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Tomorrow’s The Day…

November 29th, 2012 Jorma 16 comments
Rehearsing at Levon's

Rehearsing at Levon's

A very, very, short note…

A wonderful two days of rehearsing with my friends at Levon’s (may he rest in peace). Tomorrow is the first night at the Beacon Theater for Hot Tuna. Tomorrow the rubber meets the road.

This is going to be good!

The view from the top

The view from the top

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The Road To The Beacon 2012

November 28th, 2012 Jorma 28 comments
Upstate Snow

Upstate Snow

So I came up to Woodstock to rehearse with Larry Campbell and the boys and girls in preparation for the Hot Tuna annual two day show at the Beacon Theater. There was snow on the ground as I headed out this morning to eat some breakfast at Elena’s Diner on Schwenk in Kingston, New York. I love this place… inexpensive too!

It was freeze A cold this morning so I drove over to Gander Mountain to do a little winter shopping. A hat purchase later, and I was primed to meet Larry and Teresa to practice some tunes. We spent the rest of the day pickin’ and singin’ and then suited up to drive back to Kingston for dinner.

Ready for anything... weather wise

Ready for anything... weather wise

With reservations for dinner at the Ecce Terra in the Stockade District of Kingston, my day was complete.

Yummy… and now a snooze. Tomorrow, rockin’ with the band… We’ll be at the Beacon in a couple of days. As always, really looking forward to this one.

Onward…

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Fiat Madness, And Beacon Preparation

November 25th, 2012 Jorma 9 comments
Who needs Charlie Sheen?

Who needs Charlie Sheen?

So there’s been some Fiat chit chat on the blog recently… With this in mind, I just had to post a picture of my Fiat Abarth. This little car is so much fun, I just can’t say enough about it. Now one of my buddies has one of those 550 hp Supercharged Camaro SS’s. Obviously, this little beauty is not in that class of performance… but the good news is that whereas I can let it stretch its legs on our beautiful Southeast Ohio roads, to get get the same kind of performance fun out of the Camaro without going to jail would require access to a track.

Down here at Hillside Farm, we’re a two Fiat family. My wife has a Sport. Good times.

The other side of my personality is the Jeep in the background.

The other side of my personality is the Jeep in the background.

Nuff said about material goodies. Working hard to prepare for the Hot Tuna Beacon Theater shows.

Hmmm…. I think I’ll practice a little more before bedtime.

Onward…

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Happy Thanksgiving One And All

November 22nd, 2012 Jorma 13 comments

Today being Thanksgiving and all… and me being unexpectedly home, Vanessa and izze and I climbed into my Fiat Abarth and roared up to the road to Vinton County and Lake Hope State Park. This magnificent spot is one of my motorcycle destinations but it was almost as much fun in the Fiat Abarth… especially with Thanksgiving Dinner as the destination.

Dinner is not far away.

Dinner is not far away.

The last time I was up in Lodge country was right after the old lodge burnt down. The new one was stunning… and I could smell the food from the deck.

The view from lakeside

The view from lakeside

On the way to the dining room, we were greeted by a wild turkey… gobble, gobble, gobble.

Come one, come all

Come one, come all

Here is the buffet menu:

Gerber chicken and noodles, made from scratch
Ohio raised turkey
Smoked and oven roasted prime rib
Oven roasted dry rub pork loin
Dressing
Mashed potatoes
Traditional mashed smoked sweet potato
Vegetables
Cranberry sauce
Made from scratch rolls
Pumpkin pie
Assorted fruit cobblers

Our old friend Matt Rapposelli, the owner and chef from Big Chimney was ramrodding this operation so I knew the food would be great… and it surpassed my wildest dreams. Check this… This magnificent buffet for three was under fifty dollars! Under fifty dollars for all this stuff, for three people. What a Dinner!.

The view after dinner

The view after dinner

We, the Kaukonens, have so much to be grateful for… we all do.

Hope you folks enjoyed this day was much as we did…

Onward!

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Shopping With A Hearty Ho Ho Ho!

November 19th, 2012 Jorma 31 comments
1002 East State St., Athens, Ohio

1002 East State St., Athens, Ohio

Yes folks, with Black Thursday, Black Friday and who knows what other Black Shopping Days might arise, when you’re in the Athens, Ohio area you need to go on over to the Market On State Street (formerly the University Mall) and rock on into our holiday edition of the Fur Peace Ranch Company Store. Now, no one owes their soul to this company store (reference, Tennessee Ernie Ford, 16 Tons) but there is no question that a gift from our company store will help salve someone’s soul this holiday season.

Stop on in and pay us a visit. I may even be there myself.

Here’s a collection of shots I took while we get ready to open:

Ready to open

Ready to open

Izze looking for the vintage Paul McCartney

Izze looking for the vintage Paul McCartney

Life at the FPR

Life at the FPR

Ranchwear

Ranchwear

Goodies galore

Goodies galore

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone… and hope to see you at the Mall!

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Who Put The Sin, In Cincinnati?

November 19th, 2012 Jorma 2 comments
Back to the good old 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati

Back to the good old 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati

Well, folks… on our final gig of the four day run with Steve Kimock we drove down from Chicago in vans (the way it was meant to be) and pulled into the Queen City about 1600. Playing with Steve has been such a treat for us and we sure look forward to doing it again before we get too old to remember how to play. So for so good though… we’ve been tearing it up on these shows. Here is our set list from last night:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 32, 2012
With Special Guest
Steve Kimock
The Century Theater
Cincinnati, Ohio
Sunday, November 18, 2012

First Set:
1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Second Chances
4. Red River Blues with Steve Kimock
5. Hesitation Blues with Steve Kimock
6. How Long Blues with Steve Kimock
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Barbeque King with Steve Kimock
9. Ten Minutes Of Steve
10. The Terrible Operation with Steve Kimock
11. I Know You Rider with Steve Kimock
Second Set:
1. Ten Minutes Of Steve
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy with Steve
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave with Steve
4. That’ll Never Happen No More with Steve
5. Goodbye To The Blues with Steve
6. Come Back Baby with Steve
7. A Life Well Lived with Steve
8. I’ll Be All Right Some Day with Steve
9. Good Shepherd with Steve
10. 99 Year Blues with Steve
11. Nine Pound Hammer with Steve
12. Encore: Genesis with Steve

Ten minutes with Steve… is just that. Mr . Kimock sat down and improvised magnificent pieces for all of us twice a night. Really good stuff.

The posse from Fur Piece Land

The posse from Fur Piece Land

Here you see Myron Hart, our go to guy, John Hurlbut from the Fur Piece Ranch, Kevin Morgan our great resident artist from Kevin Morgan Studios, Brett Thompson from The Fur Piece Ranch,, me, Gr8ful, the rasta vet from Dayton and our buddy Donald Cribbet.

Great to see all my buds at a show in our collective home state… and, of course, it’s great to be home today.

Last night… we put the sin in Cincinnati…

Onward

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Second Night At The Winery In Chicago

November 18th, 2012 Jorma 3 comments
Mood lighting in the dressing room

Mood lighting in the dressing room

Another great night at the City Winery in Chicago. A brief entry… early call tomorrow to drive to Cincinnati to play the 20th Century Theater. In the meantime here is a shot of the stage at the Winery and our set list:

Lovely stage scene

Lovely stage scene

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 31, 2012
With Special Guest
Steve Kimock
City Winery
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, November 17, 2012

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. River Of Time
3. Been so Long
4. The Terrible Operation with Steve Kimock
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out with Steve Kimock
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave with Steve Kimock
7. More Than My Old Guitar with Steve Kimock
8. Hesitation Blues with Steve Kimock
9. Steve solo
10. Come Back Baby with Steve Kimock
11. Nine Pound Hammer
Second Set:
1. Ten Minutes Of Steve
2. Search My Heart with Steve Kimock
3. I See The Light
4. A Life Well Lived
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Goodbye To The Blues
7. Candyman
8. 99 Year Blues
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Parchman Farm
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Uncle Sam Blues

That’s it for now… sleep and drive…

Steve Kimoch relaxes backstage

Steve Kimoch relaxes backstage

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Little Ole Winemaker In Chicago

November 17th, 2012 Jorma 4 comments
Touring oldschool...

Touring oldschool...

Yes folks, Jorma, Barry Mitterhoff and Steve Kimock hit the road old school… in mini vans, the way it was meant to be. Our trip to the City Winery in Chicago was our first time at this fine musical venue. Without losing the delightful winery ambiance this venue was designed around the stage… delightful for us, wonderful for them… the audience I mean.

The Barry Zone

The Barry Zone

Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 30, 2012
With Special Guest
Steve Kimock
City Winery
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, November 16, 2012

First Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Red River Blues
4. The Terrible Operation with Steve Kimock
5. Hesitation Blues with Steve Kimock
6. That’ll Never Happen No More with Steve Kimock
7. Barbeque King with Steve Kimock
8. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out with Steve Kimock
9. Steve solo
10. Goodbye To The Blues
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Steve solo
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy with Steve
3. A Life Well Lived with Steve
4. I See The Light with Steve
5. Vicksburg Stomp
6. Come Back Baby
7. Mama Let Me Lay It On You with Steve
8. Good Shepherd with Steve
9. I Am The Light of This World with Steve Kimock
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning with Steve
11. Keep On Trucking Mama
12. Encore: How Long Blues

Some of Steve's toys

Some of Steve's toys

For me, playing with these guys is just so much fun… words fail me, and that says a lot.

More from the Barry Zone

More from the Barry Zone

Well… there’s more to come at the Winery here in Chicago tonight… more will definitely be revealed.

Calm before the storm

Calm before the storm

I almost forgot… when you’re in the area, across the street from the City Winery at 1235 West Randolph St., here in Chicago is Ina’s eatery with a great breakfast… and affordable too. Don’t miss this one… yummy!

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Eccentric In Kalamazoo

November 16th, 2012 Jorma 6 comments
Steve Kimock and Barry onstage at the Eccentric

Steve Kimock and Barry onstage at the Eccentric

A quick note. our first night at the Eccentric Cafe here in Kalamazoo. It was a great gig… it’s late and tomorrow we have to drive to Chicago so I’m just going to post the set list and hit the sack.

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 29, 2012
With Special Guest Steve Kimock
Bell’s Eccentric Café
Back Room
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Thursday, November 15, 2012

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Been So Long
3. Heart Temporary
4. Children Of Zion
5. Hesitation Blues with Steve Kimock
6. Come Back Baby with Steve Kimock
7. Mama Let Me Lay It On You with Steve Kimock
8. Steve Solo
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here with Steve Kimock
10. I Know You Rider With Steve Kimock
Second Set:
1. Steve solo
2. How Long Blues with Steve Kimock
3. More Than My Old Guitar
4. I See The Light
5. True Religion with Steve
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy with Steve
7. Barbeque King with Steve
8. Good Shepherd with Steve
9. Nine Pound Hammer with Steve
10. Encore: Embryonic Journey with Steve Kimock

Gotta snooze…

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Veteran’s Day… And Fifteen Years At The Fur Peace Ranch

November 13th, 2012 Jorma 17 comments

We just closed our fifteenth season at the Fur Peace Ranch yesterday. The classes were great and we went out with a bang… sold out Electric Hot Tuna show with the usual cast of characters. Here is our set list from Saturday night:

Hot Tuna 51. 2012
The Electric Quartet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
With Special Guest Bill Kirchen
Closing Concert For The 15th Season
At The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, November 10, 2012

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Second Chances
5. A Little Faster
6. Can’t Get Satisfied with Bill Kirchen
7. Goodbye To the Blues with Bill Kirchen
8. Bowlegged Woman with Bill Kirchen
9. Hot Rod Lincoln with Bill Kirchen
Second Set:
1. Hammer Of the Honky Tonk Gods with Bill Kirchen solo
2. Time Will Tell The Story with Bill Kirchen solo
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. 99 Year Blues
5. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
6. Rock Me Baby
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Mourning Interrupted
9. Times They are A Changin’ with Bill
10. Funky # 7
11. Encore: Baby What You Want Me To Do? With Bill Kirchen

I need to take a moment to reflect on the Veteran’s Day that just passed. We live in a great country where many answer tha call when they are need. Vanessa took my son Zach to see the parade in Athens, Ohio. My daughter Izze has just joined Girl Scouts so she got to march too. This time always brings tears of gratitude to my eyes.

Old Glory floating quietly on the gentle breeze at the Ranch

Old Glory floating quietly on the gentle breeze at the Ranch

In Athens… we have vets of all ages… all wars…

Still walking proud...

Still walking proud...

There are the old ones who infrequently surface… and the youngsters with friends and family in the service.

Where patriotism is not a dirty word...

Where patriotism is not a dirty word...

I offer my thanks, love and respect to all those who serve… past and present… and those who paid the ultimate price so we could live our life here at home.

Duly noted!

Duly noted!

My father Jorma, and his two brothers, Tarmo and Pentti served in WWII. I never met Tarmo… he died in 1945 but I knew and loved Pentti… and of course, Dad was Dad.

Tarmo's flag, presented to Grandma Kaukonen in 1945

Tarmo's flag, presented to Grandma Kaukonen in 1945

Tarmo’s flag rests at Hillside Farm… Grandma left it to Dad and Dad left it to me.

They are all gone now. They rest with heroes… so many of them.

Nuff said…