River of Time by Jorma Kaukonen on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

As a rock n' roll veteran who made his first splash with the psychedelic power of the Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen has spent most of his career exploring the folk and blues that served as his initial inspiration. Whether with Hot Tuna or as a solo artist, Kaukonen has let his guitar picking do much of his talking, as his voice is of limited yet solid range, and this often works to his advantage. He writes songs to suit his strengths and picks covers with strong resonance, choosing for this 2009 collection tunes from bluesmen Mississippi John Hurt and Rev. Gary Davis and country legend Merle Haggard. The Band drummer Levon Helm provided the recording studio and joins in on drums. Producer Larry Campbell from Bob Dylan's band joins alongside mandolin expert Barry Mitterhoff to enhance the intimate, homespun acoustic vibe. Whether it's the Grateful Dead's "Operator," Davis' "There's a Bright Side Somewhere," or the standard "Trouble In Mind," Kaukonen plays everything with an unquestionable authority that places him as a premier blues practitioner.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a rock n' roll veteran who made his first splash with the psychedelic power of the Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen has spent most of his career exploring the folk and blues that served as his initial inspiration. Whether with Hot Tuna or as a solo artist, Kaukonen has let his guitar picking do much of his talking, as his voice is of limited yet solid range, and this often works to his advantage. He writes songs to suit his strengths and picks covers with strong resonance, choosing for this 2009 collection tunes from bluesmen Mississippi John Hurt and Rev. Gary Davis and country legend Merle Haggard. The Band drummer Levon Helm provided the recording studio and joins in on drums. Producer Larry Campbell from Bob Dylan's band joins alongside mandolin expert Barry Mitterhoff to enhance the intimate, homespun acoustic vibe. Whether it's the Grateful Dead's "Operator," Davis' "There's a Bright Side Somewhere," or the standard "Trouble In Mind," Kaukonen plays everything with an unquestionable authority that places him as a premier blues practitioner.

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About Jorma Kaukonen

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jorma Kaukonen was born and grew up in Washington, D.C., where he first turned to the guitar. He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early '60s, playing backup to singer Janis Joplin in local clubs. In 1965, Kaukonen became a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, which soared to fame in 1967. Though Kaukonen's songs and vocals were not prominently featured in the band, his distinctive guitar-playing was crucial to its sound. With bassist Jack Casady, Kaukonen formed a spinoff duo from the group in 1970 called Hot Tuna, and this became his primary musical vehicle after Jefferson Airplane split in 1973. Hot Tuna recorded a series of albums on which Kaukonen sang and played guitar through 1978. After that, Kaukonen worked as a soloist and with such groups as Vital Parts (1980), and he recorded occasional albums. Kaukonen reunited with Casady in Hot Tuna during the '80s, and both participated in the 1989 reunion of Jefferson Airplane. A Hot Tuna reunion album appeared the following year. Kaukonen remained active as the 20th century closed and into the 21st, regularly touring and recording in different configurations before finding a home with Red House Records, which released Stars in My Crown in 2007 and River of Time in 2009. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • ORIGIN
    Washington D.C.
  • BORN
    Dec 23, 1940

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