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Grass Valley… And Home

Jack, his Diana bass... and Jorma at the Fillmore

Jack, his Diana bass... and Jorma at the Fillmore

Foto: I don’t know who… when I get info I’ll post it.

The day after the Fillmore, Jack and Myron and Phil and I jumped into cars and headed up to Grass Valley, California for a sold out gig at the Performing Arts Center there. Grass Valley has a lot of good memories for me. I had some dear friends who lived there back in the day… and I bought a nice 1940 Buick four door sedan there. My Dad,had his 1970 Mercedes Roadster restored in Auburn, my Mom lived in North Shore Tahoe and we used to go swimming in the American River. Good times indeed.

This wasn't there back in the 60's

This wasn't there back in the 60's

When I got out of the van, the air was redolent with the smell of redwoods in the brisk night air… it brought me back… a long time.

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 2, 2015
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Center For The Performing Arts
Grass Valley, California
Sunday, January 4, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. Children Of Zion
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Barbeque King
7. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. The Terrible Operation
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Search My Heart
3. Whining Boy Blues
4. Good Shepherd
5. Full Go Round
6. Bar Room Crystal Ball
7. Water Song
8. Come Back Baby
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: Living In The Moment

Two words we love to see...

Two words we love to see...

We drove to a hotel near the Sacramento airport and yesterday morning we grabbed a plane to Dallas. IN Dallas, we found out that our flight to Columbus had been cancelled… who knows why? We got out on a later flight and flew into the storm that was hitting the Ohio River Valley. My 4×4 Nissan Titan was waiting for us in the garage in Columbus. We filled up with gas ($1.64 a gallon) and drove south in the storm. Three and a half hours later, I was home and in bed. (the trip usually takes an hour forty five)

We had a fabulous little New Year’s run to the Golden State. 71 gigs for Hot Tuna in 2014. We’ll see what happens in 2015. That’s about it for now… gotta walk Maverick and hit the sack.

  1. JohnC
    January 6th, 2015 at 20:06 | #1

    A great show in a great venue! Loved all the Rev. Gary Davis tunes!

  2. Kerry Cavanaugh
    January 6th, 2015 at 22:34 | #2

    Any chance of you guys playing in Athens, Georgia in 2015?

  3. January 7th, 2015 at 08:40 | #3

    3/01/15… the Melting Point… Jorma Solo

  4. John B
    January 7th, 2015 at 10:26 | #4

    Good to see I am the light of this world on the set list. See you soon !

  5. mark menduke
    January 7th, 2015 at 10:34 | #5

    Made the drive from so cal
    Great shows love the new bass Jack


  6. January 7th, 2015 at 14:15 | #6

    Thank you all so much for sharing this amazing show with all of us via the magic of streaming. I know the listeners of WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa and those that heard it on The Freak Show were very pleased. Happy New Year !

  7. Jim Mckeon
    January 7th, 2015 at 23:09 | #7

    Was that(the 1940)the Buick on the cover of the Burgers album?

  8. jim hitchcock
    January 8th, 2015 at 00:19 | #8

    Whoa, Betty Cantor. Reading about her in A Long Strange Trip.

  9. January 8th, 2015 at 09:08 | #9

    No… that Buick was a 1934 Two Door Long Wheelbase Victoria… but it was mine too.

  10. John R.
    January 8th, 2015 at 10:19 | #10

    Intrepid road warriors!

  11. Rob Thomson
    January 8th, 2015 at 13:05 | #11

    Jorma, What ever happened to the 34 Buick Victoria?

  12. johno
    January 8th, 2015 at 13:44 | #12

    Were you a car collector or did you actually drive those old Buicks – I can just see you and Jack driving around San Francisco back in the early 70’s – it must’ve been some sight to see. I love Burgers – I always thought it was the best Tuna album ever – though I love all of them.


  13. johno
    January 8th, 2015 at 13:46 | #13

    Were you a car collector or did you actually drive those old Buicks – I can just see you and Jack driving around San Francisco back in the early 70’s – it must’ve been some sight to see. I love Burgers – I always thought it was the best Tuna album ever – though I love all of them.

  14. January 8th, 2015 at 16:58 | #14

    Sold it… buit a ’55 Chevy two door Bel Air hardtop… hot 327… solid lifters, cam, Holley 850 Double Pumper, Muncie 4 speed… 4:ll rear end… sold it too… got a Jeep, truck and a Harley now.

  15. January 8th, 2015 at 16:59 | #15

    I’m not a collector… I didn’t own them at the same time… they were both daily drivers. If I can’t use something I don’t want to own it. Just sayin’

  16. Chuck
    January 8th, 2015 at 17:36 | #16

    It’s time for a book!

  17. johno
    January 8th, 2015 at 18:10 | #17

    Jorma – I can just see you driving that ’34 Buick or the tricked out ’55 Chevy down to Santa Cruz – you must’ve been one cool dude.

  18. charles newman
    January 8th, 2015 at 23:49 | #18

    Boy Jorma that takes me back to the late 70’s when I had a blast driving my old ’46 Chevy every day to work and around town. Back seat had enough room for a trio and a small dance floor. Then I moved up to the big time corporate world for an engineering gig. Drove my orange ’57 Chevy with the 327 Vette motor, Pontiac rear and Muncie 4 speed right into the parking lot with all of the Mercedes,BMWs and Audis. Had my day-glo DeadHead skull sticker proudly pasted on the side window. Yes sir I was never about fitting in. Kind of proud about it.

  19. johno
    January 9th, 2015 at 16:10 | #19

    I always wanted to know what Jack drives. Maybe a Benz S500, BMW 6, Audi 8 or Lexus LS. Would love to know. Maybe a new Corvette in the garage.

  20. jim hitchcock
    January 9th, 2015 at 16:17 | #20

    Aston Martin.

  21. January 9th, 2015 at 17:08 | #21

    ten year old jeep buddy… this ain’t the 1990’s… it’s the 19 2000’s

  22. johno
    January 9th, 2015 at 17:50 | #22

    Really – it figures. One of the coolest cars in the world.

  23. johno
    January 9th, 2015 at 17:56 | #23

    ok Jorma – now I don’t feel so bad!

  24. Jim Mckeon
    January 9th, 2015 at 19:03 | #24

    Jorma, do you have a photo of the ’55 Chevy Bel Air that you could post? I am sure,besides myself, that others would like to see it too.

  25. Larry Peterson
    January 9th, 2015 at 21:30 | #25

    Love you Jorma! So sorry I will miss you in Colorado in February, heading to Hawaii for a 23 year wedding anniversary (I know, it’s not 25). Hoping Electric Tuna will return to Colorado in 2015, we miss you!

  26. DennisK
    January 9th, 2015 at 22:23 | #26

    Jorma, Your Fiat Abarth is bad-ass! Must be wicked on those Meigs County roads.

  27. Kerry Cavanaugh
    January 10th, 2015 at 11:25 | #27

    I went to the Melting Points web site and you are not on the calendar. Has the show just not been announced yet? It is a great place to see a show, so I hope it happens! I have had the pleasure of listening to your music since the mid 70’s and first saw you live in 1979. Really hope this show comes about!