Archive for September, 2010

A Ride In The Country

September 26th, 2010 3 comments

Yesterday we had our annual Pick ‘n’ Putt Ride here at the Fur Peace Ranch. A hundred and nineteen point six miles of beautiful Ohio countryside and stunning almost fall weather. The ride couldn’t have been better and the day just got better as it wore on. The show in the evening was me going on first and playing the following:

1. I know You Rider
2. Come Back Baby
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Let Us Get Together
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. I See The Light
7. Hesitation Blues
8. Encore: I Am The Light Of The World


Yeah that was fun, but the fun was about to begin. Spencer Bohren and Bill Kirchen took the stage and were outstanding alone and together. They let me sit in on one of Bill’s tunes, ‘Are You Talkin’ ‘Bout Love Or you Talkin’ ‘Bout Chicken?’ They played for almost two hours… we got some radio time out of that for sure. Well, it’s almost time for the morning Sunday Class… Gotta get to ‘work!’

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WHY Hunger!

September 22nd, 2010 7 comments

A lightning strike to New York to play at Peter Yarrow’s place with Barry Mitterhoff and Tom Chapin for WHY Hunger… a worthy cause to say the least.

Chapin and myself playing a little music together. A hootenanny for sure.

I’d like to write more but I have to head back to the Fur Peace Ranch to get ready for Pick ‘n’ Putt.

Gotta go…

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A Short Trip To New York City

September 20th, 2010 1 comment

Tomorrow I’m going to spend a few hours in New York City working on some sort of a fund raiser for Living in Appalachia as I do, it is possible to see the effects of hunger even here in the United States. This is unacceptable. As I find out more about all this, I will write more.

In the meantime, when I get back, some of the Pick ‘n’ Putt riders will be in town and we will all be getting ready for our weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch.

That’s about it… just being counted.

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A Visit To America’s Dairyland

September 17th, 2010 1 comment

We came up to play at Lakeland College in Plymouth, Wisconsin and what a fine trip it’s been. We got to stay at the Victorian Village in Elkhart right on the lake and play at this beautiful school about eight miles away. Less than a thousand students here, it sure looks like a nice place to go to school. We played in a great sounding little performing arts center here on campus. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff 11, 2010
Bradley Fine Arts Building
Lakeland College
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Thursday, September 16, 2010

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Search My Heart
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Izze’s Lullaby
5. 99 Year Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. River Of Time
9. Parchman Farm
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. I Know You Rider
4. How Long Blues
5. Mann’s Fate
6. Uncle Sam Blues
7. That’ll Never Happen No More
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. Just Because
10. Encore: Full Go Round

We don’t leave until later tomorrow afternoon, so we’ll have a chance to explore a little before we cut out.

I hope we get to come back sometime.

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The Infamous Stringdusters Come To Town

September 14th, 2010 No comments

Saturday, September 11, 2010 the Fur Peace Ranch host a fund raiser for the Southeast Ohio Red Cross. There was a lot going on in Athens that night but the folks who showed up heard a fantastic show from one of my favorite bands, The Infamous Stringdusters.

Here’s a shot of them during soundcheck. I love these guys and it was great getting a chance to hang out with them a little and get to know them. They invited me to pick a song with them during the first set. They chose Deep Ellum Blues. When one of the guys said, ‘It’s simple,’ I knew there would be more to it than met the eye so I went back stage to rehearse for a bit and a good thing too.

During set break I had to take Izze home but the guys stayed over at the Ranch so I got so have Sunday breakfast with them. Two of my favorite Stringduster CD’s are Fork In The Road as well as their new offering, Things That Fly. Check these guys out… Great stuff.


Here I am with Vanessa and the guys.

Gotta Go… and so do they… dustermobile1

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September 11, 2010

September 11th, 2010 1 comment

Meigs County, Ohio
September 11, 2010

It is September 11, 2010 today… the ninth anniversary of that tragic day in New York City, Washington, D.C. and the hills of Pennsylvania. So much changed in those moments that it is often hard to reconcile that which was the world we knew before 9/11 to the time that has become ‘normal’ today.

I was in Columbus, Ohio for a doctor’s appointment that morning. As I was parking I got a call from my friend Michael Falzarano who told me that the first plane had just hit one of the towers. It was so unthinkable it didn’t even register with me. ‘I’ll call you right back,’ I said. ‘I’m parking right now.’ As I hung up the phone, the impact of what he said hit me. I called back immediately, but the cell towers were already down. Later that morning, I saw the towers fall on a hundred TV’s in a department store. Nothing would ever be the same.

I have heard people speculate on sundry ‘conspiracy’ theories and I can simply say from my point of view, that they are impossibly ignorant. My opinion…

As a simple guitar player in Southeast Ohio, it is not up to me to speculate on the state of the world today. Like so many, I lost friends in the towers that day and as time has passed I have come to know so many who lost family, friends and more. My friend David Weiss died that day in the first strike. A long time ago we rode motorcycles together in Upstate New York. My biker buddy Jerry B. and have gone on a David Weiss Memorial Run every year since 9/11/01. Jerry flies the big flags in honor of our fallen and it is interesting to me how few we run into on the road know what we are doing it on this day.

big flags

Time passes, of course, and it is up to those of us who hold these moments in our hearts to carry on the tell and the tradition.

road home

We did our ride yesterday instead of today… logistical reasons prevailed. The day was stunning, much like that day nine years ago. Blue skies, white clouds… stunning…

We got some waves, some honks… and a hearty helping of apathy. So it goes. Today I think of the fallen in New York City… In Shanksville, Pennsylvania… at the Pentagon in Northern Virginia. I think of our brave men and women who are our first responders… their brothers and sister who serve this great country in the Military… the living and those who have passed.

It is a day for somber reflection for all Americans.

Let us not forget!

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5772 Comes In With The Blues

September 11th, 2010 1 comment

Thursday night Carol Weiner invited me to accompany her for the children’s Rosh Hashana services at the Athens, Ohio Hillel, and of course I said ‘Yes!’


Well, we did a number of appropriate tunes but I think our big number was The Yom Kippur I’m Sorry Blues by Lisa Ann Green. Other songs in the service included Shanah Tovah by Judy Farber, L’Shanah Tovah by Debbie Friedman, Avinu Malkeinu in English by Judy Caplan Ginsburg, May You Be Sealed, Shofar Blast and Ahavah Love is Gonna Carry You, all by Peter and Ellen Allard.

Sing it sister!

And now some moments for more reflection…

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L’Shanah Tovah to all

September 9th, 2010 5 comments

With Rosh Hashanah upon us I must say Happy New Year to all! Tonight at family services I’ll be playing some guitar with Carole Weiner for the kids. It’s going to be a tough crowd, but Carole is a pro and I’ll do the best I can. The High Holidays are always a time for reflection and reassessment. Probably stuff that needs to be done all the time, but this at least gives me a venue and and opportunity.

I was just thinking about the metaphor of our new gate at the Fur Peace Ranch.

Our time on earth is filled with portals should we choose to walk through.

Tomorrow will be our annual 9/11 motorcycle run and on Saturday we host The Infamous Stringdusters in a benefit concert for the Athens Red Cross serving Athens, Gallia, Meigs and Vinton Counties. Gates open at six PM and the show is at eight PM. The grill will be on for burgers and dogs and the Station Break Cafe will be open as well. Be there for good food and a great show!

Gotta run… picking the little one up early today and heading to family services.

Shanah Tovah!

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We Ride Again

September 4th, 2010 1 comment

Well, my son and I got some good rides in over the past week. Today he returned to Northern Virginia where he lives. Seventh grade is awaiting him as is his thirteenth birthday on Monday. He’s a happier thirteen year old than I was and that’s a good thing. This is just a short note and a picture.


Onwards… ever onwards!

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September Comes

September 2nd, 2010 2 comments

What a week it’s been. My son Zach has been visiting and the weather gods have showered us with beautiful days. We’ve had a number of fantastic motorcycle rides, lots of swimming and an adventure in the woods looking at some beaver habitat. Check this out…

beaver pond 2

It’s in my back yard… sort of!

I mean really, is this the greatest? Check this out…

beaver pond 1 Now we didn’t see actually see any beavers, but we heard them come out of their lodge and saw bubbles.

All things considered, what a summer it has been and still is. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. On September 11, 2010, not only will I be going on my annual 9/11 David Weiss Memorial Run, but that evening we’re hosting a Red Cross Benefit at the Fur Peace Ranch This is certainly a worthy cause featuring the Infamous Stringdusters. This is one of my favorite bands and the cause must be supported. It’s a win/win situation. Please tell a friend and come to our place in Darwin, Ohio on September 11, 2010.
ranch monday 2

Sometimes life seems more perfect than one has a right to expect.

For the nonce… au revoir…

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