I left home for the first time in the better part of a year. Down in Southeast Ohio people still waffle about masks. We’ve been lucky down there. Not enough people have died to make many take it seriously back home. Out on the road, it’s masks and distance everywhere from truckstops to hotels. No one is fooling around. I’d stand a better chance of getting the Virus in Athens, Ohio than I would here in New Jersey. I played a house party for some friends last night and I could not have felt safer. There was fellowship, good food, a wedding proposal, an acceptance and a show by me. There was distance, UV light and hand sanitizer to spare. No one was unmasked but me when I sang. So far so good. Guys like me don’t have time to spare. Time to start moving on in whatever the new world will offer us. I’m moving on. Anyway…

Here is the set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 28, 2020

House Party

Friday, September 18, 2020

First Set:

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Serpent Of Dreams
  3. Broken Highway
  4. Hesitation Blues
  5. Trial By Fire
  6. Watch The North Wind Rise
  7. Been So Long
  8. Another Man Done Gone
  9. Proposal, and Acceptance
  10. I Am The Light Of This World

Second Set:

  1. Candy Man
  2. Barbeque King
  3. Waiting For A Train
  4. Too Many Years
  5. Highway Song
  6. Flying Clouds
  7. Good Shepherd
  8. Follow The Drinking Gourd
  9. How Long Blues
  10. That’ll Never Happen No More
  11. Water Song

Tomorrow and Monday I’m doing shows at the Blu Grotto. Well, it’s at the racetrack so there’s distance aplenty. They’ve already done 25 or so shows, so they’ve got it together. Being out in the world finds it a very different place and the rhythm of living here in the Northeast has changed immensely. I’ve been living in a bubble. That’s OK. Life is change as Kantner might paraphrase. Change indeed. We’ll all do what we have to do to live, and stay safe.

I just heard a good one from back home. In the spirit of the Black Plague, unmasked miscreants are Rat Lickers.

There are better days to come, and for me… it could be worse.

Stay well…


  1. Comment made on September 22, 2020 by Mark Saxton

    I bought the Divided and United (The Songs of the Civil War) CD. Jorma, great job on “The
    Mermaid.” What a great bunch of players and singers! Hope to see you at the Ranch some time soon.

  2. Comment made on September 22, 2020 by Brian Doyle

    It’s out there and it’s seeking to get you…

    Someone should get a respirator mask to Jorma with a P-100 rated germ filter…Puts you way ahead of the game…

  3. Comment made on September 20, 2020 by George Anthony

    Amen. Sending Positive Vibrations…and saying thanks to you Jorma. Always good to ‘see/hear’ Drinking Gourd in the setlist; and ‘Highway Song’ (72 Burgers) for a live audience. So Nice.

  4. Comment made on September 20, 2020 by carey georgas

    Amen, brother!!! That’s what made America great. The good old American can-do attitude. I believe that we’ll get back to it directly. Pendulum is fixin’ to swing.

  5. Comment made on September 20, 2020 by Ed

    Glad you feel safe here, Jorma. I’ve refrained from responding to comments about our “knucklehead” governor, but there’s a reason things are safer in NJ. People can accomplish a lot by respecting one another and working together.

  6. Comment made on September 20, 2020 by Philip Nola

    Thanks for a great show! Safe travels and we’ll see you a little further down the road!

  7. Comment made on September 20, 2020 by Nick brunetto

    Welcome to jersey Jorma been a little chilly but I’m sure you are familiar with that most people get the mask thing some tend to leave their nose exposed oh well ! Have a great show at the blue grotto should be a good set up for you wish I could be at the show great to have you in jersey please return when possible stay safe and well looking forward to jacks return and number 23

  8. Comment made on September 20, 2020 by carey georgas

    Southeast Ohio sounds a lot like southeast Texas. That “don’t tread on me” spirit has become so twisted as to mean “don’t f**k with me”. Rat Lickers. I like that one. Properly masked and distanced, I feel safe wherever I go. Just steer wide of the miscreants. I hope you receive a modicum of normalcy on your trip off the reservation. I take it as a sign things are working back towards the light. Be safe and enjoy yourself (like you need to he told…). It’s nice to have something to look forward to. Thirteen days and counting.

    Haven’t seen Larry and Teresa perform since Little Rock with Levon when he was inducted into Arkansas Music Hall of Fame. It was good to watch them again. That guy has one of the kindest smiles. And plays a mean guitar and fiddle. Thanks fir the treasure.

  9. Comment made on September 19, 2020 by Joey Hudoklin

    I’m with you Jorma.
    My feelings are, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Do it with respect for others.
    That means be safe. I believe this pandemic is an opportunity to grow. The world is changing, and I must embrace it. That includes the virus.
    Your bubble allowed you to broadcast to your fans, make new ones, and bring happiness. May you continue your musical, and spiritual journey.
    I’m with you.

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