Artist: Jorma Kaukonen
Album: Ain't In No Hurry
Label: Red House
Release Date: 02/17/2015
Maybe it is my age or maybe just feeling mellow today, but Ain’t in No Hurry just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.
Jorma opens with a laid back “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” that sets the mood for an album that features old time Americana classics, some Jorma originals, and even a song using recently discovered Woody Guthrie lyrics.
“The Other Side of the Mountain” has Jorma rock out with another great display of his finger picking guitar style. The band here is Jorma’s longtime friend and Hot Tuna bandmate Jack Casady, mandolin great Barry Mitterhoff, Larry Campbell (producer and co-writer with Jorma on the Woody Guthrie tune “Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me”), Teresa Williams, Myron Hart, and Justin Guip. Every one adds something to a nice easy mix but Campbell’s pedal steel stands out.
The classic “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” has Jorma and Mitterhoff lean and tight. Myron Hart’s bass and Teresa Williams vocals give us a bit of an up tempo feel on “Where There’s Two There’s Trouble.”
Jorma has always been a great story teller and he closes Ain’t in No Hurry with just his guitar telling the story of his life and travels.
Jorma is one of our great guitarists, but if you are looking for guitar fireworks, this album isn’t for you. Instead, if you aren’t in a hurry, well, hurry out and get this album.
– Mark J. Smith
Mark J. Smith