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Thanks To Dark Star And A Rehearsal At The Station

Thornville from the air

Thornville from the air

Drone Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Like I said, we love hanging with the Dark Star folks and their friends! The vibe at the Jubilee can’t be beat.

Main stage... calm before the storm

Main stage... calm before the storm

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

There was supposed to be thunderstorms, but while Tuna was there the weather was beyond awesome. Not to hot and not too cold.

Rob Barraco, Jack Casady, Jeff Mattson & Jorma Kaukonen

Rob Barraco, Jack Casady, Jeff Mattson & Jorma Kaukonen

It’s always a good time with these folks. Here’s our electric set:

Hot Tuna 20, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Dark Star Jubilee
Thorneville, Ohio
Sunday, May 28, 2017

1. Candy Man
2. I See The Light
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Trial By Fire
6. In The Kingdom
7. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Rock Me Baby
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Funky #7

The three of us got it done with style!

Can't beat a day like this!

Can't beat a day like this!

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then is was back to Meigs County where the boys and I planned on rehearsing for a couple of days in preparation for our tour with Tedeschi/Trucks this summer.

Jack heads up to the Fur Peace Station

Jack heads up to the Fur Peace Station

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Justin Guip, Jack Casady and myself set up in the most comfortable of situations, the stage of my very own Fur Peace Station.

With the able assistance of our pal Myron Hart, we got to work on some new additions for the summer sets.

Myron examines the neck of the Firebird... the Les Paul rests

Myron examines the neck of the Firebird... the Les Paul rests

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The three of us had a blast playing in this most friendly of environments… and we got some good Fur Peace Ranch cooking too!

The rhythm section working together

The rhythm section working together

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Myron and Justin bordered by cymbals

Myron and Justin bordered by cymbals

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Two great days of playing bordered by a great dinner at Salaam in Athens last night!

Today is a pho day at the Beatrice Love Kitchen and Jack Casady and I will be playing for the lunch crowd.

Yummy… and onward!

  1. carey georgas
    May 31st, 2017 at 10:09 | #1

    If anyone on this terrestrial plane can part the clouds and make the blue sky shimmer, it’s Tuna.

  2. Barbara Jacobs
    May 31st, 2017 at 14:28 | #2

    Tell it, Carey, tell it!
    Jorma is soothing many souls — just by being here for us.@carey georgas

  3. johno
    May 31st, 2017 at 14:38 | #3

    Gregg Allman, who is now on the celestial plane – RIP.

  4. Barbara Jacobs
    May 31st, 2017 at 15:26 | #4

    Better late — than never.

  5. mikie
    June 1st, 2017 at 19:29 | #5

    Legend Valley sure has changed since we used to go there back in the day. The iconic, huge oak tree next to the stage – alas- no more. Seeing Charlie Daniels’ painted cowboy sunset trailer parked next to it will live a long time in memories. As will the Dead shows there, with thousands packed in. Thanks for the bird’s eye view, glad the weather held for you all. m

  6. Tim from Philly
    June 1st, 2017 at 21:43 | #6

    Jorma, any hints about summer additions to the rotation? Still feeling the glow from the classic Airplane tunes you broke out for the 50th – told Teresa how much we enjoyed it when we saw her in Jamaica this past January. We got to see them from the couch on FPR stage – a treat for the history books!!!

    Peace, out, onward Captain.

  7. Hogan
    June 2nd, 2017 at 14:22 | #7

    You sure are having fun with that drone….What’s the old sayin “A man with his toys is a happy man”…..
    Great pictures, nice to see the boys together,,,
    Enjoy your time at home before the tour, hoping to catch a show or two..
    Safe travels
    :-)

  8. Barbara Jacobs
    June 6th, 2017 at 17:57 | #8

    6/6/17 :
    All is calm here, all is bright.
    Thanks, Jorma.

  9. Ant
    June 10th, 2017 at 11:07 | #9

    You and Jack were on TV here in the UK last night,on a documentary programme called “How Hippies Changed The World” or something like that…..WOW…it was just great to see you,last saw you in concert in London 1976
    Once you make a connection with good music,it just cannot be broken.Ever.

  10. johno
    June 10th, 2017 at 15:43 | #10

    I never forgot my first time I saw Hot Tuna – 1973 – Long Island – warm April evening – front row center and I was electric. Needless to say – they blew me away. Some things you never forget. The good old days were wild times.
    @Ant

  11. mikie
    June 10th, 2017 at 19:53 | #11

    I think I was a junior in HS, so it would have been ‘70-71? Taft theater in Cincy. They had Papa John with them and he rocked the place. A lady in the audience was dressed to be a spittin image of Jack (plus a few pounds, if I recall!), she eventually made it up on stage. Never saw so much smoke being passed around. Some awesome jams. m

  12. Ant
    June 11th, 2017 at 17:06 | #12

    Its great to read your recollections of your 1st Hot Tuna concerts,my 1st was my last,but its still a great thing to look back on,seeing J snd J on that TV programme was almost like recognising family after a long time….gave me a warm glow.

  13. Ant
    June 11th, 2017 at 17:07 | #13

    that should say seeing family!

  14. mikie
    June 12th, 2017 at 08:01 | #14

    Hey, I saw a news article where the Owsley Stanley Foundation is starting to release commercially-available recordings of tapes that he did of many shows in the Bay area. The first one is to be of Doc and Merl Watson, and there are promises of releases of many previously unreleased Dead and Airplane shows.
    The article also noted that Hot Tuna did a benefit show for the foundation a few years ago to help make this possible. Bear’s second-eldest son is leading the effort. Great work! thank you. m

  15. Brian Brandl
    June 12th, 2017 at 21:18 | #15

    Hi Jorma, first and foremost, thank you.
    Secondly the wife let me in on the fact that she is planning my surprise 50th in Oct of 2018 and was wondering if I could contact you regarding any possibility of you preforming at a private venue in jersey?
    Thank you,
    Sincerely,
    Brian and Kelli

  16. johno
    June 13th, 2017 at 12:52 | #16

    To the uninformed – Owsley Stanley is the coolest person in the world. I have enjoyed his product immensely on my numerous trips to California in the 70’s. He has enlightened many a soul. He was instrumental in bringing acid to the masses. He was a true avant-garde. He is a legend. (his nickname is Bear)

  17. Greg martelli
    June 13th, 2017 at 14:03 | #17

    My first Tuna show ( if you want to call it that ), was Sunday morning after one of the best nights of Rock &Roll ever witnessed by a 16 year old 35 feet from the stage on a August night at Yasgurs farm. The airplane played after The Who ( the greatest live rock & roll outfit I’ve ever seen[20+ times].The highlight of The Who show was the Townsend /Abbie Hoofman altercation (Hoffman grabbed mike and preaches his foul bullshit about John Sinclair), only to get the literal axe from Townsend.
    The best airplane song of the day was Saturday Afternoon /Won’t you try-Jack ripped it.
    Jorma /Jack soloed on Uncle Sam blues- chilling .
    I had to lifeguard on Fairfield beach Monday 10 am , the Saturday night acts finished 9:30 Sunday , I had to make a decision , I mossier down the road , stuck out my thumb and got back to Easton Ct. by 6:30 just in time for dinner.
    The first real Tuna experience of mine was in 71 in Arlington or Alexandria Virginia -3 hr show on mescalito w/papa screech .
    To me he was the Donna Godcheaux of 70’s dead – she could sure ruin Playing in the band
    Greg

  18. Sweetbac Jr.
    June 14th, 2017 at 11:57 | #18

    I got a “Where’s Jack?” tattoo a few days after Jormas gig at the Capitol Theater in Passaic New Jersey on his 1st solo tour in ‘78….the pink hair came soon after.
    Top THAT!

  19. carey georgas
    June 14th, 2017 at 16:06 | #19

    I ain’t got no toppers, but I got my druthers. I’ve seen The Who, The Stones, Pink Floyd, CSNY, other arena and stadium acts through the years. The acts that have stayed with me over time, however, tend to be the ones at the venues you get close enough to see the spit fly when it gets cranked up. Lightnin’ Hopkins at Castle Creek in Austin, maybe 150 people tops in the bar. Johnny Winter at a little dive joint in Nederland Texas, Stevie Ray Vaughn at a biker bar off 6th street in Austin right after he moved from Dallas – those are the ones that stay with me. Freddie King live at the Armadillo World Headquarters, plus one I caught just last year – Hot Tuna at the Arvada Center in Arvada CO. These are the ones that come to me when I think of the best I’ve seen.

  20. JB
    June 14th, 2017 at 16:37 | #20

    Casey- AXS TV had a documentary on Stevie Ray last nite. The show is called Stevie Ray Vaughn- The Rise. Gave a history of Stevie and the Austin music scene. Check your local listings ;-)

  21. Greg martelli
    June 14th, 2017 at 21:42 | #21

    All great acts,as an inveterate fan of rock & roil ,we just need to defer to the Scorsese /Levon interview in the Last waltz, it comes up from the delta /down from the mountains /what do you call it ?
    “Rock and roll”.
    Tough to beat Johnny WINTER -mean town. Blues,
    Don’t forget the Brits
    Funny thing , the English language suits R,R
    Saw the frenchie band Soft MACHINE open for the Jimi Hendrix Experrience in
    Bridgeport , Ct. yawn

  22. carey georgas
    June 15th, 2017 at 07:11 | #22

    Thanks, JB. I’ll keep an eye peeled. I forgot to mention Levon at The Barn. Saw some memorable shows there, too.@JB