Wishbone Ash And The Rides Of Spring

April 23rd, 2019 Jorma 7 comments
Wishbone Ash on the Station Stage

Wishbone Ash on the Station Stage

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Wishbone Ash with Andy Powell fronting Bob Skeat on bass, Joe Crabtree on drums and Mark Abrahams on guitar mesmerized a full house last Saturday at the Fur Peace Ranch. The music was as fresh as it was well… a long time ago. This is heady stuff and Andy and the guys really laid it down for us. Andy invited me up for the encore, a rousing rendition of Jimmy Reed’s ‘Baby What You Want Me To Do?” Always an existential question and always fun to play. Nothing like a slow shuffle.

Thanks guys! We sure hope to have you back sometime!

Red Bud at the Ranch!

Red Bud at the Ranch!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Spring has finally truly sprung here in Southeast Ohio and I’ve had a chance to get in two motorcycle rides this week. For me, there’s nothing like a good ride to clear the head and put things into perspective. Perhaps I’ll even get in another one before this weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch with me and G.E.Smith.

I know this one is going to be a great hang!

Time for dinner!

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Brother Ray Heads For The Shore

April 15th, 2019 Jorma 20 comments
Ray at 24

Ray at 24

Poster by Kevin Morgan

Brother Ray Heads For The Shore
Monday, April 15, 2019

Here at the Fur Peace Ranch we just concluded another amazing weekend with Larry Campbell and myself as teachers and Larry, Teresa, Justin and Jesse as the concert. Well, they dealt me in for the second set and it is always a joy and an honor to hang with these folks. The circumstances the Ranch never ceases to elevate me from my daily world… always; The giving and receiving from friends, old and new sustains us… it really does!

Time moves on relentlessly, inexorably… because that’s what time does. There is no ‘pause’ button, no ‘rewind…’and absolutely no ‘do overs.’ Sometimes one is part of a story greater that oneself and one of these amazing stories in my life involves the Hurlbut family.

Jorma with Ray on his 95th Birthday

Jorma with Ray on his 95th Birthday

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

John Hurlbut has been our Ranch Manager for twenty some years but he and Vanessa and I go way back beyond that. I met Johnny in the early 80’s when Kurt promoted a solo Jorma show and Johnny was somehow involved. We became friends, he and I and his brother Pete, and his friend Wally and Jay the Bass player (now long gone) and a host of Columbus characters; some still with us, some on the shore of the River Of Time.

In 1984 I left twenty years of life in San Francisco and hit the road for the East Coast. It was a long-awaited homecoming. I always was an East Coast kid! I would stop off in Cleveland and Ray and Lucy Hurlbut would let me sleep on a couch in their basement as long as I needed to before the next stage of my journey They would tap me on the shoulder in the morning and coffee and breakfast would be waiting.

When Vanessa and I started out thirty-year relationship in 1988 in Key West, Johnny was down visiting his folks who were snowbirding. He stopped by our pad down by the Southernmost Point and as Vanessa was getting to know him she said, ‘I don’t trust him. He’s too nice.’ But that’s just who he was and that’s who the Hurlbut family is. Our daughter Israel carries the name of three strong women. Israel Love Diana Lucy Kaukonen. Love was my mom’s middle name, Diana was Jack’s beloved wife and Lucy was Ray’s other half. She was Mother to John and Pete and Mary Lou.

The Kaukonen’s will never cease loving and respecting the four generations of Hurlbuts we have come to count as friends and family.

After Lucy passed away eight or nine years ago the relationship that Ray and I shared changed. He was no longer John’s dad to me… he was more like an older brother .I embraced his counsel and he always had a relevant view of current events and family. I loved the man dearly… and still do. Time has a relentless way of leveling the playing field. Ray was born in 1921, flew as a radio operator in bombers in the Pacific in WW II. He had a long and productive life! Today at 1640, Ray Hurlbut went home for the last time. Johnny was able to be there and sing songs and then by the Grace of G_d Ray gently left us… like the passing of a tree. He was 98 years old~!

I could go on, but then I would start repeating myself. Nessa and I got to visit him last Wednesday and we were able to swap hugs and stories. He was still sharp as a tack… the Ray I had known for years. For some time, I had graduated from being Johnny’s friend to being Ray’s brother. It was honor I shall not soon forget!

At moments like this, we all say ‘I’m sorry for your loss.’ The real loss would have been if I had never known the man. He was one of my many blessings. Our friend Wally and his wife Cat visited him the other day and Ray told Wally, ‘Tell my brother Jorma I’ll be saving him a seat next to me on the stage… but tell him not to rush.’ That was Ray.

I will miss the man of course, but the honor was mine to have known him and the rest of his family.

Anchors aweigh my brother and as always… fair winds and following seas.

The Bros...

The Bros...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The Ladys Man at 98

The Ladys Man at 98

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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Mr. Casady’s LIttle Birthday Run

April 9th, 2019 Jorma 18 comments

So a week ago tomorrow Myron and I set out from the Fur Peace Ranch To meet Jack and Phil up in Woodstock to play a gig at Levon’s Midnight Ramble out on Plochman Lane.

The Barn from the air

The Barn from the air

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

I had really hoped to get some more Fotos from my bird, but it was just too darn windy. The three gig run with Jack was a great excuse to celebrate his 75th birthday. Sometimes time seems to fly and sometimes it drags on. In any case, life is life and Jack and I are having more fun than ever sharing a journey that started a long time ago for us! up at Levon’s Barn the warmth and love for JC was overflowing!

Thje first cake of the run...

Thje first cake of the run...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Everynight there was a yummy cake for Jack. Fortunately there were lots of people to help him dig in.

Sold out in Woodstock

Sold out mn Woodstock

Foto by Phji Jacobs

Balloons?

Balloons?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Larry Campbell and Justin Guip dropped by and we added our brothers in arms at the end of the second set.

Hot Tuna 10, 2019
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Midnight Ramble
Levon’s Barn
Woodstock, New York
Thursday, April 4, 2019

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. How Long Blues
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
6. Been So Long
7. Living In The Moment
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Barbeque King
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. San Francisco Bay Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Good Shepherd
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out with Larry Campbell & Justin Guip
11. Louisiana Blues with Larry and Justin
12. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here with Larry & Justin
13. Trouble In Mind with Larry & Justin
14. Encore: Water Song

Us with our good pals...

Us with our good pals...

Foto by Suzy Perler

Friday morning we saddled up out of Kingston and drove down to Mt. Tabor for a Tabernacle Gig and more cake for Jack!

The wondrous Tabernacle!

The wondrous Tabernacle!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Being i Mt. Tabor is a little like a day in Legoland… a Lilliputian adventure!

The pump organ next door.

The pump organ next door.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We had an interview in the historic house next to the green room building. This is really cool stuff.

Sterioptican anyone?

Sterioptican anyone?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The spread they give us at the Tabernacle is always off the charts!

Thank G_d I had time for a nap!

Thank G_d I had time for a nap!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 11, 2019
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Tabernacle
Mt. Tabor, New Jersey
Friday, April 5, 2019

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Search My Heart
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
5. Wolves & Lambs
6. Been So Long
7. Come Back Baby
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. How Long Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Trouble In Mind

Second Set:
1. Wining Boy Blues
2. I See The Light
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Barbeque King
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Genesis

Wiping our fevered brows...

Wiping our fevered brows...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It’s hard to beat the Tabernacle in the Good Times category!

Then a dash to Brooklyn and the Murmrr Theater.

Delightful!

Delightful!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

In the shadow of the Ark!

In the shadow of the Ark!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 12, 2019
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Murmrr Theater
17 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn N. Y.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
3. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Been So Long
6. Too Many Years
7. Wolves & Lambs
8. Barbeque King
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Trial By Fire
11. Sea Child
12. Trouble In Mind
13. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Candy Man
2. How Long Blues
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. River Of Time
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. That’ll Never Happen No More
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. The Terrible Operation
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore 1: Water Song
13. Encore 2: Embryonic Journey

Nothing like a New York audience… which finds itself distilled in Brooklyn. Really good time had by all!

Sunday on the way home as Jack was winging his way back to L.A. I stopped by my friend Dubi’s place in the mountains for a two set house concert. Big thanks to the Silversteins for the accommodations and hospitality!

Jorma Kaukonen 9, 2019
Jorma Kaukonen Solo
Dubi’s Place
The Poconos, PA
Sunday, April 7, 2019

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Been So Long
4. Barbeque King
5. Ain’t In No Hurry
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. River Of Time
8. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
9. Sleep Song
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. Trouble In Mind

Second Set:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. Wolves And Lambs
3. Too Many Years
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Back at home, I could plainly see that Spring had sprung while I was gone!

Growing and blossoming!

Growing and blossoming!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

And this morning…

It was all fun, but there's jo place like home!

It was all fun, but there's jo place like home!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yep, back in the swing of things! Getting on the Honey Do’s and driving the kid around.

Onward!

The Last Couple Of Weeks

March 28th, 2019 Jorma 32 comments
My Buddy Rob McNurlin

My Buddy Rob McNurlin

Foto by Tom Lee

So the week before the Fur Peace Ranch opened for the beginning of our 22nd season, John Hulbut and pals (myself included) took the stage at the Station for a maiden run of the venue and our new streaming service.

Johnny and the boys

Johnnhy and the boys

Foto by Tom Lee

The show was a gas and the first outing of our video stream was not bad and just got better for the Hot Tuna show!

Is this any way to tune a mandolin?

Is this any way to tune a mandolin?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Double Dose weekend at the Ranch was awesome… truly great students. A good time was had by all. The Acoustic Tuna show:

Hot Tuna 7, 2019
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Fur Peace Station
Darwin Ohio
Opening Weekend Fur Peace Ranch, March 22, 2019

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Living In The Moment
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. Too Many Years
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. Candy Man
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Trouble In Mind
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Water Song

Then on Tuesday Jack and I drove up to Columbus and played two shows at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza… this is a great gig

Hot Tuna 8, 2019
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Worthington, Ohio
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

1. Search My Heart
2. Candy Man
3. Been So Long
4. How Long Blues
5. I See The Light
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Barbeque King
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Sea Child
10. Living In The Moment
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
13. Waiting For A Train
14. Trouble In Mind
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Hot Tuna 9, 2019
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Worthington, Ohio
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Re-Enlistment Blues
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Come Back Baby
5. I Am The Light Of This World
6. River Of Time
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Too Many Years
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Sleep Song
12. Good Shepherd
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Water Song

Jack’s back in LA, Nessa’s getting a birthday tattoo and I’m Mr. Mom for a couple of days. This weekend we’ve got a concert with A.J. Croce at the Station.

Good times!

And speaking of good times, my cousin Eric Eisenstadt sent me this interesting stuff.

Botticelli Portrait Of A Young Man 1475

Botticelli Portrait Of A Young Man 1475

From Eric Eisenstadt

Jorma, 500 years later

Jorma, 500 years later

From Eric Eisenstadt

Coincidence?

Onward

Chicken Today, Feathers Tomorrow

March 27th, 2019 Jorma 12 comments
The Lyle Tuttle body shirt...

The Lyle Tuttle body shirt...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Chicken Today…
RIP Lyle Tuttle
9/7/1931 to 3/25/2019

I found out this morning that my old friend, Lyle Tuttle passed away two days ago in Ukiah, California. When I use the term ‘Old Friend’ I do not mean to imply that Lyle and I had been constantly hanging out together over the years. That would be untrue. We had been friends back in the 60’s when I got my first tattoo from him and even though we rarely saw each other after the 70’s, nothing ever happened in my orbit that would prevent me from calling him friend.

Lyle’s passing truly marked the passing of an era for me. Back when I got my first ink, that little event was like taking a walk on the wild side. The whole tattoo thing was still outré back then and it marked all of us with ink as outsiders. Over the years I have been tattooed by a number of artists who by their work have become historical. Lyle broke my cherry with a little Mayan stamp on my back. Pat Martynuik gave me some classic roses on my right arm. Lyle would follow with a Mayan eagle on my left arm which Don Ed Hardy would surround with a serpent. Bob Roberts would crest my Roses with a horned demon. Don Ed would give me a 47 hour back piece and five or six years later Doc Slick would put a rose on the back of my right hand. D. Willy would do a tribal piece on my left arm that spills over to my chest and Bridget Punsalang would give me a skull on my right forearm two years ago at Lyle Tuttle’s Old School Tattoo Convention in St. Louis.

For me it all started with Lyle. He was a larger than life character. Some folks liked him, some didn’t… but he could not be ignored. It would be hard to deny that he was a major force in bringing tattooing in the mainstream… and that is a good thing.

The planet is a little poorer for Lyle’s passing. He was a helluva guy. I am already missing him profoundly because one of my bucket list items will now go undone. I had planned to visit him, and now this will have to wait… for a long time, I hope!

Lyle had a motto of sorts on his chest. Gallina Hodie, Plumae Cras. Chicken today, feathers tomorrow. I can really take that to heart today. If something needs to be done, today is probably a good day to do it. Thanks Lyle.

I fondly remember Lyle’s Bull Terrier, Chadwick. Chadwick was the first Bully I ever met and as a result of that meeting, in later years there would a number of Bullies in my life.

Chadwick and Lyle back in the late 60's

Chadwick and Lyle back in the late 60's

Archival Foto

With all these thoughts running through my head today I am reminded that I need to tell people I care about that I care about them. The ones I love need to be held close and to be frequently reminded that they are dwelling in my heart.

Rest in peace Lyle and know that at least as long as I am walking the earth, a piece of you will walk with me.

Fair wind and following seas brother…

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From San Francisco To Bright Angel

March 16th, 2019 Jorma 30 comments
From the South Rim

From the South Rim

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After the second night at the Sweetwater I flew to Phoenix to meet Vanessa and Izze and we drove up to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for a couple of days. I had been here in the Fall of 2003 with my pal Jerry on our still memorable Rt. 66 by motorcycle trip. The weather up in the Canyon had been iffy at best, but on this day… it was perfect.

The girls on the South Rim

The girls on the South Rim

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Ir’s hard not to take a great picture art the Grand Canyon on a day like this. I just picked a couple for the blog.

I get it... I'm not the only guy who's got one!

I get it... I'm not the only guy who's got one!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We could only get so far on Bright Angel, but it was awesome!

At 8000 feet, you can't make this stuff up!

At 8000 feet, you can't make this stuff up!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Spring Break with the kid

Spring Break with the kid

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The ladies, on top of the world

The ladies, on top of the world

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Old Man and the Mountain

The Old Man and the Mountain

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It was a great way for me to finish up my road trip. To be with Family at the Grand Canyon… Priceless!

But who's counting?

But who's counting?

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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Playing Catch Up With The Gigs

March 12th, 2019 Jorma 14 comments

From Phoenix we moseyed down to the Sweetwater Community Church in Bonita, California.

The Community Church in Bonita

The Community Church in Bonita

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 2, 2019
Jorma Solo
AMSD Concerts @ Sweetwater Community Church
Bonita, California
Friday, March 1, 2019

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Re-Enlistment Blues
4. Search My Heart
5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
6. How Long Blues
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Barbeque King
9. Too Many Years
10. River Of Time
11. Sleep Song
12. Trial By Fire
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Been So Long
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Good Shepherd
10. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
11. Candy Man
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Living In The Moment

Then it was a drive up the Coast to Santa Monica and McCabe’s Music Store and four shows in two days.

Jorma Kaukonen 3 , 2019
Jorma Solo
McCabe’s Guitar Shop
Early Show
Santa Monica, California
Saturday, March 2, 2019

1. Dime For Beer
2. Been So Long
3. Second Chances
4. How Long Blues
5. I Am The Light Of This World
6. River Of Time
7. Waiting For A Train
8. Barbeque King
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Sea Child
11. Trial By Fire
12. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
13. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
14. Come Back Baby
15. That’ll Never Happen No More
16. San Francisco Bay Blues
17. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Jorma Kaukonen 4 , 2019
Jorma Solo
McCabe’s Guitar Shop
Late Show
Santa Monica, California
Saturday, March 2, 2019

1. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Too Many Years
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. True Religion
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Hesitation Blues
12. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
13. In My Dreams
14. Trouble In Mind
15. Encore: Water Song

Jorma Kaukonen 5 , 2019
Jorma Solo
McCabe’s Guitar Shop
Santa Monica, California
Early Show
Sunday, March 3, 2019

1. Candy Man
2. Search My Heart
3. Been So Long
4. Barbeque King
5. I See The Light
6. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
7. In The Kingdom
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Full Go Round
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. River Of Time
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. How Long Blues
14. Trouble In Mind
15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Jorma Kaukonen 6 , 2019
Jorma Solo
McCabe’s Guitar Shop
Santa Monica, California
Late Show
Sunday, March 3, 2019

1. Too Many Years
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
6. Waiting For A Train
7. Big River Blues
8. Living In The Moment
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Come Back
12. Serpent Of Dreams
13. Whining Boy Blues
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: Genesis

I’ve been playing McCabe’s since the 80’s and I still love this venue! It’s a great place to play music and a great place to lisen to music!

Then it was up to San Francisco. David Wolfe and I took a day to record five new songs for Breakdown Way and I had a moment to go to North Beach and have a cup of coffee across the street from where Paul Kantner lived.

Paul, behind the cash egisger ag the Café Trieste

Paul, behind the cash egisger ag the Café Trieste

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Almond Croissant and black coffee... just for you Paul!

Almond Croissant and black coffee... just for you Paul!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The afternoon of the first Sweetwater Gig I met up with Steve Parish and Herbie Herbert and we chewed the fat for 90 minutes or so for Steve’s Sirius/XM show.

Hey, Steve's got my book!

Hey, Steve's got my book!

Foto by jorma Kaukonen

Talking with Steve and Herbie sure brought back a lot of great memories.

The old dogs... still here.

The old dogs... still here.

Foto by Melissa

Then, wonder of wonders my dear friend Wavy joined me.

Wavy... magnificent mensch!

Wavy... magnificent mensch!

Foto by Tamara Klamner

Then… music time!

Jorma Kaukonen 8, 2019
Jorma Solo
The Sweetwater
Mill Valley, California
Friday, March 8, 2019

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Heart Temporary
5. I Am The Light Of This World
6. River Of Time
7. Barbeque King
8. Candy Man
9. How Long Blues
10. Sea Child
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Living In The Moment
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Come Back Baby
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
6. Waiting For A Train
7. I See The Light
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
12. In The Kingdom
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Ain’t In No Hurry

Live a Sweetwater

Live a Sweetwater

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 9, 2019
Jorma Solo
The Sweetwater
Mill Valley, California

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Too Many Years
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Been So Long
6. Barbeque King
7. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
8. Full Go Round
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Things That Might Have Been
12. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
13. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?

Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. San Francisco Bay Blues
3. How Long Blues
4. In My Dreams
5. Keep your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
6. Come Back Baby
7. Trouble In Mind
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
12. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Genesis

Then a truncated night’s sleep.

Good morning San Francisco

Good morning San Francisco

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

And off to the airport to join the girls for a trip to the Grand Canyon.

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Jeanie Patterson… my friend

March 9th, 2019 Jorma 13 comments
Jeanie and her dog Elvis in front of Sweetwater

Jeanie and her dog Elvis in front of Sweetwater

Hot Tuna album cover…

My Friend Jeanie
Saturday, March 9, 2019

As I was waking this morning a text message popped up on my phone. It was so ironic to me to that here I was in the Bay Area playing Sweetwater in Mill Valley only to find out that Jeannie Patterson who founded Sweetwater so many years ago had passed. The first time I met Jeanie in the early 80’s she became a dear friend as we shook hands. That’s just how she was. When you met Jeannie you always felt that you had known each other since you were kids.

Jeanie had a deep and abiding passion for life. I am not here to speak for her but I always felt that her life was an open cathedral for the music and that for many, the holiest of the Holies was to be found in that little venue on Throckmorton. My friend, Bob Weir, always said we were like the gunslingers on Gunsmoke and Jeanie was our Miss Kitty. She was that and more. She gave all of us pickers and singers a place to speak our truth and be heard with respect… even over the din of the bar that was about ten feet from the stage.

That’s how it was.

Jeanie and my father, Jorma Sr., were pals. He hung out there frequently and they became confidants. When my dad’s life began to reel itself in after his first stroke, Jeanie was always there for him and my mom. When my dad passed, we had his memorial at Sweetwater. Jeanie was always more than available for her friends!

A parent is not supposed to outlive their children and when her two sons Tro and Taylor passed within a couple of years from each other it took a piece of her heart that could never be replaced. We try to be there for our friends but as a parent, that is a loss I simply cannot grasp… and I hope I never do. The economic landscape in California in general and Mill Valley in particular began to price Jeanie out of the game and she finally sold that little sacred ground and moved to Southern California and became more than reclusive. We would email each other periodically and both of us would allow that we should probably get together before it was too late. A couple of months ago I actually picked up the phone and called her. Indeed, I had her number for years but I had never used it. Sometimes the phone is just too heavy to pick up but this time I did pick it up and made the call. She answered much to my amazement and we talked for quite a while. It was almost as if no time had passed at all. At the end of the day, friends are friends. I felt at the time that she was ready to come back to the world and grace us all with her presence one more time.

According to the article I just read she died on the 26th of last month. Life is filled with ‘Things that might have been’ moments and I guess this is another one. There is always light in the world, but to me it is just a little darker today. I’m glad we had a chance to talk one more time. As something of a country boy myself I always enjoyed her mid-western earthiness. She never lost that… ever.

If you believe in such things she is now back with her boys and perhaps she still has a moment or two to get together with my dad and speak of the world as they saw it. I’m sure I’m not the only one being grateful today for having had the opportunity to call Jeanie Patterson friend.

Fair winds and following seas sister… fair winds and following seas. I am one of the many who will never forget you!

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Head West Old Man

March 1st, 2019 Jorma 35 comments

Leaving the relative winter of my homeplace I headed west for a little solo tour and some new videos for Breakdown way. But first…

At least it's not a death mask...

At least it's not a death mask...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is a must for every museum lover whether you’re a music geek or not. There was a great new guitar exhibit and I got to see Charlie Christian’s guitar.

The Master's Gibson... with pickup

The Master's Gibson... with pickup

Foto by Lowell Pickett

Jorma Kaukonen 1, 2019
The Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, Arizona
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Candy Man
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Barbeque King
5. How Long Blues
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Trial By Fire
8. Living In The Moment
9. Search My Heart
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. River Of Time
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
2. Been So Long
3. Whining Boy Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. I Am The Light of This World
8. Too Many Years
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. The Terrible Operation
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Truly an awesome room to play… and to listen!

Culture in the desert

Yesterday we saddled up and drove San Diego… where we are today. On the way stopped in Yuma for some truly memorable Mexican food!

La Fonda in Yuma

La Fonda in Yuma

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This eatery has been in place for seventy years. If you’re passing through Yuma and you have an appetite, stop into La Fonda.

Speaking of eating… time for breakfast!

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Playin’ The Blues With Dave Specter In Chicago

February 21st, 2019 Jorma 54 comments

So I was playing at Space up in Evanston outside of Chicago a couple of years ago and I became friends with Dave Specter, a great blues guitarist. Dave’s the one who got me fired up bout Fender Jazzmasters. (Now I have two. Thanks Dave!) I had been sitting on some lyrics I wrote some years ago called, ‘The Blues Aint’ Nothin.’ Try as I might, was never able to come up with the music for it as much as I liked the lyrics. I gave the lyrics to Dave and he set them to music and did an arrangement. He was going to include this tune on his new album and asked me to come to Chicago to play on it. ‘Count me in!’ I loaded up my truck with my Louis Electric Deltone and my Gibson Custom Shop Beano Les Paul and up the road I went.

The weather sucked all the way up. Non stop snow… but nothing was sticking. With heated seats and four wheel drive, ‘Bring it on,’ I said! I made it up to Evanston where the hotel was in about nine hours and right there in the hotel was a farm to table restaurant. The Farmhouse more than rocked. Two dinners and a breakfast. Delightful!

Anyway, back to music. Tuesday noonish I drove over to the Delmark Studios. Delmark has an almost seven decade tradition of great records. Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Anthony Braxton, Fareed Haque and more have all been a part of this amazing legacy. Julia Miller, the President and CEO is more than keeping this legacy alive. Without losing the lineage she is moving into the future with fearless artistic integrity.

Welcoming me to the nerve center!

Welcoming me to the nerve center!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We were cutting live, so I put my amp in the Ladies Room for isolation. The first of the great musicians I met was Harlan Lee Terson, bassist.

Photographer Harvey Tillis and Harlan Terson

Photographer Harvey Tillis and Harlan Terson

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Photographer Harvey Tillis was on hand to document the session and I got to pick his brain a bit about some photography geekery.

The personnel was as follows:

Dave Specter, guitar and vocals
John Kattke, piano, organ and vocals
Marty Binder, Drums
Harlan Terson, Bass
Jorma Kaukonen, guitar
Steve Wagner, engineer

Marty at the drums...

Marty at the drums...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

John Kattke at the hundred year old Steinway

John Kattke at the hundred year old Steinway

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We got the two tunes I was involved in cut in about five hours and I got ready to say goodbye to my new pals.

Harlan, Jorma, Dave, Marty and John

Harlan, Jorma, Dave, Marty and John

Foto by Harvey Tillis

It was a true honor for me to be a guest of Dave’s on this project. More than good times. It was also more than exciting to see what Julia is doing to shepherd Delmark into the 21st Century.

The job done, I loaded up the truck and drove back to the Fur Peace Ranch. Traffic, of course, getting out of Chicago in the AM and then non stop rain for the next 400 miles.

Cracker Barrel and the puzzle... I can do it.

Cracker Barrel and the puzzle... I can do it.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A grand trip!

A few more studio shots:

Me and Dave in situ

Me and Dave in situ

Foto by Harvey Tillis

Overdub time!

Overdub time!

Floto by Harvey Tillis

Pondering the muse

Pondering the muse

Foto by Harvey Tillis