Surviving At Wolf Trap

July 6th, 2017 Jorma 11 comments
Calm before the storm

Calm before the storm

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Last night the Wheels Of Soul Tour was at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia. Jack and I are hometown boys here in the D.C. area so for us it was a powerful homecoming!

Signing some WOS posters in the bus

Signing some WOS posters in the bus

Foto by Suzy Perler

I’ve played the Barns here at Wolf Trap, but never the Filene Center. This was a real treat!

Hot Tuna 25, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Wolf Trap
Vienna, Virginia
Wednesday July 5, 2017

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. I See The Light
3. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Roads And Roads &
6. Bowlegged Woman
7. Hit Single # 1

Myron heads for the laundry...

Myron heads for the laundry...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Tuna Set

The Tuna Set

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Derek asked Jack and Justin and I to sit in with the gang on Keys To The Highway. What a treat!

The whole fandamily

The whole fandamily

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The original Triumphs

The original Triumphs

Here’s Jack and myself along with Ronnie MacDonald… Ronnie played drums in the Triumphs, our band in high school in 1958/59. Here we are… same guys… a lot older.

Good times!

Yeah man, another good one. Tomorrow we are in Providence at the Providence Performing Art Center. I’ll miss being at the Fur Peace Ranch for pho today, but I have to work too.

We drove to Providence after show last night so we have a ‘day off’ today. I think I’ll find some seafood.

Interim Report From The Fur Peace Ranch, Let There Be Pho!

July 5th, 2017 Jorma 1 comment

So here we are at Wolf Trap with Susan and Derek. We’re still setting up and a post show wrap up will go up tomorrow. In the meantime, I got to thinking about the goings on at the Fur Peace Ranch. Tomorrow is a Pho Day at the Beatrice Love Kitchen and one of the many things I miss about not being home is the delicious Pho Wednesday and Thursday. Aside from the more than delicious food options, tomorrow’s music will be provided by our very own John Hurlbut and our favorite cowboy poet Rob McNurlin. Needless to say, this will be a treat on all fronts.

Take a trip to the Fur Peace Ranch for lunch Wednesdays and Thursdays and let me know how you liked it.

Wish I was there too!

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Happy Birthday America… and a night at SPAC

July 4th, 2017 Jorma 13 comments
SPAC from my drone

SPAC from my drone

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

I won’t be flying in the D.C. area, but I got the bird up in Saratoga!

Jack looks at the controller

Jack looks at the controller

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

The tour with Derek and Susan is more fun than most anything… music, friendship and food!

The loading dock

The loading dock

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Sound check for the boys

Sound check for the boys

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We’ve been having rally great sets on this run!

Hot Tuna 24, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga, New York
Monday, July 3, 2017

1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Living Just For You
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Come Back Baby
5. In The Kingdom
6. Roads And Roads &
7. Hit Single #1

Rockin' the house

Rockin' the house

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A long drive after the show to get here to Tyson’s Corners in Virginia to celebrate the Fourth with the Tedeschi Trucks family!

Mmmmm... good

Mmmmm... good

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Tyler at the grill

Tyler at the grill

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Pals on the road!

Pals on the road!

Selfie by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah buddy!!!

Yeah buddy!!!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

We all know that the Fourth Of July is not all about beer and barbecue. We Americans should show love for our country every day… but this day is indeed… a little special.

Happy birthday land of mine!

Onward

Summertime, And The Living Is……………..

July 3rd, 2017 Jorma 9 comments
The marquee plus out friend Suzy

The marquee plus out friend Suzy

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We left the Fur Peace Ranch a little shy of a week ago and started out with a solo show in Westhampton.

Hot Tuna 21, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Westhampton Performing Arts Center
Westhampton, New York

1. Been So Long
2. Candy Man
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Second Chances
6. Living Just For You
7. Come Back Baby
8. Talking Bout You
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Trial By Fire
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Sleep Song
13. Roads and Roads &
14. Funky #7
15. Encore: Hit Single # 1

After the show it was on the bus and off to New Hampshire.

Early morning view of the bus at the hotel in New Hampshire

Early morning view of the bus at the hotel in New Hampshire

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

A few short hours in the rack and off to the gig where Myron got our gear ready to go on Susan and Derek’s semi.

A tech's work is never done

A tech's work is never done

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This gig was at a venue sponsored by the Bank Of New Hampshire and the amenities were off the chart.

I think I'll make a smoothie.

I think I'll make a smoothie.

Selfie by Jorma Kaukonen

There were all manner of goodies backstage.

Bounties of the earth

Bounties of the earth

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Rain was coming so we got our soundcheck done.

Yes... people did come!

Yes... people did come!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 22, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion
Gilford, New Hampshire

1. I See The Light
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Talkin’ Bout You
5. Sea Child
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Bowlegged Woman

Some might think these sets short… but it’s a long evening for all of us and it’s a great show. The dynamic of us opening the show and sliding into the Wood Brothers is magic too!

Then it was on to Vermont!

What a guy!

What a guy!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Our Set:

Hot Tuna 23, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
With Tedeschi/Trucks
& The Wood Brothers
Midway Lawn At Champlain Valley Expo
Essex Junction, Vermont
Sunday, July 2, 2017

1. Been So Long
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Trial By Fire
6. Sleep Song
7. Funky # 7

Then it was time for Susan, Derek and their gang of superlatives!

This is magic!

This is magic!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A sold out show up here in Burlington!

Wall to wall!

Wall to wall!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

As the evening moved on in excellence…

As American as... french fries!!!!!!

As American as... french fries!!!!!!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then it was on to Saratoga and SPAC.

Goodnight moon...

Goodnight moon...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Milestones!

June 27th, 2017 Jorma 20 comments

Yesterday was our daughter Izze’s eleventh birthday.

Birthday cake in bed with Maverick

Birthday cake in bed with Maverick

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

That girl is into her second decade, heading out for summer camp and looking forward to 7th grade in the fall.

Zach and Bella

Zach and Bella

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A great two weeks with my son and a chance to get to know his great girl Bella! What a time this is!!!!!

Tomorrow morning I’m heading up to New York… this is going to be a great summer touring with Susan and Derek and the Wheels Of Soul Tour!

An evening look at the FPR from the air.

An evening look at the FPR from the air.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Got to ride my motorcycle on this beautiful day running last minute errands. Now a beautiful evening and then early to bed.

Evening clouds...

Evening clouds...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna is ready to go!

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Calm Before The Storm & Prayers For Kofi

June 22nd, 2017 Jorma 15 comments
Sunset at the Fur Peace Ranch

Sunset at the Fur Peace Ranch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Back home in Meigs County Zach and I got on our motorcycles and he took me out for a Father’s Day dinner at the El Camino Cocina in Athens, Ohio. Good times indeed. The girls came back Sunday and in spite of the fact that I’m going to the full court press to finish my book the time with family makes everything worthwhile!

The joys of swimming pool ownership

The joys of swimming pool ownership

Foto by Zach Kearse

Things are a bee hive of activity here as we all get ready for the upcoming summer tour with Tedeschi/Trucks. With that in mind, we just heard about Kofi Burbridge’s heart attack yesterday and our prayers go out out to him and all of his extended family. There’s no good time for bad news. We were shocked to hear of his affliction and pray for a complete recovery!

Quiet as a tree...

Quiet as a tree...

In this calm before the storm, happy second day of summer to all!

Foto by Zach Kearse

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The Language Of The Heart

June 15th, 2017 Jorma 23 comments

So much has been transpiring the last couple of weeks and as I sit up here with my family on the beach in Maine I get to take a moment to look back a bit.

Jorma and Bruce

Jorma and Bruce

We hosted Bruce Cockburn at the Fur Peace Ranch and it was an honor and a pleasure. Bruce is an amazing artist… and a helluva guy personally. What a treat this night was. The following weekend was Founder’s Day in Akron. This is something I look forward to every year. I recharge my spiritual batteries with this one.

Packed and on the road...

Packed and on the road...

I have been here many time... it is always powerful!

I have been here many time... it is always powerful!

Were it not for this place and these people I would probably not be here today… and I’m not alone. Hanging out with like minded spirits for four days in a fellowship that earth people simply cannot grok. A miracle! On Sunday I rode in the motorcade to Dr. Bob and Annie’s grave in the Mt. Peace Cemetery. I have done this a number of times over the last twenty years, and when Joey plays Amazing Grace on he bagpipes at the end of the ceremony… my hanky is always ready!

How sweet the sound...

How sweet the sound...

The language of the heart is spoken here… and all around the world for those who want it!

I got back from the run on Sunday afternoon. My son Zach showed up Sunday evening and Monday morning he and I drove 850 miles to Saco, Maine to meet Vanessa and Izze for a little family vacation.

Beauty and the Beach

Beauty and the Beach

Selfie by Vanessa

It was in the 90’s when we got up here. Two hot beach days and now it’s in the 60’s. Gotta love New England beaches!

Drone's eye view of Old Orchard Beach

Drone's eye view of Old Orchard Beach

Drone foto by Jorma

What a great calm before the storm of the Tedeschi/Trucks Wheels Of Soul Tour!

Drone shot of our home away from home

Drone shot of our home away from home

Drone foto by Jorma

To be with family in an utterly stress free environment… priceless!

Jorma, Zach and Izze breakfast selfie

Jorma, Zach and Izze breakfast selfie

Selfie by Izze Kaukonen

I see you

I see you

Drone selfie by Jorma

Today is the last day here. Zach and I will drive the 850 miles home tomorrow. Nice to able to share driving with my son.

Sunrise this morning...

Sunrise this morning...

Foto by Jorma

Nothing like taking a little time out to smell the coffee… or the roses… or whatever. Today we’re going to hit the Audubon nature water trail… hiking with canoes an kayaks, and tomorrow morning… home.

Onward indeed!

Thanks To Dark Star And A Rehearsal At The Station

May 31st, 2017 Jorma 22 comments
Thornville from the air

Thornville from the air

Drone Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Like I said, we love hanging with the Dark Star folks and their friends! The vibe at the Jubilee can’t be beat.

Main stage... calm before the storm

Main stage... calm before the storm

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

There was supposed to be thunderstorms, but while Tuna was there the weather was beyond awesome. Not to hot and not too cold.

Rob Barraco, Jack Casady, Jeff Mattson & Jorma Kaukonen

Rob Barraco, Jack Casady, Jeff Mattson & Jorma Kaukonen

It’s always a good time with these folks. Here’s our electric set:

Hot Tuna 20, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Dark Star Jubilee
Thorneville, Ohio
Sunday, May 28, 2017

1. Candy Man
2. I See The Light
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Trial By Fire
6. In The Kingdom
7. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Rock Me Baby
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Funky #7

The three of us got it done with style!

Can't beat a day like this!

Can't beat a day like this!

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then is was back to Meigs County where the boys and I planned on rehearsing for a couple of days in preparation for our tour with Tedeschi/Trucks this summer.

Jack heads up to the Fur Peace Station

Jack heads up to the Fur Peace Station

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Justin Guip, Jack Casady and myself set up in the most comfortable of situations, the stage of my very own Fur Peace Station.

With the able assistance of our pal Myron Hart, we got to work on some new additions for the summer sets.

Myron examines the neck of the Firebird... the Les Paul rests

Myron examines the neck of the Firebird... the Les Paul rests

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The three of us had a blast playing in this most friendly of environments… and we got some good Fur Peace Ranch cooking too!

The rhythm section working together

The rhythm section working together

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Myron and Justin bordered by cymbals

Myron and Justin bordered by cymbals

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Two great days of playing bordered by a great dinner at Salaam in Athens last night!

Today is a pho day at the Beatrice Love Kitchen and Jack Casady and I will be playing for the lunch crowd.

Yummy… and onward!

Phoenix To The Heart Of It All

May 27th, 2017 Jorma 11 comments
The Musical Instrument Museum In Phoenix

The Musical Instrument Museum In Phoenix

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We pulled into Phoenix, had a day off and got to work at the MIM.

Jack settles in at the MIM

Jack settles in at the MIM

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 17, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, Arizona
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. How Long Blues
3. I See The Light
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. Full Go Round
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Candy Man
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Too Many Years
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. Come Back Baby
6. Been So Long
7. Whining Boy Blues
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. River Of Time
10. I Know You Rider
11. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
12. Sea Child
13. Good Shepherd
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

One fine night followed by another…

Hot Tuna 18, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, Arizona
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Waiting For A Train
3. Hesitation Blues
4. True Religion
5. Barbeque King
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Death Don’t’ Have No Mercy
8. Living In The Moment
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Candy Man
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1. New Song
2. Been So Long
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
5. Come Back Baby
6. Whining Boy Blues
7. River Of Time
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Full Go Round
10. Sleep Song
11. Good Shepherd
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

Then it was time to head for for with one day to get ready for the Dark Star Jubilee.

Drone Selfie

Drone Selfie

Drone Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then today we drove up to Thorneville, Ohio… a mere 90 miles away!

Backstage busses

Backstage busses

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I love this festival

I love this festival

Drone foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 19, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Dark Star Jubilee
Thorneville, Ohio
Saturday, May 27, 2017

1. True Religion
2. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Barbeque King
5. I See The Light
6. Full Go Round
7. Sea Child
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. River Of Time
11. That’ll Never Happen No More
12. Come Back Baby
13. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
14. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
15. San Francisco Bay Blues
16. Good Shepherd
17. Sleep Song
18. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Tomorrow is our electric set. The Dark Star Folks sure know how to throw a party!

Hard to imagine this is only 15 miles from Columbus

Hard to imagine this is only 15 miles from Columbus

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Time to catch up on some rest… tomorrow is another day.

Onward!

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From Meigs County Airspace To The Great American West!

May 23rd, 2017 Jorma 15 comments
FPR View from the sky

FPR View from the sky

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After the weekend at the Ranch with Spencer Bohren and Tim Reynolds I got ready to head for Salt Lake City… but first I must note a great solo show by Tim!

Jorma & Tim backstage at the Station

Jorma & Tim backstage at the Station

Tim is an amazing player and a great guy. Big shout out to Fluffy too!

Here’s our class picture from the air.

Teachers and students by the Psylodelic Museum

Teachers and students by the Psylodelic Museum

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Saying adieu to another great weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch Jack, Myron, Phil and I flew out to Salt Lake City for a three day residency at the Egyptian Theater in Park City.

The Boys in Park City

The Boys in Park City

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I took a nasty cold with me from Ohio so I laid low in the hotel except for going to the gigs.

The first night at the Egyptian:

Hot Tuna 14, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Egyptian Theater
Park City, Utah
Thursday, May 18, 2017

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Re-Enlistment Blues
3. I See The Light
4. Barbeque King
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Ain’t In No Hurry
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. How Long Blues
9. Sleep Song
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Living In The Moment
12. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. True Religion
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Waiting For A train
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. I’ll Be Alright Someday
7. Candy Man Blues
8. In My Dreams
9. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
10. Trial By Fire
11. Sea Child
12. Good Shepherd
13. I Know You Rider
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Nicely restored old theater

Nicely restored old theater

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This is a great little theater run by great folks ith terrific sound!

Second night:

Hot Tuna 15, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Egyptian Theater
Park City, Utah
Friday, May 19, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. I See The Light
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Come Back Baby
6. Let Us Get Together
7. How Long Blues
8. Nobody Knows You When you’re Down & Out
9. Sea Child
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Missing tune… Myron got locked out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
5. Keep On Trucking Mama
6. Been So Long
7. Barbeque King
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Heart Temporary
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Sleep Song
12. Good Shepherd
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
14. Encore: Genesis

Our name in lights

Our name in lights

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Third night:

Hot Tuna 16, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Egyptian Theater
Park City, Utah
Saturday, May 20, 2017

First Set:

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. I See The Light
8. Full Go Round
9. Living In The Moment
10. New Song For The Morning
11. Candy Man
12. That’ll Never Happen No More

Second Set:

1. True Religion
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
5. Whining Boy Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. River Of Time
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. Trouble In My Mind
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Nine Pound Hammer

Then it was off to Phoenix where we play at the Musical Instrument Museum tonight.

I'm not in Kansas anymore

I'm not in Kansas anymore

Foto by Myron Hart

My cold is gone and I’m sure looking forward to the show tonight!

Remember... it's dry heat!

Remember... it's dry heat!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Onward!