d never seen it spelled) that it was referring to “poke salad”, an eclectic southern dish made from the pokeweed. I thought, what the hell? Well, a little more sleuthing has led me to the conclusion that both spellings are correct. I’m gonna find some this spring. I’m close enough to Louisiana that it grows around where I live. I’ll cook me some up, and if it don’t kill me, I ‘ll let you know how it tastes. I love songs. Peace.

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

    How very cool!

  3. Comment made on September 19, 2021 by Dan Nigro

    BTW saw a preview of Black Friday record store day, looks like Jorma’s Christmas is on the list. Christmas tree Colored vinyl too !!!

  4. Comment made on September 19, 2021 by carey georgas

    Wow. O’l Tony Joe wrote “Rainy Night in Georgia”. I did not know that.

    • Comment made on September 19, 2021 by Jorma

      Check out Five Summers For Jimmy as well as The Gospel Singer on The Train I’m On album. He wrote Polk Salad Annie for Elvis as well as countless others. He was a favorite of Creedence. I got to see him at the Boarding House in San Francisco in the late 70’s and was on some festival dates with him a decade or so ago. He was awesome!

  5. Comment made on September 18, 2021 by carey georgas

    Anyone remember Tony Joe White? I just heard the only song by him other than Poke Salad Annie. A mighty fine tune called Boot Money. On Sirius Bluesville.

  6. Comment made on September 16, 2021 by Arlen

    That is a great version. The violin expands on the whistling in the original for me. Still, I like Haywire Mac His name alone sells it for me! I think I first heard the song as a kid done by Burl Ives.

  7. Comment made on September 16, 2021 by mikie

    Best version EVER! m

  8. Comment made on September 16, 2021 by Arlen

    I keep hearing “The Big Rock Candy Mountain” in a Chevy commercial. Such a great song from the perspective of a hobo. I thought Tom Waits sang a bit of it in Ironweed but I saw it long ago.

    “Where they hung the jerk that invented work” Gotta laugh

  9. Comment made on September 15, 2021 by carey georgas

    I ain’t been able to get my mind off Big River Saturday night. Since there’s no public archive, if you didn’t see it, damn. When Jorma and Larry cut loose, it was like a year and a half’s worth of isolation was instantly annihilated. The passion displayed in their performance and the happiness permeating the whole vibe was something to see. And hear. Huzzah!!!!!

  10. Comment made on September 15, 2021 by BRIAN NURPHY

    Yea Jorma is diggin’ it Far Out ! I just love to hear the Old Language spoken once again. Bring it all back . All the best to all of you

  11. Comment made on September 14, 2021 by Thomas McCormack

    Good afternoon, I attended the Jorma, Larry and Teresa evening of soul full music. I was so glad to be a part of that experience.
    I hope that you had tremendous success and that this will open up future opportunities for more shows.
    I was especially taken with the fact that that was the first show Teresa and Larry had performed together in well over a year. What a great place to start back on the road. Stay safe wear a mask get vax and love this country. Slan’.

  12. Comment made on September 14, 2021 by mikie

    I was moved by a letter to the Athens News by 9 CEO’s of local area hospitals, asking folks to PLEASE band together: wear a mask and get the shots. I would appreciate sharing a link to this letter with your readers. thanks and stay well. m

  13. Comment made on September 14, 2021 by carey georgas

    Came a pretty good blow here last night, but oh how fortunate we are that it was only a Cat 1. Looks like it’s moving on out. Hope it doesn’t bring any rain where it’s not needed.

  14. Comment made on September 14, 2021 by Ed

    Rock on.

  15. Comment made on September 13, 2021 by carey georgas

    Not your first time in that chair, my guess.

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