Jorma Kaukonen


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

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."
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Jorma Kaukonen and John Hurlbut: The River Flows

If it seems odd to think of Jorma Kaukonen—who has been leading Hot Tuna and working as a solo artist for more than 50 years—as an accompanist, then coax the noggin back just a bit further and recall his role Jefferson Airplane. Save for the handful of songs on which he sang lead, Kaukonen spent much of his time in that band providing the guitar parts that gave body and soul to the songs and voices of Marty Balin, Paul Kantner and Grace Slick. Here, on The River Flows, Kaukonen’s only jobs are to produce and to play the acoustic lead guitar alongside John Hurlbut, who supplies rhythm guitar and vocals. The two are longtime associates—Hurlbut has managed Kaukonen’s guitar camp Fur Peace Ranch for decades, and he’s an endearing and more than capable frontman in his own right. There’s only one original Hurlbut composition here, the closing tune “Someone’s Calling.” The others come from sources such as ex-Byrds Roger McGuinn (“The Ballad of Easy Rider”) and Gene Clark, Spencer Bohren and Curtis Mayfield, whose “People Get Ready,” the old Impressions standard, is given a tender, homey reading by the pair. Another highlight is “Across the Borderline,” co-written by Ry Cooder, Jim Dickinson and John Hiatt, on which Kaukonen places Hurlbut’s sometimes pure, sometimes craggy vocal way up front, allowing the two guitars to carry on their own amiable conversation below. The River Flows is easygoing, honest and welcoming music, a stress reliever at a time when everyone can all use a little more of that.
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Jorma Kaukonen Guests With Tedeschi Trucks Band On This Date In 2016

Five years ago today Tedeschi Trucks Band welcomed Jorma Kaukonen during a concert at the Warner Theater in Washington D.C. The renowned Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna guitarist joined the band for covers from Bob Dylan and Bobby “Blue” Bland. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi would welcome Kaukonen later in...

Q&A: Jorma Kaukonen on Pandemic Concerts and His New Album with John Hurlbut, ‘The River Flows’

Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen on life during the pandemic, the greatest ’60s SF bands, and Ike Turner. Stay-at-home orders during the pandemic may have slowed but not stopped Jorma Kaukonen, lead guitarist of Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s and Hot Tuna, the enduring band he formed with Airplane bassist Jack Casady. Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch in southeast Ohio, which he operates with his wife Vanessa, continues to host free online quarantine concerts most weekends (view its YouTube archive here). The New York Times named the popular shows one of the “10 Best Quarantine Concerts Online.”

Jorma Kaukonen Brings Solo Acoustic Tour To Virginia’s Birchmere [Photos]

Jorma Kaukonen is one of the select few artists still performing while nearly all of the concert industry remains on hiatus heading into the new year. The Hot Tuna guitarist was in Alexandria, VA on Wednesday for the second stop on his East Coast solo acoustic tour with a show at The Birchmere–which included a brief FaceTime with Kaukonen’s Hot Tuna bandmate Jack Casady from California.

John Hurlbut & Jorma Kaukonen | The River Flows | Review

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. Released on Christmas Day, 2020, following an exclusive LP release over Thanksgiving, this album is a gift in so many ways, and one for which we all can be thankful. Its very nature erupts out of such premium ingredients, one is immediately transported into the profound and beautiful. Caught in the listening, I was so appreciatively inspired, I’m more apt to write a thank you note than an album review. From the very first moments, I knew I had something special, yet it wasn’t until I dove into its ingredients that I realized all that comprises this sublime sound experience.