Hello World…….I’m blogging again

I’ve been away from the blog world for too long and I’m attempting to re-enter the blog hemisphere. I’m here at Kevin Morgan Studio with Michael McSteen and he’s giving me a lesson on how to operate this blog page so that I can try to check the levels on a more regular basis. We’ve had a zillion things going and lots of new things happening too.

Our concert series this year has been bombastic fantastic…. and we’ve had a tremendous response with most all of our shows being sold out before we even started our year. With this in mind we are adding some concerts to our schedule. Two new shows have been announced and YES there are tickets available for them. I’m really looking forward to seeing David Bromberg back here at Fur Peace and this time he’s stopping by with his quintet which will make it extra special. Another show we added to this year’s line-up is It’s A Beautiful Day on July 27th…..oh, yeah, my bad…..the David Bromberg Quintet show will be on June 7th. David’s shows at Fur Peace have been mostly solo acoustic and it is going to be a treat to hear him on the electric guitar

The Brian Auger show sure created quite a buzz and people are still talking about it. I last saw Brian Auger and the Oblivion Express in 1974 when I was in college and it surpassed my high anticipation. First, off…..Brian’s prowess on that B-3 organ mixed with the keys has only grown stronger over the years. The players in the Oblivion Express are all kings and one even is named King….Les King the bass player. So….it was great to have this super 5 piece group right here in the intimate acoustically perfect Fur Peace Station Concert Hall. It may have been the loudest show we ever had as well as one of the greatest. Cause
they all are pretty darn great.

OK, this is a start…..now let’s see if I can drop it in ….. with a picture…….Whooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Me and the Man

And this is what I come back too???

So…….After a great time in California, I’m home — here in the Buckeye State of Ohio. I landed late at night in Columbus and a good friend was there to pick me up….even though it isn’t snowing …..the remnants remain of what must have been a lot of snow while I was gone……bummer that I missed out on that. I head into work on Wednesday morning and when I & I opened the door to cabin #4…..my office…..well I almost had a heart attack. Clutching my chest …..just like Fred G. Sanford…..my eyes look around the room and it dawns on me that my office has had a complete makeover……and they must have got a Rastaman to do it. Whoooooaaaa, boy…….and what an IRIE job he done.

Ras Hurl takin' it all in

Ras Hurl takin' it all in

While I was out in California, the boss lady…..Vanessa, had made arrangements with our great friend……and Rasta brother……Kevin Morgan to surprise me with a complete renovation of my office……with REGGAE in mind. I was so knocked out that I almost could not speak and just had to look and look……it was totally amazing. I’ve got a new wood-like laminate floor……and a very earthy green new coat of paint on the walls……and a desktop stained in the Ites colors of red, gold and green…..and red, green and gold shelves too…….another WHOOOOAAA BOY…….and a new oil painting of Bob as a centerpiece on the main wall. When I find out that Kevin did the work, I just had to ring him up. As I’m telling him how much I LOVE what he had done……I ask……”Where the Bob painting come from?….I never seen that around your house” ….and he replies….”That’s a gift I painted for the I”.
Ras Hurl enjoying his renovated digs

Ras Hurl enjoying his renovated digs

Well as you can see from this picture…..it is a very impressive painting. I would go as far to say……It is the best painting of Bob I’ve ever seen. Bob in about 1975….just starting to dreadout…. about the same time I seen him live for the first time. Well……you see why I was so knocked out. Anyhey, BIG UP and BIG THANKS to Ras Morgan and his expert helper…..Davo….also known as Dave Shaulis !!! It’s funny when I talked to Kevin, he was concerned about how he had put my things back in place……..and I had to say….no worries, mon…. I & I could not have placed them any better. A BIG, BIG thanks to Vanessa and Jorma too…..always doing nice things for the I…….Yes…..the blessings continue……give thanks!

NEW 2010 SCHEDULE and NEW LOOK FPR.com

Well…..I hope everyone has noticed and liked the great new look of our Fur Peace Ranch web site…..all respect to Kevin, Mike and the gang at Kevin Morgan Studio for doing such a bombastic fantastic job…..the web site looks super!!!  Along with the new look we also have a new 2010 Workshop Schedule…..YES, we have posted the 2010 schedule for classes here at the Fur Peace as well as the “On the Road” workshops.  It’s an impressive lineup of teachers and we are happy to welcome these masters to the Ranch.  You will notice a few TBAs in the schedule and we will be filling those in the coming days.  Applications are rolling in and we hope you’ll find a class or two that will tweek your interest and make you want want to get on  down the road and head to the Fur Peace.

Be a Star, Shine Your Light

Sure does feel like the holiday season around the Ranch. The boys are on the road, the boss is away and Queen Deb is “Decking the Halls’. Santa’s Little Helpers are busy at the North Pole… making sure your glad tidings of joy arrive in time for your holiday celebration…peace on earth. If you haven’t heard, the Company Store is having a Holiday Sale with some great incentives to get your favorite people some Fur Peace gear.

Another thing you might want to get your friends and family is a copy of the December/January 09 of Relix Magazine which has a fabulous article about the long lasting and inspiring relationship between Jorma and Jack. There are some great quotes and comments in the article. One of my favorites is about the fantastic Warren Haynes weekend.

“That weekend with Warren Haynes,” he (Jack) continues, “was as much of a musical milestone as there’s ever been for me. And Warren said the same thing: “this weekend is what I got into music for.”

WOW. Those are some powerful statements from some musical giants. It was a once in a lifetime show….Definitely a magical musical moment for everyone in the audience. If you want to hear the Warren Haynes show you can tune into WOUB Radio (our local public radio station) and listen to the download. Many Thanks to Rusty Smith, the FPR Concert Series producer and engineer for all his great work throughout the year.

Before I get out of here…. I need all you good people to send out some positive vibrations to my brotha’ and fellow Rasta, Kevin Morgan. Brother Morgan is the kindest of souls. He is an intregal part of the happenings here at the ranch and his influence can be seen on everything from the concert posters, t-shirts and the web site.  I need all of you stars to shine your light on Kevin while he recovers from a recent health issue. Your light will help him get through these rough waters and hopefully on to a sandy beach in Jamaica. Bless Up.