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From Pomeroy To Pellston, MI

July 8th, 2016 Jorma 8 comments
Welcome to Pellston...

Welcome to Pellston...

Early flight… small planes… all good though!

As soon as you get off the plane in the Pellston Airport… there’s baggage claim… and a bear. Yep… we’re in the North Country now! And what better to do in the North Country? Find pasties.

Now my Dad was from Ironwood up in Gogebic County in the UP. Pasties are what’s for everything so since we were so near the Macinac Bridge… we figured ‘What the heck? Let’s go to the UP.

Yes folks, it's a BAB.

Yes folks, it's a BAB.

Cross the bridge, enter the Upper Peninsula and lo… Suzy’s.

Goodness abounds

Goodness abounds

The wonderful joint, rich in the Pasty Lore of the area.

The scene of the crime

The scene of the crime

I ordered a beef pasty with fresh coleslaw…

This is it. Suzy's beef pasty.

This is it. Suzy's beef pasty.

Seated eating… outside, of course.

Good food... good friends!

Good food... good friends!

Foto by Myron Hart

Gotta love it!

Gotta love it!

Then back across the bridge for a look at the Blissfest festival grounds.

The main stage the day before

The main stage the day before

What's in the barn?

What's in the barn?

Rural art shot

Rural art shot

Excellent… It’s going to be fun tonight!

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Life Times In A Week…

June 30th, 2016 Jorma 24 comments
Jorma Sr.'s Rolex on a young Zach's wrist...

Jorma Sr.'s Rolex on a young Zach's wrist...

So it’s starting to seem like lifetime ago, but a week ago today Phil and Myron and I were at Constitution Hall in D.C. for my son Zach’s graduation. In 1953 when the Kaukonen family was stationed in Pakistan my Dad was director of the Asia Foundation. He went to Hong Kong on some sort of business trip and bought a Rolex watch for $85.00. That was a lot of money for Dad to spend back then. He had the watch for years… wore it every day no matter what he was doing from tennis to swimming. Then one day the watch stopped running. Just needed some maintenance I guess, but Dad didn’t want to deal with it and into a drawer it went and time moved on without it.

Sometime in the early 90’s while visiting the old man, the watch surfaced and called out to me. ‘May I have it Dad?’ I asked. ‘No,’ was the emphatic reply. ‘It’s mine!’ Well, it was has so I let it go. Every now and then I would ask him again and the response was always the same.

‘No. It’s mine!’

As Dad began to feel life slipping away from him, he finally gave it to me in its dormant form. I handed it over to my pal Phil who had it restored by Rolex in New York. I got it back and it worked great. Next trip to California to visit Mom and Dad I showed it to the old man. He looked at it with a jaundiced eye. ‘Is Rolex time better than Pulsar Time’ he asked? ‘You bet it is I answered!’ Dad passed in ‘97 but the watch kept on ticking. I would wear it periodically, but unbeknownst to me at the time, it was waiting for the next generation.

That generation claimed the old Rolex last week when Jorma Sr.’s grandson Zach walked across the stage at Constitution Hall with the watch marking time to the cadence of his steps. It now lives with Zach where it should.

Well… the Ram’s Head post is already up so this will bring us up to date… more or less.

On Sunday last I beat it up to the Rockland Music Festival.

I want vintage Barton Fink

I want vintage Barton Fink

Checking into the hotel, the hallway reminded me of Barton Fink. ‘What’s in the box?’

Then to the gig.

My solo set

My solo set

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Before my set I got to sit in with my pals the New Riders… Professor Louie too.

Buddy Cage, Me and Michael Falzarano

Buddy Cage, Me and Michael Falzarano

Foto by Myron Hart

A conversation with friends… can’t be beat!

Louis Rosano and Me

Louis Rosano and Me

Louis Rosano… amp maker extraordinaire.

Jorma Kaukonen 26, 2016
Jorma Solo
Rockland/Bergen Music Festival
Tappan, New York
Sunday, June 26, 2016

1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Come Back Baby
8. I See The Light
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Keep On Trucking Mama
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. San Francisco Baby Blues
14. Things That Might Have Been
15. I Know You Rider
16. Water Song
17. Encore: Genesis

Then on Monday a 550 mile run for home.

A Tuesday morning walk with Big Mav

A Tuesday morning walk with Big Mav

Love those morning walks with Maverick on the old roads of the Fur Peace Ranch. No place like home… that’s for sure!

Back in smoothieland...

Back in smoothieland...

I missed my smoothies while I was on the road. The commercial stuff just ain’t the same!

Tuesday ride with my pal Greg.

Tuesday ride with my pal Greg.

So, the girls furloughed me to go on a last minute ride. Here’s the route.

Highway 33 to Athens, Ohio… north on Rt. 13 to Rt. 78… past McConnelsville to Rt. 83… north to Rt. 313 and east to Seneca Lake… Rt. 147 around the lake then back to Rt. 78… Rt. 13 to Chauncey… On Rt. 33 and back to to the Fur Peace Ranch in Darwin, Ohio. 256 glorious miles…

Roadside McConnelsville

Roadside McConnelsville

Clouds at the lake

Clouds at the lake

Yachting time

Yachting time

Yeah… what a day. Yesterday I did a little wrenching…

The power plant

The power plant

This is a kit?

This is a kit?

I thought I might have to youtube for helpful instructions for my new highway pegs… but I toughed it out, stayed srong and got it done!

Sadly, last but certainly not least, Nessa and I were driving to pick Izze up last night when I heard that my old pal Rob Wasserman just passed. I am in a time of my life when these hits just keep on coming. Over the last three days we of the American School in the Philippines lost three classmates. That’s just the way it is.

As for Rob, I got to hang with him and Bob Weir back in February.

Rob, Jorma & Bob

Rob, Jorma & Bob

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The River Of Time is indeed flowing and Rob now rests on the shore.

Here’s to us, and those like us. Damn few left. Now this aging father will get some help from his young daughter to clean the Harley… Our river flows…

Last Week To This Week

June 26th, 2016 Jorma 47 comments

Firstly… I’m at the Rockland/Bergen Music Festival today with the New Riders, Professor Louis and more. I’ll be going on about 1800. Be there or be square.

Last week, I got to share space at the Fur Peace Ranch with Scott Sharrard and his band.

Relaxin' at the baby grand

Relaxin' at the baby grand

Then I got to sit in a little.

What a pleasure to jam with this gentleman!

What a pleasure to jam with this gentleman!

Classes at the Ranch and a morning concert with Steve James.

Steve really is the man! Check him out.

Steve really is the man! Check him out.

Then before I knew it, after hanging with Zach for a couple of days, I was on my way to the Ram’s Head in Annapolis, Maryland.

Mmmmm... shepherd's pie too!

Mmmmm... shepherd's pie too!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 25, 2016
Jorma Solo
The Ram’s Head
Annapolis, Maryland
Saturday, June 25, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Dime For Beer
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. Sleep Song
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. San Francisco Bay Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. How Long Blues
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Encore: In My Dreams

A matinee show… on the road to Nyack by 1630… about four hours flat. Getting ready to head up to the Rockland/Bergen Festival.

More shall be revealed!

Big Day In The Hometown!

June 23rd, 2016 Jorma 8 comments
1776 D St.

1776 D St.

So I’m trying to get some writing done… yeah, working one what I hope will one day be a book of sorts. I’ve been remiss. What else is new? But here I am today, back in the one consistent place of my youth. Yep. My hometown, the Washington, D.C. area. Why am I here when I could be home in Ohio? Because it is my son Zachary’s high school graduation and here I am with my pals Myron Hart and Phil Jacobs. It’s definitely one of those ‘sweet bird of youth’ moments where one really realizes how delightful yet finite life truly is. My graduation at Woodrow Wilson over on Nebraska Ave. was outside on the field where we drilled with Jr. ROTC. I recollect that my grandparents, Ben and Vera were there since I was living with them that year, but they were my only family. Somewhere I have my diploma. Maybe I’ll be able to find it and take a picture of it. Maybe not. Was I ready for the next step in life? Did I have a life plan. Did college really mean something or was it just what I was expected to do? I don’t know. I’ll have to think on that some more.

What a day!

What a day!

But here, today, I was at Constitution Hall… the DAR hall where Hot Tuna played in 1976. We were banned from returning. I guess either we or the fans or both misbehaved. In any case, I guess they didn’t recognize me. I showed them the ticket Zach gave me, and they let me in.

A proud place to be!

A proud place to be!

Myron and Phil and I found three seats just to the left of exit four on the second tier. The entire Constitution Hall was packed. We got there early. Welcome to my world… so like I said, our seats were great.

1959… I graduated Woodrow Wilson… I can’t remember whether I felt young or old or if none of those things mattered to me at the time. I guess the world was a younger place. My Selective Service Classification was still 1-A, and you know… I didn’t care. Here I am 57 years later… still looking at the world with amazed eyes.

G_d Bless America... Got to do the Star Spangled Banner Too!

G_d Bless America... Got to do the Star Spangled Banner Too!

I am filled with gratitude and wonder. Zach’s life is going to be different… no matter what… He’ll be voting in his first presidential election this Fall. What a way to enter his majority! I can hardly wait to read the next chapter. Like Steve James says in his song, ‘Talco Girl,’ ‘Goodbye Daddy… hello world!’

Well done kiddo! Well done!

A great day in D.C.!

A great day in D.C.!

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame… Director’s Retreat… And Me

June 17th, 2016 Jorma 24 comments
The El Parian Mexican Resaurant in Zanesville

The El Parian Mexican Resaurant in Zanesville

Myron and I took back roads to Cleveland… and stopped in Zanesville at the El Parian Mexican Resautrant... Awesome!!!

Rt. 13 to 93 through Zanesville… I-70 two I-77 to Cleveland… nice ride.

Up in Cleveland… we headed over to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for the Board Of Directors Retreat Soiree….

Me and John Sferra

Me and John Sferra

We got to sit with our good friend John Sferra and his lovely lady, John is the drummer for Glass Harp… and more. He helped us out last year with the GE Smith Band. Good times.

The view from the heights.

The view from the heights.

I love the HOF… a great museum… great exhibits and they treated us like gold.

What a view

What a view

A great hang… and we got to see some great stuff! The Louder Than Words floors… worth the trip alone!

Time to go back to the hotel

Time to go back to the hotel

Thursday morning we got to go back in the stacks and see some stuff not on exhibit right now.

Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'Butter'

Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'Butter'

Then I got to hold Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven Guitar

Very moving indeed... Tears In Heaven

Very moving indeed... Tears In Heaven

Then it was time to show up for the Retreat Breakfast.

What's on the menu"

My pal Jason Hanley chatted with me, I played some music and then it was time for Myron and Me to head Home.

So much fun… and the Cavs beat Golden State last night. What a great day!

On the old road with Mav...

On the old road with Mav...

A nice walk with Maverick on our old road this morning… and the first day of another great Camp Weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch.

Time for bed… onward indeed!

From The Forest Primeval…To The Cherry St. Pub

June 14th, 2016 Jorma 12 comments
This is indeed, the forest primeval...

This is indeed, the forest primeval...

The day started with a superb walk, shared by Maverick The Dog and myself over and around the trails here at the Fur Peace Ranch. Nothing like a few reflective moments shared with the canine family.

I was up early because I had an 0900 appointment at the Harley Shop to get a side bag for Nessa’s Dyna.

Sanitary installation...

Sanitary installation...

A brisk ride in… warm ride back. The rest of the day I worked around the Ranch and then around 1600 I hopped on my scooter and rode up to Lancaster where I was to meet John Hurlbut and his Dad Ray at the Cherry St. Pub on Cherry St. in Lancaster.

This is a great place for home cookin’ meals and good company.

Ray and John Hurlbut

Ray and John Hurlbut

Ray, G_d bless him, at 94 is a vital friend… and one of the oldest living WWII vets in the state of Ohio.

Ray and me...

Ray and me...

Foto by John Hurlbut

So far the day was perfect. The topper was the ride home. Getting out there on the highway on my bike takes my breath away, every time.

Perfect weather, good food… and he finest of friends!

Onward!

Founders Day 2016 and Mom’s Birthday

June 12th, 2016 Jorma 6 comments

Today is June 12, 2016. Were my Mom, Beatrice Love, still alive, she would have been 106 years old. Mom worried about her kids, as all moms do. That is as it should be. I sent her a message in a prayer just to tell her to rest easy. Her eldest is doing better than fine. She probably knew that anyway.

Just sayin’

Indeed, we are not a glum lot!

Indeed, we are not a glum lot!

If this doesn’t say it… I don’t know what does?

I have been in recovery for a couple of 24 hours and this past weekend allowed me to once again reflect on the grace that has been bestowed upon me. I have heard that grace is unearned mercy and indeed that mercy is a priceless gift that I did not earn. In the midnight of my spirit, I could have never imagined that I would feel the warmth of the sun on my soul… ever.

A timely rainbow

A timely rainbow

I have had people I know say, ‘You never looked miserable.’ They were never able to look into my heart or see through my eyes. Indeed, why should they? I would have never let them in. Whatever self inflicted tragic landscape I wandered through, the music has always been a beacon for me. The music always gave me a reason to continue. I always believed there would be a brighter day.

Want a pink cloud?

Want a pink cloud?

You can’t make this stuff up. That pink cloud really was over the big meeting for a bit.

Coincidence?

Anyway, it’s progress not perfection… but one must always keep busy. If we’re not moving forward, we’re sliding backward.

This morning was the Motorcade to Dr. Bob and Annie’s grave. Our dear friend Maria joined us for the run, as she is always welcome to do.

Mutt, Jorma & Maria

Mutt, Jorma & Maria

Good friends are hard to come by, and I am blessed by many.

Dan, Betty, Jerry, Jim, Mutt & Hillbilly

Dan, Betty, Jerry, Jim, Mutt & Hillbilly

Some of these folks I see all the time… some only once or twice a year. The circle is always unbroken.

Line them up!

Line them up!

Joey the bagpiper always plays at the grave.

Goin’ home
Goin’ home
I’m a goin’ home
Quiet like, some still day
I’m just goin’ home.

It’s not far
Just close by
Through an open door
Work all done, care laid by
Goin’ to grieve no more.

Then there was an outstanding tribute to Dr. Bob and Annie…

…and Joey played again.

Bring your hanky

Bring your hanky

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I’m found,
Was blind, but now I see.

’twas Grace that taught,
my heart to fear.
And grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear,
the hour I first believed.

Awesome… I have been riding to Founders Day for almost two decades, and I will keep coming back as long as I can. And Mom, just in case you’re listening… your kid is OK… better than OK. PS, I still miss you and Dad and I always will. That’s just part of the flow.

My spirit walks in the sun!

Jerry, Maria & Me

Jerry, Maria & Me

Subtle

Subtle

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From Lake Hope In Zalewski To That Island Manhattan

June 6th, 2016 Jorma 9 comments
The night before we left... dinner at the Lake Hope Lodge

The night before we left... dinner at the Lake Hope Lodge

Then Myron and Phil and I drove 780 miles to Shirley, Mass.

Gotta love this...

Gotta love this...

Gotta be fish in this tarn

Gotta be fish in this tarn

Jorma Kaukonen 21, 2016
Solo
Bull Run
Shirley, Mass.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Death Don’t have No Mercy
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Heart Temporary
5. Barbeque King
6. I’ll Be All Right Someday
7. The Terrible Operation
8. How Long Blues
9. I See The Light
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Waiting For A Train
12. Come Back Baby
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
14. In My Dreams
15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
16. Sea Child
17. Good Shepherd
18. Bar Room Crystal Ball
19. Water Song
20. Encore: Watch The North Wind Rise

Another Bull Run

Another Bull Run

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The we beat feet to Daryl’s House in Pawling…

The man's a genius...

The man's a genius...

At home we call this game Corn Hole… and it’s serious business!

Daryl and crew did an awesome job with this venue!

Daryl and crew did an awesome job with this venue!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 22, 2016
Solo
Darryl’s House
Pauling New York
Friday, June 3, 2016

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Barbeque King
5. I Am The Light Of This World
6. River Of Time
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. How Long Blues
9. Sea Child
10. Sleep Song
11. Candy Man
12. I See The Light
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Come Back BAby
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
7. Serpent Of Dreams
8. Waiting For A Train
9. Whining Boy Blues
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Genesis

Good company!

Good company!

Two nights at the Winery... Awesome!

Two nights at the Winery... Awesome!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 23, 2016
Solo
City Winery
New York City
New York
Saturday, June 4, 2016

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Nobody Know You When You’re Down & Out
3. Waiting For Train
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Second Chances
7. Sea Child
8. Sleep Song
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. I’ll Be All Right Someday
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. I See The Light
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Candy Man
5. Come Back Baby
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Jorma Kaukonen 24, 2016
Solo
City Winery
New York City
New York
Sunday, June 5, 2016

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Heart Temporary
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. River Of Time
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. Barbeque King
8. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Sea Child
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Second Chances
2. How Long Blues
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
5. I Belong To The Band
6. Come Back Baby
7. I See The Light
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: San Francisco Bay Blues

All four shows…. SOLD OUT!

Good times!

New York!  Gotta love it!

New York! Gotta love it!

Then I looked up…

Good morning America... how are you?

Good morning America... how are you?

Then into the rig and ten hours later… home…

Six hundred miles today…

Good night moon…

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A Hearty Thanks To My Friends At Gibson, U.S.A.

April 23rd, 2016 Jorma 16 comments

So, today is the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Show at the Dolby Theater here in Los Angeles! Who would have thought that you would hear Run DMC and Jefferson Airplane in the same sentence? Anyway, the taping of the show is tonight so I’ll talk about that more tonight or tomorrow but first I need to thank and honor my friends at Gibson.

Wowzy...

Wowzy...

So I’ve been playing Gibson guitars all my life and I’ve loved them all. I bought my 1958 Gibson J-50 in Dayton, Ohio at Pop’s Music Store in 1959. It cost a hundred bucks, and worth every penny. I learned to finger pick on that guitar… it’s the guitar I played Embryonic Journey on. Learned to pick, sing and write on that guitar. It was the musical story of my life for… well, a long time. When I’m gone it will belong to my son Zach.

IN 1965 or ‘66, I bought a Red ES-345 Stereo at Sherman and Clay in San Francisco for about $400. I bought it on time… it seemed like a lot of money back then. That guitar became the guitar I developed my sound in the JA on. I owned a number of ES-345’s and ES-355’s back in that day, but that first red one was always the one. I gave it to my friend Maj when I was flush with cash and buying a lot of guitars. It was stolen from him in London and has been gone for over forty years.

When this Grammy Lifetime Award came up, I contacted my old friend Ron Moe down at Gibson Guitars in Nashville. I wondered what the chances were that there was an ES-345 around that I could use for the ceremony since we’re playing some live songs on the show. He said he’d run it up the flagpole to see if there were any salutes.

Enter his friend Mike Volz the director of Research And Product Development at Gibson, Memphis. Mike saw to it that his team hand crafted a replica of that 1964 Gibby, including the original wiring harness and matched caps and pots. The paint is off the charts… the hardware is lightly stressed and it plays like a dream. I’ll be using it a lot in upcoming shows.

Mike Volz, Jorma, The Guitar and Ron Moe

Mike Volz, Jorma, The Guitar and Ron Moe

This was totally unexpected… it is such a blessing! Many thanks to Mike and his team of craftspeople. And Ron… well, you know how I feel.

ES-345 and replica period case!

ES-345 and replica period case!

It is true that we’re missing Passover being here in LA like this, but it is a mitzvah of another sort.

Zeissen Pesach…

…and let’s rock!

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The Week That Was And More

April 5th, 2016 Jorma 27 comments

So… a week ago yesterday, the irrepressible Myron Hart and I jumped in my truck and started driving to Ogunquit, Maine. Even though the gig at Jonathan’s wasn’t until Friday, we figured ‘Why rush?’ We took two days. Anyhoo… We got in on Thursday, meet Phil at the train station and looked around for a place to eat.

Time for dinner...

Time for dinner...

Yeah buddy… Billy’s Chowder House was looking good.

These babies were looking good too...

These babies were looking good too...

The good old Meadowmere wasn’t serving breakfast… it’s definitely not ‘Season’ yet so almost nothing was open… but, we discovered Leanne Cusimano’s Amore Breakfast.

Leanne and Jorma

Leanne and Jorma

Leanne’s place is absolutely awesome… food, hospitality… the whole deal. Plus, I’m a coffee nut, and the coffee at Amore is some of the best I have ever had!

A little walk by the beach… and then thoughts of Jonathan’s began to cross our minds.

A light in the dark

A light in the dark

No skinny dipping today...

No skinny dipping today...

Then off to the gig at Jonathan’s.

Welcome to Jonathan's

Welcome to Jonathan's

Foto by Phil Jacobs

…and the show, of course!

On stage after dinner

On stage after dinner

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 17, 2016
Jorma Solo
Jonathan’s Ogunquit
Ogunquit, Maine
Thursday, March 31, 2016

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Been So Long
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Sea Child
7. Sleep Song
8. Living In The Moment
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. I See The Light
11. In My Dreams
12. Keep Your Lamps rimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. The Terrible Operation
4. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
5. Death Don.t Have No Mercy
6. Come Back Baby
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. True Religion
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Good Shepherd
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. Encore: Whining boy Blues

Then it was off to the Higher Ground up in Burlington, Vermont.

The old Jormster picks it!

The old Jormster picks it!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve got old friends here up in Burlington… it didn’t seem like five years since the last time I was here… better not wait so long for the next time! Anyway, old friends are always good.

Jorma Kaukonen 18, 2016
Jorma Solo
The Higher Ground
Burlington, Vermont
Saturday, April 2, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. New Song For The Morning
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
5. Come Back Baby
6. Sea Child
7. Sleep Song
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. How Long Blues
10. Candy Man
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. I See The Light
3. The Terrible Operation
4. River Of Time
5. I Am The Light Of This World
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Barbeque King
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Encore: I Know You Rider

Sunday morning we got up and looked for a breakfast joint. Burlington is a college town, so everything in town was just to darn crowded. I’m not waiting and hour to get breakfast anywhere. We started driving towards Albany and couldn’t find one normal diner in whole state of Vermont. All I wanted was breakfast. Around lunch time we crossed the border into New York… and there was a diner.

Good Times.

In Albany… I was guest for David Bromberg’s Birthday Bash… and a good time it was. That lad knows how to throw a party!

The Egg in Albany

The Egg in Albany

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Lots of glorious folks on this gig…

Jorma, Larry, David and Keb Mo

Jorma, Larry, David and Keb Mo

David, Keb and Larry

David, Keb and Larry

To hang with David and his friends is a blessing indeed… some fun!

Keb and Me

Keb and Me

This was a really, really good time. Thanks David… Zei Gesundt… may you have many more.

Back at the Renaissance Hotel…

Lovely

Lovely

Smile for the birdie

Smile for the birdie

As usual… the best hotel on this little run and we’re here for about five hours.

Up in the morning for the long run to Pomeroy… a Spring snow…

Morning view from the window...

Morning view from the window...

The lobby

The lobby

And outside…

Let's get this show on the road...

Let's get this show on the road...

Eleven hours later home, home, home. This weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch Larry Campbell, and Teresa Williams.

Am I the luckiest guy in the world or what?

Gotta go to ‘town.’