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From San Francisco To Bright Angel

March 16th, 2019 Jorma 16 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 13 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

Second Week In Sanibel… And Home…

February 10th, 2019 Jorma 36 comments
The Master... enjoying a masterful moment!

The Master... enjoying a masterful moment!

Foto by John Hurlbut

Our second week at Sanibel was a so called ‘Master’s” class. I am a little reluctant to use such terms of exalted description but the guys guys could all really play well and were all ‘masters’ in their own realm. This class was a little experiment on my part and I shall digest the results from my point of view in time. I had been thinking about what I could offer a good player in such a class. Song catching is important, but anyone can learn a song. To me it is the interpretation, the way one communicates and inflects emotion in an accessible way that is important. In my own way I tried to talk about what I consider to be the four important qualities in a musician. Technique, Tone, Timing and Taste… not necessarily in that order. I’ll wait for some feedback to determine how successful I was.

Including the jam Cruise and the four gigs Acoustic Hot Tuna did in Florida by the time I landed yesterday I had been gone a month. I thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship and the quality of life to be found on Sanibel, but here at home I’m not minding the sub freezing weather at all!

Anyway, Thursday night Hurl and I did a little show for friends and Ranchers in the FPR Room at the Sundial Resort.

Pure acoustic, the way it was meant to be!

Pure acoustic, the way it was meant to be!

Foto by Pete Stern

After about a half an hour with me, Johnny took center stage and I had the honor of accompanying him for about an hour!

Johhny and me...

Johhny and me...

Foto by Pete Stern

This is big fun for both of us and on Friday the 15th, we’ll be playing four our Valentine’s Day Dinner here at the Fur Peace Ranch!

As for sunny Sanibel in the winter…

Going...

Going...

Foto by John Hurlbut

Going

Going

Foto by John Hurlbut

Gone

Gone

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Home, Home, Home

FPR & Sanibel Sunshine

February 4th, 2019 Jorma 22 comments
The Songwriting Gentlemen

The Songwriting Gentlemen

Foto by John Hurlbut

Last week we hosted a songwriting workshop here at the Sundial Beach Resort in Sanibel. I never cease to be humbled by the passion and honesty that all our students in Songwriting Workshops manifest. Every writer in this year’s gaggle of guys (no ladies this session for some reason) really rose to the occasion. It was an exciting week for me! After the wrap up Friday morning John H. and I took the moments to do some walking, swimming and relaxing!

If you're a shell hunter, this is the place to be!

If you're a shell hunter, this is the place to be!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We found ourselves walking three to four miles a day which to many might not be much… but it was a move forward for me!

Not much surf but look at the sky!

Not much surf but look at the sky!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The beach was made for long walks.

The pelican tree

The pelican tree

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

People and wildlife coexist nicely here on Sanibel… there are amazing scenes everywhere!

The sunsets on the West Coast of Florida are well... you see!

The sunsets on the West Coast of Florida are well... you see!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Weather is well… weather. As the air temps rose, the juxtaposition with the cooler water made for a deep fog.

Still warm... still a potential for sunburn!

Still warm... still a potential for sunburn!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It is Monday today and our students are coming in for a week long master class. I look forward to all my classes, but this one should be really fun!

Onward!

Long Strange……???????

January 28th, 2019 Jorma 37 comments
Leading the shop into Progresso...

Leading the shop into Progresso...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

In the world of ships, the water is everything…

This is sure not the North Atlantic

This is sure not the North Atlantic

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Sunrise off the coast of Mexico

Sunrise off the coast of Mexico

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico

Sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Leaving Progresso

Leaving Progresso

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Back at sea again, Tuna played the Starlight Room with Steve Kimock and Leslie Mendelson

Hot Tuna 2 , 2019
The Electric Trio Plus Two
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Justin Guip
Steve Kimock & Leslie Mendelson
Jam Cruise
The Norwegian Jade
Somewhere In The Gulf Of Mexico Between
Progresso, Mexico & Miami
Saturday, January 19, 2019

1. I See The Light
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Come Back Baby
4. Roads and Roads &
5. Trial By Fire
6. Hesitation Blues with Steve
7. Hit Single #1 with Steve
8. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
9. 3/5’s Of A Mile In 10 Seconds with Steve & Leslie
10. Trouble In Mind with Steve & Leslie
11. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve & Leslie
12. 3rd Week In The Chelsea with Steve
13. Sleep Song with Steve
14. Good Shepherd with Steve & Leslie
15. Funky #7 with Steve

Morning in Miami

Morning in Miami

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

And then… dry land!

A fond farewell to the Norwegian Jade

A fond farewell to the Norwegian Jade

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A breeze through customs, rented vans and down to Key West.

First stop... the Half Shell Raw Bar by Mallory Square

First stop... the Half Shell Raw Bar by Mallory Square

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 3, 2019
Hot Tuna
The Acoustic Duo
Key West Theater
Key West, Florida
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Second Chances
3. Been So Long
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Heart Temporary
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Barbeque King
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Trial By Fire
11. How Long Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Too Many Years
3. San Francisco Bay Blues
4. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
8. Full Go Round
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. I Know You Rider

There are probably some discrepancies here… but that’s Key West!

The yardbird... everywhere!

The yardbird... everywhere!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I got a chance to drive by the old Conch House where Nessa and I lived when we first got married.

The Manse on Whitehead

The Manse on Whitehead

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Not much had changed… modern windows though!

Scene of the crime

Scene of the crime

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

And a good, goodnight from the Bight Marina

And a good, goodnight from the Bight Marina

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Orlando

Orlando

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 4, 2019
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Plaza Theater
Orlando, Florida
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. True Religion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
8. How Long Blues
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. Sleep Song
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Trouble In Mind

Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Come Back Baby
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
8. Whining Boy Blues
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Barbeque King

Then to Clearwater…

It's not Portchester

It's not Portchester

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 5, 2019
The Acoustic Duo
The Capitol Theater
Clearwater, Florida
Friday, January 25, 2019

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Been So Long
6. Heart Temporary
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Candy Man
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. How Long Blues
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. Dime For Beer
5. Trouble In Mind
6. Search My Heart
7. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Come Back Baby
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Men at work

Men at work

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And then to Bonita Springs…

Weddings anyone?

Weddings anyone?

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 6, 2019
The Acoustic Duo
Southwest Florida Events Center
Bonita Springs, Florida
Saturday, January 26, 2019

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Too Many Years
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Come Back Baby
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. River Of Time
5. Candy Man
6. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
7. How Long Blues
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Sea Child
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. Ain’t In No Hurry
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Genesis

Yesterday the boys flew out and I met John Hurlbut at the airport with a quick trip to Sanibel Island where we will spend the next two weeks with Fur Peace Ranch on the road.

Sure has been an interesting two weeks…

Just sayin’

Jam Cruise With All Sorts Of Folks

January 19th, 2019 Jorma 28 comments
Leaving Miami... Destination... Yonder

Leaving Miami... Destination... Yonder

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Well this was to be Hot Tuna’s first jam cruise and frankly, it’s awesome! Lot’s of good folks, good music and good food!

Jack, Annabelle and me

Jack, Annabelle and me

Annabelle is the lady who gets it done here… monumental job!

We're outta here

We're outta here

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We made a stop in Belize and went to the Mayan ruins at Alton Ha.

Still Standing

Still Standing

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The jungle is relentless!

The jungle is relentless!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Me on top of a pyramid

Me on top of a pyramid

Foto by Justin Guip

Then it was time for a show at the poolside stage!

Hot Tuna 1, 2019
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Justin Guip
Steve Kimock & Leslie Mendelson
Poolside Stage
Norwegian Jade
Somewhere Between Belize And Mexico
Thursday, January 17, 2019

1. Been So Long
2. True Religion
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Living Just For You
6. Wolves & Lambs with Steve
7. Hesitation Blues with Steve
8. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out with Steve & Leslie
11. Trouble In Mind with Steve & Leslie
12. Sea Child with Steve
13. Good Shepherd with Steve
14. Funky # 7 With Steve

The next day we docked at Cozumel.

The Jade dwarfed by rthe Harmony Of The Seas

The Jade dwarfed by rthe Harmony Of The Seas

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This touring world is an interesting world… I’m going to try to upload this now.

More will be revealed!

Out Of The Snow… Heading South

January 14th, 2019 Jorma 35 comments
Court Street In Athens is beautiful on this night

Court Street In Athens is beautiful on this night

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

I arrived in Miami this afternoon, but a day or so ago, this was the sight as I took Vanessa out to dinner. I actually love winter weather… when it is really winter weather. If it’s going to be Winter, let it snow. After dinner getting back to the Ranch, it looked like this:

I love this place!

I love this place!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Countryside behind Shade, Ohio

Countryside behind Shade, Ohio

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This morning Izze’s Middle School was on a two hour delay so I let her sleep as Myron and I drove up to the airport in Columbus.

Maverick bids me a chilly goodbye

Maverick bids me a chilly goodbye

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Tomorrow we board ship and set sail for what will be our first Jam Cruise. I shall report more on this as connectivity allows.

On to Belize!

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