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No Man Is An Island…

July 25th, 2017 Jorma 13 comments

I was just getting ready to update my site when I got the news that my old friend Ira Wilkes passed away. It had been a number of years since I had seen Ira. Our lives had taken different directions as lives do. That said thirty years ago he and his family welcomed me into their home in a time when my life was in upheaval. He worked with me on the road for a number of years… and we were friends.

Change had come into my life in a number of ways and for better or worse we found ourselves with less in common. That said, he knew me when I was young and that is something I will always remember. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. As we all age, our circle tends to get smaller and not larger. Any loss affects us all.

Fair winds and following seas brother… may there always be a wind at your back…

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Raleigh To Atlanta To Charlotte To Indianapolis

July 18th, 2017 Jorma 36 comments
The Red Hat in Raleigh

The Red Hat in Raleigh

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Another very hot night in the south… but I did get to fly my drone.

I see you...

I see you...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Aerial shot of the setup

Aerial shot of the setup

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 30, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
The Red Hat Amphitheater
Raleigh, North Carolina
Friday, July 14, 2017

1. Roads and Roads &
2. Living Just For You
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Sea Child
6. Wolves And Lambs
7. Come Back Baby
8. Hit Single # 1

The Shimmer Wall

The Shimmer Wall

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then to the Mighty Fox Theater in Atlanta!

More fancy stuff at the Fox than a feller could want

More fancy stuff at the Fox than a feller could want

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This was Tuna’s first time at the Fox. What a trip!

Ceilings...

Ceilings...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 31, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
The Fox Theater
Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, July 15, 2017

1. I See The Light
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Ode For Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Bowlegged Woman

Night lights

Night lights

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then we moved on to Charlotte.

Rockin' in the light!

Rockin' in the light!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 32, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater

1. Living Just For You
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Trial By Fire
6. Road and Roads &
7. Funky #7

Then a mere ten hour drive to Indianapolis for a much needed ‘day off!’

Memorial Square in Indianapolis!

Memorial Square in Indianapolis!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Walking around we ran into Derek and Susan and they recommended that we go to St. Elmo Steakhouse.

This is the place

This is the place

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

What a delicious dinner on a great afternoon!

Culinary satisfaction

Culinary satisfaction

Then back to the hotel for an early evening…

Day after tomorrow we’ll be at Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn with the gang!

Good times!

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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.

Interim Report From The Fur Peace Ranch, Let There Be Pho!

July 5th, 2017 Jorma 1 comment

So here we are at Wolf Trap with Susan and Derek. We’re still setting up and a post show wrap up will go up tomorrow. In the meantime, I got to thinking about the goings on at the Fur Peace Ranch. Tomorrow is a Pho Day at the Beatrice Love Kitchen and one of the many things I miss about not being home is the delicious Pho Wednesday and Thursday. Aside from the more than delicious food options, tomorrow’s music will be provided by our very own John Hurlbut and our favorite cowboy poet Rob McNurlin. Needless to say, this will be a treat on all fronts.

Take a trip to the Fur Peace Ranch for lunch Wednesdays and Thursdays and let me know how you liked it.

Wish I was there too!

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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

Milestones!

June 27th, 2017 Jorma 20 comments

Yesterday was our daughter Izze’s eleventh birthday.

Birthday cake in bed with Maverick

Birthday cake in bed with Maverick

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

That girl is into her second decade, heading out for summer camp and looking forward to 7th grade in the fall.

Zach and Bella

Zach and Bella

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A great two weeks with my son and a chance to get to know his great girl Bella! What a time this is!!!!!

Tomorrow morning I’m heading up to New York… this is going to be a great summer touring with Susan and Derek and the Wheels Of Soul Tour!

An evening look at the FPR from the air.

An evening look at the FPR from the air.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Got to ride my motorcycle on this beautiful day running last minute errands. Now a beautiful evening and then early to bed.

Evening clouds...

Evening clouds...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna is ready to go!

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Calm Before The Storm & Prayers For Kofi

June 22nd, 2017 Jorma 15 comments
Sunset at the Fur Peace Ranch

Sunset at the Fur Peace Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Back home in Meigs County Zach and I got on our motorcycles and he took me out for a Father’s Day dinner at the El Camino Cocina in Athens, Ohio. Good times indeed. The girls came back Sunday and in spite of the fact that I’m going to the full court press to finish my book the time with family makes everything worthwhile!

The joys of swimming pool ownership

The joys of swimming pool ownership

Foto by Zach Kearse

Things are a bee hive of activity here as we all get ready for the upcoming summer tour with Tedeschi/Trucks. With that in mind, we just heard about Kofi Burbridge’s heart attack yesterday and our prayers go out out to him and all of his extended family. There’s no good time for bad news. We were shocked to hear of his affliction and pray for a complete recovery!

Quiet as a tree...

Quiet as a tree...

In this calm before the storm, happy second day of summer to all!

Foto by Zach Kearse

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