Thirty Years

Thirty Years

Foto by Phil Jacobs

I had a private event in Montauk so it made sense to stop by The Stephen Talkhouse and pick a set. I’ve been working for Peter Honerkamp for thirty years and the good old Talkhouse just never gets old. My good friend G.E. Smith stopped by and we had some big fun!

Brother G. E. and me!

Brother G. E. and me!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 10, 2019
Stephen Talkhouse
Amagansett, LI
New York
Friday, May 10, 2019

1. Dime For Beer
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
5. Death Don’t have No Mercy
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. I See The Light
8. Candy Man
9. Embryonic Journey
10. Sleep Song
11. Watch The North Wind Rise
12. Trial By Fire
13. Good Shepherd with G.E. Smith
14. Worried Man Blues with G.E.Smith
15. How Long Blues with G.E.Smith
16. Denomination Blues with G.E. Smith
17. Trouble In Mind with GE. Smith
18. Long Gone From Kentucky with G.E.Smith
19. Nine Pound Hammer with G.E. Smith
20. Encore: Water Song

A truly great night for us! Thanks to Peter and all my old friends at the Talkhouse and G.E. Smith as well!

Then this great gal Kim through a 60th birthday party for her man Johnny… a long time Hot Tuna friend. With the help of Joynny’s sister, Jennifer, and a host of friends we all conspired to surprise the Birthday boy… and surprise him we did!

Setting up... the calm before the storm.

Setting up... the calm before the storm.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

They had the Jan Hanna Band playing some great music before and after my set. Johnny didn’t know what was coming.

The Jan Hanna Band and me

The Jan Hanna Band and me

Then it was my turn.

Jorma Kaukonen 11, 2019
The Secret Party
In Montauk

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Serpent Of Dreams
8. Sleep Song
9. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:
1. New Song For The Morning
2. True Religion
3. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
4. Come Back Baby
5. Waiting For A Train
6. Serpent Of Dreams
7. In My Dreams
8. Watch The North Wnd Rise
9. Sea Child
10. Trial By Fire
11. Good Shepherd
12. I Know You Rider

Nice... very nice

Nice... very nice

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

To see so many old friends come together and include me was… truly awesome!

Time stood still....

Time stood still....

Photographer unknown

A great weekend… and now I’m back at the Ranch getting ready for a songwriting workshop this weekend.

Good times!

Foto by Jennifer


  1. Comment made on May 22, 2019 by carey georgas

    One of my favorite songs sounds like it might be apropos of your country getaway.

  2. Comment made on May 21, 2019 by johno

    Came upstate for the summer last week. Rivers and streams are fast. Just got my internet connection yesterday. Our first time up since the fall. After a busted pipe and mowing the lawn for 3 hours I was exhausted. First thing I went for was a cold one and some Hot Tuna, Canned Heat, Lynard Skynard, Jimi Buffett etc. Country living might not be for everyone – but it sure is right for me.

  3. Comment made on May 19, 2019 by Chappy

    Caught the Chris Robinson Brotherhood on Brown’s Island in Richmond last night. Great show…lots of nice jams. Neal Casal on lead guitar was awesome. Pete Sears was on keyboards…his 2nd show with the band. He lit it up on a few tunes as well. Unfortunately, Pete took a tumble as the band was exiting the stage after their set. He did manage to make it back for the encore “Mandolin Wind.” Coincidentally, I believe he played on Rod Stewart’s original studio version back in the early 70’s.

  4. Comment made on May 18, 2019 by DennisK

    Correction…5.6-liter petrol V8 powered. Yikes.

  5. Comment made on May 18, 2019 by DennisK

    Hey Jorma,
    I saw some images of the custom built Cummins powered Titans designed for (and donated to) for the Grand Canyon Conservancy’s Canyon Field School, for youth to better enjoy the natural wonder.

    It appears you are properly suited to explore the Grand Canyon safely and comfortably. If you didn’t see the story, I thought you’d get a kicked out of it. See ya soon.

  6. Comment made on May 18, 2019 by Kevin Falvey

    Jorma great show at the Talkhouse! What a perfect venue and that Good Shepherd with G.E. was just phenomenal. Thanks to you both. See you at Westbury in August.

  7. Comment made on May 17, 2019 by Sweetbac Jr.

    I had Moyshe Pipik entertain at my uncles 75th..The look on his face when I requested “Song for the Fire Maiden” from Yellow Fever?

  8. Comment made on May 17, 2019 by HOGAN

    What a great present – Happy Birthday Johnny…one lucky guy.

    Love the sneakers…


  9. Comment made on May 15, 2019 by Richard

    Was passing by the Rockville cemetery today which is in Lynbrook Long Island NY and stopped to visit the grave of the Rev. Gary Davis..Only 5 minutes from my house..The man in the office who told me the spot where he is said people from all over the world come to pay respect like I did today. Funny had a friend who past many years ago whose backyard backed up to this cemetery..We used to see HT together back in the Palladium days in NYC and we didnt even know he is there. May he RIP and G-d bless his soul..Thanks Jorma for the post you did some time ago telling us where he is..

  10. Comment made on May 15, 2019 by johno

    Montauk is called “The End” because it’s on the most eastern tip of Long Island. It’s very beachy and low key. Andy Warhol once lived there. It’s always been hip. I used to go out there in the 80’s and 90’s. Sounds like a great party. Great setlist. Including my favorite HT song of all time “New Song For The Morning”.

  11. Comment made on May 14, 2019 by Brian Doyle

    Mike Wilhelm of the Charlatans has shuffled down the pickin trail of eternity…

  12. Comment made on May 13, 2019 by Jennifer Nola

    Jorma – There will never be anything so cool and awesome as what happened at 3:15 on Saturday, May 11,2019

  13. Comment made on May 13, 2019 by Rick Quinn

    Cool shoes….

  14. Comment made on May 13, 2019 by Joey

    A dream come true!

  15. Comment made on May 13, 2019 by Vince Donahoe

    Glad to be at the party Jorma. Shout out to Johnny Skinz for a great job on the sneakers

  16. Comment made on May 13, 2019 by Tom NY

    Hello Phil/Jen/Kim… Would love to see the video and the look on Johnny’s face when Jorma walked thru the door or onto the stage or however you all did it…
    Quite a sweet selection of tunes to hear at a New York birthday party.

  17. Comment made on May 13, 2019 by Phil Nola

    Phil Nola :
    Thanks so much for making Johnny’s birthday one he’ll not soon forget!! Everything came together as planned.(Jen made sure of that

  18. Comment made on May 13, 2019 by Phil Nola

    Thanks so much for making Johnny’s birthday one he’ll not soon forget!! Everything came together as planned.(Jen made sure of that

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