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Pickin’ & Puttin’

September 22nd, 2015 Jorma 10 comments
Jorma and his mighty steed

Jorma and his mighty steed

Yep… it was September and Pick And Putt time again… we’re talking about motorcycles here, not golf.

a group of friends at the old Coolspot in Coolville

a group of friends at the old Coolspot in Coolville

We get together with some pals the day before Pick And Putt at the Ranch and had a beautiful ride in Southeast Ohio.

Nothing like a ride in the country on a beautiful day

Nothing like a ride in the country on a beautiful day

We were taking some back roads up through the Wayne National Forest towards Hannibal on the river.

Up a lazy river...

Up a lazy river...

It was tough to take time out from the ride to take pictures… but here’s a couple:

Soul inviting by a covered bridge

Soul inviting by a covered bridge

Foto by Ng Lun Yun

They don't make them like this anymore

They don't make them like this anymore

David and I take our rest for a moment before saddling up again

David and I take our rest for a moment before saddling up again

Foto by Ng Lun Yun

The last ferry on the Ohio River

The last ferry on the Ohio River

We found this antiquity just south of Hannibal on Rt. 7 on the way to Marieta.

Three very old friends

Three very old friends

Here you see me, Ng Lun Yun and Bill Hight. The three of us were in the Philippines together in 1956 and 1957. To be able to hang with such old pals was a blessing indeed… Lives have come and gone, but we know who we were, and who we are.

Ben ramrods the AMA waiver signing for Ranchers

Ben ramrods the AMA waiver signing for Ranchers

The it was Friday and time for the Pick And Putt weekend at the Ranch. Ben spearheaded the AMA formalities and then it was Saturday and time for the Big Ride!

Yeah, I know. Mitch is going to put long pants on for the ride.

Yeah, I know. Mitch is going to put long pants on for the ride.

A great ride was had by all

A great ride was had by all

A quick group foto after the ride… before lunch and classes… Good times!

Saturday night, the wondrous Geoff Achison brought his Souldiggers to the Fur Peace Ranch and rocked us to our core!

Before you knew it, Monday came and another grand weekend drew to a close.

What a lovely group...

What a lovely group...

Yep… another great one slid into the record books.

Onward!

The Pour House In Charleston, S.C.

August 14th, 2015 Jorma 12 comments
Me and George

Me and George

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Last night we pulled into sultry Charleston for an evening at the Pour House. I was here with Barry four years ago and it was nice to be back.

Our names in chalk

Our names in chalk

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It was unseasonably cool in Charleston last night, which means, we didn’t break into triple digits.

The main portal

The main portal

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This was to be a late night… I didn’t start until nine thirty. Two fun sets though, and here they are1

Jorma Kaukonen 38, 2015
Solo
The Pour House
Charleston, South Carolina
Thursday, August 13, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ain’t In No Hurry
5. Other Side Of The Mountain
6. Candy Man
7. Barbeque King
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. I See The Light
11. Living In The Moment
12. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
13. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. River Of Time
7. How Long Blues
8. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
9. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Nine Pound Hammer
14. Encore: Whining Boy Blues

Didn’t get back to the hotel until after one and then this morning we beat feet to Raleigh, North Carolina where tomorrow I will play the Lincoln Theater. Then it’s off to Annapolis, Maryland and the Ram’s Head.

Nice little tour… and I’ll be home on Monday.

Truly good times!

What the...

What the...

The view from the couch in the dressing room…

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Jorma Plays Ponte Vedra

August 7th, 2015 Jorma 9 comments
The scene of the crime...

The scene of the crime...

Foto by Phil Jacobs…

Izze and me and the boys highballed it down to Florida and last night I played the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall here in Ponte Vedra. A beautiful venue with wonderful sound… this is the set I played while Izze got a mani-pedi.

Jorma Kaukonen 33, 2015
Solo
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Ponte Vedra, Florida
Thursday, August 6, 2015

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. I See The Light
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Other Side Of The Mountain
7. Barbeque King
8. New Song For The Morning
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. How Long Blues
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Candy Man
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. Come Back Baby
6. Full Go Round
7. Sea Child
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. In My Dreams
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

Now we’re back on the bus heading for the West Coast of this long state to play the Capitol Theater in Clearwater.

Gulf Of Mexico, here we come!

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Rockin’ The Capitol In Portchester…..!!!!!!

July 19th, 2015 Jorma 30 comments
The MIghty Capitol!

The MIghty Capitol!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Last night Hot Tuna and the good old New Riders shared the stage at the historic Capitol Theater in Portchester, New York. We all go back so many years with this wonderful venue… it’s an honor to be back again!

Michael Falzarano and Phil Jacobs

Michael Falzarano and Phil Jacobs

Here’s our tour manager with my old pal Michael, Falzarano. Nothing like hanging with old friends I have to say.

Jack adjusts his in-ears...

Jack adjusts his in-ears...

What a great crew at this venue…

The calm before the storm...

The calm before the storm...


Here we go...

Here we go...

It’s always a pleasure to watch professionals work!

Jack's rig...

Jack's rig...

The Versatone, the Epiphone JC Bass, and the all tub Aguilar…

My rig... by Louis Electric

My rig... by Louis Electric

I observe Louis' vintage tub tester

I observe Louis' vintage tub tester

Our pal Louis Rosano from Louis Electric came by and repaired my 1969 Marshall Steelface 50w on the spot! Thanks Louis!

Bring it on!

Bring it on!

Whoa dude...

Whoa dude...

Then it was time for the rubber to meet the road!

Then it was time for the rubber to meet the road!

Foto by Barry Berenson

Hot Tuna 20, 2015
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
The Capitol Theater
Portchester, New York
Saturday, July 18, 2015

1. I See The Light
2. True Religion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. A Little Faster
6. Trial By Fire
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Ode To Billy Dean
10. Good Shepherd
11. 99 Year Blues
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. Come Back Baby
15. Funky #7
16. Encore: Hit Single # 1

Water Song

Water Song

Foto by Barry Berenson

Back in the dressing room…

It wasn't like this in the old days...

It wasn't like this in the old days...

Check the picture on the wall. Who do you see?

Why I remember...

Why I remember...

And then it was off to Long Island and the Great South Bay Music Festival

For Portchester… a night to remember for the Tuna Gang!

Nuff said!

Nuff said!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Infinity… One More Time!

July 15th, 2015 Jorma 28 comments
My Mom had the Canadian version of this...

My Mom had the Canadian version of this...

You’re walking along the road in Great Barrington, thinking about breakfast and here’s this beauty in a parking lot. Nice… very nice!

Then, it’s on to Infinity… so to speak.

Does Infinity have a main entrance?

Does Infinity have a main entrance?

Foto by Phil Jacob

Yes… Infinity does have a main entrance, and this is it.

This is one of the best music venues of all time… right up there with the Fur Peace Station, of course!

This is one heck of a building for a venue!

This is one heck of a building for a venue!

The above is the back side of the building… when you walk in the front into the concert hall, this is what you see.

Beautiful stage set!

Beautiful stage set!

Back by the sound board…

Looking good!

Looking good!

Just looking around… every part of this venue is beautiful.

Take a moment to look up...

Take a moment to look up...

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 17, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Infinity
Norfolk, Connecticut
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

First Set:
1. New Song For The Morning
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Been So Long with Zach Kearse
4. Ain’t In No Hurry
5. The Other Side Of The Mountain
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Sea Child
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Children Of Zion
10. Barbeque King
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Whining Boy Blues
4. True Religion
5. Come Back Baby
6. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
7. How Long Blues
8. I See The Light
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Genesis

Yeah… this was a good one for Jack and myself! Now it’s time the prepare for our first electric trio gig with Justin Guip who will be our anchor man on the drum kit. Yep, we’ll heading down to New Jersey to the Prudential Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Yep… July 16, 2015!

And now… breakfast.

My two beautiful Jorma Martin M-30's

My two beautiful Jorma Martin M-30's

If You’re Fond Of Sand Dunes, And Salt Sea Air…

July 13th, 2015 Jorma 35 comments
You're sure to fall in love with old, Cape Cod...

You're sure to fall in love with old, Cape Cod...

Larry, Teresa, Jack, Zach, Myron and I blew into Cape Cod last night for our gig at Payomet.

Come on in...

Come on in...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The folks here have a Circus Camp coming up… a couple of the teachers were around and put on a pre-show show for us.

The daring young ladies on the flying ring...

The daring young ladies on the flying ring...

The roar of the greasepaint...

The roar of the greasepaint...

Fun at the Big Top!

Fun at the Big Top!

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 16, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Payomet Performing Arts Center
North Truro, Massachusetts
Sunday, July 12, 2015

1. Dime For Beer
2. Second Chances
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Full Go Round
5. Sea Child
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. Hesitation Blues
8. Come Back Baby
9. San Francisco Bay
10. How Long Blues
11. I See The Light
12. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
13. Good Shepherd
14. Candy Man with Larry
15. Children Of Zion with Larry and Teresa
16. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry and Teresa
17. I Know You Rider with Larry
18. Encore: Sugaree… with Larry & Teresa

Sad to say, this was our last gig on this run with Larry and Teresa. We love these folks. It’s been an honor to play with them and they’ll be missed. That said, we’re going to see them on the First of August at the FPR.

And now… to Infinity… and Beyond!

Our First Trip To Beverly, Massachusetts

July 12th, 2015 Jorma 4 comments
Welcome to the Cabot Theater

Welcome to the Cabot Theater

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This was certainly my first trip to scenic Beverly, Mass. and the Cabot Theater. The Cabot, mercifully saved from the wrecking ball is a great little music venue and the folks who live around here have a jewel in their midst.

Popcorn, anyone?

Popcorn, anyone?

Having been host to a magic show for a number of years, to wit, Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company… there are lots of arcane backdrops and murals with this theme.

Hocus pocus

Hocus pocus

Mystified... in the alley

Mystified... in the alley

Larry and Teresa took the stage first… and played a brilliant set, as always. They allowed Jack and myself to join them for their final song… Teresa’s barn burning version of Rev. Davis’ Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning.

Larry waits backstage

Larry waits backstage

Then it was our turn… here is the list:

Hot Tuna 15, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Cabot Theater
Beverly, Massachusetts
Saturday, July 11, 2015

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Sea Child
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Barbeque King
8. Ain’t In No Hurry
9. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
12. Good Shepherd
13. Wining Boy Blues With Larry Campbell
14. The Other Side Of The Mountain with with Larry Campbell
15. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble with Larry and Teresa
16. Bar Room Crystal Ball With Larry & Teresa
17. Nine Pound Hammer with Larry
18. Sugaree With Larry And Teresa

What a night!

Today we’re all off to North Truro out Cape Cod way to the Payomet PAC. I played this joint a couple of years ago with Barry Mitterhoff and this will be my first time with Jack!

Onward to the Cape…

…And Your Little Dog Too…

July 11th, 2015 Jorma 13 comments
Marquee with son...

Marquee with son...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Yep… Plymouth, New Hampshire and the good old Flying Monkey again! This was our first show on this run with our dear friends Teresa Williams, an Larry Campbell.

A great show awaits inside...

A great show awaits inside...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Monkey is a great place to play… and a great place to listen to music.

A shot of the room... Jack's beautiful Diana bass in the foreground

A shot of the room... Jack's beautiful Diana bass in the foreground

Yep… for all of us Wizard Of Oz fans, there’s every kind of monkey and witch a feller could want!

Bring'em on

Bring'em on

And your little dog too..........

And your little dog too..........

Larry and Teresa did a fabulous set, as they always do! Jack and I joined them for their final number… Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning. Teresa brought down the house as she always does. It’s such a treat to play this, one of my favorite songs, with her front and center!

Jack and I took the stage after set break and here is our list:

Hot Tuna 14, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Flying Monkey
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Friday, July 10, 2015

1. True Religion
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Ain’t In No Hurry
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. That’ll Never Happen No More
8. Come Back Baby
9. Too Many Years
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Things That Might Have Been
12. Candy Man
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. Good Shepherd
15. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
16. Nine Pound Hammer with Larry Campbell
17. Encore: Sugaree with Larry & Teresa

Tonight we’re all at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Be there… or be square…

Phil and Zach... captains of indusry...

Phil and Zach... captains of indusry...

And while you’re there, be sure to visit Phil and Zach at Tuna’s Mercantile Center!

Nuff said...

Nuff said...

On To Ogunquit

July 9th, 2015 Jorma 9 comments
Jorma, Izze, Nessa & Zach

Jorma, Izze, Nessa & Zach

Foto by Myron Hart

It may be a long way to Tipperary… I’ll allow that. OK, it’s a really long way from The Fur Peace Ranch to Ogunquit, Maine and Jonathan’s but here we are. Got in last night, had a great dinner and we’re ready for our first show at Jonathan’s. The folks here have always treated Hot Tuna well, and we’ll do right by them tonight.

More shall be revealed!

The Last Two Gigs In Hawaii…

June 29th, 2015 Jorma 8 comments
On the way to the Hilo Cafe

On the way to the Hilo Cafe

Our time on the Big Island will always be treasured. What a blast. Back to ‘work’ yesterday. I had a nice walk around the Naniloa area.

The Japanese Gardens

The Japanese Gardens

…and then it was time to go to Honoka’a and the People’s Theater.

The view from the backstage driveway

The view from the backstage driveway

What a great artistic community they have in Honoka’a… and the People’s Theater has the greatest sound imaginable.

What a great place!

What a great place!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The little marquee

The little marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The simplicity and soulfulness of the establishment was indeed the shape of things to come.

The backstage entrance

The backstage entrance

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 11, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The People’s Theater
Honoka’a
Hawaii
Saturday the 26th Of June, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. River Of Time
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Full Go Round
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Barbeque King
8. Serpent Of Dreams
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. New Song For The Morning
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. The Terrible Operation
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Come Back Baby
5. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Candy Man
9. Good Shepherd
10. How long Blues
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Genesis

Myron goes native

Myron goes native

There was a little apartment on the second floor where we were able to rest a little bit. When I looked at the bookshelf, it was a window in time to one of my old apartments in San Francisco in the 60’s. All the same books…

My library in the 60's

My library in the 60's

More of the same

More of the same

Then it was to bed… and up early to fly to Oahu and our show at Hawaiian Brian’s.

Pool hall and venue

Pool hall and venue

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 12, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Crossroads At Hawaiian Brian’s
Honolulu, Hawaii
Sunday, June 28, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. The Terrible Operation
3. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. Sea Child
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. I See The Light
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Been So Long
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Candy Man
8. In My Dreams
9. Good Shepherd
10. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
11. How Long Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Two friends at the Crossroads

Two friends at the Crossroads

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Thanks go Doug Allsopp for bringing us over. You’re a heck of a host Doug.

Now to bed!