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New York Tradition

November 24th, 2013 Jorma 42 comments
Tis the season...

Tis the season...

A short note about this amazing weekend… this is one wonderful time for us. I have lived in New York off and over the years and although I am a country boy at heart… this marvelous other world on the Hudson always feels like home.

Friday night we played an acoustic show with the core team… Larry and Teresa are certainly member of our core team… anyway, here is our st list:

Hot Tuna 46, 2013
Acoustic Night For
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
With Special Guests
Teresa Williams, Larry Campbell
New York Society For Ethical Culture
Concert Hall

NY, NY
November 22, 2013

First Set:
1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
3. Deep Ellum with Larry & Teresa
4. Children Of Zion with Larry & Teresa
5. Hesitation Blues with Larry
6. Barbeque King with Larry
7. Prohibition Blues with Larry
8. Vicksburg Stomp with Larry
9. Smokerise Journey with Larry & Teresa
10. Full Go Round with Larry
11. I Know You Rider with Larry
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave with Larry
3. How Long Blues with Larry
4. Candy Man with Larry
5. Things That Might have Been with Larry
6. Bar Room Chrystal Ball with Larry & Teresa
7. Good Shepherd with Larry & Teresa
8. Chauffer Blues with Larry & Teresa
9. I Am The Light of This World with Larry & Teresa
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning with Larry & Teresa
11. Encore: Embryonic Journey with Larry

What a grand evening of acoustic music for us.
Then…

Power trio... Jorma, John Scher and Jack Casady

Power trio... Jorma, John Scher and Jack Casady

It was time for the electric night at the Beacon:

Hot Tuna 47, 2013
Electric Extravaganza
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner
With Special Guests
Larry Campbell And Teresa Williams
The Beacon Theater
New York City, New York

Saturday, November 23, 2013

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Ode To Billy Dean with Larry
3. Second Chances with Larry
4. Can’t Get Satisfied with Larry
5. Hesitation Blues with Larry
6. Chauffer Blues with Larry and Teresa
7. Children of Zion with Larry and Teresa
8. Bowlegged Woman with Larry
9. Sugaree with Larry and Teresa
Second Set:
1. Angel Of Darkness with Larry and Teresa
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You wit Larry
3. Rock Me Baby with Larry
4. A Little Faster with Larry and Teresa
5. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry and Teresa
6. Somebody To Love with Larry and Teresa
7. If This Is Love I want My Money Back with Larry and Teresa
8. Crazy ‘Bout My Baby with Larry
9. 99 Year Blues with Larry
10. Hit Single # 1 with Larry
11. Funky #7 with Larry
12. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning withLarry and Teresa

Suffice it to say that a great time was had by all. My wife and daughter were there, my son was there and countless friends. How good does it have to get. Now it’s off to the Narrows Performing Arts Center in Fall River, Mass. A hearty thanks to all our friends who showed up in NYC for this great weekend. We love you all! May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as we will!

Post show Beacon... The party's over... 'till next year!

Post show Beacon... The party's over... 'till next year!

A ‘Day Off’ In Manhattan

November 21st, 2013 Jorma 39 comments
Yesterday AM at the Fur Peace Ranch

Yesterday AM at the Fur Peace Ranch

We were going to get rolling early from the Fur Peace Ranch yesterday morning but the bus wouldn’t start. Ever taking the more optimistic view, we loaded up and by the time everything was on board… it started. Hmmm….

No trailor... everything got stuffed into the bays

No trailor... everything got stuffed into the bays

Vanessa and Izze were on board for this leg of the trip. This doesn’t happen often, so I as really looking forward to it.

A stop at Cracker Barrel for lunch

A stop at Cracker Barrel for lunch

There’s nothing like a Cracker Barrel stop at least once in every road trip… and here’s ours!

Moving right along… we got to the George Washington Bridge about 2230 and if I’d been paying attention to 1010 WINS, I would have known about the construction. Anyway, two hour later we got to our hotel in Manhattan. Good times in traffic!

Jack Casady, Matt Friedlander and myself

Jack Casady, Matt Friedlander and myself

This morning we had an interview to tape at ABC radio with Matt Friedlander. After this I went back to the hotel for a bit and the Phil and I took the train downtown to Rockefeller Plaza where Vanessa and Izze were ice skating.

The tree will be seen soon

The tree will be seen soon

The girls on the ice

The girls on the ice

After the gals got done with the ice, we walked around Manhattan for a while.

Shopping anyone?

Shopping anyone?

Yeah, it’s starting to get pretty whacked out on the streets here, but for an out of towner it’s a lot of fun.

With the Empire Bulding in the distance, we head towards dinner

With the Empire Bulding in the distance, we head towards dinner

With hunger overtaking us, we decided on Joe’s Shanghai for some soup dumplings and dinner. Delicious indeed. Now back at the hotel, it’s time to contemplate the set lists for the gig tomorrow at the Institute For Ethical Culture. Saturday night, of course, is the Beacon Theater.

Hope to see lots of you at both places.

Onward!

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Saturday Night Seva

November 4th, 2013 Jorma 40 comments
Neville and I

Neville and I

Yeah… the Seva benefit last Saturday night was supreme. We saw so many great folks… got to play so much great music!

David, Jorma and Linda

David, Jorma and Linda

Getting to see David and Linda LaFlamme after all this years was great. Getting to play with David was the frosting on the cake. Some fun indeed!

Hot Tuna 44, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Barry Mitterhoff
With David LaFlamme
Seva Benefit
The Fillmore
San Francisco, California
Saturday, November 2, 2013

1. True Religion
2. Children of Zion
3. Second Chances
4. Come Back Baby
5. Hesitation Blues with David LaFlamme
6. Good Shepherd with David LaFlamme
7. Barbeque King with David LaFlamme
8. That’ll Never Happen No More with David LaFlamme
9. I Am The Light Of This World with David LaFlamme
10. San Francisco Bay Blues with David LaFlamme

That’s it folks… what a weekend!

Onward

Jorma with everybody's clown... and nobody's fool

Jorma with everybody's clown... and nobody's fool

Thanks to Jay Blakesberg for the beautiful foto of Wavy and me…

Music And Life In the Old Country

October 29th, 2013 Jorma 21 comments

International traveling is humbling at best… sort of like life sometimes. I drove from Laconia to Logan in Boston, flew to NY. Changed terminals, flew to Heathrow, changes terminals and planes and arrive in Helsinki with a suitcase and no guitar. I had faith though, and the guitar showed up early the next morning. Anyway, my cousin Tuula drove from Porvoo to Helsinki and took me back to her family farm for the afternoon. ‘I thought you had sheep,’ I said. ‘They’re in the freezer,’ was her rejoinder. ‘Let’s eat!’ Which we did… lamb burgers.

This is where my roots lie... on streets likes this

This is where my roots lie... on streets likes this

I am an American… not a Finnish/American… but my roots are here in this ancient land… and they run deep.

The old buildings... old streets

The old buildings... old streets

It is Fall here… and the days are getting darker and the sky is grey… but the people are bright, and it’s always good to see family!

Kyrka

Kyrka

Then ancient architecture reminds me so much of my grandparents… although they were not at all sentimental about leaving to seek a new life in America!

More antiquity

More antiquity

cobblestones

cobblestones

The view from the window at the family farm

The view from the window at the family farm

Well… that was yesterday.. today was the show at the Helsinki Hall Of Culture for Hot Tuna and Canned Heat and a fine show was had by all. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 41, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Barry Mitterhoff
Helsinki Hall Of Culture
Helsinki, Finland
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. I See The Light
6. Come Back Baby
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. How long Blues
9. Good Shepherd
10. That’ll Never Happen No More
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. I Know You Rider

Well that’s about it for now. Tomorrow we’re off to Tampere to play the Tampere Concert Hall.

For me… it’s bed time now.

Kiitos!

Interlocken And Monticello Wrap Up

September 9th, 2013 Jorma 15 comments
Stillness at Appomattox

Stillness at Appomattox

Great weekend down in Virginia. We stayed in Lynchburg where most of the music guys stayed and before we headed over to the Interlocken Festival Site we went to Appomattox Courthouse and spent some time paying our respects. Powerful… quote powerful.

Living history

Living history

Brothers in arms... brothers in death

Brothers in arms... brothers in death

Of course we were in the part of the world where I come from so to reacquaint myself with this American history was a welcome interlude.

That night at the Triangle Stage we played the following:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 22, 2013
Interlocken Music Festival
Triangle Stage
Arrington, Virginia
Friday, September 6, 2013

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. I See The Light
3. Children Of Zion
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. How Long Blues
8. I Know You Rider
9. Encore: Embryonic Journey

The next day we had two sets to do. The first involved a trip to Monticello to the Harvest Festival.

Haven't been here since I was a kid... I've changed... it hasn't!

Haven't been here since I was a kid... I've changed... it hasn't!

The little day trip to the Harvest Festival was fantastic. I got to hear Pegi Young and her fabulous band and then we played the following:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 23, 2013
The Heritage Harvest Festival
Monticello Afternoon
Charlottesville, Virginia
Saturday, September 7, 2013

1. True Religion
2. Children Of Zion
3. Been So Long
4. Second Chances
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. River Of Time
8. 99 Year Blues
9. Good Shepherd
10. Vicksburg Stomp
11. Nine Pound Hammer

After we played I got to hear Sarah Jarosz and her band of merry men. Outstanding… we’ve got to get her to the Fur Peace Ranch!

We drove back to Arrington with only six or seven hours to kill before our set at the VIP tent. We did get to hear John Fogerty backed by Widespread Panic. John was better than ever.

The backside of the main stage with Fogerty and Panic

The backside of the main stage with Fogerty and Panic

A couple more hours and then we got to play again… as follows!

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 24, 2013
Interlocken Music Festival
VIP Tent Saturday Night
Arrington, Virginia
September 7, 2013

1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. Candy Man
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
6. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
7. I Am The Light Of This World

In bed by 0430 up at 0900 and a quick three hundred miles back home…

More anon…

Guitars And Gigs

September 6th, 2013 Jorma 19 comments
The old Carlton Church at dawn

The old Carlton Church at dawn

So last week I hopped in my truck and drove on over to Myron Hart’s place to cut a guitar part on a project for our drummer, Skoota Warner. It was just a vignette part so I figured we could do it easily… and I was right. For this application, I selected my Robert Lee Jorma guitar plugged it straight into a Boogie Maverick and let her rip. Yeah, I know the Mav’ is out of production, but we’ve still got one one. Rockin’ dude! Actually, I’ve still got a Strategy 400 but that’s another story for another time.

Anyway, the tracks went great and I love the way the guitar performed. You need to check out Robert Lee’s site and see the beautiful stuff he has to offer. Amongst the myriad custom builders out there… he’s tops!

Yesterday, Myron and I drove from the Fur Peace Ranch to Lynchburg, Virginia to meet up with Barry Mitterhoff and Phil Jacobs in preparation for our shows today and tomorrow at the Interlocken Festival in Arrington, Virginia. We have a midnight show tonight and tomorrow we have an afternoon show at Moticello (yes… THE Monticello) and a midnight show back in Arrington.

Lynchburg is a beautiful small town with no access by Interstate… I love it. Great drive through the mountains yesterday.

I look forward to the shows and I’ll keep you posted…

Onward!

Ruthie Foster comes to town as August winds down

August 28th, 2013 Jorma 29 comments
Ruthie and a a couple of years ago on tour with Robben Ford

Ruthie and me a couple of years ago on tour with Robben Ford

Thanks to Michael G. Stewart for the beautiful foto.

A couple of years ago I was on a Columbia Artist Management tour with Robben Ford, Ruthie Foster et al and Ruthie and I talked about having her come and perform at the Fur Peace Station in scenic Darwin, Ohio. Well, it took a couple of years but she finally made the trip and she play two in incredibly powerful and moving sets to a completely sold out house. Ruthie is beyond spectacular in every sense of the word. See and hear her if you get a chance… anywhere!!!!!!!

Earlier this summer, good old fun loving Hot Tuna did a little run with our good friend Jill Sobule. Jill has a guitar primer of her songs out, and since I realized that I want to be just like her when I grow up, here I am… working on it.

a one... and a two... and a

a one... and a two... and a

foto by Bob Doherty

My son Zach has been with us for the last three weeks and as the end of his summer vacation approaches, yesterday I drove him back to his home in Virginia. Well, actually he drove me. He’s got his permit now and well… freedom is just down the road, hand in hand with responsibility. Here’s a shot from the passenger seat somewhere in West Virginia.

...and the road is open wide...

...and the road is open wide...

Good times here… but better on down the road.

Onward!

Kickstarter To The Vineyard

August 1st, 2013 Jorma 25 comments
The pond behind the 'gig.'

The pond behind the 'gig.'

Vanessa and I and indeed the whole Fur Peace Ranch family of projects and programs owe a great debt of thanks to David Wolff and Peter Goodman who, in the early stages of our Kickstarter program really got the ball rolling. These gentlemen saw our vision and were instrumental in our achieving our goals. What they got for being so fearless… was a private show for them and forty of their friends at David and Lindsay’s place in Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard. It was a fabulous evening and I was joined by Barry Mitterhoff, his daughter Tessa and David himself. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 21, 2013
The Kickstarter Party On Martha’s Vineyard
David & Lindsay’s Place
Chilmark, Massachusetts
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

1. True Religion
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Children Of Zion with Tessa Mitterhoff
5. The Terrible Operation with Tessa Mitterhoff
6. Vicksburg Stomp
7. I See The Light
8. I’ll be All Right Some Day
9. Come Back Baby
10. Flying Clouds with David Wolff
11. Midnight In Milpitas with David Wolff
12. I Know You Rider with David Wolff
13. Things That Might Have Been
14. Red River Blues
15. 99 Year Blues
16. I Am The Light Of This World
17. Nine Pound Hammer
18. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Truly a glorious evening for and, I hope… them. Now it’s back home for the rest of the summer… more or less. I truly look forward to this.

Onward!

Notes On Floyd Fest And The Voyage To The Vineyard

July 30th, 2013 Jorma 20 comments

Well…After The Whitaker Center we bopped on down the the Fur Peace Ranch for a two set show after the Christmas In July extravaganza. Here is our set list from that night:

Hot Tuna 38, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, July 27, 2013

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Children Of Zion
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Candy Man
7. I See The Light
8. Barbeque King
9. 99 Year Blues
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
2. Prohibition Blues
3. Second Chances
4. Let Us Get Together
5. Come Back Baby
6. I’ll let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. Good Shepherd
9. Parchman Farm
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
11. Encore: Embryonic Journey

As soon as we finished that show, we hopped on the bus and beat feet on down to Floyd, Virginia for our three sets at Floyd Fest.

Myron Hart tunes us up for our first show in Floyd

Myron Hart tunes us up for our first show in Floyd

We were winging this one… so there is no set list. We got there fifteen minutes before this set time and finished a half an hour before the next set at the Main Stage…

Hot Tuna 39, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Dreaming Creek Main Stage
Floyd Fest
Floyd, Virginia
Sunday, July 28, 2013

1. Hesitation Blues
2. True Religion
3. Serpent of Dreams
4. Children Of Zion
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. Good Shepherd
8. Red River Blues
9. Nine Pound Hammer
10. Encore: Embryonic Journey

The at 1530 it was off to the Streamline Stage @ Hill Holler for our electric show:

Hot Tuna 39, 2013
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
Streamline Stage
@Hill Holler
Floyd Fest
Floyd, Virginia
Sunday, July 28, 2013

1. I See The Light
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Corners Without Exits
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Goodbye To The Blues
8. Mourning Interrupted
9. Rock Me Baby
10. Funky #7
11. Encore: Hit Single # 1

Barry, Skoota, Jack and I getting ready to head our different ways.

Barry, Skoota, Jack and I getting ready to head our different ways.

After this set, it was back to the hotel in Roanoke, up at 0330 to head for the airport at 0445… fly to Atlanta, change planes, fly to Kennedy, change planes, airlines and terminals and than to Martha’s Vineyard for Barry, Myron and myself for a private party for the folks who wone the event on our Kickstarter Program. Tomorrow is that gig which I shall report on and then finally home on the First.

Good times…

First Three Of The Summer Tour

July 23rd, 2013 Jorma 34 comments

The boys and I have been looking forward to this summer run for some time and so far it has exceeded our expectations. Life on the road is filled with quirks and pitfalls and this trip has proved to be no exception. It started out with the bus as we left the Fur Peace Ranch. The clutch on the engine fan was malfunctioning so the engine was overheating to a point where we couldn’t drive over mountains. When the temperature gets over 200 degrees Fahrenheit the engine gives you ten minutes before it shuts down. Good times. We took a circuitous route to Wellsboro, Pennsylvania where the bus lives. A ten hour drive, drop the bus at the shed and go a a local hotel.

Wellsboro Inn... the land time forgot

Wellsboro Inn... the land time forgot

We got there just in time for dinner, thank goodness. Good food. the rooms were smaller than a French motel but comfortable… no flat screen, CRT TV’s, but the American Spirit was alive and well in the lobby.

USofA in lights

USofA in lights

Up at 0400 and another ten hour drive to Skoota’s house to pick up his drums and straight to New Brunswick, New Jersey for our gig with Leon Russell at the State Theater. No rest for the wicked, but we had a great show. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 33, 2013
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
The State Theater
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Saturday, July 20, 2013

1. True Religion
2. I See The Light
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Mama let Me Lay It On You
6. Second Chances
7. A Little Faster
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Hesitation Blues
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Rock Me Baby
12. Funky # 7
13. Encore: Hit Single #1

The interior of the State...

The interior of the State...

And of course, it was an honor to play with Leon.

We always know there was more to Jack than met the eye...

We always know there was more to Jack than met the eye...

Next day bright and early, off to the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, LI.

We got to hang with the Infamous Stringduster as well as Jerry Douglas and his pals. How good does it have to get?

That's Jerry's hand... I don't know what Jack is doing...

That's Jerry's hand... I don't know what Jack is doing...

Here is our set List:

Hot Tuna 34, 2013
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
Great South Bay Music Festival
Patchogue, LI
New York
Sunday, July 21, 2013

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. A Little Faster
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. True Religion
6. Second Chances
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Hit single #1
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Mourning Interrupted
11. Rock Me Baby
12. Funky # 7
13. Encore: Baby What You Want Me To Do?

The Flatt And Scruggs show with Jerry Douglas and his pals

The Flatt And Scruggs show with Jerry Douglas and his pals

Then it was off to Ocean City, New Jersey and the Ocean City Music Pier.

Just like when I was a kid

Just like when I was a kid

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Our first two set night of this run. Good to get back in the saddle, so to speak. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 35, 2013
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
Ocean Music Pier Boardwalk
Ocean City, New Jersey
Monday, July 22, 2013

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Second Chances
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Hesitation Blues
6. True Religion
7. I Wish You Would
8. A Little Faster
9. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Corners Without Exits
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Children Of Zion
4. Mourning Interrupted
5. Bowlegged Woman
6. Goodbye To The Blues
7. Mama Let me Lay it On You
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Funky #7
10. Encore: Hit Single # 1

What a backstage!

What a backstage!

Now we’re heading to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvanial where we have a day off. We’ll be playing at the Sherman Theater on July 25th.

OK… now I’m up to date… sort of!