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From Roanoke To Annapolis

Ziessen Pesach and Happy Easter… to all!

Life has been uneventful which is just the way I like it. Back to the Jefferson Theater in Roanoke. Last time I was here as I recall it was on the Cami Tour with Robben Ford and Ruthie Foster.

Putting an old school to good use.

Putting an old school to good use.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

What a grand venue inside this old high school.

My little corner of the world.

My little corner of the world.

We’ve been waiting for spring at home… a little ahead of our game here.



Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 11, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Jefferson Center
Roanoke, Virginia
Friday, March 30, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Heart Temporary
4. I See The Light
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
6. Come Back Baby
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. How Long Blues
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Too Many Years
6. Wolves & Lambs
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Barbeque King
9. Things That Might Have Been
10. Sea Child
11. Good Shepherd
12. Keep your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
13. Encore: Water Song

Back on the bus in the dead of night

Back on the bus in the dead of night

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then a brisk run up to the Ram’s Head in Annapolis.

Shepherd's Pie anyone?

Shepherd's Pie anyone?

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve been coming to the Ram’s Head for a very long time… it’s always a pleasure to play here!

Hot Tuna 12, 2016
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Ram’s Head
Annapolis, Maryland
Saturday, March 31, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You when You’re Down & Out
3. Been So Long
4. Candy Man
5. Let Us Get Together right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. River Of Time
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Sleep Song
10. Trial By Fire
11. Death Don’t have No Mercy
12. Bow Long Blues
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Hesitation Blues
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Too Many Years
4. Wolves And Lambs
5. Come Back Baby
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. Trouble In Mind
8. Waiting For Train
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Sea Child
11. Good Shepherd
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Water Song

Easter Sunday here… and a good day for a walk down to the harbor.

Buddy's... still here

Buddy's... still here

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Last time I ate at Buddy’s was over ten years ago… probably closer to fifteen. My son was still really a kid. Vanessa and i took him to dinner here.

Meanwhile, back home at the Ranch Spring is finally showing its face.

Red Bud by the house

Red Bud by the house

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Hope the spring flowers are still there when I get home in a week or so.

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  1. Joey Hudoklin
    April 1st, 2018 at 13:13 | #1

    It must be great to play the same venues over a long time.
    It’s good to feel at home, wherever you are.

  2. April 1st, 2018 at 16:30 | #2

    Always good to see Light of this world in the rotation,Quah on us.
    Wondering if Jorma would ever consider Kantner/Balin covers from Crown or Volunteers ,I believe In Time ,would fit right in the acoustic show theme,If you feel.
    The boys surprised us at Lockin,on the JA 50 with songs like Greasy Heart,Two heads and Eskimo blue day.
    Just out of curiosity and I’m sure somebody out there is in the know,how’s Marty doing?
    The show at Fur Peace with Marty and his wonderful accompaniment,was a musical treat.
    Ride the music

  3. Tom Fabry
    April 1st, 2018 at 18:26 | #3

    Pressing On.
    Psalm 118 – 13-14 – “I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me.
    The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” *** – ***

    My strength and my song…Some believed that “the life of David [foreshadowed] the life of Christ; Bethlehem is the birthplace of both; the shepherd life of David points out Christ, the Good Shepherd///
    The five stones chosen to slay Goliath are typical of the five wounds. *** Five Smooth Stones of: Faith, Obedience, Service, Prayer, and Holy Ghost

    Without Passover, we may never have had Easter. Continued safe travels as you sing a bit from the two books. Hope you enjoyed the “Shepherd’s” Pie.

  4. Joe in DC
    April 1st, 2018 at 19:23 | #4

    Real good show at rams head last night J&J
    As always thanks for the efforts and time
    Though we don’t really know each other I always feel like I am with family at your shows; particularly intimate, small venue acoustic shows. Just excellent
    Safe travels

  5. Steve Levenson
    April 2nd, 2018 at 09:47 | #5

    First forsythia sighting here in Kansas City on Saturday! Hooray! Then, after a basically snowless winter, it snowed last night……. Oy.

  6. mark k
    April 2nd, 2018 at 10:46 | #6

    Just proves the old adage : “You ain’t too cool for school”

  7. neil
    April 2nd, 2018 at 11:22 | #7

    Very glad that you, Jack and your crew are OK and able to Keep on Truckin…safe travels the rest of this leg of your tour…

  8. johno
    April 2nd, 2018 at 13:01 | #8

    Jorma I was thinking about Jack’s spiritual beliefs and I realize I know nothing about them. Can you enlighten us into what religion (if any) that he is. He has always been the mystery man among you two. Because of this blog and our interpersonal relationship i get a glimpse into your soul. And you are a beautiful soul. I also heard he has a place on an island off the coast of France. He continues to be Jack Casady – mystery man.

  9. April 2nd, 2018 at 13:05 | #9

    John it is not business to inquire into anyone’s personal beliefs.

  10. johno
    April 2nd, 2018 at 13:55 | #10

    I understand Jorma. Wish Jack had a blog so we could know more about him. Maybe he could write a book too. Jorma just love your blog. Can’t wait for the book.

  11. Mitch Spector
    April 3rd, 2018 at 09:13 | #11

    Thank you Jorma !! Spring is here .One love to all !!

  12. wes
    April 7th, 2018 at 20:53 | #12

    My wife Paula and I were at the show at the Ram’s Head. It was in reality a spur of the moment decision, as we had purchased tickets for Marc Broussard and were just perusing other acts that were performing at this venue. When I saw that Hot Tuna was performing there, it set off several thoughts in my mind, in random order, Wow, they are still performing, OMG, I remember listening to them with my older brother who was a real fan in the late 70’s and heard them live at his college, Alfred University, and Holy Crap, how old are the and how do they sound now? Thanks to the miracle of the internet, I could answer the last question, and introduce my wife to the Tuna. Always being the adventurous sort, Paula agreed that we needed to see more musical acts (which in 2018 would include such diverse artists as Tom Jones, Marc Broussard, and Southern Culture on the Skids) so we bought our tickets on a whim. Man alive were we not disappointed. Jorma, I can’t tell you how much rediscovering your music has meant to me, it’s akin to reacquainting yourself with a long lost friend that you haven’t seen in 40+ years. I’ve spent the better part of the week reading your blog, buying albums on iTunes, and just getting to know your passion for music, teaching, faith, family, friends and your fans. You are a remarkable man in a world that breeds unremarkable and bitter men. God bless you my friend.

    P.S. Jack doesn’t say much does he, or is that only onstage?

  13. wes
    April 8th, 2018 at 16:06 | #13

    I have a comment awaiting moderation in From Roanoke To Annapolis. Is there something wrong with it? It was my first ever comment.



  14. April 8th, 2018 at 18:29 | #14

    Sorry Wes… i must have lost it. Mea Culpa.


  15. April 8th, 2018 at 18:30 | #15

    Found it Wes

  16. steve
    April 10th, 2018 at 22:01 | #16


    Wes-my brother and I attended the show as well. We were at both an early and late show at The Ram’s Head in like 2003. The guy sharing our table said the last time he had seen them was in 1973 with Papa John. When they came out he was like “Man they got old!!!”-what he didn’t think they or anyone would age in 30 years or what? Too funny…people say Harpo Marx, though he played a silent character, was a great talker and conversationalist and at times wouldn’t stop talking. That is the impression I get of Jack, a devil of a devil of a man…