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Now We Are Three

September 29th, 2018 Jorma 97 comments
Window in time...

Window in time...

Thanks to Bob Sarles for these fotos…

Now We Are Three
Requiem For A Friend
Marty Balin
30 Jan. 1942/27 Sept. 2018

Life is a thin thread
It’s a thin little hand on a hospital bed
It’s all the things you’ve left unsaid
Life is a thin thread

It’s a fine line between loving and not
Between holding it back or giving all that you’ve got
Feeling you’re free, thinking you’re caught
It’s a fine line

(Thin Thread by Connie Kaldor)

I was more than saddened yesterday to hear of Marty Balin’s passing. Jack and I were in Northampton, Mass. at the Academy Of Music and we were just getting ready to do our sound check. I knew that Marty had been sick and I knew in a general way that he had grievous issues but I did not really know what they were. Marty always kept a lot of shade on himself. I stood there in the little room in the wings, stage left… struck dumb. What can you say? We always say and hear, ‘I’m sorry for your loss,’ but what does that really mean? We say it. We have to say it and then in the confines of our hearts we try to process the sorrow and search for the words that really convey what we feel. It is an imperfect process.

Marty and I were young together in a time that defined our lives. Had it not been for him, my life would have taken an alternate path I cannot imagine. He and Paul Kantner came together and like plutonium halves in a reactor started a chain reaction that still affects many of us today. It was a moment of powerful synchronicity. I was part of it to be sure, but I was not a prime mover. Marty always reached for the stars and he took us along with him.

I always felt that he was somewhat guarded… the quiet one. Perhaps that’s because I was one of the noisy ones… I don’t know. It’s probably not for me to say. His commitment to his visions never flagged. He was always relentless in the pursuit of his goals. He wrapped those he loved in sheltering arms. He loved his family. Times come and go but his passion for his music and his art was never diminished. He was the most consummate of artists in a most renaissance way. I always felt that he perceived that each day was a blank canvas waiting to be filled.

It was fortuitous that we were able to stay connected in a loose way over the years. He and his friends graced our stage at the Fur Peace Station in Ohio and he was able to join us at the Beacon Theater in NYC the year we celebrated Jack’s 70th birthday.

Very good stuff!

Coming to grips with reality is a process that starts at birth. I am always stunned when one of my friends passes and yet, it would seem that at some point we will all take that journey. It’s almost like, ‘How can this be? There are things I need to say.’ There were indeed things I needed to say and the fault for that lack lies on me and me alone. I don’t think any of us really think that we will live forever yet often that thought lies dormant in the back of our minds. At my age my world is starting to be surrounded by passing. I will miss my friends who rest on the banks of the River Of Time and I am reminded to make the most of every moment as I am swept downstream! Marty’s passing reaffirms the power of love, the power of family, the power of possibilities.

So many of our brothers and sister from that time are gone. Skip Spence, Spencer Dryden, Joey Covington, Papa John Creach, Paul Kantner, Signe Anderson and now Marty have all joined the Heavenly Band as Rev. Davis would say.

We were young together. I would like to think we made a difference. As for Grace Slick, Jack Casady and myself…

Now we are three…

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A Deuce And Home

September 14th, 2018 Jorma 44 comments

Tucson and The Rialto were waiting for us!

This is really scarey!

This is really scarey!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

With memories of the tour with Leon Russell we hit the stage.

Hot Tuna 27, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The Crest Theater
Sacramento, California
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

First set:
1. I See The Light
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. I Wish You Would
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Second Chances
6. Trial by Fire
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Wolves & Lambs with Steve
9. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve
10. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Sleep Song with Steve
5. In The Kingdom with Steve
6. Come Back Baby with Steve
7. Hesitation Blues with Steve
8. Hit Single # 1 with Steve
9. Funky #7 with Steve
10. Encore: Rock Me Baby with Steve

The mighty Marquee

The mighty Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

…and then a run to Albuquerque and the final show of the run!

Where's Georgia O'Keefe?

Where's Georgia O'Keefe?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

What a marvelous bit of resuscitated architecture.

Spooky...

Spooky...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 32, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The KiMo Theater
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

First Set:
1. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Sea Child with Steve
7. Wolves and Lambs with Steve
8. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Living Just For You
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Third Week In The Chelsea with Steve
5. Sleep Song with Steve
6. Good Shepherd with Steve
7. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
8. Funky # 7 with Steve
9. Encore: Hit Single # 1 with Steve

Goodnight Mrs. Calabash... wherever you are!

Goodnight Mrs. Calabash... wherever you are!

Some truly great folks at the book signing!

Readers and old friends... one and all!

Readers and old friends... one and all!

After the signing we started our drive home.

The Mother Road!

The Mother Road!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Fifteen years ago, my friend Jerry and I rode Rt. 66 from Santa Monica to Jackson and Lakeshore in Chicago. I’m sure glad we did it!

With a second driver so we could drive home without stopping we got home in Ohio on Thursday morning.

Misty homecoming...

Misty homecoming...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

I unpacked my stuff and when the fog cleared put one of my drones up to get a look around.

Unretouched... beautiful!

Unretouched... beautiful!

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Uncle Charles' fishin' hole

Uncle Charles' fishin' hole

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a great road trip, but it is wonderful to be home. Time for a motorcycle ride!

Good times!

More Than A Fleeting Fancy

September 10th, 2018 Jorma 27 comments
High point in the neighborhood

High point in the neighborhood

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

except for this cathedral shot, i didn’t take any picks around the neighborhood surrounding the Crest. The street scene was like something from Fear The Living Dead. Rats and drug addled street people. I felt bad, but I didn’t want to be there. Inside the theater was a different story.

Beautifully restored...and a fine place to play!

Beautifully restored...and a fine place to play!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 27, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The Crest Theater
Sacramento, California
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

First set:
1. I See The Light
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. I Wish You Would
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Second Chances
6. Trial by Fire
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Wolves & Lambs with Steve
9. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve
10. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Sleep Song with Steve
5. In The Kingdom with Steve
6. Come Back Baby with Steve
7. Hesitation Blues with Steve
Add… Walkin’ Blues with Steve
8. Hit Single # 1 with Steve
9. Funky #7 with Steve
10. Encore: Rock Me Baby with Steve

After the show we highballed it down to LA.

Ah, the classics!

Ah, the classics!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And this, of course…

Just like the movies

Just like the movies

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The day before the show at the El Rey we had a lovely dinner with Grace and a bunch of great folks in the business. Nice to connect in a social setting!

The El Rey... what a gas!

The El Rey... what a gas!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 28, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The El Rey Theater
Los Angeles, California
Thursday, September 6, 2018

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Roads and Roads &
6. Trial By Fire
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Wolves And Lambs with Steve
9. Hesitation Blues with Steve
10. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
11. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Sleep Song with Steve
5. In The Kingdom with Steve
6. Good Shepherd with Steve
7. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve
8. Hit Single #1 with Steve
9. Rock me Baby with Steve
10. Funky # 7 with Steve
11. Encore: Water Song with Steve

This was absolutely a killer gig among killer gigs. We played… a long time!

Signing at the El Rey

Signing at the El Rey

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And then up to Vegas and Brooklyn Bowl.

Jack on the lanes

Jack on the lanes

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Vegas is a universe by itself, but we had a great time!

Hot Tuna 29, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
Brooklyn Bowl
Las Vegas, Nevada
Friday, September 7, 2018

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. How Long Blues
3. I Wish You Would
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. I Am The Light Of This World
6. Trial By Fire
7. Sleep Song with Steve
8. Wolves And Lambs with Steve
9. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
10. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Living Just For You
4. Watch The North Wind Rise
5. Sea Child with Steve
6. In The Kingdom with Steve
7. Good Shepherd with Steve
8. Come Back Baby with Steve
9. Funky # 7 with Steve
10. Encore: Hit Single #1 with Steve

Signing at Brooklyn Bowl

Signing at Brooklyn Bowl

Foto by Phil Jacobs

From Vegas a dash to Scottsdale, where it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit at 9 in the morning. Yikes.

The bus... roasting in the sun.

The bus... roasting in the sun.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 30, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts
Scottsdale, Arizona
Saturday, September 8, 2018

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Roads and Roads &
6. Trial By Fire
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Hesitation Blues with Steve
9. Come Back Baby with Steve
10. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. I Know You Rider
3. How Long Blues
4. Sleep Song with Steve
5. In The Kingdom with Steve
6. Good Shepherd with Steve
7. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
8. Funky #7 with Steve
9. Encore: Hit Single #1 with Steve

This is a great venue...

This is a great venue...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Another hang with some great folks to sign books.

I love these people!

I love these people!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

And then a short ride to Tucson where we will play tomorrow at the Rialto Theater. We were last here some years ago with Leon Russell. I miss that guy.

Bed time… hope this air conditioner works.

Categories: Diary, Hot Tuna, Set Lists, Venues Tags:

A TetraPak And On Up The Road!

September 3rd, 2018 Jorma 25 comments

Well it was a hectic run of four gigs in a row. Lots of time spent in the bus and more than well balanced by the music we were able to make. After Jackson Hole we drove on out to Seattle.

Our first trip to the Neptune... nice gig!

Our first trip to the Neptune... nice gig!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We always run into old friends up in Seattle and this time it was Mike Shrieve.

Mike Shrieve and Justin Guip... two drummers meet!

Mike Shrieve and Justin Guip... two drummers meet!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 23, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The Neptune
Seattle, Washington
August 30, 2018

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. I Wish You Would
5. Living Just For You
6. Wolves & Lambs with Steve
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve

Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. I Know You Rider
3. Roads and Roads &
4. Trial By Fire
5. Sleep Song with Steve
6. Good Shepherd with Steve
7. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve
8. Come Back Baby with Steve
9. Funky # 7 with Steve
10. Water Song with Steve

The good folks from the Elliot Bay Book Company

The good folks from the Elliot Bay Book Company

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Many thank to these folks for bringing my book to the venue! Check out The Elliot Bay Book Company.

Seattle...

Seattle...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was down to Portland and Revolution Hall.

Big trees on the way to Portland

Big trees on the way to Portland

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Thanks to the folks at Broadway Books in Portland!!!!

Thanks to the folks at Broadway Books in Portland!!!!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 24, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
Revolution Hall
Portland, Oregon
Friday, August 31, 2018

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Ain’t In No Hurry
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Ode To Billy Dean
6. Hesitation Blues with Steve
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Hit Single # 1 with Steve
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Trial By Fire
4. I Am The Light Of This World
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Sleep Song with Steve
7. Wolves And Lambs with Steve
8. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve
9. Rock Me Baby with Steve
10. Funky #7 with Steve
11. Encore: Water Song with Steve

Then it was on down to McDonald’s in Eugene.

McDonald's in Eugene

McDonald's in Eugene

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 25, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The McDonald Theater
Eugene, Oregon
Saturday, September 1, 2018

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. I Wish You Would
5. Living Just For You
6. Trial By Fire
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Wolves & Lambs with Steve
9. Come Back Baby with Steve
10. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. I Know You Rider
3. Roads and Roads &
4. Watch The North Wind Rise
5. Sleep Song with Steve
6. Good Shepherd with Steve
7. Walkin’ Blues With Steve
8. Hit Single # 1 with Steve
9. Funky # 7 with Steve

With the able assistance from the friends at tsunami Books in Eugene

With the able assistance from the friends at tsunami Books in Eugene

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Check out Tsunami Books. Old school… delightful!

Then it was an overnighter to Saratoga, California and the Mountain Winery!

What a trip!

What a trip!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It just couldn’t have been more picturesque.

Shot of the venue from my Mavic Pro

Shot of the venue from my Mavic Pro

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

The bus... in repose.

The bus... in repose.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

We were here in 2003 acoustic. We better not wait so long until the next time.

Medaeval... to say the least.

Medaeval... to say the least.

Foto by Myron Hart

Hot Tuna 26, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
The Mountain Winery
Saratoga, California
Sunday, September 2, 2018 Hot Tuna 25, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Candy Man
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Whinin’ Boy Blues
6. Trial By Fire
7. Sleep Song with Steve
8. Wolves & Lambs with Steve
9. Come Back Baby with Steve
10. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Sea Child with Steve
4. Good Shepherd with Steve
5. Walkin’ Blues
6. Funky # 7
7. Encore: Water Song

Jack, Justin and me

Jack, Justin and me

Foto by Pete Stern

Steve, Justin, Jack and me

Steve, Justin, Jack and me

Foto by Pete Stern

The good folks who brought the books to the winery were from Books Inc. in Campbell, California.

The book thing is new to me, and I thank all of you so much!

Now we’re in Sacramento and tomorrow is the gig at the Crest Theater.

Now for some sleep in a bed that doesn’t move!