From the South Rim

From the South Rim

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

After the second night at the Sweetwater I flew to Phoenix to meet Vanessa and Izze and we drove up to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for a couple of days. I had been here in the Fall of 2003 with my pal Jerry on our still memorable Rt. 66 by motorcycle trip. The weather up in the Canyon had been iffy at best, but on this day… it was perfect.

The girls on the South Rim

The girls on the South Rim

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Ir’s hard not to take a great picture art the Grand Canyon on a day like this. I just picked a couple for the blog.

I get it... I'm not the only guy who's got one!

I get it... I'm not the only guy who's got one!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We could only get so far on Bright Angel, but it was awesome!

At 8000 feet, you can't make this stuff up!

At 8000 feet, you can't make this stuff up!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Spring Break with the kid

Spring Break with the kid

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The ladies, on top of the world

The ladies, on top of the world

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Old Man and the Mountain

The Old Man and the Mountain

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It was a great way for me to finish up my road trip. To be with Family at the Grand Canyon… Priceless!

But who's counting?

But who's counting?

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen


  1. Comment made on April 1, 2019 by Brian Doyle

    Did Bright Angel and slept at the bottom in the heat in fall ’91…

    They had a Greyhound deal that summer coast to coast 59 dollars with unlimited stops within one month…Did California Sierras John Muir Trail and saw Yosemite…Climbed Whitney…I like California…

    Great non-east coast green colors and reds…

  2. Comment made on March 26, 2019 by greg

    i know you rutter! priceless!!

  3. Comment made on March 26, 2019 by rich l

    Awesome pictures.

    I love the scene at the end of the movie, Grand Canyon. Staring into its immensity, depth and beauty, sort of dissipates any conflicting views or class distinctions.

  4. Comment made on March 26, 2019 by John B

    Amen johno………Would love to see Country Joe also as it will be a rare opportunity to catch one of the greats……..

  5. Comment made on March 25, 2019 by johno

    If you’re going to Woodstock 50 we’re in for a good time. I’m going on Sunday August 18th it’s the day Hot Tuna The Zombies and Canned Heat are playing. I hope Canned Heat plays ‘Going Up The Country’ which is such a Woodstock anthem. I just love The Zombies and of course Hot Tuna. It’s gonna be a great summer.

  6. Comment made on March 25, 2019 by eaglesteve

    I too thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday show. Thank you.

  7. Comment made on March 25, 2019 by Mitch Spector

    Amazing show Saturday night ! Truly a wonderful show on all levels .Loved being there at F.P.R . Theater sound was perfect .Looked like you & Jack were having a blast as usual . Thank you Brother John for making it extra special for me and my brother . We appreciate you John .Looking forward to coming back again soon .Peace & love to all . Hot Tuna always AMERICAS CHOICE !!

  8. Comment made on March 24, 2019 by Joey

    Truly a joy. After a long day of work, y’all made this guy happy.
    Too Many Years made me emotional.
    Lamps was outstanding, as was Rider.
    Over all, a real hoot!

  9. Comment made on March 24, 2019 by Joey

    Wow Jorma, you & Jack were fabulous last night. Lamps, Rider were outstanding. You made Jack laugh at the beginning of the jam on Rider

  10. Comment made on March 24, 2019 by Brian Doyle

    Great show…Caught the second set…Up close and personal like you were there…Good live chat with good quality fans…Let’s do it again sometime!

  11. Comment made on March 23, 2019 by carlo pagliano

    Rock Them All Tight Home Tonight Tuna!

  12. Comment made on March 23, 2019 by carlo pagliano

    Rock Them All Home Tonight Jorma!

  13. Comment made on March 23, 2019 by Sweetbac Jr.

    I see Tuna are performing at the “Woodstock” show with Pussy Riot also on the bill…Pussy Riot?…I think they were at the original festival..they performed AFTER Hendrix on the Monday morning if I’m not mistaken. Good lawd a-mighty as the Rev would say!

  14. Comment made on March 21, 2019 by johno

    Watkins Glen sits in The Finger Lakes region of New York State. The Finger Lakes were formed when the glaciers came down. The Algonquin Indians believed God reached down with His fingers and formed the lakes. They’re deep – Seneca Lake is over 600 feet deep. It is the excellent climate for vineyards. Some of the finest wine anywhere. For hotels I recommend The Glenora Inn in Dundee about 10 miles north from Watkins Glen or La Tourelle in Ithaca about 20 miles away. At Glenora you’ll be in the vineyards on Seneca Lake. At La Tourelle you’ll be at a French chateau in the countryside.

  15. Comment made on March 20, 2019 by carey georgas

    Damn, that’s a long assed ways from here, but I might just have to bust open my piggy bank and head yonder way. That last day looks like dynamite. Canned Heat warming up some Hot Tuna? That’s as close to the way-back machine as I’ll ever get. I might have to see if some of you closer to the source can help me score tics. I’ll be watching the website.

  16. Comment made on March 20, 2019 by John B

    It will be an opportunity to hear electric Tuna at high volume and in an outdoor setting………pencil me in.

  17. Comment made on March 20, 2019 by johno

    Holy shit. Hot Tuna is playing at Woodstock 50 in Watkins Glen on August 18th. Can’t wait to hear Electric Hot Tuna, John Fogarty and The Zombies.

  18. Comment made on March 20, 2019 by Tom Fabry

    Wonder if True Religion is an appropriate opener for this huge event? How about an electric Light of the World in the set. If I wrote Genesis I would certainly whip that out. The slow, seductive, crawling version of Genesis on Double Dose is certainly a nice feel/groove, yet there was a keyboard on that and some phase or flanger I do believe.

    What would the Rev. have you sing to the masses…or Mom and Jorma senior? Just sayin’. Generations of lost sheep out there.

    I always felt if those who have gone before us could insert one more opinion into the world, what would it be, Garcia, Pilate, Lennon, Marley, Saint Paul, Janis, Silas, King David, especially from there new gained perspective of surviving death. All those kids and adults will be a listenin.

    Congrats on booking the gig Jorma. I’m sure its a nice payday and what an opportunity to be a light in this world..Don’t hide our lights under a bushel. 22 years of good clean, obedient living has prepared you for this one, and every other one…..What a blast… Jack must be beside himself, or just taking it in stride… Justin must be pumped!!!

    PS-Izzy just might to get to meet some of her heroes that weekend too. There are payoffs for living an obedient life.

    G-d bless you and your family and your intentions.

  19. Comment made on March 20, 2019 by Ham Neggs

    Hot Tuna right next to Pussy Riot. Up the rebels gotta Volunteer now!
    Nice eclectic line up. If someone will pay for me and Ms Eggs to blog live and give us a three day VIP pass as part of the deal we’re there! Capitalism wouldn’t be that weird. Lol
    Love All Ways

  20. Comment made on March 20, 2019 by Robert Burke

    Too little
    Too late on the wood stock

  21. Comment made on March 19, 2019 by Greg

    Wow Jorma, thanks for this free webcast. I am not going to miss it. And I understand there is more to come.

  22. Comment made on March 19, 2019 by AndyK

    Good News:
    Hot Tuna to Present Free Webcast From Fur Peace Ranch this Saturday!

  23. Comment made on March 19, 2019 by Mitch Spector

    Love the Pictures ,Looks like some cool memories were made for sure .Cant wait to see you & Jack Friday .This time bringing my Brother Marty Spector who was with me at my 1st ever show the historic 1976 6 hour nov 26th nyc Paladium show .. i believe ..I was 15 now 58..What a long strange wonderful trip its been with Jorma Jack & Hot Tuna …Hot Tuna always and forever AMERICA’S CHOICE ..Peace & Love to all ..

  24. Comment made on March 18, 2019 by johno

    Went to the Grand Canyon in 1973 on my second cross country trip. I was with a Danish girl who wanted to see America. There’s not much heading west until you hit the Rockies. Unless you take 90 and hit the Badlands, Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone. Then you hit the Rockies and San Francisco. Then south to LA and east to the Grand Canyon. Never met a red neck til we pulled into Oklahoma City. Got kicked out of a diner for having long hair. Great trip but I couldn’t wait to get back to NY.

  25. Comment made on March 18, 2019 by John B

    Did the Bright Angel down and back out in the same day……..That was about forty years ago………Love the Canyon.

  26. Comment made on March 18, 2019 by Brian Doyle

    Dick Dale died…Huge source for the California surf sound and a particular esoteric raga sound that morphed into the sound of Great Society and psychedelic music…

  27. Comment made on March 17, 2019 by Bella

    It’s places like this awesome place on earth to put things in perspective. Life is precious. I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to finally visit it with my sons after reading about this wonder of our world in a National Geographic issue 40 plus years ago. Unforgettable!

  28. Comment made on March 17, 2019 by Joe from VA

    “l pass by the ol Grand Canyon, California every time.”

  29. Comment made on March 16, 2019 by DennisK

    Hurl rocks!

    Live from the FPR feels like you are in the front row at the Station. Ras Hurl n friends and JK. It’s definitely in the soil. Amazing production and sound. Hat’s off to Jorma, Vanessa, Hurl, Myron and the rest of the crew.

    I just realized that my dear old dad (81) and Jack (75) share the same birth date. April 13…If he don’t know Jorma, he don’t know Jack.

  30. Comment made on March 16, 2019 by Tom Fabry

    The rewards of obedience.. A good life with some great views and loving family. Congrats on your victory in life. Thanks for the example.

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