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A Nod To The Past… A Wave To The Future

April 21st, 2017 Jorma 17 comments
The St. George Theater... who knew?

The St. George Theater... who knew?

So last Saturday the mighty Tuna Trio had the honor of appearing at the St. George Theater in Staten Island. What an amazing venue… who knew indeed?

Bring on the cherubs...

Bring on the cherubs...

Hot Tuna 13, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
The St. George Theater
Staten Island, New York
Saturday, April 15, 2017

First Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
5. Can’t Get Satisfied
6. Sleep Song
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Been So Long
9. Ode To Billy Dean
10. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Second Chances
3. I Wish You Would
4. Come Back Baby
5. Sea Child
6. Trial By Fire
7. Good Shepherd
9. Funky #7
10. Hit Single # 1

Pickin' and grinnin'

Pickin' and grinnin'

Foto by Phil Jacobs

By the bye… while I was out in Westbury I was honored with this great award!

Love this honor!

Love this honor!

Then it was back to Southeast Ohio where Myron and I settled down to overdub some guitar parts on a new project by my old pals The Ace Of Cups. The ladies started this great band in 1967… indeed perhaps the first all girl band… and they could all really play!

Myron critically eyes the board

Myron critically eyes the board

The Ace Of Cups gals sent me three tracks to work on… a blues, a rocker and a finger picking ballad.

Pickin' and Wah'ing

Pickin' and Wah'ing

This is going to be a great project and I was honored to be a part of it.

The back lot at the Johnson Hollow digs.

The back lot at the Johnson Hollow digs.

Then it was back to the Ranch to get ready for our camp this weekend with Eric Bibb, Happy Traum and me with an able assist from Tom Feldman.

Along the way I got to make some great shots around the Ranch.

Red Bud in the House

Red Bud in the House

The redbud is everywhere right now… it is a paean to Spring in these parts and its beauty is delightfully ephemeral. In a week or so the blaze of color will be gone as green returns to the forest.

Twilight drones eye view of the A-Frame

Twilight drones eye view of the A-Frame

I’ve been doing some sunset flying with my drones and was able to get some nifty shots!

Lake Hope after dinner

Lake Hope after dinner

Welcome lights at the Beatrice Love Kitchen

Welcome lights at the Beatrice Love Kitchen

Last light at the Fur Peace Ranch

Last light at the Fur Peace Ranch

Time to walk Big Maverick and get on over to greet the students…

Onward!

Westbury And Brooklyn

April 15th, 2017 Jorma 21 comments
Space @ Westbury

Space @ Westbury

Last time I was here was with Leftover Salmon.. this time it was a benefit for The Long Island Autism Communities. This time it was for a grand benefit!

The scene of the crime!

The scene of the crime!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 4, 2017
A Benefit For The Long Island Autism Communities
Space
Westbury, New York
April 13, 2017

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Sleep Song
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Q and A with Steve Berensen
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Second Set:
1. Trial By Fire
2. Living In The Moment
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Come Back Baby
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Been So Long
7. How Long Blues
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Barbeque King

Some fun Q and A stuff with Steve Berenson and money raised for a great cause! Then it was off to Brooklyn and another benefit for the Mighty Racoon Lodge!

This...

This...

What a historic building. Al Capone is reputed to have gotten his famous scar here!

Or perhaps this...

Or perhaps this...

What a gig this was…

Good stuff...

Good stuff...

We definitely rocked the house on this one!

Hot Tuna 12, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Benefit For The Guild For Exceptional Children
Brooklyn, New York
Friday, April 14, 2017

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Candy Man
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. In The Kingdom
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Ain’t In No Hurry
8. I See The Light
9. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
10. Bowlegged Woman

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. I Wish You Would
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Sea Child
6. Trial By Fire
7. Good Shepherd
8. Funky # 7
9. Encore: Hit Single #1

Les Paul and 50w Marshall

Les Paul and 50w Marshall

Chet Atkins SST and the Louis Electric Twinmaster

Chet Atkins SST and the Louis Electric Twinmaster

Yeah… the boys and I were truly rocking on this evening!

What a venue!

What a venue!

Hot Tuna 11, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, March 18, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
6. I See The Light
7. Candy Man
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. In The Kingdom
10. How Long Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Come Back Baby
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
6. Sleep Song
7. Good Shepherd
8. Living In The Moment
9. Keep On Trucking Mama
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

Jimmy Quigg exhorts the crowd...

Jimmy Quigg exhorts the crowd...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Yep… this was a great one!

Brooklyn forthrightness...

Brooklyn forthrightness...

Now we’re off to Staten Island and the St. George Theater. ‘Twill be another good one I’m sure.

Remember this? It's a phone booth!

Remember this? It's a phone booth!

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Zeissen Pesach & More

April 11th, 2017 Jorma 26 comments
Week Three at the Ranch

Week Three at the Ranch

This last weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch was our third of this year and what a killer one it was. We were honored to host Jimmy Dale Gilmore as well as our old pal Bill Kirchen. What a weekend indeed!

FPR from the eye of a drone

FPR from the eye of a drone

Friday was chilly to say the least but the weekend warmed up in more ways than one and Spring was in the air! Saturday night Bill and Jimmy Dale did a simply amazing show!

This is the Honky Tonk Hammer Of The Gods!

This is the Honky Tonk Hammer Of The Gods!

Jimmy Dale and Bill’s show was indeed, Poultry In Motion… I mean Poetry In Motion. Perfect in every way!

The men in action!

The men in action!

In and around the concert and classes, there is always plenty of time for folks to jam!

Back porch pickin'n at its finest!

Back porch pickin'n at its finest!

The weekend moved magnificently towards the first of the week.

The men... and the women!

The men... and the women!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Nice shot of my guys here!

Well armed men on the porch!

Well armed men on the porch!

Foto by John Hurlbut

Monday evening Izze and Vanessa and I drove into Athens to celebrate Pesach with our community at Hillel.

Izze and Vanessa on the steps of HIllel

Izze and Vanessa on the steps of HIllel

The Jewish community here in Southeast Ohio is a singular creature… if it weren’t for Ohio University, it would be pretty lonely.

Izze and the old man on the steps

Izze and the old man on the steps

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It was nice to reconnect with friends we only see periodically through the year… and share a meal together.

At the Seder Table

At the Seder Table

The brisket was awesome and the gefilte fish rocked too. I had double helpings!

And so as the full moon begins to wane, Zeissen Pesach to all out there!

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An Unbelievable Trip To Ohio State University

April 6th, 2017 Jorma 25 comments
Ohio State's Marching Band's First Cursive Outing... 1930's

Ohio State's Marching Band's First Cursive Outing... 1930's

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

I have had the distinct honor to become friends with Dr. Michael Drake, the president of Ohio State University. President Drake invited me to be a part of a class he was giving with Alan Michaels the dean of the The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on the Supreme Court And Civil Rights. Now it’s been a long time since I’ve been involved with organized academics of any sort so to be invited to speak in this university setting was an honor indeed!

The Supreme Court And Civil Rights… this is heady stuff and certainly a realm most Americans should probably concern themselves with. What could I offer to anyone in this setting? As a sidebar, this class also concerned itself with the music of the times and one of the times they were concerned with was the 1950’s through the 1960’s. I went to Antioch College in Yellow Springs in 1959 and aside from meeting guitar players there who would change my life, we also marched. One of the marches we did was at the barber shop in Yellow Springs which was totally segregated at that time. Now I never went on any of the Freedom Marches in the South, so I’m not patting myself on the back here, but I was at the barber shop.

Now the music of the late 50’s through the 60′ had a relevance to social change in a way that I just don’t see happening today. Yeah, I know… old guy stuff. Anyway, the music was and is part of my mainspring so that’s what I focused on.

Holding forth in the mahogany panelled room...

Holding forth in the mahogany panelled room...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

I’m normally not comfortable with public speaking, although I’m getting better at it. Funny for a guy who makes his living doing stuff in front of other people. Anyway, the students made me welcome and I got to entertain some questions and play a couple of songs, which for me is where the rubber really meets the road.

Playing says more than talking

Playing says more than talking

I played two Rev. Gary Davis tunes, Death Don’t Have No Mercy and I Am The Light Of This World. I closed out with one of mine, Embryonic Journey. Some of the students got fired up when I talked about Rev. Davis and looked him up after the class. When I am asked what I am most proud of in my life, my answer always is, ‘After my family and my children, introducing people to Rev. Gary Davis is at the top of the list!’

After class group shot

After class group shot

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Think about this. Ohio State is a very big school… but also a has small school attributes. Where else could a freshman take a class hosted by the dean of the law school, the president of the university and also have a guest who survived the 60’s and is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame!

President Drake and me!

President Drake and me!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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