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Seventy Five Trips Around The Sun…

December 24th, 2015 Jorma 26 comments

One wonders why one year… one birthday is more important than another. Why should 75 be a more emotional milestone the 74? I guess the key work here is ‘milestone.’ We measure our lives by so many things. Births, deaths… accomplishments… setbacks. Yeah… it’s all in the mix.

My nine year old daughter sits next to me as I write this. Our dog Maverick is on the floor at my feet. My son Zach is getting up and wants to take us to breakfast. Vanessa is somewhere in the house… We’re all here and it couldn’t be much better.

Jerry Sullivan, Wally Himmelman, Vanessa, Izze, Zach and John Hurlbut all took me out to dinner at the OU Inn in Athens last night. Breaking bread with friends and family… good times. Jerry noted that I was fifty years old when we came to Southeast Ohio… That’s a quarter of a century ago. We have made our home here… and here is where we are.

Last night a huge rainstorm came through and the bottom land flooded as it does.

The family manse in the misty morning

The family manse in the misty morning

Maverick and I walked down the old road to the A-frame… The little Shade river smiled up at us.

The Shade in morning mist

The Shade in morning mist

Mav and I walk together… the sun peeks through the remnants of last night’s storm.

It's not always like this...

It's not always like this...

This is my home… I feel good here. The world is my home so much of the time… being on the road and all, that to actually be home is such a blessing.

Culvert world...

Culvert world...

Culverts that rarely see water… are still running this morning.

Well…

I made it this far… I’d like to make it a little farther…

Christmas is tomorrow. Merry Christmas everyone…

More will be revealed…

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Last Two Gigs Of 2015

December 21st, 2015 Jorma 20 comments
First snow back home

First snow back home

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Morning view from the porch back home

Morning view from the porch back home

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Yep folks, in spite of El Nino back in Southeast Ohio, a little snow fell. Now I realize there won’t be a white Christmas back home this year… still and all there was a little seasonal white. Meanwhile… out on the road…

Here it is the end of 2015 already and I just finished my last two gigs of the year.

Zach in front of TOTSOFM

Zach in front of TOTSOFM

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Love this place… The Old Town School was iconic for me when I was at Antioch in 1959… and it’s an honor to play there today!

Jorma Kaukonen 48, 2015
Jorma Solo
The Old Town School Of Folk Music
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, December 19, 2015

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Barbeque King
4. I See The Light
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Sea Child
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. How Long Blues
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. Full Go Round
3. Living In The Moment
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. Serpent of Dreams
6. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
7. Come Back Baby
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

Me... in the Captain's Chair

Me... in the Captain's Chair

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then yesterday morning, into the truck and off to Ann Arbor and the Ark.

What a great place!

What a great place!

Foto by Phil Jacob

I had great sound tonight… for a great bunch of people.

Jorma Kaukonen 49, 2015
Jorma Solo
The Ark
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sunday, December 20, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Heart Temporary
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Living In The Moment
7. Sea Child
8. Come Back Baby
9. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
11. How Long Blues
12. Candy Man
13. Keep Our Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Barbeque King
4. Watch The North Wind Rise
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. Good Shepherd
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: Genesis

Backstage at the Ark with the boys...

Backstage at the Ark with the boys...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Zach and Myron watch the Steelers put the finishing touches on the Broncos…

A fine little run… time to close up the suitcases and head for home!

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Merry Christmas From The Fur Peace Ranch… Happy Birthday Hurl

December 17th, 2015 Jorma 11 comments
Maverick love chicken pot pie too...

Maverick love chicken pot pie too...

So anyhow… day before yesterday, Nessa made a delicious chicken pot pie… Maverick had a tough time heading back to his kibble after sniffing this delicacy.

Yesterday, was the Holiday Dinner for all of the folks who work at the Fur Peace Ranch. It was also a celebration of sorts for John Hurlbut’s birthday… and mine as well.

Yeah I know... I'm missing and so is John

Yeah I know... I'm missing and so is John

I’m taking the picture and John is to the right of Izze… I just couldn’t get back far enough. It’s just about John’s 60th and my 75th. Well, I’m not for week, but at this point… who’s counting.

The food was outstanding… everyone brought a dish… and there wasn’t much in the way of leftovers.

Yummy…

Happy Holidays everyone!!!!

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Christmas Jam With Warren Haynes And Friends

December 13th, 2015 Jorma 10 comments
Setting up at the Arena

Setting up at the Arena

Friday Myron and I got into my old red truck and drove down to Asheville, North Carolina to meet Jack Casady and Justin Guip. We were honored by Warren Haynes invitation to be part of his magnificent Christmas Jam.

Bright lights... what city

Bright lights... what city

It has been a number of years since we were a part of this awesome community project for Habitat For Humanity. What a cool deal! Needless to say I ran into many old friends.

Pat Simmons and I

Pat Simmons and I

Foto by Jack Casady

Pat Simmons and I have known each other since the early days in the Santa Cruz area… and it was great to see him here!

Jorma and Warren

Jorma and Warren

And then it was time for Hot Tuna!

Justin, Jack and I get it done!

Justin, Jack and I get it done!

Hot Tuna 52, 2015
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Warren Haynes Christmas Jam
U.S. Cellular Center
Asheville, North Carolina
Saturday, December 12, 2015

1. Been So Long
2. Watch The North Wind Rise
3. 99 Year Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Hit Single #1

Twang, Bang, Boom

Twang, Bang, Boom

Yeah… playing the Big Room! Thanks for the opportunity Warren!

I grabbed Warren and Susan for a quick shot after the 'Class Picture'

I grabbed Warren and Susan for a quick shot after the 'Class Picture'

A great evening for a worthy cause.

The Deltone and the Firebird ready for service!

The Deltone and the Firebird ready for service!

I wanted to get home early today so Myron and I started driving at 0800.

Morning in the mountains

Morning in the mountains

Like a Spring day… lovely!

Mornin' folks!

Mornin' folks!

Foto by Myron Hart

The truck awaits

The truck awaits

Well… what a worthy trip!!!!

Onward

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The Bell Tolls For Us As Well

December 6th, 2015 Jorma 16 comments
Sunset at the Ranch...

Sunset at the Ranch...

I have lived in Southeast Ohio for nearly twenty five years now… and I have grown in, around and up in this beautiful little corner of the country. I could live here for a hundred years and to some I would still be that funny guitar player from somewhere else with a first name that ends in a vowel. This is my home and in an amazing way, thanks to Vanessa’s interactions in the community, we are a part of the fabric of life here. We have made friends… and those friends have made us friends. In my life, for whatever reason, most of the people I know are younger than I… but not all. My friend Martha Laufman passed away while I was on this last trip. We knew she was sick, and we knew she was not going to get well, but every time we saw her in town she was smiling and full of life.

Vanessa and I went to the Dairy Barn in Athens tonight to her memorial… and it was amazing. There were so many people… she was indeed loved. The conversation with many of the folks tonight was… as seems so common these days, to be about our health or indeed, the fragility of our existence. Each day is such a blessing… I treasure each moment.

This anonymous poem was next to the book we signed when we entered the barn.

The Gift

When I die, If you need me,
Put your arms around anyone
And give them what you need to give me

I want to leave you something
Something better than words or sounds.
Look for me in the people I’ve known and loved.

And if you cannot give me away
At least let me live in your eyes
And not on your mind.

Love doesn’t die, people do.
So when all that’s left of me is love,
Give me away.

Yeah…

None of us are islands and the bell tolls for us all. May the blessings of a life well lived surround us in its soft embrace!

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The Last Two Shows For Tuna, Fall 2015

December 6th, 2015 Jorma 1 comment
The Ridgefied

The Ridgefied

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 50, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
The Ridgefield Playhouse
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Friday, December 4, 2015

First Set:
1. New Song For The Morning
2. Heart Temporary
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
6. Barbeque King
7. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
8. Full Go Round
9. Sea Child
10. Living In The Moment
11. Candy Man
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. I See The Light
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
5. Been So Long
6. Come Back Baby
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Good Shepherd
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Hmmm....

Hmmm....

The boys in Westhampton

The boys in Westhampton

Hot Tuna 51, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
West Hampton Beach, New York
December 5, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Sea Child
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. Barbeque King
8. Candy Man
9. 99 Year Blues
10. How long Blues
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
3. In My Dreams
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Things That Might Have Been
9. In The Kingdom
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Encore: I Know You Rider

…then after the show the drive back to Southeast Ohio.

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Sirius Business and The Landis In New Jersey

December 4th, 2015 Jorma 3 comments

On our way up from Richmond, Hot Tuna stopped off at Sirius/XM in D.C. to tape a live show for THE BB KING’S BLUESVILLE YEAR-END CONCERT SERIES which will air on channel 70, December 23, 2015. Coincidentally, my real birthday.

Hot Tuna: Wednesday 12/23/15 12 NOON EST. Rebroadcasts: 12/23/15 3 PM EST, Thurs 12/24/15 9 PM EST , Friday 12/25/15 3AM EST, Sat 12/26/15 6PM EST Eastern, Sun 12/27/15 12 NOON EST

Jack thinks about the set at Sirius/XM

Jack thinks about the set at Sirius/XM

We had a wonderful time… and I, personally, own several Satellite Radio Receivers.

Jack and I and our old friend, Leonard Bernstein

Jack and I and our old friend, Leonard Bernstein

Then it was off to Vineland, New Jersey and the Landis Theater.

Loverly

Loverly

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A new place for us… we loved it!

Hot Tuna 49, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Landis Theater
Vineland, New Jersey
Thursday, December 3, 2015

First Set:
1. Don’t You Leave Me Here
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
5. I See The Light
6. Barbeque King
7. Candy Man
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. 99 Year Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
4. In My Dreams
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
6. Sea Child
7. Good Shepherd
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. How Long Blues
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Encore: I Know You Rider

Today we’re heading to Connecticut and the Ridgefield Playhouse about which more shall be revealed!

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Looking Back From Richmond

December 1st, 2015 Jorma 13 comments

Richmond Set LIst:

Hot Tuna 48, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
The National Theater
Richmond, Virginia
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

First Set:
1. New Song For The Morning
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. I See The Light
6. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
7. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
8. Death Don’t have No Mercy
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Barbeque King
12. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. True Religion
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. River Of Time
7. Living In The Moment
8. Good Shepherd
9. Candy Man
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: How Long Blues

The Tabernacle after quite a while

The Tabernacle after quite a while

Contentwise this is just a short reprise of the last three gigs. Why has it seemed so busy to me? I haven’t the slightest… it just has. Anyway… we finally got back to the Tabernacle in Mt. Tabor, N.J. around Thanksgiving time… which means we ate some delicious food.

We're talking good... good... good

We're talking good... good... good

We’ve always enjoyed this little venue a lot, so it was nice to be back.

You don't see this at every gig

You don't see this at every gig

Hot Tuna 45, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
The Tabernacle
Mt. Tabor, New Jersey
Friday, November 27, 2015

First Set:
1. New Song For The Morning
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
5. I See The Light
6. Barbeque King
7. Hesitation Blues
8. Living IN The Moment
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. How Long Blues
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Come Back Baby
6. Candy Man
7. 99 Year Blues
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Mr. Jacobs attends to your Tuna needs

Mr. Jacobs attends to your Tuna needs

Then to the Historic Synagogue at 6th and I in D.C.

Zach at the entrance

Zach at the entrance

Now this is a really cool gig indeed.

Looking up...

Looking up...

Wow… what a venue!

Well alrighty then...

Well alrighty then...

Hot Tuna 46, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Washington, D.C.
Saturday November 28, 2015

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Heart Temporary
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Barbeque King
8. I See The Light
9. Living In The Moment
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Candy Man
12. Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. The Terrible Operation
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. In My Dreams
5. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
6. Death Don’t have No Mercy
7. 99 Year Blues
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Encore: Genesis

Very nice!

Very nice!

And then the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA.

Love this place

Love this place

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Stroudsburg… G.E. Smith’s hometown… and the place I write In My Dreams in 2013.

Hot Tuna 47, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
The Sherman Theater
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Sunday, November 29, 2015

First Set:
1. New Song For The Morning
2. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
5. Barbeque King
6. Candy Man
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. The Terrible Operation
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. In my Dreams
5. Come Back Baby
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. How Long Blues
8. 99 year Blues
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: I Am The Light Of This World

OK… now I’m getting caught up… tonight it’s the National Theater in Richmond, VA.

Onward!

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