Unretouched Fall Photo

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

It’s raining here today and the leaves are coming down as time slips by, but this is what it looked like four or five days ago. It’s been some years since we’ve had a beautiful fall like this! It’s great to be home for this and it makes LA and the Walk Of Fame seems like a lifetime ago, and realistically speaking, it is.

Every now and then the fog of distant memory clears and an event will surface from what seems a lifetime ago.

Thanks to Jeff Anderson for finding this old memory.

1985 or so some friends and I started this little band we called There Goes The Neighborhood. Above you can see our drummer, Rasheid Ali, me, Steve Sacher, bass and Ben Prevo guitar. We had some good times on the road going back and forth across the continent in my rusty old 1977 half ton Chevy Sport Van. Manual three speed… no air conditioner.

Good times…

Back at the Fur Peace Ranch last weekend we hosted Jim Lauderdale, Gretchen Peters and Barry Walsh. I opened the show and then sat in for two songs with Jim and then after the break Gretchen and Barry brought us all home with a powerful show.

Jorma Kaukonen 13, 2022

Sharing The Stage With

Gretchen Peters & Jim Lauderdale

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, October 22, 2022

  1. Too Many Years
  2. Ice Age
  3. Whining Boy Blues
  4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  5. In My Dreams
  6. Hamar Promenade
  7. Trash Can Tom with Jim Lauderdale
  8. Heading For The Hills with Jim Lauderdale
  9. When All You Got is
    A Hammer… with Gretchen Peters and Barry Walsh
  10. Say Grace with Gretchen Peters & Barry Walsh

It’s been a while since Jim and I shared the stage on one of those CAMI tours, but you know, with old friends even if you haven’t seen then in some time… it’s like you just saw them yesterday. Friendship never gets old!

Gretchen, Nessa and Barry

Selfie by Vanessa Kaukonen

Big fun!

What an honor…

Photo anon…

There’s a lot to be said for playing music standing up…

This weekend was also one of our two on site workshops this year. Gretchen, Jim and I were hosting songwriting classes. A heady time for sure.

A grand gaggle of writers!

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

My old pal Chris Smither is coming to the Fur Peace Ranch this weekend for a sold out show and Jack Casady and I will open for him! Chris and I are also old friends. We met at Desperadoes on M Street in Washington, D.C. back in the early 80’s and have been pals ever since.

Meanwhile, back at the Ranch…

A man and his dogs have to get some rest…

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen


Speaking of Onward… I got a killer motorcycle ride in yesterday with a couple of my pals.

Truly… Onward!


  1. Comment made on November 1, 2022 by DennisK


  2. Comment made on October 29, 2022 by Joe K

    House built on piles so main body of house didn’t get water damage. The owner was a contractor building casinos in AC

  3. Comment made on October 29, 2022 by Brian Doyle

    If he lives on Sanibel he had surge damage too…The surge water line in my garage is at 11 feet…House is a write-off…

  4. Comment made on October 29, 2022 by Joe K

    ^^. ^^. ^^
    Home. Watching World Series & on-line

  5. Comment made on October 29, 2022 by Joe K

    I have a friend who has a second on your island. He flew down from NJ just in time to drive his Rolls Royce off the island.His brother told me the house had some wind damage.

  6. Comment made on October 29, 2022 by Brian Doyle

    We live in a place where we pay for beautiful sunsets in wind and rain and hurricanes…

  7. Comment made on October 29, 2022 by Arlen

    @carey georgas

    Check out “Jerry Lee Lewis, Live at the Star Club Hamburg, Germany (1964)” if you get a chance.
    Pretty intense. Just the best.

  8. Comment made on October 29, 2022 by carey georgas

    I would venture to say that your ear is closer to the truth than the average bear in such matters.

  9. Comment made on October 29, 2022 by jJoe K

    Allman Bros. MAY 14, 1971 w/Johnny Winter and Redbone. Philly Spectrum
    This was a dance concert which meant we stood on the floor a few feet from the stage. Since I’m 6’5 I had a clear view. Great show.It went into the morning hours.

    The tuna NYC late shows were a couldn’t miss. Though I did miss a Nov.75 show as I had a motorcycle accident the night before.

  10. Comment made on October 29, 2022 by mikie

    Jerry Lee outlived the rest of tha troupe. I heard an interesting tale abt Bro Duane: he and Gregg had a brotherly disagreement for a couple weeks. Gregg heard Duane was sick so he went over with a couple boxes of Coricidin tabs and a Taj Mahal record. A week later, Duane called him up and said to come over and listen to this. He’d used the empty glass pill bottle for a slide and “the rest is history.”
    Wonder what Jorma’s first slide was? m

    • Comment made on October 29, 2022 by Jorma

      A Stevens Steel ’cause I started out playing Dobro. I still play over the top with a steel bar on those rare occasions when I do that. BTW I heard Jesse Ed Davis got Duane started on the the slide path, but what do I know!

  11. Comment made on October 29, 2022 by carey georgas

    Don’t forget The Killer. RIP, Jerry Lee.

  12. Comment made on October 29, 2022 by eaglesteve

    Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971)
    never forgotten
    RIP Bro

  13. Comment made on October 28, 2022 by eaglesteve

    Early 70’s Academy/Palladium ……..devil, devil, devil of times.
    ‘nuf said!

  14. Comment made on October 27, 2022 by BrendanC

    @Dan Nigro

    I made assumption said bone was just picked and tossed by a nearby human, but that’s my family history.

    Comments remind me of how I got into Tuna. My brothers wealthy girlfriend lent me a first gen Walkman with solo Jorma tapes among collection. I was just learning to skate, having avoided sport due to witnessing a tragedy involving same when I was 10. But there was a physicality to the music that lent a freedom to glide on the ice and harness those teen hormones. I spoke with Mr. K’s compadre/road manager about that years later, and learned of Jorma and Jack’s skating careers.

  15. Comment made on October 27, 2022 by Dan Nigro

    There’s alot we can learn from our dogs, think I’ll be taking a nap too. Is Chunky attempting to sneak up on Maverick’s bone ?

  16. Comment made on October 27, 2022 by carey georgas

    A souped up crow’s nest. Brian, I was in that black hole with you. I was too busy making other plans in the 80’s, let a little life slip by, but I’m making up for lost time now.

  17. Comment made on October 27, 2022 by dabug jr.

    Saw the Neighborhood at the Keystone in palo alto
    I couldn’t believe you had Rashid Ali in the band (being a big Coltrane Fan)
    What was it like working with the man?

  18. Comment made on October 27, 2022 by DennisK

    Indeed, a fine-looking group of happy campers. I’m curious about that treetop structure in the background. It looks like a Forest Service lookout tower.

    • Comment made on October 30, 2022 by Jorma

      It’s much smaller than you think. It’s a projector to shoot psychedelic stuff on the Psylodelic Gallery.

  19. Comment made on October 27, 2022 by David Stick

    Desperadoes! You just woke up a bunch of skeletons in the closet. Big Yikes.

  20. Comment made on October 26, 2022 by Brian Doyle

    It pains me that one of the painful black holes in my life was not knowing of Jorma back in the late 70’s and 80’s…Looks like I missed a lot of good jams…In ’85 – 86′ I was walking the great American eastern range on the Appalachian Trail…In college one of my dorm mates heard me playing my Telecaster and shouted “Jorma”…It didn’t register…Better late than never I guess and Jorma still has it…

  21. Comment made on October 26, 2022 by Chappy

    Wow…the Hangar! That brought back some memories of my days at OU. If I recall correctly, it was originally called Tools Tavern. At that time it was one of the very few places in Athens to catch live music…the other spots being the Baker Center Ballroom and the Frontier Room. Speaking of the Frontier Room, I got to see David “Rook” Goldflies leading “A Brother’s Revival” ABB tribute this past Saturday in Hopewell, VA. Rook played bass for the Allmans from 1978-1982 starting with their Enlightened Rogues album. Athens own Mimi Hart sang back-up vocals on that album. Mike Kach, long-time keyboard player for Dickey Betts band, was also in the line-up on Saturday. They also had a youngster by the name of Dan Goldberg on one of the drum kits. He’s only 18 and it as his 2nd show with the band and he was phenomenal! Keep your eyes and ears open for that young man. It was a great show. Anyway, I got to chat with Rook for a few minutes after the show and reminded him about the time he played the Frontier Room in Athens in 1984 when he was fronting a jazz trio. He said he loved that 3-piece band. Next up is Last Waltz 2022 in a few weeks in Richmond (Warren Haynes, Anders Osborne, Don Was, Jamey Johnson, and Bob Margolin amongst others). I can’t hardly wait!

  22. Comment made on October 26, 2022 by gregg

    Yea john o at the same time i was on the s.i. ferry barking at the moon gregg s.i.n.y.

  23. Comment made on October 26, 2022 by john o

    Those Palladium/Academy were infamous for sure. Between ’72 – ’78 Tuna played a spring and fall weekends there and it was nuts. Friday and Saterday had a 8 and 11 o’clock show. The late shows usually didn’t begin til midnight and went all night. I remember many times driving thru the Queens-Midtown tunnel(tripping) as the sun was rising!

  24. Comment made on October 26, 2022 by Rob

    I saw There Goes the Neighborhood (great name) at least twice. Once on the same bill as Johnny Winter at the Beacon Theatre (the band was particularly spiffy that night) and once at Club Manhattan in Spring Valley, NY (no longer there). There may have been another time. I liked the mix of material you guys played. And Rashied Ali was such a legend, having played with Coltrane on seminal albums like “Meditations”. He used to play regularly with a trio at a place called Dharma on Orchard St. in NYC and I saw him do a very low-key set there one night. It’s always interesting seeing jazz musicians playing R & B and blues and vice versa. It changes the music in fascinating ways even if it’s a subtle change. I know that Spencer Dryden was influenced by jazz but Rashied Ali was flat-out jazz. What was it like musically playing with him?

  25. Comment made on October 26, 2022 by Joey Hudoklin

    On one of my visits back to my true home NYC mid 80’s, as I always did, I looked in the village voice to see if, or where Jorma was playing.(you always seemed to be there in those days) Whether Opening for Johnny Winter @ Beacon, or the Lone Star for sure. So I grabbed a few old friends and we went to see Jorma, not knowing what to expect. Upon arrival, seeing multiple instrument set ups, was excited that it would be electric. Living in Ca at the time, not much info about your activities made it my way, unless you came through on occasion. I got a good chuckle at the apropos band name, and not only did I get to slap hands with you between sets (I know cheap thrills), you kept going till about 4am. Which brought me back a decade to those infamous Palladium shows. It’s always a pleasure Jorma. Looking forward to your Ponte Vedra show!

  26. Comment made on October 26, 2022 by mikie

    I still have my ticket stub from that show at The Hanger. It was interesting hearing Kansas City and such mixed in your set. We still have the first Tuna album you autographed that night for us. My best memory tho is this guy who painted a mural on the back wall of the bar. We sat in the patio watching as he drew a perfect image of the Starship Enterprise. Shame they tore that place down, it hosted the likes of Gregg Allman, the full Cody band, Black Oak Arkansas, and John Dawson are some of the best shows I recall. m

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