Well, many people know that I hail from The Land Of Pleasant Living. Yep… the the D.C. Metropolitan are. I remember going to Washington Senators games at Griffith Park with my Dad, but that’s another story. In any case, we were there last night at the Birchmere on our Leon Russell tour and it was a great night in many ways.

Zach and I enjoy a bountiful repast backstage at the Birch'

Zach and I enjoy a bountiful repast backstage at the Birch'

Yep… it’s always good to spend time with this young man, but it gets better.

Sound check

Sound check

Zach has been working hard on his guitar the last couple of years and last summer when he asked me to teach him ‘Been So Long,’ I was almost speechless. Anyway, he learned it and he and I played it at the Fur Peace Ranch a couple of times. Last night he joined Hot Tuna on stage at the gig and did his old man proud!

Jack, Jorma, Zach and Barry

Jack, Jorma, Zach and Barry

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 9, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Birchmere
Alexandria, Virginia
Sunday, January 12, 2014

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long with Zach Kearse
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. How Long Blues
6. Children Of Zion
7. In My Dreams
8. Barbeque King
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Big River Blues
12. Good Shepherd
13. Nine Pound Hammer
14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

It doesn’t get too much better than that, does it?

Onward to the Neighborhood Theater here in Charlotte.


  1. Comment made on February 24, 2014 by Cary Lichtman

    JK, My friend John Melnick (your former FPR students)and I were there! Great show!

  2. Comment made on January 15, 2014 by Steve Comeau


  3. Comment made on January 15, 2014 by Steve Comeau

    I’d cry nepotism – except that I’ll probably be taking guitar lessons from Zach someday.

  4. Comment made on January 15, 2014 by John B

    That’s fantastic Jorma! Having Zach join you onstage at the Birchmere must have sent shivers down your spine. One summer I got my son Chris a job working at the same place that I did. Our ride to work together is something that I cherished and still look back on with a smile. Speaking of hometowns. I just found out an hour ago that Hot Tuna will be playing in my hometown on June 22 ! I can’t wait. See you soon Jorma.

  5. Comment made on January 15, 2014 by Mitch Spector

    Good morning Jorma ,

    So happy for you and Zach to have this wonderful thread to share in your lives .As a father of two fine young men myself i can relate to to the relationship and what it means to find a way to be all the things it takes to be a good dad and at the end of the day to be the person who your son wants to spend time with as much as possible ..Once again Jorma You seem to have nailed it without missing a note ♫

  6. Comment made on January 15, 2014 by bill

    Suppose to read ‘look’like you, not loom….geez I hate typos.

  7. Comment made on January 15, 2014 by bill

    Wow, Jorma, does he loom like you…and what a gift he must have play ‘Been So Long’. Kid has good taste.

  8. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by Walt Hetfield

    The land of Natty Bo’s. Anyway, if I was to see Zach walking down the street somewhere, I’d know whose boy he was. Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium…..I went to college with one of the grand offspring of Mr. Griffith. Funny story for another time. A team comprised entirely of utility infielders with names like Klutz and Plews, He moved the operation lock stock and barrel to the land of 10,000 lakes. Glad to see you’re still a road warrior with your best pal and all the folks.

  9. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by Carole Eastham-Shera

    Joe in DC– thanks for the show review– and ‘In My Dreams’ so wish I could have been there! Reading your post helped out. @Jorma,, you can sure tell that Zach is his father’s son. There is a striking resemblance of you both from your ‘early’ years especially in the first shot of you and Zach sitting around the table. Really nice in many ways.

  10. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by joe in DC

    I was at the Birchmere Sunday night
    great tuna acoustic set; 90 minutes no break pre Leon
    I had second row center
    Great tunes, great vibes

    Jorma- please pass on to Zach he did great on Been so Long… I was the guy who corrected you as in Stroudsberg PA….where you wrote In my Dreams.
    Thats the other tidbit…new tuna song..In my Dreams
    All in all great show, laid back, mellow
    First time seeing Leon…he rocked man…….

  11. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by carlo pagliano

    Tuna is Rockin’ Green & Maiden Teen.

    Rock Them Hot Tonight Jorma!

  12. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by Barbara Jacobs

    and, it’s nice that Zach will have photos of the occasion.

    I only have just a few photos of me and my dad:
    The first was of him holding me, as a new-born.
    The second is of him out on a weekend walk with me (I’m barely in the photo’s frame. He was a fast walker and I was always running behind trying to keep up with him. Very: “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast”.)
    The third is of him trying to show me how to play the sax. (He’s pointing to me as I’m trying to play it and my little face is all red!)

  13. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by doug mlyn

    speaking of Dads and Sons I worked with my dad when I was young… Not quite as exciting as your gig, he owned a Typesetting company… But I always remember those as good times.. driving to work together, etc….

  14. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by johno

    You’re back in your hometown – you have your son there – and to top it off he’s sitting next to you playing – you musta been on top of the world. Way to go Zach you pulled it off and made your father proud! From pictures Zach looks like a young Buddy Holly.

  15. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by doug mlyn

    WOW! It doesn’t seem like it could get any better. But it probably will I bet you are a proud Dad. Maybe you could teach him “Watch the North Wind Rise”. I sure do miss that song!

  16. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by Steve Levenson

    Man, I used to love going to work with Dad. Every minute was special. The few times I’ve seen performers bring their kids on stage I’ve wondered how the parent kept their focus, and didn’t just end up grinning & staring at their kid. And, by the way, Bring Your Daughter to Work day is April 24 this year.

  17. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by K.C.

    “Up in the morning watch the north wind rise”
    What a blustery tour so far. I can’t believe what you guys have trudged through and how long you go. Awesome! This west coast transplant is looking forward to your set in Charlotte tonight. Down from the misty mountains of SW Virginia I go this time no wagon with little dude in tow. Thanks for bringing your magic to and thru these mountains.
    “So keep on lovin’ and make it slow”

  18. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by bake

    that right there IS as good as it gets! You are so very lucky to have each other and to share a moment as this! The legacy continues! Hmm,– Does Jack have a son or daughter? How bout a new song ,”The next generation”!

  19. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by Brett

    Waydago Dad!!

  20. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by Hogan


    That is truly AWESOME….
    Wish I was there to witness it……


  21. Comment made on January 14, 2014 by kathy liny

    It doesn’t get any better, what a great milestone, thanks for sharing the pictures and hope to see that concert online!

  22. Comment made on January 13, 2014 by Craig K

    Very very cool! I can’t imagine how great that must feel JK. Proud of your music and proud of Zack! All the best to you and yours!

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