The Fur Peace Ranch has announced its 2019 schedule, with tickets for all the shows going on sale the following Monday at 10 a.m. This year’s schedule includes Fur Peace favorites such as Hot Tuna (of course) and G.E. Smith, along with some familiar faces from ’70s rock, Richie Furay (Poco), Wishbone Ash and a band featuring four members of Little Feat.
Tickets can be ordered through the Ranch’s website, furpeaceranch.com or by calling Ranch Manager John Hurlbut at 740-992-6228. They’re also available at Blue Eagle Music in Athens.
This year has a bit of a change with regard to tickets. Since the Fur Peace Ranch has maxed out its season ticket capacity, none will be offered this year. Hurlbut explained that the Ranch doesn’t want that number to go past 100, and with hardly any season-ticket holders dropping out, they decided to limit the sales to 100.
This season will be the Fur Peace Ranch’s 22nd season. The vast majority of the shows are on Saturday evenings.
2019 Fur Peace Ranch Concert Schedule
March 23: Season opener with the “house band,” Hot Tuna. Featuring Jorma Kaukonen, Fur Peace owner, and Jack Casady. Both are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees as founding members of the Jefferson Airplane and also recipients of the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This will be an acoustic duo performance.
March 30: A J Croce. The talented son of Jim Croce performs with his five-piece band. The show will cover his father Jim’s music as well as his own.
April 13: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. Grammy-winning producer and veteran touring musician (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm) returns to perform with his wife, Teresa Williams, and band.
April 20: Wishbone Ash. Formed in 1969, this progressive rock band is celebrating 50 years of continuous touring. The band is fronted by the only original member, Andy Powell, who often appears on “best guitarist” lists.... including Rolling Stone’s top 20 guitar players of all time.
April 27: GE Smith with Arlen Roth Band. This show is called “Telemasters” and features two giants of that electric-guitar brand.
May 4: R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman. R. Carlos is of Navaho-Ute heritage. Nikai is the world’s premier performer on Native American flute. Will Clipman is a percussionist extraordinaire and he has recorded several records with R. Carlos.
May 18: Eric Alexander Quartet. This tenor sax jazz player is known for his hard bop and post bop styles. He is known for his soloing and improvisation.
June 15: The Funky Feat. This band features four of the six members of Little Feat. Guitar-driven by Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, the band jams out on the Little Feat songbook and adds some funk to the mix.
June 22: James Hunter Six. This longtime British Blues/R & B band has been together since 1986. Hunter was nominated for a Grammy in 2006 for best Traditional Blues. Hunter has been true to his musical roots and band members as well. The newest member has been with him for 20 years.
Aug. 10: Richie Furay Band. Furay is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a founding member of Buffalo Springfield. He left that group to form Poco. He is considered a pioneer in the country-rock movement.
Aug. 24: George Porter Trio with special guest Steve Kimock. Porter was the bassist and singer with the New Orleans stalwarts, The Meters.
Sept 7: Sierra Hull and Chris Smither. A great double bill featuring Bluegrass mandolin master Sierra Hull and blues roots guitarist/singer/songwriter Chris Smither.
Sept. 21: Jorma Kaukonen and Trey Hensley and Rob Ickes. Jorma will open this show solo. Rob and Trey will perform the second half of the show. Rob Ickes is a longtime, well-established instrumental giant, and Trey Hensley is newly arrived in Music City, bursting with talent both as a vocalist and guitarist.
Oct. 19: Sisters of Slide. Featuring Rory Block and Cindy Cashdollar. Block is known for keeping the traditional blues alive in a long career. She will be joined by the queen of the pedal steel Cindy Cashdollar.
Nov. 2: The Shadows of the ’60s.
Nov. 8: Electric Hot Tuna. For the season finale, Jorma and Jack will strap on their electric guitars and bring in Hot Tuna drummer, Justin Guip.