By the Mighty Delaware

By the Mighty Delaware

Foto By Suzy Perler

Just killing a little time in New Hope before the show at the new Hope Winery.

Jorma Kaukonen 25, 2018
Jorma Solo
New Hope Winery
New Hope, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long
4. River Of Time
5. Barbeque King
6. Full Go Round
7. Sea Child
8. Trial By Fire
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Big River Blues
11. How Long Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Second Chances
3. Ain’t In No Hurry
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. San Francisco Bay Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Whining Boy Blues
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Water Song

Holding forth in New Hope

Holding forth in New Hope

Foto by Dennis Kane

Thursday we were heading out to the end of Long Island for an AISH event and on the way, we stopped to pay our respects at Rev. Gary Davis’ grave not far from Rockville Center.

Rev. Davis... what an artist!

Rev. Davis... what an artist!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 26, 2018
Jorma Solo
Watermill, New York
Thursday, August 2, 2018

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. How Long Blues
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Barbeque King
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Good Shepherd

Pickin' in the barn

Pickin' in the barn

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The AISH was awesome… good folks and a good cause.

Thursday the First was Jerry Garcia’s birthday. We all miss that guy. I was reminded of my answer to a question I was asked at the Dear Jerry show in Meriweather Post some years ago. “If you could write a note to Jerry today, what would you say?’

‘I bet you wish you were here!’

Meanwhile… back in Times Square… I’m working on my Audio Book…

Good times…


  1. Comment made on August 19, 2018 by Cass

    Jorma, thank you so much for all the music uploaded to Tidal. I’ve been listening to it for a month or so and loving it. I feel like I’m getting too good of a deal, so if you would like me to make a small donation in your honor, let me know where you would like it to go. The New Hope show inspired me to write for a couple of reasons. First, I got sent to a boarding (reform) school there. Then the show was on Jerry’s birthday and I thought your sentiments were right on. What a shame. Finally, I was touched by the anecdote about your daughter. Coming up on 50, I find myself the father of a 2 1/2 year old and I am sucker for stories like that. New Hope is spot on because after an out of body experience at a dead show in 1988, I found myself a couple of months later in rehab. I’ve been sober since. Funny thing is that now I am also a Jewish philosopher of religion. Can’t quite figure out how that happened. Anyway, thanks for all of the great music over the years. It has been a huge part of my life. Many many shows that I will never forget. McCabes and the Variety Arts with Papa John stand out. Looking forward to the Capitol Theater in January. Best, Cass

  2. Comment made on August 6, 2018 by John B

    ” Prayer is the key to heaven and faith unlocked the door……” Pray without ceasing …….Pray about all things…..” Beautiful Song Jorma and every time I hear you perform it a smile comes to my face. Outstanding at the New Hope show. @Tom Fabry

  3. Comment made on August 6, 2018 by johno

    That was in the beginning when he first came to NYC. He used to start playing on a street corner – when a crowd formed he would start preaching. The Spirit definitely moved him.

  4. Comment made on August 6, 2018 by Tom Fabry

    Jorma, Brother Jerry might respond to your note and write, “yes Brother Jorma, and I mean brother in a truer sense then I can ever express, it would be great to see you and everyone again and hopefully will in the future in some way, but from what I now understand, the big wheel does turn by the grace of God and I wish and hope to see you here at God’s appointed time.”

    Until then, as Dylan wrote and sang, “keep pressing on to the higher calling of the Lord”.

  5. Comment made on August 6, 2018 by johno

    The Rev Gary Davis played as a street musician in Harlem, Jamaica and other parts of NYC for over a decade. Anything to make a couple bucks to eat.

  6. Comment made on August 6, 2018 by Richard

    Hello Jorma, Do you have any idea if The Rev. was from Long Island or what the connection to the area is? Thanks..

  7. Comment made on August 5, 2018 by Phil Zisook

    That is an absolute killer 2d set. That photo with the Rev. GD is very powerful!

  8. Comment made on August 5, 2018 by Kevin

    They almost built a dam back mid to late 70’s around the Water Gap area. It was called Tocks Island, they were going to flood an area that was absolutely beautiful to make some touristy lake/resort area. Started to buy up property and actually condemned some under eminent domain until the local people raised hell and they finally killed it. It would have destroyed some really beautiful country.

  9. Comment made on August 5, 2018 by johno

    The upper Delaware is a sportsmen’s paradise. With world famous rivers and streams like the Beaverkill and the many trout filled streams. I was fishing on the East Branch last year and in flew a bald eagle across the river (right near Hancock). Smoking a cigar, fishing and watching the majestic bald eagle. Great day!

  10. Comment made on August 5, 2018 by richu

    Very convincing I believe you.

  11. Comment made on August 4, 2018 by DennisK

    The Delaware is the longest un-dammed river in the United States east of the Mississippi, extending 330 miles from the confluence of its East and West branches at Hancock, N.Y. to the mouth of the Delaware Bay where it meets the Atlantic Ocean.

  12. Comment made on August 4, 2018 by johno

    Thanks for the picture of the Delaware river. The stream that runs through the valley in the Catskills I live in empties into the East Branch of the Delaware river. I’m about 100 miles upstream from New Hope. It really is a small world.
    Great setlist in New Hope. Sorry I couldn’t make it. Didn’t know the Reverend is buried on Long Island. Halleleujah.

  13. Comment made on August 4, 2018 by John B

    Great performance in New Hope Jorma. It was close to home for us and the venue was awesome. It reminded me of Fur Peace station.

  14. Comment made on August 4, 2018 by Rich L

    If I’m not mistaken, it’s been awhile since Sleep Song was resurrected. One of my favorites, fo sho. I you tubed the 5/20/78, Jorma you were pretty skinny then!, a 2016 version, great vocals and then listened to the album version just now. I still like the electric version best – your guitar just flows like a river on that song.

  15. Comment made on August 4, 2018 by carey georgas

    I like the answer to the Dear Jerry question. A fan would say “wish you were here”. Your answer is one of friendly familiarity. Cool.

  16. Comment made on August 4, 2018 by brian

    growing up in Rockville Centre, myself and friends would crank Jorma and HT not far from the cemetery, while indulging in great conversation, smokes, and beer. Never knew the inspiration for the great music was in our midst. The world really is small. Thanks for the post, and your respect for the Rev.

  17. Comment made on August 3, 2018 by Joey

    Now that’s a cemetery I’d like to visit.

  18. Comment made on August 3, 2018 by Richard

    Also an old friend who I used to see HT at the Palladium with back in the 70s had his backyard adjacent to the Rockville Cemetery too..I bet he never knew. Wish I could tell him but he passed away ..

  19. Comment made on August 3, 2018 by Dan

    While we all wish Jerry were still here, we are delighted that you are. Keep on Truckin’. Is there going to be some pickin’ in the background of the audio book ?

  20. Comment made on August 3, 2018 by Richard

    Wow Jorma you were about 5 miles from me at the Rockville Cemetery..I had no idea the Rev. was buried so close to me.. Will have to go and pay my respects..

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