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A Day Late & A Dollar Short… Sort Of…

It’s been hectic and I’m a couple days behind on my blog, so here goes. After Chicago, we dove up to Minneapolis where I played two shows at the Dakota, Jazz Club.

A beautiful day in Minneapolis

A beautiful day in Minneapolis

We had been having some problems with the generators on the bus (It’s always something with these rigs) but the bus was able to rest conveniently near the gig.

This is a little creepy...

This is a little creepy...

Anyway, I walked over to the bus, picked up my guitar and walked to the gig.

Come on in!

Come on in!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A great dinner and then two shows…

Jorma Kaukonen 27, 2015
Jorma Kaukonen
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saturday, April 11, 2015

First Show:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
5. Barbeque King
6. I See The Light
7. The Other Side Of The Mountain
8. Genesis
9. Death Don’t have No Mercy
10. Sea Child
11. Full Go Round
12. Whining Boy Blues
13. Let Us Get Together Right Down Hre
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: How Long Blue
Second Show:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Brother Can You Spare a Dime
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Come Back Baby
5. Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me
6. Candy Man
7. That’ll Never Happen No More
8. In My Dreams
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. The Terrible Operation
13. I Am The Light Of This World
14. River Of Time
15. Keep On Trucking Mama
16. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
17. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Jazz art...

Jazz art...

Then it was time to drive to Stoughton, Wisconsin to play the Stoughton Opera House. Now with both gennys out on the bus, the only electricity was in the driver’s compartment. Fortunately, it was neither too hot nor too cold and we were driving during the day. On the bright side… since the TV’s didn’t work, I didn’t have to watch the news.

City Hall and Opera House... the way it should be!

City Hall and Opera House... the way it should be!

The Opera House is beautiful. Thank goodness the folks in Stoughton had the foresight to remember the past with honor and bring it into the present without putting in some fast food joint.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I love small town America

I love small town America

Here is my set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 28, 2015
Jorma Kaukonen
Stoughton Opera House
Stoughton, Wisconsin
Sunday, April 12, 2015

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. The Other Side Of The Mountain
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
6. I See The Light
7. Come Back Baby
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. The Terrible Operation
10. Candy Man
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
3. Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me
4. Barbeque King
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. In My Dreams
8. Sea Child
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. How Long Blues
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Genesis

Then I got to see the restored fire curtain…

Wow... how cool is this?

Wow... how cool is this?

Yesterday we met up with a temporary bus in Illinois and sent our injure one to Nashville for repairs. We got to ride in an old Silver Eagle… and stopped for the evening in Louisville. Yep, back in my own time zone again.

I love the way they're keeping the old bulding facades.

I love the way they're keeping the old bulding facades.

We went for a walk in the rain and found a great barbeque joint… and on the way…

You can say that again!

You can say that again!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Now we’re off to Nashville to retrieve our bus… hopefully, and then down to Live Oak, Florida and Wanee. Yep, Hot Tuna Electric!

Locking forward to plugging in my Jazzmaster and playing some rock ‘n’ roll.


  1. Mary L
    April 14th, 2015 at 11:31 | #1

    Jorma – I was lucky enough to see you twice last week – Wednesday nite at City Winery with my brother Rich (he wrote on your blog earlier this week – Rich L). He went to both of your shows at City Winery. I’m surprised he didn’t drive up to Stoughton to see your show there. If it hadn’t been a Sunday night and he had to go to work back on the South Side of Chicago on Monday I’m sure he would have. Saw you played Embryonic Journey up in Minneapolis – he would have loved that!

    My first time at the opera house. What a fantastic venue. We were up in the balcony and the acoustics were great. We could hear every word. I wish I could have seen the fire curtain. That is so cool.

    Thank you so much for another wonderful night of music. I can hardly wait to see the acoustic Hot Tuna with Jack and Barry hopefully in the near future, but the opportunity to just listen to you sing and play the guitar was really special. Especially love your new song In My Dreams – I can’t listen to it without tearing up. Beautiful. You really got me at City Winery when you played that and followed it up with River of Time. So much emotion!

    As my brother said at the City Show: Keep on making up songs!!! Love you! Mary

  2. andriy
    April 14th, 2015 at 13:20 | #2

    Thanks for these nice photos and stories about these city in America.
    Excellent set list for the shows you played! We love these songs and Candyman and Keep On Trucking Mama are fun for toe tapping and dancing.
    Today we are going to have Hot Tuna Tuesday at the restaurant because maybe it will not be very busy.

  3. Joey Hudoklin
    April 14th, 2015 at 13:22 | #3

    There’s nothing like being on the road. You’ve been doing this for so long. Seeing the smile on your face, obviously, it’s still enjoyable to you. And I’m so glad. I can’t wait for my opportunity to hear the new stuff you’re playing…but for me it might be a while. I listened to the You Tube McCabes concert from ’93. I was at all 6 of those shows. I remember the banter between songs. It felt like I was back there again. That was a great time. Pete Sears was a new member. You said at the end you might actually have to play Funky #7 on the 25th Tunaversary, then went into a brief Invitation interlude. One day…and I’ve been hoping for sometime, you might bring back Invitation. Always one of my faves from the Rampage Years. Rock hard with Jack and the guys on the electric Tuna shows Jorma.

  4. rich l
    April 14th, 2015 at 13:28 | #4

    Andriy – i could dance the hell out of Candy man!

  5. Chuck & Penny Billman
    April 14th, 2015 at 14:15 | #5

    Penny and I really enjoyed hearing you Sunday evening @ SOH. We were in the front row of the balcony, it was as if we were sitting in your living room or front porch. It looked like you were having a great time, also. Great show! I’m currently working with Steve Kaufman in his on-line rhythm class. Last night during the lesson, we talked about your show – Steve said to say HI! Until next time – safe travels.

  6. Andriy
    April 14th, 2015 at 16:21 | #6

    Come here today for hot tuna Tuesday! Our set list is the very best of. Hot tuna recorded live in 1969, 1974 and 1971,1973, 1977 !!!@rich l

  7. johno
    April 14th, 2015 at 16:37 | #7

    Jorma You still got it – better than ever – moving around the country playing your music – you are the real deal and we are so lucky to know of you. And this last album is some of your best stuff yet – I just love it – Thanks!

  8. HOGAN
    April 16th, 2015 at 09:42 | #8

    Awesome set lists..
    Have fun at the electric shows – looking forward to seeing you guys play electric myself..


  9. rich l
    April 16th, 2015 at 10:54 | #9

    @Mary L
    MT, funny you mention that you thought I mighy make the wisconsin show. Sunday morning I googled directions to see how far a drive it was! If it were a matinee, I probably would have made the trip.

    One last thing about last Thursday’s show. Jorma appeared to do some experimenting on the giutar, taking leads to places they had never been to before. Ceazy good stuff. It made me think, so many musicians would be content to strum their chords and sing their tunes. The fans would would be higjly content with just that. But Jorma continues to push himself, coaxing great sounds out of his guitar. Sort of rrminds me of that Moody Blues album, IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD.

    Jorma, I looked at your future tour dates and don’t see any Hot Tuna shows,yet, in the schedule for the rest of the year. Hopefully that is going to change.

  10. rich l
    April 16th, 2015 at 10:55 | #10

    I meant to say Tuna shows in Chicago.

  11. Nick L. Eakins
    April 16th, 2015 at 14:21 | #11

    I know how you feel about small towns. I am of the same persuasion. I know many of my neighbors and I don’t worry about where I walk around here. I don’t think we could ever swing getting yourself or the band to play in Perry but I hope some day to get you in Des Moines. If you’re ever traveling by close, at least consider giving Perry Iowa a visit.

  12. johno
    April 17th, 2015 at 13:44 | #12

    @rich l
    I can’t believe you mentioned The Moody Blues – one of my favorite bands. Next to Hot Tuna they are one of my top 3. I listen to them a lot. My top 3 are Hot Tuna/Airplane – The Moody Blues – Love. Love was a group that was popular back in the ’60’s and out of LA. Great tunes. ‘Forever Changes’ by Love is one of their best albums – if you can find it.

  13. andriy
    April 17th, 2015 at 21:26 | #13

    They don’t make them like they used to.
    (What do I know that was before I was born. But you know Barbara has it and now she goes to find it for me to listen. Warning to beware of scratches and the record skips)
    That is another figure of speech I write them down like Jorma with the “appointment listening”.@johno

  14. jim hitchcock
    April 18th, 2015 at 08:39 | #14


    The one time I saw the Moody Blues was at the Forum in the ’80’s. The supporting act was a new guitar slinger named…Stevie Ray Vaughan.

  15. andriy
    April 18th, 2015 at 17:52 | #15

    From Barbara diary
    The Fillmore East:
    Friday and Saturday October 25 and 26 1968.
    The Moody Blues, John Mayall, Rhinoceros.

    Wed. Feb.11 1970 Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Love (2 shows and jam with Mick Fleetwood)
    Friday and Saturday 2/13 and 2/14 1970 Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Love.

    Thursday Friday and Saturday March 19, 20, 21 1970:
    Moody Blues, Lee Michaels, Argent (two shows on Friday and Saturday).

    Friday and Saturday December 4 and December 5 1970:
    Kinks, Love with Arthur Lee, Quartermass.
    @jim hitchcock

  16. andriy
    April 18th, 2015 at 17:54 | #16

    johno did you go to any of them great concerts?@johno

  17. rich l
    April 18th, 2015 at 19:31 | #17

    The first album I bought was “To Our Childrens, Childrens, Children.” I bought it because I liked the album cover.

    I think my favorite Hot Tuna cover is Quah. How can you look at that cover and not say, “Hmmm, I wonder what’s in this album.” I liked the Burgers cover also – never get tired of looking at that old car and the assortment of characters around it.

    Never heard of the group LOVE – might have to you tube.

  18. johno
    April 19th, 2015 at 14:31 | #18

    @rich l
    If you go to ‘Forever Changes Glastonbury’ you’ll find them playing the entire album from Glastonbury UK – they are not around anymore.

  19. Hamneggs
    April 19th, 2015 at 16:51 | #19

    Just a short side trip
    Larry Cambell and David Bromberg did a great set last night in Tarrytown NY that included Police Dog Blues and a visit from opening act Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
    Good times
    Love All Ways

  20. Andriy
    April 20th, 2015 at 14:44 | #20

    Today is hot tuna Monday: hesitation Blues, mann’s fate, death don’t have no mercy, the best “know you rider”, watch the north wind rise, and that’s not all! I Love America! We love Jorma and hot tuna!