Rise and shine Dad… it’s PawPaw time!

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

It’s the last gasp of summer here in Southeast Ohio. Very hot and very muggy but fall weather is right around the corner. Before heading over to Lake Snowden and the PawPaw Festival Maverick and I walked down our very own Blues Highway here at the Fur Peace Ranch.

This highway is revisited every day!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Myron came over to pick up the gear and caught me riding Izze’s Monkey.

Here comes trouble…

Photo by Myron Hart

Once I got this out of my system I loaded my guitar into my Jeep and drove over to Carpenter to pick up John Hurlbut to take him over to Lake Snowden with me for the 2021 PawPaw Festival. It was nice to see live people here at home. I had an hour to play and I wanted to deal John in for at least half of that.

Jorma Kaukonen 39, 2021

With Special Guest

John Hurlbut

PawPaw Festival 2021

Lake Snowden

Albany, Ohio

Saturday, September 18, 2021

  1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  2. Broken Highway
  3. Trial By Fire
  4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  5. Barbeque King
  6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  7. Hamar Promenade
  8. I’ll Be Long Gone with John Hurlbut
  9. Ballad Of Easy Rider
  10. People Get Ready with John Hurlbut
  11. All Along The Watchtower with John Hurlbut

I almost never get to play in my own home town so this was a real pleasure, and truly a good time was had by all! Next weekend I’ll bet at the Ryman Auditorium opening for my dear friend Tommy Emmanuel. Then I’ve got a string of dates winding up at Levon Helm’s Studio, but more on that later.

In the meantime stay well and enjoy the retreating summer!


  1. Comment made on September 25, 2021 by Ed

    Small town back then and everything connects…one of the first songs I learned was “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”…learned it from a guy who learned it from his sister, who worked at the Coffee Gallery back in the day…Where she might have first heard it by a couple of little-known performers….

  2. Comment made on September 24, 2021 by Lori

    Not sticking with the topic but heading up North right now and remembered it’s Americade week in Lake George.
    Have you and Vanessa ever attended? Wow what a great weather week for them !
    See you at the Barn !

  3. Comment made on September 24, 2021 by Greg martrlli

    Nothing better than redundancy to show that your age has eclipsed your intellect

  4. Comment made on September 24, 2021 by Greg martelli

    It just occurred to me that there could be a play on words with the name of the website .
    But there’s no cracks in this FINNISH ,more like a marble shaft .
    The Ryman show should be a blast ,unfortunately we will not be able to drive down ,but rock the pews in the olde church .The volunteer state hosts some great shows ,Clapton just rocked the Bridgestone ,seen The Who ,Petty
    And the touring last waltz show finale there ,complete with Robbie Robertson .
    As for the scoots ,my romance began in high school when my father bought 2- Honda 250’s ,we’d drive them down to Southport Ct,where he had his sailboat ,the wind was in face on the bike and on the boat .
    My friends and I would jump into a VW beetle with a rampant Gryphon that I had painted on the side and we’d go “upstate “, Ny ( Brewster area), with a cooler of Bud long necks and watch the cross country races .
    Mostly hill climbs with BSA’s and triumphs .
    It’s cool that Izzie is riding a scooter and can shift a manual ,time for a Willy .
    Hope to catch you soon on the road

  5. Comment made on September 24, 2021 by Gregmartelli

    I’m taking a brief break and read blog ,always fun.For the first time it occurred to me there’s no crack in the FINNISH host ,stands like a marble shaft.Only in the body of old guitboxes .I’m sorry we will be out of town for the show at the Ryman ,I’m sure they’ll be some fine melodies in the old church pews .
    The musics great in the volunteer state and the Hot Tuna show at the caverns a few years ago was a blast
    Let’s get back.
    As for romance with 2- wheeled scoots ,my father bought 2- when I was in high school and we would take them down to Southport Ct & sail the Sound most Saturdays occasionally on Sundays.
    There used to be “Cross Country “, races in the Brewster Ny area ,and my friends and I would truck up with Bud long necks and watch the BSA’s& Triumphs scramble .Big fun ,the Japanese bikes were just starting to come in and they soon eclipsed the Brit bikes .
    Rock the pews at the Ryman
    Hope to see you on the road soon

  6. Comment made on September 24, 2021 by mikie

    I see there is an exhibit in Nelsonville of modern art advertising posters. The write up in the News talks about the “Big Five” poster makers of that time:
    “Artists like Gary Grimshaw, located in Detroit, also had a significant impact on the psychedelic poster era. This exhibit features Grimshaw and the “Big Five,” including Wes Wilson, Rick Griffin, Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, and Victor Moscoso. ”
    Wondering about your and the Airplane’s experiences with these folks? thanks,s m

    • Comment made on September 25, 2021 by Jorma

      San Francisco was a small town back then. Everyone knew everyone. By the Bye… we have a huge collection of original Fillmore and Avalon posters at the Fur Peace Ranch.

  7. Comment made on September 24, 2021 by Troy Nelson

    Hi Jorma and Co,
    I really appreciate your blog and seeing the scenery around your home and tours. I finally made it out to your neck of the woods, fifty years in the making. Absolutely beautiful rain and all. I am the ailing skipper with the test pressing LP who posted a number of months ago. In spite of my gloomy cancer prognosis, I’m well enough to travel and made the trip to visit an old school buddy in Nashville happen! So my bucket list item of seeing the Ryman is actually happening. I’m ecstatic and grateful to see Tommy(1st time) and yourself (20+)play there! Front row tickets to boot. Thanks again for your inspirational tunes and I look forward to the show.
    Take care,

  8. Comment made on September 22, 2021 by john o

    Hey Kevin I had the same mini bike as Jorma was riding at Woodstock. I was 15 when I got it and it was a pisser. Woodstock was 52 years ago this summer!

  9. Comment made on September 22, 2021 by Kevin

    Just noticed Jack in matching outfit. LOL

  10. Comment made on September 22, 2021 by Greg martelli

    Last show we saw at RYMAN was Mark Knopfler .
    Just think that Patsy Cline crooned the old church.
    The bike photo of Jorma is reminiscent of a 69 photo on a mini bike at the famed Aquarian exposition ,I believe .
    I hope all the pews are full at the Ryman
    Who’s playing with you ?

  11. Comment made on September 22, 2021 by Greg martelli

    I believe there’s a picture of Jorma at the famed Aquarian exposition,on a bike of similar scale .

    • Comment made on September 24, 2021 by Jorma

      Yeah Greg… Geeky difference. The bike at Woodstock was a mini bike. The Honda Monkey is a little four speed motorcycle. Upside down forks, ABS brakes, fuel injected.. clutch and throttle like a big bike. It’s also licensed and street legal. Finally… it’s my daughter’s rig. She can drive a manual too!

  12. Comment made on September 21, 2021 by Brad

    What a beautiful sound “from the Ryman to Levon’s!” A phrase, statement, song lyric, declaration so full of histories and meanings. Amen.
    And, the 2 paws stare down from the bed is hilarious. Thank you Jorma and family for sharing your lives.
    The Monkey too is very cool, I’ve never seen one. Yet, I can’t say that word without remembering Inspector Clouseau’s exchange with the accordion player and his accomplice. As in, “Jorma, get off that Minkee, we have a show to go play.”

    Safe travels and more big adventures, Captain.

  13. Comment made on September 20, 2021 by MarkD

    Yeehah! I’ve not heard of a “Monkey” before but it reminds me of a Honda 50 on steroids. Something a friend owned about 45 years ago I used to ride before I got a Suzuki TM-125. Ahhh, the memories of my youth!

    Ride On!


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

    Man, what I wouldn’t give to see you up close and personal at The Barn. I was privileged to make a few visits up there before Levon passed. One of my top venue stories occurred there. We had tickets to a show in 2009. For some reason that has passed from my memory, the show had to be canceled. Of course, some of the ticket holders went batshit crazy bitchin’about it on his website. I figured it was just one of them thangs, you know. You pays your momey, you takes your chances. Hell, they offered tickets to any show in the future a purchaser wanted to attend. I thought that quite fair. Anyways, since I had my choice, I picked the New Year’s Eve show. Sure enough, that request was granted. That year New Year’s Eve fell on Friday. In the course of events between the cancellation and the end of the year, a show was added on Thursday, then the first Acoustic Ramble was announced for that Saturday. I hit the trifecta because of a canceled show. So, the acoustic show came around and I found myself seated next to a lady about my mom’s age. I began chatting with her, and come to find out, she was Larry Campbell’s mother. When she told me, it became immediately apparent. He definitely has his mother’s smile, and hair. I told her how much I liked the band and her son’s talent and stage presence. Well, at one point the show was really cookin’ and I was spontaneously driven to my feet with a whoop and a holler. After the song was over, I sat down and made some comment about that hot home cookin’, and she said that it made her feel good to see so many people being made happy by her son’s (and the band’s) efforts. Her pride in her boy was beaming like a light from her face. She sure was a sweet lady. I guess the upshot is, if your show gets canceled, don’t freak out. You never know what l’s over the next hill. Instead of one show, I wound up with a shot at a bonus Thursday show, a fabled New Year’s Eve show, the inaugural Acoustic Ramble, and got to sit next to a proud momma who had come to watch her boy make people happy. It don’t get any better than that!

  15. Comment made on September 19, 2021 by Tom in St. Louis

    We’re glad you and the extended family are doing well. You’re an inspiration to many of us. That’s a great shot of Maverick. What a personality!
    Dogs rule.

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