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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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Gearing Up For Lockn’ 2015

September 9th, 2015 Jorma 8 comments
Rehearsing at the carriage house

Rehearsing at the carriage house

Check this band out:
Jorma Kaukonen… guitar and occasional vocal
Jack Casady… bass
Teresa Williams… vocals
Rachael Price… vocals
Jeff Pehrson… vocals
Larry Campbell… guitar and vocals
G.E.Smith… guitar
Justin Guip… drums and percussion

This is Hot Tuna Plus… couldn’t be better!

We had a fabulous four and a half hour rehearsal today and another one tomorrow… electric show Friday night at the good old Lockn’ Festival. This is a great band of friends… old and new, and it’s going to be a great show. I personally guarantee it!

Saturday, Jack and I will hold for acoustically in the afternoon on the big stage as well. We love this festival and we plan on doing it proud! More will be revealed after tomorrow’s rehearsal.

Nice view from the 'rehearsal hall'

Nice view from the 'rehearsal hall'

We’re fired up… let me tell you!

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July 5th, Ohio Tattoo Museum, Bidwell, Ohio!!!!!! Be There!

July 1st, 2015 Jorma 17 comments
Here ye, hear ye. Be there or be square!

Here ye, hear ye. Be there or be square!

July 5th I’ll be down in Bidwell, Ohio to do some pickin’ on the guitar and talkin’ ’bout tattoos. Bidwell is right down river by Gallipolis. It’s in the old Gallipolis Harley Davidson building. We’re talking about the Ohio Tattoo Museum here. Rich has an unbelievable collection of flash that goes back several hundred years… and lots of other cool stuff too! I’ll also be playing some music. What’s not to like?

I was in Hawaii recently an got a chance to have breakfast with my old pal Ed Hardy who did my back piece. Hey, I know, life goes on and I hate to keep talking about ‘The Old Days,’ but I’m going to talk about the old days. I realize that tattooing has become mainstream in a way and that as in most art forms… the modern inkers are doing things that were unthinkable when I got my first tattoo in Lyle Tuttle’s shop over the Greyhound Station on Seventh St. in San Francisco back in the 60’s. Tattooing inhabited a demi monde back then… and the work really meant something lurking in the shadows of society.

Just sayin’

Jorma Kaukonen and Don Ed Hardy

Jorma Kaukonen and Don Ed Hardy

Couple of survivors here… Ed and I. Here’s to us and those like us… damn few left!

Good times. I’m going for a walk with Maverick the Dog.

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From Dear Jerry Onward!

May 17th, 2015 Jorma 13 comments

So I was blessed and honored to be asked to be a part of the Dear Jerry celebration at Merriweather Post in Columbia, Maryland. Myron and I got in late-ish on Tuesday for the rehearsal on Wednesday and the gig on Thursday.

The view from the hotel Tuesday night... yep Camden Yards.

The view from the hotel Tuesday night... yep Camden Yards.

The first person I saw was my old buddy Sam Bush. What a treat! Then the hits just kept on coming.

Jorma & Buddy

Jorma & Buddy

Buddy Miller! Cool beans. I’ve been a fan of his for years. To get to play with him was the cat’s meow… and that wasn’t all.

There was Don Was on bass… Audley Freed on guitars… Matt Rollings on keys, coolness… Raymond Weber on drums… and the McCrary sisters with soulful back up singing! Talk about a house band! And last but not least, Russ Pawl on pedal steel.! Yeah buddy!!!

Now some more pictures:

Matt Rollings, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Don Was and Sam Bush

Matt Rollings, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Don Was and Sam Bush

The boys play Shady Grove…

Barry, Dawg & Sam

Barry, Dawg & Sam

Triumvirate!

Russ Pahl at work...

Russ Pahl at work...

Peter Frampton, Sam Bush and Jorma

Peter Frampton, Sam Bush and Jorma

Getting my do done...

Getting my do done...

Jimmy Cliff Sings... beautifully!

Jimmy Cliff Sings... beautifully!

Jorma & Jimmy

Jorma & Jimmy

Almost 20,000 people!  Wow!

Almost 20,000 people! Wow!

Then it was my turn to hold forth on Sugaree!

Jumping into Sugaree...

Jumping into Sugaree...

Barry Mitterhoff joins the fray...

Barry Mitterhoff joins the fray...

Great to have Barry Mitterhoff on board for this classic tune!

I take a selfie with Grace Potter!

I take a selfie with Grace Potter!

The rehearsal for the encore... Ripple

The rehearsal for the encore... Ripple

Performance shot...

Performance shot...

What a great time I had.

Caroline Garcia and I

Caroline Garcia and I

In the video interview, they asked me, ‘If you could say something to Jerry right now… what would it be?’ ‘That’s easy,’ I said. ‘I bet you wish you were here. I know we do!’

And then it was time to head up to New England for a gig at the Bull Run.

Noble sentiments!

Noble sentiments!

A quiet tarn...

A quiet tarn...

Here is my set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 31, 2015
Jorma Solo At
The Bull Run Concert Series
Shirley, Massachusetts
Friday, May 15, 2015

1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. The Other Side Of The Mountain
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Hesitation Blues
6. I See The Light
7. Barbeque King
8. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. In My Dreams
11. Come Back Baby
12. Good Shepherd
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. I Am The Light Of This World
16. I Know You Rider
17. How Long Blues

Bull Run... in Mass.

Bull Run... in Mass.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was off to Beacon, New York and The Town Crier.

The Town Crier

The Town Crier

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Big Dog...

The Big Dog...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 32, 2015
Jorma Solo At
The Town Crier
Beacon, New York

First Set:
1. Don’t You Leave Me Here
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. The Other Side Of The Mountain
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
5. I See The Light
6. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
7. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
8. Come Back Baby
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Hesitation Blues
11. How Long Blues
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Second Chances
4. Candy Man
5. Barbeque King
6. In My Dreams
7. Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me
8. Re-Enlistment Bleus
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Behind the Martin M-30

Behind the Martin M-30

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Yep… a grand three day run.

By the sign of the Crier

By the sign of the Crier

Foto by Kelly Worth

Well… that’s about it for now. Myron and I beat feet for home and made 600 miles in ten hours… not bad. A great little run… but great to be home!

Steve Kimock, Woody Mann & Jorma At The FPR… & More

May 11th, 2015 Jorma 26 comments

This past weekend we hosted Woody Mann and Steve Kimock at the Fur Peace Ranch. Two of my favorite people!

Woody and I...

Woody and I...

Foto by John Hurlbut

Saturday night the concert was the wondrous Steve Kimock partnered with Jerry Joseph. By the Bye… I got to sit in as well.

On stage with the boys!

On stage with the boys!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Sunday we had our group foto and open mike.

In front of the Fur Peace Station

In front of the Fur Peace Station

Foto by Brett Thompson

My class this weekend was an electric one and I had a simply great bunch of guys. Thanks fellas… this was a good one.

A fine looking bunch!

A fine looking bunch!

Today after the final wrap up, I drove into Athens to meet with Dan Erlewine and get a chance to play Mike Bloomfield’s old Telecaster. Now this is the guitar he played with Dylan at Newport, I believe. Obviously one of the subsequent owners was left handed and did a butcher job trying to create a left handed guitar. That said, to play this guitar that lived in Mike’s hands was amazing! By the way… thanks for all the tips you gave me as a guitar playing youngster Mike. You were the man!

Me, the guitar and Dan Erlewine

Me, the guitar and Dan Erlewine

Foto by Dennis Powell

We may be talking about this more at a later date. Anyway, what a weekend!

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A Spring Ride With Jerry

May 7th, 2015 Jorma 2 comments
Our bikes by Ritter park in Huntington, West Virginia

Our bikes by Ritter park in Huntington, West Virginia

A beeeyoootiful Sunday… that would be last Sunday the third. I finally had 20 seconds to get together with my buddy JB and ride to Rutland for some breakfast it Millie’s. It ain’t health food, but by golly… it’s home cooking! Then we rode down Ohio 7 past the Gavin Power Plant… down past Gallipolis… a great ride with the mighty Ohio River to our left.

We crossed the Ohio just south of Proctorville and found our way down to Ritter Park where our friend Butch Frazer placed his last statue. Butch was a great guy and quite a spiritual inspiration to me.

Butch's Earth Portal

Butch's Earth Portal

Foto by Jerry Bayha

This quite a bit of stainless work by Butch. The welding techniques are awesome and artistic design is off the charts. Perhaps more on this another time… suffice it say.. it’s a moving piece. Butch wanted it to live in Ritter Park so folks could sit on it… kids could play on it… he probably wouldn’t have even minded the bits of graffiti.

In the last years of his life, Butch fought lung cancer… and wound up losing a lung to it. He spent some time with me down in my Studio at the Fur Peace Ranch recording an oral history of his life for his family. In the beginning he regaled us with harmonica tunes as he told his story. At the end, he no longer had enough breath to make a sound on the old mouth harp but the tales continued until he was done.

He may have struggled physically as he was working to complete Earth Portal… but his spirit was strong! He told be Jerry B. and myself on separate occasions, ‘There are no ripples on my pond!’ What a way to approach the end!

Earth Portal was dedicated on May 2, 1999… His work done at last, Butch passed on May 3, 1999… the next day… with no ripples on his pond!

Sleep well brother… gone, but not forgotten!

Well done brother!

Well done brother!

Butch was a funny guy… and a rider as well. He would have appreciated our stop in Lesage, West Virginia on the ride home. Yep… Hillbilly Hotdogs. Yummy… good dogs and lots of down home philosophy.

I kept it clean for the blog!

I kept it clean for the blog!

Shiny side up folks!

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Boulton Center… Last Night Of The Tour… Sort Of

March 16th, 2015 Jorma 6 comments
The sene o the crime

The sene o the crime

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Last night, Barry and I played our last official date of this long tour… we love Long Island, and here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 20 , 2015
Acoustic Duet
Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff
The Boulton Center For The Performing Arts
Bayshore, Long Island
New York
Sunday, March 15, 2015

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. True Religion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. The Other Side Of The Mountain
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. I See The Light
8. Where There’s Two, There’s Trouble
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. River Of Time
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
5. Barbeque King
6. Keep On Trucking Mama
7. How Long Blues
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Genesis

The night before we played, my pal Michael Falzarano and his buds in the New Riders Of The Purple Sage played the Boulton… and in the dressing room was a gift for me from Captain Toast:

Foatie Oatie O's

Foatie Oatie O's

Thanks fellas… now Myron and I are on our way to Austin for SXSW.

Off to La Guardia… and beyond!

Listen Up!

March 13th, 2015 Jorma 9 comments

Upcoming tomorrow I’m going to be on:

Jerry Treacy, WFDU-FM
Host of “Crash on the Levee”, a free-form roots music program heard in the NYC area
on Saturdays on 89.1 FM, 9A-12 EST, and on-line at: www.wfdu.fm

Check the link out… lots of cool stuff and don’t miss the show.

American Motorcycle Association

American Motorcycle Association

My pal G.E.Smith asked me: ‘Why do you like to ride motorcycles so much?’ I wanted to say, ‘If I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand.’ But I didn’t. What I said was, watch ‘Why We Ride,‘ it says it all… better than I ever could.

Time with family… playing the guitar, riding motorcycles…

Priceless!

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