Izze tickles the ivories on the street in Lychburg

Izze tickles the ivories on the street in Lychburg

Lynchburg, Virginia is an immensely cool college town… no Interstates go there. What a concept. There are tuned and decorated uprights on the street… Izze sat right down and played a tune.

Taj Mahal and Me...

Taj Mahal and Me...

Back at the Holiday Inn, I ran into my old pal, Taj Mahal in the lobby. We stopped to chat for a while. Sorry I missed his set. He’s a master! I must get him to the Fur Peace Ranch. Perhaps next year!

Some good food at the Market At Main and a walk about town.

Nothing like an old wall for an architectural foto

Nothing like an old wall for an architectural foto

Lynchburg is girdled by malls just like any small town in America… but the nucleus is still a real small town.

WW I monument...  Lynchburg

WW I monument... Lynchburg

The 6th of September was my son Zach’s 17th birthday and he came down to spend the day with me and go to Lockn’. He was going to play a song with Hot Tuna on the Triangle Stage so we thought a little rehearsal might be in order.

Been So Long... together... Zach and I

Been So Long... together... Zach and I

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Zach has been playing my tune, Been So Long, for a year now… and he nails it every time.

The afternoon of the 6th... Lockn'

The afternoon of the 6th... Lockn'

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Our set at Lockn’ was supposed to be at midnight… after Tom Petty’s set on the main stage. Weather intervened, however, and the Festival was locked down for a while. Our set was postponed to 0100. The skies cleared… Tom Petty rocked out and then good old Hot Tuna hit the Triangle Stage.

We called Zach out to join us for the first song of our set… Been So Long.

Been So Long with Zach

Been So Long with Zach

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 61, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Arrington, Virginia
Saturday, September 6, 2014

1. Been So Long with Zachary Kearse
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
4. Hesitation Blues
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. Full Go Round for Brian Farmer
8. Children Of Zion
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. 99 Year Blues
12. I Am The Light Of This World
13. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
14. Candy Man
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Keep On Truckin’ Mama

Zach and Jorma onstage

Zach, Jorma and the Boys onstage

Good time at Lockn’ and great to have the seventeen year old on board! Finished our set, got to the hotel at 0400, slept to 0630 and then a fast six hour drive home in time for Izze to practice some archery.

The view down range

The view down range

Monday here at Hillside Farm… homeschooling Izze and getting ready to fix her some lunch. It sure feels like Fall today. The seasons are sliding by for sure.



  1. Comment made on October 10, 2015 by Lisa Hairston

    Hey Now~ I always enjoy you and Jack. My hubby is turning 50 in May. Long time fan and guitar player in the bars. He has had a life struggle making ends meet for himself and our family.. but he is so loved! I would like to find out if there is a way to get a “free ride” to one of the guitar camps.. maybe OHIO? I don’t expect it.. but life is short. This he would never forget.

    Much Love! Let’s get together.. right down here )
    Take Care.. You are looking healthy and sounding fabulous, as always.
    Lisa “good vibes” kinda tearing up… cya )

    • Comment made on October 11, 2015 by Jorma

      Dear Lisa…

      Happy birthday to your pickin’ husband. I wish we could accommodate you and yours but our scholarships are for returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan. Like I tell the kids, if you don’t ask, you’ll never know. Perhaps in the future we’ll change our policy but that’s just how it is right now. My best to you and your family… Jorma

  2. Comment made on September 14, 2014 by jim hitchcock

    Oh, man. Mountain Jam. Fresh Air. ELP, Humble Pie, and lots of Outlaws. Yeah, I’m there. Thanks!

  3. Comment made on September 13, 2014 by Ed Greene

    @jim hitchcock
    Hi Jim, pleased to meet you. I do radio in Tampa, WMNF 88.5 FM, listener supported, non commercial http://www.wmnf.org/programs/298
    every Tuesday, 7-9 PM eastern always cool hippie music, lots of Jorma & Tuna!
    been on the air for over 30 years

    gr8fulEd in Tampa

  4. Comment made on September 11, 2014 by jim hitchcock

    Thanks, Doug, will do.

  5. Comment made on September 11, 2014 by doug mlyn

    @jim hitchcock
    You should check out “Garcia an American Life” by Blair Jackson, which talks a lot about Kesey and Casady. Those were definitely some interesting times!

  6. Comment made on September 11, 2014 by Hamneggs

    Lest we forget



    Take a second and treasure what you love and appreciate. Give thanks.
    Be safe
    Love All Ways

  7. Comment made on September 10, 2014 by jim hitchcock

    Love the gr8fulEd name!

    Just got 2 books from Amazon, Aces Back to Back and Long Strange Trip. Always fun to read about Kesey and Cassady, among others.

  8. Comment made on September 10, 2014 by johno

    Happy Birthday Zach! These are some of best times of your life…enjoy it. Can’t wait to see you play with your Dad and Hot Tuna!

  9. Comment made on September 10, 2014 by Ed Greene

    Lock’n was indeed fun, much better organized than last year was. I still question being patted down going in the main area, especially when I am in t shirt and shorts and clearly am not concealing anything.

    Loved the late night set with so many of my favorite songs, thank you for playing me a train song, How long Blues!!!

    I also share the same birthday as Zach !!!
    gr8fulEd in Tampa

  10. Comment made on September 10, 2014 by Tom in St. Louis

    Off topic…
    Interviews with Jack Casady are not very common. Here’s a good one!

  11. Comment made on September 10, 2014 by eaglesteve

    Happy birthday to your boy Zach. Time surely keeps slipping on t a faster pace. My condolences to Brian’s family.

  12. Comment made on September 9, 2014 by cyndy consentino

    Dear Jorma,

    Next year I will definitely go to Lockin. Heard so many good things about it.
    Zach looks more and more like you everyday!

    Stay well,

  13. Comment made on September 9, 2014 by doug mlyn

    My brother and I managed to stay up past our bed time (admitting we did take a nap though) and catch the sound check and the show. Awesome moment with Zach on the stage and you guys were amazing as well. The whole festival as really great and well-run. Needless to say the highlight for me was getting to say hi to you and Jack. Onward!!!

  14. Comment made on September 9, 2014 by carlo pagliano

    Dear Jorma
    It must have been great to hear You playing with Zach at Lockn’. Just great Zach!
    From ‘Tondo Jorma’ to ‘Psychedelic Jorma’, back through time in fire sign, legendary portraits in the limelight.

    This mor an old man and an old lady walked by in Indian file with their hands and arms put on the shoulder of the one in front, the two were blind and a sighted leady leaded them, they were two blessed simple souls to look at and they were it for real, they walked up the steps to go to the dentist in the building where I work and when finished walked down, I was so touched by their silent world and perceived their love and thoughtfulness for the world that looked at them in such humble circumstances.
    Steady As She Goes Jorma!

  15. Comment made on September 8, 2014 by rory in lynchburg

    i fully enjoyed the set at locken..the best show there in my opinion..glad you toured lynchburg,its an ok place..full go round was an awesome song,realllly was touching.
    thanks for the show..any way a recording will be available? my father(big fan) couldnt make it..see ya soon,hopefull at the next lockn!

  16. Comment made on September 8, 2014 by cat

    hot tuna must be hottest after one. wow. magical set in the most magical venue i have ever seen, light shows off the trees, hammock cocoons, a springy dance floor in the forest, even a fire pit. and the music took your bones made beyond weary by a music and rain saturated day and made them an extension of the music. it doesn’t get any more magical than that. trance dancing only happens in the edges of the one, and hot tuna took us there saturday night….

  17. Comment made on September 8, 2014 by Tom in St. Louis

    For those who don’t know, Brian Farmer was guitar tech for Warren Haynes, and his good friend as well.


  18. Comment made on September 8, 2014 by Jason

    I wish we knew that your set was delayed. After Tom Petty, we only thought there was 15 min left in your set. They didn’t tell anyone, and we only found out after waiting on Bustle who was waiting on you. Shame, and hot Tuna was the act on my bucket list that didn’t get checked off. Please come back next year.

  19. Comment made on September 8, 2014 by Ben

    Jorma, et al,
    I just looked at your set list and saw the dedication of Full Go Round to Brian Farmer. It gave me a chill; I hadn’t heard the news, so I checked it out on the net and sure enough, Brian is gone (he died on Oteil’s birthday – how weird is that?). I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with him and Warren in a car and a Waffle House on the way from the airport in Columbus to FPR.
    Brian was indeed a fine and congenial fellow, and like so many others, I am saddened by his passing.

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