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Love Is Strange At The Fur Peace Ranch

February 26th, 2014 Jorma 6 comments

Yep, I’m home and working on a wrap up for our almost two month tour. This should happen in a day or so. In the meantime, in the spirit of shameless self promotion, here is a broadblasting about my first class of the year at the Fur Peace Ranch. We have titled this class ‘Love Is Strange’ and I have selected a series of songs more or less in chronological order of composition. Marjorie Thompson will be my more than able colleague for this class, which means that everything we do will be tabbed out in a class specific way.

Since this is a guitar workshop, we will be spending a lot of time on the specific musical architecture of each tune. Depending on how things progress in real time, we may or may not get to all the songs in my list. We will try to cover as many techniques as possible. Here is my list of prospective tunes:

Love Is Strange Class
Jorma Kaukonen
With
Marjorie Thompson
Fur Peace Ranch
March 21, 24, 2014

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Genesis
3. Trial By Fire
4. Barbeque King
5. Heart Temporary
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. In My Dreams

Marjorie and I are very excited about this new class and hope that you will be too. If you are interested, there are still a couple of places to fill. Contact us at Fur Peace Ranch Workshops.

Onward for now…

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Note From Pontoon Beach, Illinois And Thanks To Izze For The Troop Bound Cookies

February 25th, 2014 Jorma 8 comments

This morning Jack, Barry and Phil all flew to their respective homes while Myron and Chris and I drove the bus over a thousand miles today. Tomorrow a wake up an six or seven hundred some miles and I’ll be home. After two months on the road… I am really… really looking forward to it! After I’ve been home for a day or so, I’m going to write a wrap up. Keep tuned.

Now note from our lovely daughter Izze and sincere thanks for all of you who helped with her mission to send Girl Scout Cookies to our service men and women.

A girl, a pickup truck and cookies!

A girl, a pickup truck and cookies!

‘A huge thank you to everyone who bought Girl Scout Cookies for my Cookie campaign for the troops. I sold 1001 boxes and my mom and I packaged up the first installment that are going to an Army Platoon Afghanistan. The rest are being divided for the USO lounges at a few specific airports, Walter Reed Hospital and another veteran hospital in Chilicothe, Ohio. I couldn’t have done this without the help of my Dad and so many of his fans and friends. Thank you everyone!!!!!!!!

Gratefully yours,

Izze Love Kaukonen’

That’s my girl… well done sweetie… well done!!!!!

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A TetraPak Of Gigs

February 24th, 2014 Jorma 9 comments
Roadsid repairs... Phil, Chris and Myron

Roadsid repairs... Phil, Chris and Myron

It’s been a hectic five days… the blog takes time and I just didn’t have it. Anyway, the trip from Portland to Seattle started with a breakdown by the side of the road with repairs orchestrated by our driver, the incomparable Chris Seay.

Finally... the Triple Door

Finally... the Tripple Door

We got to the Triple Door just in time for our last show with David Lindley.

Hot Tuna 29, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Triple Door
Seattle, Washington
2/20/2014

1. Too Many Years
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Children Of Zion
4. Second Chances
5. Vicksburg Stomp
6. How Long Blues
7. Prohibition Blues
8. Trial By Fire
9. Barbeque King
10. 99 year Blues
11. In My Dreams
12. Come Back Baby
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. Nine Pound Hammer
16. Encore: That’ll Never Happen No More

After the show, we started our drive to Boise…

Roll on Columbia... roll on!

Roll on Columbia... roll on!

We got to Boise in time to check into a wonderful little hotel… the 43. and then we headed over to the Egyptian… an amazing theater from the 20’s.

Welcome to Boise

Welcome to Boise

You don't see this every day

You don't see this every day

Where's King Tut?

Where's King Tut?

Ceilings... we're painting ceilings...

Ceilings... we're painting ceilings...

Stage Facade

Stage Facade

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 30, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Egyptian Theater
Boise, Idaho
2/21/2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Trial By Fire
5. Second Chances
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. 99 Year Blues
9. Barbeque King
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Children Of Zion
3. Prohibition Blues
4. Vicksburg Stomp
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Red River Blues
7. Good Shepherd
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
11. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Where's the dig?

Where's the dig?

Foto by Jack Casady

On to Salt Lake City and the State Room.

Sold out!

Sold out!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Sunset in Salt Lake City

Sunset in Salt Lake City

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 31, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The State Room
Salt Lake City, Utah
2/22/2014

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Let Us Get Together right Down Here
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. How Long Blues
6. Vicksburg Stomp
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. 99 Year Blues
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Come Back Baby
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. I See The Light
3. Heart Temporary
4. Red River Blues
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Barbeque King
7. Prohibition Blues
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. Candy Man
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Trial By Fire

Onward to Denver… after show… no hotel.

The Oriental... Denver

The Oriental... Denver

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 32, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Oriental Theater
Denver, Colorado
2/23/2014

First Set:
1. Re-Enlistment bBues
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. Serpent Of Dreams
8. 99 Year Blues
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Prohibition Blues
3. In My Dreams
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Trial By Fire
6. Vicksburg Stomp
7. Candy Man
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. Keep On Trucking Mama
11. Come Back Baby
12. Nine Pound Hammer
13. Encore: Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out

It’s now Monday morning and it’s time to hit the bus for the ride home.

More will be revealed.

The Aladdin Theater And A Day Off in Portland

February 19th, 2014 Jorma 12 comments
In good company!

In good company!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Last night we were at the good old Aladdin Theater for a sold out show with David Lindley. We are pulling into end of this great run with David. It has and will continue to be an honor and a pleasure to share the stage with him. We sure hope we get to do it again soon.

By the bye, the great Tony Furtado sat in with David last night which was incredibly cool.

The mighty Aladdin from the stage...

The mighty Aladdin from the stage...

Anyway…

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 28, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Aladdin Theater
Portland, Oregon
2/18/2014

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. New Song For The Morning
4. The Terrible Operation
5. I See The Light
6. Barbeque King
7. Trial By Fire
8. 99 Year Blues
9. I’ll Let You Know Before I leave
10. How Long Blues
11. Candy Man
12. Good Shepherd
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
16. Encore: Death Don’t Have No Mercy

I had a terrific time at the Aladdin as I always do, but I was ready for bed when we were done. Good times… always.

We were originally supposed to drive to Seattle today but the bus needed to have a water pump replaced so we got a day off in Portland… which was OK with m because I got to get on the Blue Line and ride into town so I could go shopping at the Portland Outdoor Store for some real shrink to fit Levis… you know what I mean. The Portland Outdoor Store is really old school in every respect… no website, no internet shopping. Your either go there or call them up. Love it!

Waiting for the Tri-Met downtown Portland

Waiting for the Tri-Met downtown Portland

A little rain, but with my Honored Citizen (their Senior Citizen Card) pass… it was a buck for the ride.

My chariot arrives...

My chariot arrives...

Tomorrow, bus repair willing, we drive up to Seattle for our show at the Triple Door.

No hotel tomorrow… we drive after show to Boise, Idaho for our gig at the Egyptian Theater.

More will be revealed about all these things. Now I’m starting to think about dinner… hmmm….

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Eugene And The Land That Time Forgot

February 18th, 2014 Jorma 8 comments
The MacDonald Theater in Eugene

The MacDonald Theater in Eugene

Foto by Phil Jacobs

So, last night the guys and I and David Lindley were at the MacDonald Theater in Eugene, Oregon. Eugene has always been one of those very special places… and it still is. Ken Kesey’s spirit still infuses the surroundings and I find that othertime merges seamlessly with the present under the umbrella of his aura.

Great poster!

Great poster!

What a beautifully restored and maintained theater.

Ken... what a guy!

Ken... what a guy!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Check this interior

Check this interior

Every inch of this place is beautiful…

Another architectural picture

Another architectural picture

Meanwhile… downstairs in the dressing room…

The route to the stage...

The route to the stage...

David Lindley at sound check

David Lindley at sound check

Touring with David Lindley is an absolute pleasure and an honor. There is nothing quite like him in my world. He is a national treasure!

Ultimately good old Hot Tuna hit the stage and here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 27, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
McDonald Theater
Eugene, Oregon
2/17/2014

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. How Long Blues
5. I See The Light
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Hesitation Blues
8. Trial By Fire
9. Come Back Baby
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
11. In My Dreams
12. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
13. Vicksburg Stomp
14. Good Shepherd
15. Bar Room Crystal Ball
16. Water Song
17. I Know You Rider
18. Encore: That’ll Never Happen No More

On stage at the MacDonald witht the boys

On stage at the MacDonald witht the boys

The party's over...

The party's over...

Onward to Portland and the Aladdin.

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Rogues In Grants Pass

February 17th, 2014 Jorma 11 comments
How's this for a pair of Rogue's

How's this for a pair of Rogue's

Nice old picture eh? Good looking pants Jorma!

Another couple of shots from last night.

Nice gig... the brewery is actually in the Carolinas.

Nice gig... the brewery is actually in the Carolinas.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jerry wuz here a long time ago

Jerry wuz here a long time ago

Here is our set list for tonight at the Rogue:

Hot Tuna 26, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Rogue Theater
Grants Pass, Oregon
2/16/2014

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. I See The Light
4. Second Chances
5. Trial By Fire
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
8. Barbeque King
9. Vicksburg Stomp
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. I Am The Light Of This World
14. Nine Pound Hammer
15. Encore: That’ll Never Happen No More

That’s about it for now… great show for us and David Lindley. On to Eugene…

The mighty Rogue...

The mighty Rogue...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

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Sacramento To Arcata

February 15th, 2014 Jorma 4 comments
The Crest In Sacramento

The Crest In Sacramento

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Last night we were at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. This was another of our cool gigs with David Lindley… It is such an honor to be out with him. He is, quite simply, the greatest!

There are many new aspect to Sacramento... I prefer the old!

There are many new aspect to Sacramento... I prefer the old!

I ran into an old friend from the Benner Music Company… a place where Paul Kantner and I taught for a number of years in the early 60’s. One of the other notables back in those days, was Pete Grant who played banjo back in those days but who has gone to become a virtuoso in that most difficult of instruments, the steel guitar.

Pete Grant and myself, backstage...

Pete Grant and myself, backstage...

During the hang, Pete jammed with David as well as my buddy, Barry Mitterhoff.

Barry an Pete... hangin' and twangin'

Barry an Pete... hangin' and twangin'

Here is Tuna’s set list:

Hot Tuna 24, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Crest Theater
Sacramento, California
Thursday, February 13, 2014

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Hesitation Blues
3. I See The Light
4. Second Chances
5. Children Of Zion
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. Trial By Fire
9. Living In The Moment
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Vicksburg Stomp
12. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
13. Good Shepherd
14. Bar Room Crystal Ball
15. Water Song
16. Nine Pound Hammer
17. Encore: Embryonic Journeys

We got to sleep in a little this morning and then made the trek up here to Arcata where tomorrow, we will play the Humboldt Brews.

The man in the mirror...

The man in the mirror...

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Berkeley… Freight And Salvage

February 13th, 2014 Jorma 14 comments
Freight And Salvage

Freight And Salvage

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Well, it’s been years since we played Berkeley. Hot Tuna’s first album was recorded at the New Orleans House… all those years ago. Yesterday we returned… first checking into the Claremont hotel.

A typical bluesman hotel lobby

A typical bluesman hotel lobby

Well.. over to the gig for soundcheck.

Inside a beautiful venue...

Inside a beautiful venue...

Well… we were joined for an encore by the amazing Will Scarlett who was in at the beginning of Hot Tuna. Here is our set list:

HOT TUNA 23, 2011
THE ACOUSTIC TRIO
JORMA KAUKONEN, JACK CASADY
& BARRY MITTERHOFF
FREIGHT & SALVAGE COFFEE HOUSE
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014

FIRST SET:
1. TRUE RELIGION
2. HESITATION BLUES
3. THINGS THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
4. CHILDREN OF ZION
5. I’LL LET YOU KNOW BEFORE I LEAVE
6. HOW LONG BLUES
7. THE TERRIBLE OPERATION
8. I SEE THE LIGHT
9. 99 YEAR BLUES
10. COME BACK BABY
11. I KNOW YOU RIDER
SECOND SET:
1. SERPENT OF DREAMS
2. HEART TEMPORARY
3. LET US GET TOGETHER RIGHT DOWN HERE
4. VICKSBURG STOMP
5. BARBEQUE KING
6. RIVER OF TIME
7. GOODBYE TO THE BLUES
8. BAR ROOM CRYSTAL BALL
9. WATERSONG
10. GENESIS
11. KEEP YOUR LAMPS TRIMMED AND BURNING
12. ENCORE: KEEP ON TRUCKIN’ MAMA WITH WILL SCARLETT

Jack, Will & me

Jack, Will & me

Good times… very good times…

On to Sacramento….

Back Home, L.A. To Fresno

February 12th, 2014 Jorma 15 comments
Entrance to Hillside Farm

Entrance to Hillside Farm

Back home, winter holds sway…

A kid and a dog in the snow... recipe for good times

A kid and a dog in the snow... recipe for good times

How’s about Mama’s brand new toy?

Bring it on!

Bring it on!

In the dressing room at McCabe’s… we met with friends.

Guess who...

Guess who...

Meanwhile, here in California… we headed up to Fresno and the Tower Theater.

Days gone by

Days gone by

The CCC and the WPA were an important part of my family’s history back in the day.

Not all Fresno is like this... I liked the picture though

Not all Fresno is like this... I liked the picture though

Then there was the Tower Theater…

On the Marquee

On the Marquee

The Tower Theater is beautiful… family owned since rocks and water.

What a room!

What a room!

The master at his craft...

The master at his craft...

David Lindley is quite simply, one of the best and it’s an honor to b on the road with him!

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 22, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Tower Theater
Fresno, California
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
2. True Religion
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Second Chances
6. Trial By Fire
7. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
8. Barbeque King
9. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
10. How Long Blues
11. Prohibition Blues
12. 99 Year Blues
13. Candy Man
14. Good Shepherd
15. Nine Pound Hammer
16. Encore: Embryonic Journey

The boys after show!

The boys after show!

Onward to the Freight And Salvage

Nuff said....

Nuff said....

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Second Two Shows At McCabe’s

February 10th, 2014 Jorma 9 comments

Well alrighty then…

Four full shows in two days… it’s a lot of pickin’ for sure but we all love McCabe’s. The vibe of the shop, the audience… it all makes for a great four shows. And speaking of shows, here is our set list from last night:

Hot Tuna 21, 2011
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
McCabe’s Music Store
Santa Monica, California
Sunday, February 9, 2014

First Show:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I’ll Be All Right Someday
5. Trial By Fire
6. Second Chances
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Come Back Baby
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey
Second Show:
1. New Song For The Morning
2. Re-Enlistment Blues
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Living In The Moment
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. Prohibition Blues
8. Things That Might Have Been
9. Barbeque King
10. I See The Light
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. Good Shepherd
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Watersong

OK folks… there you have it. We’re off to Fresno and the Tower Theater where we will be doing a show tomorrow with the amazing David Lindley.

This next run with David should prove to be interesting. I’m sure we’ll get to pick together.

Onward!

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