February 18, 2009

Jorma Kaukonen: River Of Time

Try finding a better finger picking acoustic guitar player than Jorma Kaukonen. You might as well give up and pop his new album River of Time in the player instead. Though most people will associate Kaukonen with the Jefferson Airplane his first love was acoustic blues and country. Some of the songs were regulars in the live shows of Hot Tuna, the band he co-founded with Jack Cassady after the duo had left the Airplane. Been So Long and Operator are revisited and have been giving a downhome acoustic make-over. Kaukonen wrote about half of the songs on the album, the other tracks are favourites from the Americana and country songbook, by luminaries such as Merle Haggard and Mississippi John Hurt.

River of Timewas recorded at Levon Helm's studio in Woodstock. The drummer ended up playing on most of the songs of album. Further notable collaborators are mandolin ace Barry Mitterhoff and multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell who also produced.

Jorma Kaukonen has been playing for more than fifty years and he still finds new ways to improve his style and tone. With River of Time he proofs once again that age doesn't matter. Musicianship does. Bring on the next album.

Jorma Kaukonen: River Of Time

River Of Time is released on Red House Records.

  1. Been So Long
  2. There's A Bright Side Somewhere
  3. Cracks In The Finish
  4. Another Man Done A Full Go Round
  5. Trouble In Mind
  6. Izze's Lullaby
  7. More Than My Old Guitar
  8. Nashville Blues
  9. A Walk With Friends
  10. Operator
  11. Preachin' On The Old Camp Ground
  12. River Of Time
  13. Simpler Than I Thought

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