Interviews

Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen Offers Words of Wisdom: "You're Going to Be OK"

If anyone is an authority on non-authoritarian peaceful gatherings, it is Jorma Kaukonen. Not only did he serve up a psychedelic musical breakfast at Woodstock as a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, but the legendary guitarist now operates a modern day container for that same spirit of community, musical immersion, and exploration. Fur Peace Ranch is on a sizable piece of land in southern Ohio decked out with all the amenities for guitar players of all levels to hang with top-rate teachers, and each other, for days at a time.

Later this month, Kaukonen will play the role of performer, teacher, and wise elder at Wanee Fest, the annual happening at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, which he considers a modern day embodiment of the consciousness that gave birth to Woodstock and other groovy festivals of yore.

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Travis Newbill