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Playin’ The Blues With Dave Specter In Chicago

February 21st, 2019 Jorma 54 comments

So I was playing at Space up in Evanston outside of Chicago a couple of years ago and I became friends with Dave Specter, a great blues guitarist. Dave’s the one who got me fired up bout Fender Jazzmasters. (Now I have two. Thanks Dave!) I had been sitting on some lyrics I wrote some years ago called, ‘The Blues Aint’ Nothin.’ Try as I might, was never able to come up with the music for it as much as I liked the lyrics. I gave the lyrics to Dave and he set them to music and did an arrangement. He was going to include this tune on his new album and asked me to come to Chicago to play on it. ‘Count me in!’ I loaded up my truck with my Louis Electric Deltone and my Gibson Custom Shop Beano Les Paul and up the road I went.

The weather sucked all the way up. Non stop snow… but nothing was sticking. With heated seats and four wheel drive, ‘Bring it on,’ I said! I made it up to Evanston where the hotel was in about nine hours and right there in the hotel was a farm to table restaurant. The Farmhouse more than rocked. Two dinners and a breakfast. Delightful!

Anyway, back to music. Tuesday noonish I drove over to the Delmark Studios. Delmark has an almost seven decade tradition of great records. Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Anthony Braxton, Fareed Haque and more have all been a part of this amazing legacy. Julia Miller, the President and CEO is more than keeping this legacy alive. Without losing the lineage she is moving into the future with fearless artistic integrity.

Welcoming me to the nerve center!

Welcoming me to the nerve center!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We were cutting live, so I put my amp in the Ladies Room for isolation. The first of the great musicians I met was Harlan Lee Terson, bassist.

Photographer Harvey Tillis and Harlan Terson

Photographer Harvey Tillis and Harlan Terson

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Photographer Harvey Tillis was on hand to document the session and I got to pick his brain a bit about some photography geekery.

The personnel was as follows:

Dave Specter, guitar and vocals
John Kattke, piano, organ and vocals
Marty Binder, Drums
Harlan Terson, Bass
Jorma Kaukonen, guitar
Steve Wagner, engineer

Marty at the drums...

Marty at the drums...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

John Kattke at the hundred year old Steinway

John Kattke at the hundred year old Steinway

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We got the two tunes I was involved in cut in about five hours and I got ready to say goodbye to my new pals.

Harlan, Jorma, Dave, Marty and John

Harlan, Jorma, Dave, Marty and John

Foto by Harvey Tillis

It was a true honor for me to be a guest of Dave’s on this project. More than good times. It was also more than exciting to see what Julia is doing to shepherd Delmark into the 21st Century.

The job done, I loaded up the truck and drove back to the Fur Peace Ranch. Traffic, of course, getting out of Chicago in the AM and then non stop rain for the next 400 miles.

Cracker Barrel and the puzzle... I can do it.

Cracker Barrel and the puzzle... I can do it.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A grand trip!

A few more studio shots:

Me and Dave in situ

Me and Dave in situ

Foto by Harvey Tillis

Overdub time!

Overdub time!

Floto by Harvey Tillis

Pondering the muse

Pondering the muse

Foto by Harvey Tillis

Second Week In Sanibel… And Home…

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

The Master... enjoying a masterful moment!

Foto by John Hurlbut

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

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

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

Pure acoustic, the way it was meant to be!

Pure acoustic, the way it was meant to be!

Foto by Pete Stern

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

Johhny and me...

Johhny and me...

Foto by Pete Stern

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

As for sunny Sanibel in the winter…

Going...

Going...

Foto by John Hurlbut

Going

Going

Foto by John Hurlbut

Gone

Gone

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Home, Home, Home

FPR & Sanibel Sunshine

February 4th, 2019 Jorma 22 comments
The Songwriting Gentlemen

The Songwriting Gentlemen

Foto by John Hurlbut

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

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

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

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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

Not much surf but look at the sky!

Not much surf but look at the sky!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The beach was made for long walks.

The pelican tree

The pelican tree

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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

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

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

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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

Still warm... still a potential for sunburn!

Still warm... still a potential for sunburn!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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

Onward!

Long Strange……???????

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

Leading the shop into Progresso...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

In the world of ships, the water is everything…

This is sure not the North Atlantic

This is sure not the North Atlantic

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Sunrise off the coast of Mexico

Sunrise off the coast of Mexico

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico

Sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Leaving Progresso

Leaving Progresso

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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

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

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

Morning in Miami

Morning in Miami

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

And then… dry land!

A fond farewell to the Norwegian Jade

A fond farewell to the Norwegian Jade

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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

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

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

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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

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

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

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

The yardbird... everywhere!

The yardbird... everywhere!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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

The Manse on Whitehead

The Manse on Whitehead

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Not much had changed… modern windows though!

Scene of the crime

Scene of the crime

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

And a good, goodnight from the Bight Marina

And a good, goodnight from the Bight Marina

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Orlando

Orlando

Foto by Phil Jacobs

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

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

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

Then to Clearwater…

It's not Portchester

It's not Portchester

Foto by Phil Jacobs

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

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

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

Men at work

Men at work

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And then to Bonita Springs…

Weddings anyone?

Weddings anyone?

Foto by Phil Jacobs

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

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

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

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

Sure has been an interesting two weeks…

Just sayin’

Jam Cruise With All Sorts Of Folks

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

Leaving Miami... Destination... Yonder

Foto by Phil Jacobs

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

Jack, Annabelle and me

Jack, Annabelle and me

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

We're outta here

We're outta here

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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

Still Standing

Still Standing

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The jungle is relentless!

The jungle is relentless!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Me on top of a pyramid

Me on top of a pyramid

Foto by Justin Guip

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

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

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

The next day we docked at Cozumel.

The Jade dwarfed by rthe Harmony Of The Seas

The Jade dwarfed by rthe Harmony Of The Seas

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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

More will be revealed!

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

December 31st, 2018 Jorma 10 comments

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

The Lone Sailor Memorial at the Headlands...

The Lone Sailor Memorial at the Headlands...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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

A magical day!

A magical day!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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

Kaukonen family at the Golden Gate

Kaukonen family at the Golden Gate

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

Cecelia Chiang and Israel Love Kaukonen

Cecelia Chiang and Israel Love Kaukonen

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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

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

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

Next stop... Hawaii and points West

Next stop... Hawaii and points West

Foto by Izze Kaukonen

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

Freight And Salvage time...

Freight And Salvage time...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

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

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

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

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

Rockin' at the F & S

Rockin' at the F & S

Foto by Suzy Perler

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

First Set:

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

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

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

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!

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.

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!

A TetraPak And On Up The Road!

September 3rd, 2018 Jorma 25 comments

Well it was a hectic run of four gigs in a row. Lots of time spent in the bus and more than well balanced by the music we were able to make. After Jackson Hole we drove on out to Seattle.

Our first trip to the Neptune... nice gig!

Our first trip to the Neptune... nice gig!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We always run into old friends up in Seattle and this time it was Mike Shrieve.

Mike Shrieve and Justin Guip... two drummers meet!

Mike Shrieve and Justin Guip... two drummers meet!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 23, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The Neptune
Seattle, Washington
August 30, 2018

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. I Wish You Would
5. Living Just For You
6. Wolves & Lambs with Steve
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve

Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. I Know You Rider
3. Roads and Roads &
4. Trial By Fire
5. Sleep Song with Steve
6. Good Shepherd with Steve
7. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve
8. Come Back Baby with Steve
9. Funky # 7 with Steve
10. Water Song with Steve

The good folks from the Elliot Bay Book Company

The good folks from the Elliot Bay Book Company

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Many thank to these folks for bringing my book to the venue! Check out The Elliot Bay Book Company.

Seattle...

Seattle...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was down to Portland and Revolution Hall.

Big trees on the way to Portland

Big trees on the way to Portland

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Thanks to the folks at Broadway Books in Portland!!!!

Thanks to the folks at Broadway Books in Portland!!!!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 24, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
Revolution Hall
Portland, Oregon
Friday, August 31, 2018

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Ain’t In No Hurry
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Ode To Billy Dean
6. Hesitation Blues with Steve
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Hit Single # 1 with Steve
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Trial By Fire
4. I Am The Light Of This World
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Sleep Song with Steve
7. Wolves And Lambs with Steve
8. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve
9. Rock Me Baby with Steve
10. Funky #7 with Steve
11. Encore: Water Song with Steve

Then it was on down to McDonald’s in Eugene.

McDonald's in Eugene

McDonald's in Eugene

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 25, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The McDonald Theater
Eugene, Oregon
Saturday, September 1, 2018

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. I Wish You Would
5. Living Just For You
6. Trial By Fire
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Wolves & Lambs with Steve
9. Come Back Baby with Steve
10. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. I Know You Rider
3. Roads and Roads &
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. Funky # 7 with Steve

With the able assistance from the friends at tsunami Books in Eugene

With the able assistance from the friends at tsunami Books in Eugene

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Check out Tsunami Books. Old school… delightful!

Then it was an overnighter to Saratoga, California and the Mountain Winery!

What a trip!

What a trip!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It just couldn’t have been more picturesque.

Shot of the venue from my Mavic Pro

Shot of the venue from my Mavic Pro

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

The bus... in repose.

The bus... in repose.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

We were here in 2003 acoustic. We better not wait so long until the next time.

Medaeval... to say the least.

Medaeval... to say the least.

Foto by Myron Hart

Hot Tuna 26, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The Mountain Winery
Saratoga, California
Sunday, September 2, 2018 Hot Tuna 25, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Candy Man
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Whinin’ Boy Blues
6. Trial By Fire
7. Sleep Song with Steve
8. Wolves & Lambs with Steve
9. Come Back Baby with Steve
10. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Sea Child with Steve
4. Good Shepherd with Steve
5. Walkin’ Blues
6. Funky # 7
7. Encore: Water Song

Jack, Justin and me

Jack, Justin and me

Foto by Pete Stern

Steve, Justin, Jack and me

Steve, Justin, Jack and me

Foto by Pete Stern

The good folks who brought the books to the winery were from Books Inc. in Campbell, California.

The book thing is new to me, and I thank all of you so much!

Now we’re in Sacramento and tomorrow is the gig at the Crest Theater.

Now for some sleep in a bed that doesn’t move!