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Return To Stockholm, And The Return Home

December 4th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments
Reaching For The Sky... Time To Go Home

Reaching For The Sky... Time To Go Home

I received sad news tonight when I got back to my hotel after our gig at Gota Kallerer here in Stockholm. Hubert Sumlin, that seminal player and wonderful human being passed away yesterday morning. We were graced with Hubert’s presence twice at the Fur Peace Ranch and what a blessing that was. He was always gracious and uplifting. I loved him before I met him… even more so when we got to know each other.

From my friend Rabbi Klatzkin in Dayton:

‘A fine Hayom Yom today. Amazing the very fact that we can have a relationship with the Infinite. It is worth thinking about it a little– it is a joyous thought.

Man should ponder thoughtfully how great are the kindnesses of the Creator: Such a puny insignificant being, Man, can bring great delight to the “Greatest of all great”‘ of whom it is written, “There is no delving into His greatness.” Man ought therefore always be inspired, and perform his avoda [service of G-d in all its various aspects] with an eager heart and spirit.’

There is no question in my mind that Hubert was always inspired and that he performed his service to us all with an eager heart and spirit! Safe trip home brother Hubert… safe trip home!

The great ones are making that last journey at an alarming rate.

Meanwhile, back here in Sweden, Barry and I played tonight… for me the first time in almost 20 years. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 25, 2011
Gota Kallerer
Stockholm, Sweden
Sunday, December 4, 2011

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. True Religion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Goodbye To The Blues
6. Second Chances
7. Sea Child
8. Full Go Round
9. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
10. River Of Time
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
3. Children of Zion
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Ala Jatta
6. Bread Line Blues
7. How Long Blues
8. Vicksburg Stomp
9. Uncle Sam Blues
10. More Than my Old Guitar
11. Good Shepherd
12. Candy Man
13. Genesis
14. Parchman Farm
15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
16. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Tomorrow, bright an early… we fly to Helsinki and then back to New York. It’s been a wonderful voyage.

Ho Ho Ho

Ho Ho Ho

The Tuna boys and I will be rehearsing for our Beacon Gig this weekend. Good times!

  1. Anders
    December 4th, 2011 at 20:00 | #1

    Probably a day at work for you, for me an once in a lifetime experience! Thanks a lot for a terrific, amazing gig 🙂 Have a safe trip home!

  2. Rich Gustafson
    December 4th, 2011 at 20:35 | #2

    Very sorry for your loss Jorma. As always remember the good times.
    Looking forward to Saturday at the Beacon! Peace. ¥

  3. Cyndy Consentino
    December 4th, 2011 at 21:30 | #3

    Dear Jorma,
    Sorry to hear the sad news— A fine person indeed.
    Travel safely, and see you next weekend.

    Peace Out

  4. carlo pagliano
    December 4th, 2011 at 21:56 | #4

    Safe Journey Jorma! Great beautiful thrills every post like flowering fountains.
    Condolences for your friend Hubert.

  5. Max Bernheimer
    December 4th, 2011 at 22:09 | #5

    Dear Jorma,

    Not sure when you will be in NY, but if you are here Monday or Tuesday and you might like to see the Antiquities exhibition at Christie’s (which ends 5 PM Tuesday, auction on Wed) or the Liz Taylor exhibit (which is on through next weekend), please let me know.

    All the best,

    Max Bernheimer

  6. George
    December 5th, 2011 at 01:21 | #6

    Jorma…Glad you had a great Scandinavian trip.

    FYI…Longtime NY DJ Pete Fornatale from WFUV.org “commercial free” Fordham radio had an appearance for his Simon & Garfunkel “Bookends” book. At the end of the event, surprise guests Larry Campbell and Art Garfunkel played 4 tunes, including Scarborough Fair, Kathy’s Song and Sound of Silence. It was a free event in Irvington, NY. Thanks Larry for beautiful finger-picking behind the legendary, Art G.

    Regarding Tuna, we look forward “so much” to the Beacon shows this weekend. Hopefully the multi-talented Larry, “Steady As She Goes” producer, will join Jack and Jorma for some more unique picking! Cheers…George

  7. Candyman
    December 5th, 2011 at 05:59 | #7

    Sad new for you but thanks for a great show.

    Just a few corrections to the setlist.
    I don’t think 99 Year Blues was played in the first set and I See The Ligt was only played in the first set, not the second.

    Hope you have a safe trip home.

  8. Bob Kelly
    December 5th, 2011 at 13:39 | #8

    RIp Hubert fare thee well..his music will always shine..Jorma have a safe trip home.. looks like you all had a great time and made some fine music to boot..Speaking of,I was driving around this a.m doing some erandsIpod playing shuffle mode and up comes IN THE KINGDOM, it was like a breath of fresh air. So I am starting the request page.. for the beacon shows… Kingdom would sound real fine with the players on hand..I know you have played it a great once in a while , but it would make fro a real nice tune.. any night of the 2 will do we will be there… its all good, thanks, stay well


  9. Johno
    December 5th, 2011 at 16:37 | #9

    Amen to that.

  10. carlo pagliano
    December 6th, 2011 at 07:25 | #10

    The Beacon Hyper Jorma’s Magnetic Promo. # Prime!

  11. Ben
    December 6th, 2011 at 14:45 | #11

    Hubert gave us so much for such a long time!
    I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Ranch, on a weekend when Bob Stroger and Willie “Big Eyes” were there. A very sweet man, indeed. And when he cranked up that amplifier the sound nearly parted my hair….

  12. joe in DC
    December 6th, 2011 at 20:21 | #12

    Sounds like a good trip..
    Sorry about your friend, never had the pleasure
    looking forward to Beacon; Funky #7 rocks……….

  13. Gail Gaddy
    December 6th, 2011 at 22:18 | #13

    Sounds like a great trip and I know it was a pleasure to renew family bonds. I am sorry about your friend. I am not familiar with his work.

  14. John Witkowski
    August 14th, 2019 at 20:09 | #14

    Jorma, love your music. In fact I bought your first Hot Tuna album when it first came out. I’ve since turned my daughter-in-law into a fan. It only took her one listen to “Hesitation Blues”. She plays a little, I play a lot. But I have a non- musical question for you. I just saw an interview you did in 1982 on YouTube. In it you stated you were a competitive shooter and we’re a member of the NRA. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then. In 2010 I and a group of musicians that played at our church formed a band that played gigs and recorded a couple CDs. Two of our members, who I still dearly love and play with in church, were also hunters and members of the NRA. After the Parkland shooting I had had enough and quit the group because of their continued affiliation with a group that refused (to my way of thinking) any rational solution to the problem of mass shootings. I had thought of quitting after Las Vegas. My question to you is: are you still a member of the NRA. And if so, why? I will completely understand if you do not reply. You are a busy man. By the way, the name of our group here in Buffalo, NY was Peaceful Dove.