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The Fourteenth Year Begins At The FPR

March 30th, 2011 Jorma 8 comments

A book is finished and others are begun. We recently said goodbye to Pinetop Perkins. He graced us with his elegant presence a couple of years ago and aside from getting to meet him and listen to him play our daughter Izze got to meet him and hang out with him for a bit. When she is older, I hope a trace of this memory will linger. Our friend from the Fur Peace Ranch, Bill Motyczka, wrote this:

Musical friends:

It is with great sadness that I note the passing of Pinetop Perkins yesterday. He was 97.

I had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him perform five years ago.

Pinetop was best known as Muddy Water’s pianist. A gig he held for over a decade.

It was at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peach Ranch, a music symposium and concert venue in southern Ohio.

Perkins was 92 at that time.

I remember coming out of guitar class for an afternoon break and strolling towards the refreshment location when I came upon a group surrounding the elder blues statesmen who was sitting on a the park bench.

He was dressed better than most people on their way to Sunday church meeting. A flawless dark suit, perfectly wrapped his slender frame.

Poised, concentrated, at true calm.

One of the last Kings of the blues was holding court. One of the symposium teachers, Patrick Sweany, knelt in front of Pinetop. Patrick held a huge arched top open body acoustic across his knees.

He was playing some of his own blues creations.

When he finished the song, Pinetop nodded his head. You could tell that he was happy proud that not only had the blues torch been passed, but it continued to burn brightly.

Latter that evening, Bob Margolin, who played lead guitar for Muddy Waters, brought Pinetop out to join him in concert.

Pinetop had a walking stick in one hand and a supporting arm to hold on to with his other. The top of the walking stick had piano keys carved into it. He had on black and white piano key print socks.

He tottered towards the front of the stage, carefully stepping over the sea of cables on the floor.

He sat down at the piano. Played a few chords. And instantly became thirty years old again.

As he played it was easy to forget that he was doing so on an electric keyboard. He made it sound like a full concert size Steinway.

The part that I best remember was him play “MoJo Working”. He had the house rocking so much that at the end of the song, the audience screamed for an encore.

He then played the song all over again, to even greater applause.

Well the song says that he had his Mojo working, but it just didn’t work on you.

I’m sure Pinetops Mojo is still working on us all.

Fondly in rememberance,

Bill Motyczka

PS – more info at:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/Music/03/22/pinetop.perkins.obit/index.html?hpt=T2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinetop_Perkins

And so it goes… youth becomes experience and the elders gently walk down that long corridor into history and legend. Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash… wherever you are!

This past weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch we hosted Tim Reynolds. Pete Huttlinger was supposed to be with us as well, but illness prevented that and so we send our prayers and love out to Pete and his family. Get well brother and come visit us again. Pete sent his pal Tim Thompson to sub for him and we knew that he would be killer as well… indeed he was. Tim brought his son Myles with him… a young violinist of great talent, skill, poise and charm. Check this duo out. They’re really something.

tim reynolds fur peace station stage

It was a chilly weekend… there was even some snow on Sunday morning, but the Spring spirit was in the air. The fellowship was warm and the classes were hot!

backstage
Here we have Tim Thompson, Jorma, Myles Thompson and Tim Reynolds. This is really good stuff.

The weekend done at the Ranch, with a glance at Old Glory I headed to town to get Vanessa a birthday present.

old glory through the trees

Driving down the Ohio River to the Mason/Pomeroy Bridge I saw a string of barges heading upstream towards Racine and I just had to stop for a picture.

ohio river

Well, back into the throws of home reality… It’s great to be here… great to meet new friends and old at the Ranch and great to be heading down the road to a warmer Spring. Next weekend it’s Acoustic Hot Tuna at the Fur Peace Station. Onward!

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Endings And Beginnings

March 22nd, 2011 Jorma 8 comments

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Onwards indeed! Thanks to Gayle for this shot from San Diego as the CAMI tour moved into it’s last week. What a tour it was. Stuck in the snow in Columbus at the airport for the two days prior to the first show… we missed two days of rehearsal and arrived hours before the first show. That said, there were no train wrecks and we got through that still smiling and each date just got better. You can make plans, but you can’t plan the outcome. A resounding thanks to the folks at CAMI for giving us this platform for our collective art. Chris Goldsmith, Marya Glur, Melissa Brown, Allison Ahart-Williams back at the home office, Susan Lamborghini, Bob Kay, in CA, Charles Trundy our sound guy on the road … I can’t remember everyone right now and I apologize for that but you know who your are and I love you all. The music grew as the tour went on and at the end, we were all sorry to say goodbye. Till next time, my friends!

I got home and spent some time with my girls and then a couple of days later I went to Northern Virginia to spend some time with my son. I did some school stuff with him, hung out and on Saturday got a chance to go to the National Cemetery.

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When I was a kid, my Mom used to drive up, park near the Tomb Of The Unknowns and we would watch the changing of the guard and talk about my Dad coming home from WWII. There’s no more parking up near the Tomb, but it is still a mighty expanse of hallowed ground.

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To this day, I watch this with my hand over my heart and tears in my eyes just as I did at five years old. When my dad was stationed in the Philippines, I used to go out to the military cemetery in Makate to do my homework. It was quiet and serene and my Uncle Pentti had friends there.

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Sunday, my son and I had breakfast, he went home to his mom and I back to Ohio to Vanessa and Izze. It’s been three months since I’ve spent any time at home and I can’t tell you how I have been looking forward to this time. On the last leg of the trip… on SR 681 the sky lit up with the strangest welcoming clouds. What a day!

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Well Spring is here and there’s lots of stuff to do around the farm to get ready for it. Oh yes… I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that one of the nights from the Birthday Bash At The Beacon is up on iTunes. Check it out… good stuff.

Gotta take the trash out.

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Twentiy Ninth Night With CAMI… the last night

March 14th, 2011 Jorma 12 comments

Made it home in one piece… Myron and I. Vanessa and my lovely four and a half year old daughter met us at the airport. There is nothing like the sight, sound and feeling of an almost five year old running across the floor with a sign in her hand that said, ‘Welcome home Daddy!’ Those are the golden moments one holds close to the heart. This is going to be short today… I’m going to write a wrap up tomorrow. Suffice it to say that we all had a grand time. The folks at CAMI sure know how to put a tour together. Here is our set list from Friday night in Marin:

CAMI Tour 29
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner
Charlie Musselwhite & Jim Lauderdale
Marin Civic Center
San Rafael, California
Friday, March 11, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. San Francisco Bay Blues
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Uncle Sam Blues
5. Vicksburg Stomp
6. Trashcan Tomcat with Jim, Jack and Barry
7. Good Together with Jim Lauderdale, and the Tuna Boys
8. Alligator Alley with Jim et al
9. Headed For The Hills with Jim, Charlie Musselwhite and the Tuna Boys
10. Sad And Beautiful World with Charlie, Jim, Skoota Warner and the boys
11. Red River Blues
Second Set Electric:
1. I Wish You Would
2. Goodbye To The Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Children Of Zion
5. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
6. Crying Won’t Help You with Charlie Musselwhite on guitar
7. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie Musselwhite
8. Where Highway 61 Runs with CM
9. Cristo Redentor with CM
10. Jawbone with Jim Lauderdale and Charlie Musselwhite
11. Come Back Baby with all
12. Encore: Funky # 7

Alrighty then… I’ve got to go pick the little one up at school. I haven’t adjusted to Daylight Saving Time yet.

Onward!

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Twenty Eighth Night With CAMI

March 11th, 2011 Jorma 7 comments

We’re pulling into the stretch here on this tour. Last night at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara was a good nice for us and we all marveled at how even though we’re all tired with the traveling et al, when we hit the stage the music always seems fresh to us. Here is our set list from last night:

CAMI Tour 28
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner
& Charlie Musselwhite
Lobero Theater
Santa Barbara, California
Thursday, March 10, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Second Chances
4. Vicksburg Stomp
5. River Of Time
6. Uncle Sam Blues
7. I Know You Rider
8. How Long Blues
9. Sad And Beautiful World
10. Red River Blues
Second Set Electric:
1. Ode To Billy Dean
2. Children Of Zion
3. Bowlegged Woman
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
6. Crying Won’t Help You with Charlie M. on guitar
7. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie Musselwhite
8. Where Highway 61 Runs with Charlie Musselwhite
9. Christo Redentor with Charlie Musselwhite
10. Come Back Baby with the gang
11. Encore: Hit Single # 1

We are indeed getting so short here and the end comes with a bittersweet smile. We’re leaving Santa Barbara shortly to go to Marin… straight to the gig at the Civic Center… then after the show to the hotel in SF and an early flight out tomorrow morning home. Gotta close the suitcase… more anon.

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Twenty Seventh Night With CAMI

March 10th, 2011 Jorma 3 comments

Went to sleep as soon as I got in last night and slept in this morning… therefore, another very short post. Here is our set list from last night:

CAMI Tour 27
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner
& Charlie Musselwhite
The Coach House
San Juan Capistrano, California
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. I Am The Light Of This World
5. Uncle Sam Blues
6. How Long Blues
7. Nine Pound Hammer
8. Sad And Beautiful World with Charlie M.
9. Trouble In Mind
10. Red River Blues
Second Set Electric:
1. I Wish You Would
2. Goodbye To The Blues
3. 99 Year Blues
4. Children Of Zion
5. If This Is Love I Want My Money Back
6. Cryin’ Won’t Help You with Charlie Musselwhite on guitar
7. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie Musselwhite
8. Where Highway 61 Runs with Charlie Musselwhite
9. Christo Redentor with Charlie Musselwhite
10. Come Back Baby with the gang
11. Encore: Hit Single #1

We’re just getting ready to drive up to Santa Barbara… hoping we’ll miss LA traffic.

More will be revealed…

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Twenty Sixth evening With Cami

March 9th, 2011 Jorma 4 comments

Indeed time marches on at it’s own pace whether we like it or not. Our good friend Jim Lauderdale’s Mom passed yesterday and our prayers are with Jim and his family.

In Many Houses

In many houses
all at once
I see my mother and father
and they are young as they walk in

Why should my
tears come,
to see them laughing

That they cannot
see me
is of no matter:

I was once
their dream:
now
they are mine.

I have quoted this little poem many times since I discovered it and for better or worse, there just is no better way to describe the passing of a parent.

If all goes well, we will see Jim again at the Marin Civic Center. Be well brother!

Our show last night at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, California was a truly rocking club show as I knew it would be. I have played the Belly Up for many years and it’s always a gas! Here is our set list:

CAMI Tour 26
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner
& Charlie Musselwhite
The Belly Up
Solana Beach, California
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Good Shepherd
5. Uncle Sam Blues
6. How Long Blues
7. I Know You Rider
8. Sad And Beautiful World
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set Electric:
1. Can’t Get Satisfied
2. Ode To Billy Dean
3. Children Of Zion
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. Bowlegged Woman
6. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
7. Cryin’ Won’t Help You with Charlie Musselwhite on guitar
8. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie Musselwhite
9. Where Highway 61 Runs with Charlie Musselwhite
10. Christo Redentor with Charlie Musselwhite
11. Come Back Baby with the gang
12. Encore: Hit Single # 1
13. Encore 2: Baby What You Want Me To Do?

Two encores… thanks a bunch folks! Today we’re off to the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano… Onward as we get shorter!

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A Day Off In San Diego

March 8th, 2011 Jorma 3 comments

Yesterday we started flying from the Kansas City and after a brief stop in Dallas, we wound up here in San Diego. Today, Monday, actually was a day off with no travel. We found ourselves staying near the waterfront where the Carrier Midway was docked and I took this opportunity to visit this magnificent historical ship. I’d read about the CV-41 but this was my first chance to visit the ship.
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Now my path did not lead me in the service but my father and my two uncles served in WWII. My uncle Tarmo was in North Africa and Italy… Pentti saw action in the Pacific and my Dad found himself in Japan in 1945. This day reminded me of those men and frankly, of all the men and women who served then and serve now.

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When I was a kid I loved the F-4U Corsair… and here it was on the hangar deck. What a magnificent aircraft.
Wandering around there were some exhibits recalling the fall of Saigon and the many Vietnamese who found their way to this country on the decks of the Midway.

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My grandparents on both sides of my family came from other places and made this country their home. I found this plaque very moving. We are all from somewhere else… and now we are just Americans.

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There is no question that the Vietnam War is one of the touchstones of my life. Of course I did not serve… I was to busy playing guitar and the like… but serve or not, all of us who grew up in that time were shaped by those events. The Vietnam War is now farther in the past for my children than WWII was for me as a kid. We are indeed wandering across the century and the world is changing at a dizzying pace. Who knows where this Intruder was forty years ago. Today it rests on the deck of the Midway in San Diego Harbor. I am again reminded that today there is no way I can adequately thank those brave souls who answer the call to service.

A day off filled with contemplation and gratitude… this is indeed a good day!

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Twenty Fifth Day With CAMI

March 6th, 2011 Jorma 14 comments

Another shorty here. Last night was our last in this part of the North American Continent. It’s been quite a while since I’ve worked the Kansas City area and this was nice on a number of levels. I got to say hello to some old friends I haven’t seen in a very long time… there’s nothing like old friends… indeed. On a sadder note, our dear friend Jim Lauderdale was not with us last night. His Mom is not doing well back in the Carolinas and he headed back east to be with her. Thoughts and prayers for the Lauderdale’s… can’t hurt… could help. In any case, here is our set list from last night:

CAMI Tour 25
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner, G.E. Smith
& Charlie Musselwhite
Yardley Hall
Overland Park, Kansas
Saturday, March 5, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. River Of Time
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. More Than My Old Guitar
6. How Long Blues
7. That’ll Never Happen No More with Charlie, GE and Skoota
8. Uncle Sam Blues
9. Nine Pound Hammer
10. Sad And Beautiful World with Charlie, GE, Skoota Warner and the boys
11. Red River Blues
Second Set Electric:
1. I Wish You Would
2. Children Of Zion
3. Long Gone From Kentucky withGE
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. I See The LIght
6. Arrowhead with GE
7. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie Musselwhite
8. Where Highway 61 Runs with CM
9. Cristo Redentor with CM
10. Come Back Baby with all
11. Encore: Hit Single # 1

Now it’s off to the airport… first Dallas and then San Diego. Nothing like a day off en route to somewhere I always say.

Shiny side up!

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Twenty Fourth Night With CAMI

March 5th, 2011 Jorma 7 comments

Another short entry… It’s 0600 and we’re leaving for Kansas City post haste. Last night at the Sangamon Auditorium was another good one for us and here is the set list:

CAMI Tour 24
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner & G.E. Smith
Charlie Musselwhite & Jim Lauderdale
Sangamon Auditorium
Springfield, Illinois
Friday, March 4, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Let Us Get Together
3. Second Chances
4. Uncle Sam Blues
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
Second Set Electric:
1. I See the Light
2. Goodbye To The Blues
3. Arrowhead with GE
4. Rock Me Baby
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

The bed at the hotel was exceptionally comfortable… I wish I could have spent more time there.

Bus call!

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Twenty Third Night With CAMI

March 4th, 2011 Jorma 9 comments

This is just going to be a short one… Early bus call tomorrow as we head off to Springfield, Illinois. The Hammons Center in Springfield was beautiful… the folks took great care of us and there was a mighty fine audience. Here is our set list:

CAMI Tour 23
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner & G.E. Smith
Charlie Musselwhite & Jim Lauderdale
Hammons Hall For The Performing Arts
Springfield, Missouri
Thursday, March 3, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. I’m Free From The Chain Gang Now
3. How Long Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
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. Red River Blues
Second Set Electric:
1. Ode To Billy Dean
2. Goodbye To The Blues
3. Long Gone From Kentucky 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: Bowlegged Woman

This is a boring post, I know… but I have to get some sleep. Tomorrow is another day. Good gig though!

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