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Real Life On The Road

March 30th, 2018 Jorma 26 comments

I’ve been on the road for a really long time. Sometimes we can afford the bus and sometimes I drive myself. It’s just what we do. I missed driving our daughter to her first sleep away camp last year. I was on the road. I missed Vanessa’s birthday yesterday. I was on the road. Happy birthday Vanessa. I love you to the moon and back! Again, it’s just what we do. That’s the gig.

Yesterday we were just making our turn out of the hotel to head over to the Bijou Theater for the first Hot Tuna gig of this little run when a possibly impaired driver came over the hill about a quarter of a mile away. Lit it up and didn’t even hit the brakes as he hit us head on!

No skid marks... right into the bus

No skid marks... right into the bus

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jack and I were in the back lounge. It fell like the bus hit a concrete wall… and then we were stopped.

The Knoxville First Responders are awesome!

The Knoxville First Responders are awesome!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

All the airbags deployed but he was going so fast he still hit the windshield.

A chance meeting... along the way

A chance meeting... along the way

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Our driver is the best… and he had a dash cam that recorded the idiot coming at us. The officer simply said, ‘That’s all I need to see!’

Waiting for the wrecker

Waiting for the wrecker

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We backed off the totaled vehicle after the accident report and headed over to the theater.

Bus damage

Bus damage

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

One of the firemen was heard to say, ‘He picked the wrong vehicle to run into.’

There but for the Grace of G_d….

Then finally we got to the theater.

The Bijou in Knoxville

The Bijou in Knoxville

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve been to the Bijou before… but it’s been a while. Nice to be back!

A beautiful old theater with pristine sound!

A beautiful old theater with pristine sound!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 10, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Bijou Theater
Knoxville, Tennessee
Thursday, March 29, 2018

First Set:
1. New Song For The Morning
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Barbeque King
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Sea Child
9. Genesis
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
5. Death Don’t have No Mercy
6. Candy Man
7. River Of Time
8. Come Back Baby
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Sleep Song
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Water Song

It’s been a while since Jack and I did our duo thing… but it’s like riding a bicycle.

The boys on stage...

The boys on stage...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We simply had a grand time… especially appreciated after the events earlier in the day.

Happy Birthday Vanessa!

Happy Birthday Vanessa!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Well, it’s 0644 here in Knoxville… we’ll be on the way to Jefferson Center in Roanoke before you know it.

Onward indeed…

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21st Year At The Fur Peace Ranch

March 26th, 2018 Jorma 25 comments
Early spring at the Ranch

Early spring at the Ranch

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Glorious… just glorious! No red bud yet… not much greening, but spring is on the way and after our hard winter, we’ll take all we can get. We just hosted the opening camp of our 21st year here at the Fur Peace Ranch and Jack Casady and I were the instructors. We’ve lived here i Southeast Ohio for 28 years now and it is an awesome place to live and an awesome place to raise kids. It’s a pretty darn nice location for just about anything. With 126 acres of hills, hollers, rivers an bottom land, it’s like having a state park in your back yard.

More of the same...

More of the same...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Our pal Justin Guip came down from Red Hook to play drums for us and we had a rockin’ good time Saturday night at the Fur Peace Station.

Justin, Jack and myself... gettin' it done!

Justin, Jack and myself... gettin' it done!

Foto by Lee Cantor

Hot Tuna 9, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
21st Year @ The Fur Peace Ranch
Saturday, March 24, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Living Just For You
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Wolves & Lambs
6. In The Kingdom
7. 99 year Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Roads and Roads &
6. Sleep Song
7. Trial By Fire
8. Good Shepherd
9. Funky # 7
10. Encore: Come Back Baby

There's a dance in the old dame yet...

There's a dance in the old dame yet...

Foto by Lee Cantor

The weather warmed up a little bit and in between pickin’ and grinnin’ there was some time to put the drones up in the air.

Sneakin' up on Michael's Phantom III

Sneakin' up on Michael's Phantom III

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Before the student performance on Sunday, we got a nice shot of the guys and gals on our opening weekend.

First class of '18

First class of '18

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Fellowship, peerless… food awesome… music… perfect! What’s not to like?

Michael and Jorma... quadcopter brothers...

Michael and Jorma... quadcopter brothers...

The guitar guys from the Double Dose Class

The guitar guys from the Double Dose Class

Foto by John Hurlbut

I sure am fond of being from Southeast Ohio… check it out sometime!

Jack and I have a little duo run coming up and then back to the Ranch for some more workshops!

Good times!

Home In The Winter Twilight

March 12th, 2018 Jorma 15 comments
Breakfast in Riverhead...

Breakfast in Riverhead...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A long drive to get here from Richmond, but richly rewarded by a breakfast at Star Confectioners in Riverhead. This little town has still managed to hang onto a lot of small town charm, and I’m all about small towns.

The John L. Sullivan hotel in Riverhead

The John L. Sullivan hotel in Riverhead

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Suffolk Theater is always a blast, and the folks didn’t let me down… of course I didn’t let them down either.

Jorma Kaukonen 17, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Suffolk Theater
Riverhead, New York
Friday, March 9, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Heart Temporary
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. River Of Time
8. Candy Man
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Trial By Fire
12. Sea Child
13. Prohibition Blues
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. How Long Blues
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. Waiting For A Train
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. Come Back Baby
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Sleep Song
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. San Francisco Bay Blues
15. Encore: Genesis

Hot time in the old town tonight!

Hot time in the old town tonight!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then, the morning after a dip in the weekend Long Island traffic pool and up to Levon’s Barn in Woodstock.

A Winter's Tale on Plochman Lane

A Winter's Tale on Plochman Lane

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It is always more than a pleasure and an honor to play Levon’s joint. We shared some good times together and I know I’m not the only one who misses him!

Jorma Kaukonen 18, 2018
Jorma Solo
Midnight Ramble
Levon Helm’s Barn
Woodstock, New York
Saturday, March 10, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. How Long Blues
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Been So Long
8. Barbeque King
9. River Of Time
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. Sleep Song
13. Hesitation Blues
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Waiting For A Train
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Come Back Baby
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
7. Candy Man
8. Dime For Beer
9. Sea Child
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Living In The Moment

One for you Lee...

One for you Lee...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A fine place to end a month long tour. Back at home the girls are off on Spring Break and I’m hanging with the dogs. I’ll miss the routine of the gig but it’s great to be sleeping in my own bed.

More will be revealed..

Me in my Blue Heaven!

Me in my Blue Heaven!

Unknown Fotographer

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Music And Snow…

March 9th, 2018 Jorma 20 comments
The McGlohon Theater in Charlotte

The McGlohon Theater in Charlotte

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Charlotte was warm… well, warmer. That was when we got in. The night of the show was shrouded in a cold rain. It was arm inside though!

Good place for Gospel

Good place for Gospel

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 15, 2018
Jorma Solo
The McGlohon Theater
Charlotte, North Carolina
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Come Back Baby
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
5. I See The Light
6. River Of Time
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. How Long Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Prohibition Blues
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Barbeque King
5. Waiting For A Train
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. Ain’t In No Hurry
8. Too Many Years
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Old and new...

Old and new...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was a moderately short ride to Richmond and the Tin Pan.

Old Dominion Sunset

Old Dominion Sunset

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Super rocking show here on this night.

Jorma Kaukonen 16, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Tin Pan
Richmond, Virginia
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Set One:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. How Long Blues
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Come Back Baby
8. Waiting For A Train
9. Hear Temporary
10. Sleep Song
11. Trial By Fire
12. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Barbeque King
6. Candy Man
7. River Of Time
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Whining Boy Blues
10. Sea Child
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Good Shepherd
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
16. Encore: Genesis

On the wall of fame...

On the wall of fame...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We left at 0700 from Richmond, heading up here to Long Island. The bus had other ideas for us though and by the time we had the mechanical problems solved, it was almost ten pm by the time we got in. Nothing like a day off I always say.

Living the dream.

Back on stage Friday night in Riverhead and the Suffolk Theater. Those are the good times!

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From The Not Quite So Sunny South To The Piedmont…

March 5th, 2018 Jorma 25 comments
Maverick... the trash hound

Maverick... the trash hound

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

I love that dog… and he loves the trash. This is what happens at our place when the trash doesn’t get docked behind a closed door. I look forward to getting home so I can give that dog a good talking to!

The venue in Ponte Vedra

The venue in Ponte Vedra

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Our first Florida date was here in Ponte Vedra. A lovely stop after the long drive from Dallas.

Jorma Kaukonen 10, 2018
Jorma Solo
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Ponte Vedra, Florida
Tuesday February 27, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. I See The Light
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Barbeque King
8. Full Go Round
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Search My Heart
4. Heart Temporary
5. Whining Boy Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. Serpent Of Dreams
8. Trial By Fire
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

The next day was a drive down to Melbourne where Tower Of Power played the big room and I the small.

Awesome venue...

Awesome venue...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It was to hang with some of the guys in Tower Of Power I knew from the old days. Like mom used to say, ‘We’re still here!’

Backstage

Backstage

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

They'll never take me alive...

They'll never take me alive...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 11, 2018
Jorma Solo
King Center Studio Theater
Melbourne, Florida
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Too Many Years
4. How Long Blues
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
7. Come Back Baby
8. Been So Long
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
6. Barbeque King
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Whining Boy Blues
9. River Of Time
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Sea Child
13. Good Shepherd
14. Keep Your Lam[s Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Live, tonight!

Live, tonight!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then our trek north began with a stop in Athens, Georgia.

The Melting Point, Athens

The Melting Point, Athens

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Barry Mitterhoff and I first played this joint together a number of years ago. Loved it then… love it now!

Jorma Kaukonen 12, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Foundry
Athens, Georgia
Friday March 2, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. Been So Long
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Barbeque King
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Whining Boy Blues
10. Sleep Song
11. Trial By Fire
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. I Am The Light Of This World
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Candy Man
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Come Back Baby
6. River Of Time
7. In My Dreams
8. Dime For Beer
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

On stage at the Foundry

On stage at the Foundry

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then I had a private gig at the Firemen’s Kitchen in Hickory, North Carolina.

In the basement of this beautiful theater... Firemen's Kitchen

In the basement of this beautiful theater... Firemen's Kitchen

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 13, 2018
Jorma Solo
Firemen’s Kitchen
Hickory, North Carolina
Saturday, March 3, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. How Long Blues
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Barbecue King
7. Prohibition Blues
8. In The Kingdom
9. Sleep Song
10. Candy Man
11. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Genesis
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Come Back Baby
7. River Of Time
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Sea Child
11. Trial By Fire
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
16. Encore: Heart Temporary

My personalities are starting to get in the way

My personalities are starting to get in the way

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Words to live by!

Words to live by!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This was a truly enjoyable little gig with some wonderful folks!

Always...

Always...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was off to the Grey Eagle in Asheville.

Back to the Grey Eagle

Back to the Grey Eagle

I really like playing the Grey Eagle. This is ground zero for Piedmont style picking… everyone really knows what the deal is. It’s rewarding playing for this crowd!

Gotta love it!

Gotta love it!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 14, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Grey Eagle
Ashville, North Carolina
Sunday, March 4, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. How Long Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Waiting For A Train
3. Prohibition Blues
4. True Religion
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. River Of Time
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Come Back Baby
10. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
11. Sleep Song
12. Trial By Fire
13. Good Shepherd
14. Search My Heart
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Water Song

Holding forth

Holding forth

Foto by Phil Jacobs

So far I’ve been able to give quality folks quality music… indeed. Now I find myself in Charlotte, N.C. where tomorrow I will play at the McGlohon Theater. I hear there’s more winter weather coming up North. Hope there’s more spring in New York by the time we get there in a couple of days.

Onward…

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From The Lone Star To The Sunshine State

February 27th, 2018 Jorma 31 comments
Performing Arts In San Antonio

Performing Arts In San Antonio

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After Tomball it was down to San Antonio. I Haven’t worked here in years… but what a treat this gig was.

Jorma Kaukonen 8, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
San Antonio, Texas
Friday, February 23, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Too Many Years
3. Second Chances
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. Barbeque King
7. Trouble In Mind
8. River Of Time
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Trial by Fire
11. Sleep Song
12. Living In The Moment
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Heart Temporary
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. I See The Light
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Come Back Baby
8. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
9. Death Don’t have No Mercy
10. Sea Child
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Good Shepherd
13. Candy Man
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Me then... me now...

Me then... me now...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was off to Dallas an Poor David’s.

Back at the pub...

Back at the pub...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 9, 2018
Jorma Solo
Poor David’s
Dallas, Texas
Saturday, February 24, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. Waiting For A Train
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Barbeque King
8. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
9. River Of Time
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Sleep Song
12. Trial By Fire
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
3. Prohibition Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Been So Long
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Serpent Of Dreams
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Search My Heart
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Sea Child
12. Good Shepherd
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Water Song

It’s been a minute or two since I played Poor Davids… but it was nice to be back and there was a great crowd!

Dallas sunset in the city

Dallas sunset in the city

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Up bright and early and off to Ponte Vedra, Florida where tonight I will play at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and then onward… to Melbourne.

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From The Mountains To The Plains

February 23rd, 2018 Jorma 36 comments
Beautiful L2 Church in Denver

Beautiful L2 Church in Denver

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We beat feet from Kansas City to Denver. It was spring there before we arrived but it quickly turned to winter. All that said, the Swallow Hill folks put me in the L2 Church which was a truly beautifully warm venue. Who cares about winter with a room like this.

Jorma Kaukonen 5, 2018
Jorma Solo
L 2 Church
Denver, Colorado
Monday, February 19, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. River Of Time
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Second Chances
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Dime For Beer
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Genesis
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. How Long Blues

Kudos and thanks to the folks who braved the snowy roads to come to the show!

It doesn't get too much better than this!

It doesn't get too much better than this!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then we saddled up and headed down to Santa Fe deep in the Land Of Enchantment.

On the road again...

On the road again...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Another lovely room in Santa Fe… where the weather lightened up a little for a moment.

Jorma Kaukonen 6, 2018
Jorma Solo
James A. Little Theater
Santa Fe, New Mexico
February 20, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Waiting For A Train
5. Barbeque King
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Nobody Knows you When You’re Down & Out
11. How Long Blues
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. I See The Light
3. Prohibition Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Come Back Baby
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Sea Child
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Santa Fe morning

Santa Fe morning

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The weather took a pause as we left Santa Fe in the morning. Our destination was Wichita Falls. We had to make the Texas drive in two days. New DOT regs prohibit the long drives we used to take for granted. That’s just the new normal. By the time we got to Wichita Falls, it was a full on ice storm!

Watch your step...

Watch your step...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Up in the morning and another three hundred some miles to Tomball, Texas. We stopped in Bowie, Texas to get a bite.

Off Main street in Bowie...

Off Main street in Bowie...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I live in a small town and we who live on this side of the economic divide are always striving to maintain a relevant presence in our ever changing world. Check out Iris Dement’s tune, ‘Our Town.’

Goodbye to Bowie and off to Tomball.

Main Street in Tomball

Main Street in Tomball

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Texas Marquee

Texas Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 7, 2018
Jorma Solo
Main St. Crossing
Tomball, Texas
Thursday, February 22, 2018

First set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Waiting For A Train
5. Been So Long
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Candy Man
9. Sleep Song
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. How Long Blues
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Prohibition Blues
3. Come Back Baby
4. River Of Time
5. In My Dreams
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Sea Child
8. Trial By Fire
9. Good Shepherd
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Genesis

The room at Main St.

The room at Main St.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I rarely get to Texas, sad to say. Perhaps this will change since I’m doing three gigs in the Lone Star State on this run. It was nice to spend an evening in this down home venue.

Green Room?

Green Room?


Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Better than lights...

Better than lights...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Back home the second wave of floods is coming. The last crest in Pomeroy was 50 feet above flood… this time they expect 58. We’re tough… we’ll get through it. In the almost 30 years I’ve lived here this has happened four times and we’re all still here as my Mom used to say.

The new lake in the field behind my house...

The new lake in the field behind my house...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

On to San Antonio…

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Prayers For Pomeroy As Jorma Travels On

February 19th, 2018 Jorma 35 comments

I’ve been out on this road trip for a week now. A week is not so long but for some reason this one seems like a lifetime. Back home, the vicissitudes of winter have been vicious this year. Normally we’re just about mud and wintry mix. The worst that usually happens is mud in the yard and a dirty vehicle. This year, however, there’s been sub zero temperatures, lots of snow and ice and even more snow days at the Middle School than our daughter would like… and then it started to rain… and rain, and rain and rain. Anywhere one lives in the good old U. S. of A. you are burdened by some sort of local natural disaster. With the ongoing climate change we have had more tornadoes than ever before. One hit the Ranch a year ago February and did what tornadoes do… destroy lots of stuff. Over the year the natural disaster that dwells with us has always been floods. Pomeroy, this little town where our Zip Code resides is right on the Ohio River and is no stranger to floods. Pomeroy has had a love/hate relationship with the Ohio River since 1804. The river has been a commercial thoroughfare since the French and Indian Wars. I’ve heard people who live in safe havens where nothing worse happens than a missed day of trash collection look down on folks who live in disaster areas and won’t move. These are our homes, and anything worth having is work fighting for.

WSAZ Pomeroy News.

The Ranch is on the top of a hill and tornadoes hit us, but the flood does not. The fields below our property are now a sea of muddy waters. It has happened before, and it will happen again. I heard the the Ohio River will crest later today 50 above flood stage. We know when these things will happen as the Army Corps Of Engineers has to open the flood gates in the dams periodically to release some of the pressure. I am thinking of my friends and neighbors at home and pray for their safety and well being.

I was reminded by a friend who lives in Houston that after the hurricane and flooding they experienced there were email posts from mutual acquaintances in California who claimed that Houston residents deserved this because Trump got elected. As my father would say, ‘Why are there so many more horses asses than there are horses?’

Nuff said on that for now.

And so it begins with a nap

And so it begins with a nap

Foto by Myron Hart

On this trip there are only three of us on the bus. Myself, Myron my tech and Phil my tour manager. The bus company was out of band busses so I got what the call a Star Coach which has a stateroom in the back. Never had one before… kind of cool. All that being said, and mind you I’m not complaining about my gig… I’m beyond being blessed… still and all… it’s still work. At my age I am well aware that the day of the superstar is over. I used to take my physical abilities for granted… not any more. Every show requires a level of preparation that would have been unheard of in my youth. That’s just how it is, and because I can still do what I need to do to maintain the level of performance I require… it’s all good. I’m reminded of my Uncle Art, may he rest in peace. After my father passed in 1997, his cousin Art would call me once a year around Christmas because he liked calling someone named Jorma. He would speak to me in Finnish and laugh when I couldn’t understand him. He would switch to English and we would talk and talk. When I would play the Iron Horse in Northampton he would sometimes come with his kids and grand kids and we would share family. I remember one of our last phone calls. ‘Hello Jorma,’ he would say. We would exchange pleasantries and then at the end of the conversation he said, ‘One of these days these call will stop, so I will say hello and goodbye now.’ Indeed, one of those days the calls stopped and he was gone… the last goodbyes said.

So I’m working here and I love my job, of course. I missed my daughter’s first dance in middle school. I did get to see quite a few of her volley ball games, but I will miss most of her track and field. Like they say in the movies, ‘This is the life I have chosen.’ That’s the deal. It ain’t all beer and skittle, but then what is?

Space, the final frontier

Space, the final frontier

Foto by Phil Jacobs

So the first gig was at Space in Evanston, Illinois. I love this place… a sold out show and good food!

Jorma Kaukonen 1, 2018
Jorma Solo
Space
Evanston, Illinois
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Hear Temporary
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Death Don’t have No Mercy
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. The Terrible Operation
2. How Long Blues
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Candy Man
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Come Back Baby
7. Trouble In Mind
8. Living In The Moment
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Dime For Beer
13. Keep On Trucking Mama
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Hanging in Space

Hanging in Space

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Space is really a delightful venue. Great folks, great food… and great sound.

Green room sights...

Green room sights...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then after show an overnight drive to Minneapolis and the Cedar Cultural Center

Where the Patriots ate bitter rice...

Where the Patriots ate bitter rice...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Our hotel was right by the stadium which was kind of cool since I just watched the game.

Cedar Marquee

Cedar Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I’ve been coming to the Cedar Cultural Center for a long time… and I’m very fond of it and the folks who run it… Before the show we had some of the tastiest and different Indian food I’d ever had.

Malabari... don't miss it.

Malabari... don't miss it.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 2, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Cedar Cultural Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
February 14, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. I See The Light
4. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
5. Waiting For A Train
6. Barbeque King
7. How Long Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Too Many Years
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Been So Long
6. Re-Enlistment Blues
7. Come Back Baby
8. Sea Child
9. Trial by Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Water Song

The next day we drove on down to Stoughton, Wisconsin and the Opera House. This is another of those truly great venues and the folks in Stoughton are so lucky to have it!

Nice Marquee Poster

Nice Marquee Poster

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Another great vintage ceiling

Another great vintage ceiling

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 3, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Stoughton Opera House
Stoughton, Wisconsin
February 15, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. River Of Time
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Candy Man
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Nobody Knows You when You’re Down & Out
5. How Long Blues
6. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. Come Back Baby
9. Sleep Song
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Good Shepherd
12. The Terrible Operation
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Go towards the light

Go towards the light

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It’s nights like this that make it all worthwhile.

One great room!

One great room!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then is was an early call and off to Kansas City, Missouri to the Folk Alliance International. I had a short showcase on Saturday night, but there was lots of press, hanging and lip flapping.

Taking the shine off the forehead

Taking the shine off the forehead

I ran into some of my favorite people.

Me and Mary Gauthier

Me and Mary Gauthier

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I got to hang with Dar Williams, Gretchen Peters, Barry Walsh, Hans Theessnik and lots more. It was great!

Late night short program

Late night short program

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 4, 2018
Folk Alliance International
Kansas City, Mo.
February 17, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Barbeque King
4. Sleep Song
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. San Francisco Bay Blues

After my little gig, I got to hear Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley. Good stuff… very good!

Me, Trey and Rob

Me, Trey and Rob

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then the magic of the International was over and we began our drive to Denver.

The Colonial on I-70 in Oakley, Kansas

The Colonial on I-70 in Oakley, Kansas

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We stopped in Oakley for lunch. Oakley used to be the home of the World’s Largest Prairie Dog and the Rattlesnake Farm with the giant rabbits and the six legged cow. These tidbits of Roadside Americana were gone, sad to say.

The only snakes here are now living free.

The only snakes here are now living free.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I love Roadside Americana… progress is a two edged sword.

This evening here in Denver I’ll be playing a sold out show at the L-2 church and then on to Santa Fe.

I’ve gone on long enough here… Onward.

A Week In Sanibel And Back To Reality

February 3rd, 2018 Jorma 26 comments
Morning in Meigs

Morning in Meigs

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A lovely chilly morning at the Fur Peace Ranch as I headed to the airport in Columbus to fly down to Sanibel Island to teach song writing for a week. My class didn’t begin until Monday and John Hurlbut and I got down there Sunday afternoon in time to drive over to Captiva for a Mexican dinner.

The ceiling at the Cantina Captiva

The ceiling at the Cantina Captiva

Foto by John Hurlbut

Delightful food and inexpensive. My rule of thumb is that any time Mexican food is expensive… it’s not real. On Monday before class started I got a little walk on the beach and picked up some shells for Izze.

Shell City...

Shell City...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

That was it for my being a tourist. With three classes a day I only saw the beach from my window from then on. At lwast it wasn’t snowing! Working with a songwriting group is both rewarding and humbling. I never cease to be amazed at the creativity humans show when given the chance. Thanks team!

The Sanibel Songwriters

The Sanibel Songwriters

Foto by Joe Couri

Thursday night I played a little set for the folks, Roy Book Binder stopped by for w tune or two and John Hurlbut and I recreated our dinner show from the Pho Peace Kitchen.

Blowing on Bird Song

Blowing on Bird Song

Foto by Joe Couri

And then it was time to come home. Lots of nice things to remember about Sanibel Island… dark skies, no chain stores, no traffic lights, lots of beaches and shells, nice people and good food.

Waiting for the green flash...

Waiting for the green flash...

Foto by Joe Couri

A great week and an uneventful flight home. It’s chilly… but it’s home.

Last Two Dates In Jamaica And Home

January 24th, 2018 Jorma 38 comments

Just wrapping this up on a snowy afternoon.

Saturday's Gig

Saturday's Gig

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 7, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Saturday January 20, 2018

1. Wolves And Lambs
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Come Back Baby
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Been So Long
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Sleep Song
10. Roads and Roads &
11. Funky #7

We just got finished before a big storm came in. Definitely got lucky!

Sunday afternoon

Sunday afternoon

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 8, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Sunday January 21, 2018

1. Keep On Trucking Mama
2. I See The Light
3. Walking Blues
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Trial By Fire
6. Good Shepherd
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Come Back Baby
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Hit Single #1

Later that evening we sat in with Dark Star for Smokestack Lightning, Baby What You Want Me To Do? and White Rabbit. A great time had by all!

The last sunset of the trip

The last sunset of the trip

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was back home… to the real world here in Southeast Ohio.

Winter's Eve at the Ranch

Winter's Eve at the Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a great trip, but it’s great to me home… wintry mix and all!