An omen of things to come!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah… we thought it was time to reboot the Quarantine Concert Series, and so we did. John Hurlbut, Vanessa, Andy Walla, Myron Hart and Scotty Hall were all back on board again.

Quarantine Concert Series Reboot # 1

The John Hurlbut & Jorma Kaukonen Show

Special Guest Myron hart

Fur Peace Station

Saturday, January 15, 2022

  1. I’ll Be Long Gone
  2. Kansas City Southern
  3. Ballad of Pancho & Lefty
  4. Choices
  5. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
  6. Big City featuring Myron Hart
  7. Myron Solo featuring  a Myron Hart Original
  8. Six Days On The Road with John Hurlbut & Myron Hart
  9. Angel island
  10. Borderline
  11. Ballad Of Easy Rider
  12. I Shall Be Released

That was Saturday night of course. Sunday evening we got about eight inches of snow.

No swimming today.

We’ll let you know when the next live show is be on Fur Peace TV.

In the meantime…

Putting chains on the Mule

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Now that I’ve got the chains on the Mule, we’re really ready for winter.

Bring it on folks… and stay well!


  1. Comment made on February 4, 2022 by Dale Radeleff

    Jorma, I may have asked you this question earlier but I can’t find it so… Do you ever wear a Square & Compass ring?


  2. Comment made on January 28, 2022 by Ed

    @Greg Martelli
    Thanks so much, Greg. Really appreciate your taking the time to share your views.
    Yeah, the music. Whatever imperfections there were in the scene, for me the music more than made up for it and I’ll be forever grateful to the musicians.

  3. Comment made on January 28, 2022 by Ed

    @Greg Martelli
    Thanks so much, Greg. Really appreciate your taking the time to share your views.
    Yeah, the music. Whatever imperfections there were in the scene, for me the music more than made up for it and I’ll be forever grateful to the musicians.

  4. Comment made on January 28, 2022 by Greg Martelli

    I don’t think you’re suffering from a drug induced amnesia
    As a 16 year old attendee of the Aquarian exposition ,I believe that there were multiple causes that contributed to the audiences morphing into self serving adolescents .
    I think the crowds were getting increasingly whacked on drug cornucopias .
    Than we had the Jim Morrison experience ,where he personally incited the audiences (saw him in Bridgeport and at the infamous New Haven concert where he pissed the stage .I have to credit the artists for some of the behavior as I believe many thought it cute to stir up the crowd .(Bob Hite did it outside of Baltimore ,where the crowd crashed the gate .At the Dead show at Yale bowl our hash smoking was negligible compared to the tear gas outside the stadium where they’re were 200-300 Bozos wanting to “Free the music “, heck the ticket and show were $4.50(????).
    Airplane show at Washington mall ,the mall was littered with trash after the show ,the appeal to levitate the Pentagon failed .
    Altamont ,we probably don’t need to say any more .

    I think our generation was and is extremely egocentric .
    Unfortunately in the consciousness of low IQ or conversely the entitled ,no thought was given to the dignity and privelage of seeing this great music ,which I personally feel that it’s expression was one of the seminal progressive steps towards individual freedom experienced in human history .
    I think that the ideals of the movement were honorable ,unfortunately corrupted by self indulgence and lack of personal responsibility.
    I hitch hiked home to Ct .after the Airplane show on Sunday morning on Yasgurs farm as my job on the beach beckoned on Monday morning ,so regrettably I did not see CSNY& the Band .
    A picture that I find disturbing to this day is the trash left at Woodstock on Monday morning ,the mall in front of the Washington monument looked just like it .
    The music to me is hallowed ,like a Shakespearean play .
    Respect it ,enjoy it ,pass it on..
    If you’ve seen the interview with Marty in one of those Airplane DVDS ,he wanted a revolution of Love .
    The other revolution reviled him ,at least by his expression .
    I didn’t know Marty like Jorma and Jack ,but I would like to thank the Captain and Hurl for bringing him to Fur Peace ,great show .
    Ride the music
    If you want a revolution -count me out.

  5. Comment made on January 27, 2022 by Ed

    Good morning, Jorma:
    The mentions of the old days reminded of something I’d love to hear your perspective on when/if you have time.
    As an audience member, I felt a change after Woodstock. It seemed people used to be satisfied with concerts – but after Woodstock more and more fans seemed to want an “experience.”
    In one of my old Fillmore programs, there’s even a plea from Bill Graham asking audiences to stop the “More, more, more” chant.
    Did you ever get that sense onstage – different expectations/demands from the crowd post-Woodstock?
    This was still the 60’s (barely) so if anyone told me it was all in my head I couldn’t say they’re wrong…

  6. Comment made on January 26, 2022 by gregg

    the only dead show i got to enjoy was summers end show raceway park nj in 77 it wasnt the darkness or tuning it was the heat blasting hot gregg s.i.n.y.

  7. Comment made on January 26, 2022 by Tom NY

    @Dan Nigro

    Lots of tuning and some darkness at those shows. Some called it a dark light.
    God bless the souls of all those connected to that band, living and Dead.

    Always liked the Garcia Band shows….Some good Gospel there and less darkness. Maria brought a little Jesus to the room, as did Jerry’s last 2 singers.

  8. Comment made on January 26, 2022 by Brad

    I plunk around on a dulcimer, with books and videos. The Snark for me is like the magic doorway into the mysterious world of music theory. Just playing with tunings, notes, and chords is wildly entertaining and thought provoking.

    Those who are truly accomplished, host Jorma, and others, blow my mind.

    Stay tuned Easties, sounds like a big storm is cranking up for the weekend.

  9. Comment made on January 26, 2022 by Ed

    @Joe K
    Just to clarify – my first Dead show was 9/27/69, Fillmore East (early show).
    So I did hear the long and the short of it, as well as the sharp and the flat.
    No complaints!

  10. Comment made on January 25, 2022 by Joe K

    Dan –
    seems some folks never been to a Dead show. I had friend who went with us to a Dead show in ’72.
    He loved listening to Dead albums. After going to the show with many breaks in the dark between songs he claimed it ws the worst concert experience he ever had. I always thought it was a great time to hit the head.

  11. Comment made on January 25, 2022 by Rob

    I’ve always preferred the Hot Tuner.

  12. Comment made on January 25, 2022 by Dan Nigro

    @Ed Hey, I have been to Dead shows where all they did was tune up. BTW Snark tuners the best invention since sex and sliced bread. I could never use that darn tuning fork

  13. Comment made on January 25, 2022 by Ed

    @Dale Radeleff
    Very cool you still have one, Dale.
    This talk of tuning reminded me of a night Dan Hicks paused the show so the band could tune up. He apologized, saying that unlike the Grateful Dead his band couldn’t play for 8 hours without tuning up.
    (It was just a joke – I’m not knocking the Dead!)

  14. Comment made on January 24, 2022 by Art

    OK, here’s one McDuff track – what a madman! With George Benson (!) ripping it up on a Les Paul standard solid body. I also listened to to some of Screamin.’ In both cases, I kept wondering who was playing the great stand-up bass and there seems to be no other explanation than McDuff’s left hand on the keyboard. If I am not missing something here … wow.

  15. Comment made on January 24, 2022 by Dale Radeleff

    … A 440 fork and a good ear was all we had to work with. jk

    That is exactly what I started using when I started guitar in the late 60’s and I still have a 440 tuning fork in my guitar case

    • Comment made on January 27, 2022 by Jorma

      TC Electronic Polytune Clip It’d s great tuner with strobe functions so you can actually use it to set up and electric guitar. This is an unpaid plug. They’re not dirt cheap, but they’re worth it!

  16. Comment made on January 24, 2022 by Frank


    I just finished reading an article in Vintage Guitar on an instrument called a Melobar. Article states, this instrument was demonstrated to you when the Airplane was recording After Bathing at Baxters, and was used on several leads on Crown of Creation.

    Can you give some insight on this instrument and if it influenced you playing slide with the guitar on you lap.


    • Comment made on January 27, 2022 by Jorma

      Yeah… the Melobar. So, imagine a Mosrite looking guitar with a neck wide enough for eight or ten strings canted at an angle so that when you wore the guitar the neck was parallel to the ground as if you were playing a Dobro.I had several of them and the key word here is ‘had.’ I wish I still had them because I would know what to do with them today. I’d probably use the C6 or maybe the E13 tuning. Back then I knew nothing about steel guitars other than I liked the sound. Using the Melobar on an Airplane session is urban myth. It is not inconceivable that I might have made some textural noise, but I have no recollection of it. That being said, memory is a fragile beast at any age and I’ve been wrong before.

      In retrospect, the Melobar was a great invention that should have gained a lot more traction than it did. Like I said, I wish I still had mine. Sad to say I have no recollection of hat happened to them. Time marches on…

  17. Comment made on January 24, 2022 by eaglesteve

    Thanks Dan.

  18. Comment made on January 24, 2022 by Dan Nigro

    @eaglesteve Sorry to hear about Jack, I am sure he had a great time with you. They are only with us a short time, so they provide the maximum amount of love possible while they are here. I have had boxers and pits, never a mix, must have been quite an energetic boy. Hope all is well otherwise

  19. Comment made on January 24, 2022 by eaglesteve

    Butch Trucks gone since 1/24/2017. Never forgotten. RIP Bro.

    Our dog Jack, a pit boxer mix, age 14 years 8 months, gone since 1/5/2022. RIP boy. You are missed.

  20. Comment made on January 24, 2022 by John R.

    Wow. Thanks for these memories and observations, Jorma. Even for people who have been following your blog for years and have read your memoirs, you still always have something new to say. And why is it that your observations on such matters always seem to be spot-on?

  21. Comment made on January 23, 2022 by Art

    Thanks, Jorma! Will definitely try to track down McDuff.

  22. Comment made on January 23, 2022 by Art

    Question for Jorma if you’re out there. Did you ever encounter a fellow named Eddie Diehl? I’m somehow confident you did. He set up guitars at the Folklore Center in NYC. When I finally could afford a Gibson artchtop, a friend sent me over there to get it set up. As I recall (this is like 40 years ago), Eddie amazed me by setting up the guitar without a tuner – just his ears. He said, “You hear the guitar with your ears, not with a tuner.” The shop was super cool and I have heard a lot of interesting stories about that place.

    • Comment made on January 23, 2022 by Jorma

      Hey Art…

      This comment triggered a minor cascade of thoughts and for a moment brought me back to another time. First of all, I was on an Antioch Co-Op job at the Rusk Institute Of Physical Rehabilitation (400 E. 34th St) in New York the summer of 1960. I was busy learning and trying to figure out who I was as an artist back then. Even though I played Hoots at Gerde’s Folk City I don’t recall ever going into the Folklore Center. Making $80 a week and paying rent in Manhattan left no margin for such frivolities. In addition to the blues scene that I orbited the rest of my ‘free’ time was playing in a country band with Linda Fuchs and Marty Brennan. In addition to all these circumstantial frivolities it would be the early 70’s before I would have had anyone other than myself set up my guitar. We did all that stuff ourselves back then. To me it was an important part of owning your own persona and really bonding with your instrument. Notice I said ‘Instrument.’ Almost noone had more than one axe back then. It made for really getting to know your best companion. All that being said, today I have a resident ‘fixer’ in my guitar tech, Myron Hart. Myron is a master and I am grateful to have him nearby at all times. He can do stuff that is a galaxy away from anything I could do today. It is indeed a different time, but I know what the deal is. I guess for a younger player my mantra would be, ‘Spend more time playing and less time screwing around with guitar set up.’

      Now, thinking about Eddie Diehl. Sad to say I never got to hear him play live but I just took some time to look up his bona fides. So, among many others he played with Brother Jack McDuff. Brother Jack McDuff was a monster Jazz/Blues B3 player. I still have a 1962 Prestige recording called Screamin’. If you find a copy of this platter in any form, buy it and listen to it many times. It features Jack McDuff on B3, Joe Dukes on drums, Kenny Burrell on guitar and Leo Wright on alto sax. Way before ‘Modern’ guitarists were diving into the jam pool… these guys were giving a master seminar. Check them out…

      Now I’m going down the rabbit hole to see what Eddie Diehl has to say to me… then I’m going to watch more football playoffs.

      Thanks for the thought provoking question this frosty Sunday morning!

      PS No one had a tuner back then unless you ran a repair shop. A 440 fork and a good ear was all we had to work with. jk

  23. Comment made on January 22, 2022 by Dan Nigro

    Boy, that Burrow kid is tough. He took a lickin’ and kept on tickin’ His only problem is trying to grow a playoff beard.

  24. Comment made on January 22, 2022 by chuck n

    Being able to put on the headphones and listen to Jorma and Company make the world go away for a couple of hours on a Saturday night is absolutely priceless. I was fortunate to be one of the first in line in my area months ago for my “boostah” and sure am happy I did. Between that and the Quarantine Concerts I’ve got a never ending smile.

  25. Comment made on January 21, 2022 by Brad

    I’ve happily, willingly been “kicked in the head” by Warren and the Mule many times, many venues, many years. I certainly meant no disrespect whatsoever to anyone by the above quip.

    With heartfelt thanks again, for the winter reboot.

  26. Comment made on January 20, 2022 by Ed

    Or one about watch out for that Mule now that the chains are on – it might go kicking in someone else’s stall.

  27. Comment made on January 20, 2022 by Brad

    There must be a Warren Haynes joke somewhere in the statement “putting chains on the Mule.”🤪

    Thank You, All
    A campfire heading into deep winter

    “It takes a lot to laugh…” was a fun, fun surprise

  28. Comment made on January 20, 2022 by Dale Radeleff

    I really enjoyed the show, what I could watch in between chores that had to be done. If you guys start doing these shows every week now I will be set for life 🙂

  29. Comment made on January 20, 2022 by Nick Brunetto

    Thanks to all involved you are all very special folks for taking the time to bring us the show nothing better on a cold New Jersey night than live fur peace Jorma John and Myron you guys rule just scored my ticket to the birthday bash ! Very excited thanks again

  30. Comment made on January 20, 2022 by carey georgas

    @Bob S
    You sure got that right, brother. Double dose don’t even begin to describe. We got a good virtual idea of what a weekend at the ranch is like. Lessons, performances, camaraderie and a whole boatload of fun.

  31. Comment made on January 20, 2022 by michael witkowski

    A big THANK YOU to all involved. your kindness to share a saturday night jam session from ohio is greatly appreciated. Any chance to watch an American legend live enjoying his craft should not be missed. the reboot was like inviting old friends over for a few laughs in front of the fire in my living room on cold winter night. Come over anytime!!!

  32. Comment made on January 20, 2022 by Steven Levenson

    @Dan Nigro
    I was thinking the same thing about the KC show.

  33. Comment made on January 20, 2022 by mikie

    Two White Beards and a Hart, it was a fine show and greatly appreciated. m

  34. Comment made on January 20, 2022 by Bob S

    Yes… a much needed respite from the winter doldrums. And for me and about 8 others, it was sandwiched between 2 kick-ass Beginner Blues online Zoom lessons with Jorma. Not a bad way to spend a weekend!

  35. Comment made on January 20, 2022 by Ric Siler

    Great show Jorma! Molto grazie! Whatever you guys bring to the table we’re be there tucked in and ready to go! What you have done during this whole pandemic era has been a magnificent and stunning accomplishment! Thank you thank you thank you!

  36. Comment made on January 19, 2022 by Dan Nigro

    Excellent reboot show, yeah like a booster shot. Since Myron is at every show anyway,it would be awesome to have him play a couple of tunes to open the Florida tour (assuming it’s still a go) Just sayin’

  37. Comment made on January 19, 2022 by peter

    Thanks for the Boost.

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