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The Boulder Theater And Home

December 17th, 2018 Jorma 4 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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A Gaggle Of Gigs

December 13th, 2018 Jorma 16 comments
The mighty Clyde in Ft. Wayne

The mighty Clyde in Ft. Wayne

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Kudos to the good folks at the Clyde Theater and also to the good folks at Sweetwater Music. for making this great gig available to the community!

Hot Tuna 52, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Clyde Theater
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Come Back Baby
8. Full Go Round
9. Sea Child
10. In The Kingdom
11. Trouble In Mind
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Candy Man
2. I’ll Be All Right Someday
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Barbeque King
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. River Of Time
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. How Long Blues
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Genesis

Then it was onward to the Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago for two shows back to back!

The OTSOFM

The OTSOFM

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Back at Antioch College in the late 50’s this was the Holy Grail of picking. Now Jack and I get to play it!

Hot Tuna 53 & 54, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Old Town School Of Folk Music
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, December 7, 2018

First Show, Hot Tuna 53:
1. Second Chances
2. Too Many Years
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Trouble In Mind
5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
6. Serpent Of Dreams
7. Barbeque King
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Living In The Moment
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
12. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
13. How long Blues
14. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey
Second Show Hot Tuna 54:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. San Francisco Bay Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Been So Long
6. Waiting For A Train
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. I Know You Rider
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Genesis
Yup, one night… two shows!

Hopkins, Minnesota

Hopkins, Minnesota

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Hopkins Center was another new gig for us, and we sure hope we get to come back!

Hot Tuna 55, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Hopkins Center For The Arts
Hopkins, Minnesota
Saturday, December 8, 2018

First Set:
1. Candy Man
2. Search My Heart
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
6. In My Dreams
7. River Of Time
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Barbeque King
10. Trial By Fire
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
13. Trouble In Mind

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Too Many Years
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. I See The Light
5. Come Back Baby
6. I Know You Rider
7. Sleep Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. The Terrible Operation
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Keep You’re Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Then it was off to the Barrymore Theater in Madison. It’s been way too long since we graced these boards!

Hot Tuna 56, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Barrymore Theater
Madison, Wisconsin
Sunday, December 9, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
6. How Long Blues
7. River Of Time
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Barbeque King
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. I See The Light
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let Us Bet Together Right Down Here
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
8. Whining Boy Blues
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
13. Trouble In Mind
14. Encore: Water Song

Then to St. Louis to the Delmar.

Any hotel that allows dogs is OK with me!

Any hotel that allows dogs is OK with me!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

All vegetarian and it rocked!

All vegetarian and it rocked!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Really good times!

Really good times!

For us… a sold out show!

Hot Tuna 57, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Delmar Hall
St. Louis, Missouri
Tuesday, December 11, 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. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Full Go Round
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Candy Man
12. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here

Second Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. San Francisco Bay Blues
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
5. Barbeque King
6. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. River Of Time
9. Come Back Baby
10. Sleep Song
11. Trial By Fire
12. Good Shepherd
13. Trouble In Mind
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: Water Song

Then rockin’ on to Lawrence, Kansas.

The historic Liberty Theater

The historic Liberty Theater

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 58, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Liberty Hall
Lawrence, Kansas
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. How Long Blues
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Heart Temporary
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Things That Might Have Been
12. Trouble In Mind

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. I See The Light
4. Come Back Baby
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. River Of Time
8. True Religion
9. Living In The Moment
10. Sea Child
11. Good Shepherd
12. Waiting For A Train
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Water Song

View from the basement

View from the basement

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After show a drive across Kansas to Boulder, where we are now.

Busy, busy, busy….

Always good…

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It Seems Like The 27th Was A Long Time Ago… That And Hannukah

December 4th, 2018 Jorma 14 comments
Jack Casady, Paul Shaffer and me... Jorma

Jack Casady, Paul Shaffer and me... Jorma

Before the gig at the new City Winery in our old hometown, D.C. Jack and I stopped by Sirius/XM Satellite Radio to chat with Paul Shaffer. Paul was big fun on every level. He’s a great musician, a great interviewer and best of all, a great guy! I’d visit him anywhere from Vegas to D.C.

After the Interview we slipped over to the new City Winery for our first gig there. When I was growing up in D.C. I would have never found myself in N.E. but on this day, there we were. Time marches on! I love the Winery gigs, and they seem to love us!

Holding forth at the City Winery

Holding forth at the City Winery

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 47, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The City Winery
Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Too Many Years
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. Been So Long
6. River Of Time
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Barbeque King
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial by Fire
11. Wining Boy Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Heart Temporary
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. Come Back Baby
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. Sea Child
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Watch The North Wind Rise

Then it was up to Owings Mills and another great gig.

Whar a room!

Whar a room!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 48, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Gordon Center For The Performing Arts
Owings Mills, Maryland
Thursday, November 29, 2018

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Heart Temporary
5. Third Week In The Chelsea
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
5. Come Back Baby
6. River Of Time
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Good Shepherd
10. That’ll Never Happen No More
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

After this great gig we drove after show to Marietta, Ohio… almost in my backyard!

The historic Lafayette Hotel in Marietta

The historic Lafayette Hotel in Marietta

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

In 1992 or thereabouts, my dear friend Keith Gatto had me play at the Lafayette Hotel for the Marietta Blues Society. Keith was our family doctor as well as a friend and I was honored to be able to speak a his memorial service. Keith has been gone almost 20 years now and like my Mom and Dad, I still miss him.

The Ohio River in front of the hotel

The Ohio River in front of the hotel

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

When I moved to Ohio in 1991 I found myself reading all of the Allan Eckert books about the Northwest Territory. A Sorrow In Our Heart comes to mind immediately! Lots of memories from those early days in what has become my home.

World class venue!

World class venue!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The People’s Theater is awesome!

Check this seat out!

Check this seat out!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Shows of yesteryear

Shows of yesteryear

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

More memories

More memories

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Theaters in Marietta?  You bet!

Theaters in Marietta? You bet!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 49, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The People’s Bank Theater
Marietta, Ohio
Friday, November 30, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. River Of Time
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. In My Dreams
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Trial By Fire
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. How Long Blues
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
3. Ain’t In No Hurry
4. Third Week In The Chelsea
5. Come Back Baby
6. Keep YUur Laps rimmed & Burning
7. Full Go Round
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. Trouble In MInd
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Water Song

Then it was up to the Ark in Ann Arbor

Hot Tuna 50, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Ark
An Arbor, Michigan
Saturday, December 1, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Too Many Years
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Barbeque King
6. Search My Heart
7. River Of Time
8. Sleep Song
9. In The Kingdom
10. The Terrible Operation
11. Trouble In Mind
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second set:
1. Candy Man
2. How Long Blues
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
6. Come Back Baby
7. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Then a dash to Cleveland, and The Music Box

The waterways are busy day and night

The waterways are busy day and night

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The weather began to turn up here by Lake Erie, but it was warm inside!

In the shadow of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

In the shadow of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 51, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Music Box
Cleveland, Ohio
Monday, December 3, 2018

First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Sleep Song
8. Trial By Fire
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. How Long Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. River Of Time
4. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
5. Come Back Baby
6. That’ll Never Happen No More
7. Candy Man
8. I See The Light
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Re-Enlistment Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Water Song

The Boys onstage

The Boys onstage

Foto by Phil Jacobs

With Hannukah upon us I throw out a couple of thoughts gleaned from an editorial in Haaretz.

‘In the nationwide strike over violence against women, we saw that the true miracle of Hanukkah is tikvat hinam, baseless optimism, hope without just cause.’

‘There are times so dark, that the most radical act you can perform, is optimism.’

Radical optimism indeed. Count me in!

Happy Hannukah all!

PS In the spirit of shameless self promotion our show at the Boulder Theater on 12/14 is sold out, but you can check out the concert live here: http://nugs.tv/live-webcasts/5,88/Hot-Tuna-12-2018-Boulder-Theater-Boulder-CO.html

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Onward From The Beacon

November 27th, 2018 Jorma 18 comments
The festive lobster traps of Portland

The festive lobster traps of Portland

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Gotta love Maine… after Thanksgiving dindin we headed north.

The chilly sreets of Waterville...

The chilly sreets of Waterville...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 44, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Waterville Opera House
Waterville, Maine
Friday, November 23, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Search My Heart
6. Serpent Of Dreams
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. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. Hear Temporary
6. Whining Boy Blues
7. Sea Child
8. In The Kingdom
9. Good Shepherd
10. Come Back Baby
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Water Song

Some truly great sounding rooms on this run!

Then on to Derry…

...and you thought it was in Mississippi

...and you thought it was in Mississippi

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 45, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Tupelo Music Hall
Derry, New Hampshire
Saturday, November 24, 2018

First Set:
1. Candy Man
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Come Back Baby
7. Full Go Round
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Waiting For A Train
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Too Many Years
3. Ain’t In No Hurry
4. Nobody Knows You when You’re Down & Out
5. Barbeque King
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. How Long Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Wager Song
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Genesis

Then down to Connecticut… Vanessa country…

Really the Olds School

Really the Olds School

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 46, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Ridgefield Playhouse
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Sunday, November 25, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Search My Heart
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Full Go Round
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. How Long Blues
11. That’ll Never Happen No More
12. Trouble In Mind

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. I See The Light
4. Candy Man
5. Come Back Baby
6. Been So Long
7. River Of Time
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Water Song

Then a drive down to College Park, Maryland… my old stomping grounds. Jack and I have a Sirius Radio show today with Paul Schafer and then a gig tonight at the new City Winery in Northeast D.C. about which more shall be revealed.

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Tuna On The Road, The Beacon & Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2018 Jorma 18 comments
The mighty bus gets ready to set sail from Darwin, Ohio

The mighty bus gets ready to set sail from Darwin, Ohio

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After the final weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch and the cool show Hot Tuna did at the Station, we all saddled up and got on board the bus and headed up to New York for our Beacon show.

Back at the Beacon, the way it was meant to be...

Back at the Beacon, the way it was meant to be...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It was our honor and pleasure to have our old pal Steve Kimock on board for this, our only electric outing on this run. I know the gig being the day before Thanksgiving made it difficult for some folks to get to the show, but that’s the date they had for us and indeed, it was better than nothing!

Cool, but better with people!

Cool, but better with people!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Soundcheck was smooth as silk and the show was butter!

Hot Tuna 43, 2018
The Electric Trio
Plus Steve Kimock
The Beacon Theater
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. I See The Light
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Living Just For You
6. Wolves And Lambs with Steve
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Hesitation Blues with Steve
9. Bowlegged Woman

Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Trial By Fire
4. Watch The North Wind Rise
5. Sleep Song with Steve
6. Good Shepherd with Steve
7. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
8. Hit Single # 1 with Steve
9. Keep On Truckin’ Mama with Steve
10. Funky # 7 Steve
11. Encore: Water Song with Steve

This was certainly a fulfilling night for us and it was great to get to connect with so many old friends! After the show, we boarded the bus and drove up to Portland, Maine where we woke up on Thanksgiving Day and got together with Family and Friends for a fine dinner!

Thanksgiving Dinner in Maine...

Thanksgiving Dinner in Maine...

Timed foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

A more than satisfying week. Tonight the Acoustic Duo will be up at the Waterville Opera House in Waterville.

It’s cold up here, but we’re smiling!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

The Last Two Shows At The Fur Peace Ranch 2018… More Than Good Times!

November 19th, 2018 Jorma 25 comments
Magic Dick and Shun Ng

Magic Dick and Shun Ng

Foto by jorma Kaukonen

Last weekend Magic Dick from the old Jay Geils band came to Darwin and played a more than awesome show with Shun Ng, a young guitarist from Singapore. They were indeed really something… we sure get some good guys to come to the Ranch! Jack and I opened the show with a little acoustic set:

Hot Tuna 41, 2018

Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, November 10, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Sleep Song
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Good Shepherd
9. The Terrible Operation
10. Come Back Baby
11. Water Song

Here Are the folks from the Classes that weekend.

The Gang in front of the Beatrice Love Kitchen

The Gang in front of the Beatrice Love Kitchen

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

…and our final Masters Class Foto

The Masters... ensemble

The Masters... ensemble

Foto by Stephanie Layton

The week unfolded in an evolving way and before I knew it, it was the final workshop of 2018.

A drone moment...

A drone moment...

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The classes were great and Justin Guip flew in to play the show and then ride up to NYC for our Beacon show.

HEADS UP ALL! This year because of Thanksgiving Beacon doors are at seven… show starts at seven thirty. There is also new entry protocol and you may be wanded. A word to the wise is sufficient as my mother would say.

Anyway, Elecrric Tuna at the Fur Peace Station.

Rockin' with the bird!

Rockin' with the bird!

Foto by Lee Cantor

Hot Tuna 42, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, November 17, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Talkin’ Bout You
6. Sea Child
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Hit Single #1
9. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. Roads and Roads &
2. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
3. Rock Me Baby
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Sleep Song
6. Trial By Fire
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball
8. Come Back Baby
9. Funky # 7
10. Encore: Water Song

The Chet gets the call...

The Chet gets the call...

Foto by Lee Cantor

We were glad that our friend Carey Georgas was able to make the trip from Texas and see the show. Catch ya down the road brother….

As the weekend wound down, I put my drone to work for the class shot in front of the Station.

Ther boys from the air.

Ther boys from the air.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

This morning, John Hurlbut and played for the campers at our famous Monday Morning Coffee Break Show.

...This land is your land!

...This land is your land!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Ready for NYC and the Beacon. Remember… Seven o’clock doors… seven thirty showtime!

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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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!