The Stacks at night...

The Stacks at night...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Winter was upon us as we pulled into Bethlehem. I was going to say I was looking for the other two wise men, but the Trio won’t be back until next year. This has been a long run but an extremely good one. I felt good about all the performances and I am blessed that I still have the capacity to do this. Life is good!

Stacks, behind the stage at sound check

Stacks, behind the stage at sound check

Jack and I played the Musikfest Café a couple of years ago when it was new. It was fun then, but the folks have really dialed the sound in now, and I had a fine solo time!

Boy, you can't make this stuff up!

Boy, you can't make this stuff up!

Foto by Suzy Perler

It’s been a while since steel came out of these stacks… but look what they’re doing with them today? Awesome!

Jorma Kaukonen 39, 2016
Jorma Solo
Musikfest Café
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Sunday, December 11, 2016

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
6. Barbeque King
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Living In The Moment
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. How Long Blues
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. San Francisco Bay Blues
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. I See The Light
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
6. The Terrible Operation
7. I’ll Be All Right Someday
8. Candy Man
9. Come Back Baby
10. Sea Child
11. Trial By Fire
12. Good Shepherd
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Trouble In Mind

A man and his guitar

A man and his guitar

Foto by Diane Richter

On the road, every moment of each day is geared to maintaining my level of performance an translating that into the reality I enjoy on show nights. Here at home… it’s quite a different story. The guitar now fits in around family time and that is indeed as it should be.

It’s great to be home!

Good night Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!

Good night Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!

Foto by Suzy Perler


  1. Comment made on December 15, 2016 by Greg Martelli

    The best part of catalog were the soldiers:
    Probably had 2-3 iterations of “Fort Apache”& managed to aggregate enough of the civil war sets to stage reenactment of Antietam

  2. Comment made on December 15, 2016 by Robert Burke

    “Thanks for the memories”

  3. Comment made on December 14, 2016 by Richard Manos

    Hi Jorma
    Will you be doing shows at McCabes in Santa Monica this February?
    Thank you

  4. Comment made on December 14, 2016 by Greg Martelli

    I’ll be alright someday
    Happy Hanukkah
    Merry Christmas
    Enjoy the company of family ,hearth and home
    Down to Jamaica for Little feat and Ramble band second week in January
    Wish you were there

  5. Comment made on December 14, 2016 by johno

    pretzels pliladelphia

  6. Comment made on December 14, 2016 by rich l

    Most certainly for me this year, seeing Jorma and Jack at the Old Town School of Folk Music was a highlight.

    On a side note, I bought the Sears 1965 Christmas Catalogue for a decoration and upcoming object lesson on E-bay the other day. With shipping, I paid about $50.00.

    Talk about a trip down memory lane! You could pick up a Roy Roger Guitar, (29″ guitar with wood fiber sound chamber for a deep, rich tone), for $3.49

    They sold one doll that was simply entitled, “Spank me, I cry.” When you turn the doll around they actually had a spot marked for the wallop. this is just me thinking, but I don’t think that would fly now a days.

    Waiting for the Sears Christmas catalogue to come after Thanksgiving each year was a highlight of the season. “Mom, did the catalogue come today?” was a daily question when we came home from school. If only I had studied “Reading, Writing and Arithmetic” like I did the toy section of that catalogue.

    And they say confession is good for the soul, so I must admit I took a gander at the woman’s under ware section.

  7. Comment made on December 13, 2016 by DennisK

    …And around the corner from Nazareth, where baby Martins are born. Holiday vibes to all!

    Glad you made it home in one piece. Hope you enjoyed the new puppy and had nice anniversary.

    I would say you sprinted across the finish line, with an amazing 29 song set. Thanks again for an awesome evening. See ya soon.

  8. Comment made on December 13, 2016 by jimhitchcock

    Whoa what a backdrop.

  9. Comment made on December 13, 2016 by Mark Kran

    Thanks for another great year-great shows, great times, truly a Festivus Miracle-see you in 17

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