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For “Getting to Jorma: The Scenic Route,” Gerry Mantel’s article (plus photos) about visiting Fur Peace Ranch and meeting Jorma, >>>

sampling from liner photos for BLUE COUNTRY HEART

liner-photo samples from Blue Country Heart



For years now I have had this dream in my head: to go to Nashville and record great, old country songs with some of America's finest bluegrass musicians. Songs from back when country borrowed extensively from its across-the-railroad-tracks accomplice, the blues. It all came true last Janaury, when my campadres and I courted some of the best tempo, balance, musicianhip, and mood from the first chord struck to the fade on the very last note played. When I listen to the finished songs with my eyes closed . . . it fills my blue country heart.

Jorma Kaukonen, April 2002, CD cover notes for Blue Country Heart

. . . a great mixture of the old country, blues and bluegrass music that influenced Kaukonen as he was growing up, served up by some of the best pickers in Nashville these days. . . . Jorma Kaukonen's Blue Country Heart combines two generations of musicians who all have a great time with the classic material, and deliver a CD that's a real pleasure.

George Graham, 2002

. . . a magnificent blend of bluegrass, country, and country blues that is full of fine picking. The album has more dimensions than Kaukonen's familiar fare with Hot Tuna yet retains enough elements to appeal to faithful fans.

Mike Skidmore, The Boston Globe, July 5, 2002


Blue Country Heart
A CD by Jorma Kaukonen, featuring old-time country songs and vintage instruments (Sony, 2002)

  1. Blue Railroad Train Delmore Brothers [3:41]

  2. Just Because

H.A. Nelson - J.D. Touchstone [4:12]
  3. Blues Stay Away From Me Delmore Bros., H Glover, W. Raney
  4. Red River Blues J. Davis
  5. Bread Line Blues Slim Smith [4:35]
  6. Waiting For A Train Jimmie Rodgers [3:23]
  7. Those Gambler’s Blues Jimmie Rodgers
  8. Tom Cat Blues Cliff Carlisle [3:03]
  9. Big River Blues Alton Delmore [2:57]
10. Prohibition Blues C. McMichen [4:10]
11. I’m Free From The Chain Gang Now L. Herscher - S. Klein
12. You And My Old Guitar Jimmie Rodgers, E. McWilliams [2:42]
13. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? Traditional [3:19]

Sam Bush (mandolin, fiddle, background vocals), Jerry Douglas (dobro, weissenborn), Bryan House (upright bass, background vocals); Béla Fleck special guest on banjo for “Just Because” & Breadline Blues, Jorma Kaukonen (on a Gibson 1936 Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar).

Recorded at Nashville’s famed Masterlink Studio.  Mixed at 17 Grand Studios.

Produced by Roger Moutenot and Yves Beauvais.  Mixed by Roger Moutenot.

Photography by Danny Clinch.  Art Direction by Dave Bett.

Jorma Kaukonen, a product of our nation’s capital now based at his southeast Ohio guitar camp—the Fur Peace Ranch of Pomeroy—was a founding member of the Sixties’ Jefferson Airplane and later, Hot Tuna; his lengthy journey of composing, recording, and performing has passed through the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and will soon trek into its sixth decade.


For “Getting to Jorma: The Scenic Route,” Gerry Mantel’s article (plus photos) about visiting Fur Peace Ranch and meeting Jorma >>>

NPR Audio Interview & Article about Steady As She Goes,
Jorma's April 2011 Hot Tuna release

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