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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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Home… With New Year On My Mind

January 4th, 2019 Jorma 67 comments
From Us To You All....

From Us To You All....

Foto by Suzy Perler

So… four days late, but no dollars short. The trip to Freight And Salvage for New Years was awesome, but it’s great to be home for a bit! It was more that great to see old friends and to share our music the the folks out west!

My old buddy Wavy Gravy....

My old buddy Wavy Gravy....

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jack and the Wavester

Jack and the Wavester

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 62, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
AND
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
A Mélange Of Music To Bring In The New Year At
The Freight & Salvage Coffee House
Berkeley, California
Monday, December 31, 2018

Acoustic Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
4. Barbeque King
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. The Terrible Operation
9. In My Dreams
10. Come Back Baby
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Living In The Moment
14. I Am The Light Of This World
15. Trouble In Mind

Electric Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Walkin’ Blues
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Sleep Song
6. Trial By Fire
7. Ode To Billy Dean
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Come Back Baby
11. Can’t Get Satisfied
12. Funky #7
13. Encore: Hit Single # 1

Thanks to everyone who tried to help… above is the truth from my faithful guitar tech Myron Hart who keeps track of such things.

Ringing in the New Year with Wavy!

Ringing in the New Year with Wavy!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

More to say but the Honeydew List comes first!

Good to be home!

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Pre New Year’s Eve Shows @ Freight And Salvage… A Trip To The Bay Area

December 31st, 2018 Jorma 10 comments

Vanessa, Izze and I as well as two of Izze’s friends from school all came to the Bay Area together for these shows at Freight And Salvage and we had a little time to take the girls on some great sightseeing trips.

The Lone Sailor Memorial at the Headlands...

The Lone Sailor Memorial at the Headlands...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Nessa and Izze and her buddies at the Lone Sailor Memorial. Just another memorial to them, but it reminded me that my Dad sailed out under the Golden Gate on a troop transport in 1944 to fight in WWII. Glad he made it back… my Uncle Pentti too…

A magical day!

A magical day!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Just one of those rare magical days in the Bay Area in Winter. Lucky to be a part of it!

Kaukonen family at the Golden Gate

Kaukonen family at the Golden Gate

We couldn’t get any farther into the Headlands. Closed due to government shutdown.Don’t get me started. Then we joined Jack Casady and Madame Cecilia Chiang at In Situ at the Museum Of Modern Art. In 1964 I was barely getting by as a college student and aspiring musician. Cecelia had just opened her Mandarin Restaurant on Post Street. With barely enough money for a small dinner, she always treated me and my family with respect and I shall never forget this. At 99 years of age, she is still a force of nature and it was an honor for us to have our daughter Izze, meet her!

Cecelia Chiang and Israel Love Kaukonen

Cecelia Chiang and Israel Love Kaukonen

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

I will always treasure this moment! It is the memories of times like these that help define our lives!

Parking sentiment for a moment, I let the ladies do some shopping and I killed time until they were done.

Then out Geary Blvd. to a vista point near Cliff House… just in time to catch the last rays of light.

Next stop... Hawaii and points West

Next stop... Hawaii and points West

Foto by Izze Kaukonen

A fine day of sightseeing with the family and then, time to get to work.

Freight And Salvage time...

Freight And Salvage time...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The first night was just Jack and myself… and here it is:

Hot Tuna 60, 2019
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Freight & Salvage
Berkeley, California
Saturday, December 29, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Barbeque King
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. River Of Time
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. How Long Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Second Chances
3. Whining Boy Blues
4. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
5. Search My Heart
6. Heart Temporary
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Come Back Baby
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Water Song

Rockin' at the F & S

Rockin' at the F & S

Foto by Suzy Perler

Hot Tuna 61, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Freight And Salvage
Berkeley, California
December 30, 2018

First Set:

1. True Religion
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Living Just For You
7. Sea Child
8. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
9. Talkin’ Bout You
10. Bowlegged Woman

Second set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Candy Man
3. Walkin Blues
4. I Wish You Would
5. Roads And Roads &
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Sleep Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. Hit Single # 1
10. Funky # 7
11. Encore: Water Song

Yeah, I know… we encored with Water Song two days in a row… not tonight I betcha.

Jorma’s 78th Birthday Message To Himself

December 23rd, 2018 Jorma 66 comments
The moon at 0600 12/23/2018

The moon at 0600 12/23/2018

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Jorma’s 78th Birthday Message To Himself
Sunday, December 23, 2018

Well, I had to give this one some thought. Birthday’s come and birthdays go and why should this one be any more important than the last, or perhaps the next. I guess in the spirit of living in the moment, it is today and here I am, the youngest I’ll ever be and the oldest I’ve ever been. It is a nice dream to think that at birth you are gifted with infinite possibilities and from a philosophical standpoint one might argue this. In reality, however, I fear this is not the case. I was born into a very middle class family of white collar aspiring intellectuals in the first half of the last century. As the children of immigrants they certainly had their struggles in their quest to find themselves an identity here in America. Being an immigrant or the children or grandchildren of immigrants brings its own set of obstacles to the table, but that is a discussion for another time. All this being said, taken as a whole with some notable detours my life has always steered me back to the upward path.

For most of us, whether we realize it or not by the time we are in our forties our life is half over. I often get asked, ‘Did you ever think you would get this old?’ Of course not. It was an inconceivable concept to me back then. It is truly difficult to imagine virgin territory. I find myself living one day at a time in a landscape that changes almost every day. I am so grateful to be blessed with mental and physical capabilities that still allow me to meet the standards I set for myself. As time passes I pray for the ability to accept and adapt to the changes that life will deal me. It is a chilly day here in Southeast Ohio. Winter is upon us and the coldest days are yet to come. It is warm in my heart and in my house. My wife prepared an amazing birthday breakfast spread for me, my daughter welcomed me into the day with love and thoughts and my son texted me a birthday greeting from work in Virginia. I could not want for anything.

78… the RPM of the first records I listened to back in the 1940’s. I have been given the opportunity to try, fail and succeed, not necessarily in that order. G_d has never given me more than I could handle or adapt to, at least not so far. Indeed, my cup runneth over.

I am more than grateful!

A man and his dog at birthday breakfast

A man and his dog at birthday breakfast

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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Tree Of Life Benefit PIttsburgh

December 20th, 2018 Jorma 23 comments
Great Lineup!

Great Lineup!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Venue

The Venue

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Pittsburgh showed strength, love, commitment and community spirit. I was honored to be a part of it.

Jorma Kaukonen 31, 2018
Jorma Solo
Concert For The Tree Of Life
AE Stages
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, November 18, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. I Am The Light Of This World
3. River Of Time
4. Barbeque King
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Sleep Song
7. Good Shepherd

I got a chance to meet Sean Rowe whose music I have loved for quite a while. Great artist and man! Also on the bill were old friends Michael Glabicki and Dirk Miller from Rusted Root.

I was thrilled I was asked to be a part of this!

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The Boulder Theater And Home

December 17th, 2018 Jorma 9 comments
The Mighty Boulder Theater

The Mighty Boulder Theater

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It’s been a long run… it’s been a good run and what better place to finish it up than the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado.

Hot Tuna 59, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Boulder Theater
Boulder, Colorado
Friday, December 14, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
8. Things That Might Have Been
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. Things That Might Have Been
11. Sleep Song
12. Trial By Fire
13. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
14. Trouble In Mind

Second Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. I See The Light
4. Barbeque King
5. Been So Long
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. River Of Time
8. How Long Blues
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

What a night!

What a night!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After the gig the bus dropped Jack and myself off at the hotel by the airport. It was an early flight for me and even with delays I was back at my house by five PM. The bus with Myron and Phil arrived at 0900 this morning and tomorrow I head up to Pittsburgh for the Tree Of Life Benefit.

Our home for the last month!

Our home for the last month!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It’s been quite a run. I’ll be home Wednesday with a couple of days with the family before heading out to California for the three day Hot Tuna New Year’s Gala at the Freight And Salvage.

Onward!

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