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Catching Up With Three…

February 19th, 2017 Jorma 5 comments
That wise old bird...

That wise old bird...

Back on the mainland for a week now. I landed in San Diego and our first gig was at the Belly Up.

Belly Up... the way it was meant to be!

Belly Up... the way it was meant to be!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve played the Belly Up for years now… like coming home in a way.

Hot Tuna 1, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Belly Up
Solana Beach, California
Monday, February 13, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Dime For Beer
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Been So Long
8. How Long Blues
9. Candy Man
10. Sea Child
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Hear Temporary
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Come Back Baby
7. San Francisco Baby Blues
8. Living In The Moment
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Trial By Fire
12. The Terrible Operation
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Genesis

Nice way to kick off 2017. Next day at the Dana, Jack and I were part of a nifty foto shoot.

Beautiful axes on a beautiful day!

Beautiful axes on a beautiful day!

Foto by Myron Hart

Then it was out of San Diego and up to the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.

Looks like a dentist office from the front...

Looks like a dentist office from the front...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Again… many years at the Coach house. Nice to be back!

Hot Tuna 2, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Coach House
San Juan Capistrano, California
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. I See The Light
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. Living In The Moment
11. Sleep Song
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. Good Shepherd
14. Come Back Baby
15. Candy Man
16. I Am The Light Of This World
17. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
18. Encore: Genesis

Jack in the dressing room... same as it ever was... except for internet.

Jack in the dressing room... same as it ever was... except for internet.

Then up to Santa Barbara to the Lobero.

What traffic?

What traffic?

California traffic in this part of the state is relentless…

A man's gotta eat...

A man's gotta eat...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We took a break from the traffic and stopped for some seafood in Malibu… then on to Santa Barbara and the rains came.

The Lobero in Santa Barbara... awesome!

The Lobero in Santa Barbara... awesome!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Quite a rain. 101 close south of Santa Barbara… The show must go on!

This is a great room!

This is a great room!

Hot Tuna 3, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Lobero Theatre
Santa Barbara, California
Friday, February 17, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Barbeque King
6. I See The Light
7. Sea Child
8. Sleep Song
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Second Chances
4. Candy Man
5. Come Back Baby
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Good Shepherd
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. In My Dreams
11. True Religion
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Take heed...

Take heed...

Foto by Jack Casady

Then a haul ass drive to San Francisco. Check into the hotel and head over to Berkeley for Jeff Pehrson’s surprise 50th birthday party at the Freight And Salvage. Jim Brunberg set this one up. Nice work Jim!

Da Boyz

Da Boyz

Love the Japan Center… took a little walk this morning.

Buchanan Street

Buchanan Street

I had my first Japanese food here on Buchanan street in the 60’s when there was still traffic on it. Still lovely!

Tonight Jack and Justin and I will be rocking the Fillmore Auditorium!

More will definitely be revealed!

I’ll Be Seeing You Walt…

December 15th, 2016 Jorma 32 comments
Walt Sample & Toby

Walt Sample & Toby

It is ten degrees this frosty morning (Thursday, December 15, 2016) here at the Fur Peace Ranch in Southeast Ohio. Maverick and I just came in from a chilly but necessary walk across the parking lot and down the old road to the A Frame. The remains of the Super Moon were falling slowly into the tree line. From our vantage point on the road we could see the lights twinkling from Donnie’s farm over there by SR 681. My heart was heavy with the loss of our dear friend Walt Sample late last night. December 14th, 2016, was just shy of becoming December 15th when Walt’s son called to give us the news.

There is never a good time for bad news and I realize that on this planet we call home, millions die each day. That said, each of us humans navigates the world with our own universe and the circles of these universes may or may not intersect. There may be magic in these meetings. I have been fortunate in my life to have had a number of these meetings but one of the most memorable was with Walt Sample. He came to us at the Fur Peace Ranch a number of years ago… I can’t really remember when. It was immediately apparent to me that we were born to be friends and I wasn’t the only one who felt that way.

He was a man of infinite spirit with a love of all things good in this world and the rare ability to find good in most things. He had talents in many fields. In his art whether it be music or painting, the purist of truths always shone through utterly free of artifice. One must check out Big Mule Music and you will get some small idea of what I’m talking about.

Walt & Jorma at the Source Of The Sacred Soil

Walt & Jorma at the Source Of The Sacred Soil

In late August, one of our dear friends, Rob McNurlin, was down on The Crossroads in Mississippi and brought some dirt back from said crossroads. We called it Devil Dirt… and there was something dangerous about it. Walt thought we should strike back on the good vibe and came up with the idea of Sacred Soil from the Fur Peace Ranch. We had been doing some excavating so we had a huge pile of dirt. Walt loaded up the sifter, we made labels and le voila, Fur Peace Ranch Sacred Soil! I say ‘we,’ but it was all Walt, sitting in garage next to the Harleys giving substance to yet another dream. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well here in Southeast Ohio and every little bit counts.

Walt and another kind of mule

Walt and another kind of mule

A renaissance man…father… husband… brother to all who were authentic. He didn’t suffer fools handily… he disdained poseurs… but he treated all with respect.

He passed suddenly, without warning and he although it is not for me to say how any man perceives his own passing, I would imagine that Walt would have wanted it this way. His great heart, having done its duty, retired the field. He had many different relationships with all he knew. I did not write with him. We thought about it… talked about it… but never got around to it. We were, however, friends!

All of us who knew Walt will miss him in our own way, but none of us will ever forget him. For me that ever-present smile, hearty handshake and the sly look that said he had something really cool to show me will live in my heart always.

At this point in my life, unexpected phone calls as often as not do not bring good news. Simply put, as the book of life is opened some of us do not make the next page and that’s just the way it is.

So in closing this sad but yet celebratory little note as I looked at the Super Moon last night and early this morning I was immediately reminded that by some strange coincidence yesterday morning I was listening to Jimmy Durante singing I’ll Be Seeing You by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal.

I’ll be seeing you
In all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces
All day and through
In that small cafe
The park across the way
The children’s carousel
The chestnut trees
The wishing well
I’ll be seeing you
In every lovely summer’s day
In everything that’s night and day
I’ll always think of you that way
I’ll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I’ll be looking at the moon
But I’ll be seeing you
I’ll be seeing you

I’ll be seeing you my friend… in my heart always… In the meantime

Fair wind and following seas brother. My the spirit wind always be at your back!

Big indeed!

Big indeed!

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Rev. Gary Davis’ Spirit Goes On… Free & Powerful

October 26th, 2016 Jorma 22 comments

Fall was certainly wrapping itself around us as we moved into the Rev. Gary Davis Weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch.

The Fall road behind my little studio

The Fall road behind my little studio

On this glorious weekend the Wonderful Woody Mann came to teach and to amaze and enthrall us on Saturday night at the Fur Peace Station with the Empire Roots Band.

Seth Farber came to join Woody, and played the Birman’s old 1913 Chickering baby grand.

Seth at the Chickering

Seth at the Chickering

Also on stage was Bill Sims Jr. Even though with the band, Bill sang and played guitar… he sat down at the grand also.

Bill Sims Jr. at the Chickering...

Bill Sims Jr. at the Chickering...

The music… touching and powerful!

The men, with Brian Glassman on bass

The men, with Brian Glassman on bass

Brian Glassman played upright bass… awesome, in every respect!

Seth, Bill and Woody... Brian in the background

Seth, Bill and Woody... Brian in the background

A fantastic measure of sound, passion and tradition!

Brian, Bill, Jorma, Woody and Seth

Brian, Bill, Jorma, Woody and Seth

These aren’t the only moments that uplift my soul… but they’re a big part.

Then before we knew it… Sunday came, Student Performance… pictures…

The gang...

The gang...

Big thanks to Roy Book Binder and Tom Feldmann for helping to make this weekend possible.

I would like to think that Rev. Davis would have enjoyed this little tribute to his memory!

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NYC, Fordham And The Beacon

October 7th, 2016 Jorma 46 comments
One of the remaining great radio stations!

One of the remaining great radio stations!

I left San Francisco on Monday… next stop NYC. Tuesday, up to Fordham for WFUV with John Platt.

Me and John Platt

Me and John Platt

John invited me up to the campus to tape a radio show for WFUV. We chewed the fat for a while and I played several songs… then back down to the 70’s and dinner at Serafina. Michael Falzarano joined Myron and myself for a delicious dinner!

Walking around the neighborhood, around the corner from Amsterdam in 76th, was the building where Joe Zinman, Jos Davidson and myself roomed in 1960 when I had an Antioch Co-Op job at the Rusk Institute For Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at 400 E. 34th St.

This used to be the Lincoln Square Hotel… the three of us lived in a two room apartment. Good times!

This used to be the Lincoln Square Hotel

This used to be the Lincoln Square Hotel

I worked as an attendant at the hospital during the day. I got $80.00 a week before taxes. This was a seminal moment in my life. On my own, paying my own bills and playing guitar in the Village non stop. My first ‘public’ guitar moment in NYC was at Gerde’s Folk City at a Hootenanny run by Brother John Sellers. What a time.

Fast forward to the present, and around the corner from the old Lincoln Square was this:

This is way uptown and a thousand years away from Gerde's!

This is way uptown and a thousand years away from Gerde's!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Beacon Theater is such an amazing place.

To see this, to be here... to play.... well.......

To see this, to be here... to play.... well.......

I got a chance to play an hour set before Tedeschi/Trucks… the sound was awesome an the audience wonderful!

Jorma Kaukonen 29, 2016
At The Beacon Theater
With Tedeschi/Trucks
New York City, New York
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
3. Dime For Beer
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Sleep Song
6. Good Shepherd
7. Come Back Baby
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. River Of Time
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Then I got together with Derek to go over Let’s Go Get Stoned and Rollin’ And Tumblin’ for their encore.

Thanks Derek... every little bit helps.

Thanks Derek... every little bit helps.

Foto by Myron Hart

What an amazing couple of days, and what a great night!

Into the light...

Into the light...

I’d like to walk into this light as long as possible!

That said, it’s great to be home!

Couples Weekend At The Fur Peace Ranch!!!!

August 1st, 2016 Jorma 20 comments
Nothing like a morning walk in the woods to get the ball rolling...

Nothing like a morning walk in the woods to get the ball rolling...

Foto by Jorma & Vanessa Kaukonen

Every weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch is special…but if you’re going to grade ’special,’ Couples Weekend is high on the list of specialness! For teachers there myself, (of course), Verlon Thompson, and Kai Eckhardt. Verlon and I opened the Saturday night concert for Roger MacNamee, Jason Crosby, Pete Sears and Jay Lane. Yup… The Doobie Decibel System.

Me and Verlon backstage

Me and Verlon backstage

Foto by Rusty Smith

Jorma Kaukonen 28, 2016
With Verlon Thompson

1. Back Up & Turn Around, Verlon with Jorma
2. In My Dreams, Jorma with Verlon
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here, Jorma with Verlon
4. Come Back Baby, Jorma with Verlon
5. I Will Come Back, Verlon with Jorma
6. Poor Boy, Verlon with Jorma
7. Ain’t In No Hurry, Jorma with Verlon
8. The Guitar, Verlon with Jorma

Our cool little set…

Verlon, Jay, Kai, Me, Roger and Pete

Verlon, Jay, Kai, Me, Roger and Pete

Foto by Jason Crosby

A fine night of music and I got to sit in with the boys.

Then before you knew it… it was Monday and time for everyone to scatter to their homes.

Our class picture...

Our class picture...

Jorma, Kai and Nessa

Jorma, Kai and Nessa

Getting to hang with Kai and Verlon… two very spiritual people was the ongoing frosting on the cake…

Onward!

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Visiting Dark Star At Legend Valley

May 28th, 2016 Jorma 13 comments
Me on my new scoot

Me on my new scoot

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

That’s how my week started on Tuesday… New Bike! What’s not to like.

Got a couple of rides in and then it was time to pick Jack, Justin and Phil up at the airport and head to the Dark Star Jubilee… Could it get better?

Justin, setting up... ready to rock!

Justin, setting up... ready to rock!

Weather beautiful… good friends abound!

Jack and Myron

Jack and Myron

They said it might rain… but it was holding off.

Me and the real Big Dog!

Me and the real Big Dog!

Foto by Suzy Perler

What a great Festival this is and what an honor to be here!

Yummy

Yummy

Hot Tuna 7, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Dark Star Jubilee
Legend Valley
Thornville, Ohio

Saturday, May 28, 2016

1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. Candy Man
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. A Little Faster
5. Sea Child
6. I See The Light
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Hesitation Blues
12. Can’t Get Satisfied
13. Funky # 7
14. Hit Single #1

That'll Never Happen No More

That'll Never Happen No More

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Confab on stage

Confab on stage

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After our set, the Dark Star folks graciously invited us to play White Rabbit with them…

Thanks y’all!

Goodnight Dark Star... and goodnight moon...

Goodnight Dark Star... and goodnight moon...

The Bell Tolls, And The Reaper Reaps

May 17th, 2016 Jorma 21 comments
Any day is a good day for a ride!

Any day is a good day for a ride!

It has become so common of late to say, ‘At my age this,’ or ‘At my age that…’ Fact is, there really is no other way to say this and it’s true. Over the last year or so, I have lost many friends, some my age and some younger. At any age when you lose someone who is part of the story of your life, the Bell definitely tolls for us all.

That said, the Reaper is never without work and that’s just the way it is. When we talk about those who have left us, the response is almost always, ‘I’m sorry for our loss,’ and we appreciate that… but the loss is for us to absorb.

When one passes, the end is written to their story, there will never be a new chapter. All they have been is finished, and all they will be will never happen. Done.

Is it sad to see it thus?

It shouldn’t be, because that’s just the way it is. I was having brunch with Vanessa today when I heard that Guy Clark passed yesterday. I was saddened to hear this. Guy was a friend and I was such a huge admirer of his art. I knew that he had been unwell for a number of years and that his wife Susanna had preceded him. At what time does one prepare for that final journey? Hard to say since as a rule, it’s not our call when our ticket gets pulled.

It was an honor to have known Guy!

Today was raining but I had an appointment to take Vanessa’s Dyna into the Harley shop for servicing. ‘Take it tomorrow,’ she said. I thought, ‘If it’s sunny tomorrow, I’d rather go for a ride than spend a couple of hours at the Harley shop.’ Plus, every ride you don’t take is one less than you’re going to get a shot at in this life.

Why wait?

Every doggone minute folks… every doggone minute!

I’ve got a camp at the Fur Peace Ranch this weekend with Tom Feldmann, Chris Smither and Happy Traum, my beloved wife and kids are well and for me… well so far so good! I’m taking a deep breath and soldiering on.

As for Guy… fair wind and following seas brother, fair wind and following seas!

Good times can be simple sometime...

Good times can be simple sometime...

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A Night In Atlanta…

April 18th, 2016 Jorma 6 comments
We ain't in Kansas anymore...

We ain't in Kansas anymore...

We buzzed into Atlanta after a quick drive from Live Oak, Florida… up in the morning, looking for breakfast and finding tall buildings.

Wow...

Wow...

From the hotel to the Variety Theater is only 7 miles… but it took a while.

Our name in lights...

Our name in lights...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A good time at the Variety Theater as always…

Hot Tuna 3, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
The Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, Georgia
Sunday, April 17, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. Sleep Song
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second St:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Candy Man
4. Too Many Years
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Come Back Baby
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Genesis

Giving the gift of song....

Giving the gift of song....

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Meanwhile, back at the Fur Peace Ranch

The blues... backstage at the Ranch

The blues... backstage at the Ranch

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Bob Margolin, G.E.Smith and friends.

Tomorrow, good old Hot Tuna plays The Orange Peel in Asheville.

Down the road…

Jahrzeit For Marjorie

September 15th, 2015 Jorma 9 comments
Marjorie and Paul some years ago...

Marjorie and Paul some years ago...

It has been a year since our dear friend Marjorie passed… may her memory be a blessing. She was such a part of our life, and indeed she was such a part of everyone’s life she touched. She touched a lot of people. I miss her every day… her wise counsel… her humor and her art.

This is such a small note for such a big love… but it is all I can offer right now.

We miss you Marjorie… always.

Fair winds and following seas.

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Now We’re Ready For The Show!

September 10th, 2015 Jorma 4 comments
The Carriage House welcomes us!

The Carriage House welcomes us!

We pulled in about 1300 today… the rain had quit for a while… but we knew it was coming. Still… any time you’re playing music it’s a good time!

My Grandfther's clock was too tall for the shelf...

My Grandfther's clock was too tall for the shelf...

The Carriage House was a delightful place to rehearse, weather and humidity notwithstanding. We thank everyone for their hospitality.

Rachael, G.E. & Me

Rachael, G.E. & Me

Foto by Phil Jacobs

To sing and play with the likes of these… can’t be beat!

Larry, Rachael, Teresa and Jack

Larry, Rachael, Teresa and Jack

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It was getting scarey… we started to sound like a band! :)

Carmelo and Justin...

Carmelo and Justin...

And then before you knew it, the rehearsal was over… next stop… Main Stage, Lockn’

The storm before the calm!

The storm before the calm!

Time for bed… knowing that we’re good to go!

Onward…

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