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It Was Thumbs Up At Thumbs Up

Where's Myron?

Where's Myron?

Poor Myron wasn’t feeling well as we got ready to leave Shibuya for Yokohama. Being sick is always a drag. Being sick abroad is compound misery.

Jack noshes in the lobby

Jack noshes in the lobby

We finally got in a cab and got over to Yokohama… Nice hotel… but petite.

The Tipoff

The Tipoff

The reality

The reality

Here’s the set list… sort of… I made lots an lots of changes and didn’t keep track. Myron usually does this for me but he was sick at the hotel… Consider this list a launching pad.

Hot Tuna 43, 2014
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Thumbs Up
Yokohama, Japan
Sunday, May 4, 2014

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Barbeque King
5. Hesitation blues
6. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
7. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
8. Trial By Fire
9. Goodbye To The Blues
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Longa
2. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
3. San Francisco Bay Blues
4. Uncle Sam Blues
5. Children Of Zion
6. I Am The Light Of This World
7. River Of Time
8. Good Shepherd
9. Nine Pound Hammer

That’s about it… gotta get some eats and think about getting to the airport.

Many thanks to Doug Allsopp who brought us over and all the the great gigs and friends we met along the way.


  1. Curtis Armstrong
    May 4th, 2014 at 20:21 | #1

    Been loving the diary, Jorma! Great to be able to be kept up to date on the journey…

  2. Ed Ziobro
    May 4th, 2014 at 20:45 | #2

    Hello Jorma! Hope you are having a great trip to Japan!
    Very much looking forward to seeing you back in the US.
    Question: any plans on coming back to Bethlehem PA?
    We’d love to see your electric show this year.

  3. carlo pagliano
    May 4th, 2014 at 21:20 | #3

    Oh Myron! Can he make it on the plane? Recover quickly Myron!
    Peace be your journey Jack and Jorma!

  4. dbmojo1
    May 4th, 2014 at 21:40 | #4

    Well what a great read for a Sunday afternoon, now I need a bunch of Sundays for the archives!

    Jorma may I ask you something? I was just reminiscing about the highlight of the Clearwater Festival last summer – Accoustic Hot Tuna. I was live tweeting and posted some great fotos on Twitter. I was wondering why I hadn’t seen anything from you for a while, and discovered my account has been blocked from following you. We were following each other actually. Unless my account was hijacked and sent something offensive (and apologies if that’s the case) then I can’t imagine what happened? I’d be appreciative if you could enlighten me. My twitter handle is dbmojo1. #gratitude

    Your l-o-n-g time fan,

    daphne barber daphnebarber@gmail.com

  5. cyndy consentino
    May 4th, 2014 at 21:52 | #5

    Dear Jorma,

    I hope Myron is feeling better.

    Sending him good wishes!

  6. eaglesteve
    May 4th, 2014 at 22:59 | #6

    Get well soon

  7. Mike Brady
    May 4th, 2014 at 23:42 | #7

    Wishing a quick return to good health for Myron, and many thanks to Jack and Jorma for their great shows we enjoyed at Shibuya Quattro and the second show at Thumb’s UP! The standing ovation given at the end of the Water Song encore was justly deserved. And very kind of you guys to meet the fans for autographs and a little fingerpickin’ talk. Hope to see and hear you live in concert again. Gambatte!

  8. May 5th, 2014 at 00:51 | #8

    Hey Mike

    Yeah.. Jack and I had such a great time in Japan and to finish it off at Thumbs Up… well how good does it have to get?

    Anyway… a quick sidebar on the picks. As you so sagely noted, they have a very distinct sound and if that is the sound you are looking for, you will have to learn to use picks. I use a Jim Dunlop medium thumbpick and Jim Dunlop .025 Fingerpicks in brass. I wear my thumbpick up around the first joint of my thumb and the fingerpicks are merely there as a hard surface… not claw like extensions. This will enable your to back pick with your fingers without getting the picks caught under the strings. Embarrassing. That’s about it. Be patient.

    Until we meet again, as Roy Rogers, the King Of The Cowboys, used to say, ‘My the Good Lord take a likin’ to ya!’

  9. May 5th, 2014 at 00:55 | #9

    Daphne… I have no idea what happened. A friend of mine handles my Twitter account. I will ask him when I get home.

  10. johno
    May 5th, 2014 at 09:16 | #10

    ‘May the Good Lord take a likin’ to ya’. I love Roy – love that expression.
    Safe home guys…

  11. HOGAN
    May 5th, 2014 at 09:33 | #11

    Dear Jorma,

    Sounds like poor Myron was in the run-ins, hope he is feeling better..Glad to hear you had such a wonderful time but I’m sure you guys will be happy to get back home.. For just winging the set list it looks great your fans in Japan were really treated to some good music.
    Too Many Years – wow I remember when you first did that song…Have a safe journey home and tell Myron to get some home made Chickien Noodle soup the cure all for everything…lol
    Be Safe, get some rest….

  12. John B
    May 5th, 2014 at 10:15 | #12

    Alright for Japan ! Looks like Hot Tuna treated our Japanese Tuna brothers and sisters To some great times and great music. I have always believed that music is our international language. A language that can be loved and enjoyed by all. Catch someones eye from across the aisle and smile as Tuna is winding up a Water Song or an Embryonic Journey.

  13. johno
    May 5th, 2014 at 10:18 | #13

    Jorma did you feel the 6.0 earthquake on Sunday morning in Tokyo. Tell Jack to lower his bass a bit. You sure rocked Japan.

  14. May 5th, 2014 at 12:37 | #14

    Jorma here’s the corrected set list courtesy Uesaka Toshiro. Safe flight home.

    Set 1:
    Too Many Years
    Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
    Uncle Sam Blues
    Serpent Of Dreams
    Children Of Zion
    What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
    Hesitation Blues
    I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
    Trial By Fire
    Good Bye To The Blues
    I Know You Rider

    Set 2:
    Been So Long
    True Religion
    San Francisco Bay Blues
    Barbecue King
    Death Don’t Have No Mercy
    River Of Time
    I Am The light Of This World
    How Long Blues
    Good Shepherd
    Keep On Truckin’
    Nine Pound Hammer
    Embryonic Journey

  15. Brett
    May 5th, 2014 at 14:24 | #15

    Loved following you and Jack’s travels thru Japan on your Blog Jorma!!

    Great stuff.

    Safe travels.


  16. May 5th, 2014 at 18:35 | #16

    ditto, don’t know what else I could add to that statement

  17. May 6th, 2014 at 10:32 | #17

    Thanks y’all


  18. Barbara Jacobs
    May 6th, 2014 at 20:21 | #18

    Thank – you: Jorma and Jack.
    You took it to Japan and gave it all that you’ve got.@Jorma