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Head West Old Man

Leaving the relative winter of my homeplace I headed west for a little solo tour and some new videos for Breakdown way. But first…

At least it's not a death mask...

At least it's not a death mask...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is a must for every museum lover whether you’re a music geek or not. There was a great new guitar exhibit and I got to see Charlie Christian’s guitar.

The Master's Gibson... with pickup

The Master's Gibson... with pickup

Foto by Lowell Pickett

Jorma Kaukonen 1, 2019
The Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, Arizona
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Candy Man
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Barbeque King
5. How Long Blues
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Trial By Fire
8. Living In The Moment
9. Search My Heart
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. River Of Time
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
2. Been So Long
3. Whining Boy Blues
4. Come Back Baby
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. I Am The Light of This World
8. Too Many Years
9. Sea Child
10. Good Shepherd
11. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. The Terrible Operation
14. I Know You Rider
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Truly an awesome room to play… and to listen!

Culture in the desert

Yesterday we saddled up and drove San Diego… where we are today. On the way stopped in Yuma for some truly memorable Mexican food!

La Fonda in Yuma

La Fonda in Yuma

Foto by Phil Jacobs

This eatery has been in place for seventy years. If you’re passing through Yuma and you have an appetite, stop into La Fonda.

Speaking of eating… time for breakfast!

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  1. Phil Nola
    March 1st, 2019 at 16:32 | #1

    Nice pic of you and Charlie’s guitar….. and Bo Diddly, Keith Richards ,someone I don’t recognize managed to photobomb you !

  2. carey georgas
    March 1st, 2019 at 16:35 | #2

    Horace Greeley would be proud. I must say, 70 years in business is ‘nuff said about the quality of that Mexican food. Can’t be nothin’ but good! Safe travels and happy pickin’.

  3. tom
    March 2nd, 2019 at 01:30 | #3
  4. John R.
    March 2nd, 2019 at 09:18 | #4

    I realize this is probably a stupid question (but someone’s gotta ask it): what was the mask for?

  5. johno
    March 2nd, 2019 at 12:32 | #5

    It’s a life mask. See tom’s link above.
    @John R.

  6. March 2nd, 2019 at 12:42 | #6

    Glass sculpture by Peggy Pettigrew Stewart. Awesome…

  7. John R.
    March 2nd, 2019 at 14:27 | #7

    Wow. Awesome indeed!

  8. johno
    March 2nd, 2019 at 18:45 | #8


  9. Kevin
    March 3rd, 2019 at 02:00 | #9

    Heard an interview today by Mark Goodman & Alan Light with Mary & Denise from the Ace of Cups. Two of the sweetest ladies, who couldn’t say enough nice things about Jorma and Jack. Can’t believe I’ve never heard their story before or never heard their music until today. After hearing their story and how effusive their love for Jorma I had to check out their music. It’s been stuck in my ever since.

    Jorma, they couldn’t have been nicer in how they described your help both as teacher and friend.

  10. Sweetbac Jr.
    March 3rd, 2019 at 13:25 | #10

    Phew!….glad Jorma cleared up the “life-mask” pic…at first, I thought he slipped and did a face plant into one of them calzones down at Paulie Gee’s on Flatbush ave!…I should only BE soo lucky!….fuggedabowdit!

  11. Tom Fabry
    March 4th, 2019 at 08:57 | #11

    @Sweetbac Jr.
    When was the last time you allowed yourself a tasty NYC calzone?

  12. Sweetbac Jr.
    March 4th, 2019 at 14:53 | #12

    Lets get it straight….there IS no good calzones in NYC. hell, QUEENS has better pies than NYC. Tourists wouldn’t know a Stromboli from a Stratacaster. Know what I’m tellin’ you, Paisan?

  13. Ham Neggs
    March 4th, 2019 at 16:21 | #13

    @Sweetbac Jr.
    hell Queens is in NYC.
    Body surf Rockaway Beach
    Love All Ways
    da Bronx is up ,da Bowery’s down ,da people ride around in a hole in the ground

  14. eaglesteve
    March 4th, 2019 at 17:07 | #14

    Brooklyn’s best pizza is from Original Pizza, Avenue L, Canarsie.
    ‘nuf said!

  15. March 4th, 2019 at 17:47 | #15

    Pepe’s -New Haven
    Johnny’s -Bleeker street
    Grimaldi’s -Brooklyn ( although I’ve heard it’s declined)

    Our brick oven ,sheds a good peel

  16. johno
    March 4th, 2019 at 18:02 | #16

    We got the best pizza and bagels in NYC because we got the best water. The NYC water supply begins in the Catskill mountains in upstate New York.


  17. johno
    March 4th, 2019 at 18:14 | #17

    Don Pepe’s in New Haven was voted the best pizza in the world. It’s really good. How about Sallys Apizza down Wooster St. They must have good water in New Haven too.

  18. March 4th, 2019 at 18:59 | #18

    We could probably get a consulting geologist or hydrologist to opine on the water and it’s influence,our KY water
    Is too soft and alkalineThe NY water is running over granite boulders and quartzite stream beds,I say it’s acidic from running through the deciduous forests as well.
    I’ve heard that the water makes the crust.

    Sals is good too-coal fired ovens

  19. Tom Fabry
    March 5th, 2019 at 09:23 | #19

    @Sweetbac Jr.

    Technically Queens is NYC…just sayin’. I am sure you can find a nice calzone in Queens/NYC, but can Queens compete in the hot dog and green juice category? Again, just sayin’.

    Queens, the home of Che Stadium named after that revolutionary guy, right?
    Dont forget the Worlds Fair
    JFK airport
    St. John’s University
    Astoria and gyros
    F and E train

    Clocks change soon. Spring ahead right? Onward

  20. carey georgas
    March 5th, 2019 at 10:44 | #20

    How many votes came out of Italy?

  21. March 5th, 2019 at 11:03 | #21

    Che Stadium -that’s great .
    Red t shirts with bearded guy wearing a beret,he got better than he deserved.
    Robert Moses was busy in 50’s/60’s building the City
    His epitaph”Those that can -Build, those that can’t -criticize”

  22. Ham Neggd
    March 5th, 2019 at 12:23 | #22

    @Greg martelli
    Moses sucked
    Didn’t put a penny towards trains for years
    Cross Bx
    Ravaged Rockaway
    Buried in Woodlawn
    Don’t get me started
    Love All Ways

  23. johno
    March 5th, 2019 at 14:25 | #23

    I stand corrected – Pepe’s is the best pizza in the America. USA TODAY did a survey about 4-5 years ago on the best pizza in America. Frank Pepe’s in New Haven was voted #1. Sally’s Apizza, down the block, came in #7. They are both great.
    @carey georgas

  24. John B
    March 5th, 2019 at 14:26 | #24

    Absolutely correct johno……on occasion I drive into NYC just to get a drink of water……@johno

  25. Tom Fabry
    March 5th, 2019 at 14:41 | #25

    @John B

    They have been working on some of those water tunnels for over 100 years.
    Below is a brief article regarding Comrade DeBalsio and some money and water tunnel news.


    Tasty bagels and water in NY as someone cited above. Cheers

  26. March 5th, 2019 at 15:40 | #26

    Comrade and commissar .
    I’ve never been to Moscow , but I’ve heard that Vladimir Lenin enjoys an embalming cocktail that keeps him perfectly preserved.
    Deus ex Bolshevism
    The great red lie

  27. Ham Neggs
  28. Sweetbac Jr.
    March 5th, 2019 at 21:32 | #28

    PEPE’s? ….LAWD have mercy….and you probably think the BEST cheese-steak in philly is at Pats “king of steak” on East Passyunk!
    I give up….HOT F’ING TUNA!

  29. Willy
    March 7th, 2019 at 02:27 | #29

    Damn, @Johno, @ Sweetbac Jr….Pepe’s is good, no argument here. Love their clam pie. But hey, there’s alot of good pizza everywhere. Check out Star Tavern in Orange, NJ – excellent thin crust pie, among the best in the northeast for my money. Butt here’s another place I ain’t gonna name in in Montclair cuz it just reopened after closing its Little Falls place a couple years back. You know it if you know it. Hands down the best pizza anywhere IMHO. No rezzies, no take-out…Jorma – you like pizza, let me know next time you’re in NYC area and I’ll take you there.

    Oh, one more thing, no better water than NYC water! (And I’m a hydrologist).

  30. carey georgas
    March 7th, 2019 at 15:02 | #30

    This pizza talk is killin’ me. In my little burgh, I got two choices, Domino’s and Pizza Hut. Talk about lame! I’ve been to NYC a few times, and I don’t know where I bought pizza, alls I know is that I’ve never bought a bad pie there. I guess maybe I got an advantage when it comes to enchiladas and tacos, but it’s hard to beat good pizza.

    March 7th, 2019 at 15:06 | #31

    Im here in nyc and I never had the hut or dom. g carey

  32. carey georgas
    March 8th, 2019 at 09:22 | #32

    That’s what I’m talking about!

  33. Tom Fabry
    March 8th, 2019 at 10:35 | #33

    Ok, move from pizza to Nathan’s french fries out at Coney Island… What is is about that taste??? Is it the oil the fries are soaked in?

    I know Jorma was at the Chelsea Hotel, 222 W 23rd Street, but did he ever make it out to Coney Island? Worth the visit for you visitors.

  34. johno
    March 8th, 2019 at 16:47 | #34

    Now I’m hungry. Whenever I go to Coney Island I go to Nathans and get 2 hot dogs and a French fries. The hot dogs are great – they snap when you bite one. And the French fries are some of the best fries I’ve ever tasted. Great potato flavor.
    @Tom Fabry

  35. carlo pagliano
    March 8th, 2019 at 22:00 | #35

    Rock Them All Sweet Tonight Jorma!