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Real Life On The Road

March 30th, 2018 Jorma 26 comments

I’ve been on the road for a really long time. Sometimes we can afford the bus and sometimes I drive myself. It’s just what we do. I missed driving our daughter to her first sleep away camp last year. I was on the road. I missed Vanessa’s birthday yesterday. I was on the road. Happy birthday Vanessa. I love you to the moon and back! Again, it’s just what we do. That’s the gig.

Yesterday we were just making our turn out of the hotel to head over to the Bijou Theater for the first Hot Tuna gig of this little run when a possibly impaired driver came over the hill about a quarter of a mile away. Lit it up and didn’t even hit the brakes as he hit us head on!

No skid marks... right into the bus

No skid marks... right into the bus

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jack and I were in the back lounge. It fell like the bus hit a concrete wall… and then we were stopped.

The Knoxville First Responders are awesome!

The Knoxville First Responders are awesome!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

All the airbags deployed but he was going so fast he still hit the windshield.

A chance meeting... along the way

A chance meeting... along the way

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Our driver is the best… and he had a dash cam that recorded the idiot coming at us. The officer simply said, ‘That’s all I need to see!’

Waiting for the wrecker

Waiting for the wrecker

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We backed off the totaled vehicle after the accident report and headed over to the theater.

Bus damage

Bus damage

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

One of the firemen was heard to say, ‘He picked the wrong vehicle to run into.’

There but for the Grace of G_d….

Then finally we got to the theater.

The Bijou in Knoxville

The Bijou in Knoxville

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve been to the Bijou before… but it’s been a while. Nice to be back!

A beautiful old theater with pristine sound!

A beautiful old theater with pristine sound!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 10, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Bijou Theater
Knoxville, Tennessee
Thursday, March 29, 2018

First Set:
1. New Song For The Morning
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Barbeque King
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Sea Child
9. Genesis
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
5. Death Don’t have No Mercy
6. Candy Man
7. River Of Time
8. Come Back Baby
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Sleep Song
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Water Song

It’s been a while since Jack and I did our duo thing… but it’s like riding a bicycle.

The boys on stage...

The boys on stage...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We simply had a grand time… especially appreciated after the events earlier in the day.

Happy Birthday Vanessa!

Happy Birthday Vanessa!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Well, it’s 0644 here in Knoxville… we’ll be on the way to Jefferson Center in Roanoke before you know it.

Onward indeed…

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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.

A Week In Sanibel And Back To Reality

February 3rd, 2018 Jorma 26 comments
Morning in Meigs

Morning in Meigs

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A lovely chilly morning at the Fur Peace Ranch as I headed to the airport in Columbus to fly down to Sanibel Island to teach song writing for a week. My class didn’t begin until Monday and John Hurlbut and I got down there Sunday afternoon in time to drive over to Captiva for a Mexican dinner.

The ceiling at the Cantina Captiva

The ceiling at the Cantina Captiva

Foto by John Hurlbut

Delightful food and inexpensive. My rule of thumb is that any time Mexican food is expensive… it’s not real. On Monday before class started I got a little walk on the beach and picked up some shells for Izze.

Shell City...

Shell City...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

That was it for my being a tourist. With three classes a day I only saw the beach from my window from then on. At lwast it wasn’t snowing! Working with a songwriting group is both rewarding and humbling. I never cease to be amazed at the creativity humans show when given the chance. Thanks team!

The Sanibel Songwriters

The Sanibel Songwriters

Foto by Joe Couri

Thursday night I played a little set for the folks, Roy Book Binder stopped by for w tune or two and John Hurlbut and I recreated our dinner show from the Pho Peace Kitchen.

Blowing on Bird Song

Blowing on Bird Song

Foto by Joe Couri

And then it was time to come home. Lots of nice things to remember about Sanibel Island… dark skies, no chain stores, no traffic lights, lots of beaches and shells, nice people and good food.

Waiting for the green flash...

Waiting for the green flash...

Foto by Joe Couri

A great week and an uneventful flight home. It’s chilly… but it’s home.

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!

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.

Happy Birthday America… and a night at SPAC

July 4th, 2017 Jorma 13 comments
SPAC from my drone

SPAC from my drone

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

I won’t be flying in the D.C. area, but I got the bird up in Saratoga!

Jack looks at the controller

Jack looks at the controller

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

The tour with Derek and Susan is more fun than most anything… music, friendship and food!

The loading dock

The loading dock

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Sound check for the boys

Sound check for the boys

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve been having rally great sets on this run!

Hot Tuna 24, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga, New York
Monday, July 3, 2017

1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Living Just For You
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Come Back Baby
5. In The Kingdom
6. Roads And Roads &
7. Hit Single #1

Rockin' the house

Rockin' the house

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A long drive after the show to get here to Tyson’s Corners in Virginia to celebrate the Fourth with the Tedeschi Trucks family!

Mmmmm... good

Mmmmm... good

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Tyler at the grill

Tyler at the grill

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Pals on the road!

Pals on the road!

Selfie by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah buddy!!!

Yeah buddy!!!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

We all know that the Fourth Of July is not all about beer and barbecue. We Americans should show love for our country every day… but this day is indeed… a little special.

Happy birthday land of mine!

Onward

The Language Of The Heart

June 15th, 2017 Jorma 23 comments

So much has been transpiring the last couple of weeks and as I sit up here with my family on the beach in Maine I get to take a moment to look back a bit.

Jorma and Bruce

Jorma and Bruce

We hosted Bruce Cockburn at the Fur Peace Ranch and it was an honor and a pleasure. Bruce is an amazing artist… and a helluva guy personally. What a treat this night was. The following weekend was Founder’s Day in Akron. This is something I look forward to every year. I recharge my spiritual batteries with this one.

Packed and on the road...

Packed and on the road...

I have been here many time... it is always powerful!

I have been here many time... it is always powerful!

Were it not for this place and these people I would probably not be here today… and I’m not alone. Hanging out with like minded spirits for four days in a fellowship that earth people simply cannot grok. A miracle! On Sunday I rode in the motorcade to Dr. Bob and Annie’s grave in the Mt. Peace Cemetery. I have done this a number of times over the last twenty years, and when Joey plays Amazing Grace on he bagpipes at the end of the ceremony… my hanky is always ready!

How sweet the sound...

How sweet the sound...

The language of the heart is spoken here… and all around the world for those who want it!

I got back from the run on Sunday afternoon. My son Zach showed up Sunday evening and Monday morning he and I drove 850 miles to Saco, Maine to meet Vanessa and Izze for a little family vacation.

Beauty and the Beach

Beauty and the Beach

Selfie by Vanessa

It was in the 90’s when we got up here. Two hot beach days and now it’s in the 60’s. Gotta love New England beaches!

Drone's eye view of Old Orchard Beach

Drone's eye view of Old Orchard Beach

Drone foto by Jorma

What a great calm before the storm of the Tedeschi/Trucks Wheels Of Soul Tour!

Drone shot of our home away from home

Drone shot of our home away from home

Drone foto by Jorma

To be with family in an utterly stress free environment… priceless!

Jorma, Zach and Izze breakfast selfie

Jorma, Zach and Izze breakfast selfie

Selfie by Izze Kaukonen

I see you

I see you

Drone selfie by Jorma

Today is the last day here. Zach and I will drive the 850 miles home tomorrow. Nice to able to share driving with my son.

Sunrise this morning...

Sunrise this morning...

Foto by Jorma

Nothing like taking a little time out to smell the coffee… or the roses… or whatever. Today we’re going to hit the Audubon nature water trail… hiking with canoes an kayaks, and tomorrow morning… home.

Onward indeed!

California Guitar Trio To Tommy Emmanuel

May 9th, 2017 Jorma 38 comments
Last turn to the Ranch

Last turn to the Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Last weekend Tom Feldman, David Wolff and I hosted an Entrance Ramp Class an Saturday night the California Guitar Trio played and wowed us all!

Hurl, Wally and Ol' Jer get ready to great concert goers!

Hurl, Wally and Ol' Jer get ready to great concert goers!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The fellas in the CGT simply have to be seen and heard to be believed!

The boys hold forth

The boys hold forth

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

As soon as class wound up on Monday noonish, Myron and I beat feet to Nashville for a recording date with Tommy Emmanuel. Tommy asked me to play two songs with him and I was on my way!

Tommy and I check the levels

Tommy and I check the levels

Foto by Myron Hart

We started out with a Merle Travis tune… two acoustic guitars, au naturale… no wires!

Listening and thinking

Listening and thinking

Foto by Myron Hart

The mighty engineer at the console

The mighty engineer at the console

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Paying with Tommy is always a treat… to get to record with him is off the charts! We did a Roy Book Binder tune as well… double male vocal.

How's that song go?

How's that song go?

Foto by Myron Hart

The mighty M-30 at work!

The mighty M-30 at work!

Foto by Myron Hart

We knocked out the two acoustic tunes and laid down and electric jam as well!

Jazzmaster vs. Tele

Jazzmaster vs. Tele

Foto by Myron Hart

Then it was time for lunch… bur first…

Pick it Jorm'

Pick it Jorm'

Foto by Myron Hart

Time for some southern BBQ

Three well fed buddies

Three well fed buddies

And lest I forget… the first drone shot of last weeks FPR class!

Everything looks better from the air!

Everything looks better from the air!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Onward!

West Coast Wrap Up… Home For A Day… Then Off To Charleston, WVA

February 27th, 2017 Jorma 20 comments
From Grass Valley to Grants Pass

From Grass Valley to Grants Pass

On the way up to Grants Pass we passed the Oroville Dam… I can see why the evacuated the town. Uneventful for us though… and then we were at the Rogue Theater.

The good old Rogue...

The good old Rogue...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Lots of great people have passed through Grants Pass and the Rogue.

Gone by not forgotten

Gone by not forgotten

Hot Tuna 6, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
The Rogue Theater
Grants Pass, Oregon
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

First Set:
1 Dime For Beer
2 Ain’t In No Hurry
3 Hesitation Blues
4 How Long Blues
5 Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6 Barbeque King
7 Things That Might Have Been
8 Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9 San Francisco Bay Blues
10 Trial By Fire
11 Sleep Song
12 That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1 Genesis
2 The Terrible Operation
3 True Religion
4 I See The Light
5 Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
6 Come Back Baby
7 Watch The North Wind Rise
8 Sea Child
9 Good Shepherd
10 Candy Man
11 Brother Can You Spare A Dime
12 Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13 Encore: Keep On Trucking Mama

A good time had by all…

Another truly great one!

Another truly great one!

Then on to Portland and the Aladdin.

Back at the Aladdin again... it's been to long

Back at the Aladdin again... it's been to long

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 7, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
The Aladdin Theater
Portland, Oregon
Thursday, February 23, 2017

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. I’ll Be All Right Someday
6. Barbeque King
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. 99 Year Blues
9. How Long Blues
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Come Back Baby
8. In The Kingdom
9. Good Shepherd
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. I Know You Rider

Then on to Seattle…

The Benaroya

The Benaroya

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Classy joint

Classy joint

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Time for a little dinner before the show… Pho, of course.

Two Friends dine!

Two Friends dine!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Yummy

Yummy

Hot Tuna 8, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
Benaroya Hall
Seattle, Washington
Friday, February 24, 2017

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Wolves & Lambs
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Trial By Fire
9. Sea Child
10. Whining Boy
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Heart Temporary
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. How Long Blues
5. Candy Man
6. Come Back Baby
7. Been So Long
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Genesis

Lovely night

Lovely night

Then a rockin’ drive over the Snoqualmie Pass to Spokane.

Sun and snow on the way to Spokane.

Sun and snow on the way to Spokane.

In Spokane were at a historic spot.

The Plaque

The Plaque

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Calm before the storm at the Flour Mill

Calm before the storm at the Flour Mill

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 9 & 10, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
Chateau Rive At The Flour Mill
Spokane, Washington
Saturday, February 25, 2017

First Show:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Barbecue King
7. Heart Temporary
8. That’ll Never Happen No More
9. Sea Child
10. Trial By Fire
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. I See The Light
13. How Long Blues
14. San Francisco Bay Blues
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey
Second Show:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Been So Long
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. Candy Man
8. In My Dreams
9. Wolves & Lambs
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
11. Living In The Moment
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. Sleep Song
14. Good Shepherd
15. Hesitation Blues
16. I Know You Rider
17. Encore: Re-Enlistment Blues

Then a very early airport call for the flight home.

Bleakness at the Spokane Airport... 0800

Bleakness at the Spokane Airport... 0800

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then… beating feet for home!

Jorma and Myron... exit row!

Jorma and Myron... exit row!

Tomorrow I head on over to Charleston, West Virginia to play with Tedeschi/Trucks at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium. Looking forward to this as always.

Onward!

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Catching Up With Three…

February 19th, 2017 Jorma 5 comments
That wise old bird...

That wise old bird...

Back on the mainland for a week now. I landed in San Diego and our first gig was at the Belly Up.

Belly Up... the way it was meant to be!

Belly Up... the way it was meant to be!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve played the Belly Up for years now… like coming home in a way.

Hot Tuna 1, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Belly Up
Solana Beach, California
Monday, February 13, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Dime For Beer
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Been So Long
8. How Long Blues
9. Candy Man
10. Sea Child
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Hear Temporary
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Come Back Baby
7. San Francisco Baby Blues
8. Living In The Moment
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Trial By Fire
12. The Terrible Operation
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Genesis

Nice way to kick off 2017. Next day at the Dana, Jack and I were part of a nifty foto shoot.

Beautiful axes on a beautiful day!

Beautiful axes on a beautiful day!

Foto by Myron Hart

Then it was out of San Diego and up to the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.

Looks like a dentist office from the front...

Looks like a dentist office from the front...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Again… many years at the Coach house. Nice to be back!

Hot Tuna 2, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Coach House
San Juan Capistrano, California
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. I See The Light
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. Living In The Moment
11. Sleep Song
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. Good Shepherd
14. Come Back Baby
15. Candy Man
16. I Am The Light Of This World
17. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
18. Encore: Genesis

Jack in the dressing room... same as it ever was... except for internet.

Jack in the dressing room... same as it ever was... except for internet.

Then up to Santa Barbara to the Lobero.

What traffic?

What traffic?

California traffic in this part of the state is relentless…

A man's gotta eat...

A man's gotta eat...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We took a break from the traffic and stopped for some seafood in Malibu… then on to Santa Barbara and the rains came.

The Lobero in Santa Barbara... awesome!

The Lobero in Santa Barbara... awesome!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Quite a rain. 101 close south of Santa Barbara… The show must go on!

This is a great room!

This is a great room!

Hot Tuna 3, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Lobero Theatre
Santa Barbara, California
Friday, February 17, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Barbeque King
6. I See The Light
7. Sea Child
8. Sleep Song
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Second Chances
4. Candy Man
5. Come Back Baby
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Good Shepherd
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. In My Dreams
11. True Religion
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Take heed...

Take heed...

Foto by Jack Casady

Then a haul ass drive to San Francisco. Check into the hotel and head over to Berkeley for Jeff Pehrson’s surprise 50th birthday party at the Freight And Salvage. Jim Brunberg set this one up. Nice work Jim!

Da Boyz

Da Boyz

Love the Japan Center… took a little walk this morning.

Buchanan Street

Buchanan Street

I had my first Japanese food here on Buchanan street in the 60’s when there was still traffic on it. Still lovely!

Tonight Jack and Justin and I will be rocking the Fillmore Auditorium!

More will definitely be revealed!