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Jorma Kaukonen Ex-Jefferson Airplane Guitarist Still Flies High

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Jorma Kaukonen has left the psychedelic '60s behind him. “The ’60s were a long time ago,” Kaukonen says.

“You just can’t go backward. The arrow of time only goes in one direction.” Kaukonen has a new album, River of Time

Even though his guitar helped Jefferson Airplane soar with the San Francisco Sound on hits such as “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love,” Jorma Kaukonen is not sentimental about the psychedelic ’60s.

“The ’60s were a long time ago,” Kaukonen says. “You just can’t go backward. The arrow of time only goes in one direction.”

Kaukonen, 68, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with Jefferson Airplane but a self-described “old folkie at heart,” has a new CD, “River of Time.” Recorded at Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, N.Y., “River of Time” features Kaukonen’s fine guitar work and comfy, lived-in vocals on songs by Merle Haggard, The Grateful Dead and the Rev. Gary Davis.

The next few months will be busy for Kaukonen. Besides a string of touring dates, he and wife Vanessa are opening their Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp in southeastern Ohio for its 12th year.

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