Jorma Kaukonen On Mountain Stage

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  • "I Am the Light of the World"
  • "Heart Temporary"
  • "A Life Well Lived"
  • "I'll Let You Know Before I Leave"
Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen plays songs from his album, Stars in My Crown. Brian Blauser hide caption

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As a founding member of both Jefferson Airplane and the still-active Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen has simultaneously pushed boundaries of rock and preserved the traditions of blues and folk music.

Raised on blues, bluegrass and gospel, Kaukonen spent time playing and studying in Ohio, New York and overseas before moving to California where he fell in with the band that would become Jefferson Airplane. After five years with the pioneering rock group, Kaukonen and long-time friend Jack Cassady started Hot Tuna, going on to make more than two dozen records. Since 1998, Kaukonen has owned and operated the Fur Peace Ranch, which holds clinics for pickers of all varieties in southeast Ohio.

At the time of this Mountain Stage recording, Kaukonen had just released Stars in My Crown. He performs two songs from the album, including the instrumental "A Life Well Lived," featuring Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin, and "Heart Temporary." The set begins and ends with tracks from Kaukonen's first post-Airplane solo release, 1974's Quah. The band opens with The Reverend Gary Davis' "I Am The Light of the World" and closes with the instrumental "I'll Let You know Before I Leave." Kaukonen has since followed Stars with the album River Of Time.

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