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Twenty First Night With CAMI

February 28th, 2011 Jorma 3 comments

We just got into New Orleans after a long drive from Jacksonville. This is just going to be a short update… I’m going to get some real sleep tonight. Yesterday we were in Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Theater and here is our set list:

CAMI Tour 21
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner & G.E. Smith
Charlie Musselwhite & Jim Lauderdale
Jacksonville Theater
Jacksonville, Florida
Sunday, February 27, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Uncle Sam Blues
4. Second Chances
5. Nine Pound Hammer
6. Halfway Down with Jim, Jack, GE and Barry
7. Good Together with Jim Lauderdale, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
8. Alligator Alley
9. Headed For The Hills with Jim, Charlie Musselwhite, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
10. Sad And Beautiful World with Charlie, Jim, GE, Skoota Warner and the boys
11. Just Because
Second Set Electric:
1. Ode To Billy Dean
2. Children Of Zion
3. Long Gone From Kentucky with GE
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
6. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie Musselwhite
7. Where Highway 61 Runs with CM
8. Cristo Redentor with CM
9. Jawbone with Jim Lauderdale and Charlie Musselwhite
10. Come Back Baby with all
11. Encore: Funky # 7

Tomorrow is the House Of Blues but right now that bed sure looks good. Yep, it’s New Orleans out there, but is bedtime in here.

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Twentieth Night With CAMI

February 27th, 2011 Jorma 5 comments

jacksonville 1
I tell you what… tonight at the Moon in Tallahassee was a good old fashioned southern butt whupping. I have to shamelessly admit that we all rocked like big dogs! Scarey sometimes at our collective ages, but true nonetheless. You know, when I walked down the hall at our hotel I felt like Barton Fink, but by the time we hit the venue a day or so later, we were ready to rock!
jacksonville 2
Before the gig we were pottering around by the stage entrance and the sky was so beautiful, it reminded me why people move to Florida.
tallahassee 7
Back in the hall, they were setting up for the gig while I printed out the set list.
tallahassee 6
…and here is our set list for tonight:
CAMI Tour 20
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner & G.E. Smith
Charlie Musselwhite & Jim Lauderdale
The Moon
Tallahassee, Florida
Sunday 26, March 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
2. Free From The Chain Gang Now
3. Come Back Baby
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. I Know You Rider
6. Halfway Down with Jim, Jack, GE and Barry
7. Good Together with Jim Lauderdale, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
8. Alligator Alley
9. Headed For The Hills with Jim, Charlie Musselwhite, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
10. Sad And Beautiful World with Charlie, Jim, GE, Skoota Warner and the boys
11. Red River Blues with da gang
Second Set Electric:
1. I Wish You Would
2. Children Of Zion
3. Let It Rock With GE
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. If This Is Love I Want My Money Back
6. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie Musselwhite
7. Where Highway 61 Runs with CM
8. Cristo Redentor with CM
9. Jawbone with Jim Lauderdale and Charlie Musselwhite
10. Come Back Baby with all
11. First Encore: Hit Single # 1
12. Second Encore: Baby What You Want Me To Do?

Yikes what a night. Tomorrow we’re off to Jacksonville… time for some well deserved shuteye.

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…A Forest Of Intentions

February 23rd, 2011 Jorma 30 comments

A Forest Of Intentions
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Durham, North Carolina

Behind my children’s eyes lie a forest of intentions. Their take on the world sparkles with an intensity that only youth will sustain. Each day, each voyage fills the stores of their growing memory with the substance of their time that will one day be relived in dreams. I see this in them and other children I know that even though my walk in those fields was in another century, I remember the smell of that spring pasture as if it were this morning.

I would like to tell them to treasure these moments and hold them close in the museum of the heart but they have no need to dust off such keepsakes yet… that will come in time if they are lucky. I was in the Museum Of Transportation in Roanoke, Virginia the other day. It was primarily a museum of trains and related vehicles but there was a section with cars in it. I love things like this so I walked into the hall expecting to dance in the midway of the past. My expectations could not have prepared me for my first vision which was of a 1950 Studebaker… my very first car which I got in 1955 and began to drive legally in 1956. Now my Studebaker was a Starlite Coupe… the two door version of this sedan, but no matter… from the front they looked exactly the same and they were the same color. That car was a freedom machine for me. As long as I had enough money for a little gas, there was nowhere I couldn’t or wouldn’t go. Guitar in the trunk, radio blasting, three dollars worth of gas in the tank and off we went in search of life.
studebaker

Seeing that car opened the door into summer yet one more time and that was only the beginning. On the other side of the hall was a 1950 Packard four door sedan. Both my parents and my grandparents had one of these giants. Mom and Dad’s car was green and had an automatic transmission. Mom started to teach me to drive around the neighborhood in Chevy Chase where I grew up when I was thirteen. On quiet weekends we would drive down into Rock Creek Park. (Even though as a kid we lived all over the world, I am a D.C. boy at heart. That is my hometown.) My grandfather, Benjamin S. Levine, PhD had a black Packard… same year, standard transmission. When I came home from the Philippines in 1958 for my senior year of high school at Woodrow Wilson there in D.C. I brought my Lambretta scooter with me, but when I needed a car, Ben would let me drive the Packard. There in that museum hall in Roanoke was such a car, and that wasn’t all.
Ben's Packard

Out in the yard with the trains was a trolley car. It looked familiar. I told Vanessa I thought it looked like a D.C. trolley. I went closer and went through the door. It was a D.C. trolley. On the front of the car was a sign touting a trip to Glen Echo Amusement Park with pools and a roller coaster now long gone.
glen echo trolley
I took that car to Glen Echo to go swimming in the summer. I still remember the sound coins and tokens made traversing the maze of the coin box. I remember the close humidity of the non-air conditioned car… even with all the windows open. I remember the crack of electricity and the smell of the ozone when the trolley jumped the wire. We would come to a stop and the motorman would get out and guide the trolley back onto the wire and off we would go again. The smell of the chlorine in the pool mixed with suntan oil will always be entwined with the sight of the girls we knew from school sunning themselves in the dawn of their lives.
in the trolley

I wandered through the steam engines and cars and I thought how, in 1959, I rode one of the last steam trains out of Union Station in D.C. to Columbus, Ohio on my way back to school in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Steam travel is now a quaint oddity for summer excursions on historic railroad lines. Then, it was still just transportation.
last train out

Some of my band mates from the tour showed up about then. We all wound up talking with the ticket taker guy who was about my age. When I told him about all the touchstones of memory surrounding me he pointed out that you know you’re getting old when all the things that were important to you as a kid can now only be found in museums. How true… how true!
chewin the fat

I think of these things from time to time. Bill Haile, who was my best friend when I was a kid has now been dead a number of years. I miss our occasional reunions. We led different lives, but in the end we were always friends. His passing has left a void in my life even though we rarely saw each other. Like my Uncle Art, now gone for a number of years, like Mom and Dad… the passing of time places them in a hall of memories that, when opened, not only allows them to enter our hearts but gently reminds us of the precious moments we are given to share with those we love here on this side of eternity.
I LIke Ike

Behind my children’s eyes lies a forest of intentions. It is a precious forest filled with first growth. We were all there once as we walked in that wilderness seeking a place to build our lives. Behind my eyes lies a commitment not to forget the past and a veiled perception of the road I would like to follow into the future. Between what is gone and what lies ahead, I am blessed to say that there is nothing wrong with today. As I look outside my hotel room window here in Durham, I see I-85 with traffic rushing north and south. I would rather be home on a day like this, but I shall be home again before too long.

The sky is a pale blue and the clouds are undefined splashes of white gauze stretching to the horizon. I can see that winter is relinquishing it’s hold and that another spring is on the way.

I look forward to it.

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Nineteenth Night With CAMI

February 23rd, 2011 Jorma 4 comments

durham hall

Last night at the Carolina Theater in Durham was a sizzler. Here is our set list:

CAMI Tour 19
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner & G.E. Smith
Charlie Musselwhite & Jim Lauderdale
Carolina Theater
Durham, North Carolina
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. I’m Free From The Chain Gang Now
3. Second Chances
4. Uncle Sam Blues
5. Nine Pound Hammer
6. Halfway Down with Jim, Jack, GE and Barry
7. Good Together with Jim Lauderdale, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
8. Alligator Alley
9. Headed For The Hills with Jim, Charlie Musselwhite, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
10. Sad And Beautiful World with Charlie, Jim, GE, Skoota Warner and the boys
11. Just Because
Second Set Electric:
1. Ode To Billy Dean
2. Corners Without Exits
3. Long Gone From Kentucky with GE
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. If This Is Love I Want My Money Back
6. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie Musselwhite
7. Where Highway 61 Runs with CM
8. Cristo Redentor with CM
9. Jawbone with Jim Lauderdale and Charlie Musselwhite
10. Come Back Baby with all
11. Encore: Funky #7

I got to hang a little after the show with the great guitaris Will Macfarlane and his son. Good stuff, nothing like friends.

Today is an actual day off… no travel. I’m going to Cracker Barrel.

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Eighteenth Night With CAMI

February 21st, 2011 Jorma 5 comments

Last night at the Jefferson Center was grand on many levels. In addition the the great concert hall, there was the Music Lab… an unbelievable educational facility for kids. We’re going to try to do some work with these folks! Really good works… and then there was the food backstage. All in all, a total experience.
inside at the ferguson

Here is our set list:

CAMI Tour 18
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner & G.E. Smith
Charlie Musselwhite & Jim Lauderdale
Shaftman Performance Hall
Roanoke, Virginia
Sunday, February 20, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. Blue Railroad Train
2. Breadline Blues
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. How Long Blues
5. Mann’s Fate
6. Halfway Down with Jim, Jack, GE and Barry
7. Good Together with Jim Lauderdale, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
8. Alligator Alley
9. Headed For The Hills with Jim, Charlie Musselwhite, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
10. Sad And Beautiful World with Charlie, Jim, GE, Skoota Warner and the boys
11. Red River Blues
Second Set Electric:
1. Talkin’ Bout You
2. Goodbye To The Blues
3. Eyesight To The Blind with GE
4. Children Of Zion
5. Hit Single #1
6. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie Musselwhite
7. Where Highway 61 Runs with CM
8. Cristo Redentor with CM
9. Jawbone with Jim Lauderdale and Charlie Musselwhite
10. Come Back Baby with all
11. Encore: Baby What You Want Me To Do?

Indeed… the frosting on the cake for me was the arrival of my wife and daughter who I hadn’t seen in a month. How much better than this does it get?

Check this picture of GE back stage…

ge in roanoke

Time for breakfast with the girls.

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Seventeenth Night With CAMI

February 20th, 2011 Jorma 6 comments

Last night we were at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. A beautiful campus with an outstanding concert hall.
mason backstage

My son lives nearby so I got to spend a little time with him which, needless to say, was quite the blessing. He helped with the merchandise and all in all, it was quite the evening. Here is our set list:

CAMI Tour 17
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner & G.E. Smith
Charlie Musselwhite & Jim Lauderdale
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia
Saturday, February 19, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. River Of Time
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Second Chances
4. Uncle Sam Blues
5. Nine Pound Hammer
6. Trashcan Tomcat with Jim, Jack, and Barry
7. Good Together with Jim Lauderdale, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
8. Alligator Alley
9. Headed For The Hills with Jim, Charlie Musselwhite, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
10. Sad And Beautiful World with Charlie, Jim, GE, Skoota Warner and the boys
11. Red River Blues
Second Set Electric:
1. I Wish You Would
2. Children Of Zion
3. Eyesight To The Blind With GE
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
6. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie Musselwhite
7. Where Highway 61 Runs with CM
8. Cristo Redentor with CM
9. Jawbone with Jim Lauderdale and Charlie Musselwhite
10. Come Back Baby with all
11. Encore: Baby What You Want Me To Do?

We’re off to Roanoke today and then tomorrow a much needed day off. This tour is a lot of fun, but it sure makes for some good naps diring the day!
mason auditorium

Imagine this room almost sold out… Good stuff!

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Sixteenth Night Of CAMI

February 19th, 2011 Jorma 3 comments

There was some pretty fancy back stage stuff… check this out.
maltese falcon
Tonight me and the boys were at the Ferguson Center in Newport News and what a trip it was! Firstly, here is our set list:

CAMI Tour 16
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner & G.E. Smith
Charlie Musselwhite & Jim Lauderdale
Ferguson Center For The Arts
Newport News, Virginia
Friday, February 18, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Things That Might have Been
4. Come Back Baby
5. I Know You Rider
6. Trashcan Tomcat with Jim, Jack, and Barry
7. Good Together with Jim Lauderdale, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
8. Alligator Alley
9. Headed For The Hills with Jim, Charlie Musselwhite, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
10. Sad And Beautiful World with Charlie, Jim, GE, Skoota Warner and the boys
11. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set Electric:
1. Can’t Get Satisfied
2. Children Of Zion
3. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie
4. Long Gone From Kentucky
5. Goodbye To the Blues
6. Hit Single # 1
7. Where Highway 61 Runs with CM
8. Cristo Redentor with CM
9. Jawbone with Jim Lauderdale and Charlie Musselwhite
10. Come Back Baby with all
11. Encore: Water Song

cracker barrel morning

When you think that the day started out like this, who knew where it would go? All this and the Country Store too?

newport on stage
Indeed, it started out at the Cracker Barrel and wound up here. Another day of the dream on the road. Now to sleep, but first a shot of the great Skoota Warner at his kit:

skoota tama

Truly, some days it really is all good!

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Fifteenth Night With CAMI

February 18th, 2011 Jorma 11 comments

Basie poster
Yep, it’s us… at the Count Basie Theater in Red Banks, New Jersey.
Well, after a day off in Philly we were all ready to rock again and rock we did. This was not a reserved evening… even the acoustic set. Here is the list:
CAMI Tour 15
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner & G.E. Smith
Charlie Musselwhite & Jim Lauderdale
Count Basie Theater
Red Bank, New Jersey
Thursday, February 17, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Second Chances
4. Uncle Sam Blues
5. Nine Pound Hammer
6. Good Together with Jim Lauderdale, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
7. New Jim Song… details later
8. Alligator Alley
9. Headed For The Hills with Jim, Charlie Musselwhite, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
10. Sad And Beautiful World with Charlie, Jim, GE, Skoota Warner and the boys
11. Red River Blues
Second Set Electric:
1. I See The Light
2. Children Of Zion
3. GE
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
6. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie Musselwhite
7. Where Highway 61 Runs with CM
8. Cristo Redentor with CM
9. Jawbone with Jim Lauderdale and Charlie Musselwhite
10. Come Back Baby with all
11. Encore: Funky # 7
The energy of a crowd is infectious and these folks really got us going. Before the show I got to wander around the neighborhood a little and got some good pictures.
basie laundromat
I just did my clothes, but this next one made me hungry:
Meat in red bank

The theater was beautifully restored inside… here is before the stage was set with the trusses down:

trusses ready

…and check this ceiling detail:

basie ceiling

Well, that’s about it for now. We’re off to Newport News at 0600. Good grief…

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Fourteenth Night With CAMI

February 16th, 2011 Jorma 13 comments

Well, my last post sure stirred up a you-know-what storm. Most of my extended family out there supported me. Thanks… that is appreciated more than I can tell you. Some did not… you are entitled to your opinion. I try to remind myself that it is really not my business what others think of me. OK… moving right along here!

dressing room at Sellersville
Last night me and the gang were in that little old theater in Sellersville… and here is a picture of us in the dressing room. As always, the dream continues. The Sellersville Theater may be small, but it is mighty and we sure a a great time playing there. Here is our set list:

CAMI Tour 14
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner & G.E. Smith
Charlie Musselwhite & Jim Lauderdale
Sellersville Theater
Sellersville, Pennsylvania
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. More Than My Old Guitar
4. Come Back Baby
5. I Know You Rider
6. Trashcan Tomcat with Jim, Jack, and Barry
7. Good Together with Jim Lauderdale, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
8. Alligator Alley
9. Headed For The Hills with Jim, Charlie Musselwhite, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
10. Sad And Beautiful World with Charlie, Jim, GE, Skoota Warner and the boys
11. Red River Blues
Second Set Electric:
1. I Wish You Would
2. 99 Year Blues
3. GE
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. If This Is Love, I want My Money Back
6. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie Musselwhite
7. Where Highway 61 Runs with CM
8. Cristo Redentor with CM
9. Jawbone with Jim Lauderdale and Charlie Musselwhite
10. Come Back Baby with all
11. Encore: Hit Single #1

a guitar is a beautiful thing

We drove back to Philly for a day off and it was indeed a beautiful day. There is the coming of Spring in the air… It seems like we have waited a long time for this. I rarely stay in Center City when I’m in the Philadelphia area so it’s really nice to just walk around and be one of the people on the street. As I was walking down near the Town Hall or whatever it is, there was a street musician playing harmonica and doing a heck of a job on Little Walter’s ‘My Babe.’ Good stuff indeed…

town hall

This might be a great opportunity to find a gym and see if I can infuse some energy into these old bones.

Onward…

streets of philly

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Obervations From The Road

February 15th, 2011 Jorma 62 comments

Hello folks:

This note has been a long time coming and at some point in the foreseeable future it will become written policy on our/my tour page. It concerns autographs and such. I got a letter from a disgruntled fan the other night because I walked past him to get into a van that would take me and the rest of the band to the hotel. The gentleman who wrote me the note took extreme umbrage at this and was personally offended. I will readily admit that I could have handled the situation differently. I could have said, ‘I am a seventy year old man who has just gotten off stage… I am soaked with sweat and I have been at this venue since two thirty in the afternoon. I’m going to get some sleep.’ I’ll accept this criticism as valid. What I will not accept, is criticism like this:

‘There are wars going on and young women and men are giving up their life for this country and you cannot scribble your name on a CD cover or smile for a quick photograph…’

I do not see what being an entertainer has to do with our heroic men and women who answer the call to duty and serve our country. Hot Tuna has done it’s small part to honor our heroes. We have been allowed to be able to go to Walter Reed Hospital and play for some of these folks. The Fur Peace Ranch and I offer scholarships for returning vets from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, blah, blah, blah. I do my part, small though it may be.

Buying a ticket to a show entitles one to see that show, nothing else… everything else is gravy. We have recently been beset by people who, after shows, show up with stacks of the same picture, pickguards, guitars and guitar parts as well as stacks of the same records and CD’s. We are not here to help people with their Ebay adventures. I will not be signing any more guitars or parts. Some of these offenders have been showing up at our hotels. I consider this stalking.

I find it interesting that though I find myself accused of being insensitive to others feelings, that there are people who consider that any time I am seen in public that my time is theirs. When I am on stage, my time is theirs and I give it my very best every night. I have been doing this for almost fifty years. When I am in a restaurant either alone or with my wife and daughter and someone comes up and says, ‘I don’t mean to bother you but…’ Guess what? It might be a bother.

I am honored that I/we have had an audience that has supported our art for a very long time. That is a blessing that cannot be quantified. That fact that someone who may not have even been to the show follows the bus to the hotel and blocks the door, is another story. After one of the Beacon shows in December, when we got to our hotel there were four or five large men at the door. When we tried to get in, one of the guys called my wife a name that begins with ‘C.’

As always, the behavior of the few affects everyone.

If someone is seeking an autograph and cannot get one at the gig, sending a self addressed, stamped envelope to us at the Fur peace Ranch will get it done. If we can do it in a moderately orderly fashion at the gig we will do it. If not, no insult is intended.

The real world is not an unpleasant place. Most people I meet are genuine and delightful. Considering what I do for a living, this might seem a little odd, but being surrounded by a crowd makes me extremely nervous. Genuine and delightful or not, when I am surrounded I feel at risk. So be it.

I love what I do… I appreciate our fans more than anyone can imagine. They have allowed us to do what we do for a very long time. I would like to think that honoring them with the very best show that we can muster would be good enough.

Enough hot air for now…

Jorma

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