My friend Paul lurks in the Labyrinth

My friend Paul lurks in the Labyrinth

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Before I get to my report from our final weekend of 2017, a quick sidebar on my last post. I would would never, ever advise anyone on parenting, self defense, survival skills or come to think of it… just about anything. The following is just my opinion and experience. Where we live, the nearest LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) is an hour away… if things go according to plan. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. If something horrible were to happen at our place, screaming would just tell the VCA (Violent Criminal Attacker) where my girls were. My neighbors and I may differ in some opinions, but we are united in our commitment to keeping our little street safe… an we will do so by any means necessary. It has also been noted that all of us including our children need to not put ourselves in dangerous situations and in a perfect world that would suffice. Sometimes common sense is just not enough and on any given day our children might be fed a line of BS that makes sense to them at the time. There are bad people out there and life gives us no safe spaces.

Nuff said… it’s a beautiful chill morning and at 0700 my daughter is on her way to middle school.

The last weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch was awesome by any standard! We hosted the wondrous Steve Kimock and Jack Casady. Our good friend and colleague Justin Guip drove down from Woodstock to be part of the party. Thanks justin. You’re a great addition to our world! Our plan was to involve Steve in as much of the music as possible and that’s what we did!

No Steve or Justin... but here's Jack and Jorma

No Steve or Justin... but here's Jack and Jorma

Foto by Lee Cantor

Hot Tuna 47, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Justin Guip
And Special Guest Steve Kimock
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, November 11, 2017

First Set:
1. Candy Man
2. I See The Light
3. Living Just For You
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Talkin’ Bout You
6. Trial By Fire
7. Wolves & Lambs
8. Hesitation Blues with Steve Kimock
9. Bowlegged Woman with Steve Kimock
Second Set:
1. Sleep Song
2. Sea Child
3. Can’t Get Satisfied with Steve Kimock
4. Rock Me Baby with Steve Kimock
5. In The Kingdom
6. Roads And Roads &
7. Come Back Baby with Steve Kimock
8. Funky # 7 with Steve Kimock
9. Encore: Water Song with Steve Kimock

Almost three hours of music… we’re not fooling around! Hot Tuna has some electric shows coming up with Steve and we’ve got some heady plans to put his august presence to good use.

It was chill here in Southeast Ohio this past weekend, but it’s halfway through November and I’d expect no less. I actually thoroughly enjoy these late Fall days although I’m sure I’ll thinking of Spring by the time New Years rolls around.

Sunday afternoon it warmed up enough to go outside for the final class picture

Sunday afternoon it warmed up enough to go outside for the final class picture

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

A hearty thanks and a shout out to Tom Feldman for his inestimable assistance as a teacher, the purity and perfection of his art which he shares so readily with us, his qualities as a man and his friendship! Thanks Tom!

Now that this weekend is over I can get back to the second rewrite of my book. Life visits many humbling situations upon us and this is yet another one. It’s all good though and I can feel that this event is giving more growth rings on my tree of life.

Time to walk my four footed friends and get my nose back to the grindstone.

Have a great day all!


  1. Comment made on November 15, 2017 by carey georgas

    I gotta figure when you do your book promo tour you’ll swing through your hometown, and I gotta wonder if you do will you be promoting at Kramer Books. It’s the coolest bookstore I’ve found yet. Every time I go to D.C. it’s as important a stop to me as the National Mall, but then again, I love books. Can’t hardly wait to read yours.

  2. Comment made on November 15, 2017 by HOGAN

    Congratulations on 20 years Captain and crew and making your dreams come true, I can’t believe it’s been twenty years. Chris and I are hoping to make it out there next year. You are truly blessed… 🙂
    What an outstanding set list, Steve is going to be awesome at the shows and I have to agree Justin has been a great addition.
    Looking forward to picking up a copy of the book when it is finished.
    Take care and safe travels.


  3. Comment made on November 15, 2017 by Andy K

    Wow I remember that venue!

  4. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by George Henn

    I recall seeing Jorma solo acoustic at MFP, and also Jack with SVT. Great nights! Glad to hear it will be open again.

  5. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by Steve

    ….the wondrous Jack Casady….But of course!!!! See ya at the Capital-last time I was there was electric Tuna in 1989? Just scored Rams Head tickets for March as swell…..

  6. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by Chappy

    Outstanding season ending show at FPR with HT and Steve Kimock. Words can’t fully describe the musical magic you all create. So, thank you, Jack, Justin and Mr. Kimock! Also, special thanks to Vanessa, Hurl, Kelly and all the folks at FPR for your great hospitality and service all year long. Blessings.

  7. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by Joe K

    Looking forward to attending the Asbury Park show with my son who just moved back into the area.
    I started seeing tuna at the Academy of music in NYC with a few good friends. Those late shows were a thing of beauty.A couple years ago I met up with one of those friends for Jorma’s 75 @ the Beacon.
    It was to be Steve’s last Tuna show as the Lord called him home last year.
    Steve Tella will be with me in Spirit.

  8. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by Susan

    I don’t remember raffles or the chalet…and my memory of who I saw at MFP is not great either….maybe Steve forbert, new riders, Dave mason, but definitely our host here, back in the days of “where’s Jack”? It was a great space with tables and chairs, general admission and if you got there early enough, you could literally sit and rest your feet up on the stage!

  9. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by johno

    Really, that was one of my hangouts when I was in my 20’s. Saw Bob Marley and The Police there in the 70’s. I grew up not far from Roslyn. Remember Raffles and The Chalet.

  10. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by Susan

    Yes, and on top of all that, My Father’s Place is reopening after 30 years, in Roslyn.

  11. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by johno

    What a fun time to be a Tuna fan. First we have an acoustic show at City Winery in NYC this month. Then onto the Paramount on LI for an electric show with Steve Kimock (who I hear is great)next month. Then we have Jorma’s new book coming out next year. !

  12. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by Steve Levenson

    I didn’t see the previous post until this morning…….and, yeah, my devout pacifism went out the window the first time someone threatened one of my kids (someone tried to mug my wife once, and he ended up in the street in front of Madison Square Garden, holding his junk, so she’s good in this regard).
    I just wanted to mention that the definition of “dangerous places” can extend (for instance) to the coaches office, or later in life, the bosses office. Places men go without a second thought can create fear in women. I am astounded to learn how commonplace this abuse of power is. I just read about a woman who struggled with these memories for 70 YEARS until she felt empowered to speak about it. 70 YEARS. Yes, it is important to teach self-defense. It is also important to teach that it is up to your decision who touches you, and if you don’t like the “good-job” pat on the ass speak up. Teach this lesson early in life.
    I am concerned when I see people tickle little kids, and not stop when the kid says to. This sends a wrong message. You can’t say one thing and do another because you are a parent. (This isn’t directed at anyone in particular, just an observation).
    I taught my boys how to throw punches when they were little. This was 30 years ago. I don’t think I would have done the same if I had daughters. But my eyes are open now, and my 8 year old granddaughter has a pretty good right hook.
    This is a very important subject, thank you for raising it.

  13. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by Ken Millroy

    I will be at the Asbury show. A lot of new restaurants in Asbury these days. I may have to take off the whole day just for eating and show. I cant wait!

  14. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by lee cantor

    What an amazing, magical weekend it was.
    Thank you, Jorma.

  15. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by John B

    Looking forward to the Cap and Asbury Park shows with Steve!

  16. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by John B

    When can we expect the pre-sale to start ?

  17. Comment made on November 14, 2017 by John R.

    Sure I’m not alone, Jorma, but absolutely can’t wait to read your book.

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