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Arrival In Portland, Oregon

December 31st, 2014 Jorma 8 comments
Mt. Hood from the window of the plane...

Mt. Hood from the window of the plane...

Up yesterday morning at 0300… got to the airport… flight scheduled for 0730… delayed… equipment problems… flew equipment in from Pittsburgh, plane took off… missed connection in Phoenix… waited standby… got on flight… got to Portland and the hotel about seventeen hours later, just in time for dinner.

Living the dream… always.

Tonight: Hot Tuna rings in the New Year at the Aladdin Theater here in Portland. Be there, or… well, you know.

More will be revealed…

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Four Wheelin’ In The Woods

December 28th, 2014 Jorma 9 comments
Picking a line into the creek

Picking a line into the creek

Foto by Myron Hart

Yesterday the girls went shopping in Columbus and Zach and Myron and I headed into the woods in Johnson Holler… me on my four wheeler and Myron and Zach in the Jeep. This was my first time in the Holler with my four wheeler, and it was a blast!

Zach and Myron

Zach and Myron

Good thing we had plenty of time, because it was big fun and we took a lot of time!

Checking out the beaver pond...

Checking out the beaver pond...

We checked out the very large beaver pond and made plans to go fishing in the Spring…

Blue heron nest

Blue heron nest

Well… what a day! I love visiting the ‘civilized’ parts of this great land of ours… but there’s nothing like the country!

Onward!

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Unbelievable Clearance Sale At The Fur Peace Ranch Company Store

December 27th, 2014 Jorma 1 comment

Yes… ’tis the season to have an incredible sale a the Fur Peace Ranch making way for new items and the New Year!

Amost too good to believe...

Amost too good to believe...

In that spirit, Happy Holidays friends. Thank you for making 2014 the best year ever for the Fur Peace Ranch. I have one more favor to ask…. Please help me make some space in our company store for my new CD, “Ain’t in No Hurry,” due to arrive in early February. I talked Vanessa into letting me put 80% of our stock on sale….30,40 & 50% off on items like t-shirts, coffee mugs, patches, messenger bags, magnets, all of my Fur Peace MC gear, hoodies, teas, ball caps & posters. Sale ends January 16th, 2015.

http://furpeaceranch.com/store/

Yep… almost more fun than the law allows…

More will be revealed for sure!

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Second Chances, Treats & Treasures Rides Again!

December 26th, 2014 Jorma 6 comments

OK folks… a quick commercial interlude here. Yes, I have an item for sale. The reason I’m including an eBay link here is that from a seller’s and a buyer’s point of view… it’s just easier to do business. Now, what I have here is a Carr Slant 6V amp with a custom Cabbage Road Case. This amp is one of the great ones. If this is so, you might ask yourself, ‘Why is Jorma selling it?’ Simple answer. I have two of them and I don’t need two expensive high end amps that are the same. It made sense at the time… but it’s time to move on.

This is one flexible... great sounding... bad ass amp!

This is one flexible... great sounding... bad ass amp!

This amp is rated at 40 watts… but suffice it to say it sounds great at lower volumes but when you crank it up and let it breathe… it’s, well… lethal!

These speakers are the cat's meow... the lead channel is creamy...

These speakers are the cat's meow... the lead channel is creamy...

Here is our eBay link:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/321625178742

Now, I know I’m going to get questions about other vintage amps I might own and want to sell. For now, the answer is I don’t want to sell any of my vintage stuff. I own them… I love them and I’m not paying rent on them. I still use them for recording and guest performers at the Fur Peace Station can use them if they choose. Come to think of it, I’ve had the Carr Amps long enough… they’re almost vintage. (Well, not really) Anyway, a great amp for the working guitarist who needs top quality gear for recording or the road.

That’s about it for now… thanks for reading this and I hope I can find a nice home for this beautiful Slant 6V.

Onward!

A Quick Note… Very Quick!

December 25th, 2014 Jorma 11 comments

My birthday on the 23rd was all that a man could want… yesterday was a great day at home with Vanessa, Izze and Zach… and today we saw movies and ate Chinese food. How good does it have to get?

Onward

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Juried Art Show At The Psylodelic Gallery

December 22nd, 2014 Jorma 18 comments

OK… I’m taking a brief break from seasonal ramblings and observations for a broadblasting from the Fur Peace Ranch an our Psylodelic Gallery.

We’re really looking forward to this one!

The Psylodelic Gallery
Neo-Psychedelic Evolution: Mind Manifesting Art
Yes I want to enter this show… click here if this is you!

The Psylodelic Gallery is excited to announce the creation of our 1st Annual Juried Art Show entitled: Neo-Psychedelic Evolution: Mind Manifesting Art. We will be accepting submissions through March 1, 2015. The winner will be featured in their own exhibit from July to September 2015, for more information visit our site at:http://www.onlinejuriedshows.com/Default.aspx?OJSID=378

Call for Entries:
The Psylodelic Gallery opened in 2013 at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch as a center committed to the art and culture that has permeated the American mainstream since the 1960’s. In keeping with that spirit of artistic evolution, the Psylodelic Gallery invites you to submit your work to be considered for our 2015 National Juried Art Exhibition. The theme will be based on Modern Psychedelic art and its various forms, and personal interpretation and perspective on this art movement. “Psy-che-del-ic -adjective, of or noting a mental state characterized by a profound sense of intensified sensory perception, sometimes by a feeling of euphoria”. This theme is open to many different interpretations and mediums, and should reflect the creativity and depth within the soul.

Awards:
First Place: $500.00 and exhibition from June-September 2015
Second Place: $250.00 and honorable mention
Third Place: $100.00

Jurors:

Robin Stickney

Robin Stickney is a weaver, spinner and fiber artist. As a child of the 60’s she had wanderlust in her heart so at 17, on her own, she moved to the Coast of Maine and made it her home. After years of growing both an herb farm and family, she was introduced to fiber through the art of weaving. She was immediately drawn in to this unfamiliar world through the tactile nature of fiber in its many forms. From the many uses of fiber…..weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting, braiding, paper making and sculpting…she explored and immersed herself fully in the possibilities of fiber as language. From weaving messages into fabric and capturing visions of the natural world around her in rustic tapestry, she found a creative voice in the use of fiber.

Like her ocean, Robin continues to ebb and flow in her explorations of fiber and form in the natural world. She has collected fiber and weavings from China to Peru and today she creates hand woven rugs, wall pieces, straps, bands, belts, hand-spun wool rugs and rag tapestries. When she is not exploring fiber, she is caretaker of numerous Coastal Estate Gardens, and is a dedicated teacher of the method of body sculpting known as Pilates.

Bob Steeler
Bob Steeler studied art and design under the direction of Ron Taylor and sculptor Robert Howard at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After leaving school he played drums with Doug Kershaw, David Bromberg, Randy and Michael Brecker, Wayne Kramer, Johnny Thunders, Edgar Winter, Merle Saunders, Jerry Garcia, Steven Stiles, Leslie West, and Hot Tuna.
In 1981, Steeler moved to New York City and began his art career, concentrating primarily on sculpture and painting. Steeler’s eclectic style and personality are reflected in his works which have appeared in museums and galleries in New York City, San Francisco, Aspen, Colorado and Paris, France. Before moving to Hopewell, NJ, Steeler had a mural business in Colorado from 1994 through 2001.
His paintings are found in many private collections including those of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, Ewan MacGregor, Mario Van Peebles, Henry Kravis, Malcolm Bricklin, Jorma Kaukonen and J.P. Lipson. His paintings are best described as an eclectic Picasso style of art.

Spencer Bohren
Born into a gospel-singing family in the wind-swept prairies of Wyoming in 1950, Spencer Bohren began singing and playing music as youngster. At fourteen, inspired by the folk music he heard on the radio, Spencer picked up a guitar and within a few weeks started performing in public. He immediately delved deeply into America’s treasure of blues, country, gospel and folk music, soaking up guitar styles and historical details. In the 1960s and 1970s, Spencer played with rock, country and blues bands throughout the western US. By the mid-1970s, Spencer and his wife, Marilyn, found a spiritual home in the city of New Orleans, and started their family there.

In 1997, Spencer developed Down the Dirt Road Blues, his award-winning history of American music, which he has presented to 30,000 students of all ages, as well as concert audiences all over America and Europe. His educational offerings have grown to include visual art. His passion for artwork is a direct result of a search for the perfect album cover for his Carry the Word CD, released in the year 2000. During this search, he chanced upon an obscure exhibit of tiny cigar-box altars honoring blues and soul singers, and found them extremely appealing. This inspiration and focused creation transported him to a place he’d been subconsciously searching for since coming of age in the sixties, and he knew that I had to explore this path more thoroughly. Spencer Bohren’s three-dimensional shadowbox assemblages have been called atmospheric, ceremonial, mysterious, spiritual, and magical. In fact, they are all of these things. Utilizing common objects encountered while traveling the globe as a musician, Spencer constructs mystical miniature worlds contained in small boxes that appear to be relics from some ancient or medieval culture. They are precisely made, and their collaged surfaces create layers of meaning that suggest our unsuspected proximity to the metaphysical world.

Prospectus and Entry Form:

Submit entries online via onlinejuriedshows.com
Artists may also request Prospectus and entry forms via email fpman@earthlink.net

Deadline:

Applications must be completed by March 1, 2015

Forms and Fees:

Completed forms must include the online entry form; up to 3 images representative of overall work; and application fee.

Insurance and Sales:

Accepted entries will ONLY be insured during installation and return shipping; however, the artist reserves the right to purchase additional insurance during the exhibition. The Psylodelic Gallery will not be responsible for loss, damage, or theft of any artwork while en route to the Gallery. The artist chosen for exhibition may have the option to sell their artwork, and the Psylodelic Gallery will retain 20% commission. A signed Loan Agreement Form will be required for all accepted entries.

Shipping and Delivery:

Accepted entries may be shipped or hand delivered. All shipped entries must be securely packed and include installation instructions. Entries that are to be shipped must be no more than 24 x 36 inches, and no more than 10 lbs.

The artist is solely responsible for any insurance and shipping costs during transit. All entries should be addressed to:

The Psylodelic Gallery
39495 St. Clair Road
Pomeroy, OH 45769

Return shipping and insurance following the exhibition will be provided by the Psylodelic Gallery.

Please direct any questions or comments to:

Vanessa Kaukonen: Owner, CEO
fpman@earthlink.net
ofc: 740-992-2575740-992-2575
fax: 740-992-9126

Sharon Fritz: Assistant Curator
galleryofc@earthlink.net
cell: 740-447-0208740-447-0208

Guidelines:
• Candidates must be 18 years of age or older.
• All applications must be submitted by March 1, 2015
• All pieces selected for exhibition must be present and ready for installation by May 31, 2015.
• The Psylodelic Gallery will not provide insurance for any objects, the artist is solely responsible for procuring any insurance.
• The artist whose work is chosen for the exhibition may choose to sell any objects, and the Gallery will retain a 20% commission.
• If an object is purchased during the exhibition, the artist and buyer must agree to allow that piece to remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.
• There are no medium stipulations, so long as they are within and can be related to the theme. Submissions may include, but are not limited to: Photography, Print, Graphic Design, Ceramics/Sculpture, Clothing, Video/Audio, Mixed Media, etc.

Check out OnlineJuriedArtshows.com to see what else is going on.

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My Winter’s Tale 2014

December 18th, 2014 Jorma 14 comments

My Winter’s Tale
Jorma Kaukonen
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sitting home for a bit over the holidays gives me a moment to reflect, and indeed take time to do a little writing. It is not yet winter here at Hillside Farm in Southeast Ohio… but the winter of life is beginning to swirl around me and the confluence of seasons and time leaves me in a thoughtful mood. I have just returned from an extremely fulfilling two week tour with Jack and my friends, Larry, Teresa, Barry and Justin and as the heady brouhaha of Jack’s fete at the Beacon in New York City fades into the past, I find myself at home with family where I belong.

Almost all of the journaling that I do when I am on the road tends to fall into the category of, ‘I was here… and we did such and such.’ Interesting for me to write about when nothing else is in my head, but I am always reminded that while music is a large part of who I am, it is by no means everything. Home here on the farm, I truly feel that my place in the universe is secure.

I had been corresponding with my old friend Gerry Henkel who lives up there in the far north in Duluth, Minnesota recently. I got to know Gerry a little bit in 1994 when my Dad and I went on a roots trip to his birthplace in Ironwood… in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We flew out to Minneapolis and then started driving north. Past Duluth… across the Dick Bong bridge into Superior, Wisconsin. Dad told me about Dick Bong… America’s Ace Of Aces in WWII. With forty kills in his P-38 Lightning and a recipient of the Medal Of Honor, he was truly, quite a man. Upon his return to the States towards the end of the war, he is reputed to have flown his Lightning down the main street of Superior on a wing. Those were the days!

As Superior dwindled in my rear view mirror, we passed Hurley, Wisconsin and then over the border into Michigan and before I knew it, we were in Gogebic County and Ironwood, where Dad was born in a house on Garfield Street in 1910. To be able to be a silent observer over the landscape of my Father’s memories was an honor!

That said, my Father and I had a contentious relationship for most of our lives. This was just the way it was and I think in a way we grudgingly accepted that reality. Both of us were so fortunate that towards the end of his life he and I became friends. It is not always thus, but that’s how it was for us. Anyway, back in the early 90’s, some of his childhood friends were still alive and as I sat and listened to them talk, the flash of youth was still in their eyes. A lifetime had passed since Dad left the iron and copper country of the UP… but I could see that the ancient bond of friendship and shared experience transcended age and infirmity.

A lot happened on that trip… I saw the house where my father was born… the Old Finn Hall where he played mandolin… the Carnegie Library where he learned to speak English… the building where my late grandfather once had a tailor shop. Good times? Hard to say, but times nonetheless.

Driving back to Minneapolis, we stopped in Duluth which is where I met Gerry Henkel. Gerry was with the Finnish American Reporter at the time and Dad was really active in Finnish/American stuff. Gerry and I sort of became pals in early days of email and I kept in touch after I took Dad back to Mill Valley, California. My Father always loved to write, and I always looked forward to getting his little mini editorials. The notes he would send me were nothing compared to the deluge of philosophizing Gerry was treated to. Recently Gerry was cleaning out stuff he had saved for years (I can relate) and he came across emails that he and my Dad, Jorma Sr. had written back then. He had printed them all out… and when I came home from this last road trip they were waiting for me.

I looked at the dates… they were from the last year of my Father’s life. As I read and reread these bits of correspondence, I was transported back the early 90’s when Dad was still alive. The words brushed my face with memory, as soft as angel’s wings. He was there as big as life for a while… and then on that last page, he was gone. In those entries up to that final day, in spite of his strokes and TIA’s, his mind was vital and he was always thinking of things he was going to do. And then, at 0530, January 7, 1997… his work was done, and his dreams would always be dreams.

It is unfortunate that my children will never know this delightfully idiosyncratic man. The best I can do is to tell them stories. We still have pictures and letters from the old ones, Ida and Jaako… but I can’t read Finnish and no one is still alive I know who could tell us about the pictures… and that is how it goes.

What does this all mean? It was just a door opening for a moment on a bygone time… almost a dream of another life. I miss my Father. This never goes away… but at least he did not outlive his children. I do not know my brother at all. That is sad to say, but that’s just how it is. I hope he and his family are well. I just took Izze to her last piano lesson of 2014, Vanessa is shopping for dinner and my son Zach is coming to spend the holidays with us the evening of the 23rd… my birthday. Maverick, the big dog, is sleeping on the back porch and life is good on this chilly December evening.

As for Gerry, my friend… thanks for sending me those letters. I got to hear Dad’s voice again… many thanks. And for those who might wonder where Mom is in my house of memories, she fills the rooms with her light, but that is a story for another time.

And… that’s about it. I think I’ll have a cup of coffee.

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Jack Casady Celebrates his 70th and Rules The Beacon

December 14th, 2014 Jorma 48 comments
Four words we lov to see... Hot Tuna... and Sold Out

Four words we lov to see... Hot Tuna... and Sold Out

The anticipation for this year’s Beacon show… the theme of which was Jack’s 70th birthday has been building for some time. A sold out show… tickets were at a premium and even we couldn’t get more. We were so blessed on this run to have a two weeks of dates before the the Big One… so we were primed by the time we pulled into Manhattan. Indeed, we truly were, ‘Ready to rock!’

We were specially thrilled to have Marty Balin and his cohorts as special guests for this great show. We had been looking forward to this since we hosted Marty and his guys for a concert at our Fur Peace Ranch. Also on board for this show was our dear friend G.E. Smith who is always welcome when we hit the boards… you never really know what he is going to bring to the mix, but it’s always great.

The Beacon... a helluva place!

The Beacon... a helluva place!

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have become as integral a part of Tuna as it is possible to be. We wish they could be with us everywhere we go… but we’ll take what we can get and be grateful! Justin Guip has taken over that most important seat behind the drums… and he is certainly the last part of the cat over the fence! I could never say too much about my musical mate Barry Mitterhoff. He and I have been picking together since 2002 or thereabouts and it’s been a swell dance…

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

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

Needless to say… Jack and I have been friends who have played music together for more years than many couples stay married. What a concept! Check this set list out:

Zach and I sit stage right as Jack Casady opens the show...

Zach and I sit stage right as Jack casady opens the show...

Beacon Show
Dec. 13, 2015

First Set:
1. Jack plays as only he can… and we…
2. Segue into Hesitation Blues
3. I See The Light… enter Justin, Larry, Barry and G.E.
4. Children Of Zion… same gang with Teresa
5. Hit Single # 1… same gang
6. Three Fifths Of A Mile with Marty Balin… The gang and Teresa
7. Plastic Fantastic Lover with Marty Balin… The gang and Teresa
8. Wade In The Water with Teresa
9. Somebody To Love with Teresa
10. Rock Me Baby… The gang
11. A Little Faster… Same gang
Second Set:
1. Marty Trio
2. Marty Trio
3. Marty Trio
4. Blues with Marty Balin… and the gang
5. White Rabbit with Teresa Williams
6. Sugaree with Teresa Williams
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball… with Teresa and Larry on pedal steel…
8. Water Song… Larry on mandolin… Barry on octave mandolin
9. Long Gone From Kentucky with G.E. Smith
10. Big River with Larry Campbell
11. Bowlegged Woman
12. Candy Man… you know the deal (Larry on fiddle)
13. Deep Ellum Blues with Larry and Teresa
14. Funky # 7 … usual crew
15. Encore: Volunteers with Marty Balin and everyone
16. Encore 2: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning with Larry & Teresa

Thanks to Jerry Sullivan for my cool tux jacket...

Thanks to Jerry Sullivan for my cool tux jacket...

And of course, since this was a birthday party… we needed a cake… and what a cake!

Very, very... nice... and tasty too!

Very, very... nice... and tasty too!

Well… this morning with the festivities over, we breakfasted at the Viand Cafe with the family and then Vanessa and I took Zach down to Penn Station to catch the bus back to Virginia… school tomorrow.

The boys, waiting for the bus

The boys, waiting for the bus

That’s about it for now. What a grand time! Tomorrow, onward and home!

From The Synagogue To Scottish Rites

December 12th, 2014 Jorma 12 comments
Good times...

Good times...

Night before last we descended upon that Historic Synagogue at 6th and I in D.C. for our first show there. What a beautiful place for a gig.

Ceilings...

Ceilings...

Thanks for the Dressing Room Leah...

Thanks for the Dressing Room Leah...

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 68, 2014
The Electric Sextet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
Sixth and Ist. Historic Synagogue
Washington, D.C.
December 10, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. I See The Light
6. Children Of Zion with Teresa Williams
7. Wade In The Water ditto
8. Big River with Larry Campbell
9. Somebody To Love
10. A Little Faster
Second Set:
1. Good Shepherd
2. Trial By Fire
3. Rock Me Baby
4. Mourning Interrupted
5. Bar Room Crystal Ball
6. Deep Ellum
7. White Rabbit
8. Sugaree
9. Funky #7
10. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Love this place!

Love this place!

The facade...

The facade...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then on a chilly snowy morn it was off to Collingswood, N.J.

Life in the tropics...

Life in the tropics...

Last night we were at the Scottish Rites Auditorium.

Preparing for the show

Preparing for the show

What a cool building this was as well.

More ceilings

More ceilings

Here is our set list from last night:

Hot Tuna 69, 2014
The Electric Sextet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
Scottish Rite Auditorium
Collingswood, New Jersey
Thursday, December 11, 2014

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. A Little Faster
5. Children Of Zion
6. Good Shepherd
7. Wade In The Water
8. Somebody To Love
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Hit Single # 1
Second Set:
1. Trial By Fire
2. Big River
3. Rock Me Baby
4. I See The Light
5. Bar Room Crystal Ball
6. Water Song
7. Deep Ellum
8. White Rabbit
9. Sugaree
10. Funky # 7
11. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

The mystery of it all

The mystery of it all

Now we’re off to New York with a day off before the Big Beacon Show & Jack’s 70th Celebration!

Gotta get some breakfast…

Looking Back On The First Three Electric Shows…

December 9th, 2014 Jorma 36 comments
The first gig at the State Theater in Ithaca...

The first gig at the State Theater in Ithaca...

After Jack and I finished up at the Highline Ballroom in good old Manhattan, we bopped up to Red Hook for some rehearsal with Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip. After that it was up to Ithaca and the State Theater.

Tuna onstage at the State

Tuna onstage at the State

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 65, 2014
The Electric Sextet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
State Theater
Ithaca, New York
December 5, 2014

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. I See The Light
6. Children Of Zion
7. Wade In The Water
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Deep Ellum
12. Sugaree
13. Funky # 7

A darned good first show, if I do say so myself… From Ithaca we took off to the great white north and Jay Peak up in Vermont by the Canadian border.

The view from my window up in Jay, Vermont

The view from my window up in Jay, Vermont

Yeah, it might have been cold outside… but it was smokin’ inside the Foeger Ballroom.

Hot Tuna 66, 2014
The Electric Sextet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
Jay Peak, Foeger Ballroom
Jay, Vermont
Saturday, December 6, 2014

1. Search My heart
2. I See The Light
3. I Wish You Would
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Children Of Zion
7. Wade In The Water
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Big River
12. Sugaree
13. Hit Single #1
14. Funky #7
15. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Jay, Vermont... where did we park that bus?

Jay, Vermont... where did we park that bus?

Up at 0500 again and back on the road for that long drive south to Albany and the Egg.

Yow... another frigid morning

Yow... another frigid morning

This would be our last show with Donna The Buffalo… we loved sharing the bill with them and look forward to doing it again!

Hot Tuna 67, 2014
The Electric Sextet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
The Egg
Albany, New York
December 7, 2014

1. True Religion
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Been So Long
6. Children Of Zion
7. Wade In The Water
8. Second Chances
9. White Rabbit
10. Mourning Interrupted
11. Deep Ellum
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Sugaree
14. Hit Single #1
15. Funky #7
16. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Albany, why not take... Albany

Albany, why not take... Albany

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We got to sleep in a little yesterday before the trek down to D.C. (Taxation without representation) and that was a blessing. Tomorrow we’ll be playing at the 6th & I Historic Synagogue in my hometown… Washington, D.C. Looking forward to this… and looking forward to a good pastrami sandwich too.

Sidebar editorial:

Since the term, ‘Covering a song,’ emerged, I have always had great distaste for it. I guess technically, if you didn’t write the song yourself, you’re ‘covering’ it. Does this mean that as an artist you cannot take responsibility and/or credit for performing an arrangement of a song you did not write yourself? Good question. As one who loves music steeped in historic authenticity I have never been shy about putting my versions out there… but I always give credit to the source and recommend heading up the river to the headwaters so you can grok the evolution of any piece. I have never considered myself either a ’singer/songwriter or a musical archivist. I just play songs I like, some of which I have written myself. What does this all mean? Probably not much. In a hundred years who’ll care anyway. I guess my struggle is to try to defy the convention in the music business that is much happier relegating everything to nicely defined categories. OK… I feel better now.

Nuff said… Onward!

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