Archive for August, 2011

Both A Treat, And A Treasure

August 31st, 2011 25 comments


OK, even I’m excited about this. This will be my first Second Chances offering. It is one of my Gibson J-190 Super Fusion guitars.

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When the good folks at the Acoustic Gibson Montana plant turned me on to this fine instrument in 2003, I thought then as I do now, ‘What a great idea!’ It served me well for a number of years giving a beautiful tone as well as the controllable volume needed for many of the gigs that I work. It is a truly beautiful, large body acoustic/electric guitar. You may wonder why I moved from the J-190’s to my J-35 and then to my Martin M-30 and the answer is the Fishman Aura, which is a discussion for another time. The Aura quite simply allowed me to ‘amplify’ an acoustic guitar without a magnetic pickup without losing it’s so called acoustic qualities. As noted, the Fusion has more of an electric sound… I could easily see it living forever in a jazz setting. I used it exclusively on the lengthy tours supporting my Blue Country Heart project. That was when I first started touring with Barry Mitterhoff, Sally Van Meter and Cindy Cashdollar. Heady times…

Let’s talk about the guitar more…

It’s aesthetics and appointments are truly outstanding.

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Look at that fingerboard… look at the peg head… This truly harkens back to Gibson’s great big body guitars from the late 30’s through the 50’s.

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Included in this offering is the Pegasus Airline Case seen here as well as the original hard shell case the guitar lived in when I got it from Gibson. If you need to fly with this beauty… it’s ready to travel safely.

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Look at that back… look at that pink plush lining in the case. Yeah, I know… this is really geeky guitar stuff but it all tweaks me in a good way.

This is my first Treat posting and over time, I’m sure I’ll be refining the look and efficiency of the site. As I get into this more there will be offerings of all sort of stuff, not just instruments and gear. More will indeed, bed revealed! In the meantime, today’s offering is:

Gibson Super Fusion J-190 EC black Serial # 01231027 with original Gibson case from Bozeman. also included is a Pegasus Road Case. This guitar was on the road from 2002 to late 2004

Includes original Gibson hard shell case, a fiberglass Pegasus airline case as well as shipping and insurance.

If this is of interest to you, clicking the above link will take you directly to the Fur Peace Ranch Company Store. Oh yeah… not only would I be willing to autograph anythings that we offer here… there will be appropriate provenance provided!

Here’s me at the Sausalito Art Fair back around 2003 or four… thanks to Angela for this picture.

Sausalito Art Fair

More will definitely be on the way as the river of time heads towards home.

Back To The Ranch

August 29th, 2011 15 comments

I got to the Fur Peace Ranch a little bit early and made myself at home again.


Yeah, I could tell right off it was going to be a beautiful weekend. This was one of our ‘special’ sessions with just Marjorie Thomson and myself. We had fifteen eager guys… twelve of them there for the first time. That was exciting. We covered a bunch of ground on Friday and Saturday during the day, and Saturday night I did a solo show at the Fur Peace Station, the set list of which follows:

Jorma Alone Again And Acoustic At The Fur Peace Ranch
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, August 27, 2011

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. River Of Time
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. I See The Light
6. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
7. Second Chances
8. I Know You Rider
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
Second Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Sea Child
5. Uncle Sam Blues
6. Been So Long
7. 99 Year Blues
8. Full Go Round
9. Whinin’ Boy Bues
10. Parchman Farm
11. Keep your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Genesis

Today was the last day of the Camp weekend and the start of Izze’s second week in kindergarten. The weather is more than beautiful and life is good!

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Treats And Treasure

August 25th, 2011 16 comments


Ok folks… I’ve been thinking about this for some time. Those of you who know me know what a pack rat I am. I am surrounded not only by a lifetime of my own minutiae but also that of my parents. I’ve been wallowing in these possessions for years… not unlike Scrooge McDuck diving in his money bin. In any case, I’ve decided that it is indeed time to thin the herd. Starting next week I will be posting things that I will be selling. Welcome to Second Chances, Pre-Loved Treats & Treasures from Jorma’s (that’s me) Personal Collection. A few ground rules… this is not an auction. I will want whatever I’m asking for each item. it will be first come, first served… all things in ‘as is’ condition. I will not be bargaining. I look at it this way. I already own the stuff and I’m not paying rent on it. If it goes, I’ll smile… if not, I’ll still be smiling. As items go up on the site there will be pictures. A click on the item will bring you directly to the Fur Peace Ranch Company Store. Prices will include shipping and insurance. I will be starting with musical instruments, but as time goes there will also be books and art and whatever else I can come up with. It is my plan to have this site go hot on Wednesday, August 31th, 2011. (Thanks Frank)

That’s about it… I’m looking forward to lightening my load and living a less encumbered life. In the meantime, here is a 1994 Gibson Nighthawk Custom that I played with Hot Tuna for a number of years. It was on a Homespun Video and was played at Woodstock II.

Gibson Nighthawk Custom 1994 #94021307  1

Gibson Nighthawk Custom 1994 #94021307  2

(This item has been sold)

More will be revealed!

Brotherly Love & Home

August 23rd, 2011 7 comments

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Saturday the 20th Barry Mitterhoff and I descended to Schwenksville and the 50th anniversary of the Philly Folk Festival. In spite of the storms that were coming and going all weekend, when we got on the stage at 22:20 it was simply a beautiful night.

Philadelphia Folk Festival Set:

1. Hesitation Blues
2. Second Chances
3. I Am The Light Of This World
4. Come Back Baby with David Bromberg
5. Nine Pound Hammer with David Bromberg
6. That’ll Never Happen No More with David Bromberg

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On Sunday, the day started with gospel from the Campbell Brothers and friends… what a way to start any Sunday! After their set it was time for the ‘Workshop.’ Roy Book Binder hosted the stage and the luminaries were as follows: Tom Rush, me (Jorma Kaukonen), David Bromberg, The Wood Brothers, and the Philly Jug Band. Good music and good fellowship all the way around.

As soon as we all finished our little show, the skies began to darken and typical August Festival Fashion and Myron and I beat feet for Ohio and home.

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Home before midnight… no place like it. Today is my daughter’s orientation day for kindergarten. Onward indeed…

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Busy, Busy, Busy

August 20th, 2011 5 comments

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Here we are on our way to Port Jefferson, Long Island… but before this, on Wednesday we drove twelve hours from Pomeroy to Fairfield, Connecticut where on Thursday we played at Stage One. Here is our set list from that night:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 5, 2011
Stage One
Fairfield, Connecticut
Thursday, August 18, 2011

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Candy Man
3. River Of Time
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. How Long Blues
6. Goodbye To The Blues
7. Izze’s Lullaby
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Hesitation Blues
10. Second Chances
11. Come Back Baby
12. Parchman Farm
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Bread Line Blues
3. More Than My Old Guitar
4. I See The Light
5. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Blue Railroad Train
9. Uncle Sam Blues
10. I Know You Rider
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Nine Pound Hammer
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Yesterday, up in time for breakfast and off to the ferry where we set out for Long Island and the Stephen Talkhouse where I have been playing for almost a quarter of a century. A blue ribbon crowd as always… and we were joined by our good friend G.E.Smith. Here is our set list from last night:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 6, 2011
Jorma & Barry
Joined by G.E.Smith who is on board from
Full Go Round to the end
Stephen Talkhouse
Amagansett, New York
Friday, August 19, 2011

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Second Chances
4. Children Of Zion
5. River Of Time
6. Sea Child
7. Full Go Round
8. Bread Line Blues
9. 99 Year Blues
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Come Back Baby
12. Vicksburg Stomp
13. Parchman Farm
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
15. The Terrible Operation
16. Been So Long
17. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
18. How Long Blues
19. Uncle Sam Blues
20. Goodbye To The Blues
21. Keep On Trucking Mama
22. Nine Pound Hammer
23. Encore: Embryonic Journey

In an hour or so we are off to the Philadelphia Folk Festival… Fiftieth anniversary I might add…


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Couples Weekend With The Persuasions And Lee Allen Zeno

August 18th, 2011 4 comments

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There was a grand full moon last weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch as we were joined by Verlon Thompson, our treasured friend, the Persuasions as well as the great bass player, Lee Allen Zeno. It was Couples Weekend at the Ranch and believe me, a great time was had by all. The Persuasions played a simply magnificent show on Saturday night, and on Sunday, Verlon and I played for the folks and we were blessedly joined Lee Allen Zeno who provided lots of groove for us to rest on. Before the end of our little set we ‘persuaded’ the Persuasions to join us too! What a weekend!

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The view on the way back to Hillside Farm.

Yesterday, my son Zach and Myron and I set our for Fairfield, Connecticut where we are now. Tonight, Barry and I will play at Stage One and tomorrow we set out for the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. We’ll be taking the ferry across the Sound, so I look forward to that.

More about Stage One later tonight…

Woodsongs In Lexington, Kentucky

August 9th, 2011 3 comments


Mountain Heart soundchecking on the Woodsongs stage.

Yesterday good old fun loving Hot Tuna drove up to Lexington, Kentucky from Nashville accompanied by the folks from Dish Magazine who withstood the rigors of the bus to get an interview with me and the boys. Stay tuned on this one…

At Woodsongs we played the following:

1. Children Of Zion
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. Vicksburg Stomp

…and in the little ‘encore. for the studio audience… 99 Year Blues

After the show wrapped, Barry went to the Lexington Airport, Jack to the Cincinnati Airport and we are getting ready to head back to Pomeroy from the Queen City. It’s been a great little run… all the way…

Home is calling…

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Message From Nashville

August 8th, 2011 7 comments

It’s been a busy couple of days but fortunately we stopped here in Nashville on our way to Lexington, Kentucky so after a great steak dinner at the Palms I have a few moments to catch up on my blog before I hit the sack.

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Well, there’s never a dull moment at the Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale. We had a great night there, and here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 23, 2011
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Acoustic Trio
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Friday, August 5, 2011

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Search My Heart
3. Children Of Zion
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. Second Chances
6. 99 year Blues
7. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
8. How Long Blues
9. Goodbye To he Blues
10. Bread Line Blues
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. More Than My Old Guitar
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Come Back Baby
6. Let Us Get Together
7. Full Go Round
8. Sea Child
9. Parchman Farm
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
11. Just Because
12. Encore: Nine Pound Hammer

After a couple of hours at the hotel we hit the road for Tampa and Skipper’s Smokehouse a joint where we always have a ball!

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Yeah, you gotta love this place… I mean check this out…

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Man Vs. Food Nation… good stuff indeed! And of course, it just gets better.

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Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 24, 2011
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Acoustic Trio
Skippers Smokehouse
Tampa, Florida
Saturday, August 6, 2011

1. True Religion
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Children Of Zion
4. Second Chances
5. Bread Line Blues
6. More Than My Old Guitar
7. Sea Child
8. Full Go Round
9. The Terrible Operation with Tessa Mitterhoff on Ukulele
10. Come Back Baby
11. Goodbye To The Blues
12. 99 Year Blues
13. I Know You Rider
14. Things That Might Have Been
15. I See The Light
16. Uncle Sam Blues
17. Parchman Farm
18. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
19. Encore: Water Song

I must pay tribute to my friend Roy Book Binder, a local guy, who wrote the brilliant Full Go Round I recorded. This man is a national treasure. And speaking of national treasures, we were joined before the show by our old band mate, Marty Balin. Always great to see Marty!

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Well, another early bus call and here we are. Tomorrow, Woodsongs!

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Through The Window Of A Train

August 5th, 2011 4 comments

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I see the Gulf Of Mexico from my hotel window here in Pensacola. Yesterday we were in Birmingham, the day before Cleveland and tomorrow Orlando. We don’t ride trains anymore in this country, but the windows of the bus frame an ever changing landscape of American life. Life at home seems to evolve by itself quite nicely without my intervention while I am gone and I marvel at that. It is quite apparent when I get back to the farm and have to re-orient myself in the world that is my wife and daughter’s… and so it goes. We speak on the phone and in this age of almost constant connection this seems to suffice in a minimal kind of way. On occasion, I will be joined by my wife and daughter and sometimes my son and we ride the interstate ribbon together for a while. I am reminded by the great song by Blue Highway, ‘Through The Window Of A Train,’ and there is a part of me that would like to be able to leave memories like this behind.

Through The Window Of A Train
Tim Stafford & Steve Gulley

Everybody drives the same old roads these days
Don’t see a thing but they know the way
Every mile’s a marker every town’s the same
And a place to stop is not the same

Daddy was a brakeman on the L & N
Sometimes he’d let me ride along with him
No matter where we’d stop along the way
Everybody knew his name

Different stories down every line
People working hard just to live and die
I saw it all once upon a time
Through the window of a train

And we started back the way we came
Like people moving through a picture frame
Seems the whole world’s further down the track
But I’m always looking back

I don’t expect you all to understand
Or see the country like a railroad man
So many things you’d never realize
Unless you saw them with these eyes

Birmingham to Jackson hear the whistle call
And the sun goes down like a big red ball
In my memory I still see it all
Through the window of a train

Unfortunately, busses just don’t seem quite as romantic as trains but perhaps my children will one day fondly remember the landscape of my world… through the window of their mind’s eye.

So much memory is lost in the space of a generation and that is indeed as it should be. The new ones have so much to do forging their own frontiers that it would almost be a waste of time to revisit the paths their parents and grandparents took and yet, as I have found in my life, their will be a time when they will wonder what it was like… back then.

Well, then is now for me right now and as I look out my window at the Gulf Of Mexico in the one hundred and fifteen degree summer day, I am thankful for the fragile convenience of air conditioning. The days are getting shorter and night is always falling somewhere and it is nice to take this moment to reflect a little before I go to the gig to play a show with my musical family.

And so it goes… and here is that show:

Hot Tuna 21, 2011
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Acoustic Trio
Vinyl Music Hall
Pensacola, Florida
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Goodbye To The Blues
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. 99 Year Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. I See The Light
8. Children Of Zion
9. How Long Blues
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Parchman Farm
2. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. Uncle Sam Blues
6. Serpent Of Dreams
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Vicksburg Stomp
9. Candy Man
10. River Of Time
11. Blue Railroad Train
12. Just Because
13. Encore: Mann’s Fate

Well friends are to be found everywhere and us old guys have to stick together. Brothers of the gold tooth!

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I really loved the old L & N train stuff… as you can see, the hotel in Pensacola was the old train stations.

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Well, nothing lasts forever… that’s for sure… we said goodbye to the bygone days of the Louisville And Nashville and drove off to Orlando, which may or may not be the happiest place in the world.

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Seven some hours later, and there we were. Two minutes at the hotel and off to the Plaza Live where we played another show. Dangermuffin opened for us and we like these guys a lot. Hope to see them down the road. Our show was as follows:

Hot Tuna 22, 2011
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Acoustic Trio
The Plaza Live
Orlando, Florida
Thursday, August 4, 2011

1. I See The Light
2. Children Of Zion
3. Bread Line Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. More Than My Old Guitar
6. Goodbye To The Blues
7. Come Back Baby
8. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
9. I Know You Rider
10. Second Chances
11. 99 Year Blues
12. Uncle Sam Blues
13. God Shepherd
14. Parchman Farm
15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
16. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Now we’re off to Ft. Lauderdale… Living the dream in Florida!

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