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Two Gigs, Jerry’s Birthday… And Audio Books

By the Mighty Delaware

By the Mighty Delaware

Foto By Suzy Perler

Just killing a little time in New Hope before the show at the new Hope Winery.

Jorma Kaukonen 25, 2018
Jorma Solo
New Hope Winery
New Hope, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. River Of Time
5. Barbeque King
6. Full Go Round
7. Sea Child
8. Trial By Fire
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Big River Blues
11. How Long Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Second Chances
3. Ain’t In No Hurry
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Water Song

Holding forth in New Hope

Holding forth in New Hope

Foto by Dennis Kane

Thursday we were heading out to the end of Long Island for an AISH event and on the way, we stopped to pay our respects at Rev. Gary Davis’ grave not far from Rockville Center.

Rev. Davis... what an artist!

Rev. Davis... what an artist!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 26, 2018
Jorma Solo
Watermill, New York
Thursday, August 2, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Good Shepherd

Pickin' in the barn

Pickin' in the barn

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The AISH was awesome… good folks and a good cause.

Thursday the First was Jerry Garcia’s birthday. We all miss that guy. I was reminded of my answer to a question I was asked at the Dear Jerry show in Meriweather Post some years ago. “If you could write a note to Jerry today, what would you say?’

‘I bet you wish you were here!’

Meanwhile… back in Times Square… I’m working on my Audio Book…

Good times…

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  1. Richard
    August 3rd, 2018 at 21:51 | #1

    Wow Jorma you were about 5 miles from me at the Rockville Cemetery..I had no idea the Rev. was buried so close to me.. Will have to go and pay my respects..

  2. Dan
    August 3rd, 2018 at 21:59 | #2

    While we all wish Jerry were still here, we are delighted that you are. Keep on Truckin’. Is there going to be some pickin’ in the background of the audio book ?

  3. Richard
    August 3rd, 2018 at 22:00 | #3

    Also an old friend who I used to see HT at the Palladium with back in the 70s had his backyard adjacent to the Rockville Cemetery too..I bet he never knew. Wish I could tell him but he passed away ..

  4. Joey
    August 3rd, 2018 at 22:19 | #4

    Now that’s a cemetery I’d like to visit.

  5. brian
    August 4th, 2018 at 08:29 | #5

    growing up in Rockville Centre, myself and friends would crank Jorma and HT not far from the cemetery, while indulging in great conversation, smokes, and beer. Never knew the inspiration for the great music was in our midst. The world really is small. Thanks for the post, and your respect for the Rev.

  6. carey georgas
    August 4th, 2018 at 09:03 | #6

    I like the answer to the Dear Jerry question. A fan would say “wish you were here”. Your answer is one of friendly familiarity. Cool.

  7. Rich L
    August 4th, 2018 at 09:31 | #7

    If I’m not mistaken, it’s been awhile since Sleep Song was resurrected. One of my favorites, fo sho. I you tubed the 5/20/78, Jorma you were pretty skinny then!, a 2016 version, great vocals and then listened to the album version just now. I still like the electric version best – your guitar just flows like a river on that song.

  8. John B
    August 4th, 2018 at 09:36 | #8

    Great performance in New Hope Jorma. It was close to home for us and the venue was awesome. It reminded me of Fur Peace station.

  9. johno
    August 4th, 2018 at 15:28 | #9

    Thanks for the picture of the Delaware river. The stream that runs through the valley in the Catskills I live in empties into the East Branch of the Delaware river. I’m about 100 miles upstream from New Hope. It really is a small world.
    Great setlist in New Hope. Sorry I couldn’t make it. Didn’t know the Reverend is buried on Long Island. Halleleujah.

  10. DennisK
    August 4th, 2018 at 18:14 | #10

    The Delaware is the longest un-dammed river in the United States east of the Mississippi, extending 330 miles from the confluence of its East and West branches at Hancock, N.Y. to the mouth of the Delaware Bay where it meets the Atlantic Ocean.

  11. richu
    August 5th, 2018 at 00:58 | #11

    Very convincing I believe you.

  12. johno
    August 5th, 2018 at 11:02 | #12

    The upper Delaware is a sportsmen’s paradise. With world famous rivers and streams like the Beaverkill and the many trout filled streams. I was fishing on the East Branch last year and in flew a bald eagle across the river (right near Hancock). Smoking a cigar, fishing and watching the majestic bald eagle. Great day!

  13. Kevin
    August 5th, 2018 at 19:57 | #13

    They almost built a dam back mid to late 70’s around the Water Gap area. It was called Tocks Island, they were going to flood an area that was absolutely beautiful to make some touristy lake/resort area. Started to buy up property and actually condemned some under eminent domain until the local people raised hell and they finally killed it. It would have destroyed some really beautiful country.

  14. Phil Zisook
    August 5th, 2018 at 21:04 | #14

    That is an absolute killer 2d set. That photo with the Rev. GD is very powerful!

  15. Richard
    August 6th, 2018 at 07:35 | #15

    Hello Jorma, Do you have any idea if The Rev. was from Long Island or what the connection to the area is? Thanks..

  16. johno
    August 6th, 2018 at 11:57 | #16

    The Rev Gary Davis played as a street musician in Harlem, Jamaica and other parts of NYC for over a decade. Anything to make a couple bucks to eat.

  17. Tom Fabry
    August 6th, 2018 at 12:04 | #17

    Jorma, Brother Jerry might respond to your note and write, “yes Brother Jorma, and I mean brother in a truer sense then I can ever express, it would be great to see you and everyone again and hopefully will in the future in some way, but from what I now understand, the big wheel does turn by the grace of God and I wish and hope to see you here at God’s appointed time.”

    Until then, as Dylan wrote and sang, “keep pressing on to the higher calling of the Lord”.

  18. johno
    August 6th, 2018 at 12:38 | #18

    That was in the beginning when he first came to NYC. He used to start playing on a street corner – when a crowd formed he would start preaching. The Spirit definitely moved him.

  19. John B
    August 6th, 2018 at 18:35 | #19

    ” Prayer is the key to heaven and faith unlocked the door……” Pray without ceasing …….Pray about all things…..” Beautiful Song Jorma and every time I hear you perform it a smile comes to my face. Outstanding at the New Hope show. @Tom Fabry

  20. Cass
    August 19th, 2018 at 18:06 | #20

    Jorma, thank you so much for all the music uploaded to Tidal. I’ve been listening to it for a month or so and loving it. I feel like I’m getting too good of a deal, so if you would like me to make a small donation in your honor, let me know where you would like it to go. The New Hope show inspired me to write for a couple of reasons. First, I got sent to a boarding (reform) school there. Then the show was on Jerry’s birthday and I thought your sentiments were right on. What a shame. Finally, I was touched by the anecdote about your daughter. Coming up on 50, I find myself the father of a 2 1/2 year old and I am sucker for stories like that. New Hope is spot on because after an out of body experience at a dead show in 1988, I found myself a couple of months later in rehab. I’ve been sober since. Funny thing is that now I am also a Jewish philosopher of religion. Can’t quite figure out how that happened. Anyway, thanks for all of the great music over the years. It has been a huge part of my life. Many many shows that I will never forget. McCabes and the Variety Arts with Papa John stand out. Looking forward to the Capitol Theater in January. Best, Cass