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The Sweetwater Opens A Window In Time

Sweetwater Lives Again... in a big way

Sweetwater Lives Again... in a big way

For those of us who got introduced to Sweetwater thirty some years ago… it was such a pleasure to come back to Mill Valley to find such a warm and wonderful venue carrying on in that fine old Sweetwater tradition! Wonderful indeed…

This has been a very long tour for the Tuna Family… I’ve been away from home for six weeks. Fortunately for me, I’ve had my son Zach with me most of the tour… but at home, our six year old Izze, has been growing and changing exponentially without me… and that is just the way it is for those of us who tour in this business. My dear old friend Jack Casady brought his wife Diana on this tour, and so in some small way there was the feeling of more than family. Diana, in addition to being one of the most loving human beings on the face of the earth, is also one of the strongest. She has been fighting and extremely rare form of cancer with Jack at her side for more than a decade. Over the last week or so, it began to be apparent that her battle may be coming to an end and with this thought in mind, we the Tuna Family decided to cancel the rest of the tour and let them go home tomorrow. I cannot remember the last time Tuna cancelled a show… it is not our way… but as you all know, family always comes first. This is Jack and Diana’s story to tell and I shall not write more about it without their permission. Suffice it to say they are in my heart and prayers as I hope they will be in yours.

This time here in Mill Valley opens a window in time that is filled with memories. My parents lived and died here, my brother Peter and his family live here and indeed so much of the twenty five plus years I lived in California are wrapped up in these beautiful mountains. Nuff said for now…



Here is our set list from last night:

Hot Tuna 49, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Mill Valley, California
Sunday, July 30, 2012

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Children Of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. The Terrible Operation
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. River Of Time
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Barbeque King
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Nine Pound Hammer
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Nobody Knows you When You’re Down And Out
3. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
4. Come Back Baby
5. Bread Line Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Sea Child
9. How Long Blues
10. Good Bye To The Blues
11. Keep On Trucking Mama
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. Parchman Farm
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
15. Encore: Water Song

We have another show tonight… and more shall be written…

Leaving the gig... after show

Leaving the gig... after show

  1. Joanne
    July 31st, 2012 at 11:38 | #1

    Sending our prayers,of love and light to Jack and Diana.May her angels be with her to light her way.So sad:-(

  2. Carter Dunkin
    July 31st, 2012 at 11:53 | #2

    Same here, caring for and thinking of both Jack and Diana during this tough time. I hope they can find some comfort in the love and concern of so many people who care about them both.

  3. Craig K
    July 31st, 2012 at 11:54 | #3

    Thank you for sharing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack and Diana.

  4. Brett
    July 31st, 2012 at 11:57 | #4

    My thoughts and prayers and Love to Jack and Diana.

  5. Tom in St. Louis
    July 31st, 2012 at 12:20 | #5

    We will be thinking positive thoughts…very sad news, but we are so happy that Jack and Diana have had all these precious years together.

    Long may the sun shine on everyone in the Hot Tuna family.

  6. July 31st, 2012 at 12:39 | #6

    Thinking positive thoughts for Jack and Diana. Thank you for sharing Jorma. We all feel like part of your extended family.

  7. Bill Van Iden
    July 31st, 2012 at 12:56 | #7

    Fight On Jack and Diana…our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. sean
    July 31st, 2012 at 13:03 | #8

    So sorry to hear about Diana, Jack. Many thoughts and prayes for you and your extended family’s.

  9. Rich in NJ
    July 31st, 2012 at 13:28 | #9

    You know Jorma, when all is said and done, we are all one family. We laugh and cry and and share the road with you … We have gotten older together and that wheel just keeps a turning. Much love and respect … Be good to each other out there everyone.

  10. Karen Sullivan
    July 31st, 2012 at 13:42 | #10

    Sending prayers for Jack & Diana and all who love them. So glad she could be there for most of the tour.

  11. Larry Behage
    July 31st, 2012 at 13:54 | #11

    Sorry to hear the news. Diana and Jack will be in my thoughts. So glad to caught you guys in Santa Cruz.

  12. Buzz
    July 31st, 2012 at 14:08 | #12

    My prayers are with Jack and Diana .

  13. Kate Sullivan
    July 31st, 2012 at 18:04 | #13

    Love, light, peace and comfort to Diana and Jack. Rejoice in the amazing life you have shared…….my thoughts are with you both.

  14. Cyndy Consentino
    July 31st, 2012 at 18:47 | #14

    Dear Jorma,
    Prayers and love to Diana and Jack. I felt very
    sad when I heard about Diana this morning.

    May Diana’s journey home be filled with beauty and love.


  15. Charlie
    July 31st, 2012 at 20:13 | #15

    Life is truely a fleeting moment. Seems like yesterday I saw my first HT show…1975. I will pray my deepest prayers for you Diana…and Jack.

  16. Annie
    July 31st, 2012 at 21:45 | #16

    Thoughts and prayers going out to the Casady’s and those who know and care for them.

  17. TM
    August 1st, 2012 at 02:47 | #17

    thoughts and prayers for Jack and Diana…would love to give back a little of what I have received from all the music and shows…peace

  18. mutt
    August 1st, 2012 at 05:54 | #18

    My prayers of comfort for Diana and Jack remembering that Life Is a Love Song.


  19. Jim T.
    August 1st, 2012 at 08:30 | #19

    Praying for Jack and Diana!!

  20. August 1st, 2012 at 13:05 | #20

    Diana and Jack are certainly in our thoughts and prayers, as are you all. Thank you for your caring and compassion.

  21. Doug
    August 1st, 2012 at 15:48 | #21

    Please convey my prayers and thoughts to Jack and Diana. This is the first I heard of this and I am saddened for Jack.

  22. PJK
    August 2nd, 2012 at 10:57 | #22

    Hey Brother!

    My thoughts and prayers are also with Jack and Diana. What a fighters they both are. God Bless..


  23. Phil Anderson
    August 2nd, 2012 at 16:04 | #23

    Just got back from the road and read this post, Holding Diana and Jack in the light as they are way special people on this planet

    I remember a Hot Tuna acoustic gig in Tucson a few years back at the Rialto Theater, and Jack put his cell phone on top of his amp when one of the songs on his solo CD was played with the opening group he was sitting in with, and dedicated it to Diana. That kind of love and dedication leaves a lump in my throat, I just wish there was something we could do . . . . .

    Love from Tucson, Phil Anderson

  24. Kyle Siegrist
    August 3rd, 2012 at 14:01 | #24

    Please add my prayers and thoughts for Jack and Diana.

  25. Mark Ennis
    August 4th, 2012 at 10:27 | #25

    God Bless both Diana & Jack. Jack be strong as you love & care for the woman God has entrusted to you. My thoughts & prayers are with you sister & brother.

  26. MHM
    August 6th, 2012 at 13:57 | #26

    Thoughts and prayers

  27. Kathy
    August 7th, 2012 at 06:08 | #27

    My dearest thoughts and prayers for Diana and Jack. I am reminded of a quote from Voltaire: “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.”

  28. Dave Millard
    August 12th, 2012 at 11:52 | #28

    Just got back from a 3 week road trip, catching up on the blog, and saw this about Jack’s wife….whoa..
    My thoughts and prayers are with Jack and Diana. It is a tough break and I wish them the strength to hanle this

  29. mark menduke
    November 11th, 2014 at 12:49 | #29

    will ther be any more west coast shows trying to plan my shows

    mcabes belly up etc

  30. November 11th, 2014 at 21:41 | #30

    Northern California only for Tuna… it’s on the website…