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NYC, And Then, Home, Home, Home…

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Indeed, there is nothing like New York no matter what part of town your are in.

Last week we went to good old New York City and did a three day workshop at the Greenwich House. Yes, the Fur Peace Ranch goes on the road again. This was a little different kind of workshop. Jack Casady and I each had our own classes, but our thrust was to work on getting guitar players and bass players to learn to play well together. What a concept!

new york 3 photo by Israel Love Kaukonen

In addition to the great facility the Greenwich House offered us, the streets of Manhattan are fraught with historical facades and great places to eat.

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The classes went well and on Saturday night Jack and I made a rare duo appearance at the Hiro Ballroom up in the Meat Packing District. Something new for us… and a great little concert venue. Here is our set list:

Acoustic Hot Tuna 3, 2011
The Duo
Jack Casady & Jorma Kaukonen
The Hiro Ballroom
New York City, New York
Saturday, April 23, 2011

1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Second Chances
4. I See The Light
5. Hesitation Blues
6. BBQ King
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. I Know You Rider
9. Things That Might Have Been
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Come Back Baby
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
13. Been So Long
14. Candy Man
15. How Long Blues
16. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
17. Uncle Sam Blues
18. I Am The Light Of This World
19. Nine Pound Hammer
20. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Sunday, my son Zach and I drove to Northern Virginia where I dropped him off at his house and then I drove home to Hillside Farm in Ohio where the girls had already returned home. A long day of travel, but any day with family is a good day. Well, I’m home now and there’s Spring stuff to do.


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  1. Ken
    April 25th, 2011 at 09:42 | #1

    What a nice show Saturday night. It was great to see Tuna in a small venue like that. Thanks for a real treat!

  2. Kate Sullivan
    April 25th, 2011 at 10:26 | #2

    I wasn’t quick enough in getting tics for the sold out show at Hiro but I’ve already purchased tics for the Beacon in December……… gotta stay on top of these things. Glad you had a good stay in the “never boring” enclave of NYC and the somewhat “unrecognizable” area of the modern day meatpacking district. The interview of you and Jack aired yesterday morning on NPR’s Weekend Edition…….waiting for the release of “Steady…….” on vinyl for my young 12 year old turntable. All the best, hope to back at the Ranch next year. Kate Sullivan

  3. Jose
    April 25th, 2011 at 10:31 | #3

    A great little venue indeed – the table next to us said “Reserved: Steve Martin”, but he never showed – his loss! It was great to see you and Jack alone. Love Barry and what he brings to Hot Tuna, but seeing the “rare duo appearance” takes me back to the late 80s/early 90s, when you (and Jack) played all sorts of out of the way places in Manhattan. And I was truly happy to hear that rarity of rarities, “Keep on Truckin’ Mama” – I think it’s my first in over 25 shows, or however many it’s been! Also loved Candyman, don’t hear it too often, and “I See The Light” was positively brilliant: “nice going, Jack – we’re trying to set a mood up here.” Hope you come back to that venue again!

  4. Ken
    April 25th, 2011 at 11:16 | #4

    What a nice show Saturday night. It was great to see you in a small venue like that.
    It reminded me of back in the day, seeing shows in small venues like North Stage, My Fathers Place and Malibu. Thanks for a real treat!

  5. Max Bernheimer
    April 25th, 2011 at 12:08 | #5

    Agree with Jose re: Barry. This really was a special show in every way, and I would love to see more intimate Jorma/Jack shows like this one!

  6. Dmars
    April 25th, 2011 at 17:23 | #6

    it was an amazing show. i love all the hot tuna combos over the years but I’ll tell ya, there’s nothing and i mean NOTHING better then Original Hot Tuna Jack and Jorma together acoustic. the first song made me cry, the emotion these two guys bring to any song is unmatchable. we were the youngest guys there easy, me and my friend 32, and 33 and i think we had the most fun. i really need this show on cd, can i send you a check Jorma?????

  7. Connie Cole
    April 25th, 2011 at 20:08 | #7

    For Jorma I have a genealogy which includes your family from Finland and my grandchildren. Please e-mail for details.

  8. Rich Reicheg
    April 25th, 2011 at 20:32 | #8

    Great show at the Hiro. We brought along a friend who never been to a Tuna show, she said “The only song I know is Keep On Truckin.” Wish was granted,she was truly amazed by every song.

  9. Bob Kelly
    April 26th, 2011 at 08:06 | #9

    A real nice show indeed. The room played well,,sound was superb. An A+ set list also.Opening with “What are they doing in Heaven today” dedicated to a friends Mom I believe. Lots of highlites.. Rider, candy man, comeback baby, Uncle sam Blues..Barbque King.. I agree with previous posts,, The acoustic duo is a great treat,, In a small room all the better.After seeing shows all over Ny since 74,Hiro was a first.. real kind place..So thanks,Jack and Jorma for a real nice night of music.. stay well…

  10. Tommy Lee in St. Louis
    April 26th, 2011 at 09:21 | #10

    I first saw Tuna as a duo at the American Theater in St. Louis back in…1973?
    We were expecting the whole band with Papa John etc, but there were no drums on stage. The guitar & bass combo blew us away! With only two players you can really hear the subtle shadings of the music and the interplay between two masters of their instruments. Plus, Jack is forced to play more solos.
    Later that night we got busted…ah, those were the days…

  11. Craig K
    April 26th, 2011 at 10:34 | #11

    First, The Greenwich House Fur Peace Ranch workshops were fantastic. It is such a priviledge to have the opportunity to study with True Masters of their craft. I could never say enough about the caliber of the people associated with the Ranch. You all help to make this such a personal experience that you walk away feeling as though you have all been lifelong friends. Simply put, Thank You.
    Second, every year I think these guys are at the “Top of their Game” and then you continue to push the envelope. Thank you for continuing to take you Art seriously and not be willing to rest on your laurels. Great show at the Hiro!

  12. Richard Kamin
    April 26th, 2011 at 18:17 | #12

    What a great show it was. Some friends dont understand me seeing Hot Tuna 5 or 6 times a year and I explain how every show is different and the Hiro show sure proved that. Thanks guys for all you do to keep the good music vibe alive.

  13. Barbara G.
    April 27th, 2011 at 09:16 | #13

    Loved your show Saturday night — great venue. Thank you.

  14. April 27th, 2011 at 10:56 | #14

    @Richard Kamin
    I can relate Richard. When I tell people I have been to about 100 hot Tuna shows in my estimation. They don’t understand. Oh well, their loss

  15. greg bormida
    April 27th, 2011 at 13:51 | #15

    Jorma, I had to laugh when I read you were at the rise and shine diner. Missed you buy couple of hours. Hearing alot of the Steady album on XM The Village. Heard Ernie Hawkins version of Stars in my crown the other day. Say hello next time your in NJ ! Stay healthy, Greg.

  16. Ira Sperling
    April 27th, 2011 at 15:24 | #16

    What a fun night. Please make the recording available for sale. It was that special. Thank you.

  17. Richard
    April 27th, 2011 at 18:18 | #17

    What a beautiful black and white picture by your daughter.Had to grab my glasses to correct myself…Was thinking bless it’s pointed little head..But i stand corrected with glasses.

  18. jim hitchcock
    April 27th, 2011 at 19:46 | #18

    Jorma, a question I’ve had for years:In ’73 at the Santa Monica Civic, probably the same tour as Tommy Lee saw, your amp blew out in the middle of `I See The Light’. While you and your tech worked one it, Jack did a 20-25 minute solo that was flat out awesome (well, what would you expect). Anyway, and I’m not sure why this has bugged me so much, was it a HiWatt or an Orange amp?

  19. Gerard Maggio
    April 30th, 2011 at 03:37 | #19

    Steve Martin is not who you think it is. Not THAT Steve Martin. Steve Martin is in the field of Artist Management.

  20. Gerard Maggio
    April 30th, 2011 at 03:41 | #20

    I wish I had made it to this show. Jorma, no disrespect for any of the people whove shared the stage with you in every permutation of Hot Tuna, but PLEASE do a few pure Jack and Jorma shows from time to time, and some SOLO Jorma shows as well. You are too polite and tasteful a player to do all we KNOW you can do playing acoustically when you are leaving space for the other players. Some of the most intense musical experiences of my life were listening to just the seven of you. You, and your six strings.

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