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Love For Levon

Hanging with the heavies

Hanging with the heavies

Last night Barry Mitterhoff and I were part of the Love For Levon show at the Izod Center. Barry and I played Trouble In Mind a la the way we did it with Levon on River Of Time. We then came back for the gang twang at the end of the show on The Weight.

It was indeed a galaxy of stars… with makeup and everything.

Time for your closeup Mr. Kaukonen

Time for your closeup Mr. Kaukonen

John Hiatt and me

John Hiatt and me

I got to hang with some of my favorite people,,, what a collection of talent.

Warren Haynes, me, Marc Cohn and Larry Campbell

Warren Haynes, me, Marc Cohn and Larry Campbell

The hits just kept coming…

Kenny Aronoff and me

Kenny Aronoff and me

I hadn’t seen Kenny Aronoff in quite a while. He was the drummer on the Jefferson Airplane reunion back in ‘89. What a guy! Good to see him!

Danny Clinch... photographer extraordinaire

Danny Clinch... photographer extraordinaire

Danny Clinch shot the cover art for Blue Country Heart in 2002… He’s the greatest.

Jorma and John Prine

Jorma and John Prine

I’ve been a fan of John Prine’s forever… to get to share a room and some music with him was priceless.

Grace Potter and me

Grace Potter and me

Grace Potter did a version of I Shall Be Released that brought down the house. This girl can really sing… and play!

Larry Campbell ande John Prine

Larry Campbell ande John Prine

Larry Campbell, Don Was and their team made it all happen! Well done Larry… Levon is smiling in heaven!

Lights on for Levon

Lights on for Levon

… and all of these myriad artists were all present of of boundless love and respect for Levon Helm.

You all need to check out some of the Youtube footage… no one but Levon Helm could have inspired such loyalty and respect!

We miss you buddy!

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  1. Jim T.
    October 4th, 2012 at 16:13 | #1

    Wish I could’ve been there!! Kenny Aronoffs mother was my 5th grade teacher….was thrilled to see him on the JA 89 reunion tour and thrilled he was a part of last night,must have been an amazing night of music united in love for Levon and his legacy!!

  2. George Henn
    October 4th, 2012 at 16:27 | #2

    Very fitting to perform Trouble In Mind last night, as Levon was your drummer on that River of Time track. Great to be there, and thanks for your photos!

  3. October 4th, 2012 at 16:33 | #3

    Good stuff! Love the shot of you and Grace Potter. Saw them open for Govt Mule a couple of years ago, and wow, what a beautiful and talented woman. Looks like you have a sh*t eating grin on your face :) . I would too.

  4. bruce
    October 4th, 2012 at 17:06 | #4

    hey Jorma…sounds and looks like a good time for all…i wanted to tell ye,i just ran across some Tom Hobson recordings,wasn’t sure if you had them…if you have a mail drop i can mail you copies in case you don’t be havin’ ‘em….

  5. Stuart Kesting
    October 4th, 2012 at 18:39 | #5

    I know this isn’t news to you, but it really is pretty cool being Jorma Kaukonen.
    Levon was one of the greats, sounds like you honoured him with the passion and respect his memory deserves.

  6. Richard Cowles
    October 4th, 2012 at 18:40 | #6

    Awesome!Was larrys wife theresa there as well?The one that always makes you sound like a million?

  7. Barbara Jacobs
    October 4th, 2012 at 20:58 | #7

    Hi there, Richard:
    Larry Campbell’s wife, my friend Teresa Williams was sure there.
    Singing like an Angel, as always.

    It was such a great concert with a fabulous group of the very best musicians.
    Jorma was so friendly upon my introduction of a friend I had backstage with me.
    Jorma always, with an extended hand for a genuine handshake.

    Jorma is the real deal, a good guy. The best, in my book.

    I know from reading comments here , that Jorma means so much to you all.

    We are all just human-beings, with the ability to improve ourselves.
    No one is perfect, but Jorma makes it right up to that standard.

    So please keep on loving Jorma and everybody else you know and/or care about.
    That’s what makes this rockin’ World go round.

  8. Tim from Philly
    October 4th, 2012 at 21:16 | #8

    Awesome stuff Jorma, what an experience. I saw Levon for the first time in 83, later than many, when The Band sans Robby reunited and opened for the Grateful Dead in Syracuse (great stories behind and along that road trip). Many times thereafter including meeting my future wife at a Band show at the Chestnut Cabaret in Philly May 86. Also had the pure pleasure of seeing his band w Larry Teresa and Amy many times (and the show in Philly sans Amy when they announced that she had just given birth to Little Levon).

    Keep the faith, Brother.

  9. Cyndy Consentino
    October 5th, 2012 at 10:16 | #9

    Dear Jorma,
    Wow, hair and make-up! Very impressive!
    Thanks for sharing the great pictures and the love and good
    Vibes for Levon.
    He is missed and loved by all!

  10. Angelo
    October 5th, 2012 at 10:29 | #10

    WOW!!! John Prine…He is so dame good his music is wongerful! He alone is worth the price of a ticket, but with you and rest… WOW! That had to be a great show. Maybe we’ll see a DVD and or a CD? Makes you think mmmmmmmmmm.

  11. Joanne
    October 5th, 2012 at 11:34 | #11

    Thanks so much for sharing the great photo’s Jorma! Can’t wait to see the show in Napa!!!

  12. Rob
    October 5th, 2012 at 11:58 | #12

    Yes indeed, what a show Wed night. The love for Lee on stage and in the stands was great. He certainly was smiling down on all of us!

  13. Richard Cowles
    October 5th, 2012 at 15:41 | #13

    @Tim from Philly
    Thanks Barb…Always love to Jorma and all of you..Makin the world go round together…Thanks again Dickie..

  14. TJ
    October 5th, 2012 at 16:21 | #14

    Grace Potter!! Ooh La La!!

  15. Barbara Jacobs
    October 9th, 2012 at 01:27 | #15

    “I wish that
    I knew what I know now
    when I was younger
    I wish that
    I knew what I know now
    when I was stronger…” (”Ooh La La”, Ronnie Lane)

  16. John B
    February 20th, 2013 at 13:40 | #16

    @Tim from Philly

    @Tim from Philly
    I was at that show Tim. We all had a great time and our road trip as all road trips were and still are was a blast. The new york state thruway just choked with Deadheads ; the rest areas serving as meeting areas. I miss those days.