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Last Two Dates In Jamaica And Home

January 24th, 2018 Jorma 38 comments

Just wrapping this up on a snowy afternoon.

Saturday's Gig

Saturday's Gig

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 7, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Saturday January 20, 2018

1. Wolves And Lambs
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Come Back Baby
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Been So Long
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Sleep Song
10. Roads and Roads &
11. Funky #7

We just got finished before a big storm came in. Definitely got lucky!

Sunday afternoon

Sunday afternoon

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 8, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Sunday January 21, 2018

1. Keep On Trucking Mama
2. I See The Light
3. Walking Blues
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Trial By Fire
6. Good Shepherd
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Come Back Baby
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Hit Single #1

Later that evening we sat in with Dark Star for Smokestack Lightning, Baby What You Want Me To Do? and White Rabbit. A great time had by all!

The last sunset of the trip

The last sunset of the trip

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was back home… to the real world here in Southeast Ohio.

Winter's Eve at the Ranch

Winter's Eve at the Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a great trip, but it’s great to me home… wintry mix and all!

From North To South

January 20th, 2018 Jorma 9 comments
Leaving the Ranch

Leaving the Ranch

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Yep, winter in Ohio as we headed down to Nashville for our Winery Gig.

The mighty Winery in Nashville

The mighty Winery in Nashville

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 1, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
Nashville, Tennessee
Thursday, January 11, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Barbeque King
6. I See The Light
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. How Long Blues
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Come Back Baby
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Heart Temporary
7. Candy Man
8. Trouble In Mind
9. Sea Child
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. True Religion
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Living In The Moment

We left after show and drove down to Atlanta.

A new Winery for us... Atlanta!

A new Winery for us... Atlanta!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Atlanta gig was a first for us… but we love this place too.

Hot Tuna 2, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The City Winery
Atlanta, Georgia
Friday, January 12, 2018

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. In My Dreams
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Trial By Fire
8. Sea Child
9. How Long Blues
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Been So Long
4. Too Many Years
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Come Back Baby
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Come Back Baby
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Death Don’t have No Mercy

After show we drove to St. Petersburg for our first of two gigs with Susan and Derek. The temperature was 42 degrees when we hit the stage. Suffice it to say we were hot, but it was cold!

Hot Tuna 3, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Sunshine Music Festival
Vinoy Park
St. Petersburg, Florida
January 13, 2018

1. Living Just For You
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Trial By Fire
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. Come Back Baby
8. Funky # 7

Another after show drive to Boca Raton and another show with Derek and Susan… a little warmer.

Hot Tuna 4, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Sunshine Music Festival
Mizner Park
Boca Raton, Florida
Sunday, January 14, 2018

1. I See The Light
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Trial By Fire
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Hit Single #1

Then it was off to Jamaica for our stint with Dark Star.

The first hotel... Barton Fink... what's in the bag?

The first hotel... Barton Fink... what's in the bag?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was warmer here in the Islands then it was in Florida… but it is not hot. We moved over to Paradise Cove where it was rainy and barely balmy.

Between rainstorms

Between rainstorms

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Our first night was between rains…

Hot Tuna 5, 2018
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Living Just For You
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talking bout you
5. Sleep Song
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. I See The Light
8. Hit Single #1

Second Set:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. 99 Year Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Sea Child
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Good Shepherd
8. Come Back Baby
9. Funky #7

Rockin' in the sand

Rockin' in the sand

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hey, it’s not snowing… but there’s been a lot of rain.

Hot Tuna 6, 2018
Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Friday, January 19, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Hesitation Blues
4. New Song For The Morning
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
12. Come Back Baby
13. I Know You Rider

On the prom stage

On the prom stage

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We were able to do our show indoors last night. It’s sunny right now, so perhaps tonight’s show will actually be outdoors.

More will be revealed.

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Boak’s Bash In Easton, PA

January 8th, 2018 Jorma 24 comments
Frigid Friday Sunrise

Frigid Friday Sunrise

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yet another sub freezing morning as Myron and I loaded up the Jeep to head to the State Theater in Easton, Pennsylvania to be part of Dick Boak’s retirement gala. Dick’s history with Martin Guitars is… well, legendary. Over a decade ago it was Dick who sat us down at the Pizza place across the street from the Martin factory and there on a table napkin the Jorma M-30 was born.

A star is born!

A star is born!

Foto by jorma Kaukonen

David Bromberg got me started with his fine Bromberg Model… and then it was my turn. Anyway, after who knows how many years Dick will move into Emeritus Status and on his way he put together an amazing night of music with a gaggle of his friends.

What a magnificent room!

What a magnificent room!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hanging out in catering...

Hanging out in catering...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

With folks like NIck Forster and Lawrence Juber, Ernie Sites, Steve Miller, David Bromberg, John Mayer, Craig Thatcher and Trevor Gordon Hall it was a night filled with music and fellowship!

The old dog spins a yarn...

The old dog spins a yarn...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I played Sleep Song and Living In The Moment and then called Craig Thatcher up for a duet on good Shepherd.

Old friends...

Old friends...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then David Bromberg joined me for Death Don’t Have No Mercy and Come Back Baby.

When we weren’t playing… it was a non stop hang!

Jorma, Nick and David

Jorma, Nick and David

Foto by Myron Hart

Ernie Sites, Steve Miller and Craig Thatcher

Ernie Sites, Lawrence Juber and Craig Thatcher

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I got a chance to meet John Mayer. I felt like I knew a little about him from his reputation. Chatting with him for a while I found him to be a most genuine artist and a gentle soul!

New friends... always good.

New friends... always good.

Foto by Myron Hart

All in all… Happy retirement Dick… although the thought of you retiring from anything is utterly alien. Thanks for inviting me to your amazing party! I think you should retire every year… and always count me in!

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2018… It’s Here At Last

January 1st, 2018 Jorma 33 comments
Every day is a gateway to tomorrow

Every day is a gateway to tomorrow

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Indeed every day is a gateway to tomorrow so why should the 31st day of the last month of one year be any more meaningful than the first day of the first month of the next year? I guess it makes it easier for us humans to make sense out of the otherwise stochastic movement of life. We could probably pick any moment for this to happen, but our long time relationship with the Gregorian Calendar gives us a sense of order we can all easily share. Every year seems tumultuous and 2017 was no more so than any other. Life, death and the passage of time are always with us.

Court Street in Athens, Ohio

Court Street in Athens, Ohio

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The small towns in Ohio were dressed in seasonal finery. I have been home for this holiday season and this is so rare I have treasured every day. As Dorothy said in the Wizard Of Oz, there is no place like home!

The old A frame on a -2 degree day

The old A frame on a -2 degree day

Foto by Jorma & Vanessa Kaukonen

It was cold outside last night but warm in all our hearts as we visited Kevin Morgan and his wonderful family as we have for the last decade and a half. The kids are all growing up and we are all getting older and that is as it should be. Izze shamed us into staying there until the fireworks at midnight and it was more than all good. Our pal Grateful made a run to Michigan and got some industrial strength displays and the hills and hollers were bathed in sound and light. We didn’t get home until about 0100 or so which made it necessary for me to sleep in until 0700. That’s late for me when I’m home.

One of man's best friends... sleeps in too

One of man's best friends... sleeps in too

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

A fine way to start the New Year… Let’s make it a good one!

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