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On This Veteran’s Day…

November 11th, 2018 Jorma 14 comments

On this Veteran’s Day so many come to mind… Family and friends, strangers who have touched my life… those who have served with honor.

My father, Jorma Sr. WWII U.S. Navy, Pacific
My uncle Pentti, WWII U.S. Army Pacific
My Uncle Tarmo WWII U.S. Army North Africa and Italy
Vanessa’s Uncle Bobby, WWII U.S. Army Battle Of The Bulge
Vanessa’s Uncle Milt, WWII U.S. Army Pacific
My Dear friend Chuck F. Vietnam U.S. Marines
My bestest pal Jerry S. Vietnam U.S. Army
John Hurlbut’s dad Ray, WWII U.S.Navy Pacific

Jerry, Chuck and Ray are still with us… the others have fought their last battle and moved on.

These I know, but of course there are countless others and in my own small way, I honor them all!

My friend Jim Bacon played this Paul Hyde song at our open mike today at the Fur Peace Ranch… here it is by Séan MCann. Give it a listen:

Forever Light Will Shine

Nuff Said!

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Life At Home And The Calm Before The Storm

November 6th, 2018 Jorma 22 comments
Jeff Anderson and I set out...

Jeff Anderson and I set out...

Selfie by Jeff Anderson

So Sunday it was in the low thirties, but at least it wasn’t raining so Jeff and I saddled up and headed out in the direction of Lake Hope.

A man and his Breakout

A man and his Breakout

Foto by Jeff Anderson

It was chilly and overcast, but I got a hundred miles in before I got home. Gotta love these roads! Last night was open house night on Main St. down in Pomeroy so Nessa and I drove down to the river to check out the action. Our first stop Was at Bobby Carr’s Hartwell House.

Never too early for Santa...

Never too early for Santa...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet but just like everywhere here in the States, Christmas is making it’s presence felt in Meigs County.

Thinking of my girl...

Thinking of my girl...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I love all this down home stuff…

Welcome to River City

Welcome to River City

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Leaving the Hartwell House walked up to our friend Paige’s outfitting shop and bot some unwashed Levis.If you’re ever in Pomeroy, be sure to check out Front Paige Outfitters

After Paige’s we stopped off at Maureen’s Herbal Sage shop… and Bed And Breakfast.

Ms. Maureen at the helm...

Ms. Maureen at the helm...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Maureen has been making Jorma’s Rhythm Tonic for years. Check out the little clip. Good stuff!

Tea... and more

Tea... and more

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Walking back to the Jeep I had to get a shot of our County Courthouse.

Every story has a ground level entrance, and there's three storys.

Every story has a ground level entrance, and there's three storys.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yep, it’s in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Good times!

The leaves were falling as it poured rain last night and the culverts by our long driveway were filled to overflowing. This morning Nessa and I saddled up the Mule and with tools in hand, attacked the plugged mess.

After

After

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Before

Before

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It feels good to get things done!

A man at work, ankle deep in muck

A man at work, ankle deep in muck

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Finally we called it quits and went into town for a bite.

The smile of victory

The smile of victory

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We we drove into town, I just had to take a shot of the blue sky and the flags.

A lovely sight!

A lovely sight!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Now it’s time to check on some election results.

Onward!

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Tikkun Olam

November 4th, 2018 Jorma 23 comments
Trashbag and tongs...

Trashbag and tongs...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

As Jews Nessa and I were encouraged to go to services this Shabbat and, among other things, show solidarity for the victims and the families of the Tree Of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. For a number of reasons this was not in the cards for out family but it is always in the cards to perform acts of service and ours was the two mile stretch of SR 681 that we have adopted as a site to clean.

Nessa, Rick, Sarah, Justin and Me

Nessa, Rick, Sarah, Justin and Me

Selfie by Vanessa

Rick, got us involved in the highway cleanup over a decade ago and he is getting ready to leave the area but we shall carry on the tradition. Brenda and our own John Hurlbut from the Fur Peace Ranch joined us as well as Andy from Athens… who brought doughnuts. To show up on a chilly Saturday morning to help pick up the incredible detritus that people empty from their cars is amazing indeed.

Andy, a trash bag, some doughnuts and me

Andy, a trash bag, some doughnuts and me

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It’s the little things we can do that really make a difference. Talk is cheap… I know, because I do plenty of it. It was more than a pleasure hanging with friends over bags of trash containing stuff you don’t even want to know about.

Nessa finds the mother of four leaf cloves amongst the debris

Nessa finds the mother of four leaf cloves amongst the debris

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We were done by eleven… it was a Saturday morning well spent!

John Hurlbut... the man, the legend!

John Hurlbut... the man, the legend!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

ps Carhartts… Rugged as the men and women who wear them!

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Several Days In The Life… Don’t Forget To Vote!

November 1st, 2018 Jorma 23 comments
My duty to my country, and myself!

My duty to my country, and myself!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Firstly… Yeah, I went out and voted early. Whatever your position, you must vote, or you have no right to complain. Just saying…

Back at the Ranch, last weekend we had Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Al Petteway. Jack and I have been friends for quite a few years now and after last weekend I count Al as one of my new best friends, and what a show he put on.

Bud Divens, Al Petteway and me... with the River Of Time guitar Bud made for me.

Bud Divens, Al Petteway and me... with the River Of Time guitar Bud made for me.

Unknown Fur Peace Photographer

Al was brilliant and Ramblin’ Jack put on a great show. At 87 years of age, he’s still the poop!

Ramblin' Jack rambles... productively

Ramblin' Jack rambles... productively

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This has been a more than bizarre fall. Hot, cold… and over the last weekend, an intense hailstorm!

Hail indeed...

Hail indeed...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

There is heavy rain today but over the last couple of days I got to fly the bird and finally get some foliage shots.

I just can't resist another aerial shot of the Ranch

I just can't resist another aerial shot of the Ranch

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Finally, some foliage

Finally, some foliage

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

In the spirit of making every day count in some way, I’ve been cleaning up stuff down at the old A-Frame. My parents couldn’t get rid of a lot of this stuff before the passed… so now it’s finally up to me. It’s tough, but it’s getting done.

I think I’ll take a break and go into town.

The old farm road to the A-Frame

The old farm road to the A-Frame

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

In the meantime… onward!

Nice!

Nice!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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Just A Little Catching Up!

October 25th, 2018 Jorma 23 comments

Here it is almost tomorrow which means another teaching weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch which means a song writing class with me and a DADGAD class with Al Petteway. DADGAD is like another universe for me so I’m really looking forward to this hang as well. Last weekend the hang was with Larry Campbell and Roy Book Binder which is always more than a blessing! Hubby Jenkins came in Saturday night to do the show at the Fur Peace Station, and what a show it was!

Me, Hubby and Larry lurking backstage at the Station.

Me, Hubby and Larry lurking backstage at the Station.

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Sunday rolled around and it was time for the de rigeur camp foto and the student open mike.

What a fine group!

What a fine group!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Waiting for their masters

Waiting for their masters

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The folks playing at the open mike just keep getting better and better… and then it was Monday.

Our Rev. Gary Davis class

Our Rev. Gary Davis class

Foto by Stephanie

Time is slipping by like water through my fingers. It’s Halloween weekend here in Athens. Nessa and I remember walking Izze through the neighborhoods in Athens with all the kids and their families… it was a group effort. She and her friends will be walking sans adults this year. Where did the time go? One moment it’s morning, and the next the shadows ae getting longer.

And so it goes…

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Four More Tuna Gigs And The Long Way Home

October 15th, 2018 Jorma 18 comments
Pretty girl in a truck... what's not to like?

Pretty girl in a truck... what's not to like?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A couple of wonderful days at home in the middle of a tour. Odd, indeed… but most enjoyable. Nessa dropped Phil and myself at the bus chauffeuring the two of us in my truck. What a gal!

Sunrise at the Fur Peace Ranch before heading to town.

Sunrise at the Fur Peace Ranch before heading to town.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Time moves steadily, inexorably at any age, but now… in my time, it just slips through my fingers faster than I would like. I know better, but sometimes I try to hold onto the moments but they slip through my fingers like wisps of smoke. I wish it were otherwise, but it is not. Back out on the road, the routine is the routine. I’ve been doing it for most of my life and I have become comfortable with its inconvenience. It truly is what it is, and it certainly beats some of the alternatives.

We needed to to get to Chandler, Vermont and with the new government driving regulations, we had to allow for two days. With an overnight in Syracuse, we found ourselves in New England.

Marquee at the Chandler Center

Marquee at the Chandler Center

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 37, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Chandler Center For The Arts
Randolph, Vermont
Thursday, October 11, 2018

First Set:
1. Second Chances
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Barbeque King
6. Sea Child
7. Trial By Fire
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. How Long Blues
10. Candy Man
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. I See The Light
4. Come Back Baby
5. River Of Time
6. In My Dreams
7. Sleep Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Genesis

The Chandler Center in Randolph, Vermont

The Chandler Center in Randolph, Vermont

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The foliage up here is way ahead of our trees in Southeast Ohio but when the sun comes up on my morning tomorrow at home, I look forward to the glory of Fall.

Here they come...

Here they come...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After Chandler, we drove to the Cabot Theater in Beverly, Mass.

Da Boyz

Da Boyz

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve been here before and it’s a dandy!

Old school marquee... love it!

Old school marquee... love it!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The calm before the storm

The calm before the storm

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 38, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Cabot Theater
Beverly, Mass.
Friday, October 12, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. How Long Blues
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Barbeque King
7. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Living In The Moment
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Heart Temporary
3. River Of Time
4. Nine Pound Hammer
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
7. Sleep Song
8. Trial By Fire
9. Good Shepherd
10. Come Back Baby
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

The storm... at the Cabot!

The storm... at the Cabot!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then out to the Cape and the gig in Truro!

'Take me to a circus tent...'   Marty Balin

'Take me to a circus tent...' Marty Balin

Foto by Phi Jacobs

A tent gig at this time of year is a little odd… but all my trepidation was for naught.

Tent, sky... and chill wind.

Tent, sky... and chill wind.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Being the naysayer that I can sometimes be, I expected the worst… and I got the best.

Sunset heading to the food building.

Sunset heading to the food building.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The dinner was brought in by the good folks from Terra Luna in Truro. To say that this dinner was off the charts would be more than an understatement!

This is not your normal pre gig dish!

This is not your normal pre gig dish!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Whatever latent grumpiness was infesting me vanished with the first oyster! Boy howdy!

The Lord Of The Paella Pans

The Lord Of The Paella Pans

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Seafood… garlic… peerless cuisine! Many thanks to Terra Luna. (Now closed for the season. I gotta get back next year!)

Hot Tuna 39, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Payomet Performing Arts Center
North Truro, Mass.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Search My Heart
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. Barbeque King
7. Full Go Round
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. The Terrible Operation
11. River Of Time
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. San Francisco Bay Blues
3. Come Back Baby
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
6. Genesis
7. Trouble In Mind
8. Whining Boy Blues
9. How Long Blues
10. Sea Child
11. In The Kingdom
12. Good Shepherd
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Water Song

Up bright and early for the run to Albany and the Egg. No hotel for me and Myron… we would be heading home after the gig.

The chicken... or the?????

The chicken... or the?????

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve been coming to the gig almost since time immemorial… or something like that. It’s always a pleasure!

Hot Tuna 40, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Sawyer Theater
@The Egg
Albany, New York
Sunday, October 14, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Come Back BAby
5. I See The Light
6. Come Back Baby
7. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Living In The Moment
11. That’ll Never Happen No More
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & burning

Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Heart Temporary
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Barbeque King
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. Nine Pound Hammer
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Genesis

The boys at the Egg

The boys at the Egg

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After the show we dropped Phil and Jack off at the hotel. They would find their way home by other means while Myron and I would ride the bus. New DOT regs mandate that a driver can only drive for ten hours followed by an eight hour break. Whether this is good or bad is open to discussion. It just is. In the cowboy days we used to bang out fifteen plus hours. This makes the trip from Albany to Pomeroy short by about three hours. As a result, we’re spending the day in Cumberland while Chris, the driver, logs his eight.

It’s a whole new world, isn’t it?

As for jack and myself, to be able to continue to function at the level we demand of ourselves is more than a blessing and much gratitude is sent towards our higher power! I know destiny turns on a dime, but I’ll more than take this day. At home, there will b a couple of ‘days off,’ whatever that means. I’ll be doing Dad stuff with Izze until the weekend when we will be hosting our Rev. Gary Davis Weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch. Larry Campbell will be coming in as well as Roy Book Binder… two of my favorite people for sure!

One day at a time… and it looks like a good day! I’ll be home by nine tonight and life will go on.

A good run was had!

Onward!

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Drifting On The River Of Time

October 8th, 2018 Jorma 24 comments
This is a skyline!

This is a skyline!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After Bethel, Jack went home while I (Jorma) did some book press for Been So Long and one of the first stops was to visit with some great folks up a Sirius/XM Radio.

I had just walked out of the elevator when what should I see?

My name in high def

My name in high def

Foto by Myron Hart

And if that wasn’t exciting enough…

Me and Al Roker

Me and Al Roker

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I’ve always been a fan of Als. I see him all the time on TV… and there he was! I felt like he was long lost family.

John Fugelang and bud... and me.

John Fugelang and bud... and me.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then a moment with Larry Flick

Live on Sirius/XM

Live on Sirius/XM

I;m a big satellite radio nut… so this was all very exciting!

Then it was off to the Boulton Center in Bay Shore.

But first... time to put the bird up again.

But first... time to put the bird up again.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

The Boulton Center is always a treat!

Love those words!

Love those words!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 28, 2018
Jorma Solo
Boulton Center For The Performing Arts
Bay Shore, New York
October, 4, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. I See The Light
6. Full Go Round
7. Sea Child
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. How Long Blues
10. Big River Blues
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. Sleep Song
13. Trial By Fire
14. Good Shepherd
15. Bar Room Crystal Ball
16. San Francisco Bay Blues
17. I Know You Rider
18. Encore: Genesis

Cleaned up nice!

Cleaned up nice!

Foto by Lee Cantor

Then an after show run to the Odeum in East Greenwich, RI.

East Greenwich... quaint and delighful!

East Greenwich... quaint and delighful!

We heard about this diner… we had to go!

Old School

Old School

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Just checking the Decor

Just checking the Decor

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah… Jiggers was awesome.

Phil contemplates his phone

Phil contemplates his phone

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 29, 2018
Jorma Solo
Greenwich Odeum
East Greenwich, R.I.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Search My Heart
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Come Back Baby
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Sleep Song
8. Trial By Fire
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. River Of Time
11. How Long Blues
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Been So Long
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. I’ll Be All Right Someday
6. Barbeque King
7. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
8. I See The Light
9. Living In The Moment
10. Sea Child
11. Good Shepherd
12. Water Song
13. Whining Boy Blues
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: Genesis

All the comforts of home

All the comforts of home

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then a rush to the City Winery, but first a stop at WNYC and a chat with John Schaefer.

John Schaefer and the Old Picker

John Schaefer and the Old Picker

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Always good to chat about music with John… Good times!

The good old City Winery!

The good old City Winery!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 30, 2018
Jorma Solo
The City Winery
New York City
Friday, October 5, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Wolves & Lambs
5. River Of Time
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. How Long Blues
9. Full Go Round
10. Sea Child
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Wining Boy Blues
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. San Francisco Bay Blues
3. Come Back Baby
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. In My Dreams
6. Search My Heart
7. Sleep Song
8. Trial By Fire
9. Good Shepherd
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. Water Song
12. Trouble In Mind
13. Encore: Genesis

Good times indeed. Lots and lots of old friends.

After the show we drove back to Ohio so I could do a book signing at Lost Weekend, my friend Kyle Seigrist’s place

Holding forth at Lost Weekend in Columbus, Ohio

Holding forth at Lost Weekend in Columbus, Ohio

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Today, taking the kid to school… doing a little laundry and getting ready to hit the bus to head to Randolph, Vermont and the Chandler Center For The Arts.

As for me…

Good things come, good things go
If it lifts you up it will lay you low
People leave and they don’t come back
Life is a disappearing act…

Gretchen Peters
Disappearing Act

Give this one a listen… Disappearing Act.

Another Tetrapak And Onwards

October 3rd, 2018 Jorma 15 comments
State Theater In Ithaca

State Theater In Ithaca

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This was our first gig on this little run and Jack and I were thrilled to have Chris Smither on the bill.

Chris holds forth

Chris holds forth

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 33, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The State Theater
Ithaca, New York
Thursday, September 27, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. True Religion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Barbeque King
6. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Whining Boy blues
10. River Of Time
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. Trial By Fire
13. Sea Child
14. Good Shepherd
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Water Song

Then it was time to move on to the Academy Of Music in Northampton, Mass.

The Academy in Northampton

The Academy in Northampton

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This is quite simply a lovely venue.

Hot Tuna 34, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Academy Of Music
Northampton, Mass.
Friday, September 28, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Search My Heart
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. How Long Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Trial by Fire
10. I See The Light
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Dime For Beer
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. River Of Time
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Full Go Round
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Candy Man
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: I Know You Rider

Keeping our noses to the grindstone, it was off to Caramoor in Katonah, NY.

What a fine joint.

What a fine joint.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We were here five years ago with David Bromberg and I sure hope we don’t have to wait another five years.

Where is that green room?

Where is that green room?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 35, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Caramoor
Katonah, New York
Saturday, September 29, 2018

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Too Many Years
6. Barbeque King
7. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
8. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?
9. Come Back Baby
10. River Of Time
11. Sleep Song
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. That’ll Never Happen No More
14. Living In The Moment
15. Sea Child
16. Good Shepherd
17. San Francisco Bay Blues
18. Encore: Water Song

On stage at the Caramoor

On stage at the Caramoor

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Rust never sleeps… on to Bethel and the Woodstock Gig of today.

Adrienne Aurichio and André for the Bill Eppridge interview

Adrienne Aurichio and André for the Bill Eppridge interview

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Bill Eppridge was a great photographer. Google him… and check out me and Jack on the Honda Trail bike at Woostock!

Hot Tuna 36, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
Bethel, New York
Sunday, September 30, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Search My Heart
5. Barbeque King
6. I’ll Be All Right Someday
7. Sleep Song
8. Trial By Fire
9. How Long Blues
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Trouble In Mind
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. River Of Time
8. Sea Child
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Roads and Roads &
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Genesis

The boys... Live at Bethel

The boys... Live at Bethel

Foto by Lee Cantor

Bethel from the air

Bethel from the air

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

What a tidy Woodstock/Bethel shot

What a tidy Woodstock/Bethel shot

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

The Bethel folks gave me permission to put the bird up for a couple of shots. Thanks a bunch.

Down in Weehawken the bird went up again.

Freedom Tower across the Hudson

Freedom Tower across the Hudson

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

The skyline... ever changing

The skyline... ever changing

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Tomorrow I… Jorma will be solo in East Greenwich, R.I. at the Greenwich Odeum and it looks like it could be big fun. Stop on by and say Hi!

I was up at Sirius/XM yesterday to do some interviews and a lot of cool stuff happened, but I’ll talk about that tomorrow. Gotta get up to Bay Shore and the Boulton Center.

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Now We Are Three

September 29th, 2018 Jorma 97 comments
Window in time...

Window in time...

Thanks to Bob Sarles for these fotos…

Now We Are Three
Requiem For A Friend
Marty Balin
30 Jan. 1942/27 Sept. 2018

Life is a thin thread
It’s a thin little hand on a hospital bed
It’s all the things you’ve left unsaid
Life is a thin thread

It’s a fine line between loving and not
Between holding it back or giving all that you’ve got
Feeling you’re free, thinking you’re caught
It’s a fine line

(Thin Thread by Connie Kaldor)

I was more than saddened yesterday to hear of Marty Balin’s passing. Jack and I were in Northampton, Mass. at the Academy Of Music and we were just getting ready to do our sound check. I knew that Marty had been sick and I knew in a general way that he had grievous issues but I did not really know what they were. Marty always kept a lot of shade on himself. I stood there in the little room in the wings, stage left… struck dumb. What can you say? We always say and hear, ‘I’m sorry for your loss,’ but what does that really mean? We say it. We have to say it and then in the confines of our hearts we try to process the sorrow and search for the words that really convey what we feel. It is an imperfect process.

Marty and I were young together in a time that defined our lives. Had it not been for him, my life would have taken an alternate path I cannot imagine. He and Paul Kantner came together and like plutonium halves in a reactor started a chain reaction that still affects many of us today. It was a moment of powerful synchronicity. I was part of it to be sure, but I was not a prime mover. Marty always reached for the stars and he took us along with him.

I always felt that he was somewhat guarded… the quiet one. Perhaps that’s because I was one of the noisy ones… I don’t know. It’s probably not for me to say. His commitment to his visions never flagged. He was always relentless in the pursuit of his goals. He wrapped those he loved in sheltering arms. He loved his family. Times come and go but his passion for his music and his art was never diminished. He was the most consummate of artists in a most renaissance way. I always felt that he perceived that each day was a blank canvas waiting to be filled.

It was fortuitous that we were able to stay connected in a loose way over the years. He and his friends graced our stage at the Fur Peace Station in Ohio and he was able to join us at the Beacon Theater in NYC the year we celebrated Jack’s 70th birthday.

Very good stuff!

Coming to grips with reality is a process that starts at birth. I am always stunned when one of my friends passes and yet, it would seem that at some point we will all take that journey. It’s almost like, ‘How can this be? There are things I need to say.’ There were indeed things I needed to say and the fault for that lack lies on me and me alone. I don’t think any of us really think that we will live forever yet often that thought lies dormant in the back of our minds. At my age my world is starting to be surrounded by passing. I will miss my friends who rest on the banks of the River Of Time and I am reminded to make the most of every moment as I am swept downstream! Marty’s passing reaffirms the power of love, the power of family, the power of possibilities.

So many of our brothers and sister from that time are gone. Skip Spence, Spencer Dryden, Joey Covington, Papa John Creach, Paul Kantner, Signe Anderson and now Marty have all joined the Heavenly Band as Rev. Davis would say.

We were young together. I would like to think we made a difference. As for Grace Slick, Jack Casady and myself…

Now we are three…

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A Deuce And Home

September 14th, 2018 Jorma 44 comments

Tucson and The Rialto were waiting for us!

This is really scarey!

This is really scarey!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

With memories of the tour with Leon Russell we hit the stage.

Hot Tuna 27, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The Crest Theater
Sacramento, California
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

First set:
1. I See The Light
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. I Wish You Would
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Second Chances
6. Trial by Fire
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Wolves & Lambs with Steve
9. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve
10. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Sleep Song with Steve
5. In The Kingdom with Steve
6. Come Back Baby with Steve
7. Hesitation Blues with Steve
8. Hit Single # 1 with Steve
9. Funky #7 with Steve
10. Encore: Rock Me Baby with Steve

The mighty Marquee

The mighty Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

…and then a run to Albuquerque and the final show of the run!

Where's Georgia O'Keefe?

Where's Georgia O'Keefe?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

What a marvelous bit of resuscitated architecture.

Spooky...

Spooky...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 32, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The KiMo Theater
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

First Set:
1. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Sea Child with Steve
7. Wolves and Lambs with Steve
8. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Living Just For You
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Third Week In The Chelsea with Steve
5. Sleep Song with Steve
6. Good Shepherd with Steve
7. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
8. Funky # 7 with Steve
9. Encore: Hit Single # 1 with Steve

Goodnight Mrs. Calabash... wherever you are!

Goodnight Mrs. Calabash... wherever you are!

Some truly great folks at the book signing!

Readers and old friends... one and all!

Readers and old friends... one and all!

After the signing we started our drive home.

The Mother Road!

The Mother Road!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Fifteen years ago, my friend Jerry and I rode Rt. 66 from Santa Monica to Jackson and Lakeshore in Chicago. I’m sure glad we did it!

With a second driver so we could drive home without stopping we got home in Ohio on Thursday morning.

Misty homecoming...

Misty homecoming...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

I unpacked my stuff and when the fog cleared put one of my drones up to get a look around.

Unretouched... beautiful!

Unretouched... beautiful!

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Uncle Charles' fishin' hole

Uncle Charles' fishin' hole

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a great road trip, but it is wonderful to be home. Time for a motorcycle ride!

Good times!