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Santa Fe, To Rifle, To Arvada, To Grand Targhee



On the way to Rifle, CO., we stopped at Poncha Springs for some Thai food… delicious… go figure.

Then in Rifle, a trip to the Shooters Cafe for organic steel cut oatmeal.

Good times in Rifle

Good times in Rifle

The pawnshop next to the cafe...

The pawnshop next to the cafe...

Foto by Phil Jacob

Be advised

Be advised

What a lovely little theater...

What a lovely little theater...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 11, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady &
Justin Guip
The Ute Theater
Rifle, Colorado
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Can’t Get Satisfied
6. Sea Child
7. Sleep Song
8. Candy Man
9. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. I Am The Light Of This World
3. How Long Blues
4. Watch The North Wind Rise
5. Rock Me Baby
6. Baby What You Want Me To Do?
7. Good Shepherd
8. Come Back Baby
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Funky #7
12. Encore: Hit Single #1

Then it was time to head for Arvada.

Arvada before the sold out crowd arrived

Arvada before the sold out crowd arrived

Michelle Malone was on this show with us and she is awesome. Check her out if you get a chance!

Great show... great picker!

Great show... great picker!

Here’s our stuff…

Hot Tuna 12, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady &
Justin Guip
Arvada Center
Arvada, Colorado
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. I See The Light
6. Sea Child
7. Sleep Song
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Rock Me Baby
10. Candy Man
11. 99 Year Blues
12. Watch The North Wind Rise
13. Water Song
14. Funky # 7
15. Hit Single #1

An early call this morning. We had an almost 600 mile drive to Grand Targhee, Wyoming.

But first, breakfast...

But first, breakfast...

Foto by Myron Hart

Yes, that’s a kale oriented juice in my hand…

Then lunch in Rock Springs…

This is a good one...

This is a good one...

Back side of the Tetons

Back side of the Tetons

Not a bad little view...

Not a bad little view...

Then we arrived at the lodge in Alta…

Where's that restaurant?

Where's that restaurant?

Many elk contributed to this chandelier...

Many elk contributed to this chandelier...

And now it’s finally time to rest… big show here tomorrow at Grand Targhee.

More will be revealed…

  1. Joey Hudoklin
    July 15th, 2016 at 01:30 | #1

    Awesome set lists. It would be great to hear these at some point.
    Those food joints look very intriguing.

  2. johno
    July 15th, 2016 at 11:03 | #2

    Ain’t In No Hurry is such a great cd – I’m playing it a lot. Great to see you adding it to your electric sets – brilliant. Your sets are so special with Sleep Song, Sea Child, Watch the North Wind Rise. Have a good time in Colorado/Wyoming. Looks like you guys are having fun!

  3. Dan
    July 15th, 2016 at 11:40 | #3

    I think your next book should be your culinary guide through america, yummy times ahead

  4. marcus
    July 15th, 2016 at 12:09 | #4

    Great pictures,heading through my old stopping grounds co nice,love the picture of you with the smoothie and jack with the menu,btw that smoothie looks darn tasty,blessing jorma : )

  5. July 15th, 2016 at 12:53 | #5

    Jorma , Great show in Madrid NM . Thanks for taking the time to take a selfie with me .

  6. Alan R.
    July 15th, 2016 at 14:40 | #6

    Thank you so much for the amazing two set show in Rifle! Filled with such delights as Sea Child, Good Shepherd and Water Song. It’s such a pleasure to see Jorma getting all of the leads in all of the songs rather than trading off with another soloist. The boys just keep on truckin’!

  7. Matt
    July 15th, 2016 at 15:20 | #7

    Nice. Now we’re talking. Yeehaw!

  8. Tom Evans
    July 15th, 2016 at 19:04 | #8

    A great evening of music here in Rifle! Thanks for playing Sleep Song, I was front row, got a good look and listen,….huh, I think I’m playing it right, who knew? Thanks for a great evening, I hope you had fun and hurry back to The Ute Theater!

  9. Joe in DC
    July 16th, 2016 at 13:17 | #9

    Jorma and HFT – looks like some good sets…wish I had the opportunity to hear it!!!

    Rock Springs, Wyo….that’s what caught my attention here. Not too many folks familiar with that town in Sweetwater County, Wyo…

    During the early 1970’s I spent a couple of years there…working on those Wyoming oil rigs. When I got their in 1973 it was a full fledged western boom town attributable to the oil boom at that time. Down on “K Street” was where all the action was; the good and the not so good. There was actually a documentary made of this boom town phenomena at that time I think by 60 minutes…Was that Mex restaurant downtown?

    No place to rent for any amount of dollars when we arrived. Everyone just ended up in tent camps west of Rock Springs off I80. Just like the old west !!!! It’s funny cause we used to drink Cowboy Koolaid (Coors beer)and go floating down the Green River (just west of Rock Springs) listening to 8 track tapes of you guessed it; Hot Tuna… Yes there is a tie in to Hot Tuna in this post. My memory recalls there were not too many Hot Tuna fans out there then, but being being from NYC tried to change that……………

  10. jim hitchcock
    July 16th, 2016 at 20:10 | #10

    Bird stories, last place you thought you’d ever see them:

    I was camping in the Sierra with a cousin, fanny parked in a cool camp lounge chair in the shade, tossing pistachio shells into the campfire pit, when a Mountain Jay flies down and start grabbing the shells. So I started shelling them and tossing the nuts instead.

    Bird would fly down, pick up a couple, and fly off to stash them. The I started tossing the whole nuts down, and the jay would collect them and fly off to a different stash every time. At the end I was tossing them right at my feet, where the fearless fucker would fly down and collect them.

    After about 10 minutes of this, Seamus the Wonder Parrot jumped off the tree branch (he didn’t know how to fly), came running up, gave me this ‘wtf’ look, and started grabbing his share. Funny moment.


    º¿carol on July 15, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Are you pulling my leg? Seamus was camping with you, and loose in a tree?


    jimhitchcock on July 15, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Seamus always went camping with me, and I would often park him on a tree branch

    He had the tendency to climb higher if possible. One time two jays flew to a tree adjacent to him and started squawking over territorial invasion, and Seamus didn’t budge. Then they flew over to his tree, and really started giving him shit. He ran, ran down, that tree and jumped on me.

  11. Matt
    July 16th, 2016 at 21:51 | #11

    Looks like a nice set list from Rifle. A big two set rocker!

  12. carlo pagliano
    July 17th, 2016 at 12:01 | #12

    Hi Jim, i remember You & Seamus roc king on that pass over Jorma’s Diary, indelible, gave me so much joy your line, thank you Jim.
    Thank You Jorma for unveiling your way the inner spirit of America, it’s the triumph of a very lively telling one can see, hear, smell, taste, dance and rock in real time as it happens. Wow what a Life!

  13. jim hitchcock
    July 17th, 2016 at 12:51 | #13

    @carlo pagliano Wow, awesome you remember that, thanks Carlo!

  14. Mark K
    July 18th, 2016 at 15:51 | #14

    Rifle?-Need I say it

  15. Ham n Eggs
    July 19th, 2016 at 10:26 | #15

    Shamelessly shilling
    I just took a sip of piping hot coffee,nearly burning my mouth because my beautiful FPR thermos kept it hot several hours later. I was taken off guard by how good it was holding the heat.
    Love All Ways

  16. rich l
    July 19th, 2016 at 15:57 | #16

    my favorite bird moment….

    It was that frigid winter two years ago. I went up to fill our bird feeder when I noticed a whole bunch of birds sitting on the feeder and the fence right next to it. It was Twi-light and about 15 below zero.

    as I got about 20 feet from the feeder, almost all the birds scattered to nearby bushes- but not too far away! One lone cardinal stayed on the feeder until I was about three feet away. It finally perched on the fence about 7 feet away. This is really weird, but it seemed like we bonded in some deep spiritual moment somehow that evening. (I realize the bird was probably just hungry though!) How do those fine feathered friends survive in those temps?

    “Whenever I am troubled, whenever clouds arise
    When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
    I draw closer to Him, from cares he sets me free,
    His eye is on the sparrow, I know He watches me. ” – Civilla D. Martin
    @jim hitchcock

  17. hogan
    July 19th, 2016 at 16:05 | #17

    Hey Jorma,

    Great pictures and an awesome set list. “Rock Me Baby” then “Baby What You Want Me To Do”..
    Sweet….My best friend and I were just discussing that song the other day. Hoping to hear it on the East Coast Tour..
    Take Care and hope your getting some riding in.


  18. Zootman
    July 19th, 2016 at 18:03 | #18

    The show at the Ute Theatre was some of the finest guitar work I have seen from HT. Thanks so much for the excellent music and great fun. Years ago (mid 1985 I believe), my older sis dragged me to a HT show at the Roxy in DC. You guys left an impression that I cannot forget. Unfortunately my sis is gone but every HT show I see keeps her memory alive! Thanks for rockin’ out. HT is always good but LOUD HT is the sweetest. Thanks Jorma. Thanks Jack!

  19. Sweetbac
    July 20th, 2016 at 11:28 | #19

    Well, lookee here..”Baby what ya want me to Do” back in rotation?….
    Hmmm….could the return of “Half/Time Saturation>Surphase Tension” be far behind?….the plot thickens, indeed!

  20. carey georgas
    July 27th, 2016 at 13:46 | #20

    I drove up from southeast Texas just to see Hot Tuna, and I’d do it again. Thanks so much for letting us share in your joy. It is kinda funny, to think that when I saw Lightnin’ Hopkins at a little bar in Austin back in the day, damn he was old…but not as old as we all are today. To see you fellows rockin’ the house and to hear the musical intensity that such a deep familiarity breeds was like getting a couple of pints of young man’s blood in me. Oh, and I wouldn’t have to drive to Colorado if you guys could swing a little further south next time you head west.

  21. carey georgas
    July 27th, 2016 at 16:12 | #21

    …but, if you were to say you couldn’t do Texas for ethical reasons, I’d understand.

  22. July 27th, 2016 at 22:20 | #22

    I find that curious… why would I not want to play in Texas? What in Heaven’s name would my ethics have to do with Texas?

  23. carey georgas
    July 28th, 2016 at 11:56 | #23

    Texas gave the country the man who began an endless war against an invisible enemy. Our legislature passed the most draconian voter id law in the country, we dismiss the poor and vilify the immigrant. The supreme court overturns law after law our legislature wastes time and energy to pass. A guy named Tom Delay overturned the redistricting process, then got his ass run off. Hell, our morals as reflected in our elected officials challenge my ethics, and any pride I once held as being a native Texan has dwindled to a perilously faint ember. I know politics sucks all across our land, in general, but the xenophobia and fear exhibited by the nation has been fed and flamed by its “reddest state”. We don’t seem as friendly as we used to, but maybe that’s just the old fart coming out in me. My comment was intended to be facetious , but my reasoning was quite serious. I’d love to see ya’ll down here. Onward, through the fog!

  24. July 28th, 2016 at 13:33 | #24

    ‘Suppose I were a politician… and an idiot? But I repeat myself.’

    Mark Twain

    Can’t blame a state for it’s politicians… we will try to get down there more.



  25. carey georgas
    July 28th, 2016 at 13:47 | #25

    Thank you, sir. It is an honor to be recognized, and my suspicions as to just how real ya’ll are have been refreshingly confirmed.@Jorma

  26. Jacksonite
    July 31st, 2016 at 13:27 | #26

    I was at Targhee Fest and I can’t remember when I last had more fun. I’d never seen the electric set before and it was just incredible! Jack was in fine form, all the jumping around at altitude, Ha! I was impressed! Bow Legged Woman blew my mind..

    I noticed several professional looking filmers there and I’m wondering if there is a film project going on, or video to be released of the show. I’d surely like to see it if so. Can’t wait till you come back to the area. Thanks for the great music and good times!

  27. August 1st, 2016 at 15:38 | #27

    Yeah… we sure had a great time too. This film guy is doing a documentary on Larry Campbell and we weaseled our way in. When I know more, I’ll let you all know!

  28. Jacksonite
    August 1st, 2016 at 20:47 | #28

    Fantastic! Larry is such a multi-talented musician, should be interesting. I’ll be looking forward to any news. Thanks!

  29. carey georgas
    August 4th, 2016 at 12:36 | #29

    yeah, that sounds pretty cool. I made a few shows at the Barn in Woodstock and one in Little Rock before Levon’s passing. I sat next to Larry’s mom at a new year’s eve show and I’ll never forget the look of pride on that woman’s face as her son’s talent lit the room, and all the people were so happy and having such a good time. She was a real sweet lady. I’ll be keepin’ an eye peeled for the doc.