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Girl Scout Cookie Time… Listen Up!

January 17th, 2014 Jorma 25 comments

Here’s a message from my lovely daughter, Israel Love. Help her meet her goal of 1000 boxes.

Taking cookies to the Post Office

Taking cookies to the Post Office

A message from Izze………Hi everyone……As you will see in the iMovie my mom helped me make, it’s Girl Scout Cookie season and I have decided to do something a little different. It is my wish to have all of my orders for Girl Scout cookies go directly to the troops. If you are interested in helping me with this campaign there is no need to choose specific cookies. For instance, thin mints cannot be sent overseas, so we choose a very nice selection of everything else to send, then we will donate them to the troops who are serving in all branches of the Armed Forces. You can send your orders via email and the check (made out to Black Diamond Girl Scout Troop 1328 ) to me at the Ranch…..c/o Vanessa Kaukonen, Fur Peace Ranch, Inc., 39495 St Clair Rd., Pomeroy, Ohio 45769. Cookies are $4 per box….so hopefully you are smarter than a third grader and you add it correctly. The deadline for the orders and the money is January 27th. Thank you all so much!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gejud3MjcBw&feature=youtu.be

OK… Jorma here again. Get on board folks… it’s a good cause.

Many thanks from us to you!

PS Important postscript. Email Vanessa directly at fpman@earthlink.net. She will be able to answer all your questions directly. She just told me she hasn’t gotten any emails yet so saddle up folks. We love you guys for helping out!

jk

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From The Neighborhood To Atlanta

January 15th, 2014 Jorma 28 comments

Last night in our ongoing tour with Leon Russell at the Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte as the temperature dropped outside, it peaked inside. We had a hot night and here is our set list:

aHot Tuna 10, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Neighborhood Theater
Charlotte, North Carolina
January 14, 2014

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Prohibition Blues
5. Second Chances
6. Children Of Zion
7. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
8. Big River Blues
9. Come Back Baby
10. Good Shepherd
11. Keep On Trucking Mama
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

This morning we head down to Atlanta and the Variety Playhouse. This is going to be a long day for both bands. No hotel in Atlanta… drive after show to Orlando, Florida and Plaza Live.

Onward…

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The Birch… My Hometown

January 13th, 2014 Jorma 22 comments

Well, many people know that I hail from The Land Of Pleasant Living. Yep… the the D.C. Metropolitan are. I remember going to Washington Senators games at Griffith Park with my Dad, but that’s another story. In any case, we were there last night at the Birchmere on our Leon Russell tour and it was a great night in many ways.

Zach and I enjoy a bountiful repast backstage at the Birch'

Zach and I enjoy a bountiful repast backstage at the Birch'

Yep… it’s always good to spend time with this young man, but it gets better.

Sound check

Sound check

Zach has been working hard on his guitar the last couple of years and last summer when he asked me to teach him ‘Been So Long,’ I was almost speechless. Anyway, he learned it and he and I played it at the Fur Peace Ranch a couple of times. Last night he joined Hot Tuna on stage at the gig and did his old man proud!

Jack, Jorma, Zach and Barry

Jack, Jorma, Zach and Barry

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 9, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Birchmere
Alexandria, Virginia
Sunday, January 12, 2014

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long with Zach Kearse
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. How Long Blues
6. Children Of Zion
7. In My Dreams
8. Barbeque King
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Big River Blues
12. Good Shepherd
13. Nine Pound Hammer
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

It doesn’t get too much better than that, does it?

Onward to the Neighborhood Theater here in Charlotte.

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A Night In State College

January 12th, 2014 Jorma 17 comments
Our name in lights

Our name in lights

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Well, a two set night for us before we return to the Leon Russel/Hot Tuna tour. The State Theater is a beautiful venue and it’s been too long since we’ve been here. It was warm enough so the weather only brought us rain. We’ll take it. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 8, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
State Theater
State College, Pennsylvania
Saturday, January 11, 2014

First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. True Religion
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. More Than My Old Guitar
5. Goodbye To The Blues
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Barbeque King
8. 99 Year Blues
9. I’ll All Right Some Day
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Big River Blues
4. Living In The Moment
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Candy Man
8. Good Shepherd
9. Children Of Zion
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Beautiful venue, great sound, great people to work with. Sure hope to get back soon!

Today we’re off to Northern Virginia and the Birchmere… a place we dearly love. Busy, busy, busy… gotta run and hit the road.

Good times… always…

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Keswick Post… Leon & Tuna

January 11th, 2014 Jorma 39 comments

OK… before I get to the show from the Keswick last night… I just wanted to respond to Ginny. First of all Ginny… thanks for liking us. We wish we had a million of you, but of course, we’re happy with the Tuna Family we have. Last night at the Keswick, we closed the show. At the Variety in Atlanta, we’ll close the show. The other shows on this tour with Leon (unless changes occur) we’ll be going on first. I guess what we’re talking about is realistic expectations. These shows have been advertised for a long time and they have always been co-billed shows. It’s just the nature of this tour. Leon is an important figure in American music but his journey is quite different from ours. One of these days I’m actually going to get off my lazy butt and write a dissertation on my approach to music in general. In a nutshell, as a songwriter and singer… it’s always about the songs. As a guitarist and a player it’s also always about trying to find new insights into old journeys as well as seeking new destinations.

Anyway, Ginny. I get where you’re coming from, I really do. That said, on a co-bill show, two artists get to play and this does not presuppose they will play together. At the Wilbur our contract called for 75 minutes. We did almost 90.

(Sidebar: In 1996 when we were on the first Furthur Festival, Tuna was a thrust stage act which means we played in front of the curtain while the next main act set up behind us. Timing was critical, and I remember one time we went 30 seconds over our allotted time. Mo Morrison, the stage manager, came up to me and said, ‘Jorma, if you ever do that again, you’re off the tour.’ From that moment on, I wore my watch on the inside of my left hand so I could watch the time and always picked an elastic song for the closer in case I had to cut things short.)

Good times.

There’s a sign down at the Birchmere in Virginia on one of the office doors. ‘Music is a business. Learn it.’ There’s lots of stuff we deal with on our side of the stage door that makes our world tick. Normally it does not concern y’all out there in the audience… sometimes it does. Anyway, to get back to expectations. If one were to be looking for two 90 Tuna sets, this is not the show for you. Whether we play 75 minutes, 90 minutes or 3 hours, our heart is always there. More than that no soul can do. OK. Nuff said.

Last night at the Keswick, we did close the show. We love the Keswick… we have been there so many times over the years but I think last night’s performance was one of our very best. Barry’s daughter Tessa sat in with us which I always look forward to. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 7, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Keswick Theater
Glenside, Pennsylvania
Friday, January 10, 2014

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Keep On Trucking Mama
3. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
4. The Terrible Operation with Tessa
5. Children Of Zion with Tessa
6. Big River Blues
7. Come Back Baby
8. Hesitation Blues
9. Prohibition Blues
10. In My Dreams
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Good Shepherd
13. How Long Blues
14. I Am The Light Of This World
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Embryonic Journey

This morning we’re off to State College, Pennsylvania where we’re going to play the State Theater. Just us tonight… two sets. Tomorrow, the Birchmere in Virginia when we’ll be back with Leon.

Nothing like an exciting dialogue y’all. Thanks and onward!

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Our Show At The Wilbur

January 10th, 2014 Jorma 28 comments

Tonight was our first show with Leon Russell and his boys at the Wilbur Theater in Boston. The Wilbur is another one of these old proscenium theaters that has been modified to accept club seating. Really nice place, even in the cold weather. Anyway, Hot Tuna went on first and here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 6, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Wilbur Theater
Boston, Massachusetts
Thursday, January 9, 2014

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Big River Blues
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. Waiting For A Train
6. I See The Light
7. Second Chances
8. Let Us Get Together right Down Here
9. Barbeque King
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Prohibition Blues
12. Nine Pound Hammer
13. Encore: Bar Room, Crystal Ball

After our set, I hung backstage for a while with family and friends and then Jack Casady and I got a ride back to the hotel with a runner… early bus cll this morning as we leave for Glenside, Pennsylvania and the good old Keswick Theater.

Yep folks… early bus call…

Back to bed and…

Onward!

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Ridgefield Playhouse And On To Boston

January 8th, 2014 Jorma 17 comments

So, last night we were at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Needless to say, it was very cold, but the boys and I warmed things up a little when we got on stage.

Jack models the Tuna winter hat...

Jack models the Tuna winter hat...

Foto by Kelly Worth

Here is the source of our warmth in the form a a set list:

Hot Tuna 5, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Ridgefield Playhouse
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Waiting For A Train
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. More Than My Old Guitar
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. 99 Year Blues
9. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Children Of Zion
3. Living In The Moment
4. The Terrible Operation
5. How Long Blues
6. Prohibition Blues
7. In My Dreams
8. Come Back Baby
9. Good Shepherd
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Water Song

A playhouse panorama

A playhouse panorama

Foto by Kelly Worth

This morning we got to sleep in a little because we only had to drive up to Boston. Tomorrow is our first show with Leon Russell at the Wilbur Theater here in Boston about which, more shall be revealed.

Onward…

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Boothbay Harbor To Danbury

January 6th, 2014 Jorma 14 comments
Brrrr.....

Brrrr.....

Yeah, we were in Boothbay Harbor, Maine last night at the Opera House. The Arctic Vortex backed off a little bit and it began to rain. Still frosty though.

Home away from home...

Home away from home...

A simple but clean and toasty lodging… just the way I like it…

Myron guards the way to Narnia...

Myron guards the way to Narnia...

Here is our set list… straight from Narnia…

Hot Tuna 4, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Opera House
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Sunday, January 5, 2014

First Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Heart Temporary
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Children Of Zion
5. More Than My Old Guitar
6. How Long Blues
7. Candy Man
8. Barbeque King
9. Red River Blues
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. The Terrible Operation
3. I’ll Be All Right Someday
4. Been So Long
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
7. Goodbye To The Blues
8. Come Back Baby
9. Good Shepherd
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Water Song

Yep… good times for all. A good night’s sleep and down the road.

Our chariot awaits...

Our chariot awaits...

On down the road and six hours later… Danville, Connecticut.
Onward

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Long Island And New Hampshire

January 5th, 2014 Jorma 18 comments
Waiting for the ferry in New London

Waiting for the ferry in New London

Yeah, it was long day… the day before yesterday… snowy, cold, ferry cancellations… but we made it.

Cold on the dock

Cold on the dock

And we thought we had a tough day...

And we thought we had a tough day...

The boys on the fantail

The boys on the fantail

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Anyway, we made it to LI an here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 2, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Westhampton Beach, NY
January 3, 2014

1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. Search My Heart
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Heart Temporary
5. Children Of Zion
6. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
7. Barbeque King
8. Things That Might Have Been
9. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
10. Red River Blues
11. More Than My Old Guitar
12. How Long Blues
13. Goodbye To The Blues
14. 99 Year Blues
15. Come Back Baby
16. Let Us Get Together right Down Here
17. In My Dreams
18. Hesitation Blues
19. I Am the Light Of This World
20. Genesis
21. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
22. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

A swell gig to say the least… thanks to all the brave folks who came out to hear us play.

Yesterday morning up early again… back on the ferry and off to the Flying Monkey where we had a swell show which played out as follows:

Hot Tuna 3, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Flying Monkey Performance Center
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Saturday, January 4, 2014

First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. True Religion
3. Been So Long
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Children Of Zion
6. Second Chances
7. Sea Child
8. 99 Year Blues
9. River Of Time
10. Prohibition Blues
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Heart Temporary
3. Red River Blues
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Candy Man
7. Living In The Moment
8. Good Shepherd
9. Come Back Baby
10. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

Once again… thanks to all the hardy folks who braved the arctic temperatures. Now we’re off to the Opera House in Boothbay Harbor, ME.

Tomorrow a ‘day off,’ which means a travel day, but that’s OK.

Onward!

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First Gig Of The New Year

January 3rd, 2014 Jorma 19 comments

Tonight was our first Tuna gig of the New Year 2014. The winter storm smacked the New England area with a vengeance but the people of the Northampton region are tough and they showed up at the Iron Horse Music Hall in strength. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 1, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Iron Horse
Northampton, Massachusetts
Thursday, January 2, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. Been So Long
4. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Barbeque King
7. More Than My Old Guitar
8. Second Chances
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Candy Man
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
3. How Long Blues
4. Vicksburg Stomp
5. Come Back BAby
6. In My Dreams
7. Sea Child
8. Good Shepherd
9. Hesitation Blues
10. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
11. That’ll never Happen No More
12. Nine Pound Hammer
13. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

Very, very cold tonight. Tomorrow’s gig is supposed to be in Long Island at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Of course right now the Long Island Expressway and the ferries are closed, but we’re hoping that by tomorrow morning the storm will have passed and the show will go on. In the meantime, I have played the Iron Horse for over thirty years. Where do those decades go? I’m just tickled pink to be here… in the meantime, keep your fingers crossed for good weather tomorrow.

Onward!

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