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Another Dash Across America!

Tuesday last at the Fur Peace Ranch

Tuesday last at the Fur Peace Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Well, it’s been a week since I left home. Our bus for this run, ‘Fast Times,’ pulled in shortly after sunrise and we loaded up for the journey to Colorado.

The new roof on my A-frame

The new roof on my A-frame

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

I put the bird up for a quick flight, and took the moment to admire my new tin roof. Then we finished loading up and headed out.

Fast Times in the parking lot

Fast Times in the parking lot

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The new FCC driving regs are too lengthy to list here, but the bottom line was that it took three days to get to Colorado. I could have made it in one in the old days… but I was younger then. Anyway…

Lunch at the A & W in Russel, Kansas

Lunch at the A & W in Russel, Kansas

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I gotta say, I love little towns like this. Driving across the Great Plains is majestic in an odd way, but seeing an A & W Drive In brings me way, way back!

We picked up Mr. Casady in Aurora at DIA and drove up to Nederland where we checked into the Sundance Lodge.

Sundance Lodge from the air

Sundance Lodge from the air

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

The Lodge was up the road from Nederland not far from Eldora… and Nedfest was in the offing.

Steve Kimoch and I watch my drone fly

Steve Kimoch and I watch my drone fly

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

There were more panorama shots than Carter has Little Liver pills so I just picked a couple for the blog.

I wish I had my motorcycle

I wish I had my motorcycle

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

I sometimes get asked if I ever bring my bike on the road and the answer is ‘No.’ When I ride, I ride… when I play music, I play music. Focus on the good stuff at hand. Although, on this day I must admit I missed my 110 cubic inch Screaming Eagle Breakout. Oh well… onward.

Steve with his Gibson L-7

Steve with his Gibson L-7

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Steve and I got together in the back of the bus before our set Saturday night at Ned Fest. Steve had more than done his homework, and it was more than good!

The moon welcomed us!

The moon welcomed us!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 21, 2018
The Electric Trio Plus One
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
With Steve Kimock
Ned Fest
Nederland, Colorado
Saturday, August 25, 2018

1. Been So Long
2. San Francisco Bay Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Living Just For You
6. Sea Child with Steve
7. Hesitation Blues with Steve
8. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve
10. Serpent Of Dreams
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Trial By Fire
13. Sleep Song with Steve
14. Walkin’ Blues with Steve
15. Hit Single # 1 with Steve
16. Funky #7 with Steve

Phil couldn't get Justin into the pic, but he was more than there!

Phil couldn't get Justin into the pic, but he was more than there!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Up on Sunday morning, I snagged one more picture from the Sundance Lodge.

If I see one more beautiful panorama...

If I see one more beautiful panorama...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was back to Nedfest where I was scheduled for a solo set.

The folks gather...

The folks gather...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It was still light when I hit the stage.

Great gig...

Great gig...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 27, 2018
Jorma Solo @ Nedfest
Nederland, Colorado
Sunday, August 26, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. True Religion
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
4. Barbecue King
5. I Am The Light Of This World
6. River Of Time
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Things That Might Have Been
9. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
10. How Long Blues
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
13. Second Chances
14. That’ll Never Happen No More
15. Come Back Baby
16. In My Dreams
17. Candy Man
18. Good Shepherd
19. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
20. Bar Room Crystal Ball
21. Water Song

The man alone...

The man alone...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

It was dark when I finished and we started our drive to Jackson Hole.

Approaching Jackson Hole

Approaching Jackson Hole

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

And there you have it. Half the ‘day off’ was riding in the bus, but dinner is starting to sound pretty good about now. There was a sunshower with lightning a moment ago but now the shower is gone and the sun remains.

Done, and onward!

  1. mark k
    August 27th, 2018 at 19:07 | #1

    A&W Root Beer Floats are always a road trip treat

  2. mikie
    August 27th, 2018 at 19:11 | #2

    Absolutely awesome! I have some friends from back home who moved to the Black Hawk area for a while; we got to visit while there was still snow at elevation. They have some fantastic views, but I kinda still like my hills with hardwood trees on them.
    Fabulous set lists by the way, folks there got their money’s worth. Safe travels, m

  3. Kevin
    August 27th, 2018 at 22:29 | #3

    It appears it was a bit chilly in them thar hills on Sat.

  4. Joey
    August 27th, 2018 at 22:42 | #4

    It looks like quite the scenic gig Jorma. Musta been a whole lotta fun!
    Steve’s accompaniment is perfect with youz guys.

  5. Roy
    August 28th, 2018 at 01:26 | #5

    2 awesome sets at nedfest!! Hot Tuna saturday Jorma sunday!! See ya in albuquerque on 9/11

  6. Joey
    August 28th, 2018 at 08:23 | #6

    I just read an article/interview from Athens. Made me emotional.
    Your book release is today!
    I’m so happy for you, and all of us who care so deeply about you & your family…and your music.
    I was sitting back listening to the recording from last year in The Paramount in Huntington. It’s a keeper. Completely enthralling.
    Congratulations on your big day my pal.

  7. Mitch Spector
    August 28th, 2018 at 08:48 | #7

    Happy & Safe travels Jorma !! Amazing set at nedfest .Really looking forward to the show in Scottsdale ..Would sign up right now for that setlist lol.Peace and love to all .

  8. JB
    August 28th, 2018 at 10:34 | #8

    Tetons look beautiful this am! Shame ya couldn’t sneak in a bit of fishing or floating the Snake river ;-)

  9. Andriy
    August 28th, 2018 at 13:30 | #9

    Jorma these are nice photos. Hot Tuna Tuesday! Our friend just back from trip to Colorado and Columbus Ohio. Good things are happening in Columbus and he will move there next month to work in a new restaurant owned by immigrants. Neighborhoods “ old towns east” “short north “ and “German village “ are now good places to live and work. He will share a house renting it with two guys they move there from rural Ohio to work and learn how to start a business back home in the rural town after they learn and make money in Columbus. This a good thing for everyone. Any person interested to visit there recommend check out “ momo Ghar” for Tibet dumplings. Columbus very friendly to immigrants. Good restaurants there for Mexican, Somali, Persian food and more.

  10. mikie
  11. deadhedken
    August 28th, 2018 at 14:14 | #11

    Congrats on the new book, it’s on the way to my house now. Can’t wait for Hot Tuna to come out to your old stomping grounds (Santa Clara County & Saratoga Winery). Great setlist from CO. Keep on Truckin’!

  12. johno
    August 28th, 2018 at 16:17 | #12

    August 28, 2018 – The release date of Jorma’s new book “Been So Long”.

  13. Don Gehre
    August 28th, 2018 at 16:31 | #13

    “Carter’s Little Liver Pills.” That’s a LOT of water under the bridge!

  14. Howard Wade
    August 28th, 2018 at 16:39 | #14

    I agree. Some very nice photos. Great set list! We’re ready for you guys in Portland. I’ll be the guy yelling “whippin’ post”.

  15. Chappy
    August 28th, 2018 at 19:43 | #15

    Copy of your book arrived on my doorstep today. My mother (90 yrs strong) is down here in VA visiting from Cleveland for a couple weeks. She grabs the book, sits down in my chair and delves into it. An hour later she says to me “…this is very interesting.” Looking forward to reading it myself soon. Have a great tour with Jack, Justin, and Mr. Kimock.

  16. carlo pagliano
    August 28th, 2018 at 21:08 | #16

    Everything went so perfectly syncro!!!!! Rock Them All More High Tonight Jorma!

  17. Ryan
    August 28th, 2018 at 21:21 | #17

    Hey Jorma, I wanted to thank you again for being kind enough to sign my ABAB’s vinyl and to take a picture with me at Nedfest. I still can’t believe it. I sent the pic to my dad and he’s totally jealous. Hot Tuna was incredible on Saturday and then you ended the Festival on the highest of notes on Sunday. What amazing performances. I have about six more chapters to read in Grace’s book, and then I got yours here ready to go and I’m really excited. I can’t wait to see y’all in Lawrence.

  18. Phil Zisook
    August 28th, 2018 at 22:21 | #18

    Congrats on BSL! Started reading and a great read so far. Looking forward to reading more tomorrow. And I hadn’t realized there was a bonus CD as well!

  19. Adam K
    August 28th, 2018 at 22:57 | #19

    Congrats on your book! My copy arrives in the mail tomorrow! Can’t wait!

  20. Ham n Eggs
    August 29th, 2018 at 05:05 | #20

    Glad to hear that May I suggest a book to read while recovering? Lol
    Peace
    Love All Ways
    @carlo pagliano

  21. Rich L
    August 29th, 2018 at 06:43 | #21

    some nonsense from a few moons ago…

    Can we get “Sirius” for a moment? From all appearances Homewood seems to be going to the dogs. On August 18th, Homewood held its annual “Dog days of summer” event at Irwin Park. The event was a howling success. The Westminster Dog show got nothing on Homewood! Upon researching the term “Dog days of Summer,” I was surprised to discover it actually has an astrological significance. “It is the period of time that runs for 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of the Dog Star, Sirius, and the Sun.” I’m not sure what they mean by the conjunction of the Sun and Sirius. However, in the Midwest it means hot, muggy, sultry and is typified by mad dashes for the air conditioning.

    Hey, I’ve got a great idea. Let’s start two a day football practices! “Full equipment you dawgs, give me twenty,” barks a Ditka like maniac. Please, humor me as I dwell on this creature called “mans best friend.”

    Currently there are over 400 recognized breeds of our hirsute companions. They range from the feisty 3 lb. Yorky, to the Bull Mastiff, tipping the scales in the upper 100’s. There appeared to be about 100 different breed’s present at Dog Days. While I was not naked to the world, there were black ones, round ones, big ones, and crazy ones. Actually geneticists insist all dogs have descended from the gray wolf. No where in the animal kingdom is there such diversity of shapes and colors. This diversity can’t be explained alone by man’s tinkering with, “I wonder what will come out if we mix these two together.”

    One author compared dogs to parasites; there is some verisimilitude to that. Actually, dogs can also have a symbiotic relation with man. Petting a dog is supposed to reduce one’s blood pressure. They can be a semi-effective burglar alarm, although I’m certain our Akita would give away the store for Dairy Queen. When no one else in the home will talk to you, your dog will wag his tail like you’re the only person in the world that matters. Dogs have also been used for police work, shepherding and Canine Companions. In reality though, their main purpose was described quite accurately by an author’s daughter, “Dad, they’re love sponges!”

    I think they easily trump a hamster or ferret. Also, while our cat appears to tolerate my existence as a necessary evil, our dogs actually relish my company. Yes, yes, I know about the “presents” the cute kitty leaves on the door step. We’ve had our fair share of beheaded rabbits, mice and moles scattered on the welcome mat. Yet, more and more I’m convinced these “Gifts” are actually warnings, similar to the horse head found in the bed in the movie, ”The Godfather.”

    I’ve reflected on numerous dog sayings and will translate them for you cat lovers. “My dog’s a barking,” – my feet hurt like hell. “The world is going to the dogs,” – the world is a mess and someone better pick it up. When American Idol’s Randy says, “What’s up dawg,” he’s acknowledging that even though the person is howling like a dog, he is a hep-cat, or hip. ”The hair of the dog,” – a remedy for someone who had last call at the Fifth Quarter. “Hurting like a puppy,” – describes the condition of the person who is searching for “The hair of the dog.”

    “Doggone it,” – the dog has snuck out the door and has made a break for it. “Doggone shame,” – it’s a shame the dog has escaped. “You ain’t nothing but a hound dog,” – refers to Elvis’s dog, who most likely has never caught a rabbit. “Dog tired,” – Elvis’s dog after a brief chase. “Dogged determination” – I will sit and beg for food as long as it takes. “Barking up the wrong tree,” – a wife gets upset with her husband for something the kids did. “In the dog house,” – another indication of an unhappy spouse. “Howling at the moon,” – girl, you crazy. “Hot dog,” – a kids favorite meal or a long haired Akita in August. “Get off me dog,” – I’m not in the mood.

    “Don’t dog me,” – quit bothering me, or a kids ill advised response to a parent who has asked them to clean up their room for the 10th time. “Tail wagging the dog,” – the inmates are running the asylum. “Don’t kick a dog when he’s down,” – the sportsmanship shown by the world series little league champs from Georgia a few years ago. After they had won the title with a walk off homer in extra innings they wildly celebrated… until they noticed the Japanese players were crying. They stopped their celebrating and went over to commiserate with their worthy opponents. “Heel,” – assume escape position! Finally, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks – my kids know more about the computer than I do!

    My wife and I have chased after 4 dogs over the last 17 years. Our first dog came after Nathalie said something that made so much sense, it was futile to argue with her. My main argument for not getting a dog was, “what are we going to do when we want to go somewhere?” Nathalie’s reply caught me off balance; “What are we going to do when we have kids?” Well, shut my mouth. When we went to look for our first dog I tried my best to show her I was allergic. After rigorously petting the puppy, I rubbed my eyes and nose. Surely this would bring on an allergic reaction. Alas, I don’t think Fuji had any dander yet.

    Needless to say Fuji Monster, a midnight black Akita, with a white tip on his tail, took up residence at our home. A year later, we added Meisje (also known as pork chop ) and had double the trouble, double the fun.

    One hot summer’s day, Nathalie, her cousin Frank and I went canoeing down the Kankakee River. I was in one canoe, while Frank, Nathalie and Fuji were in the other. About half way down the river, Fuji decided he had to relieve himself. Hearing Nathalie and Frank screaming frantically at him to stop was quite humorous. The funniest part was when Fuji finished his business, he jumped into the dry canoe with me. To make matters worse, he tipped their canoe over when he jumped!

    In another incidence, I was taking a shower on a beautiful day when I thought I heard thunder. I looked outside the window and realized there was not a cloud in the sky. “Rut row,” as Scooby Doo would say. Jumping out of the shower I flung open the bathroom door to see the Fujster violently shaking Nathalie’s pillow. There were feathers everywhere. I’m not sure why, but he destroyed 3 of Nathalie’s pillows. As Nathalie noted, he could be a bad “Fluffy Wuffy” at times. On the positive side of the ledger, walking those two behemoths introduced us to the wonderful trails at Izaak Walton.

    Two other dogs who took up residence at our house were a 105 lb. Akita and a 30 lb. Wheaten Terrierorist who I believed was trained by Al Qaeda or ISIS. We had some friends who were not dog lovers, but spent a lot of time with us. Now, if you’ve owned a dog you know you’re going to have a few issues.

    Bob started numbering these issues. Reason # 273 not to have a dog was when Meeko decided he was bored and chewed our kitchen furniture. Reason # 278 happened during a violent thunderstorm. Meeko inadvertently closed the bathroom door. He panicked, and proceeded to rip off the molding, the inside of the door, and finally just rammed his way through. Zoie, also known as Zobo the Hobo, Zobonstein, the Zobonator, and other questionable scrabble words, has weaseled her way unto the new couch. One day before we left, I put paper on the couch. “That ought to fix her,” I thought. When we returned, all the paper was in shreds on the floor. Everybody in the family was laughing but me.

    While I put my finishing thoughts on paper, I notice Zobo is staring at me while lying on the forbidden furniture. She knows it’s about time to go for that treasured walk. Worlds of scents await her and Meeko’s advanced olfactory systems. While walking the hounds last night I was treated to an incredible full moon that seemingly danced between the clouds. If we can get Sirius again for a moment, I think all us dog lovers would be well advised to heed the advice I saw on a plaque recently; “Lord, help me to become half the person my dog thinks I am.” And as these dog days of summer end, crack open the windows and howl at the moon!

  22. HOGAN
    August 29th, 2018 at 08:17 | #22

    Hey Jorma,

    Congratulations on the book release, it is getting great reviews. I received mine yesterday and getting ready to sit down for a good read. Looks like the tour is off to a great start, beautiful country. Truly Blessed.
    Hoping to see you all soon.
    Safe travels

    Hogan
    :-)

  23. carey georgas
    August 29th, 2018 at 09:39 | #23

    Had to go to H-town yesterday, got home late last night. Mr. Postman did me right, my freshly minted copy was swaddled in safe packaging and resting in the mailbox. Gonna sit home this whole rainy day and do a deep dive. Five pages in and I’m hooked.

  24. John B
    August 29th, 2018 at 13:54 | #24

    Keep the pictures coming Jorma………you are truly a man of the road…..Love the book!

  25. carlo pagliano
    August 29th, 2018 at 14:48 | #25

    Ham n Eggs your suggestion is just the right one, they told me i’ll get my copies October the second, and right now i’m mostly recovered, but i’ll have an heavy one (surgery) round those days, and it’ll take me a full month to recover (all going well of course it will) and there will be my revemge, a full month to read but even better to listen to Jorma chant his book, two totally different books in the same book, i take my time, then i also have to read it to my children, my women, the dentist fond of Jorma, all the nostalgic of the Jefferson Airplane, an entire army here in Italy, they know one or two words in english, i’ll host readings on the corners like once in London, the whole Nation at yours is in effervescence for Jorma’s book, the Americans are always a cut above.

  26. John R.
    August 29th, 2018 at 14:56 | #26

    My copy arrived today. I just want to drop everything and drink it up. (Now I know how the Harry Potter fans felt!). Thank you again, Jorma.

  27. August 29th, 2018 at 16:39 | #27

    Just got the Caps book
    Read first two chapters -going for bicycle ride
    It was the worst of times,it was the best of times.
    Ride on

  28. John B
    August 29th, 2018 at 18:05 | #28

    God is good…..
    @carlo pagliano

  29. Ed
    August 30th, 2018 at 12:51 | #29

    Ah…A&W….The one in Middlebury, VT., is a bit of a drive from Randolph, but you just can’t beat the root beer….and if you’re lucky the waitresses will be on roller skates.

    Speaking of Randolph show….some torch-passing will take place. I first saw Tuna in 1970; am taking my 22-year-old son to this one (his first). He’s as psyched as I am, so I guess I did at least one thing right as a parent.