Saturday night I played the Mill Event Center in Lancaster, Ohio… just up the road from us. What a beautiful venue! Everything went really well… especially considering as it was their first show. I love this venue and these folks! I’ll play there anytime.

Jorma Kaukonen 19, 2016
Jorma Solo
The Mill Event Center
Lancaster, Ohio
Saturday, April 28, 2018

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Been So Long
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. Sleep Song
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. How Long Blues
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. In My Dreams
12. Candy Man
13. Heart Temporary
14. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. I See The Light
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Keep On Trucking Mama
7. Come Back Baby
8. I’ll Be All Right Someday
9. Sea Child
10. Flying Clouds
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Genesis

Is this Spring yet?

Is this Spring yet?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The seasons have been struggling… but everything is starting to work out as it should.

Getting ready to 'que

Getting ready to 'que

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Maverick gets ready to join Izze and me for a barbecue on Sunday. The worm was turning and we started to feel life in the trees.

Redbud... finally!

Redbud... finally!

Yep… the worm has turned indeed. Izze’s in school, Nessa’s driving down from Columbus and I’m going for a motorcycle ride!

Onward indeed!


  1. Comment made on May 8, 2018 by Andriy

    Jim thinks I’m still not a real person. Ham eggs has been to the restaurant where I work and has met me. Jorma also knows I am a real person. Talk about “alter ego” and other nonsense more trying to insult me. Immature and still ridiculous.

  2. Comment made on May 7, 2018 by Kevin

    @jim hitchcock
    If that wasn’t so sadly accurate, it’d be funny.

  3. Comment made on May 7, 2018 by Greg martelli

    I have always been curious about the European support for the blues and jazz.
    The current iteration of Canned Heat ,with Fito still on the drums(bright guy stayed straighter than his mates and bought the song rights and band recordings), they’re on Ads all the time,and Larry Taylor now on Les Paul.
    Occasionally you’ll have an oppurtunity with Harvey Mandel as well.Last time we caught them was in 2015 in Milwaukee ,we had an 8- week German Shepard pup,There for a triathalon.First night met Clayton Kershaw coming in the elevator,Red eye flight from west coast on interleagur against Angels
    Next night Canned Heat at a local blues festival,maybe 500 people in local park,Beer Brats ,Canned night Dodgers Brewers game in a very cool stadium.
    Next morning early rise,Swim,Bike ,Run.
    My girl got 2nd in the 45-49 .Fast bike.
    Milwaukee’s a blast and the Harley museum is cool as shit.

    Back to the European love of the blues ,4-5 years ago Hot Tuna did a winter stints is Germany,Scandinavia with Canned Heat,I’ve never heard how the shoes went with the cobilling?
    I’m encouraged to hear there’s support from Eastern Europe for this musical genre


  4. Comment made on May 7, 2018 by jim hitchcock

    al·ter e·go
    a person’s secondary or alternative personality.

  5. Comment made on May 7, 2018 by Andriy

    Ukraine immigrants they are here in nyc for over 12 year. They work in office with a good boss an American who teach them many things about America and how-to be Americans , also hot Tuna music, been to many concerts. They don’t ask me questions “ how many hot tuna shows you been to see?” No bully bull from them they are intelligent good guys and they welcome a new friend , to be good to me.@Greg martelli

  6. Comment made on May 7, 2018 by Susan

    @jim hitchcock
    Love watching “Trust”. And “coming back to me” was a great choice for depicting what turned out to be deadly drug use during that era. It was subtle and beautiful for a heart wrenching scene.

  7. Comment made on May 7, 2018 by jim hitchcock

    Nice. The show Trust last night included Comin’ Back to Me as well as the Peter Green version of Black Magic Woman as part of it’s soundtrack.

  8. Comment made on May 4, 2018 by Mitch Spector

    @doug mlyn
    Thanks Doug .I may be going to the Scottsdale show in September .Peace bro !!

  9. Comment made on May 3, 2018 by jim hitchcock

    Stories, Greg.

  10. Comment made on May 3, 2018 by Greg martelli

    As music is the universal language ,it’s logical that there would be some discerning patrons of this musical genre from across the pond.
    Welcome them and encourage them to go to a few shows,they’ll be lifelong fans Andriy.
    Let’s face it we all came from somewhere else.
    Keep on trucking
    Hot Tuna

  11. Comment made on May 3, 2018 by doug mlyn

    @Mitch Spector
    Mitch: Don’t know if I’m gonna make the Beacon this year. Bunch of west coast electric shows with Steve Kimock that I’m looking forward to. Hope all is well with you!!!

  12. Comment made on May 3, 2018 by Mitch Spector

    @doug mlyn Hi Doug !! Gotta catch up this year at the beacon for old times sake ..Peace bro !!

  13. Comment made on May 3, 2018 by Andriy

    Jorma, yesterday it was 88 degrees in Brooklyn I went to the beach . Hot tuna fans sitting next to me we both on day off from work. They read here on this blog but don’t comment because they are immigrants and not interested in being trolled but they recognize my name. I invite them to the restaurant and they will be here next week for hot tuna Tuesday. Barbara lives in Europe now for work the next 5 months she has been there over the last month. Hot tuna fans are mostly good, she tells me when I call her to tell her about my new friends.

  14. Comment made on May 3, 2018 by Andy K

    Enjoy! I’m looking forward to heading upstate this weekend.

  15. Comment made on May 3, 2018 by johno

    Spring has finally come to the Northeast. The trees are blooming and the birds are back and singing. I feel so alive. It’s supposed to be 85 here in the Catskills today. It’s my first Spring in the mountains and it is glorious. Deer, hawks, heron, wolves, woodchucks and fox are just some of my friends I share this valley with. It’s so different than Long Island. It’s so quiet at night I can hear myself think. I’ll go back to LI for a bit in June. But for now I’m in the country and loving it.

  16. Comment made on May 3, 2018 by doug mlyn

    ahhh… A man with his ‘que and dog… Don’t get any better than that!

  17. Comment made on May 2, 2018 by Dan

    Sad to see Gibson file for Chapter 11. When I went to Yellowstone a few years back I called their Acoustic factory in Bozeman to see if I could get a tour, why not just around the corner (at least in those parts) Not only did we get a tour but the folks there were all artists in their own right and just a delightful group. Awesome to see how they did all the inlay work

  18. Comment made on May 2, 2018 by rich l

    A producer once told Ian Anderson to get rid of the flute, it will never make it in a rock and roll band. Good thing he had his own ideas. R

    That reminds me of a story John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt band once told. He told a story about his brother telling him to stop playing the banjo – “If a banjo was meant to be played in a rock and roll band, the Beatles would have done it.” – LOL

    We all had a good laugh and then McEuen broke into a Beatle song on his banjo that blew everyone’s socks off. I wish I remembered what Beatle song he played.@Robert Burke

  19. Comment made on May 1, 2018 by Robert Burke

    @Jim Hitchcock
    Mostly Tull. It was such a treat.

  20. Comment made on May 1, 2018 by Joey


  21. Comment made on May 1, 2018 by johno

    Any night Jorma plays Flying Clouds and Genesis in the same show – is a good night!

  22. Comment made on May 1, 2018 by tunajon

    @Dr. Joe FitzPatrick
    I was going to type that exact post, until I saw yours. Wow! Great breakout!!

  23. Comment made on May 1, 2018 by rich l

    LOL – Barbecue King

    I love when you play that song.

  24. Comment made on May 1, 2018 by rich l

    Jorma be q-ing! Hell yes.

    Great photo of the trees – love that light green hue – that’s what I’m talking bout.

    If you had played one more song you would have attained music’s version of a triple double!

    Wouldn’t life be boring without the change of seasons?

  25. Comment made on May 1, 2018 by jim hitchcock

    @Robert Burke
    Any Tull songs? 🙂

  26. Comment made on April 30, 2018 by Dr. Joe FitzPatrick

    Incredible setlist…Flying Clouds !!!!

  27. Comment made on April 30, 2018 by Joey

    That sounds like it was a treat for both you, and your fans.
    Play a gig, sleep in your own bed?Life… is good!
    I’m always happy to see flying Clouds in the mix.
    Peace Jorma

  28. Comment made on April 30, 2018 by Mitch Spector

    Peace always Jorma !!

  29. Comment made on April 30, 2018 by Robert Burke

    I’M looking forward to the just announced New Hope Winery show. I recently saw MArtin Barre there. A nice venue for the spectators.

  30. Comment made on April 30, 2018 by Andriy

    Jorma, the photos here are very nice. Spring is late here in nyc, but will be in the 80 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday. Enjoy playing more at the new venue it is good for the community there in your area of Ohio. Rock on, jorma!

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