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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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A Cloudy Day, Brightened By #39

February 27th, 2021 15 comments
Back live… like it or not

Except for some of the deepest piles, the snow is gone. Maverick, the big Dog and I took a two mile walk in the morning mist and then I dittoed that with Perseus, The Little Guy. Nice to be able to walk around outside without being bundled up like a kid in a snowsuit. (Remember those, older folks?)

It looks like some road gigs may be coming my way, but these are still thoughts and nothing is even close to being written in stone. Based on ongoing discussions my colleagues and I have, it will be a very long time (if ever) that touring returns to pre-2020 levels. That said, what else are we going to do except, well… the best we can.

Well, it’s always warm in the Fur Peace Station, so I hope to ‘see’ you all there tonight.

Stay well!

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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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#38 And A Trip To Akai Hana

February 21st, 2021 13 comments

#38 was yet another good time for us here at the Fur Peace Ranch. Instead of waiting until our 8 o’clock start time, we started recording at four. We’ve had some nasty weather here (I know we’re not alone) and the temperature dropped to 8 degrees F last night. We just couldn’t have our people driving these country roads late at night under those conditions. Things look like they’re warming up, if a little rainy. We’ll be live and in person for #39!

While I’m making corrections, for years I’ve been crediting Snooks Eaglin with Uncle Sam (or Questionaire Blues as it is also called.) I also went back last night and checked the Folkways LP I have been referencing. The song is not there. Armed with these facts, I can’t remember where I got the song and why I blamed Snooks. Could it have been Ian Buchanan? Perhaps, but that’s not even an educated guess. I stand corrected… the true facts may be lost in antiquity.

Moving on… the set list from last night:

Jorma Kaukonen 9, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #38

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, February 19, 2021

  1. Been So Long
  2. Trouble In Mind
  3. That’ll Never Happen No More
  4. Second Chances
  5. Ninety Nine Year Blues
  6. They Call Me The Breeze with John Hurlbut
  7. Smokestack Lightning with John Hurlbut
  8. Uncle Sam Blues
  9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  10. A Walk With Friends

Like I said… 8 degrees when I got up this morning… and then things started to warm. After Izze’s volleyball practice, we collected Vanessa and drove to Columbus for a delicious dinner at Akai Hana, one of Columbus’ premier Asian eatery.

Back home we look forward to warmer if rainy days. Got some great ideas already for #39.

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#38 Tonight And The Sound Of Wolves

February 20th, 2021 12 comments

Like so much of our country, Southeast Ohio is cold, cold, cold. My RV is nestling in it’s shed waiting for warmer days and a trip out into the world. As I was walking the dogs this morning in the 18 degree chill, I remembered that years ago in northern Sweden while speed skating I used to imagine I heard the wound of wolves in the darkness that wrapped most of the winter days. I realize now that those circling creatures were only heard by me as I tried to navigate a dark season in my life.

Now the only dark season is the winter outside our windows and the sounds of keening are real too as coyotes roam through our forest here at the Fur Peace Ranch.

Good times!

I’ve had my second Pfizer shot, Spring is distantly visible and we’ve got a live Quarantine Concert (to wit #38) for you all tonight! How good does it have to get?

Take note!

I don’t have the link for tonight’s Quarantine Concert yet but just go to YouTube at 8PM and find Fur Peace TV and we’ll all ‘see’ you then!

Here is the YouTube page link.

More will be revealed.

Stay well!

Here is the link folks!

See ya later…
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Winter Vortex & Summer Dreams

February 15th, 2021 16 comments

Yesterday I spent almost four hours manhandling five hundred pounds of salt melt on our driveway… which is almost a quarter of a mile long. Myron and I got back from Nashville just in time to miss the storm there, and welcome the storm here. The live music experience is always rewarding and in an odd way, so is dealing with winter. I enjoy the physicality of it and am more than grateful that at 80 I still have the strength and endurance to do so. I remember getting frostbite back in Jãmtland in northern Sweden back in the 70’s. At least I learned to feel that coming so I can avoid it. Hard earned knowledge is priceless.

Today the girls and I shoveled and spread more salt for a couple of hours… trimming the morning’s accumulation and getting ready for the onslaught of the evening storm.

A little earlier as I was writing down some guitar serial numbers I got a call from my old friend John Hammond, the great blues artist. He and I have been friends for sixty two years. We were both at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1959 when he brought tapes of what we would come to know as the two Robert Johnson LP’s from New York. John was already well versed in the idiom and I was just starting out. Rev. Davis called out to me in a more approachable way as far as a musical direction but back then we were surrounded by the great ones, many of whom were still alive. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howling Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson (both one and two), Hubert Sumlin, Champion Jack Dupree, John Lee Hooker… so many great ones. I would see John Lee at Gerde’s Folk City in 1960. He was surrounded by beautiful ladies. Blues was looking good to say the least.

John would become the John Hammond we know within six months with a Columbia record deal and gigs across the country. I would move to California in 1962 and finish college at the University Of Santa Clara while I developed my style and ability to perform. John would stop by Santa Clara in late ’62 on his way north after gigs in LA. He was driving a ’56 Ford Victoria… Black and white with a white interior. Glass packs and fender skirts, of course… We hung out together for a couple of days and drove up to Fremont before the three digit interstates. We hiked through the cliffs surrounded by petroglyphs. Two young friends starting on a path that would become the highway of their lives. The petroglyphs are gone having made way for an eight lane highway, but the two friends are still here and still playing music.

The rise of 60’s ‘modern’ rock and roll changed my world in more ways than I can really count but without that time spent playing tiny coffee houses with a guitar and sometimes a mike, none of that would have happened. To be so fortunate to realize that you have a true calling when you are young is miraculous! As I transited from being Jerry Kaukonen the folk singer to being Jorma Kaukonen the lead guitar for Jefferson Airplane I experienced a dimensional shift. Life is indeed a funny old dog.

On a cold, grey, snowy day it is good to have these thoughts to keep one’s soul warm.

Mine is warm indeed…

The summer I have been thinking about today has nothing to do with seasons…

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Nashville City Winery… Good Time!

February 12th, 2021 13 comments

Yeah, so last night the City Winery here in Nashville hosted me and a grand time was had… by me, that’s for sure!

Jorma Kaukonen 8, 2021

Jorma Alone

The City Winery

Nashville, Tennessee

Thursday, February 11, 2021

  1. Too Many Years
  2. Hesitation Blues
  3. Serpent Of Dreams
  4. Come Back Baby
  5. Search My Heart
  6. Great Divide Revisited
  7. Sea Child
  8. Trial By Fire
  9. Watch The North Wind Rise
  10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  11. How Long Blues
  12. Living In The Moment
  13. Good Shepherd
  14. Whining Boy Blues
  15. Barbeque King
  16. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  17. I Know You Rider
  18. Embryonic Journey

Awesome sound and great folks down here as always. Getting ready to drive home and try to beat the coming storm. I remind myself that it is still winter. 🙂

Now… tomorrow on Fur Peace TV:

This is another darn good one!

Well, if it weren’t good… we wouldn’t put it up. I’ll be on the chat with Vanessa. ‘See’ you there!

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A Night In The Sunshine State And Off To Nashville

February 10th, 2021 13 comments

Yeah, S. Clay Wilson shuffled off this mortal coil… As the checkered Demon would say, ‘Nice day for nothin,’ as he got together with his biker buddies, The Flying F*ck’n A Heads. As for R. Crumb, I’ve got all his Heroes Of The Blues trading card sets. We used to sell them at our Company Store. Don’t forget R. Crumbs ‘Cheap Suit Serenaders.’ Let’s not forget Terry Zwigoff. If you haven’t seen Ghost World or Bad Santa get with the program.

Yeah, time is marching on and my generation is trying to hold onto the short end of the stick. We’re all trying to prolong the run as long as possible. With the run in mind, here’s the FLA sdt:

Jorma Kaukonen 7, 2021

Jorma Alone

Old School Square Center For The Arts

Delray Beach

Monday 8, February, 2021

First Set

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  3. Highway Song
  4. River Of Time
  5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  6. Come Back Baby
  7. Blue Railroad Train
  8. Whining Boy Blues
  9. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
  10. Broken Highway
  11. Genesis
  12. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  13. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:

  1. Vampire Women
  2. Barbeque King
  3. Hesitation Blues
  4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  5. Great Change
  6. Song For The Stainless Cymbal
  7. Watch The North Wind Rise
  8. Sea Child… tuning fault
  9. Embryonic Journey
  10. Sleep Song
  11. Trial by Fire
  12. Good Shepherd
  13. How Long Blues
  14. Been So Long
  15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  16. Encore: Water Song

Not a bad stack of songs if I do say so myself.

Just getting ready to leave Atlanta, next stop… Nashville and the City Winery.

It’s interesting out here folks.

Stay well.

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#37 Done… Florida Beckons

February 7th, 2021 42 comments

Yeah… so last night was #37.

Jorma Kaukonen 6, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #37

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, February 6, 2021

  1. Nine Pound Hammer
  2. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  3. Do Not Go Gentle
  4. Vampire Women
  5. Soliloquy For 2
  6. Me & Bobby McGee with John Hurlbut
  7. Don’t Bring Me Down with John Hurlbut
  8. In My Dreams
  9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  10. Great Divide Revisited
  11. Heart Temporary

Another dandy from our house to yours.

Believe it or not, got a ‘real’ gig in Delray Beach, Florida tomorrow at Old School Square. Seven PM showtime… two sets. Be there or…

Tonight… Superbowl. Go KC!

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#36 In The Bag

February 1st, 2021 29 comments

Hey everyone… Monday the First here, and probably there. Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. What will Phil say? Hmmm… It’s not that cold here, speaking in terms of East Coast winters… it’s just nasty. Drizzling snow for the last 48. I’m waiting for the mud to seep up to the surface.

#36 was a blast, as always. I hadn’t really thought about Hamilton Camp’s Pride Of Man for over half a century. I remember David Frieberg picking it on some giant 12 string. Cool… anyway…

Jorma Kaukonen 5, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #36

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, January 29, 2021

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Big River Blues
  3. Genesis
  4. Come Back Baby
  5. Dark Holler with John Hurlbut
  6. Pride Of Man with John Hurlbut
  7. A Walk With Friends for M & P
  8. Hesitation Blues
  9. Song From The Stainless Cymbal
  10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
  11. Water Song

After the show Vanessa was still chuckling about 86’ing the nudge who was saying really stupid stuff on the chat feed. My only comment at time was that it’s easy to be a tough guy sitting behind a keyboard, or like my friend Ben H. says, ‘Everyone thinks they’re a trough guy… until they meet one!’ Before I knew it, my pal MIchael M. up Detroit way sent me this great folk tune done by Jeff Daniels.

Caution: Almost every line is marinated in adult lyrics. This one may not be for the faint of heart or the kids in the house.

Good work Jeff…

Sometimes people just confound me. Like we say down here in the country, ‘Oh well.’

In a more upbeat thought process… fortunately it ain’t my business what people think of me. Anyway, thanks to Jeff for writing and singing it and to Mike for sending it to me.

Moving right along. Groundhog Day tomorrow and who knows what next? Nessa and I have more good stuff coming your collective way.

Keep smiling and.

Stay well!

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