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From MO To CO

September 7th, 2019 Jorma 7 comments
I-70 Somewhere in Eastern Colorado

I-70 Somewhere in Eastern Colorado

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Fueling up this morning on I-70 I got out of the bus to watch the sun rise and it occurred to me that although I have complained about many things in my life, being on the road is not one of them. Maybe it’s growing up in a nomadic family from WWII to when I left home… who knows? I love my time at home with my family and I more than appreciate their everlasting tolerance of my wanderlust, but there is always something waiting down the road. Like Gretchen Peters says in one of her songs… ‘Heading where ‘the blacktop turns to blue.’

Yeah…

I even kind of like the smell of fuel...

I even kind of like the smell of fuel...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

OK… this little entry starts with the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, MO.

The Sheldon

The Sheldon

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This was to be our last gig with Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley.

Hot Tuna 35, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Sheldon Concert Hall
St. Louis, Missouri
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

1. Been So Long
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Ode To Billy Dean
6. Letter to The North Star
7. Sea Child
8. In The Kingdom
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Trial By Fire
11. Hit Single # 1
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. Good Shepherd
14. Funky # 7
15. Encore: Come Back Baby with Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Great hanging with you guys

Great hanging with you guys

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Any hotel that loves dogs is loved by me!

Any hotel that loves dogs is loved by me!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then on up to Springfield…

Another really cool restored theater!

Another really cool restored theater!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 36, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Gillioz Center For Arts & Entertainment
Springfield, MO
Thursday, September 5, 2019

First Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Barbeque King
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Ode To Billy Dean
6. Living Just For You
7. Wolves & Lambs
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Hit Single #1

Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Letter To The North Star
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Sea Child
8. Good Shepherd
9. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Funky #7
12. Encore: Water Song

Yep, Jerry and I passed this way in 2003!

Yep, Jerry and I passed this way in 2003!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then a quick run to Kansas City, MO and a dalliance at Knuckleheads.

No name... but we showed up... awesome gig!

No name... but we showed up... awesome gig!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Knuckleheads was right next to the track and the trains kept a rollin’ all night long. We just made them part of our act!

Going my way?

Going my way?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

There was something energizing about being this close to an active freight depot.

Hitting the stage!

Hitting the stage!

Foto by Steve Smith

Hot Tuna 37, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Knuckleheads
Kansas City, MO
Friday, September 6, 2019

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. True Religion
3. Barbeque King
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Ode To Billy Dean
6. Letter To The North Star
7. Trial By Fire
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Baby What You Want Me To Do?

Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Come Back Baby
4. In The Kingdom
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. Good Shepherd
7. Hit Single # 1
8. Funky # 7
9. Encore: Water Song

Rockin' a Knucks!

Rockin' a Knucks!

Foto by Steve Smith

An overnight run to Denver for Red Rocks tomorrow with Dark Star.

I am truly grateful for these days…

The ongoing face of America

The ongoing face of America

Foto by Steve Smith

Another Trip Down The Blue Rige Parkway

July 29th, 2019 Jorma 21 comments

So… it seems like only a couple of weeks ago Nessa and Izze and I were driving down the Blue Ridge Parkway on our way to Blowing Rock and the Westglow Resort… and indeed it was. Myron and I drove out of Southeast Ohio to meet up with Jack and Justin and Phil in Roanoke for the nest leg of our journey which would find us in Floyd, Virginia and Floyd Fest.

Aprés diner in Roanoke...

Aprés diner in Roanoke...

Fopto by Jorma Kaukonen

Early Friday morning we all drove down that beautiful parkway for a podcast… and the assembly of our gear for the electric gig.

Rockin' at Floyd Fest

Rockin' at Floyd Fest

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 19, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Dreaming Creek Main Stage
Floyd Fest
Floyd Virginia
Friday, July 26, 2019

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Come Back Baby
5. Living Just For You
6. Sea Child
7. Talkin’ Bout You
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Come Back Baby
12. Hit Single # 1
13. Funky # 7

Let it rip!

Let it rip!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then Saturday morning Jack and I broke out the acoustic gear for a morning set.

Good morning people...

Good morning people...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 20, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Dreaming Creek Main Stage
Floyd Fest
Floyd Virginia
Saturday, July 27, 2019

1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Barbeque King
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Come Back Baby
11. I Know You Rider
12. Water Song

A delightful day in the mountains… and then the workshop stage.

The old graveyard behind the workshop cabin

The old graveyard behind the workshop cabin

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 21, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Workshop Stage
Floyd Fest
Floyd Virginia
Saturday, July 27, 2019

1. Dime For Beer
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Heart Temporary
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. How Long Blues
6. Death Don’t have No Mercy
7. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
8. I See The Light

Pickin' and talkin'

Pickin' and talkin'

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After the set and the Q and A we headed back up the Parkway to Roanoke. The evening could not have been more beautiful as the day waned. I’m used to seeing deer. We’re surrounded by them here in Darwin, but to see a bear cross the road… now we’re talking. Sorry I missed a picture, but I was driving. In any case…

You jusr can't beat this drive.

You jusr can't beat this drive.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I grew up in the D.C. area and one of the things Mom and Dad liked to do was take the family for a drive down the parkway. Many things have changed since then, but the Parkway has resisted this change.

Good times… and onward!

A Stay Off Blue Ridge Parkway

July 13th, 2019 Jorma 32 comments

Nessa and I have known Jerry Weiner for over thirty years. Well, Nessa has known him longer than that. He was Nessa’s best bud in Key West before we met and he was her ‘maid of honor’ at our wedding on the Schooner Wolf in 1988. Jerry has done and been many things in his life, but he is also a master masseuse currently in residence at the Westglow Resort And Spa in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The Kaukonens travel together a lot… that’s what we do, but we rarely get true family time. We had a couple of days after I got back from Hawaii so Ness conspired with Jerry to book us into the Westglow. We climbed into my big truck and drove on down.

It had been a while since I had been on the Blue Ridge Parkway and it’s easy to forget how beautiful it is. Five hours later we were there checking into the Fleur De Lis house.

The girls walking up Daingerfield.

The girls walking up Daingerfield.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A delicious dinner in the Rowland House and a good night’s sleep in preparation for a morning trip to the Mile High bridge at Grandfather Mountain.

Here we are!

Here we are!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I’d been to Mt. Mitchell, but Never Grandfather Mountain. It was truly awesome!

The girls on Mile High Bridge

The girls on Mile High Bridge

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Some consider that Appalachian Mountains to be among the oldest in the world. This is awesome stuff!

Speaks for itself!

Speaks for itself!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Straight down...

Straight down...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This is better than my drone! What a view!

Nessa... standing on top of he world!

Nessa... standing on top of he world!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The back to Westglow and the Rowland for another five star dinner and sunset!

This is au naturel!

This is au naturel!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Another restful night at the Fleur De Lis, breakfast and a goodbye to Westglow and Jerry.

Izze, Nessa and jerry

Izze, Nessa and jerry

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Like I said, to just get away on a trip that is not surrounded with work… well, it just never happens.

Goodbye view from the porch at Rowlands.

Goodbye view from the porch at Rowlands.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Short but sweet… and now back home on a hot, hot July day!

Onwards!

From Lake Tahoe To Coconut Island

July 9th, 2019 Jorma 7 comments
The good old Crystal Bay Casino

The good old Crystal Bay Casino

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Back to North Shore Tahoe from Park City. I tried to find my Mom’s old place up in Talmont… but the route was lost in antiquity. Another time. The Crystal Bay joint rocked though, and Jack and I had a blast!

Hot Tuna 16, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Crystal Bay, Casino
Crystal Bay, Nevada
Monday, July 1, 2019

First Set:

1. Dime For Beer
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Barbeque King
6. I See The Light
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Sleep Song
11. Trial By Fire
12. Keep your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. San Francisco Bay Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. Trouble In Mind
8. Sea Child
9. Good Shepherd
10. River Of Time
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Water Song

Then the next day we rocked on down to Sacramento and the Crest Theater.

The mighty Crest...

The mighty Crest...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Last time we were here, it was like Night Of The Living Dead on the street. The neighborhood had been cleaned up a bit since then.

Hot Tuna 17, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Crest Theater
Sacramento, California
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

First Set:

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. I See The Light
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. Wolves & Lambs
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Whining Boy Blues
10. Death Don’t Have No Meecy
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here

Second Set:

1. San Francisco Bay Blues
2. Come Back Baby
3. River Of Time
4. I Am The Light Of This World
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Trouble In Mind
7. Sleep Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. Keep Your Lamps rimmed & Burning
10. Encore: Genesis

We kept on running into old friends… which is always good. Bill Laudner was there and I hadn’t seen him for at least forty years. I met him in Santa Cruz the same day I met Paul Kantner back in 1962. He was our first roadie when the Airplane (and all the rest of us) was young. More than bright and early the next day it was off the the airport and Hawaii bound.

Living large in Honolulu

Living large in Honolulu

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We actually had a real day off in Honolulu the day before the gig so I got together with my old friend Bob Kinzie and his wife Joy. Bob and I were at Santa Clara together and he is the one who introduced me to Paul Kantner and Bill Laudner. Bob is a marine biologist so he and Joy were able to take me to Coconut Island. The island is a research center and preserve so it is closed to the public.

Another poopy day in paradise.

Another poopy day in paradise.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

You can see the reef where we were snorkeling.

Here I am with Bob by the lagoon

Here I am with Bob by the lagoon

Foto by Joy Kinzie

I so rarely get to get out of the bubble and just hang, this was awesome and a wonderful way to get set up spiritually for the gig at the Hawaiian Theater.

Now... this is a theater!

Now... this is a theater!

Foto by Erik Kabik

Check this interior.

No disrespect, but this beats the Hawaiian Hut

No disrespect, but this beats the Hawaiian Hut

Foto by Erik Kabik

And more…

Gotta love this!

Gotta love this!

Foto by Erik Kabik

Jack and I were psyched for sure for this one!

Beautiful theater, awesome acoustics!

Beautiful theater, awesome acoustics!

Foto by Erik Kabik

Hot Tuna 18, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Hawaii Theater Center
Honolulu, Hawaii

First Set:

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. Re-Enlistment Blues
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:

1. The Terrible Operation
2. In My Dreams
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. Come Back Baby
5. I See The Light
6. Whining Boy Blues
7. Sea Child
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Good Shepherd
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Things That Might Have Been
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Goodnight Mrs. Calabash... wherever you are...

Goodnight Mrs. Calabash... wherever you are...

Foto by Erik Kabik

The next day I left for home and through a series of traveling mishaps it took two days to get there. I didn’t get home till Monday morning. Oh well, at least I got home.

That’s about it for now… great little run with many good times!

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.