Jorma Kaukonen interview


Jorma Kaukonen's latest solo release is Ain't in No Hurry on Red House Records. WYEP's Mike Sauter spoke with the legendary guitarist, known for his work with the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, about the 11-track album.

Produced by Larry Campbell, the album features a song with a writing credit bringing together Kaukonen, Campbell, and Woody Guthrie ("Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me"). Also discussed in the interview is the stunning remake of the 1975 Hot Tuna song "Bar Room Crystal Ball" (with Kaukonen's partner in Hot Tuna, Jack Casady, on bass).

December 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the first show Bill Graham booked at the Fillmore, the iconic San Francisco performance venue. Kaukonen was there at that show, performing with Jefferson Airplane, along with The Great Society (featuring Grace Slick), and the Grateful Dead. Kaukonen talks about the Fillmore and about the San Francisco music scene in the mid-'60s.

Finally, Kaukonen discusses the Fur Peace Ranch -- 125 acres in southeastern Ohio where Kaukonen has created a music school, performance space, and art gallery.



photo: Barry Berenson