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To Infinity… And Beyond!

October 12th, 2012 Jorma 8 comments

Yep… last night, Barry Mitterhoff and I played the Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut… This is the third time this year… twice with Barry and myself and once with Hot Tuna… we all love this place. Here is our set list from last night:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 17, 2012
Infinity
Norfolk, Connecticut
Thursday, October 11, 2012

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. River Of Time
5. Bread Line Blues
6. Children Of Zion
7. Second Chances
8. Come Back Baby
9. Sea Child
10. Red River Blues
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Barbeque King
5. Goodbye To The Blues
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Good Shepherd
9. True Religion
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Back to Great Barrington to the hotel and now it’s morning and we’re getting ready to head out to Earlville, New York and the Earlville Opera House. I could be wrong about this… but I think this is a first time for Barry and Me. A full report will be given.

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The Long Trip South

October 10th, 2012 Jorma 9 comments

Vanessa’s nephew Nate, and his lovely lady, Sarah as well as their pooch Grady are on their way to Tierra Del Fuego in a 1994 Dodge Cummins turbo Diesel. Check out this interview and think about the trip… this is something I would have dreamed about doing when I was younger…

Nate Larochelle and Sara Paul

Maine couple stops en route to Argentina
By KEVIN PIEPER kevinp@baxterbulletin.com
October 8, 2012

One thing Nate Larochelle and Sarah Paul of Saco, Maine, won’t sacrifice is a good-quality beer. Just about everything else is on the chopping block.
For the past two years, the couple has given up cable television, dining out, and paying for Internet service and rent, all to save for an 18-month road trip to Argentina.
“We still like a good beer,” Sarah said. “We didn’t want to go to Milwaukee’s Best, so we just cut back on the amount we drink.”
The couple, Nate, 29, and Sarah, 26, were in Lakeview last week getting work done on their 1996 4×4 Dodge Ram pickup in preparation for their trip. It seems a heavy-duty suspension is in order for South American roads.
After being stung by the traveling bug during a trip to Costa Rica a few years ago, the couple completely changed their lifestyle to finance the trip to Argentina.
At times, Sarah worked up to five jobs and Nate started a construction business. The couple purchased an Airstream trailer and lived rent-free on Nate’s parents’ property, saving every penny possible. Now, everything they own fits into their truck, which is essentially the couple’s home.
“We can go anywhere, anytime,” Nate said. “The freedom is amazing.”
The adventure
The couple, who began their adventure Sept. 18, changed their route after learning that Danny Gaston of Dodge Off Road in Lakeview was one of the few places in the United States that could do the suspension work needed to make the megatrip.
“Danny was just great to work with,” Nate said. “We operate on the basis that most people in the world are friendly, and we have found that to be especially true here in the South.”
The two plan to travel the Pan-American Highway to Ushuala, Argentina, the southern tip of South America. Other than that, they have no itinerary or special places they want to visit.
Traveling with Nate and Sarah is Brady, a shelter rescue dog. Another important member of the expedition is, of course, their truck.
“We’ve even named the truck,” Sarah said laughing. “It’s named ‘Truck’ and it’s a girl.”
Nate chimes in. “It can be moody at times,” he said. “She has good days and bad days.”
Everything the three need are in the truck. Nate customized the bed to hold a small roll-out refrigerator and made storage bins for clothes and sundry items. Their bed sits on top of the storage area.
“People always think we’re crazy at first, then you see their eyes (light up) and they start asking questions,” Sarah said. “After they think for a bit, they want to know all about the trip. We’re always getting asked, ‘Can we go?’”
The couple says they are already thinking about another trip after the Argentina jaunt — perhaps Africa or Mongolia. First things first, however. Once they make it to Ushuala, they’ll have a decision to make.
“We don’t know yet if we’ll drive back or ship the truck back,” Nate said.
“Or even if we’ll come back,” Sarah adds quickly. “You never know where the road will take you.”
Follow the couple’s trip at http://www.thelongwaysouth.org/

Check out their website… and yes sponsorship is available.

http://www.thelongwaysouth.org/

What an adventure!

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A Night At Natasha’s And A Day At Home

October 9th, 2012 Jorma 2 comments

Night before last Barry Mitterhoff and I played Natasha’s Bistro in Lexington, Kentucky. A nice new venue for us… we hope Natasha has us back. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 16, 2012

Natasha’s Bistro And Bar

Lexington, Kentucky

Sunday, October 7, 2012

First Set:

  1. True Religion
  2. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
  3. Hesitation Blues
  4. Children Of Zion
  5. Things That Might Have Been
  6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
  7. How Long Blues
  8. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
  9. Barbeque King
  10. The Terrible Operation
  11. I Know You Rider

Second Set:

  1. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  2. I See The Light
  3. Bread Line Blues
  4. Heart Temporary
  5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  6. Goodbye To The Blues
  7. River Of Time
  8. Come Back Baby
  9. Good Shepherd
  10. 99 Year Blues
  11. I Am The Light Of This World
  12. Nine Pound Hammer
  13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

After the show we drove to Pomeroy and got in about 0530… a little bit of sleep and a good, good morning to our lovely six year old as she got up to go to school. Nice dinner with the family and off this morning for Great Barrington, Massachusetts. We are reposing this evening in Allentown, Pennsylvania… more on the trip tomorrow. Time for a good night’s sleep.

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Update From the Kirk Avenue Music Hall

October 7th, 2012 Jorma 5 comments

Just a quick set list update from last night:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 15, 2012
The Kirk Avenue Music Hall
Roanoke, Virginia
Saturday, October 6, 2012

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. Been So Long
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Children Of Zion
6. Second Chances
7. Bread Line Blues
8. Barbeque King
9. River Of Time
10. I See The Light
11. The Terrible Operation
12. Goodbye To The Blues
13. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
14. Come Back Baby
15. Good Shepherd
16. I Am The Light Of This World
17. Nine Pound Hammer
18. Encore: Come Back Baby

We just pulled into the parking lot behind Natasha’s Bistro in Lexington, Kentucky where more will be revealed.

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…One Of Your Family Will Be Gone

October 7th, 2012 Jorma 10 comments
Nick Curran and Aunt Nessa

Nick Curran and Aunt Nessa

There’s just no good time for bad news. I got off stage at the Kirk Avenue Music Hall here in Roanoke and there was a message from Vanessa on the phone. Her nephew Nick Curran, passed away at 35 from cancer a couple of hours before. I met Nick back in the early 90’s when Hot Tuna was playing up in Maine at Sunday River Brew Pub. I’m guessing he was about fourteen then… and rocking with the best. I just knew he was going to be somebody. In his short life he had trials and tribulations… but he also had many successes… He was special… He had fought that cancer for some time… won a temporary reprieve and then, in the end… we lost him. It was another, brave… brave fight and he will be missed.

Check out this video:

Rest well brother… and say hi to Levon. He leaves behind a void, but the Heavenly Band is the richer for his presence!

ps Vanessa reminded me that when NIck was a kid he hung with us in Woodstock when Hot Tuna recorded Paradice Found… where do those years and lives go?

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Rockin’ The Ram’s Head

October 6th, 2012 Jorma 2 comments
Ram's Head... live on stage

Ram's Head... live on stage

Yeah, I know… it’s hard to sing the blues when you’ve just had a bowl of lobster bisque, but what are you gonna do? Barry Mitterhoff and I shared the stage with Peter Mulvey last night… and a good time was had by all. Peter was superb last night, and we weren’t too bad either. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 14, 2012
The Ram’s Head On Stage
Annapolis, Maryland
Friday, October 5, 2012

1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. True Religion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. Second Chances
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. Bread Line Blues
9. Barbeque King
10. Vicksburg Stomp
11. Things That Might Have Been
12. I See The Light
13. 99 Year Blues
14. I Am The Light Of This World
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Uncle Sam Blues

whoops… forgot The Terrible Operation and Let Us Get Together Right Down Here after Come Back Baby and before 88 Year Blues.

This is just a short little entry… we’re off to Roanoke… to the Kirk Avenue Music Hall.

Urfff…

Back To The Birchmere

October 5th, 2012 Jorma 4 comments

Well… Barry Mitterhoff and I were back at our beloved Birchmere last night and it was so great to be back playing with Barry again. I am indeed the luckiest guy in the world! Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 13, 2012
The Birchmere
Alexandria, Virginia
Thursday, October 4, 2012

First Set:
1. Trouble In Mind
2. True Religion
3. Been So Long
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Children Of Zion
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
8. How Long Blues
9. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
10. Barbeque King
11. Living In The Moment
12. Goodbye To The Blues
13. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
2. Second Chances
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
4. Bread Line Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. Vicksburg Stomp
7. Good Shepherd
8. Red River Blues
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Parchman Farm
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Genesis

Tonight we are up in Annapolis at the Ram’s Head On Stage with Peter Mulvey… another great venue that we love. Mmmmm… crab cakes and shepherd’s pie. In the spirit of more delights, i take this opportunity to reiterate our Fur Peace Ranch giveaway at the Kirk Avenue Music Hall in Roanoke, VA on October 6, 2012 and at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco, CA on October 20, 2012. This is one of those rare giveaways that we do infrequently, so with these small venues in mind, the odds are definitely desirable.

Raffle Notice

Fur Peace Ranch and Jorma Kaukonen announce a 2 city pick Fur Peace Ranch workshop giveaway. Every person who purchased a ticket to see Jorma Kaukonen perform on October 6th 2012 at the Kirk Avenue Music Hall in Roanoke, VA. and the Swedish American Hall at Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA on October 20th, 2012 will be entered into a raffle to win a standard weekend workshop at the Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy, Ohio with Jorma Kaukonen. Just send your ticket stub or proof of purchase along with your telephone number to Fur Peace Ranch, 39495 St Clair Rd., Pomeroy, Ohio 45769 and your name will be entered. The winning name will drawn here in Ohio on October 27th, 2012.

OK folks… it’s off to Annapolis…

A Broadblasting For Roanoke and San Francisco And The Fur Peace Ranch

October 4th, 2012 Jorma 5 comments

Get this folks… How can you beat this next brilliant offer on our collective parts. From the Fur Peace Ranch!

Raffle Notice

Fur Peace Ranch and Jorma Kaukonen (me) announce a 2 city pick Fur Peace Ranch workshop giveaway. Every person who purchased a ticket to see Jorma Kaukonen perform on October 6th 2012 at the Kirk Avenue Music Hall in Roanoke, VA. and the Swedish American Hall at Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA on October 20th, 2012 will be entered into a raffle to win a standard weekend workshop at the Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy, Ohio with Jorma Kaukonen. Just send your ticket stub or proof of purchase along with your telephone number to Fur Peace Ranch, 39495 St Clair Rd., Pomeroy, Ohio 45769 and your name will be entered. The winning name will drawn here in Ohio on October 27th, 2012.

If you can beat this offer… i want to know about it so I can get in on it!

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Love For Levon

October 4th, 2012 Jorma 16 comments
Hanging with the heavies

Hanging with the heavies

Last night Barry Mitterhoff and I were part of the Love For Levon show at the Izod Center. Barry and I played Trouble In Mind a la the way we did it with Levon on River Of Time. We then came back for the gang twang at the end of the show on The Weight.

It was indeed a galaxy of stars… with makeup and everything.

Time for your closeup Mr. Kaukonen

Time for your closeup Mr. Kaukonen

John Hiatt and me

John Hiatt and me

I got to hang with some of my favorite people,,, what a collection of talent.

Warren Haynes, me, Marc Cohn and Larry Campbell

Warren Haynes, me, Marc Cohn and Larry Campbell

The hits just kept coming…

Kenny Aronoff and me

Kenny Aronoff and me

I hadn’t seen Kenny Aronoff in quite a while. He was the drummer on the Jefferson Airplane reunion back in ‘89. What a guy! Good to see him!

Danny Clinch... photographer extraordinaire

Danny Clinch... photographer extraordinaire

Danny Clinch shot the cover art for Blue Country Heart in 2002… He’s the greatest.

Jorma and John Prine

Jorma and John Prine

I’ve been a fan of John Prine’s forever… to get to share a room and some music with him was priceless.

Grace Potter and me

Grace Potter and me

Grace Potter did a version of I Shall Be Released that brought down the house. This girl can really sing… and play!

Larry Campbell ande John Prine

Larry Campbell ande John Prine

Larry Campbell, Don Was and their team made it all happen! Well done Larry… Levon is smiling in heaven!

Lights on for Levon

Lights on for Levon

… and all of these myriad artists were all present of of boundless love and respect for Levon Helm.

You all need to check out some of the Youtube footage… no one but Levon Helm could have inspired such loyalty and respect!

We miss you buddy!

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To Life!

October 3rd, 2012 Jorma 15 comments
A day by the river

A day by the river

There’s been so much loss lately and in a way, given our ages… that’s just the say it is and that’s just the way it’s going to be. I was home last weekend but I wasn’t teaching at the Fur Peace Ranch so on Saturday I got a chance to go for a motorcycle ride with my buddy Jerry Bayha. We selected a run up Rt. 78 to McConnellsville and then down the Muskingum River to Marieta. Then from Marieta, over on Rt. 550 to Athens and then home. The leaves were just starting to change and life was visibly in flux.

When I was a kid, I used to walk the tow paths on the canals in the D.C. area with my Mom and brother… Nothing much has changed tow path wise except that here in Ohio on the Muskingum we don’t need the paths… the river does the work.

They are still in use today

They are still in use today

Nope… not much changes with this little bit of engineering. As I was riding down the river even as life recedes into Fall the rushing water sings of life. Without the river… not much would have been here.

The locks open... and life moves downriver

The locks open... and life moves downriver

I am in New Jersey right now getting ready to go over to the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey for the Love For Levon benefit.

The flow of the River has blessed me with a furlough for today… so many are resting on the shore, but by the grace of G_d, I am still being carried by the stream. For us far travelers, there is still work to be done. The locks open, the locks close… and we go where we must… as long as it is downstream.

I reflect on the blessings in my life and I welcome the journey.

take me with you when you go...

take me with you when you go...