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Real Life On The Road

March 30th, 2018 Jorma 26 comments

I’ve been on the road for a really long time. Sometimes we can afford the bus and sometimes I drive myself. It’s just what we do. I missed driving our daughter to her first sleep away camp last year. I was on the road. I missed Vanessa’s birthday yesterday. I was on the road. Happy birthday Vanessa. I love you to the moon and back! Again, it’s just what we do. That’s the gig.

Yesterday we were just making our turn out of the hotel to head over to the Bijou Theater for the first Hot Tuna gig of this little run when a possibly impaired driver came over the hill about a quarter of a mile away. Lit it up and didn’t even hit the brakes as he hit us head on!

No skid marks... right into the bus

No skid marks... right into the bus

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jack and I were in the back lounge. It fell like the bus hit a concrete wall… and then we were stopped.

The Knoxville First Responders are awesome!

The Knoxville First Responders are awesome!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

All the airbags deployed but he was going so fast he still hit the windshield.

A chance meeting... along the way

A chance meeting... along the way

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Our driver is the best… and he had a dash cam that recorded the idiot coming at us. The officer simply said, ‘That’s all I need to see!’

Waiting for the wrecker

Waiting for the wrecker

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We backed off the totaled vehicle after the accident report and headed over to the theater.

Bus damage

Bus damage

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

One of the firemen was heard to say, ‘He picked the wrong vehicle to run into.’

There but for the Grace of G_d….

Then finally we got to the theater.

The Bijou in Knoxville

The Bijou in Knoxville

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve been to the Bijou before… but it’s been a while. Nice to be back!

A beautiful old theater with pristine sound!

A beautiful old theater with pristine sound!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 10, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Bijou Theater
Knoxville, Tennessee
Thursday, March 29, 2018

First Set:
1. New Song For The Morning
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. Barbeque King
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Sea Child
9. Genesis
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
5. Death Don’t have No Mercy
6. Candy Man
7. River Of Time
8. Come Back Baby
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Sleep Song
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Water Song

It’s been a while since Jack and I did our duo thing… but it’s like riding a bicycle.

The boys on stage...

The boys on stage...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We simply had a grand time… especially appreciated after the events earlier in the day.

Happy Birthday Vanessa!

Happy Birthday Vanessa!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Well, it’s 0644 here in Knoxville… we’ll be on the way to Jefferson Center in Roanoke before you know it.

Onward indeed…

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21st Year At The Fur Peace Ranch

March 26th, 2018 Jorma 25 comments
Early spring at the Ranch

Early spring at the Ranch

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Glorious… just glorious! No red bud yet… not much greening, but spring is on the way and after our hard winter, we’ll take all we can get. We just hosted the opening camp of our 21st year here at the Fur Peace Ranch and Jack Casady and I were the instructors. We’ve lived here i Southeast Ohio for 28 years now and it is an awesome place to live and an awesome place to raise kids. It’s a pretty darn nice location for just about anything. With 126 acres of hills, hollers, rivers an bottom land, it’s like having a state park in your back yard.

More of the same...

More of the same...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Our pal Justin Guip came down from Red Hook to play drums for us and we had a rockin’ good time Saturday night at the Fur Peace Station.

Justin, Jack and myself... gettin' it done!

Justin, Jack and myself... gettin' it done!

Foto by Lee Cantor

Hot Tuna 9, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
21st Year @ The Fur Peace Ranch
Saturday, March 24, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Living Just For You
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Wolves & Lambs
6. In The Kingdom
7. 99 year Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Roads and Roads &
6. Sleep Song
7. Trial By Fire
8. Good Shepherd
9. Funky # 7
10. Encore: Come Back Baby

There's a dance in the old dame yet...

There's a dance in the old dame yet...

Foto by Lee Cantor

The weather warmed up a little bit and in between pickin’ and grinnin’ there was some time to put the drones up in the air.

Sneakin' up on Michael's Phantom III

Sneakin' up on Michael's Phantom III

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Before the student performance on Sunday, we got a nice shot of the guys and gals on our opening weekend.

First class of '18

First class of '18

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Fellowship, peerless… food awesome… music… perfect! What’s not to like?

Michael and Jorma... quadcopter brothers...

Michael and Jorma... quadcopter brothers...

The guitar guys from the Double Dose Class

The guitar guys from the Double Dose Class

Foto by John Hurlbut

I sure am fond of being from Southeast Ohio… check it out sometime!

Jack and I have a little duo run coming up and then back to the Ranch for some more workshops!

Good times!

Down The Road To The Old Farm

March 17th, 2018 Jorma 44 comments

It is Saturday here at the homestead and as winter begins to wave a frigid farewell there were icy tendrils of rain clattering on the roof. We got a call from the folks who bought Hillside farm from us two years ago. They were taking out some ornamental grass we planted over ten years ago and wondered if we wanted the plants. ‘Of course,’ I said. ‘I’ll be right over.’ I fired up my pickup and headed down Rt. 33 to Kingsbury Rd. It’s been quite a while since I had driven on Kingsbury Rd. and longer still since I had been up that dirt road to the old homeplace. As I was driving on Kingsbury I crossed the little Shade River and there on my right was the Carlton Church and Cemetery. We shot the cover to my Stars In My Crown CD in 2006 up there by the cemetery. I have history on this road. When I came to Southeast Ohio almost thirty years ago I knew almost no one. Today I there are people buried in the Carlton Cemetery I knew… and that is how it goes.

Up at old Hillside Farm we loaded the root balls in the back of my truck. ‘Would you like to look around?’ I was asked. That I would, and that I did. Near the hemlock tree by the side of the old house so many of our four footed friends rest. I took the stone with me when we moved… but our friends will rest there until they are only dust.

The Hemlock
July 6, 2003

In our garden there are four dogs
How does this garden grows
There’s Marlo, Glory, Vin and Zoe
We loved them all, God knows

The hemlock branches shade their rest
For this and time to come
The Door Of Summer’s opened wide
So they can play and run

They say no heaven can heaven be
If my dog’s not there to welcome me
I know this saying makes some sense
In Heaven’s realm there’ll be no fence.

And when my life comes to an end
On the other side, I’ll be with friends

I got to thinking about when the Bull Terrier clan went to rest and I was reminded of the Derek Walcott poem a friend sent me about Oddjob, a Bull Terrier

The silence
is stronger than thunder,
we are stricken dumb and deep
as the animals who never utter love
as we do, except
it becomes unutterable
and must be said,
in a whimper,
in tears,
in the drizzle that comes to our eyes
not uttering the loved thing’s name,
the silence of the dead,
the silence of the deepest buried love is
the one silence,
and whether we bear it for beast,
for child, for woman, or friend,
it is the one love, it is the same,
and it is blest
deepest by loss
it is blest, it is blest.

As time went by we lost cats, and more dogs and if there is ever a second coming, a lot of our four footed family will rise from that yard on Kingsbury Rd.

On The Grassy Hill

On the grassy hill in my backyard
Two of my best friends lived and played… Hazel and Nana
Occasionally, Napoleon… the littlest friend from the house would join them and
They would sit together as friends are wont to do
And regard the Universe with quiet love

They filled it with that powerfully gentle compassion
That only true friends can muster
They barked at the wind in the trees as it gently came
Down off the hill to visit them in their world
Which in it’s own way was more complete
Than the world of humans could ever be

Our time moves fast enough and theirs faster still
We must chase them through the stars to try to learn
To love as magnificently as they do in their natural state of
Perfect Grace.

Hazel is her name and I say is because she will always live in my heart
And in that place is more than enough room
For them all…
Those who have gone before are as present to me today
As they were when as puppies they took their first stumbling steps before my amazed and wondering eyes

In her life she has travelled almost the full measure of two decades closing in on the last quarter of the second
G_d has indeed bestowed yet one more blessed gift of love upon us
Would that I were home join Vanessa on that last walk yet I can see it in my minds eye.
Run free pretty girl, run free
You filled our world with love
Your Door Into Summer is open
Run free!

… and now on the grassy hill there is only Nana

And then Nana was gone… and then we moved… and life will continue until it doesn’t, and that too, is as it should be. I think of a song I wrote in 2003.

Blue skies in the afternoon
Breeze it starts to still
Two dogs sleeping, in the sun
They lie upon that grassy hill
At such a time, you think you’d find
The way to show your heart
But though you’re reaching, for her hand
Still you walk apart

The dogs have passed through their Door Into Summer and the hill no longer belongs to us. As a pilgrim on the road of life I know I am not alone.

It is a good day to be with family!

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Home In The Winter Twilight

March 12th, 2018 Jorma 15 comments
Breakfast in Riverhead...

Breakfast in Riverhead...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A long drive to get here from Richmond, but richly rewarded by a breakfast at Star Confectioners in Riverhead. This little town has still managed to hang onto a lot of small town charm, and I’m all about small towns.

The John L. Sullivan hotel in Riverhead

The John L. Sullivan hotel in Riverhead

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Suffolk Theater is always a blast, and the folks didn’t let me down… of course I didn’t let them down either.

Jorma Kaukonen 17, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Suffolk Theater
Riverhead, New York
Friday, March 9, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Heart Temporary
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. River Of Time
8. Candy Man
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Trial By Fire
12. Sea Child
13. Prohibition Blues
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. How Long Blues
5. Serpent Of Dreams
6. Waiting For A Train
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. Come Back Baby
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Sleep Song
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. San Francisco Bay Blues
15. Encore: Genesis

Hot time in the old town tonight!

Hot time in the old town tonight!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then, the morning after a dip in the weekend Long Island traffic pool and up to Levon’s Barn in Woodstock.

A Winter's Tale on Plochman Lane

A Winter's Tale on Plochman Lane

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It is always more than a pleasure and an honor to play Levon’s joint. We shared some good times together and I know I’m not the only one who misses him!

Jorma Kaukonen 18, 2018
Jorma Solo
Midnight Ramble
Levon Helm’s Barn
Woodstock, New York
Saturday, March 10, 2018

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

One for you Lee...

One for you Lee...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A fine place to end a month long tour. Back at home the girls are off on Spring Break and I’m hanging with the dogs. I’ll miss the routine of the gig but it’s great to be sleeping in my own bed.

More will be revealed..

Me in my Blue Heaven!

Me in my Blue Heaven!

Unknown Fotographer

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Music And Snow…

March 9th, 2018 Jorma 20 comments
The McGlohon Theater in Charlotte

The McGlohon Theater in Charlotte

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Charlotte was warm… well, warmer. That was when we got in. The night of the show was shrouded in a cold rain. It was arm inside though!

Good place for Gospel

Good place for Gospel

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 15, 2018
Jorma Solo
The McGlohon Theater
Charlotte, North Carolina
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Come Back Baby
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
5. I See The Light
6. River Of Time
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. How Long Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Prohibition Blues
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Barbeque King
5. Waiting For A Train
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. Ain’t In No Hurry
8. Too Many Years
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Old and new...

Old and new...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was a moderately short ride to Richmond and the Tin Pan.

Old Dominion Sunset

Old Dominion Sunset

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Super rocking show here on this night.

Jorma Kaukonen 16, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Tin Pan
Richmond, Virginia
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Set One:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. How Long Blues
6. The Terrible Operation
7. Come Back Baby
8. Waiting For A Train
9. Hear Temporary
10. Sleep Song
11. Trial By Fire
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. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Barbeque King
6. Candy Man
7. River Of Time
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Whining Boy Blues
10. Sea Child
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Good Shepherd
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
16. Encore: Genesis

On the wall of fame...

On the wall of fame...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We left at 0700 from Richmond, heading up here to Long Island. The bus had other ideas for us though and by the time we had the mechanical problems solved, it was almost ten pm by the time we got in. Nothing like a day off I always say.

Living the dream.

Back on stage Friday night in Riverhead and the Suffolk Theater. Those are the good times!

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From The Not Quite So Sunny South To The Piedmont…

March 5th, 2018 Jorma 25 comments
Maverick... the trash hound

Maverick... the trash hound

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

I love that dog… and he loves the trash. This is what happens at our place when the trash doesn’t get docked behind a closed door. I look forward to getting home so I can give that dog a good talking to!

The venue in Ponte Vedra

The venue in Ponte Vedra

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Our first Florida date was here in Ponte Vedra. A lovely stop after the long drive from Dallas.

Jorma Kaukonen 10, 2018
Jorma Solo
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Ponte Vedra, Florida
Tuesday February 27, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. I See The Light
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Barbeque King
8. Full Go Round
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Search My Heart
4. Heart Temporary
5. Whining Boy Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. Serpent Of Dreams
8. Trial By Fire
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

The next day was a drive down to Melbourne where Tower Of Power played the big room and I the small.

Awesome venue...

Awesome venue...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It was to hang with some of the guys in Tower Of Power I knew from the old days. Like mom used to say, ‘We’re still here!’

Backstage

Backstage

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

They'll never take me alive...

They'll never take me alive...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 11, 2018
Jorma Solo
King Center Studio Theater
Melbourne, Florida
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Too Many Years
4. How Long Blues
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
7. Come Back Baby
8. Been So Long
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
6. Barbeque King
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Whining Boy Blues
9. River Of Time
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Sea Child
13. Good Shepherd
14. Keep Your Lam[s Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

Live, tonight!

Live, tonight!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then our trek north began with a stop in Athens, Georgia.

The Melting Point, Athens

The Melting Point, Athens

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Barry Mitterhoff and I first played this joint together a number of years ago. Loved it then… love it now!

Jorma Kaukonen 12, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Foundry
Athens, Georgia
Friday March 2, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. Been So Long
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Barbeque King
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Whining Boy Blues
10. Sleep Song
11. Trial By Fire
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. I Am The Light Of This World
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Candy Man
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Come Back Baby
6. River Of Time
7. In My Dreams
8. Dime For Beer
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

On stage at the Foundry

On stage at the Foundry

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then I had a private gig at the Firemen’s Kitchen in Hickory, North Carolina.

In the basement of this beautiful theater... Firemen's Kitchen

In the basement of this beautiful theater... Firemen's Kitchen

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 13, 2018
Jorma Solo
Firemen’s Kitchen
Hickory, North Carolina
Saturday, March 3, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. How Long Blues
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Barbecue King
7. Prohibition Blues
8. In The Kingdom
9. Sleep Song
10. Candy Man
11. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Genesis
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Come Back Baby
7. River Of Time
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Sea Child
11. Trial By Fire
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
16. Encore: Heart Temporary

My personalities are starting to get in the way

My personalities are starting to get in the way

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Words to live by!

Words to live by!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This was a truly enjoyable little gig with some wonderful folks!

Always...

Always...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was off to the Grey Eagle in Asheville.

Back to the Grey Eagle

Back to the Grey Eagle

I really like playing the Grey Eagle. This is ground zero for Piedmont style picking… everyone really knows what the deal is. It’s rewarding playing for this crowd!

Gotta love it!

Gotta love it!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 14, 2018
Jorma Solo
The Grey Eagle
Ashville, North Carolina
Sunday, March 4, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. How Long Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Waiting For A Train
3. Prohibition Blues
4. True Religion
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. River Of Time
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Come Back Baby
10. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
11. Sleep Song
12. Trial By Fire
13. Good Shepherd
14. Search My Heart
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Water Song

Holding forth

Holding forth

Foto by Phil Jacobs

So far I’ve been able to give quality folks quality music… indeed. Now I find myself in Charlotte, N.C. where tomorrow I will play at the McGlohon Theater. I hear there’s more winter weather coming up North. Hope there’s more spring in New York by the time we get there in a couple of days.

Onward…

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