Happy Birthday, Jorma Kaukonen

One of the greatest guitarists to emerge from the San Francisco Ballroom era.
This solo acoustic performance off of Jefferson Airplane’s, Surrealistic Pillow, proves Kaukonen every bit the equal of Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, John Martyn or any other hero of acoustic guitar.

Some great clips of Jorma and Jack Casady’s, long running, Hot Tuna
Jorma as loud rock guitarist, par excellence

Man, I love their looks in this clip


Listen to more Big Brother and The Holding Company on James Gurley’s Birthday!

James Gurley was an incendiary guitarist whose finger picking style helped turn Big Brother and The Holding Company into a powerhouse Rock and Roll act (Big Brother’s other guitarist, Sam Andrews, was a monster in his own write), and pushed singer, Janis Joplin, to become the vocal force that she was.

The best video example of Gurley’s guitar technique

this cut is a garage stormer