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From The Not Quite So Sunny South To The Piedmont…

March 5th, 2018 Jorma 25 comments
Maverick... the trash hound

Maverick... the trash hound

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

I love that dog… and he loves the trash. This is what happens at our place when the trash doesn’t get docked behind a closed door. I look forward to getting home so I can give that dog a good talking to!

The venue in Ponte Vedra

The venue in Ponte Vedra

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Our first Florida date was here in Ponte Vedra. A lovely stop after the long drive from Dallas.

Jorma Kaukonen 10, 2018
Jorma Solo
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Ponte Vedra, Florida
Tuesday February 27, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. I See The Light
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Barbeque King
8. Full Go Round
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Search My Heart
4. Heart Temporary
5. Whining Boy Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. Serpent Of Dreams
8. Trial By Fire
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

The next day was a drive down to Melbourne where Tower Of Power played the big room and I the small.

Awesome venue...

Awesome venue...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It was to hang with some of the guys in Tower Of Power I knew from the old days. Like mom used to say, ‘We’re still here!’

Backstage

Backstage

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

They'll never take me alive...

They'll never take me alive...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 11, 2018
Jorma Solo
King Center Studio Theater
Melbourne, Florida
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Too Many Years
4. How Long Blues
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
7. Come Back Baby
8. Been So Long
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
6. Barbeque King
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Whining Boy Blues
9. River Of Time
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Sea Child
13. Good Shepherd
14. Keep Your Lam[s Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Live, tonight!

Live, tonight!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then our trek north began with a stop in Athens, Georgia.

The Melting Point, Athens

The Melting Point, Athens

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Barry Mitterhoff and I first played this joint together a number of years ago. Loved it then… love it now!

Jorma Kaukonen 12, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Foundry
Athens, Georgia
Friday March 2, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. Been So Long
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Barbeque King
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Whining Boy Blues
10. Sleep Song
11. Trial By Fire
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. I Am The Light Of This World
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Candy Man
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Come Back Baby
6. River Of Time
7. In My Dreams
8. Dime For Beer
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

On stage at the Foundry

On stage at the Foundry

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then I had a private gig at the Firemen’s Kitchen in Hickory, North Carolina.

In the basement of this beautiful theater... Firemen's Kitchen

In the basement of this beautiful theater... Firemen's Kitchen

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 13, 2018
Jorma Solo
Firemen’s Kitchen
Hickory, North Carolina
Saturday, March 3, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. How Long Blues
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Barbecue King
7. Prohibition Blues
8. In The Kingdom
9. Sleep Song
10. Candy Man
11. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Genesis
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Come Back Baby
7. River Of Time
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Sea Child
11. Trial By Fire
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
16. Encore: Heart Temporary

My personalities are starting to get in the way

My personalities are starting to get in the way

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Words to live by!

Words to live by!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This was a truly enjoyable little gig with some wonderful folks!

Always...

Always...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was off to the Grey Eagle in Asheville.

Back to the Grey Eagle

Back to the Grey Eagle

I really like playing the Grey Eagle. This is ground zero for Piedmont style picking… everyone really knows what the deal is. It’s rewarding playing for this crowd!

Gotta love it!

Gotta love it!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 14, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Grey Eagle
Ashville, North Carolina
Sunday, March 4, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. How Long Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Waiting For A Train
3. Prohibition Blues
4. True Religion
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. River Of Time
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Come Back Baby
10. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
11. Sleep Song
12. Trial By Fire
13. Good Shepherd
14. Search My Heart
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Water Song

Holding forth

Holding forth

Foto by Phil Jacobs

So far I’ve been able to give quality folks quality music… indeed. Now I find myself in Charlotte, N.C. where tomorrow I will play at the McGlohon Theater. I hear there’s more winter weather coming up North. Hope there’s more spring in New York by the time we get there in a couple of days.

Onward…

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From The Lone Star To The Sunshine State

February 27th, 2018 Jorma 31 comments
Performing Arts In San Antonio

Performing Arts In San Antonio

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After Tomball it was down to San Antonio. I Haven’t worked here in years… but what a treat this gig was.

Jorma Kaukonen 8, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
San Antonio, Texas
Friday, February 23, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Too Many Years
3. Second Chances
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. Barbeque King
7. Trouble In Mind
8. River Of Time
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Trial by Fire
11. Sleep Song
12. Living In The Moment
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Heart Temporary
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. I See The Light
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Come Back Baby
8. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
9. Death Don’t have No Mercy
10. Sea Child
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Good Shepherd
13. Candy Man
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Me then... me now...

Me then... me now...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was off to Dallas an Poor David’s.

Back at the pub...

Back at the pub...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 9, 2018
Jorma Solo
Poor David’s
Dallas, Texas
Saturday, February 24, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. Waiting For A Train
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Barbeque King
8. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
9. River Of Time
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Sleep Song
12. Trial By Fire
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
3. Prohibition Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Been So Long
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Serpent Of Dreams
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Search My Heart
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Sea Child
12. Good Shepherd
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Water Song

It’s been a minute or two since I played Poor Davids… but it was nice to be back and there was a great crowd!

Dallas sunset in the city

Dallas sunset in the city

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Up bright and early and off to Ponte Vedra, Florida where tonight I will play at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and then onward… to Melbourne.

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From The Mountains To The Plains

February 23rd, 2018 Jorma 36 comments
Beautiful L2 Church in Denver

Beautiful L2 Church in Denver

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We beat feet from Kansas City to Denver. It was spring there before we arrived but it quickly turned to winter. All that said, the Swallow Hill folks put me in the L2 Church which was a truly beautifully warm venue. Who cares about winter with a room like this.

Jorma Kaukonen 5, 2018
Jorma Solo
L 2 Church
Denver, Colorado
Monday, February 19, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. River Of Time
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Second Chances
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Dime For Beer
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Genesis
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. How Long Blues

Kudos and thanks to the folks who braved the snowy roads to come to the show!

It doesn't get too much better than this!

It doesn't get too much better than this!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then we saddled up and headed down to Santa Fe deep in the Land Of Enchantment.

On the road again...

On the road again...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Another lovely room in Santa Fe… where the weather lightened up a little for a moment.

Jorma Kaukonen 6, 2018
Jorma Solo
James A. Little Theater
Santa Fe, New Mexico
February 20, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Waiting For A Train
5. Barbeque King
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Nobody Knows you When You’re Down & Out
11. How Long Blues
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. I See The Light
3. Prohibition Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Come Back Baby
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Sea Child
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Santa Fe morning

Santa Fe morning

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The weather took a pause as we left Santa Fe in the morning. Our destination was Wichita Falls. We had to make the Texas drive in two days. New DOT regs prohibit the long drives we used to take for granted. That’s just the new normal. By the time we got to Wichita Falls, it was a full on ice storm!

Watch your step...

Watch your step...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Up in the morning and another three hundred some miles to Tomball, Texas. We stopped in Bowie, Texas to get a bite.

Off Main street in Bowie...

Off Main street in Bowie...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I live in a small town and we who live on this side of the economic divide are always striving to maintain a relevant presence in our ever changing world. Check out Iris Dement’s tune, ‘Our Town.’

Goodbye to Bowie and off to Tomball.

Main Street in Tomball

Main Street in Tomball

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Texas Marquee

Texas Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 7, 2018
Jorma Solo
Main St. Crossing
Tomball, Texas
Thursday, February 22, 2018

First set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Waiting For A Train
5. Been So Long
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Candy Man
9. Sleep Song
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. How Long Blues
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Prohibition Blues
3. Come Back Baby
4. River Of Time
5. In My Dreams
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Sea Child
8. Trial By Fire
9. Good Shepherd
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Genesis

The room at Main St.

The room at Main St.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I rarely get to Texas, sad to say. Perhaps this will change since I’m doing three gigs in the Lone Star State on this run. It was nice to spend an evening in this down home venue.

Green Room?

Green Room?


Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Better than lights...

Better than lights...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Back home the second wave of floods is coming. The last crest in Pomeroy was 50 feet above flood… this time they expect 58. We’re tough… we’ll get through it. In the almost 30 years I’ve lived here this has happened four times and we’re all still here as my Mom used to say.

The new lake in the field behind my house...

The new lake in the field behind my house...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

On to San Antonio…

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Prayers For Pomeroy As Jorma Travels On

February 19th, 2018 Jorma 35 comments

I’ve been out on this road trip for a week now. A week is not so long but for some reason this one seems like a lifetime. Back home, the vicissitudes of winter have been vicious this year. Normally we’re just about mud and wintry mix. The worst that usually happens is mud in the yard and a dirty vehicle. This year, however, there’s been sub zero temperatures, lots of snow and ice and even more snow days at the Middle School than our daughter would like… and then it started to rain… and rain, and rain and rain. Anywhere one lives in the good old U. S. of A. you are burdened by some sort of local natural disaster. With the ongoing climate change we have had more tornadoes than ever before. One hit the Ranch a year ago February and did what tornadoes do… destroy lots of stuff. Over the year the natural disaster that dwells with us has always been floods. Pomeroy, this little town where our Zip Code resides is right on the Ohio River and is no stranger to floods. Pomeroy has had a love/hate relationship with the Ohio River since 1804. The river has been a commercial thoroughfare since the French and Indian Wars. I’ve heard people who live in safe havens where nothing worse happens than a missed day of trash collection look down on folks who live in disaster areas and won’t move. These are our homes, and anything worth having is work fighting for.

WSAZ Pomeroy News.

The Ranch is on the top of a hill and tornadoes hit us, but the flood does not. The fields below our property are now a sea of muddy waters. It has happened before, and it will happen again. I heard the the Ohio River will crest later today 50 above flood stage. We know when these things will happen as the Army Corps Of Engineers has to open the flood gates in the dams periodically to release some of the pressure. I am thinking of my friends and neighbors at home and pray for their safety and well being.

I was reminded by a friend who lives in Houston that after the hurricane and flooding they experienced there were email posts from mutual acquaintances in California who claimed that Houston residents deserved this because Trump got elected. As my father would say, ‘Why are there so many more horses asses than there are horses?’

Nuff said on that for now.

And so it begins with a nap

And so it begins with a nap

Foto by Myron Hart

On this trip there are only three of us on the bus. Myself, Myron my tech and Phil my tour manager. The bus company was out of band busses so I got what the call a Star Coach which has a stateroom in the back. Never had one before… kind of cool. All that being said, and mind you I’m not complaining about my gig… I’m beyond being blessed… still and all… it’s still work. At my age I am well aware that the day of the superstar is over. I used to take my physical abilities for granted… not any more. Every show requires a level of preparation that would have been unheard of in my youth. That’s just how it is, and because I can still do what I need to do to maintain the level of performance I require… it’s all good. I’m reminded of my Uncle Art, may he rest in peace. After my father passed in 1997, his cousin Art would call me once a year around Christmas because he liked calling someone named Jorma. He would speak to me in Finnish and laugh when I couldn’t understand him. He would switch to English and we would talk and talk. When I would play the Iron Horse in Northampton he would sometimes come with his kids and grand kids and we would share family. I remember one of our last phone calls. ‘Hello Jorma,’ he would say. We would exchange pleasantries and then at the end of the conversation he said, ‘One of these days these call will stop, so I will say hello and goodbye now.’ Indeed, one of those days the calls stopped and he was gone… the last goodbyes said.

So I’m working here and I love my job, of course. I missed my daughter’s first dance in middle school. I did get to see quite a few of her volley ball games, but I will miss most of her track and field. Like they say in the movies, ‘This is the life I have chosen.’ That’s the deal. It ain’t all beer and skittle, but then what is?

Space, the final frontier

Space, the final frontier

Foto by Phil Jacobs

So the first gig was at Space in Evanston, Illinois. I love this place… a sold out show and good food!

Jorma Kaukonen 1, 2018
Jorma Solo
Space
Evanston, Illinois
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Hear Temporary
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Death Don’t have No Mercy
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. The Terrible Operation
2. How Long Blues
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Candy Man
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Come Back Baby
7. Trouble In Mind
8. Living In The Moment
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Dime For Beer
13. Keep On Trucking Mama
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Hanging in Space

Hanging in Space

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Space is really a delightful venue. Great folks, great food… and great sound.

Green room sights...

Green room sights...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then after show an overnight drive to Minneapolis and the Cedar Cultural Center

Where the Patriots ate bitter rice...

Where the Patriots ate bitter rice...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Our hotel was right by the stadium which was kind of cool since I just watched the game.

Cedar Marquee

Cedar Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I’ve been coming to the Cedar Cultural Center for a long time… and I’m very fond of it and the folks who run it… Before the show we had some of the tastiest and different Indian food I’d ever had.

Malabari... don't miss it.

Malabari... don't miss it.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 2, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Cedar Cultural Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
February 14, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. I See The Light
4. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
5. Waiting For A Train
6. Barbeque King
7. How Long Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Too Many Years
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Been So Long
6. Re-Enlistment Blues
7. Come Back Baby
8. Sea Child
9. Trial by Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Water Song

The next day we drove on down to Stoughton, Wisconsin and the Opera House. This is another of those truly great venues and the folks in Stoughton are so lucky to have it!

Nice Marquee Poster

Nice Marquee Poster

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Another great vintage ceiling

Another great vintage ceiling

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 3, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Stoughton Opera House
Stoughton, Wisconsin
February 15, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. River Of Time
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Candy Man
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Nobody Knows You when You’re Down & Out
5. How Long Blues
6. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. Come Back Baby
9. Sleep Song
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Good Shepherd
12. The Terrible Operation
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Go towards the light

Go towards the light

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It’s nights like this that make it all worthwhile.

One great room!

One great room!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then is was an early call and off to Kansas City, Missouri to the Folk Alliance International. I had a short showcase on Saturday night, but there was lots of press, hanging and lip flapping.

Taking the shine off the forehead

Taking the shine off the forehead

I ran into some of my favorite people.

Me and Mary Gauthier

Me and Mary Gauthier

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I got to hang with Dar Williams, Gretchen Peters, Barry Walsh, Hans Theessnik and lots more. It was great!

Late night short program

Late night short program

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 4, 2018
Folk Alliance International
Kansas City, Mo.
February 17, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Barbeque King
4. Sleep Song
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. San Francisco Bay Blues

After my little gig, I got to hear Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley. Good stuff… very good!

Me, Trey and Rob

Me, Trey and Rob

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then the magic of the International was over and we began our drive to Denver.

The Colonial on I-70 in Oakley, Kansas

The Colonial on I-70 in Oakley, Kansas

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We stopped in Oakley for lunch. Oakley used to be the home of the World’s Largest Prairie Dog and the Rattlesnake Farm with the giant rabbits and the six legged cow. These tidbits of Roadside Americana were gone, sad to say.

The only snakes here are now living free.

The only snakes here are now living free.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I love Roadside Americana… progress is a two edged sword.

This evening here in Denver I’ll be playing a sold out show at the L-2 church and then on to Santa Fe.

I’ve gone on long enough here… Onward.

Last Two Dates In Jamaica And Home

January 24th, 2018 Jorma 38 comments

Just wrapping this up on a snowy afternoon.

Saturday's Gig

Saturday's Gig

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 7, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Saturday January 20, 2018

1. Wolves And Lambs
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Come Back Baby
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Been So Long
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Sleep Song
10. Roads and Roads &
11. Funky #7

We just got finished before a big storm came in. Definitely got lucky!

Sunday afternoon

Sunday afternoon

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 8, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Sunday January 21, 2018

1. Keep On Trucking Mama
2. I See The Light
3. Walking Blues
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Trial By Fire
6. Good Shepherd
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Come Back Baby
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Hit Single #1

Later that evening we sat in with Dark Star for Smokestack Lightning, Baby What You Want Me To Do? and White Rabbit. A great time had by all!

The last sunset of the trip

The last sunset of the trip

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was back home… to the real world here in Southeast Ohio.

Winter's Eve at the Ranch

Winter's Eve at the Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a great trip, but it’s great to me home… wintry mix and all!

From North To South

January 20th, 2018 Jorma 9 comments
Leaving the Ranch

Leaving the Ranch

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Yep, winter in Ohio as we headed down to Nashville for our Winery Gig.

The mighty Winery in Nashville

The mighty Winery in Nashville

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 1, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
Nashville, Tennessee
Thursday, January 11, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Barbeque King
6. I See The Light
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. How Long Blues
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Come Back Baby
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Heart Temporary
7. Candy Man
8. Trouble In Mind
9. Sea Child
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. True Religion
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Living In The Moment

We left after show and drove down to Atlanta.

A new Winery for us... Atlanta!

A new Winery for us... Atlanta!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Atlanta gig was a first for us… but we love this place too.

Hot Tuna 2, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
Atlanta, Georgia
Friday, January 12, 2018

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. In My Dreams
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Trial By Fire
8. Sea Child
9. How Long Blues
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Been So Long
4. Too Many Years
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Come Back Baby
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Come Back Baby
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Death Don’t have No Mercy

After show we drove to St. Petersburg for our first of two gigs with Susan and Derek. The temperature was 42 degrees when we hit the stage. Suffice it to say we were hot, but it was cold!

Hot Tuna 3, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Sunshine Music Festival
Vinoy Park
St. Petersburg, Florida
January 13, 2018

1. Living Just For You
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Trial By Fire
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. Come Back Baby
8. Funky # 7

Another after show drive to Boca Raton and another show with Derek and Susan… a little warmer.

Hot Tuna 4, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Sunshine Music Festival
Mizner Park
Boca Raton, Florida
Sunday, January 14, 2018

1. I See The Light
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Trial By Fire
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Hit Single #1

Then it was off to Jamaica for our stint with Dark Star.

The first hotel... Barton Fink... what's in the bag?

The first hotel... Barton Fink... what's in the bag?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was warmer here in the Islands then it was in Florida… but it is not hot. We moved over to Paradise Cove where it was rainy and barely balmy.

Between rainstorms

Between rainstorms

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Our first night was between rains…

Hot Tuna 5, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Living Just For You
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talking bout you
5. Sleep Song
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. I See The Light
8. Hit Single #1

Second Set:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. 99 Year Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Sea Child
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Good Shepherd
8. Come Back Baby
9. Funky #7

Rockin' in the sand

Rockin' in the sand

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hey, it’s not snowing… but there’s been a lot of rain.

Hot Tuna 6, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Friday, January 19, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Hesitation Blues
4. New Song For The Morning
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
12. Come Back Baby
13. I Know You Rider

On the prom stage

On the prom stage

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We were able to do our show indoors last night. It’s sunny right now, so perhaps tonight’s show will actually be outdoors.

More will be revealed.

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Transcontinental YoYo And Why Hunger?

December 18th, 2017 Jorma 8 comments

So we got home from the Tuna Tour on Sunday a week ago had a nice week at home with the girls and the critters and then off to San Francisco for the Why Hunger Benefit at the Viansa Winery in Sonoma. We got to San Francisco in time to fight traffic from the airport to get to Japan Town an some dinner.

Where the Mifune used to be on the bridge...

Where the Mifune used to be on the bridge...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I ate noodles at the Mifune for over thirty years, and then like so many things… it was gone. I have no complaints about the food here though!

Justin and I peruse the menues

Justin and I peruse the menues

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It’s a different scene here… but the food was still great!

Makes me hungry looking at it right now in Ohio!

Makes me hungry looking at it right now in Ohio!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Saturday at noon we all drove up to the Viansa Winery in Sonoma to meet Jack.

Vineyards as far as the eye can see.

Vineyards as far as the eye can see.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

These folks were so fortunate the fires did not do their fearsome work here. It was a beautiful late fall afternoon in the wine country.

Too bad it wasn't a great view...

Too bad it wasn't a great view...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Having spent two decades in Northern California it is now always a pleasure to return as a wide eyed tourist. Can’t say I miss the taxes and the gas prices though. That said, can’t complain about the vibe. Menasha who has been so generous to us in so many ways invited her friend David the Tea Man from Santa Cruz to welcome us with his amazing teas and a very spiritual ceremony.

Straighten up and fly right... this is a 17 year old tea!

Straighten up and fly right... this is a 17 year old tea!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

What an experience this was on so many levels. I can hardly wait to visit his shop in Santa Cruz the next time we work there!

Amazing...

Amazing...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

As the show got rolling, Jack Casady and Tony Saunders played a beautiful double bass version of ‘Imagine.’ Wow! Then after some more great music, Hot Tuna hit the stage for a 90 minute set.

Imagine

Imagine

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 62, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Imagine There’s No Hunger
Benefit
Viansa Winery
Sonoma, California
December 16, 2017

1. Been So Long
2. Living Just For You
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Wolves & Lambs
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Can’t Get Satisfied
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Sea Child
10. Trial By Fire
11. Roads and Roads &
12. Hit Single # 1
13. Funky #7

There were many old friends there and we made some new as well.

Jorma, Pete Sears and Jack Casady

Jorma, Pete Sears and Jack Casady

I spent over a decade on the road with Pete. What a great musician and a wonderful man! Speaking of old friends. Bob Steeler was there as well and we got to be part of a double drum jam with Justin Guip and Bob.

A thing of beauty

A thing of beauty

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

And then it was over… back to the hotel at the airport by 0100 and at the airport by 0630.

Walking to the gate

Walking to the gate

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Life has sure been busy, but so far so good… and who would want it any other way! As for the YoYo… reference Thomas Pynchon’s V.

Sitting… To Standing!

December 10th, 2017 Jorma 23 comments
One of the best...

One of the best...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I’ve played the Birchmere for over the years an the locations. D.C. being Jack’s and my hometown, it is always memorable for us when we return! It also doesn’t hurt that the Birchmere lets us do our laundry there during sound check.

Hot Tuna 58, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Birchmere
Alexandria, Virginia
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Too Many Years
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Candy Man
8. Serpent Of Dreams
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Trouble In Mind
Second set:
1. Heart Temporary
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. How Long Blues
4. The Terrible Operation
5. 99 Year Blues
6. In My Dreams
7. I See The Light
8. Come Back Baby
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Legendary indeed!

Legendary indeed!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After the Birchmere gig we headed up to Asbury Park to meet up with Justin Guip and Steve Kimoch for our short but sweet electric run.

The Asbury Park Convention Center

The Asbury Park Convention Center

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Back in the 60’s the Airplane played the Convention Center a number of times. It’s probably a good thing these old walls can’t talk! On this run, the Tuna Gang played next door at the Paramount.

Hot Tuna 59, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Special Guest
Steve Kimock
The Paramount Theater
Asbury Park, New Jersey
Thursday, December 7, 2017

First Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Ode To Billy Dean
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Living Just For You
5. Trial By Fire
6. Sleep Song with Steve Kimock
7. Hesitation Blues with Steve Kimock
8. Bowlegged Woman with Steve Kimock
Second Set:
1. Candy Man
2. I See The Light
3. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve Kimock
4. Rock Me Baby with Steve Kimock
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. Good Shepherd with Steve Kimock
7. Sea Child with Steve Kimock
8. Come Back Baby with Steve Kimock
9. Funky #7 with Steve Kimock
10. Encore: Water Song

This a more than fine outing for the first of three… with two more to come!

Halcyon days of yore...

Halcyon days of yore...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I remember that Barry Mitterhoff played the Paramount during the Guitarbeque in ‘05. As always we stayed across the street at the Berkeley. I think it’s haunted… just saying. After show we drove to Portchester, New York. The Capitol Theater has been a treat for us for almost half a century!

We were welcomed by Matryoshka Dolls...

We were welcomed by Matryoshka Dolls...

foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Love these nesting dolls. I’ve had a bunch of them since I was a kid.

Then and now...

Then and now...

Photographer unknown

Jack noticed the foto on the wall of us ‘in the day.’ Bingo! New foto.

Celestial...

Celestial...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Capitol is a class joint and we always look forward to this gig!

Hot Tuna 60, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Special Guest
Steve Kimock
Capitol Theater
Portchester, New York
December 8, 2017

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Walkin’ Blues
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Roads and Roads &
6. In The Kingdom
7. Hesitation Blues with Steve Kimock
8. Ode To Billy Dean with Steve Kimock
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve Kimock

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Living Just For You
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve Kimock
5. Sea Child with Steve Kimock
6. Trial By Fire
7. Good Shepherd with Steve Kimock
8. Rock Me Baby with Steve Kimock
9. Funky # 7 with Steve Kimock
10. Encore: Hit Single # 1 with Steve Kimock

Great lights...

Great lights...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We loved the streaming video we were able to offer our fans as well. Big Kudos to the Capitol!

Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The snow was falling as we pulled into Huntington.

The new Paramount in Huntington

The new Paramount in Huntington

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The IMAC is long gone and in its place this magnificent venue has sprung up!

The key club downstairs

The key club downstairs

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

You can’t make this stuff up. The mysterious private club. Gotta love this.

Hot Tuna 61, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Special Guest
Steve Kimock
The Paramount
Huntington, New York
Saturday, December 9, 2017

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Roads and Roads &
6. Trial By Fire
7. Sleep Song with Steve Kimock
8. Hesitation Blues with Steve Kimock
9. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Living Just For You
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve Kimock
5. Sea Child with Steve Kimock
6. Good Shepherd with Steve Kimock
7. 99 Year Blues with Steve Kimock
8. Rock Me Baby with Steve Kimock
9. Hit Single #1 with Steve Kimock
10. Funky # 7 with Steve Kimock
11. Encore: Water Song with Steve Kimock

The Louis Electric stacked on the Marshall Plexi

The Louis Electric stacked on the Marshall Plexi

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This was a fine ending jewel for this triple crown of gigs.

Gettin' down...

Gettin' down...

Foto by Lee Cantor

Men at work

Men at work

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A fine end to a fitting little tour and our big love to all the foks who shared it with us!

Thanks to all!

Thanks to all!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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And Four To Go…

December 4th, 2017 Jorma 52 comments

We started this run of four at the Wilbur in Boston…

Hot Tuna 54, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Wilbur Theater
Boston, Massachusetts
Thursday, November 30, 2017

First Set:
1. Second Chances
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. In My Dreams
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Barbeque King
8. Trial By Fire
9. Sea Child
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. True Religion
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Trouble In Mind
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Our friends Derek and Susan were right up the street, but we didn’t get a chance to say ‘hello!’ Next time.

The mighty Warehouse in Fairfield, Connecticut

The mighty Warehouse in Fairfield, Connecticut

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 55, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Warehouse
Fairfield, Connecticut
Friday, December 1, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Heart Temporary
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
5. Come Back Baby
6. Serpent Of Dreams
7. Come Back Baby
8. Sea Child
9. Full Go Round
10. 99 Year Blues
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Second Chances
2. Hesitation Blues
3. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
4. Barbeque King
5. I See The Light
6. How Long Blues
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Water Song
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Genesis

Telling the story... one more time!

Telling the story... one more time!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was to the Odeum in East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Hot Tuna 56, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Greenwich Odeum
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Saturday, December 2, 2017

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. River Of Time
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Living In The Moment
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. San Francisco Bay Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Candy Man
6. Barbeque King
7. The Terrible Operation
8. That’ll Never Happen No More
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Water Song

Always time for a smoothie... no nuts though...

Always time for a smoothie... no nuts though...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Lovely venue in Cohoes, New York

Lovely venue in Cohoes, New York

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 57, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Cohoes Music Hall
Cohoes, N.Y.
Sunday, December 3, 2017

First Set:
1. Heart Temporary
2. Candy Man
3. Barbeque King
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. How Long Blues
7. 99 Year Blues
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. True Religion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. River Of Time
7. In My Dreams
8. Come Back Baby
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

Live on stage in Cohoes

Live on stage in Cohoes

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After the show we started driving to Alexandria for our gig at the Birchmere in Alexandria tomorrow. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been to this old haunt, and we’re looking forward to it. I had a lovely dinner with my son Zach night, and tomorrow is another day.

Here’s a picture of moondown at the Fur Peace Ranch this morning.

Don't the moon look pretty...

Don't the moon look pretty...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Onward…

Last Two Winery Dates

November 29th, 2017 Jorma 55 comments
That little old wineshop on Varick St.

That little old wineshop on Varick St.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 52, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
New York City
Monday, November 27, 2017

Set One:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. River Of Time
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. Serpent Of Dreams
7. Full Go Round
8. Sea Child
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Barbecue King
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Set Two:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Too Many Years
4. 99 Year Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Been So Long
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Search My Heart
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. Whining Boy Blues
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Water Song

Back ‘to work’ on Monday… and a good time was had by all. On Tuesday before the show the boys and I walked over to visit our friend Matt Umanov.

A legend...

A legend...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We’ve all frequented this wonderful shop for decades and decades…

Jorma, Matty, Jack & Myron

Jorma, Matty, Jack & Myron

Foto by Phil Jacobs

AS G.E.Smith so sagely said, ‘The 60’s are finally over!’ Maybe we’ll have time to go fishing sometime Matty.

Back at the City Winery we played two more grand sets:

Hot Tuna 53, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
New York City
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Sea Child
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
1. Second Chances
2. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Come Back Baby
5. Candy Man
6. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
7. Keep On Trucking Mama
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

After the show we boarded our bus for the drive to Boston and the gig at the Wilbur Theater tomorrow. Here in Boston I found this swell joint for lunch.

Delicious and affordable...

Delicious and affordable...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Lucky Cafe rocks! Now a full night’s sleep and ‘back to work!’

Old School

Old School

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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