It goes without saying that the Ranch offers so much more than music education. What manifested since day one was how amazingly comfortable we all were with each other. I mean….strangers who came as students left as friends. Bonds have been formed over our great meals and the shows in the Station Concert Hall created a community of concert goers from as far off as Berlin. When I tell you how grateful I am for all of this….it just doesn’t do it justice. I will say this…..I know of no place in this beautiful world that offers so much nurturing.
This past weekend, we played host to Hot Tuna along with the addition of David Wolff teaching a level 1 finger-style class. David’s class had some old friends to Fur Peace and newcomers including Kailey Rocker.
Kailey’s parents and brother have been coming here for the last 10 years and we have become friends. Collin (Kailey’s brother) started out in Jack’s class as a 14 year old and is now taking Jorma’s level 4 classes and last year he opened a show here for Hot Tuna. Well, I have to tell you that the apple doesn’t fall too far from that tree. Kailey nailed her student performance and sang Genesis with the class on Sunday. I could hardly contain my emotions. I met Kailey when she was not much bigger than my own daughter and there she was on our stage. I felt like she was mine…
If that wasn’t enough….the food met all of my needs for comfort. We made a decision to serve more comfort foods this year still keeping with our commitment & promise to buy local. The Queen of our kitchen…Debbie…found these amazing ravioli’s. I call them banjo size ravioli. They are big! I guess I am just feeling all of the love from this past week. That’s a good place to be. This is only the second weekend of the year….there’s about 14 more to go. I can’t wait….as Aretha would say…….
C-O-M-F-O-R-T Find out what it means to me C-O-M-F-O-R-T
Take care, TCB
Join Hot Tuna for 4 Record Release Parties in the northeast!
Electric Hot Tuna will commemorate the release of Steady As She Goes with four shows along the east coast at the end of the month. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams will be on-hand to help recreate the new material to its fullest potential!
Steady As She Goes Available NOW!
Steady As She Goes is now available online and in stores now! Order Yours Today!
“Kaukonen's highly inventive guitar work rocks tough and articulate, clean as a cat's whiskers.” − Twin Cities Daily Planet
“Casady is Casady, one of the most unorthodox and profoundly gifted bassists ever known to rock music.” -− Twin Cities Daily Planet
“No fat cats curled up and snoozing on their laurels here – Jorma and Jack are still playing their ever-loving asses off.” - - Jam Bands
“Old-time fans will delight in their absolute glory, returned, as it were, to those thrilling days of yesteryear. New fans will flip out, too. Hell, folk who think Hot Tuna is something served on toast will take one listen and start combing through the band's catalog. Steady As She Goes is that good.” - − Twin Cities Daily Planet
“. . . - this thing’ll knock you on your ass.” - Jam Bands
Raffle to Help Appalachian Community Hospice
Help us help Appalachian Community Hospice
FPR is raffling off artwork donated by Jorma Kaukonen from his own Grace Slick Collection. The artwork depicts Grace's classic White Rabbit. The White Rabbit is emblematic of Grace Slick's signature piece of music. It is approx 12 ‘’ x 17’’.
IThe Glossy Calendered Vinyl on canvas was processed on February 22, 2011. It is signed by Grace Slick
Buy Tickets Here!
Raffle tickets are $10 each. All proceeds go directly to Appalachian Community VNA, Hospice & Health Services Inc.
Raffle ends July 9th, 2011
Hot Tuna Returns to The Beacon Theater in 2011
Be the first to get a great seat at the Beacon this December 9 & 10, 2011
Two nights of music with Hot Tuna Electric featuring special guests! Tickets on Sale Now.
Jorma & Jack on Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane Hansen Airing on Easter Sunday
Last Thursday before the start of their workshops here at the Ranch Jorma and Jack went into the WOUB studios for a remote interview with Liane Hansen. The interview will air on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, April 24, 2011. Check your local NPR station broadcast schedule for air times.
Fur Peace Ranch On-The-Road Full Moon Resort!
As the summer approaches, we thought we would start dreaming about our summer retreat. We return to the Full Moon Resort July 11th - 15th, 2011 with Jorma and David Bromberg (FULL).
The Full Moon Resort has become a second home for us. Full Moon is a year-round mountain resort located in the heart of the "Forever Wild" Catskill Forest Preserve in upstate New York. Dedicated to the celebration of nature, music and the arts, this one hundred-acre wonderland of mountains, fields, and streams is a world of its own. This amazing facility offers a versatile, accommodating environment, well suited for our students and instructors to conjure that FPR magic.
Jorma will be teaching essential fingerstyle fundamentals using his repertoire as a vehicle. He will emphasize alternating bass, and melody lines that break out of pattern picking. Variations used within the songs will include chord inversions up the neck, as well as typical licks and fills characteristic of songs in different keys . An exciting addition to this class will be the introduction of all new material from Steady As She Goes, the latest Hot Tuna studio recording. Be among the first to learn this new material.
Tuition covers all workshops, performances, daily gourmet meals, single accommodations, and a massage session. This On The Road session runs Monday through Friday. Tuition $1750.
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A Special Weekend with Stefan Grossman:
Beginning in his teens, Stefen Grossman was a student of the legendary Rev.Gary Davis. After studying with Davis for eight years in high school and college, he learned and studied with other country blues guitarists: Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Skip James, Mance Lipscomb, and Fred McDowell.
In the early 1960s, Grossman formed the Even Dozen Jug Band and worked with the political rock band the Fugs. Since the early 1980s he has toured infrequently, but has recorded extensively. Grossman is the leading practitioner of the Rev. Gary Davis style and concentrates his efforts these days on teaching and running his instructional video business, Vestapol Videos.
This special workshop will focus on a wide variety of fingerstyle guitar arrangements geared for the Intermediate/Advanced player. Right and left hand techniques will be explored as well as arranging approaches. The student will receive a CD of the music that will be taught and discussed a month before the Workshop. Tab/Music will be used at the Workshop and students are encouraged to bring audio recording devices as lots of styles, techniques and ideas will be discussed.
The class size is limited to sixteen students and includes breakout sessions in smaller groups and one-on-one instruction. Tuition covers all workshops, performances, daily gourmet meals, massage and single accommodations in one of our cabins. Tuition $1500
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We will no longer offer a free workshop after 15 visits. We will offer new incentives beginning August 2011 for the 2012 season. If you are entitled to a free workshop after your 15th, it must be redeemed in 2011.
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