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From San Francisco To Bright Angel

March 16th, 2019 Jorma 16 comments
From the South Rim

From the South Rim

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After the second night at the Sweetwater I flew to Phoenix to meet Vanessa and Izze and we drove up to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for a couple of days. I had been here in the Fall of 2003 with my pal Jerry on our still memorable Rt. 66 by motorcycle trip. The weather up in the Canyon had been iffy at best, but on this day… it was perfect.

The girls on the South Rim

The girls on the South Rim

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Ir’s hard not to take a great picture art the Grand Canyon on a day like this. I just picked a couple for the blog.

I get it... I'm not the only guy who's got one!

I get it... I'm not the only guy who's got one!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We could only get so far on Bright Angel, but it was awesome!

At 8000 feet, you can't make this stuff up!

At 8000 feet, you can't make this stuff up!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Spring Break with the kid

Spring Break with the kid

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The ladies, on top of the world

The ladies, on top of the world

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Old Man and the Mountain

The Old Man and the Mountain

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It was a great way for me to finish up my road trip. To be with Family at the Grand Canyon… Priceless!

But who's counting?

But who's counting?

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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Playing Catch Up With The Gigs

March 12th, 2019 Jorma 13 comments

From Phoenix we moseyed down to the Sweetwater Community Church in Bonita, California.

The Community Church in Bonita

The Community Church in Bonita

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 2, 2019
Jorma Solo
AMSD Concerts @ Sweetwater Community Church
Bonita, California
Friday, March 1, 2019

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Re-Enlistment Blues
4. Search My Heart
5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
6. How Long Blues
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Barbeque King
9. Too Many Years
10. River Of Time
11. Sleep Song
12. Trial By Fire
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Been So Long
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Good Shepherd
10. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
11. Candy Man
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Living In The Moment

Then it was a drive up the Coast to Santa Monica and McCabe’s Music Store and four shows in two days.

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Jorma Solo
McCabe’s Guitar Shop
Early Show
Santa Monica, California
Saturday, March 2, 2019

1. Dime For Beer
2. Been So Long
3. Second Chances
4. How Long Blues
5. I Am The Light Of This World
6. River Of Time
7. Waiting For A Train
8. Barbeque King
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Sea Child
11. Trial By Fire
12. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
13. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
14. Come Back Baby
15. That’ll Never Happen No More
16. San Francisco Bay Blues
17. Encore: Embryonic Journey

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Jorma Solo
McCabe’s Guitar Shop
Late Show
Santa Monica, California
Saturday, March 2, 2019

1. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Too Many Years
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. True Religion
8. Sleep Song
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Hesitation Blues
12. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
13. In My Dreams
14. Trouble In Mind
15. Encore: Water Song

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Jorma Solo
McCabe’s Guitar Shop
Santa Monica, California
Early Show
Sunday, March 3, 2019

1. Candy Man
2. Search My Heart
3. Been So Long
4. Barbeque King
5. I See The Light
6. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
7. In The Kingdom
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Full Go Round
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. River Of Time
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. How Long Blues
14. Trouble In Mind
15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

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Jorma Solo
McCabe’s Guitar Shop
Santa Monica, California
Late Show
Sunday, March 3, 2019

1. Too Many Years
2. Wolves & Lambs
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
6. Waiting For A Train
7. Big River Blues
8. Living In The Moment
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Come Back
12. Serpent Of Dreams
13. Whining Boy Blues
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: Genesis

I’ve been playing McCabe’s since the 80’s and I still love this venue! It’s a great place to play music and a great place to lisen to music!

Then it was up to San Francisco. David Wolfe and I took a day to record five new songs for Breakdown Way and I had a moment to go to North Beach and have a cup of coffee across the street from where Paul Kantner lived.

Paul, behind the cash egisger ag the Café Trieste

Paul, behind the cash egisger ag the Café Trieste

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Almond Croissant and black coffee... just for you Paul!

Almond Croissant and black coffee... just for you Paul!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The afternoon of the first Sweetwater Gig I met up with Steve Parish and Herbie Herbert and we chewed the fat for 90 minutes or so for Steve’s Sirius/XM show.

Hey, Steve's got my book!

Hey, Steve's got my book!

Foto by jorma Kaukonen

Talking with Steve and Herbie sure brought back a lot of great memories.

The old dogs... still here.

The old dogs... still here.

Foto by Melissa

Then, wonder of wonders my dear friend Wavy joined me.

Wavy... magnificent mensch!

Wavy... magnificent mensch!

Foto by Tamara Klamner

Then… music time!

Jorma Kaukonen 8, 2019
Jorma Solo
The Sweetwater
Mill Valley, California
Friday, March 8, 2019

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Heart Temporary
5. I Am The Light Of This World
6. River Of Time
7. Barbeque King
8. Candy Man
9. How Long Blues
10. Sea Child
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Living In The Moment
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Come Back Baby
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
6. Waiting For A Train
7. I See The Light
8. Sleep Song
9. Trial By Fire
10. Good Shepherd
11. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
12. In The Kingdom
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Ain’t In No Hurry

Live a Sweetwater

Live a Sweetwater

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 9, 2019
Jorma Solo
The Sweetwater
Mill Valley, California

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Too Many Years
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Been So Long
6. Barbeque King
7. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
8. Full Go Round
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Things That Might Have Been
12. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
13. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?

Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. San Francisco Bay Blues
3. How Long Blues
4. In My Dreams
5. Keep your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
6. Come Back Baby
7. Trouble In Mind
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
12. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Genesis

Then a truncated night’s sleep.

Good morning San Francisco

Good morning San Francisco

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

And off to the airport to join the girls for a trip to the Grand Canyon.

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Jeanie Patterson… my friend

March 9th, 2019 Jorma 13 comments
Jeanie and her dog Elvis in front of Sweetwater

Jeanie and her dog Elvis in front of Sweetwater

Hot Tuna album cover…

My Friend Jeanie
Saturday, March 9, 2019

As I was waking this morning a text message popped up on my phone. It was so ironic to me to that here I was in the Bay Area playing Sweetwater in Mill Valley only to find out that Jeannie Patterson who founded Sweetwater so many years ago had passed. The first time I met Jeanie in the early 80’s she became a dear friend as we shook hands. That’s just how she was. When you met Jeannie you always felt that you had known each other since you were kids.

Jeanie had a deep and abiding passion for life. I am not here to speak for her but I always felt that her life was an open cathedral for the music and that for many, the holiest of the Holies was to be found in that little venue on Throckmorton. My friend, Bob Weir, always said we were like the gunslingers on Gunsmoke and Jeanie was our Miss Kitty. She was that and more. She gave all of us pickers and singers a place to speak our truth and be heard with respect… even over the din of the bar that was about ten feet from the stage.

That’s how it was.

Jeanie and my father, Jorma Sr., were pals. He hung out there frequently and they became confidants. When my dad’s life began to reel itself in after his first stroke, Jeanie was always there for him and my mom. When my dad passed, we had his memorial at Sweetwater. Jeanie was always more than available for her friends!

A parent is not supposed to outlive their children and when her two sons Tro and Taylor passed within a couple of years from each other it took a piece of her heart that could never be replaced. We try to be there for our friends but as a parent, that is a loss I simply cannot grasp… and I hope I never do. The economic landscape in California in general and Mill Valley in particular began to price Jeanie out of the game and she finally sold that little sacred ground and moved to Southern California and became more than reclusive. We would email each other periodically and both of us would allow that we should probably get together before it was too late. A couple of months ago I actually picked up the phone and called her. Indeed, I had her number for years but I had never used it. Sometimes the phone is just too heavy to pick up but this time I did pick it up and made the call. She answered much to my amazement and we talked for quite a while. It was almost as if no time had passed at all. At the end of the day, friends are friends. I felt at the time that she was ready to come back to the world and grace us all with her presence one more time.

According to the article I just read she died on the 26th of last month. Life is filled with ‘Things that might have been’ moments and I guess this is another one. There is always light in the world, but to me it is just a little darker today. I’m glad we had a chance to talk one more time. As something of a country boy myself I always enjoyed her mid-western earthiness. She never lost that… ever.

If you believe in such things she is now back with her boys and perhaps she still has a moment or two to get together with my dad and speak of the world as they saw it. I’m sure I’m not the only one being grateful today for having had the opportunity to call Jeanie Patterson friend.

Fair winds and following seas sister… fair winds and following seas. I am one of the many who will never forget you!

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Head West Old Man

March 1st, 2019 Jorma 35 comments

Leaving the relative winter of my homeplace I headed west for a little solo tour and some new videos for Breakdown way. But first…

At least it's not a death mask...

At least it's not a death mask...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is a must for every museum lover whether you’re a music geek or not. There was a great new guitar exhibit and I got to see Charlie Christian’s guitar.

The Master's Gibson... with pickup

The Master's Gibson... with pickup

Foto by Lowell Pickett

Jorma Kaukonen 1, 2019
The Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, Arizona
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Candy Man
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Barbeque King
5. How Long Blues
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Trial By Fire
8. Living In The Moment
9. Search My Heart
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. River Of Time
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
2. Been So Long
3. Whining Boy Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. I Am The Light of This World
8. Too Many Years
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. The Terrible Operation
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Truly an awesome room to play… and to listen!

Culture in the desert

Yesterday we saddled up and drove San Diego… where we are today. On the way stopped in Yuma for some truly memorable Mexican food!

La Fonda in Yuma

La Fonda in Yuma

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This eatery has been in place for seventy years. If you’re passing through Yuma and you have an appetite, stop into La Fonda.

Speaking of eating… time for breakfast!

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