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Up The Great Northwest And On To Bozeman

February 13th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments
Old School Behind The Alladin In Portland

Old School Behind The Aladdin In Portland

Before I get to the set lists for the last two shows, I was just thinking about the nickname thing. Indeed… I used the nickname ‘Jerry’ from 1945 to 1965 and here’s why. My Dad was at the Navy Language School in Ann Arbor Michigan in 1943 and 1944. While my Uncle Tarmo was fighting his way up from North Aftrica and Sicily on his way to Italy and Monte Casino and my Uncle Pentti was working his way up through the South Pacific burning the enemy out of caves and tunnels with a flame thrower, Dad was preparing for his trip to Tokyo where he cracked safes in that burned out wasteland… left over after the firebombing. Interestingly enough, when I toured Japan in the nineties with Hot Tuna in Yokohama I stayed at the same hotel he and McArthur’s staff stayed at in 1945.

Anyway, while in Ann Arbor, my Mom was on her way back to the officer’s housing when she found some of the neighbor’s kids in the process of hanging me with a coat hanger because I had a foreign sounding name and they thought it might be German or something like that. In any given part of the country, the most recent immigrants always wind up sucking hind tit… but that’s another story for another time. Anyway, when I went back to school that year I decided to use the nickname that my Dad used in the service… and that nickname was… you guessed it, ‘Jerry.’

Fast forward twenty years… when I got out of College and started playing in the Jefferson Airplane my ex-wife Margareta (may she rest in peace) chided me for knuckling under to the xenophobia that infested America even more then that it does now… It made sense to me… and it’s been Jorma ever since! Another American Immigrant story.

OK… The Aladdin… sold out and what a dandy night… I got to see a bunch of old friends and we played two swell sets which arre as follows:

Hot Tuna 3, 2013
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Barry Mitterhoff
The Aladdin Theater
Portland, Oregon
Sunday, February 10, 2013

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Children Of Zion
3. Second Chances
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Been So Long
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. More Than My Old Guitar
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Barbeque King
11. Nine Pound Hammer
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Prohibition Blues
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Vicksburg Stomp
5. Come Back Baby
6. River Of Time
7. 99 Year Blues
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Good Shepherd
10. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Up nice and early the next day and off to Seattle and the Triple Door. Another lovely night and sold out too… Here we go:

Hot Tuna 4, 2013
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Barry Mitterhoff
The Triple Door
Seattle, Washington
February 11, 2013

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Heart Temporary
3. Children Of Zion
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Trouble In Mind
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Full Go Round
10. ?
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Second Chances
3. Prohibition Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. The Terrible Operation
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. River Of Time
9. Good Shepherd
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: I Am The Light of This World

The view down the street from the Triple Door

The view down the street from the Triple Door

Alrighty then… here we are in Bozeman and tomorrow is our show at the Emerson Center For Arts And Culture. Lots more tomorrow after the show.

  1. jim hitchcock
    February 13th, 2013 at 21:10 | #1

    Flat out love the stories, Jorma.

  2. Richard Cowles
    February 13th, 2013 at 21:34 | #2

    Why not make the stories for another time previe now.Thanks

  3. Kate Sullivan
    February 13th, 2013 at 22:26 | #3

    Jorma, Jorma, Jorma……..Where is the book? Why keep us waiting for these insightful stories!

  4. Cyndy Consentino
    February 13th, 2013 at 23:03 | #4

    Dear Jorma,
    Thank you for sharing the Jerry-Jorma nickname story!
    Always enjoy hearing you reminisce

    Keep the great stories and music coming!

    Safe travels,

  5. Joey hudoklin
    February 13th, 2013 at 23:06 | #5

    My first HT show was closing of the Academy ’75 late show. Got outside and the sun was up. I was on the right drugs. But never mind that.
    As I explored the records and started going to more shows, it became evident that my favorite thing about these shows was the sheer balls out improvisation occurring onstage.
    I’ve always wanted to hear what you guys were thinking while creating a 20 min.+ version of Walkin’ Blues, or Invitation, or Funky#7. Listening to those old tapes, each version is unique.
    I’m fascinated by the mind-set that would be behind inspiring such creativity. Would love to hear a little about that.
    Jorma, it seems you’ve opened Pandoras Box. Inquiring minds want to know. Love ya.

  6. Randolph Hamtil
    February 14th, 2013 at 04:29 | #6

    Jorma, sorry to say I missed your latest favorite venue date “the Aladdin” if I may be so bold to say your favorite, any way peace to you Jack & Barry, of course Vanessa,John & Fur Peace, Heavy story about the safe cracker,I was fortunate enough to meet your Pops at Golden Gate, polo fields in 87 when Bob & Rob opened for the Airplane, twas trully a pleasure to meet your Dad, hopefully I’ll see you w/the Feat in JAHMEKYA Jorm God Bless You always Thanks for the Music man,Love Randolphps I also strolled out into the morning light that Academy Show Ah all those great 70s Tuna shows You mutha fukkas are the Shit last show was the hog farm morning spring rain sorry its Been So LOng rukka Rukka

  7. Joe
    February 14th, 2013 at 06:02 | #7

    I agree about the book . It would be a must read – very slowly – to savor each tidbit . Jorma , Thank you !

  8. Steve Comeau
    February 14th, 2013 at 09:03 | #8

    Hey, if you and Mr. Garcia had hooked up early on as a duo, you could have called yourselves “The Jerries”. That would have stirred up some xenophobes, eh? 🙂

  9. Susan
    February 14th, 2013 at 09:54 | #9

    You will love the Emerson! It is an old school with a cool little theater and the classrooms are art galleries and there is a good place to eat there too…if you need any eyeglass adjustments go see my sister Tricia who owns Bozeman Optical, which is in one of the original storefronts in downtown Bozeman on Main St…many good eateries…Blackbirds, Rocking R, there is a great place to eat in the Hotel Baxter…can’t remember the name….anywho…Bozeman is a cool little Western Town…Happy Trails!!

  10. February 14th, 2013 at 11:25 | #10

    Thanks for sharing that little tidbit about the Jerry nickname. Hope you don’t think I’m weird but one of the highlights of my morning is reading the Jorma blog. There is always something positive and inspiring.

    On another note, I don’t know if it’s a coincidence but I have like 4,000 songs on my iphone and was just playing random this morning on my way to work and the song “If This is Love I want I want my Money Back”, which you remarked was one of your Valentine’s Day numbers came on. I think it was the Beacon Birthday Show.

  11. mutt
    February 14th, 2013 at 15:55 | #11

    A book. Novel. Gotta be better than Neil’s and over and above The Big Man’s or Keith’s. Always wondered about the gold tooth . . .

    Rock On Brother

    Peace be with us all.


  12. Joanne
    February 14th, 2013 at 18:27 | #12

    Someday Jorma you should write a book, as you know we would all love to read it!Thanks for all your sharing!

  13. Matt
    February 14th, 2013 at 18:46 | #13

    Cool stuff Jorma.
    Winter in Montana and Jackson Hole, Wyoming with Hot Tuna really sounds like fun.
    Looking forward to the upcoming blog entries. Keep on Truckin’.

  14. February 14th, 2013 at 20:41 | #14

    Jorma love the blog .Think that your book would be so great . Thanks for sharing Jorma .Peace and happy & safe travels .

  15. Tim from Philly
    February 14th, 2013 at 21:29 | #15

    Jorma, had you met the other Jerry before you changed back?

  16. Barbara Jacobs
    February 14th, 2013 at 22:28 | #16

    Everyone’s entitled to my opinion:

    Jorma’s got the goods for a great book.
    He has interesting stories and has lived his life as a work in evolving progress.

    It takes a lot of time to write a book.
    With or without an advance from a publisher.

    The editing process takes more time:
    “What to leave in,
    what to leave out…”
    Then after completion, Jorma would have to promote his book.

    Now, we all love our Jorma.
    He’s out there, touring and playing shows.

    That’s more time/days of his life.
    If he’s writing a book, he won’t have much time to tour and blog.

    Jorma’s talent at photography would be wonderful in a book:
    think coffe-table/art book. With a paragraph or two of locale description and perhaps a bit of rememberance of things past.

    I love Jorma’s photographs (he has a good eye for composition and color: those greens and blues!)

    However, I love his blog.
    We all can’t get both a book and his constant touring and blogging.

  17. carlo pagliano
    February 14th, 2013 at 22:59 | #17

    Feuilleton under press everyday.

    Rock Them All Real High Tonight Jormaaa!

  18. jorma tekoniemi
    February 15th, 2013 at 11:47 | #18

    jorma tekoniemi :I must say,reading the hanging part made me laugh,since I could have wrote that story myself!!

  19. jim hitchcock
    February 15th, 2013 at 13:03 | #19

    I’d like to open the meeting of `Ghostwriters for Jorma’!

  20. John B
    February 15th, 2013 at 17:14 | #20

    Did he say “sucking hind tit ?”

  21. Joe in DC
    February 15th, 2013 at 20:04 | #21

    Since I have no choice here..aka..Barbs opinion… Ms. Jacobs does make sense.

    Yet moving forward on this issue of Jormas time vs. tours vs. a book I agree with Hitchcock; I can be a Ghostwriter; no prob..anyone else?

    Also I seem to remember somewhere back a ways on this blog that Jorma mentioned a “new project”…alas, he dropped no hints on what that could be that I remember…..pretty tight lipped about it actually JK…so I wonder with all this talky talk about a volume “Jorma..The life and times…” hmm…makes one wonder.
    Oh and by the by I would grab a copy and promote it when i can.

  22. Barbara Jacobs
    February 15th, 2013 at 22:02 | #22

    Joe: if you have experience and know-how, maybe you’ll be hired one day.

    “A ghostwriter” is a person who is hired to write a book for somebody who can’t write his/her own book.
    Jorma doesn’t need a ghost-writer.

    Eric Clapton “wrote” his book with the help of unattributed ghost-writers.
    Pattie Boyd’s autobiography: “Wonderful Tonight”,
    “WITH PENNY JUNOR”, (Pattie’s co-writer) is a much better book.

    Keith Richards “wrote” his book,”LIFE” “with James Fox”.
    It was the result of a few years of James Fox hanging out with Keith and recording Keith’s stories, as told by Keith, in no particular order.
    James Fox put it all together into chronological order.

    Pete Townshend actually did write his own autobiography:
    “WHO I AM”.
    It took him many years and was intended to be 1000 pages, which were edited down to a bit more than half of that.

    Pete, like Jorma, loves to kibbitz.
    Pete has musical and artistic talent — but not so much in photography.
    Pete also writes a blog, although not nearly as often updating it with new entries, as Jorma does.
    Pete doesn’t respond/post reply to commenters, as Jorma sometimes does on his blog.

    Eric, Keith and Pete take time off (months/years) between touring.

    Jorma travels on tour, plays shows, blogs, records, goes home to his family and Fur Peace Ranch. No other Artist works as hard as Jorma.

    I don’t know what/when the “new project” is.
    If Jorma is writing his autobiography, while working on everything else that he does: my hat’s off to him.

  23. Joe in DC
    February 16th, 2013 at 10:34 | #23

    Barb:…all good info. I had no idea about any of that

  24. Barbara Jacobs
    February 16th, 2013 at 15:45 | #24

    @Joe in DC
    The other thing those guy have in common is boats.
    Eric has a big-ass yacht he boats around the Med.
    Pete loves to sail, mostly down in Antigua.
    Keith can been seen sailing his boat around Long Island Sound.

    Back to the topic of co-writing:
    I’m co-writing a book with my friend, Russell Schlagbaum.
    Russell has been working in the music business all his adult life, on tour with The Small Faces, Faces, Ronnie Lane (“The Passing Show”) The Stones, the Who, and many more.
    He’s currently on tour with the Who.

    Russell loves to kibbitz and has a great memory for names, places, details.
    He’s interviewed in “The Passing Show” documentary and I have video of over three hours of him sitting by The Thames, telling stories. (We only used a fraction of that footage in the documentary.)

    Russell isn’t a writer. I am, so I wrote the book outline. He writes a chapter then sends it to me and I re-write it. He doesn’t have time to write while he’s working on tours. When he’s home on a break, he’s busy with his family and easily distracted.
    It’s been slow going.
    He recently informed me that he has “writer’s block”.
    I contacted Pete Townshend to report him.
    When I file an official complaint to Pete, it can work wonders to get Russell back to the writing.

  25. chuck newman
    February 17th, 2013 at 21:35 | #25

    love hearing that Barb is doing a book that will include the great Ronnie Lane. Of all the performers I’ve seen Ronnie and Jorma seemed like they were having the most fun and they seem so naturally made to share their music with the audience.

  26. Barbara Jacobs
    February 18th, 2013 at 00:16 | #26

    @chuck newman
    Thanks Chuck.

    Jorma liked “The Passing Show” documentary and was very supportive of it when I was doing the PR for it.

    I believe you can order “The Passing Show” documentary on Amazon.
    If they don’t have any left, post a P.O. Box #,here (or land address), and I will send one out to you.

  27. chuck newman
    February 18th, 2013 at 20:56 | #27

    @Barbara Jacobs
    Thanks Barb I’ve got mine on the way. Please do keep us all posted on your project.

  28. Barbara Jacobs
    February 19th, 2013 at 01:02 | #28

    @chuck newman
    Good to hear that you were able to order it.
    Amazon is a great source for Ronnie Lane recordings and they also have the show with his band, “Slim Chance” at Rockpalast available for pre-order now.

    We have a bit of footage from that show, in “The Passing Show” documentary.
    The late, great Ian Stewart sits in on piano.
    Stew was a master at playing boogie-woogie style with the greatest of ease.


  29. Phil G
    March 13th, 2013 at 04:10 | #29

    Brother Kaukonen !
    Thanks for truckin’ up to Seattle & Portland last month . And really thanks for the excellent birthday hug you gave me in Seattle on my 50th ! It was extra icing on my cake,which Barry said was tasty….You and Jack had already split to the bus… 🙂
    Cheers & Blessings your way~~~~~~~~~~
    Phil G.