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Fourteenth Night With CAMI

February 16th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Well, my last post sure stirred up a you-know-what storm. Most of my extended family out there supported me. Thanks… that is appreciated more than I can tell you. Some did not… you are entitled to your opinion. I try to remind myself that it is really not my business what others think of me. OK… moving right along here!

dressing room at Sellersville
Last night me and the gang were in that little old theater in Sellersville… and here is a picture of us in the dressing room. As always, the dream continues. The Sellersville Theater may be small, but it is mighty and we sure a a great time playing there. Here is our set list:

CAMI Tour 14
Hot Tuna Blues
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, Skoota Warner & G.E. Smith
Charlie Musselwhite & Jim Lauderdale
Sellersville Theater
Sellersville, Pennsylvania
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

First Set Acoustic:
1. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. More Than My Old Guitar
4. Come Back Baby
5. I Know You Rider
6. Trashcan Tomcat with Jim, Jack, and Barry
7. Good Together with Jim Lauderdale, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
8. Alligator Alley
9. Headed For The Hills with Jim, Charlie Musselwhite, GE Smith and the Tuna Boys
10. Sad And Beautiful World with Charlie, Jim, GE, Skoota Warner and the boys
11. Red River Blues
Second Set Electric:
1. I Wish You Would
2. 99 Year Blues
3. GE
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. If This Is Love, I want My Money Back
6. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Charlie Musselwhite
7. Where Highway 61 Runs with CM
8. Cristo Redentor with CM
9. Jawbone with Jim Lauderdale and Charlie Musselwhite
10. Come Back Baby with all
11. Encore: Hit Single #1

a guitar is a beautiful thing

We drove back to Philly for a day off and it was indeed a beautiful day. There is the coming of Spring in the air… It seems like we have waited a long time for this. I rarely stay in Center City when I’m in the Philadelphia area so it’s really nice to just walk around and be one of the people on the street. As I was walking down near the Town Hall or whatever it is, there was a street musician playing harmonica and doing a heck of a job on Little Walter’s ‘My Babe.’ Good stuff indeed…

town hall

This might be a great opportunity to find a gym and see if I can infuse some energy into these old bones.


streets of philly

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  1. rob
    February 16th, 2011 at 16:01 | #1

    Hi Jorma, Being a celebrity(?) has a downside that you have to accept, I would imagine. And I’m sure you do. However, the family is OFF LIMITS in my humble opinion, and when you’re just bone tired after a show you have the right to say NO, or nothing at all if that suits you. Being human ain’t for sissies,and you handle it well. So, borrowing your very own terminology… Onward!

  2. Shmuel
    February 16th, 2011 at 16:10 | #2

    We all support national parks, places we take special care of because otherwise they would be used up and used out. We need to treat the people whom we treasure in a similar way!

    Enjoy but don’t trample! Respect the earth and it sustains us – respect people and they can continue to sustain us with their wonderful gifts. For gifts they truly are.

    Give thanks for the treasures that we have. Paying a little respect is one of the very best ways to begin.

    Musicians like Jorma respect us day in and day out with their music. We love it because we feel that respect – they put their soul on the line. Let’s play the same music ourselves.

  3. Ed from Collingswood
    February 16th, 2011 at 17:50 | #3

    Glad you got a whiff of Spring in the City of Brotherly Love – nice photo of City Hall & of our red rowhouse reality. Philly has great music – on the streets, in the subway & in all the venues. My first Jorma show was a solo gig you played at the Irvine Auditorium on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus late 70s-early 80s. Philly & the region have always loved your stuff. Come back often!

  4. chris knoeppel
    February 16th, 2011 at 22:19 | #4

    hey jorma..i’ve been to the ranch 3 times over the past 4 years..i believe you are a very good soul..a very generous person..and you always conduct yourself as a gentleman..it must be flattering to be asked for an autograph(from real fans)..of course, there are times when it can be quite burdensome..if a real fan doesn’t understand this..well..how much of a fan is he,or she?..i know you were blowing off steam in your blog..just wanted to let you know that your fans know who you are..p.s…getting excited anticipating the new record

  5. Don Gehre
    February 17th, 2011 at 11:15 | #5

    I hope you and Jack and the gang go for another 40 + years! Who knows what science is capable of? In the meantime, we can enjoy your music and celebrate the fact that you all ARE an American institution. From having first seen the Airplane at a benefit for a new gym at USF in SF the summer I got out of high school, to right now, your musical excellence has always been at the top of my list. Put the jealousy and ignorant attitudes of the sad sacks out of your minds, they’re not worth your time. Hope to see you at the Not Strictly Bluegrass etc.etc. Long may you ride the wave!

  6. Bob Kelly
    February 17th, 2011 at 11:22 | #6

    Jorma & gang,, Glad to see you guys are back on track,,, the shows in themselves have been a real nice treat,, We were able to see the Tilles Center show out at Cw Post. It made for a real enjoyable night of music. Eileen and I really dug the format, doing 2 sets, acoustic, and than more of an electric set, while bringing Ole Charlie and Jim Lauderdale in along the way, sort of made for a Hot Tuna review show,, good stuff indeed. So I had just read your blog last night, just to check in and see how life on the road has been treating you all..After reading your remarks.. Looks like you hit a little bit of a pot hole the other night.I am not really surprised, and support your comments. Those of us who know you, even a little bit would agree that your generosity and kindness are part of what makes you the man you are.Just to hit on the problem , it seems from out in the audience, Hot Tuna has stirred up a renewed energy, coming on the heals of the strong Beacon shows,Seems like some folks that have been awol from shows are now turning out The electric Tuna format also brings out the high energy level for sure. Some of these “fans” seem to get a little to Psyched, if you get my drift,Perhaps a little too high,,mostly over drinking,, but its there night out,, If getting totally sh%^t face at a show still seems like the thing to do,, who am I to judge.,, Just my spin but some of those guys looking for autographs and the like might be doing there talking with beer muscles so to speak.As for people selling your stuff on ebay.. Phil and company should be able to sort those people out..All in all the vast majority of people that come to see you play are there for the music, and great vibe,, what more could you ask for,,Thanks again,, be well,, 31 days till spring, and the tour starts heading southbound now,, good for the soul… .

  7. Albert Tonelli
    February 17th, 2011 at 13:15 | #7

    Jorma, Love the music, Appreciate all you do, But as an outsider, to me it seems it would have been a lot easier to just scribble your name on the persons item then writing a post on your blog, But that is just my 2 cents, I am not a celeb and no one wants my autograph but If i could spend a second putting a smile on someone’s face or leaving them with a genuine great memory, I would do that, Take Care!!

  8. Bryce Lundgren
    February 17th, 2011 at 13:29 | #8


    My take on it is this…..if you do not wish to sign autographs, pose for a picture, whatever, that is indeed your well deserved right. Celbrity or not, I appreciate what you folks do, am thrilled when I get the chance to be at one of the shows. I’m grateful for all the years or great music you folks, from the Airplane all the way through. Can’t wait for the new album!! Rock-on Big-Guy!!!!

  9. Joe from DC
    February 17th, 2011 at 14:21 | #9

    Hey there Jorma…
    Sorry bout that stuff with the fan
    what a drag
    You and Tuna Hot r doing just fine
    keep a going
    Your time is ur time
    Do what u think is best; u have till now…
    Will be seeing u guys Saturday at George Mason….cant wait.

  10. Kathy
    February 18th, 2011 at 01:06 | #10

    I commented and forgot to put my name and lost my comment, so, this one is short.
    Good Shepard. You are.

  11. Kathy
    February 18th, 2011 at 01:39 | #11

    I made suggestions as to what I thought would be a good approach to satisfying
    your fans: a booth in the lobby with stuff for sale… Maybe some free stuff
    for fans you encounter in person that want an autograph. Signed Pictures of either you or you and jack or you and your group that you are with on this tour. And maybe a hired person to be you spokesman to tell folks where to go to get what they are looking for and if it is available. I am trying to be a problem solver and it feels good. Have you ever punched anyone out? I mean in the past? Just wondering. If I was you I would have told that guy to shove it. no not really.

  12. John L
    February 18th, 2011 at 13:36 | #12

    I got your autograph once, but what I value more than the autograph is the privilege of being able to read your blog entries. It’s great to be let in on the behind-the-scenes activity. In the old days we’d have to wait years just to get a magazine interview.

  13. John C
    March 1st, 2011 at 14:51 | #13

    Jorma, I am sorry that you need to devote any time at all to discussing this completely inappropriate behavior. Some people don’t get it and its sad but you are not public property and your family is sacred. That dude needs to have his thinking re-calibrated.
    Thanks for every note, every word, every gesture between you and your band mates. Hopefully some day I will get to sit with you at The Ranch and hammer out some tunes. Until then, stay blessed not stressed. John NYC / S.Fl

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