Suzy & Craig

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Last night with pandemic restrictions easing we hosted our first concert in the Fur Peace Station with Suzy Bogguss and a full audience. On the surface it doesn’t sound like much… but for us it was! She is such a powerful and enduring artist… well, you should look into it yourself. Check out, ‘You Wouldn’t Say That To A Stranger,’ from Something Up My Sleeve. Good stuff for any family to listen to!

Suzy could certainly stand on any stage alone and hold her ground, but with Craig Smith on board as her accompanist they are stratospheric! Suzy’s son Ben climbed the stage for a couple of three part harmony songs… it was all off the charts!

What a way for us to all rejoin the world!

Dad and his mighty steed!

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Then this morning for Father’s Day. A call from my son Zach, a letter and a hug from our daughter Izze and a peaceful couple of coffee cups with Vanessa. What a way to start the day!

With breakfast under my belt I pre-flighted my bike and headed out for a forty-mile ride. I have been riding these back roads for thirty years now and they never get old. Back in the woods some of the old homesteads are falling in on themselves and that is a little sad, but there are new ones to take their place. It is still an ongoing adventure to see America off the Interstates. It’s well worth the trip. I’ve been too busy to ride of late, so this was truly welcome!

In an hour or so Izze and Nessa and I are going up to Columbus where they are going to treat me to a Father’s Day Dinner at Akai Hana. I love that place… and, it’s in Columbus.

It’s been a beautiful day for me. Hope it’s the same for you out there.

Happy Father’s Day!


  1. Comment made on June 29, 2021 by carey georgas

    @John B
    I think I was in the ninth grade, got it for Christmas.

  2. Comment made on June 29, 2021 by John B

    ” When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide….” I bought the “White” album from Bob O when I was in the 8th grade….@carey georgas

  3. Comment made on June 26, 2021 by carey georgas

    I got blisters on my fingers!!!

  4. Comment made on June 23, 2021 by jim hitchcock

    So Jorma, I talked on the phone this morning with a guy named Bill Pullins, lives in Pomeroy about 4 miles from FPR, and poured concrete when the ranch was being built. Small world!

  5. Comment made on June 23, 2021 by johno

    Happy Fathers Day Jorma and to all the Dads out there. Sounds like you had a great day. Just love your Harley and you look so good. Both you and Jack both look so young and healthy. What’s the secret?

  6. Comment made on June 23, 2021 by Ed

    I’m guessing that with the Big Dog on bass, cross pollination with Dawg music will yield a rare breed of champion sounds.

  7. Comment made on June 22, 2021 by Chris Zurcher

    Can you tell us more about the Grisman / Tuna shows? Will you be playing together? Or just one opening for the other? Thanks!!

    • Comment made on June 22, 2021 by Jorma

      Hi Chris… David and his guys will be doing their show, as will we. That said I’m sure we will all be getting together at some point in the evening to cross pollinate. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be fun.

  8. Comment made on June 22, 2021 by Dale Radeleff


    I like your color choice on your Harley. I had a 1000cc sportster for a couple of years, tore it all down and re-painted it myself, it became a beautiful Black with some red trim. I had the 5 spoke wheels like yours and they were painted black too except that I hand painted the 1/4 flat area at the top of the spokes Red, it really made the whole paint job POP. Personal choice, your bike still looks great. Me being 5’4″ I had to cut 1 1/2 coils off of the rear shocks so I could land a foot during stops. I really miss the Saturday afternoon/night Quantine Concerts but I’m still hoping you tour Reno Nevada some day.

  9. Comment made on June 22, 2021 by HOGAN

    Happy Father’s Day Jorma….


  10. Comment made on June 21, 2021 by Tom

    I knew Suzy was a “country artist” but peaked my interest when I saw she played at the FPR a number of years ago. You are pretty much world class if you play at Jorma’s. I gave it a listen and was impressed. Besides being very good she is fun to be with in concert! Saw her a few years ago in the Woodlands TX and have tickets to see her in December in Tomball, Tx.

  11. Comment made on June 21, 2021 by Brad

    All good and hopeful news! Thanks. Life returning.
    And Suzy Bogguss, wow. For the promotion of shared interest, if I may, I first heard her on perhaps the oldest and maybe best Bluegrass/Americana radio stations in the land, now streaming with a great YouTube channel as well,

    Cat Stevens “Father and Son” has always grabbed me, it grabbed a little harder this Father’s Day:
    “ All the times that I’ve cried
    Keeping all the things I knew inside
    It’s hard, but it’s harder to ignore it
    If they were right I’d agree
    But it’s them they know, not me
    Now there’s a way
    And I know that I have to go away
    I know I have to go”

    Salutes and salutations

  12. Comment made on June 21, 2021 by John B

    Thank you Jorma i had a wonderful Fathers day spent with the kids and grandkids….

  13. Comment made on June 20, 2021 by Arlen

    That’s a great picture of Jorma!

  14. Comment made on June 20, 2021 by Tom in St. Louis

    Happy Fathers Day, Jorma!
    We’re so glad the Station is back up and running, it’s a real treasure.
    Please remember to be careful out on the road, there are plenty of bad drivers everywhere.

  15. Comment made on June 20, 2021 by Dan Nigro

    Indeed it’s a beautiful day. Enjoy

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