Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Ain't in No Hurry

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Ain't in No Hurry

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Jorma Kaukonen

Red House

On new solo outing, Jefferson Airplane/ Hot Tuna guitarist takes his time

Before Jorma Kaukonen electro-shocked folk into psych-rock with Jefferson Airplane, he fingerpicked an acoustic guitar, inspired by the fretwork of the Rev. Gary Davis. Though his longtime Airplane spinoff Hot TUna has flirted with amplified lava-lamp boogie, the band's excursions into stripped-back electric and acoustic blues have proved more durable.

But Kaukonen, now 74, is at his purest on his solo acoustic recordings, with JA/Hot Tbna bassist Jack Casady in tow to provide his signature deep, guttural growl.

Ain't in No Hurry, Kaukonen's third album for Red House, simply reinforces the portrait of a master comfortably ensconced in his roots. The elegiac "In My Dreams" weaves the guitarist's grainy, smooth-as-single-malt vocals with his nimble, silvery picking, distilling mortality and memories of sun-dappled psychedelia in one phrase: "We never seem to age in my dream. …

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