Archive for December, 2020

#32 And A Goodbye To Tony Rice

December 27th, 2020 31 comments

It was a sad moment yesterday when I heard about the passing of Tony Rice. I had not seen him in some time. Actually, the last time I saw him was some years ago when the brought the Tony Rice Unit to play our Fur Peace Station. Our paths had intersected over the years. I first met Tony at Merlefest in the late 90’s and although we were not ‘hang out’ bros, I considered him a friend. There is a picture of Tony and my from that first Merlefest in our Library here at the Ranch. Every time we would meet, we would have a gentle conversation. I don’t know if I believe in ‘a better place’ after death, but if there is one, Tony deserves to be there. Fair wind and following seas brother!

The show must indeed go on… and last night we aired Quarantine Concert Series #32. We recorded it yesterday afternoon. With the White Christmas Winter storm, we didn’t want to put Andy, Myron and John at risk driving late at night. Anyway, it turned out to be a show that lasted over two hours and here is the set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 42, 2020

Quarantine Concert Series #32

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, December 26, 2020

  1. Been So Long
  2. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
  3. River Of Time
  4. Watch The North Wind Rise
  5. Whining Boy Blues
  6. Follow The Drinking Gourd
  7. Ballad Of Pancho & Lefty with John Hurlbut
  8. People Get Ready with John Hurlbut
  9. Trial By Fire
  10. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
  11. Ode To Billy Dean
  12. Embryonic Journey

The upside to the afternoon recording was that I got to be on the chat in the evening, which I really enjoy! That’s about it for now.

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White Christmas 2020 & #32

December 26th, 2020 10 comments
The ladies take me out to dinner

Selfie by Izze Kaukonen

We are so touched by the love and affection showed by so many to our family. You know who you are. Our gratitude is boundless!

Tonight we have #32 of our ongoing Quarantine Concert Series.

8 PM Eastern Standard Time. Be there!

This has been a year to remember in a lot of ways and as much as I’d like to, I’m not forgetting anything. All that being said, our extended family (that includes you all) has helped us to carry on, so thanks for that.

I’m going to break here. Boundless thanks to all our friends. See ya later tonight!

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I Shan’t Forget This One!

December 20th, 2020 60 comments

I have a very large family indeed, Vanessa corralled over a hundred of them and totally surprised me last night with countless video well wishers between songs. I was more than moved and pretty much at a loss for words. Great gratitude to Vanessa and all the folks who answered her call.


Quarantine Concert Series #31

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, December 19, 2020

  1. I Am The Light Of This World
  2. Ice Age
  3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  4. Highway Song
  5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
  6. Broken Highway
  7. House Of The Rising Sun with John Hurlbut
  8. Song From Easy Rider with John Hurlbut
  9. Trouble In Mind
  10. Water Song

There’s the music, but that’s not even that half of this show.

Thanks again!

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Rita Houston Sept. 28, 1961-December 15, 2020

December 15th, 2020 16 comments

I got back from my first road trip in quite a while yesterday. I had four shows at the Vogel in Red Banks and it was indeed a wonderful moment to be able to again do what it is that I have done for so long… play for people. Home last night sheltering in place in our Athens house while I waited for my Coved-19 test today… so far so good.

I’m driving to the auto parts store to get windshield wipers for my truck and Vanessa called me to tell me that Rita Houston from WFUV just passed today. This sad news touched me in a profound way. I had known Rita for many years. Artists such as myself are fortunate to have deejays such as Rita for a friend. We didn’t hang. It wasn’t that kind of a friendship but every time I would see at WFUV or less often at a gig, she was an old friend.

Memory sometimes washes me like smoke from a campfire. It surrounds you in an untouchable, diaphanous kind of way. Some things stick to your clothes and others drift to the next camp site. I am fortunate that most of the people who surround me are younger than me. That forces me to look forward more than backwards although indeed, there is more behind me than there is in front of me.

Old friends pass and the world becomes a little smaller. They can never be replaced. Smaller though the world might seem today, the road ahead is still inviting.

Rita was such a part of my time. She was a beacon in the dark continent of modern media. It seems as if my family is just a little smaller.

There’s sure to be a great play list in heaven today!

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To The Vogel And Back

December 14th, 2020 7 comments
Ah… on the road again

Photo by Phil Jacobs

There are nerve wracking aspect to being ‘out in public’ but they are more than overcome by the blessings of being able to play for live people!

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Jorma Solo

The Vogel 2130 Show

Red Bank, New Jersey

Saturday, December 12, 2020

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Candy Man
  3. Serpent Of Dreams
  4. Uncle Sam Blues
  5. Letter To The The North Star
  6. Too Many Years
  7. Walkin’ Blues
  8. The Terrible Operation
  9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  10. Living In The Moment
  11. Sea Child
  12. Full Go Round
  13. Genesis
  14. Ode To Billy Dean
  15. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
  16. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  17. Encore: Embryonic Journey

And then:

Jorma Kaukonen 38, 2020

Jorma Solo

The Vogel 1900 Show

Red Bank, New Jersey

Saturday, December 12, 2020

  1. Blue Railroad Train
  2. Whining Boy Blues
  3. Been So Long
  4. Another Man Done Gone
  5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  6. Flying Clouds
  7. Trial By Fire
  8. River Of Time
  9. Song For The Stainless Cymbal
  10. How Long Blues
  11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  12. I’m Free From The Chain Gang Now
  13. Search My Heart
  14. Roads and Roads &
  15. Come Back Baby
  16. I See The Light
  17. Sleep Song
  18. San Francisco Bay Blues
  19. I Know You Rider
  20. Encore: Water Song
Into the light…

Photo by Dennis Kane


Jorma Kaukonen 39, 2020

Jorma Solo

The Vogel Early  Show

Red Bank, New Jersey

Sunday, December 13, 2020

  1. True Religion
  2. Hesitation Blues
  3. Ain’t In No Hurry
  4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
  5. Barbeque King
  6. Sea Child
  7. Watch The North Wind Rise
  8. I Am The Light Of This World
  9. Ice Age
  10. Nine Pound Hammer
  11. That’ll Never Happen No More
  12. How Long Blues
  13. I See The Light
  14. Hamar Promenade
  15. Encore: Genesis

This is a great gig… done right in these trying times. Great sound too~!

Jorma Kaukonen 40, 2020

Jorma Solo

The Vogel Later  Show

Red Bank, New Jersey

Sunday, December 13, 2020

  1. Second Chances
  2. Wolves & Lambs
  3. Re-Enlistment Blues
  4. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
  5. Serpent Of Dreams
  6. Come Back Baby
  7. Trial By Fire
  8. Flying Clouds
  9. Good Shepherd
  10. Ode To Billy Dean
  11. Vampire Women
  12. Heart Temporary
  13. Trouble In Mind
  14. Prohibition Blues
  15. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
  16. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
  17. San Francisco Bay Blues
  18. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

A fairly early morning and a drive home where I will quarantine until I text negative. What a grand weekend, but good to be home.

Stay well!

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#30 Slides Into The Rear View Mirror

December 13th, 2020 11 comments

I was here in Red Banks, New Jersey last night except for the moments between my shows where I got on the chart feed for a bit. The folks at the Vogel really do it up right and I felt completely safe. Good stuff, more than nice to be able to get out and play.

Jorma Kaukonen 36, 2020

Quarantine Concert Series #30

Live From The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, December 12, 2020

1.        Second Chances

2.        Wolves & Lambs

3.        Blue Railroad Train

4.        Letter to the North Star

5.        Walkin’ Blues

6.        Borderline with John Hurlbut

7.        All Along The Watchtower with John Hurlbut

8.        Hamar Promenade

9.        I’m Free From The Chain Gang Now

10. Prohibition Blues

11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

I’ll do the lists from last night’s show here in Jersey when I finish with the two shows today.

Stay well…

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#30 On The Way And Some Guitar Geekery

December 11th, 2020 13 comments
The little National Resophonic

Photo and layout by Myron Hart

So a number of years ago, and I mean back in the 80’s, someone gave me this little National 3/4 size student grade guitar in its original cardboard case. it was a complete basket case so as I was flying home to New York where I lived at the time, I just checked it into baggage and figured that if it made it to the baggage carousel on the East Coast it was destined to live with me which it did in pieces for many years. I gave it to my buddy Myron some years ago after I moved to Ohio and figured that if anyone could do anything with this sad case, it would be him.

Fast forward to today:

Text Photo by Myron Hart

I heard Myron play some slide on this little jewel through an ancient tube amp that used to belong to his aunt. I sounds awesome. This is a good example of why you should never throw anything away!

Moving right along…

Don’t miss this one!

Now, I’m in New Jersey playing the Vogel Tomorrow and Sunday for a total of four socially distant shows. If I weren’t it would either be live or I’d be on the chat feed.

Enjoy. Remember if you’re somewhere near Red Bank, come see me play.

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December 8th, 2020 16 comments


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Yesterday, December 7, 2020 was Vanessa’s and my thirty second wedding anniversary. One has to wonder sometimes if there is any reason for why things evolve the way they do or of Brownian motion is the sum of all things. In the last analysis I’m not sure that it matters one way or the other although it would be nice if life’s moments were to fit neatly into a box.

Since they don’t it’s probably at the very least a minor miracle that couples not only stay together but that they do so out of not only love but unforeseen commitment. At the end of each day the roll call of events is a testament to almost divine synchronicity. With this in mind I am so grateful that my family is intact. The fourteen year addition of our daughter Izze is another one of those amazing blessings that surround our lives with light. How good does it have to get?

There was another milestone for me when I woke this morning. Chuck Yeager passed yesterday at 97. When I was a kid I thought I wanted to be a lot of things. I looked up to my grandfather Ben who was a research bacteriologist. ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I might be asked. ‘I want to be a scientist like my grandfather,’ was the reply. My grandfather had all kinds of cool looking stuff he would show me in his lab. Microscopes, exotic glass things, tubing, stainless steel items… I guess I figured when I got older all that stuff would somehow come to me and then I’d be a scientist. Reality wakes you from your dreams like it or not and still at that young age it became apparent that to be a scientist was more than possessing gadgets. There was math involved and more.

It was not for me.

One of the other careers that was not for me was to be a famous pilot. Growing up in the 40’s what kid my age didn’t want to be a pilot. To soar above the earth at unimaginable speeds doing unimaginable things… well, a lofty set of goals indeed.

Back in the 40’s I was growing up in the D.C. area where my dad was still working at the Department of Labor. The District Of Columbia, city of museums, had much to offer for a kid like me. The crown jewel was the Smithsonian air museum. Now it is the National Air and Space Museum. Back then it was less than that and in a way more. I took the bus and the trolley from Chevy Chase circle down to 600 Independence Ave. by myself  which in itself was an exciting feat for a kid who wasn’t even ten years old yet.

The Bell X-1 was there hanging from the ceiling. Chuck Yeager had just broken the sound barrier for first time and even though it was kept secret at the time ultimately Chuck was publicly honored and the Bell X-1 was hung for all to see. For some reason my house of memories has a room in which I actually saw Chuck Yeager at the Museum, but I probably just imagined it for so long that I came to believe it. In any case, in an era when I would write to aircraft companies and request photos of their cool planes to hang on the wall, my photo of the X-1 in my bedroom was as exciting as imagining a trip to the International Space Station.

I remember picking up my friend Michael Falzarano once at the Yeager International Airport in Charleston, West Virginia. Yeager’s memory alive and well in Charleston was a fine thing to behold.

So, December 7, 2020… Pearl Harbor, Chuck Yeager’s passing and Vanessa’s and my 32nd wedding anniversary. In the last analysis today, obviously the latter is foremost in my mind, but they are all in the mix in the heart of this old guitar player.

Happy anniversary Vanessa. You are not only an angel, you are my angel. And Chuck, rest in peace. You were a part of my life and in a way you still are!

PS On another note, does anyone know which Quarantine Concert Jack and I played Things That Might Have Been. I know we did it, but I screwed up the set list… I think. Help appreciated and thanks in advance. ( That would be in the most recent shows Jack and I did.)

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Quick Note On #29

December 7th, 2020 11 comments

Yeah, last night was a riot… mouse circus and all…

Here’s the set:

Jorma Kaukonen 35, 2020

Quarantine Concert Series #29

Live From The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, December 5, 2020

1.        Too Many Years

2.        Another Man Done Gone

3.        Living In The Moment

4.        Full Go Round

5.        Mann’s Fate

6.        Search My Heart

7.        Uncle Sam Blues

8.        Operator With John Hurlbut

9.        Sitting In Limbo with John Hurlbut

10. Kansas City Southern with John Hurlbut

11. Someone’s Calling with John Hurlbut

Our Quarantine Concert Series give all of here at the Fur Peace Ranch purpose… more than you all can know. The pleasure is ours…

More will be revealed!

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#29 Coming Up

December 4th, 2020 21 comments
A winter wonderland…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

This was Monday… of course, it’s Friday today and only mud is left. Still and all, it was really pretty for a while.

Well, tomorrow night at eight Eastern Time we will be offering #29 and believe me, I’ve got lots of good stuff planned.

Yeah, it may be chilly and rainy outside here in Meigs County, but it’s going to be warm in the Fur Peace Station tomorrow… maybe even hot!

Hope to see you all there!

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