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!


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

    Thanks, JB. I’ll keep an eye peeled. I forgot to mention Levon at The Barn. Saw some memorable shows there, too.@JB

  2. Comment made on June 14, 2017 by Greg martelli

    All great acts,as an inveterate fan of rock & roil ,we just need to defer to the Scorsese /Levon interview in the Last waltz, it comes up from the delta /down from the mountains /what do you call it ?
    “Rock and roll”.
    Tough to beat Johnny WINTER -mean town. Blues,
    Don’t forget the Brits
    Funny thing , the English language suits R,R
    Saw the frenchie band Soft MACHINE open for the Jimi Hendrix Experrience in
    Bridgeport , Ct. yawn

  3. Comment made on June 14, 2017 by JB

    Casey- AXS TV had a documentary on Stevie Ray last nite. The show is called Stevie Ray Vaughn- The Rise. Gave a history of Stevie and the Austin music scene. Check your local listings πŸ˜‰

  4. Comment made on June 14, 2017 by carey georgas

    I ain’t got no toppers, but I got my druthers. I’ve seen The Who, The Stones, Pink Floyd, CSNY, other arena and stadium acts through the years. The acts that have stayed with me over time, however, tend to be the ones at the venues you get close enough to see the spit fly when it gets cranked up. Lightnin’ Hopkins at Castle Creek in Austin, maybe 150 people tops in the bar. Johnny Winter at a little dive joint in Nederland Texas, Stevie Ray Vaughn at a biker bar off 6th street in Austin right after he moved from Dallas – those are the ones that stay with me. Freddie King live at the Armadillo World Headquarters, plus one I caught just last year – Hot Tuna at the Arvada Center in Arvada CO. These are the ones that come to me when I think of the best I’ve seen.

  5. Comment made on June 14, 2017 by Sweetbac Jr.

    I got a “Where’s Jack?” tattoo a few days after Jormas gig at the Capitol Theater in Passaic New Jersey on his 1st solo tour in ’78….the pink hair came soon after.
    Top THAT!

  6. Comment made on June 13, 2017 by Greg martelli

    My first Tuna show ( if you want to call it that ), was Sunday morning after one of the best nights of Rock &Roll ever witnessed by a 16 year old 35 feet from the stage on a August night at Yasgurs farm. The airplane played after The Who ( the greatest live rock & roll outfit I’ve ever seen[20+ times].The highlight of The Who show was the Townsend /Abbie Hoofman altercation (Hoffman grabbed mike and preaches his foul bullshit about John Sinclair), only to get the literal axe from Townsend.
    The best airplane song of the day was Saturday Afternoon /Won’t you try-Jack ripped it.
    Jorma /Jack soloed on Uncle Sam blues- chilling .
    I had to lifeguard on Fairfield beach Monday 10 am , the Saturday night acts finished 9:30 Sunday , I had to make a decision , I mossier down the road , stuck out my thumb and got back to Easton Ct. by 6:30 just in time for dinner.
    The first real Tuna experience of mine was in 71 in Arlington or Alexandria Virginia -3 hr show on mescalito w/papa screech .
    To me he was the Donna Godcheaux of 70’s dead – she could sure ruin Playing in the band

  7. Comment made on June 13, 2017 by johno

    To the uninformed – Owsley Stanley is the coolest person in the world. I have enjoyed his product immensely on my numerous trips to California in the 70’s. He has enlightened many a soul. He was instrumental in bringing acid to the masses. He was a true avant-garde. He is a legend. (his nickname is Bear)

  8. Comment made on June 12, 2017 by Brian Brandl

    Hi Jorma, first and foremost, thank you.
    Secondly the wife let me in on the fact that she is planning my surprise 50th in Oct of 2018 and was wondering if I could contact you regarding any possibility of you preforming at a private venue in jersey?
    Thank you,
    Brian and Kelli

  9. Comment made on June 12, 2017 by mikie

    Hey, I saw a news article where the Owsley Stanley Foundation is starting to release commercially-available recordings of tapes that he did of many shows in the Bay area. The first one is to be of Doc and Merl Watson, and there are promises of releases of many previously unreleased Dead and Airplane shows.
    The article also noted that Hot Tuna did a benefit show for the foundation a few years ago to help make this possible. Bear’s second-eldest son is leading the effort. Great work! thank you. m

  10. Comment made on June 11, 2017 by Ant

    that should say seeing family!

  11. Comment made on June 11, 2017 by Ant

    Its great to read your recollections of your 1st Hot Tuna concerts,my 1st was my last,but its still a great thing to look back on,seeing J snd J on that TV programme was almost like recognising family after a long time….gave me a warm glow.

  12. Comment made on June 10, 2017 by mikie

    I think I was a junior in HS, so it would have been ’70-71? Taft theater in Cincy. They had Papa John with them and he rocked the place. A lady in the audience was dressed to be a spittin image of Jack (plus a few pounds, if I recall!), she eventually made it up on stage. Never saw so much smoke being passed around. Some awesome jams. m

  13. Comment made on June 10, 2017 by johno

    I never forgot my first time I saw Hot Tuna – 1973 – Long Island – warm April evening – front row center and I was electric. Needless to say – they blew me away. Some things you never forget. The good old days were wild times.

  14. Comment made on June 10, 2017 by Ant

    You and Jack were on TV here in the UK last night,on a documentary programme called “How Hippies Changed The World” or something like that…..WOW…it was just great to see you,last saw you in concert in London 1976
    Once you make a connection with good music,it just cannot be broken.Ever.

  15. Comment made on June 6, 2017 by Barbara Jacobs

    6/6/17 :
    All is calm here, all is bright.
    Thanks, Jorma.

  16. Comment made on June 2, 2017 by Hogan

    You sure are having fun with that drone….What’s the old sayin “A man with his toys is a happy man”…..
    Great pictures, nice to see the boys together,,,
    Enjoy your time at home before the tour, hoping to catch a show or two..
    Safe travels

  17. Comment made on June 1, 2017 by Tim from Philly

    Jorma, any hints about summer additions to the rotation? Still feeling the glow from the classic Airplane tunes you broke out for the 50th – told Teresa how much we enjoyed it when we saw her in Jamaica this past January. We got to see them from the couch on FPR stage – a treat for the history books!!!

    Peace, out, onward Captain.

  18. Comment made on June 1, 2017 by mikie

    Legend Valley sure has changed since we used to go there back in the day. The iconic, huge oak tree next to the stage – alas- no more. Seeing Charlie Daniels’ painted cowboy sunset trailer parked next to it will live a long time in memories. As will the Dead shows there, with thousands packed in. Thanks for the bird’s eye view, glad the weather held for you all. m

  19. Comment made on May 31, 2017 by Barbara Jacobs

    Better late — than never.

  20. Comment made on May 31, 2017 by johno

    Gregg Allman, who is now on the celestial plane – RIP.

  21. Comment made on May 31, 2017 by Barbara Jacobs

    Tell it, Carey, tell it!
    Jorma is soothing many souls — just by being here for us.@carey georgas

  22. Comment made on May 31, 2017 by carey georgas

    If anyone on this terrestrial plane can part the clouds and make the blue sky shimmer, it’s Tuna.

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