Jorma Kaukonen

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.

Jorma Kaukonen, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is a founding member of two legendary bands, San Francisco’s ‘60’s band, Jefferson Airplane and his still-touring Hot Tuna, a duo with Jack Casady. In a career that has spanned more than 60 years, guitarist and songwriter Kaukonen is a highly respected artist who always adds new energy into his music, expressing himself cleanly and clearly, creating his unmistakable sound.

All the world’s a vibration, yet music remains in the abstract, lurking in the formless world of potential, eagerly awaiting the inspiration of someone to bring it to form. The musician, in answer to this calling, illuminates what was once invisible, carrying us into the mind and heart of a moment, an emotion, or to the edges of the universe itself. Like an astronaut, these bards reveal a dimension of being, one central within all of existence—Feeling, the explorations of which seems to know no bounds.

With John Hurlbut’s and Jorma Kaukonen’s incredibly well-received, Christmas 2020, acoustic release, The River Flows, it’s not surprising that people are asking, “Who’s this guy playing with Jorma?” Since first making a splash during Jorma and Vanessa Kaukonen’s Saturday night Fur Peace Ranch Quarantine Concert series, this curiosity, and subsequent respect, has only grown and is quite evident as the YouTube comments light up each time John takes the stage. What makes this relationship so special that people are already asking for more? One only need listen.

When I first heard John Hurlbut’s and Jorma Kaukonen’s acoustic album, The River Flows, my being instantly welled up to the sound, welcoming it like an ocean does a river. With tears filling my eyes, the quality of the music made me realize—There’s something about greatness that opens the soul to living. What was it that I was experiencing which caused me to think such things, to feel such sentiment? John and Jorma’s touch begs the asking.

Jorma Kaukonen, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, is a founding member of two legendary bands, San Francisco’s ‘60’s band, Jefferson Airplane and his still-touring Hot Tuna. In a career that has spanned more than 60 years, guitarist and songwriter Kaukonen, is a highly respected artist who always adds new energy into his music, expressing himself cleanly and creating a unique sound.

The excellence continues! Jorma Kaukonen's Quarantine Concert #28 featuring Electric Hot Tuna will air this Saturday, November 28 at 8 p.m. EST from The Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp in Ohio.  When Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady plug in the excitement commences. Then add Justin Guip on drums and the sound explodes and surrounds you with tones and rhythms!

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Beyond the Thunderdome, if you weren’t Cheech & Chong'ing your way to the movie theatre to see Stripes, chances are good, you would have wanted to check out what TUT’s Chicago had playing in 1981. Among the 3.3 million businesses shut down due to COVID-19 and the staggering rate of loss for clubs & live music entertainment, we remember TUT'S Nightclub: 1979-1984. 

The excellence continues! Jorma Kaukonen's Quarantine Concert #27 with guest John Hurlbut will air live this Saturday, November 21 at 8 p.m. ET from The Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp in Ohio.  These quarantine concerts are historical in content and modern in execution. It's history in the making! Listen Saturday night to the music and the Fur Peace Ranch family rap as Jorma answer fans' questions, riffs with the crew and friends, and provides us all with entertainment during these difficult times!

Jorma Kaukonen's Quarantine Vault Concert #5 presents Rock-Fusion jazz! This Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m. ET the Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp digs deep into their vault where treasures are stored and streams for free a concert featuring Brian Auger's Oblivion Express and Jorma jammin'!

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