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Hi folks…

I love the thoughtful and heartfelt comments I get on my site. I get a few nasty and mean spirited ones sometimes too… that’s life and that’s OK. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and since it’s my site, I’m entitled not to post the like. So it goes. I also get comments from people who notice errors in the set lists, inconsistencies etc. I appreciate these and my acknowledgement of same can be found in my corrections.
Thanks… keep’em coming. I get questions about songs that people would like to hear. Sometimes I get turned onto songs that I have forgotten and it spurs me on to relearning new old gems… I appreciate this too. Someone asked me about my old Ovation Guitars… long, long gone… they were the first ‘amplified’ acoustic guitars and were ahead of their time. They served me well for a while. I have not yet yet directly replied to comments on the site because frankly I just can’t seem to find the time. Being chained to an online conversation is why I got off Facebook. Free at last, free at last… etc.

Why am I writing this? I just want my friends to know that I do read everything and I get to what I can get to… Thanks for your patience.

Gotta get to the Ranch… Our first Saturday and there’s a show tonight.

Take care all…

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  1. Cyndy Consentino
    March 17th, 2012 at 09:39 | #1

    Dear Jorma,
    What can I say… You are simply the best!
    Happy St Patty”s Day!

  2. Tony T
    March 17th, 2012 at 09:41 | #2

    Jorma, you’re doing a great job. Music can be a healing force, and you are using it the right way.

  3. Rob
    March 17th, 2012 at 09:48 | #3

    Just wondering if there is someplace “official” I can go to where I can find tabs for yours and Hot Tuna songs. I’ve been an admirer of your playing since the Airplane days. I took a workshop with Toby Walker last summer and asked him to show me Embryonic Journey, and he told me he never learned that one.

  4. Joe Moore
    March 17th, 2012 at 09:54 | #4

    Jorma, Well said . It’s always a good thing to read about part of your life’s journey . It makes this 62 year old think ! Long May You Run !

  5. Paul Karp
    March 17th, 2012 at 11:54 | #5

    Wolves and Lambs! I think I have been asking since 1998? 😉 Hope all is well Brother!

  6. rich lindbloom
    March 17th, 2012 at 13:55 | #6

    Another lost, absolute gem – third week in the Chelsea. might have to teach Barry to play the harp!

    Hamar Promenade is a bad ass song – I think the three of you would tear it up.

    I was watching the Blackhawks last night and my brother texted me something about a play during the game. I sent him back a note saying I wish I was just finishing up my Guinness and heading over to the Old Town school of Folk Music to hear you guys again. That whole night went by like a sweet dream.

    my brother said, “Like an good wine, Hot Tuna is aging well.”

    I like to write long winded articles on the hawks and ussually tie it in with an old memory. So far this year i’ve lead into articles with Jeff Beck, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner and Freddy Hubard, The New York Dolls – ha, figure that one out, Deep Purple, Dionne Warwick, The Village People and a a few other gems. Music stirs my thoughts – and certainly different types of music sound better at at different times. Todd Rungren’s “Love is the answer” blew me a way when my brother passed away. The sound of music just wouldn’t have had the same effect at that time.

    At any rate, about halfway through your show my sister said to me, why do I sense this show is going to make it into a Blackhawk article!? I smiled because she knows me all to well.

    Keep on trucking – hey another one you should add!

  7. carlo pagliano
    March 17th, 2012 at 20:17 | #7

    flock the crop
    Flocks & Crops
    Have your wonderful time tonight with John “Hurl” and Jack and Barry!
    Always Jorma, Jorma!

  8. March 18th, 2012 at 09:39 | #8

    I get to what I get to,starting to sound more and more like a southeastern farmer all the time! and that’s a good thing. How about an Elvin Bishop cover: Callin all cows down to the barn; for the folks at the ranch! No matter whats played, it all sounds good to me. Thanks for making that guitar sing. Bake

  9. Bob Kozyak
    March 18th, 2012 at 10:11 | #9

    You keep giving me hope that my son will find recovery like you have Jorma. I can’t thank you enough for this blog, you have helped me alot. I’ve been to Fur Peace twice and hope to return soon, what a wonderful concept. I left your ranch with a very fuzzy warm feeling that I can’t put into words. I guess it’s the fellowship and love of music.

    Thanks, Bob

  10. Kate Sullivan
    March 18th, 2012 at 11:16 | #10

    Okay, while I’m reading this “Volunteers of America” is playing on WFUV Fordham Radio (Sunday 10:54)……..As you probably know, they play a good amount of Jorma and Hot Tuna. In reading your blog, you’ve reminded me of people I know who seem to think they are more important than they really are. This is revealed through their smugness and attitude towards people whom they think may not be worthy of their attention. On the other hand, here is Jorma Kaukonen who “actually” is one of the most important people I have ever met and yet is not smug and doesn’t seem to think twice about giving attention to those who follow the blog and attend the Ranch. This blog has always been something I look forward to and the time that you put aside to attend to it is noteworthy. Enjoy the rest of the tour……………I look forward to being back at the Ranch possibly next year. Hugs to all………..

  11. Mike Anderson
    March 18th, 2012 at 11:51 | #11

    Jorma, thanks for the answer to my question on your Ovations. 1st time I saw you live, you played them, Toads in New Haven, CT, late summer, early fall 1981. I have an 8×10 picture of you playing it that you signed for me at another show at Toads in Waterbury, CT. That was one great show, you lined up 6 various electic guitars in a semi-circle behind you and just blew the doors off the place. Probably the BEST show I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to see a lot of various artists! Keep doing what you’re doing, sorry I missed your show at Infinity Hall, great venue. By the way, one of the best sound theaters in the world has been renovated and is back up and as good as it ever was, the old Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT.

  12. johno
    March 18th, 2012 at 12:08 | #12

    There will always be people who think they are self important. All that really matters is life, and living the best we can – trying to be happy. All that self bs is is not what matters. It is only love that matters. If we can all try to make back to there – were’re doing fine. This blog hopefully helps us keep in touch with Jorma’s thoughts and travels and life. You are the pied piper who leads with your tunes – keep it comin cause we need it. Jack who I also love is the best bass guitarist in the world is like the coolest guy I ever met – yet he is the nicest guy I ever met. So Jorma keep it comin. Please!!!!

  13. Sean Murphy
    March 18th, 2012 at 13:01 | #13

    Jorma and Jack,

    As a 35 yr fan of the band i remember the Capital theatre shows where you come out an “do alittle acoustic stuff then get the band out” were for me the best for me good times with my bud Dr Joe! But you guys simple are exactly what i thought it would be like now, still rockin and kicking ass! Lookig forward to seeing you in August at the Blues Festval in Demming Washington. Till then Keep on keeping on. As another fan stated Lambs and Wolves awesome.

  14. dave gourley
    March 18th, 2012 at 13:17 | #14

    Thanks for taking the time and energy to do this in the first place, and for being a treasured influence on my own guitar playing (over 45 years).

    And congrats on ridding yourself of Facebook – I did the same, and have been much happier since !

    Blessings to you, your family, and the band !

  15. March 18th, 2012 at 13:23 | #15

    Hi Jorma, On the subject of guitars, what happen to all the fender strats and the gibson es’s with the custom paint jobs that you played with, and will any of them make it to “Second Chances? And maybe you can answer the 64,000 dollard question?
    What happen to Jack’s Almebic bass ?
    That one question has been driving me nuts for years.I heard that someone stole it. I also heard that the neck snapped…I just don’t know.So Jorma please if you could please answer this one question. All of the early Tuna fans would love to know as well of all of your newer fans. Thanks Jorma…PEACE

  16. John L
    March 18th, 2012 at 13:48 | #16

    I know you’ve sold off a lot of your guitars over the years, but it might be fun if you could put up a photo gallery of some of the more recognizable ones. I’d be interested in knowing about Jack’s Alembic bass too. A very iconic instrument from the ’70’s.

  17. Tim
    March 18th, 2012 at 17:21 | #17

    Jorma, I can remember being at the side of the stage at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco and asking you how much the Ovation Adamas you were playing cost. You said “Too Much” Still loved the sound.

  18. Paul Graham
    March 18th, 2012 at 17:23 | #18

    Hey Jorma – great show last night! really really sweet set list — a great vibe to it, maybe because it was the last night of the tour and all.. Hurl’s opening set was real fine too. Maybe post some live acoustic Tuna shows for downloads? I’m not asking for freebies — happy to pay. Its just that everytime I see you 3 guys playing acoustically, it just sounds so fine! Barry really complements you and Jack. It would be nice to have some live shows of AHT because you 3 definitely make it happen. I was talking to a guy there last night beside me, who drove down from Ashland with his wife and son (maybe around 9 years old — by the way the boy to totally into your set!). When I was sitting in the car queue at the gate, I was behind a car from Virginia and in front of a car from Illinois. Gotta love it! I drive down from Columbus for shows, but these folks are really traveling to FPR.

  19. March 19th, 2012 at 10:55 | #19

    One to many.
    Many to one.
    Your music speaks for itself, Jorma.
    Play on.

  20. March 20th, 2012 at 01:59 | #20

    Thanks for the great tunes, Jorma. Hope to make it too the Ranch someday.

  21. Dan
    February 12th, 2013 at 18:57 | #21

    Hope you dont mind me answering for Jorma since maybe you`ve been waiting for a while, Jorma told me, he lost most of his early hot tuna electrics in his divorce. and for jacks bass, the alembic, I think that one was stolen?