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Up The Great Northwest And On To Bozeman

February 13th, 2013 Jorma 29 comments
Old School Behind The Alladin In Portland

Old School Behind The Aladdin In Portland

Before I get to the set lists for the last two shows, I was just thinking about the nickname thing. Indeed… I used the nickname ‘Jerry’ from 1945 to 1965 and here’s why. My Dad was at the Navy Language School in Ann Arbor Michigan in 1943 and 1944. While my Uncle Tarmo was fighting his way up from North Aftrica and Sicily on his way to Italy and Monte Casino and my Uncle Pentti was working his way up through the South Pacific burning the enemy out of caves and tunnels with a flame thrower, Dad was preparing for his trip to Tokyo where he cracked safes in that burned out wasteland… left over after the firebombing. Interestingly enough, when I toured Japan in the nineties with Hot Tuna in Yokohama I stayed at the same hotel he and McArthur’s staff stayed at in 1945.

Anyway, while in Ann Arbor, my Mom was on her way back to the officer’s housing when she found some of the neighbor’s kids in the process of hanging me with a coat hanger because I had a foreign sounding name and they thought it might be German or something like that. In any given part of the country, the most recent immigrants always wind up sucking hind tit… but that’s another story for another time. Anyway, when I went back to school that year I decided to use the nickname that my Dad used in the service… and that nickname was… you guessed it, ‘Jerry.’

Fast forward twenty years… when I got out of College and started playing in the Jefferson Airplane my ex-wife Margareta (may she rest in peace) chided me for knuckling under to the xenophobia that infested America even more then that it does now… It made sense to me… and it’s been Jorma ever since! Another American Immigrant story.

OK… The Aladdin… sold out and what a dandy night… I got to see a bunch of old friends and we played two swell sets which arre as follows:

Hot Tuna 3, 2013
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Barry Mitterhoff
The Aladdin Theater
Portland, Oregon
Sunday, February 10, 2013

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Children Of Zion
3. Second Chances
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Been So Long
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. More Than My Old Guitar
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Barbeque King
11. Nine Pound Hammer
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Prohibition Blues
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Vicksburg Stomp
5. Come Back Baby
6. River Of Time
7. 99 Year Blues
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Good Shepherd
10. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Up nice and early the next day and off to Seattle and the Triple Door. Another lovely night and sold out too… Here we go:

Hot Tuna 4, 2013
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Barry Mitterhoff
The Triple Door
Seattle, Washington
February 11, 2013

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Heart Temporary
3. Children Of Zion
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Trouble In Mind
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Full Go Round
10. ?
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Second Chances
3. Prohibition Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. River Of Time
9. Good Shepherd
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: I Am The Light of This World

The view down the street from the Triple Door

The view down the street from the Triple Door

Alrighty then… here we are in Bozeman and tomorrow is our show at the Emerson Center For Arts And Culture. Lots more tomorrow after the show.

Bend, Oregon… Roger Perkins And Things That Might Have Been

February 10th, 2013 Jorma 45 comments

Hot Tuna headed back to the Tower Theater in Bend, Oregon. This was a make up date for the one we had to cancel in August due to family illness. What a beautiful hall this is.

what a beauty...

what a beauty...

You know one thinks of life’s little intersections… happenstance occurrences that change one’s life. In 1963 or thereabouts I was hanging out at the Offstage in San Jose and playing there as much as they would allow. I was known as Jerry Kaukonen back then… I hadn’t yet shed the nickname and returned to Jorma… but that is another story. Anyway, I pair of folksingers Roger Perkins, and Larry Hanks were booked into the place and of course, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. This was a simpler time when they enjoyment of folk music in all it’s guises was the quintessential form of entertainment. Roger tuned his guitar to drop D and played Good Shepherd. I flipped when I heard it and had Roger show it to me. I found out later that the author of the tune is Jimmy Struthers and the original title is Blood Strained Banders. Yeah, there’s a Klan metaphor there… but that’s another story too. Anyway… that moment when Roger showed me not only Good Shepherd but the drop D tuning changed my musical life. Now, I now I would have played music anyway, but this moment definitely changed my life. Interestingly enough, I never saw Roger again… never really got to thank him for this gift. I couple of years ago i was looking for him on the Web and found that he had just passed away. Gone but not forgotten brother… I couldn’t have done it without you.

What a fortuitous moment! Anyway, here is our set list from tonight:

Hot Tuna 2, 2013
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Barry Mitterhoff
Tower Theater
Bend, Oregon
Saturday, February 9, 2013
First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. Goodbye To The Blues
8. Barbecue King
9. River Of Time
10. Prohibition Blues
11. True Religion
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Heart Temporary
3. Candy Man
4. Come Back Baby
5. Vicksburg Stomp
6. Good Shepherd
7. Full Go Round
8. 99 Year Blues
9. I Am The Light of This World
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: Genesis

Of to Portland tomorrow… now to bed with thoughts of what is and what might have been!

The Rogue Theater In Grants Pass

February 9th, 2013 Jorma 5 comments
Tuna at the Rogue

Tuna at the Rogue

Tonight was the first Hot Tuna gig of 2013… Welcome back Jack! Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 1, 2013
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Barry Mitterhoff
Rogue Theater
Grants Pass, Oregon
Friday, February 8, 2013

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Children of Zion
3. Second Chances
4. Hesitation Blues
5. I See The Light
6. Come Back Baby
7. River Of Time
8. Prohibition Blues
9. Full Go Round
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. How Long Blues
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Barbeque King
9. Vicksburg Stomp
10. Good Shepherd
11. I Am the Light Of This World
12. Nine Pound Hammer
13. Encore: Water Songs

Early bus call so this is short… it was a damn fine night… more in the offing I’m sure!

Tomorrow is the Theater Theater in Bend, Oregon…

Nighty night!

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Yesterday In Arcata, CA

February 8th, 2013 Jorma 6 comments

So we’re getting ready to leave Arcata, CA for Grants Pass, Oregon and before we do, we make a quick stop at Wildwood Guitars in lovely downtown Arcata.

Wildwood... Old School

Wildwood... Old School

What should we find inside but this lovely New York Martin. Check it out…

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Foto by Phil Jacobs

What an old beauty. Reminds me of the one Perry Lederman used to play.

I remember hearing Perry play in Berkeley in 1962 and ‘63… ragas… Blew my mind back then. Check out some of his stuff if you can.

Anyhoo… an exciting bus trip through the snow covered mountains to Grants Pass where we will have our first Hot Tuna show of this year.

Grants Pass... we are here!

Grants Pass... we are here!

More anon…

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Sweetwater To The Redwood Empire

February 7th, 2013 Jorma 17 comments

Yeah folks… our old pal Bob Weir sat in for over half an hour the second night at Sweetwater. Needless to say… a big thanks for Bob coming out on a night when he wasn’t working and playing some music with his old pals. Here is our set list from that night:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 9, 2013
Sweetwater Second Night
Mill Valley, California
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

1. Too Many Years
2. Been So Long
3. Search My Heart
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Maggie’s Farm with Bob Weir
7. Standing On Shaky Ground with Bob Weir
8. When I Paint My Masterpiece with Bob Weir
9. I Know You Rider with Bob Weir
10. Most Of The Time with Bob Weir
11. Prohibition Blues
12. Come Back Baby
13. I See The Light
14. River Of Time
15. Vicksburg Stomp
16. Goode Shepherd
17. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
18. How Long Blues
19. Nine Pound Hammer
20. Encore: Living In The Moment

The next morning we were up early and headed north Arcata… I first experienced the Redwood Empire in 1964 driving north in my old 1957 Volvo. As an East Coaster… that first view of the big trees will stay with me as long as I live.

Last night we played at the Arcata Theater… it was two sets of unadulterated fun for us. Set list is as follows:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 10, 2013
Arcata Theater,
Arcata, California
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. Children Of Zion
4. Hesitation Blues
5. I See The Light
6. Come Back Baby
7. Prohibition Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Second Chances
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. How Long Blues
5. Goodbye To The Blues
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Barbeque King
9. Good Shepherd
10. 99 Year Blues
11. I Am The Light Of The World
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
13. Encore: Water Song

It was raining as it often does up here… when we left the gig. This morning is crisp and beautiful. Sometimes moments in a place are frozen in time… in this case, thank goodness, not much has changed! We are now off to Grants Pass, Oregon and the Rogue Theater. My good old pal, Jack Casady, is coming in tomorrow to Medford and tomorrow night we start the first night of the Hot Tuna Acoustic Tour at the Rogue.

Yep… we’re puttin’ the band back together… Onward with Hot Tuna!

Sweetwater… Day One… a surprise on Day Two?

February 5th, 2013 Jorma 13 comments

Well… last night at Sweetwater was the jewel I expected it to be. Here is our set list from last night:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 8, 2013
Sweetwater
Mill Valley, California
Monday, February 4, 2013

First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. Children Of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Second Chances
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. Prohibition Blues
9. Come Back Baby
10. I’ll be All Right Some Day
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Heart Temporary
3. Goodbye To The Blues
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Barbeque King
6. Vicksburg Stomp
7. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
8. 99 Year Blues
9. Good Shepherd
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Water Song

Yep… two dandy sets. Tonight we may have some unexpected guests… Let’s see now… who lives in the Mill Valley area? Let me think.

More will be revealed tonight.

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Second Night At McCabe’s And Off To Sweetwater

February 4th, 2013 Jorma 4 comments

Last night at McCabe’s Music Store was another grand one. We made it back to the hotel and left this morning at 0600 for Mill Valley. Here is last night’s set list:

McCabe’s Guitar Store
2nd Night
Santa Monica, California
Saturday, February 2, 2013

First Show:
1. Search My Heart
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. I See The Light
4. Heart Temporary
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Uncle Sam Blues
7. Goodbye To The Blues
8. Hesitation Blues
9. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
10. 99 Year Blues
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
13. Encore: Living In The Moment
Second Show:
1. Been So Long
2. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
3. How Long Blues
4. Children Of Zion
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Barbeque King
7. The Terrible Operation
8. Red River Blues
9. True Religion
10. Good Shepherd
11. Candy Man
12. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
13. Nine Pound Hammer
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Tomorrow night is our first night at Sweetwater. This should be another good time indeed… but now… I need to sleep.

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First Night At McCabe’s Music Store

February 2nd, 2013 Jorma 7 comments

Last night Barry Mitterhoff and I played our first two shows at McCabe’s Music Store. We love this gig… it’s a real dandy! Here are our sets from last night:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 6, 2013
McCabe’s Guitar Shop
Santa Monica, California
Friday, February 1, 2013

First Show:
1. Too Many Years
2. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
3. How Long Blues
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Prohibition Blues
7. Barbecue King
8. Big River Blues
9. I See The Light
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
12. Nine Pound Hammer
13. Encore: Water Song
Second Show:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Second Chances
4. More Than My Old Guitar
5. Full Go Round
6. Sea Child
7. Good Shepherd
8. Come Back Baby
9. Children Of Zion
10. Whining Boy blues
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Genesis

A relaxing day today… I feel a Japanese lunch coming on later…

In the meantime… a postprandial nap might be in order…. zzzzzzzz!

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Pitch For Our Psylodelic Museum

February 1st, 2013 Jorma 6 comments

Hello friends…….

While constructing the Psylodelic Gallery (at the Fur Peace Ranch), a museum that focuses on the music, art, culture, and literature of the Psychedelic era, we quickly realized that we had the ability to do so much more than display art–that we could make it. It is with these same ideals of free and creative expression that were so integral to the psychedelic movement, that we begin this project–a chance to inspire and foster life and art in a place that so desperately needs it. We are turning to you to help us in this endeavor, with your support, we will work to promote and improve arts education in our area and to continue to remind people just how influential the psychedelic era was and is to our world. Please pass this link on to anyone you might know who might be interested in helping.

Thank you for your time and interest in helping us turn a grain bin into a catalyst for change.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/psylodelic/the-psylodelic-gallery

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Joshua Tree And A Yeehaw From Pappy And Harriet’s

February 1st, 2013 Jorma 6 comments
Gleefull in Joshua Tree

Gleefull in Joshua Tree

Barry Mitterhoff, Myron and myself were up early yesterday morning here in Yucca Valley and headed out to Joshua Tree National Park. I have been coming here off and on since the late Sixties when I first drove up with my buds from Jefferson Airplane.

You just can beat the Mojave

You just can beat the Mojave

We spent several hours driving around and doing some light hiking.

A man alone... sort of

A man alone... sort of

A little later in the day, we drove up to Pioneer Town for our gig at Pappy And Harriet’s.

Sunset at Pappy And Harriet's corral

Sunset at Pappy And Harriet's corral

I had been here some years ago with Vanessa and John Hurlbut in a break from Fur Peace Ranch on the road in Desert Hot Springs… I remember we though… ‘It would be great to play a gig here…’ and now here I am. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 5, 2013
Pappy & Harriet’s
Pioneertown, California
Thursday, January 31, 2013

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Children of Zion
3. Second Chances
4. Hesitation Blues
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. Prohibition Blues
8. Come Back Baby
9. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
10. I See The Light
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Big River Blues
4. More Than My Old Guitar
5. Full Go Round
6. Sea Child
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Barbeque King
9. Good Shepherd
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Water Song

Well… in a couple of hours we’ll be on the road to Santa Monica and McCabe’s Guitar Shop.