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Virginia Beach… Very Hot!

July 13th, 2017 Jorma 9 comments
Drone sees drone

Drone sees drone

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

To say it was hot in Virginia Beach yesterday would be an understatement. That said, we had a day off, a chance to go to the beach and a barbecue in the parking lot of the hotel. At the gig, Ross and I both got to fly our drones.

View of the venue from 300 meters

View of the venue from 300 meters

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Here’s the set list for me and the guys:

Hot Tuna 29, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Virginia Beach, Virginia

1. Sleep Song
2. Trial By Fire
3. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. 99 Year Blues
6. Living Just For You
7. Funky #7

Soundcheck for the boys

Soundcheck for the boys

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jack and I got to sit in with Derek and Susan for a blistering The Sky Is Crying… Too much fun! After show we drove to Raleigh and actually had a day off, most of which was spent napping. However, I remembered a joint I once ate at with Barry Mitterhoff… Mecca… and there it was around the corner from the hotel.

Mecca, right here in Raleigh

Mecca, right here in Raleigh

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Home cooking since 1930.

Phil and Zach check out the joint

Phil and Zach check out the joint

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Tomorrow is our gig with Susan and Derek at the Red Hat Amphitheater. Who knows what magic will occur?

More will be revealed.

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Wheels Of Soul Catch Up

July 10th, 2017 Jorma 15 comments
The Providence Performing Arts Center

The Providence Performing Arts Center

Foto By Phil Jacobs

Our next stop was the Providence Performing Arts Center… one of those truly beautiful historic theaters.

What a place!

What a place!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 26, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Providence Performing Arts Center
Providence, Rhode Island

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Good Shepherd
6. Funky # 7

There have been some great sit-ins with Susan and Derek, but frankly I didn’t write them down and now I can’t remember. All I can say is, ‘Good times!’

Men at work

Men at work

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was off to Rochester, New York.

Zach, surveying his kingdom.

Zach, surveying his kingdom.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Rochester show was another outdoor venue, but the weather was beyond perfect!

Rockin' in the U.S.A.

Rockin' in the U.S.A.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 27, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
The Highland Bowl
Rochester, New York
Saturday, July 8, 2017

1. Living Just For You
2. Sea Child
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Come Back Baby
5. Water Song
6. Funky #7

Beauty and a pair of beasts

Beauty and a pair of beasts

Then it was back across the state to Simsbury, Connecticut.

Old Glory in Simsbury from the drone

Old Glory in Simsbury from the drone

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

I finally got to fly the drone a little at the venue during sound check.

Susan and Derek from the air...

Susan and Derek from the air...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 28, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center
Simsbury, Connecticut
Sunday, July 9, 2017

1. Trial By Fire
2. Watch The North Wind Rise
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Bar Room Crystal Ball
6. Water Song
7. Hit Single # 1

Before the show...

Before the show...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Another beautiful day in New England!

Simsbury by air

Simsbury by air

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Not far from where my Mom was born on a farm in 1910. What’s a hundred and seven years to the universe?

Onward!

Surviving At Wolf Trap

July 6th, 2017 Jorma 11 comments
Calm before the storm

Calm before the storm

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Last night the Wheels Of Soul Tour was at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia. Jack and I are hometown boys here in the D.C. area so for us it was a powerful homecoming!

Signing some WOS posters in the bus

Signing some WOS posters in the bus

Foto by Suzy Perler

I’ve played the Barns here at Wolf Trap, but never the Filene Center. This was a real treat!

Hot Tuna 25, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Wolf Trap
Vienna, Virginia
Wednesday July 5, 2017

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. I See The Light
3. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Roads And Roads &
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. Hit Single # 1

Myron heads for the laundry...

Myron heads for the laundry...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Tuna Set

The Tuna Set

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Derek asked Jack and Justin and I to sit in with the gang on Keys To The Highway. What a treat!

The whole fandamily

The whole fandamily

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The original Triumphs

The original Triumphs

Here’s Jack and myself along with Ronnie MacDonald… Ronnie played drums in the Triumphs, our band in high school in 1958/59. Here we are… same guys… a lot older.

Good times!

Yeah man, another good one. Tomorrow we are in Providence at the Providence Performing Art Center. I’ll miss being at the Fur Peace Ranch for pho today, but I have to work too.

We drove to Providence after show last night so we have a ‘day off’ today. I think I’ll find some seafood.

Happy Birthday America… and a night at SPAC

July 4th, 2017 Jorma 13 comments
SPAC from my drone

SPAC from my drone

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

I won’t be flying in the D.C. area, but I got the bird up in Saratoga!

Jack looks at the controller

Jack looks at the controller

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

The tour with Derek and Susan is more fun than most anything… music, friendship and food!

The loading dock

The loading dock

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Sound check for the boys

Sound check for the boys

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve been having rally great sets on this run!

Hot Tuna 24, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga, New York
Monday, July 3, 2017

1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Living Just For You
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Come Back Baby
5. In The Kingdom
6. Roads And Roads &
7. Hit Single #1

Rockin' the house

Rockin' the house

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A long drive after the show to get here to Tyson’s Corners in Virginia to celebrate the Fourth with the Tedeschi Trucks family!

Mmmmm... good

Mmmmm... good

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Tyler at the grill

Tyler at the grill

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Pals on the road!

Pals on the road!

Selfie by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah buddy!!!

Yeah buddy!!!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

We all know that the Fourth Of July is not all about beer and barbecue. We Americans should show love for our country every day… but this day is indeed… a little special.

Happy birthday land of mine!

Onward

Summertime, And The Living Is……………..

July 3rd, 2017 Jorma 9 comments
The marquee plus out friend Suzy

The marquee plus out friend Suzy

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We left the Fur Peace Ranch a little shy of a week ago and started out with a solo show in Westhampton.

Hot Tuna 21, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Westhampton Performing Arts Center
Westhampton, New York

1. Been So Long
2. Candy Man
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Second Chances
6. Living Just For You
7. Come Back Baby
8. Talking Bout You
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Trial By Fire
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Sleep Song
13. Roads and Roads &
14. Funky #7
15. Encore: Hit Single # 1

After the show it was on the bus and off to New Hampshire.

Early morning view of the bus at the hotel in New Hampshire

Early morning view of the bus at the hotel in New Hampshire

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

A few short hours in the rack and off to the gig where Myron got our gear ready to go on Susan and Derek’s semi.

A tech's work is never done

A tech's work is never done

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This gig was at a venue sponsored by the Bank Of New Hampshire and the amenities were off the chart.

I think I'll make a smoothie.

I think I'll make a smoothie.

Selfie by Jorma Kaukonen

There were all manner of goodies backstage.

Bounties of the earth

Bounties of the earth

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Rain was coming so we got our soundcheck done.

Yes... people did come!

Yes... people did come!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 22, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion
Gilford, New Hampshire

1. I See The Light
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Sea Child
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Bowlegged Woman

Some might think these sets short… but it’s a long evening for all of us and it’s a great show. The dynamic of us opening the show and sliding into the Wood Brothers is magic too!

Then it was on to Vermont!

What a guy!

What a guy!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Our Set:

Hot Tuna 23, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Midway Lawn At Champlain Valley Expo
Essex Junction, Vermont
Sunday, July 2, 2017

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Trial By Fire
6. Sleep Song
7. Funky # 7

Then it was time for Susan, Derek and their gang of superlatives!

This is magic!

This is magic!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A sold out show up here in Burlington!

Wall to wall!

Wall to wall!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

As the evening moved on in excellence…

As American as... french fries!!!!!!

As American as... french fries!!!!!!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was on to Saratoga and SPAC.

Goodnight moon...

Goodnight moon...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Thanks To Dark Star And A Rehearsal At The Station

May 31st, 2017 Jorma 22 comments
Thornville from the air

Thornville from the air

Drone Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Like I said, we love hanging with the Dark Star folks and their friends! The vibe at the Jubilee can’t be beat.

Main stage... calm before the storm

Main stage... calm before the storm

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

There was supposed to be thunderstorms, but while Tuna was there the weather was beyond awesome. Not to hot and not too cold.

Rob Barraco, Jack Casady, Jeff Mattson & Jorma Kaukonen

Rob Barraco, Jack Casady, Jeff Mattson & Jorma Kaukonen

It’s always a good time with these folks. Here’s our electric set:

Hot Tuna 20, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Dark Star Jubilee
Thorneville, Ohio
Sunday, May 28, 2017

1. Candy Man
2. I See The Light
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Trial By Fire
6. In The Kingdom
7. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Rock Me Baby
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Funky #7

The three of us got it done with style!

Can't beat a day like this!

Can't beat a day like this!

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then is was back to Meigs County where the boys and I planned on rehearsing for a couple of days in preparation for our tour with Tedeschi/Trucks this summer.

Jack heads up to the Fur Peace Station

Jack heads up to the Fur Peace Station

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Justin Guip, Jack Casady and myself set up in the most comfortable of situations, the stage of my very own Fur Peace Station.

With the able assistance of our pal Myron Hart, we got to work on some new additions for the summer sets.

Myron examines the neck of the Firebird... the Les Paul rests

Myron examines the neck of the Firebird... the Les Paul rests

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The three of us had a blast playing in this most friendly of environments… and we got some good Fur Peace Ranch cooking too!

The rhythm section working together

The rhythm section working together

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Myron and Justin bordered by cymbals

Myron and Justin bordered by cymbals

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Two great days of playing bordered by a great dinner at Salaam in Athens last night!

Today is a pho day at the Beatrice Love Kitchen and Jack Casady and I will be playing for the lunch crowd.

Yummy… and onward!

Phoenix To The Heart Of It All

May 27th, 2017 Jorma 11 comments
The Musical Instrument Museum In Phoenix

The Musical Instrument Museum In Phoenix

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We pulled into Phoenix, had a day off and got to work at the MIM.

Jack settles in at the MIM

Jack settles in at the MIM

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 17, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, Arizona
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. How Long Blues
3. I See The Light
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Full Go Round
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Candy Man
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Too Many Years
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Come Back Baby
6. Been So Long
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. River Of Time
10. I Know You Rider
11. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
12. Sea Child
13. Good Shepherd
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

One fine night followed by another…

Hot Tuna 18, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, Arizona
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Waiting For A Train
3. Hesitation Blues
4. True Religion
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Death Don’t’ Have No Mercy
8. Living In The Moment
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Candy Man
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1. New Song
2. Been So Long
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
5. Come Back Baby
6. Whining Boy Blues
7. River Of Time
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Full Go Round
10. Sleep Song
11. Good Shepherd
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

Then it was time to head for for with one day to get ready for the Dark Star Jubilee.

Drone Selfie

Drone Selfie

Drone Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then today we drove up to Thorneville, Ohio… a mere 90 miles away!

Backstage busses

Backstage busses

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I love this festival

I love this festival

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 19, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Dark Star Jubilee
Thorneville, Ohio
Saturday, May 27, 2017

1. True Religion
2. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Barbeque King
5. I See The Light
6. Full Go Round
7. Sea Child
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. River Of Time
11. That’ll Never Happen No More
12. Come Back Baby
13. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
14. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
15. San Francisco Bay Blues
16. Good Shepherd
17. Sleep Song
18. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Tomorrow is our electric set. The Dark Star Folks sure know how to throw a party!

Hard to imagine this is only 15 miles from Columbus

Hard to imagine this is only 15 miles from Columbus

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Time to catch up on some rest… tomorrow is another day.

Onward!

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From Meigs County Airspace To The Great American West!

May 23rd, 2017 Jorma 15 comments
FPR View from the sky

FPR View from the sky

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After the weekend at the Ranch with Spencer Bohren and Tim Reynolds I got ready to head for Salt Lake City… but first I must note a great solo show by Tim!

Jorma & Tim backstage at the Station

Jorma & Tim backstage at the Station

Tim is an amazing player and a great guy. Big shout out to Fluffy too!

Here’s our class picture from the air.

Teachers and students by the Psylodelic Museum

Teachers and students by the Psylodelic Museum

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Saying adieu to another great weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch Jack, Myron, Phil and I flew out to Salt Lake City for a three day residency at the Egyptian Theater in Park City.

The Boys in Park City

The Boys in Park City

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I took a nasty cold with me from Ohio so I laid low in the hotel except for going to the gigs.

The first night at the Egyptian:

Hot Tuna 14, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Egyptian Theater
Park City, Utah
Thursday, May 18, 2017

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Re-Enlistment Blues
3. I See The Light
4. Barbeque King
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. How Long Blues
9. Sleep Song
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Living In The Moment
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Waiting For A train
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. I’ll Be Alright Someday
7. Candy Man Blues
8. In My Dreams
9. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
10. Trial By Fire
11. Sea Child
12. Good Shepherd
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Nicely restored old theater

Nicely restored old theater

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This is a great little theater run by great folks ith terrific sound!

Second night:

Hot Tuna 15, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Egyptian Theater
Park City, Utah
Friday, May 19, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. I See The Light
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Come Back Baby
6. Let Us Get Together
7. How Long Blues
8. Nobody Knows You When you’re Down & Out
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Missing tune… Myron got locked out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
5. Keep On Trucking Mama
6. Been So Long
7. Barbeque King
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Heart Temporary
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Sleep Song
12. Good Shepherd
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Genesis

Our name in lights

Our name in lights

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Third night:

Hot Tuna 16, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Egyptian Theater
Park City, Utah
Saturday, May 20, 2017

First Set:

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. I See The Light
8. Full Go Round
9. Living In The Moment
10. New Song For The Morning
11. Candy Man
12. That’ll Never Happen No More

Second Set:

1. True Religion
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
5. Whining Boy Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. River Of Time
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Trouble In My Mind
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Nine Pound Hammer

Then it was off to Phoenix where we play at the Musical Instrument Museum tonight.

I'm not in Kansas anymore

I'm not in Kansas anymore

Foto by Myron Hart

My cold is gone and I’m sure looking forward to the show tonight!

Remember... it's dry heat!

Remember... it's dry heat!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Onward!

Moving Right Along

May 4th, 2017 Jorma 14 comments

Well, here it is Thursday night… A week ago we were in Wilkesboro, N.C. having dinner at a marginal Japanese Restaurant… and then it was Merlefest. Merlefest is always such a treat and it’s been way too long since I have been there. There were so many friends… the Waybacks, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Jason Crosby and countless others… good times and I love them all.

After a dandy week at home writing and playing guitar for the Pho Folks a lunch Wednesday and today… that and our daughter is a straight A student this year. Next year seventh grade, and tomorrow… the Entrance Ramp here at the Fur Peace Ranch with me, David Wolfe and Tom Feldmann.

How true... how true!!!!!

How true... how true!!!!!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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Darwin To Wilkesboro

April 28th, 2017 Jorma 31 comments
Early morning flight at the Ranch

Early morning flight at the Ranch

New Corral at the Ranch hombres... from the drone

New Corral at the Ranch hombres... from the drone

Merlefest is this weekend, and here we are. We drove down yesterday and arrived in Wilkesboro in the early evening. This morning I was on stage with a bunch of great players… Pat Donahue, Roy Book Binder, Steve James and a couple of others I can’t remember right now. Happy Traum hosted and a good time was had by all. I played Barbeque King and That’ll Never Happen No More.

A festival lunch for all of us and then I realized that I needed to review Blue Railroad Train for an afternoon show with Mitch Greenhill and some of his pals. Yes, I know… it’s a simple two chord song, but I’ve got a couple of cool licks in it and it required some thought… not to mention the lyrics. All went well, however… and there’s nothing like rehearsal when you need it.

Before our little blues jam the Waybacks played some great tunes and Celia Woodsmith knocked White Rabbit out of the park! Yeah buddy!

After the show it was back to the hotel to get our car and drive to 10th St. where we had been told about a great restaurant that served farm to table food.

Elsewhere on 10th... Don't miss it!

Elsewhere on 10th... Don't miss it!

Michael Nash, the Waybacks manager hipped us to this joint… and it was off the charts!

Now back at the hotel, time to hit the sack. Tomorrow’s another full day here at Merlefest!

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