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The Weeks That Were…

October 9th, 2019 Jorma 17 comments

So… last weekend, me and the guys headed out to San Francisco for a Saturday show on the Rooster Stage at Hardly, Strictly, Bluegrass. It had been a minute or two since we were there, so it was great to be back. I got in Friday morning, met Jack at the hotel and went to pick up Madame Cecilia Chiang for a lunch celebrating her 100th birthday. I first

Cecilia, Jack and jorma

Cecilia, Jack and jorma

met Madame Chiang in 1964 or ‘65. My ex wife, Margareta, and I wandered into her place on Polk Street… the Mandarin. Today, everything is just a fashion statement. How you wear your hair and how you choose your wardrobe in today’s climate really seems like a statement of, well, nothing. Now I know I’m an old guy and I don’t spend a lot of time looking back, but back in the mid 60’s for a man to let his hair grow long could be life threatening at worst… and at best, you could get refused service at restaurants. Madame Chiang welcomed us into her establishment and treated us with respect. I will never forget that and I will always honor her for warmth and acceptance. I any case, Jack and I had the opportunity to break bread with her at the Zuni on Market Street.
What an honor and a treat.

Saturday we had to load in at 1300 so it promised to be a long day for all. The weather was beautiful in Golden Gate Park, so all was good. There was quite a cast of characters to hang with.

My buddy... Buddy

My buddy... Buddy

Foto by Anthony Pidgeon

Jorma, Jack, Maria Muldaur and Buddy Miller

Jorma, Jack, Maria Muldaur and Buddy Miller

Foto by Anthony Pidgeon

Great to see my pal Trey Hensley

Great to see my pal Trey Hensley

... and then Rob Ickes showed up.

... and then Rob Ickes showed up.

Foto by Anthony Pidgeon

Back in 1994 or ‘95, I was on a songwriter’s panel at the Bottom Line in New York. The great Bobby Braddock was on that gig, so it was more then nice to reconnect with him a quarter of a century later.

Bobby and me

Bobby and me

Jack Casady, Steve Earle and me... note Robert Plant in between Jack and Steve's head

Jack Casady, Steve Earle and me... note Robert Plant in between Jack and Steve's head

Foto by Anthony Pidgeon

The hits just kept on coming…

I take a picure of Anthony Pidgeon... returning the favor

I take a picure of Anthony Pidgeon... returning the favor

Almost time for Tuna's set...

Almost time for Tuna's set...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 44, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Hardly, Strictly Bluegrass
The Rooster Stage
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California
Saturday, October 5, 2019

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
5. Roads and Roads &
6. Sea Child
7. Trial By Fire
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Hit Single # 1
10. Come Back Baby

The boys... getting it!

The boys... getting it!

Nothing like a Les Paul

Nothing like a Les Paul

Then on Sunday, I had a real treat. Unbeknownst to me an old friend of mine, Catharine, bought 2400 Fulton St. thirty years ago. She and her husband Paul, restored and modernized it without losing any of the cool stuff. They graciously invited Myron and myself in and allowed me to take some pictures.

The Tiffany stained glass window on the landing

The Tiffany stained glass window on the landing

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Collage by Marty Balin

Collage by Marty Balin

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

There was one of Marty’s collages… pretty much as it was four decades ago.

Freya... goddess of love

Freya... goddess of love

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This was the ceiling of the room where Margareta and I lived for a while when our apartment in Pacific Heights burned. There was Freya…; just like I remembered her. Many thanks to Cathy and Paul for opening that door into another time.

Then for me… red eye flight in time to pick up our daughter after high school let.

All that other stuff is good… but there’s no place like home!

I think it's time for a ride!

I think it's time for a ride!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Final Three

September 16th, 2019 Jorma 20 comments
First time at the Moore...

First time at the Moore...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We were getting short by this time, but the Moore was a great place to begin the endgame.

Hot Tuna 41, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With David Bromberg
@ The Moore Theater
Seattle, Washington
Friday, September 13, 2019

1. Been So Long
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Barbeque King
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Rock me Baby
6. Roads and Roads &
7. Hesitation Blues
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
10. Trial By Fire
11. Sleep Song
12. Good Shepherd
13. Walkin’ Blues
14. Funky #7
15. Encore: Water Song

All the boys

All the boys

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then down to Revolution in Portland

New use for the old school

New use for the old school

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 42, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With David Bromberg
Revolution
Portland, Oregon
Saturday, September 14, 2019

1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Living Just For You
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Letter To The North Star
9. Roads and Roads &
10. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
11. Come Back Baby
12. Sea Child
13. Good Shepherd
14. Funky # 7
15. Encore: Water Song

And it's not even October...

And it's not even October...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then to Eugene…

Old Macdonald had a theater...

Old Macdonald had a theater...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 43, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With David Bromberg
McDonald Theater
Eugene, Oregon
Sunday, September 15, 2019

1. Been So Long
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Barbeque King
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Rock Me Baby
6. Letter To The North Star
7. Roads and Roads &
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. Funky # 7
13. Encore: Water Song

Tuna rocks!

Tuna rocks!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And then he tour was done.

The whole fandamily

The whole fandamily

Now it’s morning… and time to go to the airport.

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Working Our Way Through Montana

September 12th, 2019 Jorma 13 comments
I-25 to Billings... mornng

I-25 to Billings... mornng

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We stopped in Billings for some needed rest in a bed that wasn’t moving… and then headed on to Bozeman.

Mornng in Billings...

Mornng in Billings...

Foto by jorma Kaukonen

Up in the AM and a moderately short drive to Bozeman.

Really nifty little club...

Really nifty little club...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 39, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Rialto Theater
Bozeman, Montana

First Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Barbeque King
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Letter To The North Star
6. Living Just For You
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Trial By Fire
9. Sleep Song
10. Hit Single #1

Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. Walkin’ Blues
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. Sea Child
7. Good Shepherd
8. Talkin’ Bout You
9. Funky #7
10. Encore: Water Song

The boys in Bozeman...

The boys in Bozeman...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then a mad dash to Missoula…

The Wilma rocks!

The Wilma rocks!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Whereas the Rialto was modern in every respect, the Wilma is old school.

Could be in New York...

Could be in New York...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Lovely place… and we are back with David Bromberg and hs buddies!

Hot Tuna 40, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With David Bromberg @ The
Wilma
Missoula, Montana
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. I See The Light
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Can’t Get Satisfied
6. Ode To Billy Dean
7. Letter To The North Star
8. Roads and Roads &
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Trial By Fire
11. Sea Child
12. Good Shepherd
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. Funky #7
15. Encore: Water Song

We had the honor to sit in with David and his pals!!!!

We had the honor to sit in with David and his pals!!!!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Meanwhile… back home it was almost a full moon.

Late summer night at the Ranch!

Late summer night at the Ranch!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Just lovely…

Now after an all night drive… we’re in Seattle. We have now driven from sea to shining sea!

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Rockin’ At The Rocks

September 9th, 2019 Jorma 3 comments
Start Climbing

Start Climbing

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yep back to Red Rocks opening for our pals, Dark Star Orchestra! We were here a couple of years ago with Tedeschi/Trucks and it was more than awesome to be here again!

What an awesome place.

What an awesome place.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The weather turned with some much needed rain.

The storm begins!

The storm begins!

But then ended in time for our set.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 38, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Opening For Dark Star Orchestra
@ Red Rocks
Morrison, Colorado
Sunday, September 8, 2019

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Walkin’ Blues
4. Bowlegged Woman
5. Trial By Fire
6. Good Shepherd
7. Hit Single # 1
8. Baby What You Want Me To Do?

In spite of the weather delay our Dark Star Brothers and Sisters gave us our full hour… We had a blast! After the gig I was joined on the bus by a gaggle of Fur Peace Ranchers and we got to chew the fat for a while… Awesome. Then we saddled up and headed north for Billings, Montana.

Sunrise on I-25 in Wyoming

Sunrise on I-25 in Wyoming

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Onward!

From MO To CO

September 7th, 2019 Jorma 7 comments
I-70 Somewhere in Eastern Colorado

I-70 Somewhere in Eastern Colorado

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Fueling up this morning on I-70 I got out of the bus to watch the sun rise and it occurred to me that although I have complained about many things in my life, being on the road is not one of them. Maybe it’s growing up in a nomadic family from WWII to when I left home… who knows? I love my time at home with my family and I more than appreciate their everlasting tolerance of my wanderlust, but there is always something waiting down the road. Like Gretchen Peters says in one of her songs… ‘Heading where ‘the blacktop turns to blue.’

Yeah…

I even kind of like the smell of fuel...

I even kind of like the smell of fuel...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

OK… this little entry starts with the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, MO.

The Sheldon

The Sheldon

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This was to be our last gig with Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley.

Hot Tuna 35, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Sheldon Concert Hall
St. Louis, Missouri
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

1. Been So Long
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Ode To Billy Dean
6. Letter to The North Star
7. Sea Child
8. In The Kingdom
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Trial By Fire
11. Hit Single # 1
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. Good Shepherd
14. Funky # 7
15. Encore: Come Back Baby with Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Great hanging with you guys

Great hanging with you guys

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Any hotel that loves dogs is loved by me!

Any hotel that loves dogs is loved by me!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then on up to Springfield…

Another really cool restored theater!

Another really cool restored theater!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 36, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Gillioz Center For Arts & Entertainment
Springfield, MO
Thursday, September 5, 2019

First Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Barbeque King
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Ode To Billy Dean
6. Living Just For You
7. Wolves & Lambs
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Hit Single #1

Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Letter To The North Star
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Sea Child
8. Good Shepherd
9. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Funky #7
12. Encore: Water Song

Yep, Jerry and I passed this way in 2003!

Yep, Jerry and I passed this way in 2003!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then a quick run to Kansas City, MO and a dalliance at Knuckleheads.

No name... but we showed up... awesome gig!

No name... but we showed up... awesome gig!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Knuckleheads was right next to the track and the trains kept a rollin’ all night long. We just made them part of our act!

Going my way?

Going my way?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

There was something energizing about being this close to an active freight depot.

Hitting the stage!

Hitting the stage!

Foto by Steve Smith

Hot Tuna 37, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Knuckleheads
Kansas City, MO
Friday, September 6, 2019

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. True Religion
3. Barbeque King
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Ode To Billy Dean
6. Letter To The North Star
7. Trial By Fire
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Baby What You Want Me To Do?

Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Come Back Baby
4. In The Kingdom
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. Good Shepherd
7. Hit Single # 1
8. Funky # 7
9. Encore: Water Song

Rockin' a Knucks!

Rockin' a Knucks!

Foto by Steve Smith

An overnight run to Denver for Red Rocks tomorrow with Dark Star.

I am truly grateful for these days…

The ongoing face of America

The ongoing face of America

Foto by Steve Smith

Playing Catch Up!

September 2nd, 2019 Jorma 22 comments

It’s been more than eventful and I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Let’s get to it.

We left off after the Warner Theater in D.C. and our next stop was the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, N.C. In the past we played the Cat’s Cradle a number of times in earlier incarnations. I remember playing the gig with Oteil And The Peacemakers. Good times.

Meowww

Meowww

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 30, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Cat’s Cradle
Carrboro, North Carolina
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

1. Candy Man
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Talkin’ Bout You
6. Wolves & Lambs
7. Living Just For You
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Come Back Baby
10. Sea Child
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Good Shepherd
13. Funky # 7
14. Encore: Water Song

Then it was off to Asheville and the Orange Peel.

It’s been a minute or two for us at the Orange Peel as well and it was great to be back. We also got to jam a little with Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley.

Rock club extraordinaire...

Rock club extraordinaire...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 31, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Orange Peel
Asheville, North Carolina
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Barbeque King
4. Can ‘t Get Satisfied
5. Hit Single # 1
6. Sleep Song
7. Trial By Fire
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Walkin’ Blues
12. Funky #7
13. Baby What You Want Me To Do with Rob and Trey

The men at work!

The men at work!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was time for a trip to Pelham, Tennessee and a gig in the Caverns.

Aerial view of the Cavern entrance

Aerial view of the Cavern entrance

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Now this is a little bit different.

What a gig!

What a gig!

Foto by Jack Casady

This is really one of a kind…

Could one of Dante's Circles be close?

Could one of Dante's Circles be close?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 32, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Caverns
Pelham, Tennessee
Friday, August 30, 2019

1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Talkin’ Bout You
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Sea Child
8. Living Just For You
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Can’t Get Satisfied
11. Sleep Song
12. Trial By Fire
13. Good Shepherd
14. Funky # 7
15. Encore: Baby hat You Want Me To Do? With Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

Rockin' under the rocks!

Rockin' under the rocks!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was a solo Tuna show at our old stomping grounds, the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points.

Our name in Lights

Our name in Lights

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I’ve always loved the Variety, but with the refit… it’s off the charts!

Hot Tuna 33, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, August 31, 2019

First Set:

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Wolves & Lambs
6. Letter To The North Star
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Bow Legged Woman
9. Hit Single # 1

Second Set:
1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. Living Just For You
3. Barbeque King
4. Walkin’ Blues
5. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
6. Whining Boy Blues
7. In The Kingdom
8. Trial By Fire
9. Good Shepherd
10. Come Back Baby
11. Funky #7
12. Encore: Water Song

Jack and Justin do their part in Funky # 7!

Jack and Justin do their part in Funky # 7!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Another long drive after show… this time to Memphis and Graceland.

The King Lives!

The King Lives!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I was here at Graceland with my friend Jerry on a motorcycle run nine years ago… and so much has changed. Graceland is alive and well and it was an honor to play here!

What a gig!

What a gig!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 34, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Graceland Soundstage
Graceland
Memphis, Tennessee
Sunday, September 1, 2019

1. I See The Light
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Barbeque King
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Ode To Billy Dean
6. Letter To The North Star
7. Wolves And Lambs
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Come Back Baby
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Trial By Fire
12. Good Shepherd
13. Hit Single # 1
14. Funky # 7
15. Water Song

Live at Graceland

Live at Graceland

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It’s been a hectic but rewarding run so far. I know there were people I was planning to see that somehow I missed and I apologize for this. Next time friends… next time!

A moderately short run up to St. Louis and after checking into the hotel our next stop was at Gokul Indian Restaurant on Delmar. 100% vegetarian… their food is off the charts!

In St. Louis, yuou gotta ry this place whether you're a vegetarian or not!

In St. Louis, yuou gotta ry this place whether you're a vegetarian or not!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Good food is good food.

OK… pretty much caught up. Sleeping in a non moving bed… awesome!

More will be revealed!

Words to live by!

Words to live by!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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Moving Right Along

August 26th, 2019 Jorma 30 comments
New In New Haven

New In New Haven

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It’s been a while since we played in New Haven, so this was long overdue… and so was the dinner at Pacificos next door.

Hot Tuna 25, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
College St. Music Hall
New Haven, Connecticut

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. I See The Light
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Living Just For You
7. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Hit Single #1
10. Sea Child
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Trial By Fire
13. Funky # 7

We joined with Dave Mason and his guys and it was the beginning of a really fun run!

We saddled up after the show and were Boston bound.

The good old Wilbur

The good old Wilbur

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve done the Wilbur a number of times, and it’s always fun!

Hot Tuna 26, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Wilbur Theater
Boston, Mass.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
1. Candy Man
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Wolves & Lambs
6. Walkin’ Blues
7. Good Shepherd
8. Sleep Song
9. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
10. Sleep Song
11. In The Kingdom
12. Hit Single #1
13. Funky # 7
14. Encore: Water Song

Instruments in repose...

Instruments in repose...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then, driving after show as is our wont… a run to he suburbs of Philly and the Keswick Theater.

Same as it ever was

Same as it ever was

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 27, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Keswick Theater
Glenside, Pennsylvania
Friday, August 23, 2019

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Ode To Billy Dean
6. Sleep Song
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Hit Single # 1
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. Funky # 7
13. Encore: Water Song

Thence a short run to Stroudsburg and the Sherman Theater.

Hot Tuna 28, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Sherman Theater
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Saturday, August 24, 2019

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. I See The Light
3. Barbeque King
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Come Back Baby
6. Trial By Fire
7. Sea Child
8. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Living Just For You
12. Funky # 7`
13. Encore: Hit Single # 1

Then a manly drive to the D.C. area and the Warner Theater.

The U.S. Air Force Memorial

The U.S.Air Force Memorial

Foto by jorma Kaukonen

The Memorial was right outside my window when I got to my room. My son and his mom used to live not far from here when the plane hit. I will never forget that day.

On a brighter note, D.C. is hometown to Jack and myself. To play a hometown room of this caliber with friends and family in the audience… is more than off the charts!

We're not used to classy joints like this!

We're not used to classy joints like this!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah… this was great night all around!

Hot Tuna 29, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Warner Theater
Washington, D.C.
Sunday, August 25, 2019

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Barbeque King
4. Walkin’ Blues
5. Wolves & Lambs
6. Trial By Fire
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Ode To Billy Dean
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Hit Single # 1
12. Funky # 7
13. Encore: Water Song

This was our last night with Dave Mason and the guys so bid them a fond farewell with love and respect for a good time. Hope to see them down the road.

Now we’re down here in Carrboro, North Carolina for our first show with Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley. I guarantee good times will be had!

Onward through the fog!

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From Richie Furay To New Haven

August 19th, 2019 Jorma 27 comments

So it’s been really busy, and believe you me at my age that’s a really good thing. So we got everything replaced after that electrical storm. I hope some time elapses before the next ‘big thing’ happens. We had a killer camp and Richie Furay came to town with his band and played the show Saturday night. By the bye… I got to play For What It’s Worth with Richie and the gang.

Richie with his De Angelico.

Richie with his De Angelico.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We finished that Fur Peace Ranch weekend up and loaded up the bus and headed north to the Capitol Theater in Portchester, New York.

50th Anniversary light show at the Capitol.

50th Anniversary light show at the Capitol.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 22, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Capitol Theater
Portchester, New York

1. Been So Long
2. Candy Man
3. I See The Light
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Ode To Billy Dean
6. Living Just For You
7. Sleep Song
8. Day To Day Ourt The Window Blues
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Come Back Baby
11. Trial By Fire
12. Good Shepherd
13. Hit Single # 1
14. Encore: Water Song

We were sharing this bill with the David Bromberg Band and it was a great musical night for all of us. The next night we were at the Paramount in Asbury Park and I got to sit in with David for the last tune of his set. Thanks David!

The Airplane played here back in the day many times. BTW so did Tuna.

The Airplane played here back in the day many times. BTW so did Tuna.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Blues in B flat

Blues in B flat

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 23, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Paramount Theater
Asbury Park, New Jersey
Friday, August 16, 2019

1. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
5. Talkin Bout You
6. Ode To Billy Dean
7. Wolves & Lambs
8. Sea Child
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Come Back Baby
12. Funky # 7
13. Encore: Water Song

I didn’t plan on it, but I started the set off with Death Don’t Have No Mercy in remembrance for Peter Fonda who passed on this day. The walls of time are closing in.

Then it was up to Westbury for a gig with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams.

Back to the Island!

Back to the Island!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Always more than great to see Larry and T… and I got to play Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and burning with them.

Great Times!

Great Times!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 24, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Theater At Westbury
Westbury, Long Island
Saturday, August 17, 2019

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Been So Long
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
5. Living Just For You
6. Wolves & Lambs
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Walkin’ Blues
9. In The Kingdom
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. Ode To Billy Dean
13. Funky #7
14. Encore: Water Song

Rockin' In The Round

Rockin' In The Round

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Tomorrow is our first show with Dave Mason up here in New Haven at the College Music Hall. So far Big Fun every night.

Notice the Jorma Votive Candle

Notice the Jorma Votive Candle

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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Another Trip Down The Blue Rige Parkway

July 29th, 2019 Jorma 21 comments

So… it seems like only a couple of weeks ago Nessa and Izze and I were driving down the Blue Ridge Parkway on our way to Blowing Rock and the Westglow Resort… and indeed it was. Myron and I drove out of Southeast Ohio to meet up with Jack and Justin and Phil in Roanoke for the nest leg of our journey which would find us in Floyd, Virginia and Floyd Fest.

Aprés diner in Roanoke...

Aprés diner in Roanoke...

Fopto by Jorma Kaukonen

Early Friday morning we all drove down that beautiful parkway for a podcast… and the assembly of our gear for the electric gig.

Rockin' at Floyd Fest

Rockin' at Floyd Fest

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 19, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Dreaming Creek Main Stage
Floyd Fest
Floyd Virginia
Friday, July 26, 2019

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Come Back Baby
5. Living Just For You
6. Sea Child
7. Talkin’ Bout You
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Come Back Baby
12. Hit Single # 1
13. Funky # 7

Let it rip!

Let it rip!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then Saturday morning Jack and I broke out the acoustic gear for a morning set.

Good morning people...

Good morning people...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 20, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Dreaming Creek Main Stage
Floyd Fest
Floyd Virginia
Saturday, July 27, 2019

1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Barbeque King
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Come Back Baby
11. I Know You Rider
12. Water Song

A delightful day in the mountains… and then the workshop stage.

The old graveyard behind the workshop cabin

The old graveyard behind the workshop cabin

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 21, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Workshop Stage
Floyd Fest
Floyd Virginia
Saturday, July 27, 2019

1. Dime For Beer
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Heart Temporary
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. How Long Blues
6. Death Don’t have No Mercy
7. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
8. I See The Light

Pickin' and talkin'

Pickin' and talkin'

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After the set and the Q and A we headed back up the Parkway to Roanoke. The evening could not have been more beautiful as the day waned. I’m used to seeing deer. We’re surrounded by them here in Darwin, but to see a bear cross the road… now we’re talking. Sorry I missed a picture, but I was driving. In any case…

You jusr can't beat this drive.

You jusr can't beat this drive.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I grew up in the D.C. area and one of the things Mom and Dad liked to do was take the family for a drive down the parkway. Many things have changed since then, but the Parkway has resisted this change.

Good times… and onward!

From Lake Tahoe To Coconut Island

July 9th, 2019 Jorma 7 comments
The good old Crystal Bay Casino

The good old Crystal Bay Casino

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Back to North Shore Tahoe from Park City. I tried to find my Mom’s old place up in Talmont… but the route was lost in antiquity. Another time. The Crystal Bay joint rocked though, and Jack and I had a blast!

Hot Tuna 16, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Crystal Bay, Casino
Crystal Bay, Nevada
Monday, July 1, 2019

First Set:

1. Dime For Beer
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Barbeque King
6. I See The Light
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Sleep Song
11. Trial By Fire
12. Keep your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. San Francisco Bay Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. Trouble In Mind
8. Sea Child
9. Good Shepherd
10. River Of Time
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Water Song

Then the next day we rocked on down to Sacramento and the Crest Theater.

The mighty Crest...

The mighty Crest...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Last time we were here, it was like Night Of The Living Dead on the street. The neighborhood had been cleaned up a bit since then.

Hot Tuna 17, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Crest Theater
Sacramento, California
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

First Set:

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. I See The Light
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. Wolves & Lambs
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Whining Boy Blues
10. Death Don’t Have No Meecy
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here

Second Set:

1. San Francisco Bay Blues
2. Come Back Baby
3. River Of Time
4. I Am The Light Of This World
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Trouble In Mind
7. Sleep Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. Keep Your Lamps rimmed & Burning
10. Encore: Genesis

We kept on running into old friends… which is always good. Bill Laudner was there and I hadn’t seen him for at least forty years. I met him in Santa Cruz the same day I met Paul Kantner back in 1962. He was our first roadie when the Airplane (and all the rest of us) was young. More than bright and early the next day it was off the the airport and Hawaii bound.

Living large in Honolulu

Living large in Honolulu

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We actually had a real day off in Honolulu the day before the gig so I got together with my old friend Bob Kinzie and his wife Joy. Bob and I were at Santa Clara together and he is the one who introduced me to Paul Kantner and Bill Laudner. Bob is a marine biologist so he and Joy were able to take me to Coconut Island. The island is a research center and preserve so it is closed to the public.

Another poopy day in paradise.

Another poopy day in paradise.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

You can see the reef where we were snorkeling.

Here I am with Bob by the lagoon

Here I am with Bob by the lagoon

Foto by Joy Kinzie

I so rarely get to get out of the bubble and just hang, this was awesome and a wonderful way to get set up spiritually for the gig at the Hawaiian Theater.

Now... this is a theater!

Now... this is a theater!

Foto by Erik Kabik

Check this interior.

No disrespect, but this beats the Hawaiian Hut

No disrespect, but this beats the Hawaiian Hut

Foto by Erik Kabik

And more…

Gotta love this!

Gotta love this!

Foto by Erik Kabik

Jack and I were psyched for sure for this one!

Beautiful theater, awesome acoustics!

Beautiful theater, awesome acoustics!

Foto by Erik Kabik

Hot Tuna 18, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Hawaii Theater Center
Honolulu, Hawaii

First Set:

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. Re-Enlistment Blues
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:

1. The Terrible Operation
2. In My Dreams
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. Come Back Baby
5. I See The Light
6. Whining Boy Blues
7. Sea Child
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Good Shepherd
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Things That Might Have Been
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Goodnight Mrs. Calabash... wherever you are...

Goodnight Mrs. Calabash... wherever you are...

Foto by Erik Kabik

The next day I left for home and through a series of traveling mishaps it took two days to get there. I didn’t get home till Monday morning. Oh well, at least I got home.

That’s about it for now… great little run with many good times!