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The Last Couple Of Weeks

My Buddy Rob McNurlin

My Buddy Rob McNurlin

Foto by Tom Lee

So the week before the Fur Peace Ranch opened for the beginning of our 22nd season, John Hulbut and pals (myself included) took the stage at the Station for a maiden run of the venue and our new streaming service.

Johnny and the boys

Johnnhy and the boys

Foto by Tom Lee

The show was a gas and the first outing of our video stream was not bad and just got better for the Hot Tuna show!

Is this any way to tune a mandolin?

Is this any way to tune a mandolin?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Double Dose weekend at the Ranch was awesome… truly great students. A good time was had by all. The Acoustic Tuna show:

Hot Tuna 7, 2019
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Fur Peace Station
Darwin Ohio
Opening Weekend Fur Peace Ranch, March 22, 2019

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. Living In The Moment
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Wolves & Lambs
4. Too Many Years
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. Candy Man
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Sleep Song
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Trouble In Mind
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Water Song

Then on Tuesday Jack and I drove up to Columbus and played two shows at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza… this is a great gig

Hot Tuna 8, 2019
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Worthington, Ohio
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

1. Search My Heart
2. Candy Man
3. Been So Long
4. How Long Blues
5. I See The Light
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Barbeque King
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Sea Child
10. Living In The Moment
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
13. Waiting For A Train
14. Trouble In Mind
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Hot Tuna 9, 2019
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Worthington, Ohio
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Re-Enlistment Blues
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Come Back Baby
5. I Am The Light Of This World
6. River Of Time
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Too Many Years
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Sleep Song
12. Good Shepherd
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Water Song

Jack’s back in LA, Nessa’s getting a birthday tattoo and I’m Mr. Mom for a couple of days. This weekend we’ve got a concert with A.J. Croce at the Station.

Good times!

And speaking of good times, my cousin Eric Eisenstadt sent me this interesting stuff.

Botticelli Portrait Of A Young Man 1475

Botticelli Portrait Of A Young Man 1475

From Eric Eisenstadt

Jorma, 500 years later

Jorma, 500 years later

From Eric Eisenstadt

Coincidence?

Onward

  1. George Henn
    March 28th, 2019 at 13:10 | #1

    I really enjoyed the live show from the Ranch in real time in my living room on my birthday. Thanks Jorma and Jack and crew!!

  2. eaglesteve
    March 29th, 2019 at 09:06 | #2

    Happy Birthday V……and many mo’

  3. Art
    March 29th, 2019 at 11:20 | #3

    Those Renaissance hairstyles never go out of fashion.

  4. johno
    March 29th, 2019 at 12:15 | #4

    There are a couple of similar Botticelli portraits around the world. I saw the one pictured above at the National Gallery in Washington. I saw a similar one at the Metropolitan in NYC. Botticelli was a Italian Renaissance master. Jorma is a true Renaissance man and musician.
    Jormas picture should be called ‘Young Man with Guitar’.

  5. Tom Fabry
    March 29th, 2019 at 12:19 | #5

    Botticelli in the Sistine Chapel. … He and several other artists had been selected by Pope Sixtus IV to decorate the walls of the Sistine Chapel. These artists included Ghirlandaio and Rosselli from Florence and Perugino from Umbria. This was some twenty-seven years before Michelangelo began his work on the ceiling.

    I see the resemblance of Botticelli and Jorma. What a laugh. Both artists who have made their mark.

  6. carey georgas
    March 29th, 2019 at 13:57 | #6

    @Tom Fabry
    Don’t forget Raphael. I think he painted a whole room you go through on the way to the chapel. He’s one of my favorites, after Michelangelo and Leonardo. Boticelli is high on my list as well.

  7. carey georgas
    March 29th, 2019 at 13:59 | #7

    I guess a doppelganger can be 500 years old.

  8. John B
    March 29th, 2019 at 14:13 | #8

    How is the pizza at Natalie’s ?

  9. John B
    March 29th, 2019 at 14:14 | #9

    Turtles All ! @carey georgas

  10. Chappy
    March 29th, 2019 at 19:57 | #10

    Thanks for airing Hurl & Friends! I couldn’t make it out to FPR for the show so I really appreciate being able to enjoy such a great night of music via the livestream! (Is livestream one word or two?…..I dunno). I was able to make it out for the HT show last week and it was another night of musical magic! Thanks to Hurl, Vanessa, Kelly and all the folks at FPR for being great hosts. Thank you!

  11. carey georgas
    April 1st, 2019 at 07:29 | #11

    Good one on the April fool’s joke. Got my heart thumping for a brief moment. The laughing cat is priceless. Got me.

  12. johno
    April 1st, 2019 at 12:58 | #12

    It’s so funny – they just found a new Botticelli in Florence. They had an old Italian Renaissance painting in the Uffizi gallery for centuries. When they cleaned it up it was determined to be a Botticelli over the weekend.

  13. George Henn
    April 1st, 2019 at 13:00 | #13

    A very clever April Fool’s joke, I must say.

  14. HOGAN
    April 1st, 2019 at 13:22 | #14

    Hey Jorma,

    Nice set lists…
    Those two bottom pictures make you go hmmmmm..lol
    How cool is it that you guys are playing Graceland Sound Stage in September, it’s one of the things on my bucket list to go to Graceland.
    Looking forward to catching up with you guys this weekend..

    Safe Travels
    Hogan
    :-)

  15. carey georgas
    April 1st, 2019 at 13:26 | #15

    @johno
    Not long ago I read of a lost Caravaggio found in an attic in Toulouse. Expected to fetch $171 million. Not in the attics of my life, but good for whoever’s attic it was.

  16. Robert Burke
    April 1st, 2019 at 14:50 | #16

    I expected this one after going hook, bait and sinker on a concert doing the complete America’s Choice and Yellow Fever, a few years back. Practically had my flight to Chicago booked. Happy April Fools Day! Good times.

  17. Brian Doyle
    April 1st, 2019 at 15:58 | #17

    Holding a lid none the less lol…

  18. Susan
    April 1st, 2019 at 21:02 | #18

    You got me!

  19. johno
    April 2nd, 2019 at 10:46 | #19

    I can’t believe it’s April already. See you guys on Saturday in good old Brooklyn. I can’t wait. Would love to also see you up in Woodstock – but it sold out in like 3 days. There’s nothing like Spring up in the Catskills.

  20. johno
    April 2nd, 2019 at 12:05 | #20

    FYI I read somewhere that the Mummrr Theatre is actually a synagogue. Don’t go looking for a theatre. I think it’s near Grand Army Plaza.

  21. Pete
    April 2nd, 2019 at 13:00 | #21

    Ha. You transcend time.

  22. Mitch Spector
    April 2nd, 2019 at 15:15 | #22

    Gotta admit i am loving listening to the Jorma at Rockplast 1980 release on Amazon .Brings back memories .I loved that sound and songs as well .You rarely if ever dive into much more than Barbecue king live from that time period (White Gland /Vital Parts ) Jorma & Steeler !!). i loved all of that ..It was always Jorma tearing it up lol .. Anyway it is great and it sounds excellent ..Those were the days ..Peace & Love ..Anything Jorma is Great anyway lol !!

  23. JJK
    April 2nd, 2019 at 15:28 | #23

    @johno
    Had plans to go to the Mummrr until my son informed me that he is getting engaged that night. So now instead of driving 2 + hrs. north to see Tuna Im driving out to Manhasset.Oh well

  24. Richard
    April 3rd, 2019 at 06:08 | #24

    johno :
    FYI I read somewhere that the Mummrr Theatre is actually a synagogue. Don’t go looking for a theatre. I think it’s near Grand Army Plaza.

    Yes it is a synagogue..Should be vert intimate..Been looking forward to it..And yes right across from Grand Army Plaza..Be there or be square…

  25. AndyK
    April 3rd, 2019 at 11:49 | #25

    Really looking forward to seeing the boyz celebrate Jack’s 75th Bday in Brooklyn on Saturday. The venue promises great sightlines and acoustics.
    Should be an historic Hot Tuna performance.
    If you don’t have one, grab a seat from Stubhub!

  26. Mike Anderson
    April 3rd, 2019 at 15:39 | #26

    A friend just posted a picture of your friend Bob Weir in Nashville with John Prine. Those are two I’d love to see at your ranch, especially John Prine for songwriting classes, no offence against your masterpieces, but he is a wordsmith!

  27. Kevin
    April 5th, 2019 at 11:12 | #27

    https://ultimateclassicrock.com/jorma-kaukonen-interview-2019/

    Here’s a new interview with our host. So glad they asked about and featured “Good Shepherd”, one of my favorite JA songs.

  28. johno
    April 5th, 2019 at 12:33 | #28

    Hey Kevin, thanks for the link. Great interview. We are so lucky to have Jack and Jorma still touring. Can’t wait until tomorrow to see Hot Tuna in Brooklyn!
    @Kevin

  29. Jim Bacon
    April 5th, 2019 at 14:53 | #29

    Love the red hat matching the red guitar!

  30. Brian Doyle
    April 8th, 2019 at 00:41 | #30

    A girlfriend of Jimi’s who doesn’t like me telling her name in public told me a story I wish I could replay on audio because it was such an incredibly interesting heartfelt account of talking to Mike Bloomfield outside the Peppermint Lounge in Chicago where Mike was trying to make it for the first time way back in the early 60’s…Bloomfield told her if I pass this audition you’ll know it because you’ll see my name on the marquee…Hey, Mike – don’t sweat it man…Relax…You’ve got it made…Mario Maglieri and Elmer Valentine of the Peppermint Lounge went on to form the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles…

  31. AndyK
    April 8th, 2019 at 12:37 | #31

    Great show in Brooklyn Saturday. Jack really stepped it up for Good Shepherd and Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning. Seemed like he had a bit of a head cold but pushed himself through – a true profesional. Jorma, your finger pickin’ was just plain smokin’!
    And 2 encores….fuggedaboutit.
    Then I asked Alexa to play some Rev. Gary Davis on Sunday. :)

  32. Richard
    April 8th, 2019 at 20:08 | #32

    The show Sat. night in Brooklyn was really great. Watching Jormas fingers on fire is always fun..Was there early to meet a fellow Tuna head for dinner and guess who was loading in..Yes at 4 PM there was Jorma unloading gear. Got to shake his hand and say hi..A gentleman as always..Thanks..