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From The Vinoski Winery To The Center Of The Arts In Home

May 5th, 2021 10 comments
The Four Leaf Clover Whisperer

Photo By Myron Hart

We set out on a cloudy day from Pomeroy and wound up in Belle Vernon for a gig at the Vinoski Winery. The clouds opened up but the audience hung more than tough and the first gig of this little run was rewarding in so many ways!

Open mess on board Hawke

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

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Jorma Solo

Vinoski Winery

Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  3. Letter To The North Star
  4. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  5. I Am The Light Of This World
  6. Serpent Of Dreams
  7. Corners Without Exits
  8. Uncle Sam Blues
  9. 99 Year Blues
  10. How Long Blues
  11. New Song For The Morning
  12. Ain’t In No Hurry
  13. Another Man Done Gone
  14. Hesitation Blues
  15. Great Divide Revisited
  16. Candy Man
  17. Come Back Baby
  18. Living In The Moment
  19. Trial By Fire
  20. Good Shepherd
  21. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  22. I Know You Rider
  23. Encore: Water Song

Yeah… a bunch of songs were played… rain is just rain.

A cloudy but scenic drive from Belle Vernon to Homer. We had a day off to do it in so we cruised it. The storm still seems to be following us… or we’re following the storm.

Time to get a good night’s sleep after a long day behind the wheel.

More anon…

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#46… The River Flows…

April 26th, 2021 29 comments
A Bald eagle was seen on the way to Akai Hana in Columbus

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Hurl and I reprised The River Flow for # 46!

Quarantine Concert #46

Fur Peace Station Concert Hall

Jorma Kaukonen & John Hurlbut

The River Flows Vol I & II
April 24th, 2021

  1. Ballad of East Rider
  2. People Get Ready
  3. Choices
  4. Kansas City Southern
  5. Across the Borderline
  6. Travelin’
  7. The Old Homestead
  8. Someone’s Calling
  9. Knockin’ on Heaven Door
  10. Hickory Wind
  11. A Little Faster
  12. Seems Like a Long Time with Vanessa Kaukonen
  13. All Along The Watchtower
  14. This Land is Your Land

Sunday after volleyball we drove up to Columbus for a sushi treat at Akai Hana… and on the way home:

Spring moon and Old Glory!

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

What a weekend!

To New York & Back

April 24th, 2021 20 comments
Back to the source…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

It’s been well over a year since I’ve had the privilege of playing in Manhattan. The good folks at the City Winery invited me to come and bring my guitar and so with a smile on my face… I came.

You can’t see the smile… but it’s there!

Photo by Myron Hart

Four shows… in two days. Playing three hours a night for the first time in well… a long time, is quite different from the Quarantine Concert Series. Good to get back in the saddle!

Jorma Kaukonen 17, 2021

Jorma Solo Early Show

City Winery

New York City

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  1. Too Many Years
  2. Ice Age
  3. The Terrible Operation
  4. How Long Blues
  5. Uncle Sam. Blues
  6. Search My Heart
  7. Trial By Fire
  8. Sea Child
  9. Serpent Of Dreams
  10. Candy Man
  11. Been So Long
  12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  13. I Am The Light Of This World
  14. That’ll Never Happen No More
  15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Jorma Kaukonen 18, 2021

Jorma Solo Late Show

City Winery

New York City

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Hesitation Blues
  3. Come Back Baby
  4. I See The Light
  5. Second Chances
  6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  7. Corners Without Exits
  8. Sleep Song
  9. Good Shepherd
  10. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  11. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
  12. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
  13. I Know You Rider
  14. Encore: Whining Boy Blues

Jorma Kaukonen 19, 2021

Jorma Solo Early Show

City Winery

New York City

Thursday, April 22, 2021

  1. True Religion
  2. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
  3. Broken Highway
  4. Blue Railroad Train
  5. Been So Long
  6. Heart Temporary
  7. Great Change
  8. Full Go Round
  9. In The Kingdom
  10. Ode To Billy Dean
  11. San Francisco Bay Blues
  12. How Long Blues
  13. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
  14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Jorma Kaukonen 20, 2021

Jorma Solo Late Show

City Winery

New York City

Thursday, April 22, 2021

  1. Hesitation Blues
  2. Come Back Baby
  3. Serpent Of Dreams
  4. River Of Time
  5. In My Dreams
  6. Follow The Drinking Gourd
  7. Prohibition Blues
  8. Living In The Moment
  9. Watch The North Wind Rise
  10. Flying Clouds
  11. 99 Year Blues
  12. Waiting For A Train
  13. Walking Blues
  14. Things That Might Have Been
  15. Roads and Roads &
  16. Encore: Genesis
Man at work…

Photo by Phil Jacobs

I was so moved by the response of our friends in the audience at the Winery. Many thanks from me!

The Old… and the new…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a new skyline for me here in the Tri-State. I’m walking up the Hudson on the Weehawken side and I look to my right and there is an old friend… the Empire State Building. It may seem dwarfed in this shot surrounded by new architecture, but for a guy of my age, it will always be the One!

Life goes on indeed…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Now tonight… #46

Special Edition tonight…

Tonight John Hurlbut and I will play the entire River Flows record… Volume One, and Volume Two which will not be released until July.

Onward

Happy Easter & #44

April 4th, 2021 21 comments
On Easter morning Maverick and I walk the perimeter of the Fur Peace Campus

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Happy Easter to all who celebrate! It is a lovely morning… finally.

Last night we found our into and out of #44 of the Quarantine Concert Series.

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Quarantine Concert Series #44

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, April 3, 2021

  1. True Religion
  2. Heart Temporary
  3. Big River Blues
  4. I See The Light
  5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy for Allen Albrecht
  6. Everybody’s Talking with John Hurlbut
  7. Driving Wheel with John Hurlbut
  8. Ice Age
  9. Hesitation Blues
  10. Sleep Song
  11. Bar Room Crystal Ball

I’m pretty psyched about my EC Strat through the Louis Electric DelTone channeling the Eventide Black Hole and I can only say we’re going to be hearing and seeing more of this chain of gear!

Heading to my Sis-in-law’s place to break bread.

Stay well…

Rainy Sunday Morning

March 28th, 2021 35 comments
A night or so ago

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Nessa took that great picture a day or so ago and I just wanted to share it. The ladies are up in Triadelphia, West Virginia for a Volleyball Tournament but thanks to the occasional magic of the internet we were both able to be present for the chat and I could watch and critique myself during the show. Many thanks to all who tuned in and participated!

Jorma Kaukonen 14, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #43

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, March 27, 2021

  1. Too Many Years
  2. Broken Highway
  3. New Song For The Morning
  4. I Belong To The Band
  5. Watch The North Wind Rise
  6. Search My Heart
  7. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door with John Hurlbut
  8. A Little Faster with John Hurlbut
  9. Corners Without Exits
  10. River Of Time
  11. Water Song

A good time playing and hanging with my team here at the Fur Peace Ranch as it always is. John and I picked two songs from The River Flows Vol 2 and we are pretty excited about its release presuming that the Covid situation in Europe allows it to ship. On this as on all things, more will be revealed.

Got to get ready for my Sunday City Winery Zoom class.

Sunday In The Country & A Memory Of Saturday Night

March 21st, 2021 20 comments

Last night was #42 for us and as usual we shared a lot of camaraderie along with the music. In addition to Vanessa and myself just being us, we made special note of Wavy Gravy’s 85 birthday. I have known Wavy for more than half my life now and he is, without doubt one of the most truly significant humans I have ever met. It is easy to get lost in his persona and of course that is what you see and that is a large part of who he is. But there is way more. His commitment to Seva… Service… and to humanity in general is more than noteworthy. I highly recommend adding Saint Misbehavin’ to your movie collection. In the long tradition of the Holy Fool… he is one of the Holiest.

Watch it often… with your friends. I dedicated There’s A Bright Side Somewhere to Wave, because with him… there’s always a Bright Side!

Jorma Kaukonen 13, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #42

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, March 20, 2021

  1. Candy Man
  2. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere for Wavy Gravy’s 85th birthday!
  3. Barbeque King
  4. Highway Song
  5. Izze’s Lullaby
  6. I See The Light
  7. Who Will Stop The Rain with John Hurlbut
  8. Working Class Hero with John Hurlbut
  9. Song From The Stainless Cymbal
  10. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  11. Embryonic Journey for Brad Coyle

In the the course of our little livestream there’s always that person that just calls Vanessa out and says, ‘You talk too much.’ Without getting pissy if I felt called upon to actually comment in real time I would point out that our event is not a ‘concert’ per se. I wouldn’t deal this sort of badinage into a live concert. That’s not what a concert is all about. We have all been locked up to a greater or lesser degree for the last year and our stream has given Me, Nessa, John, Myron and occasional guests the opportunity to dance in the sunlight if only for a moment, and that’s what we do! Since the show is ‘free’ comments are duly noted and in this case set aside.

We had a great time last night as we do every the livestream cameras roll. Finally, I dedicated Embryonic Journey to our old friend, Brad Coyle. Brad came to the Ranch almost 20 years ago with a guitar and a motorcycle. It was a Pick ‘n’ Putt weekend. My Sister-in-law Ginger rode with Brad on that run. Nessa had her first Sportster that year. It was a good day! As I got to know Brad I discovered that as a nurse he was one of the good people attending to the final days of my old band mate, Spencer Dryden. I was able in those final moments to reconnect in some very small way with Spencer.

That was more than a mitzvah! Thanks Brad. Today Brad himself is facing a trip down that road from which there is no return and we have reconnected again. I was told that as a player himself he loved Embryonic Journey and so my friend… that last song was for you.

This chilly Sunday morning begins with chilly air and blue skies.

It will get warmer…

The Ides Of March

March 15th, 2021 50 comments
Looking down the driveway at our gate…

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Thoughts 2021

Monday, March 15, 2021

Well, Saturday night last, March 13, 2021 that would have been, we celebrated and played our 41st show in the Quarantine Concert Series. Forty-one weeks of music not counting our great shows from the  Vaults. As we started the show it took a moment or two for me to find my artistic homeplace and get comfortably relaxed but I’ll get to that after the set list entry.

When I create a set list when for one of our QCS shows or a ‘real’ show in the outside world I try to focus on where I am that evening… physically, spiritually and emotionally. I select tunes that reflect that environment. If a get an outside request from someone that doesn’t contravene that microverse I’m inhabiting then I may or may not add that tune. On this night, someone needed to hear 3rd Week In The Chelsea so I swapped out Izze’s Lullaby. Glad to oblige. The Lullaby will get the call next week and I’m very fond of 3rd Week so in it went.  In any case, here’s the Set List from the 13th.

Jorma Kaukonen 12, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #41

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, March 13, 2021

  1. Parchman Farm
  2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
  3. Things That Might Have Been
  4. San Francisco Bay Blues
  5. Ain’t In No Hurry
  6. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere with John Hurlbut
  7. Morning Dew with John Hurlbut
  8. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
  9. Waiting For A Train
  10. Trial By Fire
  11. I Am The Light Of This World

Now, back to getting relaxed on our home stage for our show. As I was walking over to the Fur Peace Station with my Burnt Husk Tea and the evening’s set list I saw a car stopped by the closed gate next to our ticket booth out in the parking lot relentlessly beeping his horn. Now, the parking lot gate was closed and there is a profusion of large signs from St. Clair Road to the parking lot plainly advising the public that the Fur Peace Ranch Facility was closed, I was going out to deal with it but Vanessa insisted that she do it. Now it’s not up to me to decipher what might be in anyone’s head. I’ve got more than enough going on in my own. In any case perhaps the individual was innocent enough in their well-meaning intrusion but that doesn’t matter. When you are asked to leave someone’s property, you leave. Compound this with an unmasked individual who was speaking in riddles and a myriad of warning flags are raised.

Vanessa insisted that I not get involved but I stayed close enough so that if I needed to make my presence felt I would be there. Like we say down here in the country, ‘When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.’ Anyway, Vanessa kept insisting that he leave and he finally got back in his car and instead of simply turning around in our ample parking lot, he got his rig stuck in my culvert and then tore it up getting out. As he finally extricated himself from the ditch he stuck his hand out the window and flipped us off.

Ooooh…. That really hurt.

Oh well, as we say.

Anyway, I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t on my mind as we started #41 forty minutes or so later.  The good news is that we all settled and had another great evening. Music is indeed magical in its healing powers. Now before I move on, without reflecting on what the intruder’s intentions might or might not have been, the whole moment was rife with disrespect. Nuff said.

Moving right along… I watched the Grammy’s last night and I have to say I thought it was one of the most entertaining Grammy presentations I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them. Our fourteen year old daughter reminded us, ‘The Grammy’s are tonight Dad…’ My expectations were low but I was more than pleasantly surprised. I know little about ‘new’ music. Not because I look down on it, it’s just not part of my artistic world unless someone opens the door for me and invites me to peek in. I got the invite and I not only peeked in, I walked through the door… and yes, I like Cardi B.

Cool… it’s hard to remember, but Jefferson Airplane got a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1967 and I got a nomination for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2002. (Doc Watson won that year as he should have.) That’s really funny because until very recently I had no idea that Jefferson Airplane had garnered a nomination. Our daughter Izze said, ‘How could that have been Dad?’ Speaking only for myself, that kind of stuff just didn’t matter to me back then. Quite simply put, I was unaware of that honor and didn’t give it a second thought. We collectively didn’t get into the game for those kinds of honorifics. This many years down the road two Grammy nominations, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame are all honors that I will gladly bask in. At this point in my life I’ll take the wins as I see them and walk on smiling.

Who knew?

As for last night’s Grammy show and the memories it induced, all I can say is you’re only young once. I’m still working on perfecting ideas that were nascent over half a century ago. I was an Enfant Terrible a long time ago. Now I’m just trying to avoid the Terrible part.

Hey… in spite of the Pandemic, life isn’t boring.

Stay well…

Seven Springs And #40

March 7th, 2021 12 comments

So… just a brief update on this fine Sunday. It’s Spring Break for the High School gang and the Kaukonen Family broke out of their cocoon and headed up go Seven Springs in Pennsylvania to take the girls skiing. We recorded #40 on Wednesday last so we could make this trip. All that being said, I so glad we got back from the slopes in time to grab dinner and get on the chat.

Now I say ‘we’ got back from the slopes which is a loose description. My downhill skiing days are over I fear. I’ll stick to paddle boarding and motorcycle riding. Speaking of riding…. the girls are snow boarding… riding, not skiing. This was made abundantly clear to me. 🙂

OK… the set from last night:

Jorma Kaukonen 11, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #40

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, March 6, 2021

  1. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
  2. Wolves & Lambs
  3. Blue Railroad Train
  4. Sea Child
  5. Flying Clouds
  6. That’s All Right Mama/Mystery Train with John Hurlbut
  7. Chimes Of Freedom With John Hurlbut
  8. Rock Me Baby
  9. Roads and Roads &
  10. Good Shepherd
  11. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today

It was important for Vanessa and myself to be able to weigh in on the chat, even though we were on ‘vacation.’ The QC concert folks have become like family to us and we didn’t want to miss out on being able to be part of the conversation in some way.

So be it.

I’m going for a hike.­

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#39 And A Rainy February Sunday

February 28th, 2021 40 comments
The Big Guy, a lull in the storm and our Hwy 61

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Izze and Nessa went to Newark (or Nerk as we say) for a volleyball tournament. They left around 0530. It could be worse. A male kid playing ice hockey would require lots more driving. Anyway, left home alone, I took Mav for a walk down our Hwy 61 in between storms. Rain or not, at least it’s warmer and any day now I expect to hear peepers.

Well, we sent out # 39 to our brothers and sisters in Radio Stream Dreamland last night, and here’s what we did:

Jorma Kaukonen 10, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #39

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, February 27, 2021

  1. West Coast Blues
  2. Serpent Of Dreams
  3. Walkin’ Blues
  4. Full Go Round
  5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
  6. Living In The Moment
  7. Kansas City Southern with John Hurlbut
  8. Someone’s Calling with John Hurlbut
  9. Mann’s Fate
  10. Letter To The North Star
  11. Genesis

West Coast Blues was the first finger style songs I ‘got’ when I was first starting out finger picking in 1960. thanks brother Ian! I owe more to you than I was ever able to tell you, may your memory be a blessing! I rarely do it as a performance piece so it was big fun to start the set with it. I hadn’t performed Brother Can You Spare A Dime since one of the very earliest shows of the Quarantine Concert Series so it was equally great to bring that beauty to light again. Now I’m already thinking about #40. Hmmmm….

After their walks Percy relaxes in Maverick’s house and they both contemplate sharing a bone.

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

I’ve got a Sunday Zoom lesson coming up but I just wanted to get this post up and running.

More will be revealed!

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti 1919-2021

February 23rd, 2021 23 comments

 Lawrence Ferlinghetti

March 24, 1919-February 22, 2021

When I moved to the Bay Area in Northern California in 1962 I settled in Santa Clara, where I was to go to school. San Francisco was a Mecca to me back then. The whole Beat headspace had been calling my name for years. Santa Clara was a backwater, but San Francisco was less than fifty miles away. As soon as I was able to find a like-minded spirit with a car, we saddled up and headed north up the 101.

North Beach had been calling my name for a long time. Coming back from the Philippines some months before, a stop at an English-speaking bookstore in Tokyo had outfitted me with some Henry Miller books… hard if not impossible to find in the States back then. At City Lights Bookstore there on Columbus Avenue in North Beach, all things were possible from The Rosy Crucifixion to Black Spring. That was 59 years ago, and at that callow age all things were still possible.

A couple or so years later in 1966, Jefferson Airplane would play a show at the Fillmore Auditorium. That in itself would not be that interesting. In some respects, the Airplane was almost like a band in residence. I lived up the street from the Fillmore in the Western Addition and the other band members did not live far away.

Anyway, the ‘opening’ act that night was Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the young Russian poet Andrei Voznesensky. Lawrence read, then Andrei read… then Lawrence read the English translations of the work that Andrei had just manifested. Hard to imagine an unformatted ‘rock’ show like that today. Bill Graham wasn’t into cookie cutter shows, that’s for sure!

Bill would die in 1991, Andrei in 2010 and Lawrence in 2021.

As Lawrence said, ‘The greatest poem is lyric life itself.

Fair winds and following seas brother!

Feb. 23, 2021

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