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The Week That Was With Warren Haynes & The Boys

January 25th, 2020 Jorma 2 comments
Myron and Me on the plane...

Myron and Me on the plane...

Selfie by Myron Hart

Monday last Myron and I saddled up and headed down to Runaway Bay to join the rest of the Hot Tuna gang, Warren Haynes (who was ramrodding the show) the North Mississippi Allstars and more.

A little bit of sun

A little bit of sun

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The weather came and went, but what the heck… it wasn’t snowing.

The trio... in aspect and attribute

The trio... in aspect and attribute

Foto by Phil Jacobs

(Think Jack Vance, ‘To Live Forever.’)

Hot Tuna 1, 2020
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Govt. Mule
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

1. Letter To The North Star
2. Been So Long
3. Walkin’ Blues
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. I See The Light
6. Living Just For You
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Can’t Get Satisfied
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Hit Single #1
12. Good Shepherd with Luther Dickenson
13. Encore: Baby What You Want Me To Do? With Luther Dickenson

Luyther sits in on Good Shepherd and more...

Luther sits in on Good Shepherd and more...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then Warren graciously dealt the Tuna gang in.

Big jam...

Big jam...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then Jack and I did a duo…

Good times...

Good times...

Foto by Suzy Perler

Hot Tuna 1, 2020
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
With Govt. Mule
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. Vampire Women
3. Come Back Baby
4. I Am The Light of This World
5. River Of Time
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. How Long Blues
9. I See The Light
10. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
11. Sleep Song
12. Good Shepherd
13. Encore: Trial By Fire

The loveliest night

The loveliest night

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen…

Then Tuna was scheduled to play an electric set… but we beat the rain by going indoors and playing an ‘acoustic’ set in the dining room… with drums.

Hot Tuna 3, 2020
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Govt. Mule
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Barbeque King
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
6. Trouble In Mind
7. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
8. Too Many Years
9. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
10. I Know You Rider

Yep… rain notwithstanding, it was a really good time.

Tomorrow Hurl and I are heading to Sanibel Island for two weeks of Fur Peace Ranch Winter Workshops On The Road.

More will be revealed…

Third Decade Of The Millenium

January 1st, 2020 Jorma 17 comments
Flying into Tampa

Flying into Tampa

Foto by Myron Hart

Nice picture Myron…

We flew into Tampa for our acoustic Clearwater gig…

Nice... very nice!

Nice... very nice!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 60, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Bilheimer Capitol Theater
Clearwater, Florida
Saturday, December 28, 2019

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Dime For Beer
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Too Many Years
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. River Of Time
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. How Long Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps rimmed & Burning
13. Sleep Song
14. Trial By Fire
15. Good Shepherd
16. Candy Man
17. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
18. I Know You Rider
19. Encore: Embryonic Journey

We did get to hang a little with John McEuen who was on the show with us.

Jorma, John and Jack

Jorma, John and Jack

Then we had a day off in Clearwater and actually got to go to the beach. Again… nice.

Then over to Pompano beach where we were going to stay for the New Year Gig at the Parker Playhouse.

Sunset on the Atlantic

Sunset on the Atlantic

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah… pretty nice these last couple of days of 2019.

Nice lobby

Nice lobby

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 61, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
New Years 2019/2020
Entering The Third Millennium Decade
Parker Playhouse
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Barbeque King
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Ode To Billy Dean
6. Sea Child
7. Trial By Fire
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Baby What You Want Me To Do?

Second Set:
1. Candy Man
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Walkin’ Blues
4. Hit Single #1
5. Living Just For You
6. Death Don’t have No Mercy
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Sleep Song
9. Talkin’ Bout You
10. Good Shepherd
11. Embryonic Journey
12. First song of 2020: Funky #7

Picking on the blues

Picking on the blues

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I’d been fighting a cold, but the music pushes all that into the background!

Jack takes a solo

Jack takes a solo

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It was a sold out crowd and Justin and Jack and I put on a great show… if I do say so myself.

Justin, Jorma and Jack

Justin, Jorma and Jack

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The hit just kept on coming. We played Embryonic journey to ease into the 2355 slot and then began the countdown.

It ain't Times Square, but we had a disco ball!

It ain't Times Square, but we had a disco ball!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Good times… and a nice way to ring in the new year. Lots of old friends… and made some new.

Love you all!

Happy 2020!

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Scattering To The Four Winds

December 16th, 2019 Jorma 42 comments
Back at the Ranch...

Back at the Ranch...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It was a chilly night pulling into Kent, Ohio for our performance at the Kent Stages but the weather didn’t chill our spirits on stage.

Hot Tuna 56, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Kent Stage
Kent, Ohio
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

1. True Religion
2. I See The Light
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Letter To The North Star
5. Third Week In The Chelsea
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. How Long Blues
11. Sea Child
12. Trial By Fire
13. Good Shepherd
14. That’ll Never Happen No More
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Children Of Zion with Larry & Teresa
17. Encore 2: Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry & Teresa

After the show we had a ‘day off’ to drive to Chicago for our show the next day at Park West.

It's been a minute or two since we played here...

It's been a minute or two since we played here...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 57, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Park West
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, December 13, 2019

1. True Religion
2. I See The Light
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. Sleep Song
7. Trial By Fire
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. River Of Time
10. Trouble In Mind
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
12. Been So Long
13. Sea Child
14. Good Shepherd
15. San Francisco Bay Blues
16. Encore: Children Of Zion with Larry & Teresa
17. Encore 2: Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry & Teresa

It was a great gig and I got to see my friend Dave Specter. I got to play on Dave’s new record ‘Blues From The Inside Out which was an honor indeed. I also got to see Julia Miller from Delmark Records. It was a grand hang! Then we breezed up to St. Paul and the Fitzgerald Theater, former home of Prairie Home Companion and more.

The Mighty Fitzgerald on a frosty night!

The Mighty Fitzgerald on a frosty night!

Foto by Phil Jacobs.

I had been looking forward to this gig in more ways than one. I had been communicating with David Flammang for the better part of the year… waiting breathlessly for the J-35ish guitar he has been building for me. With a torrified top and a dark burst finish I can hardly wait for this beauty to sit in my lap onstage!

GreenE, Iowa is luck to have a man like Dave as a neighbor!

GreenE, Iowa is luck to have a man like Dave as a neighbor!

Larry Campbell dropped into the dressing room and wound up taking on of Dave’s guitars home as well!

Man, what a sound. Of course, Larry's playing it! :)

Man, what a sound. Of course, Larry's playing it! :)

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Oh yeah… there was the gig too!

Hot Tuna 58, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Fitzgerald Theater
St. Paul, Minnesota
Saturday, December 14, 2019

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Letter To The North Star
6. River Of Time
7. Sea Child
8. Trial By Fire
9. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Come Back Baby
12. Sleep Song
13. Good Shepherd
14. Encore: Children Of Zion with Larry & Teresa
15. Encore 2: Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry & Teresa

Thanks for making the trek Dave. You are the man!

Sunrise in St. Paul

Sunrise in St. Paul

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was an early drive to Milwaukee and the Turner.

Yet one more great venue!

Yet one more great venue!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jack and I have been sitting in with Teresa, Larry and Myron Hart for their final number… Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning.

Fun with friends

Fun with friends

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I’ve been playing Lamps for decades but Teresa owns that song and that’s a fact. Rev. Davis would have love this!

Hot Tuna 59, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sunday, December 15, 2019

1. True Religion
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Too Many Years
5. Ain’t In No Hurry
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Sleep Song
10. Flying Clouds
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. River Of Time
13. Come Back Baby
14. San Francisco Bay Blues
15. Trial By Fire
16. Good Shepherd
17. I Know You Rider
18. Encore: Children Of Zion with Larry & Teresa
19. Encore 2: Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry & Teresa

L and T joined Jack and myself for the last two songs each night. Soaring on heavenly wings indeed!

Children Of Zion

Children Of Zion

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After show we beat feet for home and pulled in about 1100. Rainy, cold and gloomy.

Great run… great to be home!

Goodbye to the Big Bus

Goodbye to the Big Bus

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Looks like I’m home for the holidays… well, except for New Years. More on that later…

In the meantime, all of us… all good friends, heading for home!

PS Lest I forget.. because I did forget… the Buffalo Set List.

Hot Tuna 54, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Asbury Hall
Buffalo, New York
Monday, December 9, 2019

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Candy Man
3. Second Chances
4. Letter To The North Star
5. Death Don’t have No Mercy
6. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Serpent Of Dreams
9. River Of Time
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Barbeque King
12. Been So Long
13. Flying Clouds
14. Trial By Fire
15. Good Shepherd
16. I Knows You Rider
17. Encore: Children Of Zion with Larry & Teresa
18. Encore 2: Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry & Teresa

And last but not least…

Hot Tuna 55, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Palace Theater
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

1. Letter To The North Star
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Trouble In Mind
4. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
5. Barbeque King
6. Too Many Years
7. Second Chances
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. Heart Temporary
12. Sleep Song
13. Good Shepherd
14. Encore: Children Of Zion with Larry & Teresa
15. Encore 2: Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry & Teresa

Three More Good Ones!

December 9th, 2019 Jorma 25 comments

Moving right along here on this great tour with Jack, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and Myron Hart… really good times!

Back to the Bardavon

Back to the Bardavon

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Yeah… it’s been a minute or two, but great to be back to this Mid-Hudson historic town!

Hot Tuna 51, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Bardovan Opera House
Poughkeepsie, New York
Thursday, December 5, 2019

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Ain’t In No Hurry
5. Barbeque King
6. Search My Heart
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Trial By Fire
9. Flying Clouds
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. River Of Time
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. Come Back Baby
14. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
15. Serpent Of Dreams
16. Sleep Song
17. Good Shepherd
18. I Know You Rider
19. Encore: Children Of Zion with Larry & Teresa
20. Encore 2: Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry & Teresa

Then a run up to the Colonial in New Hampshire.

Again... been too long!

Again... been too long!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 52, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Colonial Performing Arts Center
Keene, New Hampshire
December 6, 2019

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Second Chances
4. Wolves & Lambs
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Barbeque King
7. I See The Light
8. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Sea Child
11. Trial By Fire
12. Good Shepherd
13. Whining Boy Blues
14. San Francisco Bay Blues
15. Encore: Children Of Zion with Larry & Teresa
16. Encore 2: Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry & Teresa

Then for the third one in this trifecta… the Garde In New London, Conn.

What... no name in lights?

What... no name in lights?

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 53, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Garde Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, December 7, 2019

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Too Many Years
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Search My Heart
6. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Sleep Song
9. Flying Clouds
10. Trial By Fire
11. The Terrible Operation
12. How Long Blues
13. Serpent Of Dreams
14. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
15. Good Shepherd
16. Things That Might Have Been
17. I Know You Rider
18. Encore: Children Of Zion with Larry & Teresa
19. Encore 2: Bar Room Crystal Ball with Larry & Teresa

Nice Room... the Garde

Nice Room... the Garde

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A cursory rundown here of the last three dates, but so be it.

Tonight… Buffalo.

Yow

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From Pikachu To Poughkeepsie

December 4th, 2019 Jorma 15 comments
Pikachu tethered

Pikachu tethered

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

So there we were, Vanessa, Izze and I… viewing the start of the Macy’s Day parade from a warm place in Lincoln Center. An auspicious start to a New York City visit and Town Hall.

A delicious Thanksgiving dinner with the Tuna Gang at Riverpark and then it was time for the Friday gig at Town Hall where we were joined by our good friend Steve Kimock.

It's been a while... a decade or so...

It's been a while... a decade or so...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 47, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
Town Hall
New York City
November 29, 2019

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Walkin’ Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Sea Child with Steve
6. Hesitation Blues with Steve
7. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
8. Baby What You Want Me To Do? With Steve

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Trial By Fire
4. Living Just For You
5. Easy Now with Steve
6. Rock Me Baby with Steve
7. Sleep Song With Steve
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy with Steve
9. Good Shepherd with Steve
10. Funky #7 with Steve
11. Encore: Water Song

And as if that weren’t good enough… there was Saturday…

Hot Tuna 48, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
Town Hall
New York City
Saturday, November 30, 2019

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Trial by Fire
6. Flying Clouds with Steve
7. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
8. Hit Single #1 with Steve

Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Easy Now with Steve
5. Sleep Song with Steve
6. Watch The North Wind Rise with Steve
7. Barbeque King with Steve
8. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
9. Sea Child with Steve
10. Good Shepherd with Steve
11. Come Back Baby with Steve
12. Funky #7 with Steve
13. Encore: Baby What You Want Me To Do? With Steve

Then on Sunday, as weather was moving in… we bussed up to Bethlehem.

Oops...

Oops...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah, it was a real winter drive, but at least the gig played on the next day.

It's been a while since these babies were hot...

It's been a while since these babies were hot...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Well, it could have been worse, that’s for sure. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
came on board (literally) and we’ll be together for the remainder of the tour.

Hot Tuna 49, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Musikfest Café
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Monday, December 2, 2019

1. True Religion
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Death Don’t have No Mercy
7. Ain’t In No Hurry
8. Trial By Fire
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Barbeque King
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
14. How Long Blues
15. Serpent Of Dreams
16. Embryonic Journey
17. Good Shepherd
18. I Know You Rider
19. Encore: Water Song

Larry and Teresa are joined on this run by our very own Myron Hart on guitar and mandolin and I’ve been sitting in on Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning. Boy, does she own this song!

Then on a lovely wintry day we zoomed up to Troy, NY and that very beautiful venue, the Troy Music Hall.

This place is awesome!

This place is awesome!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 50, 2019
The Original Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Troy, New York
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Too Many Years
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. I See The Light
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. River Of Time
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Come Back Baby
10. Candy Man
11. Death Don’t have No Mercy
12. Sleep Song
13. Trial By Fire
14. Good Shepherd
15. Trouble In Mind
16. I Know You Rider
17. Encore: Water Song

Pristine... and musical

Pristine... and musical

Foto by Phil jacobs

We meandered down to Poughkeepsie today and tomorrow we’ll all be at the Bardovan.

OK… moderately up to date.

Onward

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Town Hall… Come One Come All!

November 26th, 2019 Jorma 43 comments
Steve, Jack, Justin and I having a really good time!

Steve, Jack, Justin and I having a really good time!

Yes folks… Thanksgiving is around the corner and around the corner from that is Hot Tuna’s return to Town Hall in New York City! Jack and Justin and I are really looking forward to this two day run November 29 and 30. We’re dusting off a couple of old chestnuts that we haven’t played in, well… a while. We’ve also got our good friend Steve Kimock on board for these dates. We’re planning on filling the room with notes and more notes!

These are our only electric dates until later next year so we’re really counting on kicking out the jams… as they say!

Have a great Thanksgiving y’all and we sure hope to see you this weekend in festive New York City!

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A Wondrous Milestone… 2019 Season Closes At The Fur Peace Ranch

November 11th, 2019 Jorma 10 comments
Full moon over the Ranch!

Full moon over the Ranch!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Things are always hot at the Fur Peace Ranch but this fine November availed us all of a beautiful weekend. There is snow and an Arctic Blast coming in tonight, but the weekend was golden! Our good friend Tom Feldmann was on hand to help with our closing Level IV class. The room was filled with great players and on Sunday our guitar tech and sound man, Myron Hart came in and gave the class a multi dimensional taste of what it is like for a professional performer to adapt to different environments every night and still come up with a great sound. Thanks Myron!

Saturay night, good old fun loving Hot Tuna closed the Fur Peace Station Concert Series with two rocking electric sets. Our worth compatriot Justin Guip drove down from Upstate New York to play drums and a grand old time was had by all!

Hot Tuna 46, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip

Fur Peace Station
Final Concert 2019
Darwin, Ohio

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
3. I See The Light
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Talkin’ Bout You
6. Sea Child
7. Roads and Roads &
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Come Back Baby

Second Set:
1. Living Just For You
2. Letter To The North Star
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Hit Single #1
6. Rock Me Baby
7. Sleep Song
8. Trial By Fire
9. Good Shepherd
10. Funky # 7
11. Encore: Water Song

Big thanks to Justin and his son Angus for making the trip. See you both soon at the Town Hall in NYC on the 29th and 30th of this month.

Jack, Tom, the gang at the Ranch and I on Sunday

Jack, Tom, the gang at the Ranch and I on Sunday

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

I brought out my 1968 Gibson J-50 for the guys to see and play. This guitar was with me every step of the way from 1960 really into the early 80’s. Other guitars may have reared their peg heads, but the old Gibby was never far away!

Tom Feldmann did another stellar Coffee Break Concert in the Beatrice Love Kitchen for the breakfast show!

Another year begins to slip away. Their has been laughter and tears in the course of this year… but we are still alive to wrap ourselves in both.

I expect snow tonight…

Time moves on… as do we…

And last… but not least… I honor all our veterans, past and present. In my family, my dad and his two brothers… all WWII vets. Jorma Sr., USN, Pentti Kaukonen, US Army, Tarmo Leonard Kaukonen, US Army.

Thanks to you all!

Catch Up Again

November 7th, 2019 Jorma 17 comments
Twilight at the Ranch

Twilight at the Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The night sky is moving subtly from Fall into Winter even though Winter per se is over a month away. Today is rainy and chilly here in Southeast Ohio. At least it’s no freezing. In any case, last weekend our dear friend Dave Revels brought his Shadows Of The Sixties troupe to our very own Fur Peace Station.

With the ladies...

With the ladies...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

To make it easier for me… I’m just going to list personnel before proceeding.

Dave and Sonia Revels vocals
Elmore Martin, vocals
Wiley Lopez, vocals
Susan Spain, vocals
Samuel White, vocals
Lawrence Anthony Grant, bass vocals
Anthony Davis, Vocals
Rick Humphreys Horns
Joseph Badaczewski Horns
(apologies to Rick and Joseph for me not being more specific about their personal instruments. This is a parallel universe for me.)
John Michael Cullens, Drums and percussion
Kevin Hill, bass
Charles Turner, keyboards
Melvin Miller Jr., guitar and band director

I just can’t say enough about this amazing cast of artists… their dedication to their art and their mission to tell an important story!

Melvin MIller jr. and me...

Melvin MIller jr. and me...

We have had the distinct honor to count count Dave Revels as one of our dearest friends for some time now and we are so grateful that he brought this amazing revue to our little venue!

Second set show...

Second set show...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

As the owners and operators of a small business, Vanessa and I face all he realities of business owners in our position. When everything goes as planned, it’s gravy. When our business needs a little transfusion, it’s up to us to give it. On weekends like this, surrounded by the joy of the music and what it brings to us and those who choose to spend time with us here at the Ranch… it is more than worth whatever we have to do to make it happen. Our amazing staff, our students, our audiences and the artists who come to teach and/or play concerts… I love you all!

Kevin Hill, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, John Michael Cullens and Melvin Miller Jr.

Kevin Hill, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, John Michael Cullens and Melvin Miller Jr.

I could go on and on about this show… but I’ll just post some more pictures.

Rick, Joseph and Melvin

Rick, Joseph and Melvin

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A night to remember for sure!

Back in the real world of the Fur Peace Ranch on Sunday before the Student Performance we shot our group foto.

Group wih Pumpkins

Group wih Pumpkins

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

And on Monday, my class foto:

Handsome group

Handsome group

Foto by Wendy

Another great weekend that just reaffirms why we do what we do… and now…

The other night Jack and I played a very cool show at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza in Worthington. We love this venue!

Hot Tuna 45, 2019
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Original Duo
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Worthington, Ohio
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

1. Whining Boy Blues
2. How Long Blues
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. Letter To The North Star
6. I See The Light
7. Barbeque King
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. River Of Time
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Sea Child
12. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
13. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
14. Come. Back Baby
15. Second Chances
16. San Francisco Bay Blues
17. Sleep Song
18. Good Shepherd
19. Trouble In Mind
20. I Know You Rider
21. Encore: Water Song

Good times!

The Weeks That Were…

October 9th, 2019 Jorma 19 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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