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The Road May Not Go On Forever… But It Goes On…

December 4th, 2016 Jorma Leave a comment Go to comments
Bigger than life...

Bigger than life...

Some wintry mix falling and outside the window of the bus we see the Tootsie Roll eighteen wheeler. I’m not much of a candy eater but Trick Or Treating always brings out the Tootsie Roll in me.

The facade of the Orpheum

The facade of the Orpheum

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I had been looking forward to this gig with Susan and Derek for some time and as always, it was a treat!

Good times

Good times

Foto by Phil Jacobs

What a beautiful theater the Orpheum is!

Gotta love a ceiling like this!

Gotta love a ceiling like this!

Jorma Kaukonen 32, 2016
Jorma Solo
Opening For Tedeschi/Trucks
The Orpheum Theater
Boston, Mass.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

1. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
2. Come back Baby
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Watch The North Wind Rise
5. Sea Child
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. How Long Blues
9. River Of Time
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Good Shepherd
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Water Song

Like a night at the opera

Like a night at the opera

Susan had a beautiful new Alessandro Amp!

Amp bling!

Amp bling!

Then I got to strap on the Bird and play Keys To The Highway with Susan, Derek an the gang!

How good does it have to get?

How good does it have to get?

Foto by Joe FitzPatrick

What a joy and an honor to hang with folks where everyone is a superstar!

Then from Boston to Woodstock, N.Y. and a Midnight Ramble at Levon’s place.

May his memory be a blessing!

May his memory be a blessing!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I haven’t been to Lee’s place since he passed. I worked on two projects there, River Of Time and Steady As She Goes. Lee played on two songs for me on River and he and Muddy and I just hung out during Tuna’s Steady As She Goes.

Lee and his bud Muddy

Lee and his bud Muddy

Time flies… really flies. It seems like Levon Helm should still be here but he’s been gone for almost half a decade… and that’s just the way it is. I missed him at his Woodstock manse, but I could feel him looking over my shoulder.

Jorma Kaukonen 33, 2016
Jorma Solo
Midnight Ramble
Levon Helm’s Barn
Woodstock, New York
Friday, December 2, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. How Long Blues
6. Sleep Song
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Living In The Moment
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Barbeque King
11. Candy Man
12. Whining Boy Blues
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Come Back Baby
6. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
7. The Terrible Operation
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. River Of Time
10. Sea Child
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: Genesis

Me on stage and Levon... somewhere in the rafters!

Me on stage and Levon... somewhere in the rafters!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then we breezed up to Cazenovia where I played for the first time at the Catherine Cummings Theater.

This is one great room!

This is one great room!

Jorma Kaukonen 34, 2016
Jorma Solo
Catherine Cummings Theater
Cazenovia, New York
Saturday, December 3, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Too Many Years
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Come Back Baby
6. Sleep Song
7. Flying clouds
8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
9. Candy Man
10. In My Dreams
11. Nobody Knows You When Your Down & Out
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Barbeque King
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Sleep Song
7. In The Kingdom
8. Good Shepherd
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Bar Room Crystal ball
11. Water Song
12. In My Dreams
13. I Know You Rider
14. Embryonic Journey

Then today a quick drive to Rochester where tomorrow I will be at the Wolk Community Jewish Center.

I’m not slowing down yet… that’s for sure! It’s dark and winter up here in Upstate New York. There’s something peace about the early darkness in the northern latitudes. Time for a nice night’s sleep.

Bon nuit…

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  1. Hamneggs
    December 4th, 2016 at 19:52 | #1

    Tootsie Roll , Tootsie Roll sitting on a fence
    Got me my Tootsie and I’ve been happy ever since.
    Keep on trucking safely.
    Peace
    Love All Ways

  2. Kevin
    December 4th, 2016 at 21:12 | #2

    Jorma/Hot Tuna and the TTB perfect together. I wish you were joining them for their annual Sunshine Music Fest here in St. Pete in Jan. as you, Jack and Barry did a few years back. Ah, there’s always next year. But, please, come see us sooner than that.

    http://liveforlivemusic.com/news/tedeschi-trucks-band-jams-jorma-kaukonen-key-highway-watch/

  3. Chris Rollins
    December 5th, 2016 at 00:18 | #3

    Hey- caught the Stowe Tuna show followed by Jorma at LHS ( followed by my grandson Owain’s 1st birthday party on L.I. ), reflecting upon how I’ve been doing this for 40 goddamn years now! Of course, a couple hundred Grateful Dead shows in 23 years occupied much of my attention…anyhow, a long way from ,say, the Commack Arena to Levon’s barn! BTW, I admire how nicely them expensive CF Martin guitars stay in tune- I guess you get what you pay for!

  4. carey georgas
    December 5th, 2016 at 13:55 | #4

    You, sir, are an inspiration. You beautifully sum up the power of doing what you love with the simple statement “I’m not slowing down yet…!” Focus on what you love and be grateful for what you have – you are a living example of what a life that philosophy will produce. Thank you for providing a shining example
    (and it matters not whether it’s done wittingly or unwittingly). You don’t owe it, you just show it. Onward!

  5. johno
    December 5th, 2016 at 14:17 | #5

    Looks like you played all night at the Barn. Can’t wait for Friday – Jorma comes to Riverhead, Long Island. I’m so excited – twice in a month I get to see the Captain. That alone is amazing. This acoustic show is a early Christmas present along with a Hot Tuna Alumni T shirt from my wife. Perfect!

  6. rich l
    December 5th, 2016 at 14:47 | #6

    must be the season…

    I woke up this morning and for whatever reason, thought about the song “Santa Claus Retreat.” Ok tunaheads, without looking, what album is that song from. You are on your scouts honor. I’ll give you a hint – it is not Quah.

    The song has been off my radar for a few decades now – love Jorma’s voice on the song. Might be a good one to add to the holiday repertoire.

  7. Don Gehre
    December 5th, 2016 at 15:26 | #7

    28 songs at the Ramble! How the heck do you do it? You need to put it in a bottle and sell it.
    Keep on keeping on Cap!

  8. Joe from VA
    December 5th, 2016 at 21:38 | #8

    Geez, that was an easy one–Hoppkorv of course. 1976.

  9. Barbara Jacobs
    December 5th, 2016 at 21:53 | #9

    Friends at the Barn told me about Jorma’s great show there.
    Levon is always right there, up in the rafters, over our shoulder.

  10. Sweetbac Jr.
    December 5th, 2016 at 23:52 | #10

    “Santa Clause Retreat”…..Hoppkorv, of course….Hoppkorv being some sorta Swedish sausage… a great Tuna record….a couple too many covers, but the end of the “Rampage Years” trio with Casady and the Man O’ Steel on the tubs. now THOSE…..those was the days.

  11. eaglesteve
    December 6th, 2016 at 09:22 | #11

    Happy # 28 to Nessa and The Captain, and best wishes for many more.

  12. tom
    December 6th, 2016 at 11:53 | #12

    Broke out my Jorma Christmas disc this week while hanging lights. Great record!!!Tis the season!!!

  13. Jim Bacon
    December 6th, 2016 at 13:48 | #13

    Yay Jorma! Keep on Truckin’…

  14. Gary
    December 6th, 2016 at 16:12 | #14

    Hey Jorma, I was at the Orpheum show. Going on 43 years for me seeing/listening to you play music, the soundtrack of my life. Once again, you did not disappoint. Your acoustic set was fantastic (any set that includes Sea Child is by definition fantastic for me), only wish you had more time. What a great double bill. My long time buddy, also a long time HT fan, and I have seen more Orpheum shows than we can count. We were simultaneously thinking to ourselves that in all the years and shows, that must have been the first time we saw you at the Orpheum. Grateful we all have made it down the road far enough to have that experience. Onward!

  15. Ruby Russo
    December 7th, 2016 at 10:32 | #15

    Oh yeah “santa Claus retreat” a great toe tappin tune for sure. I love the jorma Christmas record. Happy hot tuna!!

  16. johno
    December 7th, 2016 at 12:29 | #16

    @Ruby Russo
    I think your friend and mine – Harvey Colman – is still coming to the Tuna shows. At the Beacon last month I heard the Harvey scream. He’s still with us in spirit.

  17. Ruby Russo
    December 7th, 2016 at 13:31 | #17

    @johno
    WOW!!! I feel him too! I loved it when he would just let it rip.

  18. HOGAN
    December 7th, 2016 at 20:24 | #18

    :-)