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Wednesday Night At The Birchmere

January 14th, 2021 6 comments
A road trip and a gig… socially distant!

Photo by Myron Hart

Yeah… a trip to the D.C. Metro Area and a gig at the Birchmere. It’s been more than a minute or two since I have been to this wonderful stage and it was great to be back. It’s also been about nine months since I got to see my son so that was awesome as well!

Jorma Kaukonen 3, 2021

The Man Alone @

The Birchmere

Alexandria, Virginia

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  1. Whining Boy Blues
  2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  3. Great Divide Revisited
  4. Ain’t In No Hurry
  5. Too Many Years
  6. In The Kingdom
  7. Trial By Fire
  8. Hesitation Blues
  9. Broken Highway
  10. Take Your Time
  11. Been So Long
  12. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  13. Barbeque King
  14. True Religion
  15. Corners Without Exits
  16. Good Shepherd
  17. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  18. Encore: Water Song

Indeed, it’s still not ‘normal,’ whatever that means these days, but it sure felt good.

Here I am with Gary Oeltze, the proud founder of this great establishment!

Photo by Myron Hart

Back home at the Fur Peace Ranch in time for dinner. A more than awesome venture!

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#34 And On To The Birchmere

January 11th, 2021 9 comments

Saturday last was our #34 in our Quarantine Concert Series and a dandy it was.

Jorma Kaukonen 2, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #34

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, January 9, 2021

  1. Ain’t In No Hurry
  2. In The Kingdom
  3. Heart Temporary
  4. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
  5. Rock Me Baby
  6. Corners Without Exits
  7. Re-Enlistment Blues
  8. Flying Clouds
  9. Stand By Me with John Hurlbut
  10. This Land Is Your Land with John Hurlbut
  11. A Life Well Lived

Yeah, another grand time for us.

Tomorrow I’m leaving for the D.C. Metro area to actually play a show at the Birchmere in Alexandria. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while and I decided I just couldn’t let the shameful events in D.C. last week keep me away today. Got my Covid-19 test today and I’m still negative. Onward indeed.

Today I got together with Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley and we spent three really fun hours co -writing a song together. You’re going to love ‘Pay Someone To Pay My Dues.’ Waiting for the demo…

More will be revealed.

National politics may be depressing, but the music has certainly been sustaining me. On this note, gotta get some sleep. Up to drive to Arlington.

Stay well!

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Kaukonen & Hurlbut Head To Natalie’s In Columbus

January 8th, 2021 12 comments

So, tonight, Friday the 8th of January, Hurl and I are heading to Columbus to one of our favorite ‘local’ spots… Natalie’s. The venue is closed to the public, of course. We’re spiking here in Ohio. We were supposed to actually perform a gig there tonight but indeed, we’ll be streaming live.

It’s a Facebook Live gig and I don’t do Facebook so I can’t embed the link here… or rather I couldn’t figure out how to do it. In any case, seven PM tonight. Facebook Live featuring Kaukonen and Hurlbut from Natalie’s in Columbus. Please join us this evening!

PS It’s seven not eight… and on YouTube as well… I stand corrected.

Tomorrow, of course, is #34 of the Quarantine Concert Series.

More music from me and my pals here at the Ranch.

Stay tuned!

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Happy New Year… 2021

January 1st, 2021 10 comments
Perseus aka Chunky wishes you all a Happy 2021

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Well, every day is a good day if you’re a canine member of the Kaukonen Family. That said, on this New Year morning we are certainly hoping for better one. Throughout the last year I have been studiously avoiding voicing my opinions about that state of things. I am an opinionated SOB so this has been tough for me, but I believe it is the right decision. Every time I have opened my my mouth and actually listened to what came out I realize I sound exactly like the whiners I decry. I guess I must still be human.

So be it.

As always, family as well as the music sustains me.Vanessa and I are constantly re-evaluating our professional models as reality changes around us. Of course we are hoping for the best as 2021 evolves, but I’m not betting the farm on anything yet.

More will be revealed I’m sure.

It is a rainy winter morning here in Meigs County. I keep telling myself that every day is a day closer to Spring but on a day like this, it is definitely not around the corner, but it will come. Speaking of things that will come, tomorrow will be our first concert in the Quarantine Concert this year and the 33rd in the cosmic scheme of things.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfArgNZUPIU

It’s certainly good to have a number of things to look forward to besides just getting up in the morning although that’s high on my list always!

To to walk the Little Guy again with a Happy New Year to all!

Stay well… until tomorrow…

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To The Vogel And Back

December 14th, 2020 7 comments
Ah… on the road again

Photo by Phil Jacobs

There are nerve wracking aspect to being ‘out in public’ but they are more than overcome by the blessings of being able to play for live people!

Jorma Kaukonen 37, 2020

Jorma Solo

The Vogel 2130 Show

Red Bank, New Jersey

Saturday, December 12, 2020

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Candy Man
  3. Serpent Of Dreams
  4. Uncle Sam Blues
  5. Letter To The The North Star
  6. Too Many Years
  7. Walkin’ Blues
  8. The Terrible Operation
  9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  10. Living In The Moment
  11. Sea Child
  12. Full Go Round
  13. Genesis
  14. Ode To Billy Dean
  15. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
  16. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  17. Encore: Embryonic Journey

And then:

Jorma Kaukonen 38, 2020

Jorma Solo

The Vogel 1900 Show

Red Bank, New Jersey

Saturday, December 12, 2020

  1. Blue Railroad Train
  2. Whining Boy Blues
  3. Been So Long
  4. Another Man Done Gone
  5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  6. Flying Clouds
  7. Trial By Fire
  8. River Of Time
  9. Song For The Stainless Cymbal
  10. How Long Blues
  11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  12. I’m Free From The Chain Gang Now
  13. Search My Heart
  14. Roads and Roads &
  15. Come Back Baby
  16. I See The Light
  17. Sleep Song
  18. San Francisco Bay Blues
  19. I Know You Rider
  20. Encore: Water Song
Into the light…

Photo by Dennis Kane

Sunday…

Jorma Kaukonen 39, 2020

Jorma Solo

The Vogel Early  Show

Red Bank, New Jersey

Sunday, December 13, 2020

  1. True Religion
  2. Hesitation Blues
  3. Ain’t In No Hurry
  4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
  5. Barbeque King
  6. Sea Child
  7. Watch The North Wind Rise
  8. I Am The Light Of This World
  9. Ice Age
  10. Nine Pound Hammer
  11. That’ll Never Happen No More
  12. How Long Blues
  13. I See The Light
  14. Hamar Promenade
  15. Encore: Genesis

This is a great gig… done right in these trying times. Great sound too~!

Jorma Kaukonen 40, 2020

Jorma Solo

The Vogel Later  Show

Red Bank, New Jersey

Sunday, December 13, 2020

  1. Second Chances
  2. Wolves & Lambs
  3. Re-Enlistment Blues
  4. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
  5. Serpent Of Dreams
  6. Come Back Baby
  7. Trial By Fire
  8. Flying Clouds
  9. Good Shepherd
  10. Ode To Billy Dean
  11. Vampire Women
  12. Heart Temporary
  13. Trouble In Mind
  14. Prohibition Blues
  15. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
  16. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
  17. San Francisco Bay Blues
  18. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

A fairly early morning and a drive home where I will quarantine until I text negative. What a grand weekend, but good to be home.

Stay well!

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#30 On The Way And Some Guitar Geekery

December 11th, 2020 13 comments
The little National Resophonic

Photo and layout by Myron Hart

So a number of years ago, and I mean back in the 80’s, someone gave me this little National 3/4 size student grade guitar in its original cardboard case. it was a complete basket case so as I was flying home to New York where I lived at the time, I just checked it into baggage and figured that if it made it to the baggage carousel on the East Coast it was destined to live with me which it did in pieces for many years. I gave it to my buddy Myron some years ago after I moved to Ohio and figured that if anyone could do anything with this sad case, it would be him.

Fast forward to today:

Text Photo by Myron Hart

I heard Myron play some slide on this little jewel through an ancient tube amp that used to belong to his aunt. I sounds awesome. This is a good example of why you should never throw anything away!

Moving right along…

Don’t miss this one!

Now, I’m in New Jersey playing the Vogel Tomorrow and Sunday for a total of four socially distant shows. If I weren’t it would either be live or I’d be on the chat feed.

Enjoy. Remember if you’re somewhere near Red Bank, come see me play.

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On The Way…

November 19th, 2020 12 comments

Well, with the virus spiking we canceled our Thanksgiving trip to the Chesapeake Bay Area. It just made sense. Not much else to do but roll with the punches. That said, this Saturday night, the 21st we’re back live and in person for #27 of our Quarantine Concert Series.

https://youtu.be/7kEP7hvBOp8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kEP7hvBOp8&feature=youtu.be

Yeah, it’s always fun to do and we do what me must to get it out there to you folks… but live is always best. So, be there or…

Stay well…

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The Weekend That Was And Home!

October 27th, 2020 16 comments
Hawke at rest!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

So Myron and I had a spirited run from Pomeroy to Connecticut to New Hampshire and home… 1700 some miles. Some interesting weigh-ins on the RV… or Hawke as we affectionately call her in the comments section. I’ve been driving for 65 years as of this year. I might have profiled at some other point in my life but with a 17,000 pound vehicle and passengers in my charge, this is not time to be hanging out the window. This rig is eight and a half feet wide. The drivers compartment is not that much smaller than a Prevost. That Ford F-35 chassis with a Triton 3 valve V-10 has almost as much torque as my Cummins Diesel. She sh-ts and gits when she has to as well. I should have done this years ago. Anyway, it was a great trip musically and scenically. Strange to say, leaves were still on the trees.

Anyway, as noted, Ridgefield was great and Tupelos up in Derry was awesome as well. They did about 130 shows outdoors this year of which ours was the last.

Jorma Kaukonen 33, 2020

Tupelo Drive-In

Early Show (Noon)

Derry, New Hampshire

Sunday, October 25, 2020

  1. Whining Boy Blues
  2. Candy Man
  3. Ice Age
  4. Been So Long
  5. Barbeque King
  6. Search My Heart
  7. Trial By Fire
  8. Sleep Song
  9. I Am The Light Of This World
  10. Blue Railroad Train
  11. Great Divide Revisited
  12. Come Back Baby
  13. Things That Might Have Been
  14. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  15. How Long Blues
  16. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  17. Encore: Embryonic Journey

This was a noon show and there was still a chill in the air. Heck, we were up in Vermont., not a big surprise. On the other hand, the 3 PM show was so warm I did it in my T shirt. Go figure.

Jorma Kaukonen 34, 2020

Tupelo Drive-In

3 PM Show

Derry, New Hampshire

Sunday, October 25, 2020


1. Dime For Beer

2.   I See The Light

3.  San Francisco Bay Blues

4.  Day To Day Out The Window Blues

5. Things That Might Have Been

6.  True Religion 

7. Sea Child

8. Good Shepherd 

9. Watch The North Wind Rise

10.  Highway Song

11. The Terrible Operation 

12.  Trouble In Mind

13. Death Don’t Have Know Mercy

14. That’ll Never Happen No More

15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning 

16. Encore: Water Song

(Hm… format discrepancies… don’t sweat it!)

Oops… Ridgefield list:

Jorma Kaukonen 31, 2020

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Early Show

Saturday, October 24, 2020

  1. Too Many Years
  2. Ice Age
  3. Whining Boy Blues
  4. Barbeque King
  5. In The Kingdom
  6. Sea Child
  7. Song For The Stainless Cymbal
  8. I Am The Light Of This World
  9. Uncle Sam Blues
  10. Serpent of Dreams
  11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  12. Follow The Drinking Gourd
  13. Another Man Done Gone
  14. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  15. I Know You Rider
  16. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Jorma Kaukonen 32, 2020

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Late Show

Saturday, October 24, 2020

  1. Been So Long
  2. Dime For Beer.      
  3. River Of Time
  4. 99 Year Blues
  5. I See The Light
  6. Sleep Song
  7. Good Shepherd
  8. Watch The North Wind Rise
  9. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  10. Hesitation Blues
  11. Hamar Promenade
  12. Trouble In Mind
  13. How Long Blues
  14. Waiting For A Train
  15. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
  16. S.F. Bay Blues
  17. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  18. Encore: Water Song

We drove home 600 and change yesterday and as much as I like my ‘RV King’ there’s no place like the home bunk!

So… this weekend we’ve got # 25 of the Corona Concert Series and I’ll post the link as we get closer to the weekend. In the meantime, stay well…

Wait, there’s more. The Hurl/Kaukonen opus is emerging soon…

Fancy limited edition vinyl

We’re over the moon on this one. Don’t be late, they’re limited… limited I say.

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In Ridgefield, Conn.

October 24th, 2020 24 comments
Myron and I head out in Hawke… the Kaukonen RV

Selfie by Myron Hart

So we had a six hundred some mile trip yesterday and I have to say, driving a 17,000 pound RV is not as relaxing as a trip in our truck. That said, when we got to Ridgefield, I had my house with me. I’ve been ‘camping’ with this rig, but this is my first road trip.

A good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast and I’m good to go.

Since I’m actually on the road working I won’t be at the Fur Peace Ranch tonight for Quarantine Concert Series #24. Jack and I and the team thoughtfully recorded tonight’s show earlier in the week.

If it ain’t free, it ain’t me.

So if you’re not coming to my show in Ridgefield tonight, give a listen. If you are, you can catch an archived replay when you get home. I had hoped I would be able to chat on the feed, but I’ll be doing my second show then. Fortunately, Mr. Casady and Mrs. Kaukonen will keep the chat alive.

Well, here it is 0858 in Connecticut. I think I’ll seek out socially distanced sustenance.

PS There is a purchasable live stream from Tupelo tomorrow night. I can’t embed the link for some reason, but I’m sure you can find it on the web if interested.

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Mother’s Day And #6

May 10th, 2020 17 comments

Beatrice at her house in Tahoe 1979

Beatrice at her house in Tahoe 1979

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen Sr. (Dad)

I’ve lost all track of time in this pandemic season. I’m tuned into Saturday nights for the obvious reasons but other than that, the days just seem to run together. Mother’s Day this morning and it suddenly occurred to me that I had missed my Mom’s Jahrzeit which was on May 8th. May 8, 1998 my brother Peter and I drove down into Mill Valley, Calfornia to get her some flowers and when we came back to the house she was gone. The hospice folks told me she would probably wait until we were gone before she took her final journey and that’s how it was. In the Foto above she is ten years younger than I am now, and so it goes.

From the Kol Haneshama

In Many Houses

In many houses
all at once
I see my mother and father
and they are young as they walk in

Why should my
tears come,
to see them laughing

That they cannot
see me
is of no matter:

I was once
their dream:
now
they are mine.

I still miss you and dad, but that’s as it should be.

And also as it should be, all the living moms get a shout out. Izze and I couldn’t do it without Vanessa, and that’s a fact.

Back in the ‘present,’ we just have so much fun with our Quarantine Concerts that it is definitely the highlight of our week. For the first time we had some technical glitches this weekend. I know that poop happens… that’s life but we won’t be partnering with anyone again. Not that I have control issues, but we just do better on our own. At east we know who to blame. Anyway, Andy, our video director, is putting the who up from our recorded files so it will live again… perfectly.

Jorma Kaukonen 6, 2020
#6 Of The Quarantine Concert Series
Live From The Fur Peace Ranch
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday May 9, 2020

1. Dime For Beer
2. In My Dreams
3. River Of Time
4. Living Just For You
5. Uncle Sam Blues
6. Song For The High Mountain
7. I Am A Traveling Man featuring Myron Hart
8. Kansas City Southern featuring John Hurlbut
9. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door featuring John Hurlbut
10. Trial By Fire
11. That’ll Never Happen No More
12. This Land Is Your Land, Hurl leads a world wide singalong.

Nessa is working on the global singalong… this should be fun.

Monday is coming, things are starting to open and well, we’ll just see what happens.

Good times now, but better on down the road…

Stay safe!

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