While I was on the road with the boys, life was happening at home.

One on the dining room table

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Two with
four generations

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Three with Mom and Ben And Vera

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

The Bluesman sings for Four

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Mom, Dad and the Lifetime Grammy celebrate Five

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Six in front of Mom’s relic

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Seven moves on…

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Eight amidst family memories

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

An eight day journey through light and family memories. The presents are for the kids, the memories for all of us.

Being on the road has been a way of life for more than half a century. Being home over the Pandemic Lockdown has given me a sense of family that I had never really had before. It was good to be on the road again… that is what I do, but I certainly missed the family connection. You just can’t have everything I guess.

It’s mostly good.

Back on the road, there were three to go.

Ah, the Carnegie Of Homestead

Photo by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 18, 2021

The Electric Trio

Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady & Justin Guip

Carnegie Of Homestead

Munhall, Pennsylvania

Tuesday December 7, 2021

  1. Too Many Years
  2. Broken Highway
  3. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  4. Been So Long
  5. Highway Song
  6. Ode To Billy Dean
  7. Can’t Get Satisfied
  8. Sleep Song
  9. Trial By Fire
  10. Bowlegged Woman
  11. Corners Without Exits
  12. Song For The Stainless Cymbal
  13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
  14. Funky # 7
  15. Encore: Water Song
Back to Kent

Photo by Phil Jacobs

It’s been a while since we were back at the Kent Stage.

Hot Tuna 19, 2021

The Electric Trio

Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady & Justin Guip

Kent Stages

Kent, Ohio

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

  1. How Long Blues
  2. San Francisco Bay Blues
  3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  4. I See The Light
  5. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  6. Talkin’ Bout You
  7. Rock Me Baby
  8. Roads and Roads &
  9. Second Chances
  10. Bowlegged Woman
  11. Trial By Fire
  12. Good Shepherd
  13. Funky # 7
  14. Encore: Water Song
Setting up at Ludlow’s Garage

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna 20, 2021

The Electric Trio

Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady & Justin Guip

Ludlow’s Garage

Cincinnati, Ohio

Thursday, December 9, 2021

  1. How Long Blues
  2. San Francico Bay Blues
  3. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  4. Serpent Of Dreams
  5. Great Divide Revisited
  6. Ode To Billy Dean
  7. Can’t Get Satisfied
  8. Song For The Stainless Cymbal
  9. Bowlegged Woman
  10. Come Back Baby
  11. Sleep Song
  12. Good Shepherd
  13. Trial By Fire
  14. Hit Single # 1
  15. Encore: Water Song

It was a pleasure and an honor to share the stage with David Bromberg and his great band as well as Steve Kimock and his pals. Music with friends is the way to go!

It’s nice to be home!


  1. Comment made on December 23, 2021 by Sally

    Thank you Jorma (and the HT Crew) for getting back on the road. Saw you at The Egg and The Cap a few days later. So wonderful to be listening, watching and dancing to HT again!
    Stay safe and enjoy ~

  2. Comment made on December 19, 2021 by Dale Radeleff

    Jorma, Vanessa, John Hurlbut, and all of you down at the Fur Peace Ranch, I hope you have a fruitful, prosperous and Healthy Winter Season. There is no way on Earth I could thank you enough for the Free Concerts that got me back interested in playing guitar…AND Banjo, after 40+ years. Because of this I also was able to get reunited with an old Guitar friend of mine, who BTW would make an excellent instructor at your Ranch! I wish my health was good enough to make a Pilgrimage to The Fur Peace Ranch and even take some classes but I am lucky enough to be able to drive down to the local Target for supplies. Again, Thank You Jorma, Vanessa and crew and I hope to visit someday.

  3. Comment made on December 19, 2021 by Ham Neggs

    ONLY if played loud at maximum volume. Lol
    Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼

  4. Comment made on December 18, 2021 by Tom

    It should be mandated that all own America’s Choice.

  5. Comment made on December 18, 2021 by Dan Nigro

    Watching the National News and they had a story on holiday shopping, quick shot of Bryant Park zoomed in on the used record stall and front and center was America’s Choice. Happy Holidays

  6. Comment made on December 18, 2021 by Ham Neggs

    The Time Has Come to say- wow and that was only the second song into the set,! Mississippi Queen and I’m saying to myself Jorma is going to do an Airplane Song. Unbelievably fun . EVERYONE INVOLVED THANK YOU Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼

  7. Comment made on December 17, 2021 by Ham Neggs

    I wanna be sedated in a good way. Pumped for tonight’s show
    Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼

  8. Comment made on December 17, 2021 by Tom NY

    @Ric Siler

    Apaches were not all bad. There was an uprising going on back then as well. There was rage and righteous anger.. Remember Walter Cronkite and other “news people” reporting the death count/tally…. 100-200 Americans dying in a WEEK…a week.. On and on. 18 year old steps off plane….gets some supplies, shipped off in a helicopter to an area and is killed within days of being in country. Just graduated high school, took his gal to the dance, had a good baseball season and parents who loved him. What a load of %^&*(… Watch out for war mongers…

    Looks what happening in the streets (people in the streets now all over the world)
    Got a revolution.

    Lots of things were wrong about the 60s, like Crosby said, certainly the drugs were wrong…. Getting out of wars important. Glad the last president kept us out of war… 58,220 dead in Vietnam…How many more wounded and then dead when home. A million or more Vietnamese dead…

    Pray for peace

  9. Comment made on December 15, 2021 by Ric Siler

    A friend of mine shared with me a review of an Airplane show in Charleston WV from Dec. ’67. I wish I could attach it but the writer clearly wasn’t into you guys; he likened the sound to ‘an Apache uprising and a she wolf stuck in a trap’. I’ll send you the thing if you want to see it.

  10. Comment made on December 15, 2021 by Richard K

    eaglesteve :
    From the tour page: Jorma’s 80th birthday celebration, finally…….
    should it not be 81st?

    I could have sworn it said its going to be an Acoustic show yesterday. Did I see that or my eyes getting old? Must be my mistake…I like it all!!!

  11. Comment made on December 15, 2021 by carey georgas

    I’m guessin’ an 80th celebration at Carnegie Hall got pandemicized last year. What a party that will be!

  12. Comment made on December 15, 2021 by eaglesteve

    From the tour page: Jorma’s 80th birthday celebration, finally…….
    should it not be 81st?

  13. Comment made on December 15, 2021 by carey georgas

    Man, I had this corn cone up on my toe, and it sure went to hurtin’. As I tried to push the pain from my mind, up from the cranial caldron bubbled an old song I’d long forgotten. “Get Off My Toe” by my patron bluesman, Lightnin’ Hopkins. Pulled it up for a listen, and it sure did ease my troubled mind. Toe’s almost well now.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uEiSD3FxZuY, if anyone cares to listen.

  14. Comment made on December 15, 2021 by Hogan

    Happy Hanukkah Jorma to you and your family.
    Looks like it was a great tour and sorry I missed it.
    Hoping to see you all in the new year.

    Happy Holidays


  15. Comment made on December 14, 2021 by Ham Neggs

    Maybe “We’re a Happy Family “ on Friday
    Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼

  16. Comment made on December 13, 2021 by Tom NY

    Monetizing Kaukonen

    Was playing a gig outside and from a distance I heard a cry of “Jormaaaa”… The tone had a quality out of either Beacon theater mid 70s or Capital theater, early 80s…. At any rate, I told the guy my name was Tom and that I learned some hip tunes and beautiful tunings and finger picking patterns from Jorma.

    Later on, when just finishing up a Genesis, a woman around Jorma’s age, though I presume, not at all familiar with the music of Airplane and Hot Tuna said to me, “that is very calming and beautiful music” as she threw some cash into me case. The compliment is far greater than the cash, but the cash did buy me some supper.

    Thanks for the tunes Jorma. Keeping taking the magnesium, Vit C and Vit D, and some Zinc… Next 20 years are certainly going to be worth sticking around for.

  17. Comment made on December 12, 2021 by carey georgas

    Oh, to be home again…
    I got an observation and resulting question. I’ve been following your touring exploits for 5+ years, if memory serves. The places you go and venues you play are interesting and varied. Just as interesting to me was the pre-pandemic feature of the places you dined, and the stuff they served you. Always fun to see what table you’d find next and what they fed you. Since the resumption of road travels, culinary updates have not followed suit. Is this a post-pandemic reality, and/or are you making use of your mobile kitchen? Vicarious visions of victuals are missed.

  18. Comment made on December 12, 2021 by Brad

    Home for the Holydays in the presents of family, memories, and essential rituals. Amen.
    A prayer and a candle for you and yours, be assured.

    “ Ya ba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dum
    If I were a biddy biddy rich yidle-diddle-didle-didle man”

    Your life’s work has and continues to enrich countless other’s lives, I dare say.
    (Betcha some great old friends and characters are gonna come out of the hills and hollows for the New Year’s shows)🤪

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