Archive for December, 2011

Cyber Free Vacation

December 30th, 2011 4 comments

Hey ladies and gents. The holidays have been more than magnificent for us here at Hillside Farm. My son Zach has been here for his whole winter break… Izze is out of school and well… holidays are for kids and adults enjoy them more when kids are around… my take on it anyway.

I haven’t been on line for a week… just taking a little break and enjoying the family. I’ll be back with renewed vigor after the New Year. By the way… a day and a half more of 2011.

Have a great one everyone!

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The Birthday Trip & Season’s Best To All!

December 24th, 2011 14 comments

winter break 1

I’ve never been to the Ellipse before… here it is. Funny, since this is my home town!

Well, Vanessa and Izze and Eli (the little Yorkshire Terrier) and I drove to the District Of Columbia on Thursday, the night of the 22nd of December. We made it in time to hit the Chinese Visa office on Pennsylvania Ave. and did what we had to do so I can go to China. Friday the 23rd of December was my 71st birthday and I just couldn’t have had a better one. We met my son Zach and his Mom at the National Xmas tree, National Menorah, National Lionel Train Set… well, you get the picture. Zach said goodbye to his Mom and hopped into my Jeep and we all headed back to Hillside Farm where we are now.

A man just couldn’t have had a better birthday… Life is indeed good! My blessings are bountiful and unexpected. I would also like to thank the myriad friends and family who have been showering me with birthday and seasonal greetings. Bless you all.

This is a short one… lots of fun stuff to do on the farm with the kids in this unseasonably warm early winter.

All of you out there, be well… and may this Season be a sweet one for you!

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Happy Hannukah Everyone!

December 20th, 2011 20 comments
Burning Lights!

Burning Lights!

Izze and Vanessa and I went to Danielle and Kevin’s house for the first night of Hannukah tonight. There were their kids, Zev and Ruthie and some student friends from Ohio University… good food… friendship and music. Good times indeed!

To all of my friends out there…

Chag Sameach

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Home For The Holidays

December 17th, 2011 5 comments

The Woods

Today started at 0430 for me. I had planned on going into the woods with my friend Ted. Indeed, we had Bambi on our minds and it was a perfect morning. Crisp… about 30 degrees Fahrenheit. We thought for sure they would be on the move. It was not to be however. I guess they were all in town doing some holiday shopping. When it’s not season, deer are everywhere… does and bucks. When your automobile insurance needs to be refreshed… there’s a deer there to do the job. Not today though.

Who cares? A beautiful morning in the woods with a good friend… priceless… for everything else there’s… well, never mind. Anyway, a great start to a great day.

I got back to the house, showered and got dressed and headed into town where Izze had joined the Tea Lady, Maureen Burns Hooker, at Kroger’s for a tasting of Izze’s tea… you know, giving away free samples and doing our best to jump start the economy. Well, don’t fret. if you couldn’t get to Kroger’s in Athens, Ohio today… you can go to the Fur Peace Ranch Company Store where you can order any of our delicious teas as well as all kinds of other great stuff. Plus, check this out. Anything ordered during the month of December will be shipped on us! Yes folks… free shipping!

Maueen Burns Hooker, The Tea Lady, Israel Love, And Me,,, Good Old Jorma

Maueen Burns Hooker The Tea Lady, Israel Love, And Me,,, Good Old Jorma

Well, what a great day. Home for a change with nice weather. Izze and I are sitting in my little office over the barn and as I type, she is watching the Wonder Pets!

What great day indeed! I sure hope the holiday season is treating you all as well as it is treating me and mine!

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Second Night At The Beacon And The Family Of Man (Women Too)

December 12th, 2011 51 comments

After The Beacon Show Saturday night, we left post haste and drove home to Ohio. Didn’t get to the blog yesterday, but here it is… better late than never.

Firstly, the Fur Peace Ranch Family thanks the Rex Foundation for honoring us with a grant that allowed us with the help of Spencer Bohren to bring some much needed and appreciated musical education to our beloved Appalachian hills and hollers. The folks at the Rex Foundation have indeed dedicated themselves to good works, and we are honored to be a part of their family! I also need to thank my wife, Vanessa. She gives substance to my dreams in a way that would never have happened without her. I’m certainly no angel, but in the more grown up part of my life, I try to take the higher moral ground whenever possible. Being human, this is certainly a progress not perfection event. Vanessa is never too timid to point out those moment when I’ve buried my head where the sun don’t shine. I am always reminded that though the paths are many, the way is indeed one!

With that thought in mind, I had some reflective and interesting experiences on this great New York weekend. You know, it is easy to take the stream of your own life for granted… I mean, that’s just the way it is. One walks through life one step at a time… one foot in front of the other. There are good times… tough times and well… just times. I’ve been a professional musician for almost my entire life. It’s not only what I do, it is a big part of who I am. One of my personal tasks is to try to keep my ego in check whenever possible. It would be fatuous and self serving for me to presume that what I do would have any real effect whatsoever on another’s life. That said, on both Friday and Saturday at the Beacon I spoke to many people who talked about the importance in their life of the musical community that Jack and I have been a part of for the last forty years or so. We are indeed brothers and sisters and it is good to be reminded of this. I thank you all!

Enough rambling… here is the set list for Saturday night.

December 10, 2011 The Beacon Second Night

First Set:
1. Jack comes out and plays… Barry and I come out and we join Jack and wind up with Mann’s Fate
2. Candy Man (Barry, Bromberg, Larry)
3. Fifty Dollar Wig (Bromberg, Charlie, Kimock,
4. I Wish You Would (GE… Kimock)
5. Angel Of Darkness (Larry And Teresa)
6. Smokerise Journey (Larry And Teresa)
7. Long Gone From Kentucky (GE, Larry, Charlie)
8. Sad And Beautiful World (Charlie, GE)
9. Children Of Zion (Larry, Teresa)
10. Driving Wheel (Bromberg, Nancy Josephson) Larry Pedal Steel, Teresa, GE, Kimock
11. Where Highway 61 Runs (Charlie, GE, Kimock… the gang ?)
12. Hit Single # 1
Second Set:
1. Mama Let Me Lay It On You (Larry… GE)
2. Mourning Interrupted (Larry)
3. Ode To Billy Dean (Charlie, GE, Kimock)
4. A Little Faster (Larry and Teresa, GE)
5. Things That Might have Been (Larry)
6. Tongue (Bromberg. Charlie, GE Kimoch)
7. Many Rivers To Cross(Kimoch, Bromberg, Larry, GE)
8. Bar Room Chrystal Ball (Larry, Teresa)
9. If This Is Love, I want My Money Back (Larry, Teresa)
10. If I Have Bad Luck (Charlie)
11. Been So Long
12. Christo Redentor (Charlie)
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning (Larry and Teresa)
14. Funky # 7 (The whole famdamily…GE, Bromberg)
15. Encore: No encore… we played right up to the witching hour… thanks all!

I would like to thank the following folks for their friendship and the sharing of their art:

Larry Campbell and Theresa Williams
Charlie Musselwhite
G.E. Smith
David Bromberg
Steve Kimock
Our core team:
Barry Mitterhoff
Skoota Warner
… and let me not forget my oldest friend, Jack Casady!

I would also like to thank our amazing support team! Brett Thompson and John Hurlbut from the Fur Peace RanchKevin Morgan our art director… Myron Hart, our instrument technician, luthier, friend and neighbor here in Southeast Ohio… Carmello aka Paulie fellow tech and long time friend… Cash Edwards our publicist extraordinaire… Phil Jacobs, our road manager and another old friend… Louis Rosano from Louis Electric who supplied all the guitar backline for this extravaganza and whose amps I use on stage every time I pick up an electric guitar and the good folks at Telefunken Microphones who supplied all our stage mikes for the Beacon gig.

Thank you all! I love you more than words can say!

As for now… it’s great to be home for a bit. It’s cold… summer is definitely over, but our hearts are warm and life is good!

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First Night At The Beacon, 2011

December 10th, 2011 21 comments

Our Name In Lights

Our Name In Lights

Well, last night was our opening night of our two day Beacon run. Good stuff, as always… we love this venue, we love these people. We had spent some time up in Woodstock rehearsing with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams and you know, rehearsing pays off.

How Many Hands Does Larry Have?

How Many Hands Does Larry Have?

When we got into the gig, the magnificence of it all just washed over me again!

The Glory That Was Rome

The Glory That Was Rome

Yes indeedy…

Here is our set list:

Beacon Nights
December 9th , 2011

Guests First Night:
Charlie Musselwhite
Larry Campbell
Theresa Williams

December 9, 2011
First Set:
1. Hesitation Blues (Jack & Jorma Acoustic)
2. New Song For The Morning (Jack, Jorma, Barry & Charlie Acoustic)
3. Can’t Get Satisfied (electric with G.E. & Charlie)
4. Where Highway 61 Runs (with Charlie & G.E.)
5. Angel Of Darkness (with Larry & Theresa)
6. A Little Faster (With Larry & Theresa)
7. Long Gone From Kentucky (With G.E. and Charlie and Larry)
8. Children Of Zion (With Larry & Theresa and GE)
9. Bowlegged Woman (with G.E. & Larry)
10. Smokerise Journey (with Larry & Theresa)
11. Rock Me Baby (with G.E., Charlie & Larry
12. Hit Single #1 (with G.E. and Larry)
Second Set:
1. I See The Light (with GE)
2. Talkin’ Bout You GE and Larry
3. Easy Now Revisited (Larry)
4. Mama Let Me Lay It On You (Larry on fiddle and GE on guitar and GE)
5. Second Chances (Larry)
6. If I Have Bad Luck (Charlie & GE)
7. Mourning Interrupted (Larry on guitar
8. GE Sings Eyesight To The Blind (with Larry and Charlie)
9. Christo Redentor (Charlie, GE and Larry)
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning (Teresa and Laryry with GE
11. Funky #7 (Gang TwanG)
12. Encore: Bar Room Chrystal Ball (Larry on pedal steel, Teresa background vocals

What a night… by the way, special thanks to our friends at Telefunken Microphones who provided all the onstage mikes for this Hot Tuna show!

Great Mikes... Affordable mAnd Shiny Too

Great Mikes... Affordable And Shiny Too

I loved singing through this one!

Source For The Voice

Source For The Voice

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Back Home… Getting Ready For The Beacon

December 7th, 2011 11 comments

Well… The Scandinavian trip was fulfilling in every way. I can hardly wait to get back. Barry Mitterhoff and I played some good music for some great audiences. It truly doesn’t get much better than that. Meanwhile, back here in the States we’re rehearsing for our big weekend at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Hot Tuna will be up for the task with some new/old gems ready to be played!

I’m sure there’s some more writing lurking in the wings, but for now… breakfast and off to do some twanging.

By the bye, today is the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. This is certainly an event that figured prominently in my parent’s life… and my other relatives of that time. My father and his two brothers wound up all fighting in WWII.

The landscape of history stretches beyond memory and Pearl Harbor means little to most younger Americans today. Being born in 1940, it is a reality to me. I remember my dad coming home on leave… and I not only remember the headlines heralding the end of WWII, I still have the papers… just as my father saved them years ago.

Just a note here to thank the old ones for their service.

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Return To Stockholm, And The Return Home

December 4th, 2011 14 comments
Reaching For The Sky... Time To Go Home

Reaching For The Sky... Time To Go Home

I received sad news tonight when I got back to my hotel after our gig at Gota Kallerer here in Stockholm. Hubert Sumlin, that seminal player and wonderful human being passed away yesterday morning. We were graced with Hubert’s presence twice at the Fur Peace Ranch and what a blessing that was. He was always gracious and uplifting. I loved him before I met him… even more so when we got to know each other.

From my friend Rabbi Klatzkin in Dayton:

‘A fine Hayom Yom today. Amazing the very fact that we can have a relationship with the Infinite. It is worth thinking about it a little– it is a joyous thought.

Man should ponder thoughtfully how great are the kindnesses of the Creator: Such a puny insignificant being, Man, can bring great delight to the “Greatest of all great”‘ of whom it is written, “There is no delving into His greatness.” Man ought therefore always be inspired, and perform his avoda [service of G-d in all its various aspects] with an eager heart and spirit.’

There is no question in my mind that Hubert was always inspired and that he performed his service to us all with an eager heart and spirit! Safe trip home brother Hubert… safe trip home!

The great ones are making that last journey at an alarming rate.

Meanwhile, back here in Sweden, Barry and I played tonight… for me the first time in almost 20 years. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 25, 2011
Gota Kallerer
Stockholm, Sweden
Sunday, December 4, 2011

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. True Religion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Goodbye To The Blues
6. Second Chances
7. Sea Child
8. Full Go Round
9. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
10. River Of Time
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
3. Children of Zion
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Ala Jatta
6. Bread Line Blues
7. How Long Blues
8. Vicksburg Stomp
9. Uncle Sam Blues
10. More Than my Old Guitar
11. Good Shepherd
12. Candy Man
13. Genesis
14. Parchman Farm
15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
16. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Tomorrow, bright an early… we fly to Helsinki and then back to New York. It’s been a wonderful voyage.

Ho Ho Ho

Ho Ho Ho

The Tuna boys and I will be rehearsing for our Beacon Gig this weekend. Good times!

From Ostrobothnia To Stockholm

December 3rd, 2011 9 comments

Last night Barry Mitterhoff and I played at Logomo in Turku. Another fabulous Finnish venue! I just can’t say enough about our Finnish Experience! Here is our set list from Last night:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 24, 2011
Turku, Finland
December 2, 2011

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Children Of Zion
5. Come Back Baby
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. Goodbye To The Blues
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Sea Child
11. Full Go Round
12. Ala Jatta
13. Parchman Farm
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Vicksburg Stomp
16. Genesis
17. I Am The Light Of This World
18. Nine Pound Hammer
19. Encore: Embryonic Journey

We got up at an ungodly hour and headed out to the airport. Thanks Pekka for the rides and the good company! Anyway, an hour or so later we found ourselves in Stockholm where it is cold and raining. Tomorrow we play Gota Kallare here in Stockholm and I must say I’m really looking forward to it.

I had planned on walking around, but I made the mistake of lying down for a nap and before I knew it, the whole day had passed. I guess I needed it… and tomorrow’s another day.

Good times!

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A Night In Vaasa

December 2nd, 2011 8 comments

Last night Barry and I played the Skafferiet here in Vaasa. This town is not far from Ylistaro from where springs the Kaukonen clan. There were many Kaukonens and friends I had never met before. It was so nice and they made me feel so welcome. Words cannot describe how this trip is making me feel. I have to get back soon.

In any case, a great show for Barry and myself. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 23, 2011
Vaasa, Finland
Thursday, December 1, 2011

1. Search My Heart
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Living In The Moment
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. Second Chances
6. Breadline Blues
7. Come Back Baby
8. Parchman Farm
9. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
10. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
11. Ala Jatta (Finnish Waltz)
12. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
13. How Long Blues
14. Vicksburg Stomp
15. Uncle Sam Blues
16. 99 Year Blues
17. I Am The Light Of This World
18. Barbeque King
19. I Know You Rider
20. Encore: Embryonic Journey
21. Encore 2: Full Go Round

Today we are off to Turku to play Logomo.

These are all new places for my music… but no matter where we go here in Finland, there is the warm embrace of my ancient home place.

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