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From Dear Jerry Onward!

So I was blessed and honored to be asked to be a part of the Dear Jerry celebration at Merriweather Post in Columbia, Maryland. Myron and I got in late-ish on Tuesday for the rehearsal on Wednesday and the gig on Thursday.

The view from the hotel Tuesday night... yep Camden Yards.

The view from the hotel Tuesday night... yep Camden Yards.

The first person I saw was my old buddy Sam Bush. What a treat! Then the hits just kept on coming.

Jorma & Buddy

Jorma & Buddy

Buddy Miller! Cool beans. I’ve been a fan of his for years. To get to play with him was the cat’s meow… and that wasn’t all.

There was Don Was on bass… Audley Freed on guitars… Matt Rollings on keys, coolness… Raymond Weber on drums… and the McCrary sisters with soulful back up singing! Talk about a house band! And last but not least, Russ Pawl on pedal steel.! Yeah buddy!!!

Now some more pictures:

Matt Rollings, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Don Was and Sam Bush

Matt Rollings, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Don Was and Sam Bush

The boys play Shady Grove…

Barry, Dawg & Sam

Barry, Dawg & Sam

Triumvirate!

Russ Pahl at work...

Russ Pahl at work...

Peter Frampton, Sam Bush and Jorma

Peter Frampton, Sam Bush and Jorma

Getting my do done...

Getting my do done...

Jimmy Cliff Sings... beautifully!

Jimmy Cliff Sings... beautifully!

Jorma & Jimmy

Jorma & Jimmy

Almost 20,000 people!  Wow!

Almost 20,000 people! Wow!

Then it was my turn to hold forth on Sugaree!

Jumping into Sugaree...

Jumping into Sugaree...

Barry Mitterhoff joins the fray...

Barry Mitterhoff joins the fray...

Great to have Barry Mitterhoff on board for this classic tune!

I take a selfie with Grace Potter!

I take a selfie with Grace Potter!

The rehearsal for the encore... Ripple

The rehearsal for the encore... Ripple

Performance shot...

Performance shot...

What a great time I had.

Caroline Garcia and I

Caroline Garcia and I

In the video interview, they asked me, ‘If you could say something to Jerry right now… what would it be?’ ‘That’s easy,’ I said. ‘I bet you wish you were here. I know we do!’

And then it was time to head up to New England for a gig at the Bull Run.

Noble sentiments!

Noble sentiments!

A quiet tarn...

A quiet tarn...

Here is my set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 31, 2015
Jorma Solo At
The Bull Run Concert Series
Shirley, Massachusetts
Friday, May 15, 2015

1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. The Other Side Of The Mountain
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Hesitation Blues
6. I See The Light
7. Barbeque King
8. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. In My Dreams
11. Come Back Baby
12. Good Shepherd
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. I Am The Light Of This World
16. I Know You Rider
17. How Long Blues

Bull Run... in Mass.

Bull Run... in Mass.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was off to Beacon, New York and The Town Crier.

The Town Crier

The Town Crier

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Big Dog...

The Big Dog...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 32, 2015
Jorma Solo At
The Town Crier
Beacon, New York

First Set:
1. Don’t You Leave Me Here
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. The Other Side Of The Mountain
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
5. I See The Light
6. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
7. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
8. Come Back Baby
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Hesitation Blues
11. How Long Blues
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Second Chances
4. Candy Man
5. Barbeque King
6. In My Dreams
7. Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me
8. Re-Enlistment Bleus
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Behind the Martin M-30

Behind the Martin M-30

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Yep… a grand three day run.

By the sign of the Crier

By the sign of the Crier

Foto by Kelly Worth

Well… that’s about it for now. Myron and I beat feet for home and made 600 miles in ten hours… not bad. A great little run… but great to be home!

  1. Art
    May 18th, 2015 at 00:02 | #1

    Watched Jorma’s performance on the WaPo website (see link below). And yeah! Jorma done Jerry proud – playing Sugaree as only Mr. K. could play it – bringing it to a whole new place that only a really authentic and personal interpretation like that can. Nice!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2015/05/15/gratefully-yours-at-dear-jerry-an-all-star-lineup-honored-grateful-dead-icon-garcia/

  2. andriy
    May 18th, 2015 at 00:23 | #2

    This blog posting is very interesting and the photos are great.
    “The quiet tarn” photo is beautiful. A “tarn” is a small mountain lake.
    It’s a new vocabulary word for me. Thanks Jorma !

  3. Hamneggs
    May 18th, 2015 at 08:59 | #3

    The Crier Show was wonderful.
    Thank you
    Peace
    Love All Ways

  4. Ben
    May 18th, 2015 at 09:14 | #4

    Great pix, Jorma. I especially like the one with the 3 mandolin aces, as well as you with M.G.

  5. May 18th, 2015 at 10:32 | #5

    caught the Sugaree performance as well. I had to listen to it more than once, great interpretation of that tune, one of those Jorma goose bump moments again!

  6. jim hitchcock
    May 18th, 2015 at 16:44 | #6

    I’ve always wondered a bit about this amazing blog Jorma has gifted us with. My guess is that it fulfills him much the same as his music does. How lucky are we for that?

  7. Tim from Philly
    May 18th, 2015 at 19:25 | #7

    I was at the Merriwether show, what fun. Jorma KILLED Sugaree, what a wonderful version of a true classic. Question for Jorma, have you done Sugaree solo before? Seen Tuna do it w Larry and Teresa but not like Thursday night. What a treat! Would love to see it again. Maybe Electric Tuna at FPR in August? Just sayin… Rock on Cap’n.

  8. Paul
    May 18th, 2015 at 20:19 | #8

    29,000+ fans. Wow! That must have been electric.

  9. richu
    May 18th, 2015 at 20:38 | #9

    how is it at you’re age,20 plus years my senior you always have the most beautiful girls in tow? enjoy your spring.richu

  10. jim hitchcock
    May 19th, 2015 at 09:27 | #10

    ‘Open up your eyes and give your nose a shine.’

    /courtesy Pure Prairie League

  11. HOGAN
    May 19th, 2015 at 13:56 | #11

    Hey Jorma,

    The Dear Jerry show sounded wonderful, all that talent under one roof..You did an excellent version of Sugaree, he would have been proud. It looks like your make up artist has some awesome ink too. Great show at the Crier, loved the stories and the poem was beautiful.
    Safe travels and enjoy the time at home.
    Hogan
    :)

  12. May 19th, 2015 at 18:33 | #12

    a little off topic, but I just talked my wife into going to the big Island end of June. and I said look honey.. what a coincidence Hot Tuna is playing two shows the exact week we’re gonna be there. How lucky am I.

  13. Andy K
    May 20th, 2015 at 07:54 | #13

    @Art
    Thank you for posting!