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Onward From The Beacon

November 27th, 2018 Jorma 18 comments
The festive lobster traps of Portland

The festive lobster traps of Portland

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Gotta love Maine… after Thanksgiving dindin we headed north.

The chilly sreets of Waterville...

The chilly sreets of Waterville...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 44, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Waterville Opera House
Waterville, Maine
Friday, November 23, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Search My Heart
6. Serpent Of Dreams
7. How Long Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. That’ll Never Happen No More
5. Hear Temporary
6. Whining Boy Blues
7. Sea Child
8. In The Kingdom
9. Good Shepherd
10. Come Back Baby
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Water Song

Some truly great sounding rooms on this run!

Then on to Derry…

...and you thought it was in Mississippi

...and you thought it was in Mississippi

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 45, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
Tupelo Music Hall
Derry, New Hampshire
Saturday, November 24, 2018

First Set:
1. Candy Man
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Come Back Baby
7. Full Go Round
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Waiting For A Train
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Too Many Years
3. Ain’t In No Hurry
4. Nobody Knows You when You’re Down & Out
5. Barbeque King
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. How Long Blues
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Wager Song
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Genesis

Then down to Connecticut… Vanessa country…

Really the Olds School

Really the Olds School

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 46, 2018
The Acoustic Duo
The Ridgefield Playhouse
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Sunday, November 25, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Search My Heart
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Full Go Round
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. How Long Blues
11. That’ll Never Happen No More
12. Trouble In Mind

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. I See The Light
4. Candy Man
5. Come Back Baby
6. Been So Long
7. River Of Time
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Water Song

Then a drive down to College Park, Maryland… my old stomping grounds. Jack and I have a Sirius Radio show today with Paul Schafer and then a gig tonight at the new City Winery in Northeast D.C. about which more shall be revealed.

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Tuna On The Road, The Beacon & Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2018 Jorma 18 comments
The mighty bus gets ready to set sail from Darwin, Ohio

The mighty bus gets ready to set sail from Darwin, Ohio

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After the final weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch and the cool show Hot Tuna did at the Station, we all saddled up and got on board the bus and headed up to New York for our Beacon show.

Back at the Beacon, the way it was meant to be...

Back at the Beacon, the way it was meant to be...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It was our honor and pleasure to have our old pal Steve Kimock on board for this, our only electric outing on this run. I know the gig being the day before Thanksgiving made it difficult for some folks to get to the show, but that’s the date they had for us and indeed, it was better than nothing!

Cool, but better with people!

Cool, but better with people!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Soundcheck was smooth as silk and the show was butter!

Hot Tuna 43, 2018
The Electric Trio
Plus Steve Kimock
The Beacon Theater
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. I See The Light
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Living Just For You
6. Wolves And Lambs with Steve
7. Sea Child with Steve
8. Hesitation Blues with Steve
9. Bowlegged Woman

Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Roads and Roads &
3. Trial By Fire
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. Keep On Truckin’ Mama with Steve
10. Funky # 7 Steve
11. Encore: Water Song with Steve

This was certainly a fulfilling night for us and it was great to get to connect with so many old friends! After the show, we boarded the bus and drove up to Portland, Maine where we woke up on Thanksgiving Day and got together with Family and Friends for a fine dinner!

Thanksgiving Dinner in Maine...

Thanksgiving Dinner in Maine...

Timed foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

A more than satisfying week. Tonight the Acoustic Duo will be up at the Waterville Opera House in Waterville.

It’s cold up here, but we’re smiling!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

The Last Two Shows At The Fur Peace Ranch 2018… More Than Good Times!

November 19th, 2018 Jorma 25 comments
Magic Dick and Shun Ng

Magic Dick and Shun Ng

Foto by jorma Kaukonen

Last weekend Magic Dick from the old Jay Geils band came to Darwin and played a more than awesome show with Shun Ng, a young guitarist from Singapore. They were indeed really something… we sure get some good guys to come to the Ranch! Jack and I opened the show with a little acoustic set:

Hot Tuna 41, 2018

Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, November 10, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Sleep Song
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Good Shepherd
9. The Terrible Operation
10. Come Back Baby
11. Water Song

Here Are the folks from the Classes that weekend.

The Gang in front of the Beatrice Love Kitchen

The Gang in front of the Beatrice Love Kitchen

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

…and our final Masters Class Foto

The Masters... ensemble

The Masters... ensemble

Foto by Stephanie Layton

The week unfolded in an evolving way and before I knew it, it was the final workshop of 2018.

A drone moment...

A drone moment...

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The classes were great and Justin Guip flew in to play the show and then ride up to NYC for our Beacon show.

HEADS UP ALL! This year because of Thanksgiving Beacon doors are at seven… show starts at seven thirty. There is also new entry protocol and you may be wanded. A word to the wise is sufficient as my mother would say.

Anyway, Elecrric Tuna at the Fur Peace Station.

Rockin' with the bird!

Rockin' with the bird!

Foto by Lee Cantor

Hot Tuna 42, 2019
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, November 17, 2018

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Talkin’ Bout You
6. Sea Child
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Hit Single #1
9. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. Roads and Roads &
2. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
3. Rock Me Baby
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Sleep Song
6. Trial By Fire
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball
8. Come Back Baby
9. Funky # 7
10. Encore: Water Song

The Chet gets the call...

The Chet gets the call...

Foto by Lee Cantor

We were glad that our friend Carey Georgas was able to make the trip from Texas and see the show. Catch ya down the road brother….

As the weekend wound down, I put my drone to work for the class shot in front of the Station.

Ther boys from the air.

Ther boys from the air.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

This morning, John Hurlbut and played for the campers at our famous Monday Morning Coffee Break Show.

...This land is your land!

...This land is your land!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Ready for NYC and the Beacon. Remember… Seven o’clock doors… seven thirty showtime!

On This Veteran’s Day…

November 11th, 2018 Jorma 19 comments

On this Veteran’s Day so many come to mind… Family and friends, strangers who have touched my life… those who have served with honor.

My father, Jorma Sr. WWII U.S. Navy, Pacific
My uncle Pentti, WWII U.S. Army Pacific
My Uncle Tarmo WWII U.S. Army North Africa and Italy
Vanessa’s Uncle Bobby, WWII U.S. Army Battle Of The Bulge
Vanessa’s Uncle Milt, WWII U.S. Army Pacific
My Dear friend Chuck F. Vietnam U.S. Marines
My bestest pal Jerry S. Vietnam U.S. Army
John Hurlbut’s dad Ray, WWII U.S.Navy Pacific

Jerry, Chuck and Ray are still with us… the others have fought their last battle and moved on.

These I know, but of course there are countless others and in my own small way, I honor them all!

My friend Jim Bacon played this Paul Hyde song at our open mike today at the Fur Peace Ranch… here it is by Séan MCann. Give it a listen:

Forever Light Will Shine

Nuff Said!

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Life At Home And The Calm Before The Storm

November 6th, 2018 Jorma 23 comments
Jeff Anderson and I set out...

Jeff Anderson and I set out...

Selfie by Jeff Anderson

So Sunday it was in the low thirties, but at least it wasn’t raining so Jeff and I saddled up and headed out in the direction of Lake Hope.

A man and his Breakout

A man and his Breakout

Foto by Jeff Anderson

It was chilly and overcast, but I got a hundred miles in before I got home. Gotta love these roads! Last night was open house night on Main St. down in Pomeroy so Nessa and I drove down to the river to check out the action. Our first stop Was at Bobby Carr’s Hartwell House.

Never too early for Santa...

Never too early for Santa...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet but just like everywhere here in the States, Christmas is making it’s presence felt in Meigs County.

Thinking of my girl...

Thinking of my girl...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I love all this down home stuff…

Welcome to River City

Welcome to River City

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Leaving the Hartwell House walked up to our friend Paige’s outfitting shop and bot some unwashed Levis.If you’re ever in Pomeroy, be sure to check out Front Paige Outfitters

After Paige’s we stopped off at Maureen’s Herbal Sage shop… and Bed And Breakfast.

Ms. Maureen at the helm...

Ms. Maureen at the helm...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Maureen has been making Jorma’s Rhythm Tonic for years. Check out the little clip. Good stuff!

Tea... and more

Tea... and more

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Walking back to the Jeep I had to get a shot of our County Courthouse.

Every story has a ground level entrance, and there's three storys.

Every story has a ground level entrance, and there's three storys.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yep, it’s in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Good times!

The leaves were falling as it poured rain last night and the culverts by our long driveway were filled to overflowing. This morning Nessa and I saddled up the Mule and with tools in hand, attacked the plugged mess.

After

After

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Before

Before

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It feels good to get things done!

A man at work, ankle deep in muck

A man at work, ankle deep in muck

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Finally we called it quits and went into town for a bite.

The smile of victory

The smile of victory

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We we drove into town, I just had to take a shot of the blue sky and the flags.

A lovely sight!

A lovely sight!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Now it’s time to check on some election results.

Onward!

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Tikkun Olam

November 4th, 2018 Jorma 23 comments
Trashbag and tongs...

Trashbag and tongs...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

As Jews Nessa and I were encouraged to go to services this Shabbat and, among other things, show solidarity for the victims and the families of the Tree Of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. For a number of reasons this was not in the cards for out family but it is always in the cards to perform acts of service and ours was the two mile stretch of SR 681 that we have adopted as a site to clean.

Nessa, Rick, Sarah, Justin and Me

Nessa, Rick, Sarah, Justin and Me

Selfie by Vanessa

Rick, got us involved in the highway cleanup over a decade ago and he is getting ready to leave the area but we shall carry on the tradition. Brenda and our own John Hurlbut from the Fur Peace Ranch joined us as well as Andy from Athens… who brought doughnuts. To show up on a chilly Saturday morning to help pick up the incredible detritus that people empty from their cars is amazing indeed.

Andy, a trash bag, some doughnuts and me

Andy, a trash bag, some doughnuts and me

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It’s the little things we can do that really make a difference. Talk is cheap… I know, because I do plenty of it. It was more than a pleasure hanging with friends over bags of trash containing stuff you don’t even want to know about.

Nessa finds the mother of four leaf cloves amongst the debris

Nessa finds the mother of four leaf cloves amongst the debris

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We were done by eleven… it was a Saturday morning well spent!

John Hurlbut... the man, the legend!

John Hurlbut... the man, the legend!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

ps Carhartts… Rugged as the men and women who wear them!

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Several Days In The Life… Don’t Forget To Vote!

November 1st, 2018 Jorma 23 comments
My duty to my country, and myself!

My duty to my country, and myself!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Firstly… Yeah, I went out and voted early. Whatever your position, you must vote, or you have no right to complain. Just saying…

Back at the Ranch, last weekend we had Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Al Petteway. Jack and I have been friends for quite a few years now and after last weekend I count Al as one of my new best friends, and what a show he put on.

Bud Divens, Al Petteway and me... with the River Of Time guitar Bud made for me.

Bud Divens, Al Petteway and me... with the River Of Time guitar Bud made for me.

Unknown Fur Peace Photographer

Al was brilliant and Ramblin’ Jack put on a great show. At 87 years of age, he’s still the poop!

Ramblin' Jack rambles... productively

Ramblin' Jack rambles... productively

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This has been a more than bizarre fall. Hot, cold… and over the last weekend, an intense hailstorm!

Hail indeed...

Hail indeed...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

There is heavy rain today but over the last couple of days I got to fly the bird and finally get some foliage shots.

I just can't resist another aerial shot of the Ranch

I just can't resist another aerial shot of the Ranch

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Finally, some foliage

Finally, some foliage

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

In the spirit of making every day count in some way, I’ve been cleaning up stuff down at the old A-Frame. My parents couldn’t get rid of a lot of this stuff before the passed… so now it’s finally up to me. It’s tough, but it’s getting done.

I think I’ll take a break and go into town.

The old farm road to the A-Frame

The old farm road to the A-Frame

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

In the meantime… onward!

Nice!

Nice!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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