Last Saturday, Lost on Iddings had the very distinct pleasure of being invited to play music at a very wonderful place with some very wonderful people in attendance. A few times a year, we act as a backing band for our good friend John Hurlbut as “Hurl & The Spins”. We get to play some vintage rock ‘n’ roll and honky tonk tunes and always have a great time.
John is the manager of the Fur Peace Ranch in Meigs County, just outside of Athens. The Fur Peace Ranch is a guitar camp run founded by Jorma Kaukonen and his wife Vanessa. When the performer scheduled to play the last show of the season had to cancel, we got the call to come down and play the ranch. If you look at the lineup for the Ranch, it’s a lot of venerable performers. For us to get the call to play was a really good feeling.
We can’t say enough about how we were treated. With so much experience on the road, Jorma and Vanessa really know how to put a show together and make the performers feel very welcome. The performance space is really amazing – it’s an intimate 200 seat space with great acoustics and a top of the line sound system. Tucked back in the hills of Meigs county, it’s got the feel of a retreat. Isolated from the outside world, but welcoming and positive. If you can get down there for a show, the workshops or just to check out the very cool Psylodelic Museum, it’s worth the trip.
We were immediately made to feel welcome – everyone was really friendly and helpful. After soundcheck, we got to enjoy a great meal from Chef Jerry (Go Steelers!) and accommodations backstage. They really understand all of the big and little things that make performers feel appreciated.
John’s made a lot of friends over his many years of working at the ranch and many of them came out in force to support him. A number of them traveled from other states just to be there. That spirit of friendship was definitely felt in the room – the crowd was really warm and attentive. Sometimes when you play, things click and you know it’s a good night while you’re in the moment. Saturday was one of those nights where you take time during the set to soak it in and appreciate getting to be on stage.
We played a couple sets and there were a number of highlights for us. John left the stage and let us do one of our tunes. We decided to play the North Star jam, a middle-eastern tinged instrumental that the crowd really reacted to. We all did a version of Bertha that got everyone going. And of course, it was an honor to have Jorma play some songs with us. He played four songs, including Little Faster, an original of John’s. We played The Weight for an encore, the crowd sang along and it was a great ending to the night.
You can check out some recordings from the show. We hope to have more up soon. The show was recorded and broadcast by WOUB and it will be on the Live from Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch show. We’ll let everyone know when it’s up.
The feedback from the show has been really great. We appreciate all of the kind words from the people in attendance and from Jorma himself. Apparently, several people expressed that they’d like to see this happen again. Certainly, we would love to come back.
Big thanks and blessings to Ras Hurl. It’s a pleasure to get to make music with him and we’ve already got some dates mapped out next year for Hurl & The Spins to ride again.