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Old Baltimore And The Ram’s Head Live

The Hot Tuna/Steve Earle show landed in Baltimore today and we rocked the Ram’s Head Live. There was a bittersweet moment for me when I got to the dressing room. I recalled that the last time I was here was the last time I saw my friend Bill Haile alive. Bill was my friend through elementary school, junior high school and high school. He graduated the year before me because I lost a year when we went to Pakistan for three years but the memories of us as little boys on Northampton Street riding bicycles and later getting our first cars together will live in my heart forever. Bill was just a great guy and although we didn’t see each other much, we were always friends. I remember that time at the Ram’s Head. His sister Jane was with him and I had my son Zach with me. I was so glad they got to meet each other.

As we age, the flow of life becomes so fragile and the moments so very precious. These will be etched in my heart.

Now, I don’t know if any of this is related, but good old fun loving Hot Tuna rocked the house tonight! It was just a grand night. Steve Earle’s show was triumphant as well, and we got to play the encore together. I have to say, this is just a great double bill. I’m loving every moment of it and I hope we get to do it together again sometime. This is one powerful show. With that in mind, here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 12, 2010
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner
& G.E.Smith
Ram’s Head Live
Baltimore, Maryland
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Get A Little with G.E.
6. Living Just For You
7. Sea Child
8. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Buffalo Skinners with G.E.
11. Water Song
12. 99 Year Blues
13. Talkin’ Bout You
14. Come Back Baby
15. Encore: Song with Steve Earle (I’ll get the name of this song before the tour is over… I promise.)

Listen folks, with G.E. Smith and Steve Earle on board, this is one HT show you don’t want to miss. You folks up there in New Haven, Connecticut… the Schubert Theater is waiting for you… ditto you folks near SUNY Purchase. Who knows when you’ll get to see a show like this again. There, I’ve said it… shameless self promotion I know, but what the heck. I’m going to sleep with a pure and energized heart!

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  1. Mike
    July 21st, 2010 at 08:20 | #1

    Looking forward to seeing you guys tonight at the Strand.

  2. Carlo Pagliano
    July 21st, 2010 at 13:43 | #2

    Mamma mia! Charge me up! Bouncing Jack’s Bass! Rock Screams & safe journey all the way!

  3. bill wastrel
    August 2nd, 2010 at 17:25 | #3

    hey there folks
    the encore is towne van zandt’s
    “brand new companion”

    boy, wish this tour could have
    veered into florida for a few shows.

  4. bill wastrel
    August 2nd, 2010 at 17:26 | #4

    townes that is, of course…

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