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Walking The Dogs & A Trip To Natalie’s & Veteran’s Day

November 11th, 2020 Leave a comment Go to comments
Me & Mav on the old road

Photo By Vanessa Kaukonen

Every now and the Nessa and I get to take a morning walk together with our pals. All the pretty leaves are on the ground now… well, most of them but that’s OK.

Last night Jack and I drove up to Columbus for a two show night at the new Natalie’s. Lovely venue… our first time there. Many thanks to Natalie, her dad and Alec Whiteman for making a safe evening most enjoyable!

A two show night, of course!

Hot Tuna 24, 2020

The Acoustic Duo

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady

Early Show


Columbus, Ohio

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

  1. True Religion
  2. Second Chances
  3. Broken Highway
  4. Hesitation Blues
  5. Letter To The North Star
  6. Parchman Farm
  7. In The Kingdom
  8. Trial By Fire
  9. Great Divide Revisited
  10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  11. Candy Man
  12. How Long Blues
  13. San Francisco Bay Blues
  14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Hot Tuna 25, 2020

The Acoustic Duo

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady

Late Show


Columbus, Ohio

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Whining Boy Blues
  3. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
  4. Been So Long
  5. Barbeque King
  6. West Coast Blues
  7. Highway Song
  8. Sleep Song
  9. Watch The North Wind Rise
  10. Good Shepherd
  11. Song For The Stainless Cymbal
  12. Another Man Done Gone
  13. That’ll Never Happen No More
  14. Come Back Baby
  15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  16. Encore: Waiting For A Train
Nessa and Perseus aka Chunky

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Indeed it is Veteran’s Day 2020 and so as I honor all of our veteran’s I think of my dad and his two brothers.

Jorma Sr. in ’44 getting ready to set sail for the Pacific.

Photographer unknown

While dad was getting ready to leave San Francisco for the Far East, Uncle Tarmo was in Sicily.

Tarmo, the uncle I never met

Photographer unkown

For Tarmo, a relaxing moment out of the line of fire. North Aftrica, Sicily, Italy… those were his venues. He made it through all those campaigns to die in a VA hospital in Memphis in 1945 from lung cancer.

My uncle Pentti

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen Sr.

So my uncle Pen… he was army… South Pacific. Carried a flame thrower… went into tunnels. He would have been a tunnel rat in Vietnam. He came up through Leyte. After the Philippines were liberated he would run into his brother, my dad, outside of Manila. The only thing he ever said to me about the war was, ‘Your dad never had to pull the trigger himself.’ I’m not a vet so I’m unequipped to really speak about hidden truths here. There are no pictures that I have of Pen in the service. I only know that something happened to him out there in the Pacific that could never be fixed. He died in a VA hospital back in the 70’s when he was a quarter of a century younger than I am today. I think he died of a broken heart.

He was my friend.

Not much more for me to say today on this.

I honor them all… all those who served and are serving!

Thank you!

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  1. JohnB
    November 11th, 2020 at 14:02 | #1

    May the good Lord continue to richly bless you and your family.

  2. Richard K
    November 11th, 2020 at 14:12 | #2

    Just came from a small memorial at our Village Green..Some 1940s Jeeps on display and Color Guard,Boy Scouts,VFW men and women,firetrucks and some politicians..A few speaches,PLedge of Allegiance ..Felt good to be an American again…I needed that too..

  3. John R.
    November 11th, 2020 at 16:01 | #3

    Thank you for that moving testimonial, Jorma.

  4. Ham Neggs
    November 11th, 2020 at 18:26 | #4

    It is only fairly recent that we have come to recognize and treat PTSD and count the suicides. Thanks for your moving words.
    Love your uncle on the bike
    Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼

  5. Joey Hudoklin
    November 11th, 2020 at 18:32 | #5

    Thank you for your moving tributes on this Memorial Day. ✌&💙

  6. Kevin
    November 11th, 2020 at 19:14 | #6

    Thank you for the pictures and the fine (as always) words. The Greatest Generation indeed!!!

  7. carlo pagliano
    November 11th, 2020 at 21:52 | #7

    Here in Italy we don’t have such a Veterans Day to celebrate the end of WW1, we have the Day of the Fallen, and we have the Veterans, me ma and pa. She was a surgeon’s assistant and he was the surgeon, back in the early days of WW2 on board of those white hospital ships with the huge red cross painted alongside and ploughing through the waves of the Med, coasting North Africa. His tiger glance looked around for ma’s sour black cherry sweet eyes popping out of the mask and the fruit of their love gave birth to my brother (1941) and yours truly (1946). Dad was made prisoner by the army of The British Empire down in India thus gaining him an O.B.E. from the then Queen for saving the lives of the British wounded soldiers back from the front, Sir Leopoldo Pagliano Candiani. May G-d give peace and solace to the heart of all those people who saw and died in that terrible terror.
    Always Thanks Jorma!

  8. JB
    November 12th, 2020 at 10:13 | #8

    Any one watching Good Lord Bird on Showtime? Pretty interesting soundtrack.

  9. carey georgas
    November 12th, 2020 at 10:41 | #9

    Some of the coolest historical fiction I’ve ever watched. Kind of like McCullough meets Tarantino. Soundtrack’s fantastic.

  10. mike
    November 12th, 2020 at 11:28 | #10

    Is it me or is Jorma looking more like ST. Nick lately?????

  11. JB
    November 12th, 2020 at 12:06 | #11

    Indeed! I wonder if a Rev. Gary Davis tune shows up 😉

  12. Adam
    November 12th, 2020 at 14:07 | #12

    Jorma and friends’ generosity of spirit in the youtube shows has been a shining beacon through the darkness of this terrible year. Thank you all.

  13. JB
    November 12th, 2020 at 14:43 | #13

    Thanks to all who have served!

  14. Judge Jim
    November 13th, 2020 at 09:57 | #14

    Hey Jorma – love your thoughts and universal truths – miss you guys –

  15. eaglesteve
    November 13th, 2020 at 11:53 | #15

    HUA Captain.