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.
This December, Grateful Web had the opportunity to catch up with guitarist, singer and songwriter Michael Falzarano. Michael is a tenured veteran of legendary bands New Riders of the Purple Sage and Hot Tuna, a regular contributor at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch, and bandleader of his own long-standing Memphis Pilgrims and Dead Tribute group, The Englishtown Project.
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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I’m not a fan of Thanksgiving. I like being with family, the time off from work and of course all the decadent trimmings, but sadly it now signifies personal tragedy. Even the weeks heading towards Turkey Day causes debilitating anxiety. (Try not to die on a major holiday. It makes the healing process more arduous.) This year, due to the pandemic, my emotional state is much worse. I will be home instead of trying to enjoy a little vacation get-a-way to distract from the nightmare that transpired. Avoiding the day and skipping straight to Christmas never seemed like a possibility.
The excellence continues with Hot Tuna! Jorma Kaukonen's Quarantine Concert #23 with Jack Casady will air live this Saturday, October 17 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. This is history in the making! Listen Saturday night to music and the Fur Peace Ranch family rap as Jorma and Jack answer fans questions, riffs with the crew and friends, and provides as usual the unusual!
Drive right up, park in place … All Good presents Acoustic Hot Tuna Live @ Showtime At The Drive-In, 797 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701. Even the cars are ‘socially distanced’ by an empty 8’ parking spot between them! Four friends per car and up to five with additional charge! The concert is on Thursday, Oct. 22. Gates at 5:30 p.m. Show at 7:00 p.m. Prepurchase tickets to be electronically scanned (no contact!).
The excellence continues! This Saturday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET the Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp digs deep into their vault where treasures are stored and for the next four Saturdays live stream for free some of these musical gems.
On Saturday, Sept. 19 the magic begins with Quarantine Vault Premiere #1, a concert recorded in 2013 featuring Electric Hot Tuna (Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, and Barry Mitterhoff) with guests Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Bob Margolin, and guest drummer Jim Wall.