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Six Days On The River Of Time

A beautiful Fall Day at the Ranch

A beautiful Fall Day at the Ranch

Last Wednesday as Myron and I were getting our gear together for the West Coast trip, we paused to get some delicious Pho at the Beatrice Love Kitchen here at the Ranch.

Right here in Meigs County

Right here in Meigs County

This is what I’m talking about… every ingredient local… our Chef… peerless!

Members of the Clean Plate Club

Members of the Clean Plate Club

Then we loaded up and headed to the Airport in Columbus en route to San Francisco.

In S.F., I was hungry again. A man’s gotta eat, right? so after checking into the Kabuki Hotel I wandered up Buchanan St. to Pai and Ray’s amazing Thai Restaurant, Jitlada. If you like Thai food… this is an absolutely must place when in San Francisco.

Jitlada...

Jitlada...

It’s always dinner with friends at Jitlada.

Then on Friday… down to Santa Cruz for a gig at the Rio Theater.

A great little venue

A great little venue

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 25, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
The Rio Theater
Santa Cruz, California
September 30, 2016

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Heart Temporary
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. Sleep Song
7. Sea Child
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. Come Back Baby
11. Candy Man
12. Things That Might Have Been
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
14. Good Shepherd
15. How Long Blues
16. That’ll Never Happen No More
17. I Know You Rider
18. Encore: Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Behind the curtain at the Rio

Behind the curtain at the Rio

Before we knew it… we were driving over to Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. It was such and honor to be included in this great festival again, and it occurred to us, that probably no one on that amazing bill had played Golden Gate Park longer than Jack and myself!

Tuna's dressing tent

Tuna's dressing tent

IN S.F., the weather can go a lot of different directions. The Saturday we were there could not have been more perfect.

Da Boyz

Da Boyz

Any time it’s warm in S.F. I consider it to be unseasonably warm… and it was thus!

An honor to be here!

An honor to be here!

Come on people, smile on your brother...

Come on people, smile on your brother...

Always good to have toys..

Always good to have toys..

We ran into lots of friends that day!

My very old pal, Bill Kirchen

My very old pal, Bill Kirchen

Always great to see Bill Kirchen. A great guitar player, and a noble soul!

I also got to say ‘Hey” to Jimmy Dale Gilmore, who played a great set with the Flatlanders! He’ll be at the Fur Peace Ranch next year.

Hot Tuna 26, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
The Arrow Stage
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California
Saturday, October 1, 2016

1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Good Shepherd
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. Come Back Baby
8. Hit Single #1

Jorma and Jimmy Dale Gilmore

Jorma and Jimmy Dale Gilmore

What a fabulous day in the park. On Sunday, Jack and I played the Great American Music Hall… yet one more time.

Hot Tuna 27, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
The Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, California
Sunday, October 2, 2016
First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Sea Child
7. Sleep Song
8. Candy Man
9. I See The Light
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
4. In My Dreams
5. River Of Time
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Living In The Moment
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Good Shepherd
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

A grand night indeed…

Sunday, before the show, Jack and I met with a very old friend. In 1964, as an almost penniless student, my first wife Margareta and myself found ourselves in San Francisco looking for some food. On Polk street we wandered into a restaurant called the Mandarin run by a wonderful woman named Cecilia Chiang. She welcomed us as if we were old friends… and indeed, over the years we did become old friends. You need to click this link and read her story.

Over the years as the 60’s thing evolved, we remained fast friends… As her business grew she continued to welcome us long hair freaks into her establishment in a time when this was not done. She gave us respect when the ‘respectable’ society of the time did not.

At 97 years old she is one of the most amazing human beings I have ever met.

Jack, Madame Chiang and myself

Jack, Madame Chiang and myself

I love this great woman… it is such an honor to count her as a friend over all these years!

Well… that’s it for now. I’m in New York today and tomorrow I will be guesting with the amazing Tedeschi/Trucks Band.

My life is a surplus of honors.

  1. carey georgas
    October 4th, 2016 at 13:02 | #1

    Man, I’ll tell you, this place is worth stopping by just for the restaurant tips, if nothing else. We have very similar palates, it seems.
    While on Maui last week, my wife and I went one day and drove the Hana Highway from Paia to Hana, the snakiest road I’ve traveled and most beautiful. Just before Hana is Wai’anapanapa state park and its black sand beach. Had to stop in there, never seen black sand. I walked the trail to the beach, and on the way back there was a little promontory I missed on the way in. As I looked out, about 50 yds. offshore was this big assed rock that had a rabbit for a head. It was bigger than a two story house, and the ears and face were pointed out to sea. Even more surrealistically, it had this green vine growing all over the body that, to an expanded imagination, could be a tortoise shell, or a green kaftan draping the rabbit. A young man, not over 25 with shoulder length hair and odd piercings in his ears was coming down the trail. He saw the rock about the same time I did, and stopped. He backed up, almost stepping on me, and I said over his shoulder “That looks like an animal.” He said, “You saw what I saw.” We each took our pictures, and as I started back up the trail I looked back at him and said, “Go ask Alice.” A half-beat, and the recognition of what I said spread over his face with a grin and a glint in his eye. He chuckled and said “yeah”. I continued on back up the trail with a satisfying reassurance that the kids are alright.

  2. carey georgas
    October 4th, 2016 at 13:30 | #2

    If I may add one more note, on the plane from Honolulu to Kuhului, I was perusing the Hawaiian Air magazine, Hana Hou. The name Kaukonen jumped off one page at me. I backed up and read. There was an article about Doug Allsop and his Storyteller series. He had a couple of acts lined up, can’t remember who right now. But, the article told the story of how the series started with Hot Tuna’s last stop in Japan in 2014. How cool that must have been. Hot Tuna is always there, just have to look…

  3. Joey Hudoklin
    October 4th, 2016 at 13:33 | #3

    Thank for coming to Santa Cruz Jorma. It was a treat to be able to ride my bike to & fro for Hot Tuna.
    Living here now, I cannot see you as often as when living in NY. So, making the trip to SF for the festival was essential. Both shows were fabulous.
    I must thank you for taking a few minutes to chat after the Rio set. You listened to my stories, as I was a bit excited and couldn’t stop talking. Your inspiration runs so deep for me, from the early days in the mid 70’s, to choreographing Frisbee Freestyle routines to your music, to watching you & Jack change your lives so dramatically, resurging as you have, and wondering how I could get to that place too. Knowing that as Jack & Jorma are better than, and deserve better than that, so do I.
    Well, I’m now living a life beyond my wildest dreams.
    I got the feeling after speaking with you, and getting your re-assurance that none of this is possible without recovery, that your kinda like (I hope this is not offensive in any way) my second Dad. What can I say? I look to you.
    You’ve helped make my life rich, & good.
    Thank you
    Safe travels
    Peace

  4. johno
    October 4th, 2016 at 14:50 | #4

    Yup – Hot Tuna has legions of fans in Japan. One of my favorite albums is ” Live In Japan” – an excellent live recording of the boys in The Land Of The Rising Sun I recommend buying it. Excellent.
    @carey georgas

  5. Ruby Russo
    October 4th, 2016 at 19:43 | #5

    Oh yes, Hot Tuna “Live in Japan” on of my favorite records ever. Plus that introduction by The Byrd is just great!

  6. johno
    October 4th, 2016 at 21:16 | #6

    He was a trip. Who can forget the bird – to some the bird – to others Harvey – Harvey Colman to others – to some Harvey from Brooklyn – to others a friend – will always be remembered in Hot Tuna lore. RIP Harvey.

  7. John McGough
    October 4th, 2016 at 21:35 | #7

    A surplus of honors. Jorma you are one of the most beautiful writers I have ever read. Live long my friend!

  8. Ray Gallo
    October 6th, 2016 at 04:17 | #8

    Thanks, Jorma. Its always our pleasure to have you. Thanks for the kind words also. You da Man!
    BTW, The show at Great American was great.

  9. HOGAN
    October 10th, 2016 at 19:34 | #9

    Hey Jorma,

    Watched the live feed from SF, you guys were great….
    Looking forward to the up coming shows.

    Hogan
    :-)