Jorma Kaukonen on tour, Culture Factory releases Volume 2 - The River Flows

Article Contributed by Cash Edwards M… | Published on Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Culture Factory releases the vinyl John Hurlbut and Jorma Kaukonen: The River Flows Volume Two (CFU-01200) on Record Store Day July 17, 2021. Recorded last summer along with Volume One, this album continues along the same path. "Guitar maestro Kaukonen shares top billing with singer/guitarist John Hurlbut in a downhome session of remarkable six-string storytelling” said Sterophile and No Depression revealed "Kaukonen and Hurlbut view music as a conversation … What we hear in this acoustic marvel is an intimate tête-à-tête celebrating 40 years of friendship."

Jorma will go out on a solo tour in July celebrating Volume Two's release with John Hurlbut joining Jorma for a special set highlighting The River Flows.

June 13    The Mill Event Center, Lancaster, OH
July  15    Jewish Community Center, Rochester, NY
July  17    The Cabot, Beverly, MA
July  18    Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
July  23 & 24 Concerts On The Green @Suneagles, Eatontown, NJ
July  25    City Winery Hudson Valley, Montgomery, NY

John Hurlbut and Jorma have been friends since 1984. After working together in the late ’80 and early 90’s, including shows where John opened for Jorma or Hot Tuna, their friendship solidified largely based on musical interests and shared talents. Being close friends and neighbors John and Jorma have done, and do, a lot of spontaneous picking together. Jorma loves to provide lead flourishes backing up John’s signature vocals and rhythm guitar. So, while “staying in place” at the Fur Peace Ranch Jorma and John were able to capture their friendship on vinyl!

"Kaukonen provides distinctive accompaniment, flashing his versatility...his lead work is a revelation” – Living Blues

In a career that has already spanned a half-century, guitarist and vocalist, Jorma Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy recipient, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Jorma Kaukonen’s repertoire goes far beyond his involvement creating psychedelic rock; he is a legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters and master instrumentalist in music today. Jorma tours the world bringing his unique styling to old blues and writing new songs with insight and imagination.

"Hurlbut’s performance resonates with emotional sincerity; his singing sounds like it flows from a guy who has seen a few things, good and bad." – The Arts Fuse

John Hurlbut has been playing guitar since he was ten and made the natural progression from high school to college bands. There he started writing and interpreting songs with a folky/country vocal twang and solid rhythm, fronting several successful Ohio bands. The River Flows Volume Two is John’s second global introduction to most, but his many friends and local music lovers have celebrated his good vibes for years and more can be expected from him in the future.