A Pause In The River

September 18th, 2017 Jorma 19 comments

In the last week we had two fine shows. Last Saturday night was Denny Laine with Joe Orlando on bass, Belle Liao on keys, Jeff Otis Brown on guitar an Owen Goldman on drums. Thanks so much Denny for great classes and a fine show. This weekend we had Matt Schofield and his trio with another awesome show. The weather for our Pick And Putt ride was awesome and all the positive energy here at the Fur Peace Ranch helped lift our spirits a little from the news the Stephanie, my son Zach’s mom, passed a two PM on Friday.

She had fought a hard battle against the cancer, but in the end, the day was not hers to win. She was a fearless advocate for Zach all his life and the qualities of manhood he shows today are certainly at least in a great part, the result of her stewardship. Her pain is over and that at least has to be a blessing. I will be leaving for the funeral in South Carolina tomorrow.

Prayers and thoughts are always appreciated.

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9/11… Sixteen Years Later

September 11th, 2017 Jorma 56 comments

September 11 crept up on me this year. In some ways 9/11/01 seems like a lifetime ago and in others it was only yesterday. At eleven years old those moments a decade and a half ago are more unimaginable to my daughter than WWII is to me. She has inherited this world along with the rest of us, but she was not yet born when it was.

This morning was the closing of another session at the Fur Peace Ranch and even though I wasn’t teaching this weekend I played a little coffee break concert at the Beatrice Love Kitchen. They had just started reading the names of the fallen as I picked up my guitar and headed on over to the porch. In memory of those who perished that day and those who continue to perish as a result of that day, I played Washington Phillip’s ‘What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?’ I could think of nothing more fitting.

I will remember 9/11 as long as I have breath… where I was, what I was doing, who I was talking to, what I was thinking about… I do not know if that is a good or a bad thing, but that is how it is.

I remember it all… and I mourn in my own way.

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Labor Day…

September 4th, 2017 Jorma 32 comments
Sunset by drone

Sunset by drone

Done shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Life is always lived against the fall of night. Born into light we start our journey chasing the end of day. If we’re lucky, we will enjoy many years between that first and last light. I have been lucky… very lucky. I find myself saying, ‘At my age,’ thus and so might or might not be in the cards and I have earned the right to wax philosophic in the way of old men.

But always though. I am surrounded by youth with a 20 year old son and an 11 year old daughter. They have plenty of time before they need to either hear this nonsense or spout it themselves and that’s more than alright. Both my kids made it through their first week of school and though it’s early in the game, they’re both looking good. We caught the detritus of Hurricane Harvey in the form of two days of rain and there wasn’t even much of that. Again, lucky. I did get a chance to do a lot of drone flying though.

I see things no one else can see...

I see things no one else can see...

Drone selfie by Jorma Kaukonen. Goggles by DJI.

There were some fabulous sunsets and I got a chance to experiment with the drone camera.

Nice light for nine PM!

Nice light for nine PM!

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Idyllic from on high!

Idyllic from on high!

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Yesterday I worked around the Ranch but today after I let Izze practice volleyball by firing serves at me I took a hundred mile ride on the bike. This has been a fine Labor Day Weekend indeed! Indeed, another step on the journey, but the end is not yet in sight!

Good times…

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A Trip To Lockn’

August 28th, 2017 Jorma 40 comments
What the world needs now...

What the world needs now...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Myron and I drove down to Arrington, Virginia for a hang at Lockn’ with Roger MacNamee and Moonalice. A swell time was had by all and it was great to play with Roger, John Molo, Barry Sless and my old friend Pete Sears!

Modern festival life with showers

Modern festival life with showers

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

There sure was a little bit of everything here this weekend!

What the...

What the...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Nothing like rehearsing to learn songs!

Pickin' and grinnin'

Pickin' and grinnin'

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I didn’t keep track of the tunes… but we rocked!

Nice afternoon!

Nice afternoon!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Thanks to Roger and the guys for being such gracious hosts!

Every kind of folk a feller woul want!

Every kind of folk a feller woul want!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen.

Then it was off to the VIP tent for a little solo set!

Notice the chandelier in the tent!

Notice the chandelier in the tent!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen At Lockn’
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Arrington, Virginia

Lockn’
Super VIP

1. True Religion
2. Sleep Song
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Barbeque King
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Whining Boy Blues
7. River Of Time
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
11. Trial By Fire
12. Genesis
13. Keep On Trucking Mama

With this little set our work was done an Myron and I headed for home.

On another note, our thoughts and prayers our with our brothers and sisters down on the Gulf Coast!

Onward!

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Julian Coryell And Bob Margolin… And More

August 26th, 2017 Jorma 11 comments
G_d's in his heaven

G_d's in his heaven

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Last Saturday night the clouds conspired to welcome Julian Coryell and the New Eleventh House Band.

The sun sets at the Ranch as the music starts to rise!

The sun sets at the Ranch as the music starts to rise!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Larry Coryell was one of my very old friends going back to 1965 when we met on an early Airplane tour in New York City. I’m not a jazz cat and he was way heavier than I at at the time, but he took me under his wing an showed me some stuff I have taken with me to this day. When Larry passed away earlier this year after a gig at the Iridium in NYC, I could hardly believe it. I had planned on him coming to the Ranch and teaching, hanging out and doing a concert with some of his old pals from the Eleventh House Band, but it was not to be. His son Julian Coryell picked up the slack and showed up with the guys… some old, some new!

He had John Lee on bass… original 11th House member. Randy Brecker on trumpet… original 11th House member. Gerry Brown on drums, just off tour with Diana Ross… Stevie Wonder’s drummer for fifteen years and Jeff Babko on keys from Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The New 11th House Band

The New 11th House Band

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

These guys just killed it and I believe Larry was up there smiling down on us this night!

Juian tears it up through my 1967 Marshall Plexi 50w.

Juian tears it up through my 1967 Marshall Plexi 50w.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Randy Brecker gets it done!

Randy Brecker gets it done!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This was indeed a night to remember.

It was a fusion filled sksy this night!

It was a fusion filled sksy this night!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Thanks Julian and the rest of the guys for a night I’ll always remember.

I miss Larry…

Sunday night I became a member of Bob Margolin’s band and we played two sets of rockin’ old school blues!

Bob Margolin guitar and vocals. Jorma Kaukonen guitar and vocals. Bubba Norwood drums and Tad Walters, guitar, harp, vocals and bass.

Thanks guys for letting me fly with you for an evening!

Today Myron and I showed up at Lockn’ to rehearse with Roger NacNamee and Moonalice for a gig tomorrow. On board will be Roger NacNamee, John Molo, Barry Sless, Pete Sears and I.

Roger, Pete, Barry, Me and John

Roger, Pete, Barry, Me and John

Tomorrow we play… three to four…

Good times!

More will be revealed.

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Home… And A Great Weekend At The Ranch

August 16th, 2017 Jorma 19 comments

As amazing as the tour with Derek and Susan was, there’s no place like home. We had a camp and a concert the weekend I got back so we all hit the ground running. Gretchen Peters was there to teach a songwriting class and play a concert with her husband Barry Walsh. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams were also teaching and played a magnificent show… I got to sit in with both families and what a treat it was!

An airborne brother

An airborne brother

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

My pal Norm broth his Phantom 4 Pro and we flew together!

The weather was spectacular, the music wonderful and the food… as always… delicious!

Gretchen and Barry... stellar!

Gretchen and Barry... stellar!

It was great to put on another hat this weekend. I enjoy teaching so much and it’s always great with a good class!

The boys and I!

The boys and I!

Before it was all over Larry and Matt and I had to pose with our Jorma M30 Sunburst beauties. Matt now owns Frank’s guitar with was the one that started all the sunburst models. Thanks Frank. You’re going to miss that guitar though!

The boys with three beauties!

The boys with three beauties!

Well… it’s not much of an entry but here I am.

Great to be home!

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Hot Tuna August Wrap Up And Home

August 9th, 2017 Jorma 46 comments
Bob Dylan is everywhere...

Bob Dylan is everywhere...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After the last show with Susan and Derek we beat feet to Minneapolis for a two shows at the Dakota Jazz Club. We did a half a day to walk around and decompress.

The Lumber Exchange... from another century

The Lumber Exchange... from another century

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We love coming to Minneapolis whether it be the Cedar Cultural Center or in this case, the Dakota Jazz Club. We had two shows, one at seven and one at nine… more or less.

Great little gig!

Great little gig!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 43, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
Dakota Jazz Club
7 PM Show
Saturday August 5, 2017
Minneapolis, Minnesota

1. Second Chances
2. How Long Blues
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Let Us Together Right Down Here
8. Heart Temporary
9. Keep On Trucking Mama
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Death Don’t have No Mercy
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Wining Boy Blues

Holding forth...

Holding forth...

Foto by Phil jacobs

Hot Tuna 44, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
Dakota Jazz Club
9 PM Show
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saturday, August 5th, 2017

1. I See The Light
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. Candy Man
5. Come Back Baby
6. True Religion
7. Trial By Fire
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. Things That Might Have Been
11. That’ll Never Happen No More
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. 9 Pound Hammer
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Then it was on to St. Charles, Illinois for a gig at the Arcada Theater. The power steering blew out on the bus leaving Minneapolis so we limped into St. Charles and got some superb help!

These folks came to our aid and we were good to go!

These folks came to our aid and we were good to go!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Arcada was a great little theater!

Jack relaxes in the Green Room!

Jack relaxes in the Green Room!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 45, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
The Arcata Theater
St. Charles, Illinois
Sunday, August 6, 2017

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Roads and Roads &
4. Heart Temporary
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Trial By Fire
8. Sleep Song
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Come Back Baby
13. Watch The North Wind Rise
14. Good Shepherd
15. Bar Room Crystal Ball
16. Water Song
17. Encore: Genesis

On Stage...

On Stage...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then our merry men scattered to their homes and Myron and I came back to Southeast Ohio where I resume my role as a husband and father.

Sunrise walk on the old road with Maverick

Sunrise walk on the old road with Maverick

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

No matter how simple… there’s no place like home!

Where I belong

Where I belong

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Johnny and I played at our Pho Eatery today. It’s our last weekday offering. We’re going to be doing special event Pho dinners and entertainment. More on that later.

In the meantime, nowhere like your own bed.

Forgotten Enchantment

August 6th, 2017 Jorma 15 comments

It was pointed out to me that I left out our Albuquerque gig… Mea Culpa. Lightning storms changed everything for all of us that night and here is what we did:

Hot Tuna 38, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Sandia Casino
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Because of the storm warnings in the Albuquerque area Susan and Derek rearranged things thusly. Jack and I sat in on 3/5’s of a mile in 10 seconds and then Justin joined us as a trio and we played Can’t Get Satisfied and Come Back Baby. At the end of the evening we sat in on the encore for The Sky Is Crying…

We made it through the night. It looked dodgy for a while but the storms held off…

Only the strong survive…

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Summer’s Not Over, But Wheels Of Soul Is… What A Time!

August 4th, 2017 Jorma 17 comments
Red Rocks

Red Rocks

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This has been an intense tour and these last three gigs were no exception. I had never done Red Rocks before and I sure thank Derek and Susan for taking us along!

Indeed... the amazing venue!

Indeed... the amazing venue!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 39, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Red Rocks
Morrison, Colorado

1. Trial By Fire
2. Wolves And Lambs
3. Roads and Roads &
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Talkin’ Bout You
6. Sea Child
7. Funky # 7

Next day we definitely had to take some prep time out to take some pictures!

Good company...

Good company...

Hot Tuna 40, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Red Rocks
Morrison, Colorado
Sunday, July 30, 2017

1. Second Chances
2. Living Just For You
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Rock Me Baby
5. 99 Year Blues
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. Hit Single #1
8. Water Song

Jammin' with the Big Dogs!

Jammin' with the Big Dogs!

Foto by Suzy Perler

Backstage with Zac Brown

Backstage with Zac Brown

Foto by Myron Hart

Then off to Salt Lake City.

Long train on the way to Salt Lake City

Long train on the way to Salt Lake City

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Good Mexican food!

Good Mexican food!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The chow at the Red Iguana was worth the forty five minute wait and more!

Red Butte Gardens from the air

Red Butte Gardens from the air

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

The stage at Red Butte in repose...

The stage at Red Butte in repose...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 41, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Red Butte Garden
Salt Lake City, Utah
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

1. Wolves And Lambs
2. Living Just For You
3. Rock Me Baby ( with Susan Tedeschi)
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Funky # 7

Susan joined us for Rock Me Baby and tore it up, of course!

Playing the blues...

Playing the blues...

Then it was off to Bonner, Montana.

Great place for shots from the bird

Great place for shots from the bird

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Aerial view of the Kettlehouse

Aerial view of the Kettlehouse

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Good to be with all you guys! I'll do it anytime...

Good to be with all you guys! I'll do it anytime...

Hot Tuna 42, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Kettlehouse Amphitheater
Bonner, Montana
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

1. Trial By Fire
2. Sea Child
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Come Back Baby (with Derek)
5. Roads and Roads &
6. In The Kingdom
7. Bowlegged Woman

Playing with Derek and Susan and their pals is off the charts! Loved the Wood Brothers too!!!

Oliver tunes his Guild

Oliver tunes his Guild

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Flying again...

Flying again...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Susan teaches us a song!

Susan teaches us a song!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

3/5ths Of A Mile In 10 Seconds

3/5ths Of A Mile In 10 Seconds

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It is always a bittersweet moment when a tour end. This one was especially so… we all became family.

A heartfelt thanks to all who worked on this project! You made it possible for us to fly every night.

Now Jack and I head to Minneapolis for two shows at the Dakota Jazz Club, and then off to St. Charles, Illinois and the Arcata Theater.

Home is looking good. I’ll be at the Fur Peace Ranch soon!

Three More And On To New Mexico

July 26th, 2017 Jorma 24 comments
Our name in lights at Huber Heights

Our name in lights at Huber Heights

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Lovely venue in Ohio…

Hot Tuna 35, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
The Rose Music Center
Huber Heights, Ohio
Saturday, July 22, 2017

1. Sea Child
2. Watch The North Wind Rise
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Rock Me Baby
5. In The Kingdom
6. Wolves And Lambs
7. Funky # 7

Michigan from the air

Michigan from the air

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 36, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Meadowbrook Amphitheater
Rochester Hills, Michigan
Sunday, July 23, 2017

1. Roads and Roads &
2. Living Just For You
3. Ode For Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Sleep Song
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Come Back Baby

Calm before the storm

Calm before the storm

Then to Arkansas…

The Wal-Mart Special Tent

The Wal-Mart Special Tent

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen
Hot Tuna 37, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Wal-Mart Arkansas Music Pavilion
Rogers, Arkansas
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

1. Wolves And Lambs
2. Living Just For You
3. Come Back Baby
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Sea Child
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. How Long Blues
8. Funky # 7

After the show we headed west and pulled up in Amarillo. Next stop… Big Texan Steak House!

A brave soul takes the 72 oz. challenge

A brave soul takes the 72 oz. challenge

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Roadside America in the rain

Roadside America in the rain

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Texas rain

Texas rain

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We leave in two hours for Albuquerque and the Sandia Casino. Onward, ever onward!

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