Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen
Jorma Kaukonen with the Airplane
Jorma Kaukonen was born on December 23, 1940 and did not have ambitions to be a rock star.

He and Washington, DC friend Jack Casady briefly formed a band before Kaukonen attended Antioch College and later transferred to Santa Clara University where he also gave guitar lessons. One famous session was with Janis Joplin.

In 1967, Paul Kantner invited Kaukonen to join the Jefferson Airplane, and despite his preference for acoustic blues, the emerging electric technology pulled Jorma into the psychedelic sounds of the Airplane. Ironically, one of the best known Airplane songs is his acoustic "Embryonic Journey."

Famous for their Sunday sunrise performance at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, those same acoustic roots still held Jorma Kaukonen's love. In 1970 he and Jack Casady formed Hot Tuna.

With Kaukonen and Casady the core members, dozens of other musicians have been part of Hot Tuna's history. The band has released more than 20 albums.
In 1974, Kaukonen released, Quah, the first of his 11 solo albums.
In 1978, during a Hot Tuna haitus, he formed the band Vital Parts.
At a 1988 Hot Tuna performance at the Fillmore Auditorium, that Grace Slick joined the performance. Marty Balin was in the audience. The “reunion” resulted in a brief Airplane tour and record in 1989.
With his wife Vanessa, Kaukonen operates the Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio.  The site states, in 1989, "Jorma and Vanessa Kaukonen looked at a piece of land in Meigs and conceived what Jorma calls "a ranch that grows guitar players." Not a fantasy camp, but this would be a place where both budding and seasoned musicians could immerse themselves for several days, and emerge with renewed inspiration and tangible progress in their music."
(site >>> Fur Peach Ranch)

Jorma Kaukonen Fur Peace Ranch

Jorma Kaukonen
Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio
And in this age of virtual instruction, Kaukonen also offers on-line lessons for guitar enthusiasts. The site is called Breakdown Way. You can even Skype lessons. (site >>> breakdownway.com)

James Timothy Hardin

James Timothy Hardin

James Timothy Hardin
Tim Hardin
Bob Dylan's oft-quoted statement that Tim Hardin was "the greatest songwriter alive" does little to enshrine Hardin other than for those he's an already-enshrined singer-songwriter.

Happy Birthday Tim Hardin

Born James Timothy Hardin in Eugene Oregon on December 23, 1941, he dropped out of high school and joined the Marines. In his words, the move was "a legal loophole that allows the prisoner to sign himself into another prison, from parental care to the military."
After the Marines, Hardin arrived in Greenwich Village in 1961 to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He became part of the Village's folk scene and became part of a circle that included Fred Neil, Mama Cass, Karen Dalton and John Sebastian.
Hardin is best known for his simple, romantic songs made popular by other artists, most notably, Bobby Darin's “If I Were a Carpenter” and Rod Stewart's “Reason to Believe.”
tim hardin 1
Hardin’s first album: Tim Hardin 1
He released Tim Hardin 1, in July 1966.  Lisa Law, Hog Farm member and photographer took the album's cover photo and all the photos on the back. 
His Woodstock story is that he was scheduled to be the very first performer. 500,000 stomach butterflies prevented that, but opened the door for Richie Haven's famous start. Hardin did perform later after Bert Sommer and before Ravi Shankar.
During the years following Woodstock, Hardin moved between England and the U.S.
Due to ongoing drug and health problems, as well as a scarcity of new material, he did not complete any albums after 1973. Hardin died of a drug overdose in 1980.

James Timothy Hardin

He is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

James Timothy Hardin

2013 article on Hardin >>> Rolling Stone magazine article
2013 article on Hardin >>> The Telegraph article