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From The Lone Star To The Sunshine State

February 27th, 2018 Jorma 31 comments
Performing Arts In San Antonio

Performing Arts In San Antonio

Foto by Phil Jacobs

After Tomball it was down to San Antonio. I Haven’t worked here in years… but what a treat this gig was.

Jorma Kaukonen 8, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
San Antonio, Texas
Friday, February 23, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Too Many Years
3. Second Chances
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. Barbeque King
7. Trouble In Mind
8. River Of Time
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Trial by Fire
11. Sleep Song
12. Living In The Moment
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Heart Temporary
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. I See The Light
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Come Back Baby
8. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
9. Death Don’t have No Mercy
10. Sea Child
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Good Shepherd
13. Candy Man
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Me then... me now...

Me then... me now...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was off to Dallas an Poor David’s.

Back at the pub...

Back at the pub...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 9, 2018
Jorma Solo
Poor David’s
Dallas, Texas
Saturday, February 24, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. Waiting For A Train
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Barbeque King
8. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
9. River Of Time
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Sleep Song
12. Trial By Fire
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
3. Prohibition Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Been So Long
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Serpent Of Dreams
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Search My Heart
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Sea Child
12. Good Shepherd
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Water Song

It’s been a minute or two since I played Poor Davids… but it was nice to be back and there was a great crowd!

Dallas sunset in the city

Dallas sunset in the city

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Up bright and early and off to Ponte Vedra, Florida where tonight I will play at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and then onward… to Melbourne.

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From The Mountains To The Plains

February 23rd, 2018 Jorma 36 comments
Beautiful L2 Church in Denver

Beautiful L2 Church in Denver

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We beat feet from Kansas City to Denver. It was spring there before we arrived but it quickly turned to winter. All that said, the Swallow Hill folks put me in the L2 Church which was a truly beautifully warm venue. Who cares about winter with a room like this.

Jorma Kaukonen 5, 2018
Jorma Solo
L 2 Church
Denver, Colorado
Monday, February 19, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. River Of Time
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Second Chances
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Come Back Baby
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Dime For Beer
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Genesis
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. How Long Blues

Kudos and thanks to the folks who braved the snowy roads to come to the show!

It doesn't get too much better than this!

It doesn't get too much better than this!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then we saddled up and headed down to Santa Fe deep in the Land Of Enchantment.

On the road again...

On the road again...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Another lovely room in Santa Fe… where the weather lightened up a little for a moment.

Jorma Kaukonen 6, 2018
Jorma Solo
James A. Little Theater
Santa Fe, New Mexico
February 20, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Waiting For A Train
5. Barbeque King
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Nobody Knows you When You’re Down & Out
11. How Long Blues
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. I See The Light
3. Prohibition Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Come Back Baby
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Sea Child
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Santa Fe morning

Santa Fe morning

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The weather took a pause as we left Santa Fe in the morning. Our destination was Wichita Falls. We had to make the Texas drive in two days. New DOT regs prohibit the long drives we used to take for granted. That’s just the new normal. By the time we got to Wichita Falls, it was a full on ice storm!

Watch your step...

Watch your step...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Up in the morning and another three hundred some miles to Tomball, Texas. We stopped in Bowie, Texas to get a bite.

Off Main street in Bowie...

Off Main street in Bowie...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I live in a small town and we who live on this side of the economic divide are always striving to maintain a relevant presence in our ever changing world. Check out Iris Dement’s tune, ‘Our Town.’

Goodbye to Bowie and off to Tomball.

Main Street in Tomball

Main Street in Tomball

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Texas Marquee

Texas Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 7, 2018
Jorma Solo
Main St. Crossing
Tomball, Texas
Thursday, February 22, 2018

First set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Waiting For A Train
5. Been So Long
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Candy Man
9. Sleep Song
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. How Long Blues
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Prohibition Blues
3. Come Back Baby
4. River Of Time
5. In My Dreams
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Sea Child
8. Trial By Fire
9. Good Shepherd
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Genesis

The room at Main St.

The room at Main St.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I rarely get to Texas, sad to say. Perhaps this will change since I’m doing three gigs in the Lone Star State on this run. It was nice to spend an evening in this down home venue.

Green Room?

Green Room?


Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Better than lights...

Better than lights...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Back home the second wave of floods is coming. The last crest in Pomeroy was 50 feet above flood… this time they expect 58. We’re tough… we’ll get through it. In the almost 30 years I’ve lived here this has happened four times and we’re all still here as my Mom used to say.

The new lake in the field behind my house...

The new lake in the field behind my house...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

On to San Antonio…

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Prayers For Pomeroy As Jorma Travels On

February 19th, 2018 Jorma 35 comments

I’ve been out on this road trip for a week now. A week is not so long but for some reason this one seems like a lifetime. Back home, the vicissitudes of winter have been vicious this year. Normally we’re just about mud and wintry mix. The worst that usually happens is mud in the yard and a dirty vehicle. This year, however, there’s been sub zero temperatures, lots of snow and ice and even more snow days at the Middle School than our daughter would like… and then it started to rain… and rain, and rain and rain. Anywhere one lives in the good old U. S. of A. you are burdened by some sort of local natural disaster. With the ongoing climate change we have had more tornadoes than ever before. One hit the Ranch a year ago February and did what tornadoes do… destroy lots of stuff. Over the year the natural disaster that dwells with us has always been floods. Pomeroy, this little town where our Zip Code resides is right on the Ohio River and is no stranger to floods. Pomeroy has had a love/hate relationship with the Ohio River since 1804. The river has been a commercial thoroughfare since the French and Indian Wars. I’ve heard people who live in safe havens where nothing worse happens than a missed day of trash collection look down on folks who live in disaster areas and won’t move. These are our homes, and anything worth having is work fighting for.

WSAZ Pomeroy News.

The Ranch is on the top of a hill and tornadoes hit us, but the flood does not. The fields below our property are now a sea of muddy waters. It has happened before, and it will happen again. I heard the the Ohio River will crest later today 50 above flood stage. We know when these things will happen as the Army Corps Of Engineers has to open the flood gates in the dams periodically to release some of the pressure. I am thinking of my friends and neighbors at home and pray for their safety and well being.

I was reminded by a friend who lives in Houston that after the hurricane and flooding they experienced there were email posts from mutual acquaintances in California who claimed that Houston residents deserved this because Trump got elected. As my father would say, ‘Why are there so many more horses asses than there are horses?’

Nuff said on that for now.

And so it begins with a nap

And so it begins with a nap

Foto by Myron Hart

On this trip there are only three of us on the bus. Myself, Myron my tech and Phil my tour manager. The bus company was out of band busses so I got what the call a Star Coach which has a stateroom in the back. Never had one before… kind of cool. All that being said, and mind you I’m not complaining about my gig… I’m beyond being blessed… still and all… it’s still work. At my age I am well aware that the day of the superstar is over. I used to take my physical abilities for granted… not any more. Every show requires a level of preparation that would have been unheard of in my youth. That’s just how it is, and because I can still do what I need to do to maintain the level of performance I require… it’s all good. I’m reminded of my Uncle Art, may he rest in peace. After my father passed in 1997, his cousin Art would call me once a year around Christmas because he liked calling someone named Jorma. He would speak to me in Finnish and laugh when I couldn’t understand him. He would switch to English and we would talk and talk. When I would play the Iron Horse in Northampton he would sometimes come with his kids and grand kids and we would share family. I remember one of our last phone calls. ‘Hello Jorma,’ he would say. We would exchange pleasantries and then at the end of the conversation he said, ‘One of these days these call will stop, so I will say hello and goodbye now.’ Indeed, one of those days the calls stopped and he was gone… the last goodbyes said.

So I’m working here and I love my job, of course. I missed my daughter’s first dance in middle school. I did get to see quite a few of her volley ball games, but I will miss most of her track and field. Like they say in the movies, ‘This is the life I have chosen.’ That’s the deal. It ain’t all beer and skittle, but then what is?

Space, the final frontier

Space, the final frontier

Foto by Phil Jacobs

So the first gig was at Space in Evanston, Illinois. I love this place… a sold out show and good food!

Jorma Kaukonen 1, 2018
Jorma Solo
Space
Evanston, Illinois
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Hear Temporary
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Death Don’t have No Mercy
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. The Terrible Operation
2. How Long Blues
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Candy Man
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Come Back Baby
7. Trouble In Mind
8. Living In The Moment
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Dime For Beer
13. Keep On Trucking Mama
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Hanging in Space

Hanging in Space

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Space is really a delightful venue. Great folks, great food… and great sound.

Green room sights...

Green room sights...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then after show an overnight drive to Minneapolis and the Cedar Cultural Center

Where the Patriots ate bitter rice...

Where the Patriots ate bitter rice...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Our hotel was right by the stadium which was kind of cool since I just watched the game.

Cedar Marquee

Cedar Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I’ve been coming to the Cedar Cultural Center for a long time… and I’m very fond of it and the folks who run it… Before the show we had some of the tastiest and different Indian food I’d ever had.

Malabari... don't miss it.

Malabari... don't miss it.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 2, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Cedar Cultural Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
February 14, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. I See The Light
4. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
5. Waiting For A Train
6. Barbeque King
7. How Long Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Too Many Years
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Been So Long
6. Re-Enlistment Blues
7. Come Back Baby
8. Sea Child
9. Trial by Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Water Song

The next day we drove on down to Stoughton, Wisconsin and the Opera House. This is another of those truly great venues and the folks in Stoughton are so lucky to have it!

Nice Marquee Poster

Nice Marquee Poster

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Another great vintage ceiling

Another great vintage ceiling

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 3, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Stoughton Opera House
Stoughton, Wisconsin
February 15, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. River Of Time
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Candy Man
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Nobody Knows You when You’re Down & Out
5. How Long Blues
6. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. Come Back Baby
9. Sleep Song
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Good Shepherd
12. The Terrible Operation
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Go towards the light

Go towards the light

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It’s nights like this that make it all worthwhile.

One great room!

One great room!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then is was an early call and off to Kansas City, Missouri to the Folk Alliance International. I had a short showcase on Saturday night, but there was lots of press, hanging and lip flapping.

Taking the shine off the forehead

Taking the shine off the forehead

I ran into some of my favorite people.

Me and Mary Gauthier

Me and Mary Gauthier

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I got to hang with Dar Williams, Gretchen Peters, Barry Walsh, Hans Theessnik and lots more. It was great!

Late night short program

Late night short program

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 4, 2018
Folk Alliance International
Kansas City, Mo.
February 17, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Barbeque King
4. Sleep Song
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. San Francisco Bay Blues

After my little gig, I got to hear Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley. Good stuff… very good!

Me, Trey and Rob

Me, Trey and Rob

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then the magic of the International was over and we began our drive to Denver.

The Colonial on I-70 in Oakley, Kansas

The Colonial on I-70 in Oakley, Kansas

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We stopped in Oakley for lunch. Oakley used to be the home of the World’s Largest Prairie Dog and the Rattlesnake Farm with the giant rabbits and the six legged cow. These tidbits of Roadside Americana were gone, sad to say.

The only snakes here are now living free.

The only snakes here are now living free.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I love Roadside Americana… progress is a two edged sword.

This evening here in Denver I’ll be playing a sold out show at the L-2 church and then on to Santa Fe.

I’ve gone on long enough here… Onward.

A Week In Sanibel And Back To Reality

February 3rd, 2018 Jorma 26 comments
Morning in Meigs

Morning in Meigs

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A lovely chilly morning at the Fur Peace Ranch as I headed to the airport in Columbus to fly down to Sanibel Island to teach song writing for a week. My class didn’t begin until Monday and John Hurlbut and I got down there Sunday afternoon in time to drive over to Captiva for a Mexican dinner.

The ceiling at the Cantina Captiva

The ceiling at the Cantina Captiva

Foto by John Hurlbut

Delightful food and inexpensive. My rule of thumb is that any time Mexican food is expensive… it’s not real. On Monday before class started I got a little walk on the beach and picked up some shells for Izze.

Shell City...

Shell City...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

That was it for my being a tourist. With three classes a day I only saw the beach from my window from then on. At lwast it wasn’t snowing! Working with a songwriting group is both rewarding and humbling. I never cease to be amazed at the creativity humans show when given the chance. Thanks team!

The Sanibel Songwriters

The Sanibel Songwriters

Foto by Joe Couri

Thursday night I played a little set for the folks, Roy Book Binder stopped by for w tune or two and John Hurlbut and I recreated our dinner show from the Pho Peace Kitchen.

Blowing on Bird Song

Blowing on Bird Song

Foto by Joe Couri

And then it was time to come home. Lots of nice things to remember about Sanibel Island… dark skies, no chain stores, no traffic lights, lots of beaches and shells, nice people and good food.

Waiting for the green flash...

Waiting for the green flash...

Foto by Joe Couri

A great week and an uneventful flight home. It’s chilly… but it’s home.