Jorma and Tommy pick some guitar together

Photo by Myron Hart

Yeah… Tommy invited me to the Ryman Auditorium on Saturday night last and and what a night it was. Tommy Emmanuel is a force of nature as an artist… both fierce and tender as the moment demands. He is a consummate musician, and a good friend! I got to open the show for him:

Jorma Kaukonen 40, 2021

Opening For Tommy Emmanuel

At The Ryman Auditorium

Nashville, Tennessee

Saturday, September 25, 2021

  1. True Religion
  2. Been So Long
  3. Take Your Time
  4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
  5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  6. Blue Railroad Train
  7. Come Back Baby
  8. Sleep Song
  9. Good Shepherd

It’s an honor to be anywhere with Tommy… the Ryman was the frosting on the cake!

Tuesday I’ll be at the City Winery in Atlanta. I expect I’ll see Trey Hensley and Rob Ickes there too.

Sure is great being out on the road again with great audiences and good friends!


  1. Comment made on October 4, 2021 by carey georgas

    Actually, it was Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas. Cool reminiscences, mikie.

  2. Comment made on October 3, 2021 by mikie

    George’s life will be missed as his unique brand of boogie will live on. Saw him at Tool’s in Athens with the whole band (where he shared a bowl of our hash), in Nelsonviile at Patch’s party, uptown at Stephens, on E. State sT. at the pizza place, in Columbus at woodland’s…never a bad show in the bunch despite many personnel changes. I sill have his autograph on the first album. Godspeed, Commander.m

  3. Comment made on October 2, 2021 by carey georgas

    I was in the house one of the nights they recorded “Live at the Armadillo World Headquarters”. Down front, standing front center at the stage. Quite a show!

  4. Comment made on October 1, 2021 by Chappy

    RIP George Frayne (Commander Cody). Only got to see him once live at OU Springfest in ‘82 (at the old intramural fields). He and the band put on a great show that afternoon. There is an entertaining 30 minute YT clip of his appearances on Letterman from the early 80’s. He mentions falling off a stage in Ohio and injuring his foot in one clip and in another clip mentions turning 39 in Athens, Ohio. Highly recommend relatively recent release from Bear’s Sonic Journals – Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen live 2-CD set from 1970.

  5. Comment made on September 30, 2021 by john o

    What a great setlist for Ryman.
    So glad you played “Death Don’t Have No Mercy”.
    The Reverend was there too!

  6. Comment made on September 30, 2021 by Troy Nelson

    Just Wow!

    What an enjoyable show. It was my 1st time in the Ryman and 1st time seeing Tommy. What a treat for sure. I actually forgot about my troubles for a while. Just what the doc ordered. I really loved the Good Shepherd rendition. And thanks to Myron for giving me the set list:-). Tommy’s set left myself and my compatriots jaws agape and speechless. Thanks again and I hope to see you again in SoCal.

  7. Comment made on September 28, 2021 by Ed

    @Greg martelli
    And to tell you the truth, when it’s Jorma playing live any one of those songs would make any night of the week a good one for me.

  8. Comment made on September 28, 2021 by Greg martelli

    Anytime you can get True Religion and Good Shepard in an abbreviated set list ,that’s a good Saturday night.

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