Photo by Phil Jacobs

A wonderful venue in Florence, Mass. My first time here but I hope not my last.

Jorma Kaukonen 15, 2022


Florence, Massachusetts

Monday, December 12, 2022

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. How Long Blues
  3. Great Divide Revisited
  4. Trouble In Mind
  5. Ice Age
  6. Too Many Years
  7. Parchman Farm
  8. Hesitation Blues
  9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  10. Letter To The North Star
  11. Trial By Fire
  12. Sleep Song
  13. Good Shepherd
  14. Barbeque King
  15. Take Your Time
  16. That’ll Never Happen No More
  17. Whining Boy Blues
  18. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  19. Encore: Come Back Baby
Great folks, awesome sound

Photo by Phil Jacobs


What a beautiful Ark

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah, this is one to come back to!

Then the Egg in Albany.

The small room at the Egg!

Photo by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 16, 2022

The Egg

Albany, New York

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

First Set:

  1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  2. How Long Blues
  3. Letter To The North Star
  4. Ice Age
  5. Too Many Years
  6. Trial By Fire
  7. Sea Child
  8. Ode To Billy Den
  9. San Francisco Bay Blues
  10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  11. That’ll Never Happen No More

Second Set:

  1. Blur Railroad Train
  2. Hesitation Blues
  3. Been So Long
  4. Barbeque King
  5. Trouble In Mind
  6. Heart Temporary
  7. Great Divide Revisited
  8. Come Back Baby
  9. Living In The Moment
  10. Good Shepherd
  11. Sleep Song
  12. Day To Day Out The Window Bluew
  13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  14. Encore: Embryonic Journey
The Church in Sag Harbor

Photo by Phil Jacobs

GE Smith invited me to come to Sag Harbor and join him at the Church. I knew this would be really good time and indeed it was.

Jorma Kaukonen 17, 2022

The Church

Sag Harbor, New York

Thursday, December 15, 2022

  1. Great Divide Revisited
  2. Ode To Billy Dean
  3. Been So Long
  4. Sleep Song
  5. Barbeque King
  6. I Am The Light Of This World w/ GE
  7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy w/ GE
  8. Trouble In Mind w/GE
  9. GE Smith Rt. 66
  10. Take Your Time w/ GE
  11. Broken Highway w/ GE
  12. 99 Year Blues w/ GE
  13. Encore: GE Let It Rock

Basically we conversed musically and vocally and had a really good time!

Raining outside, but hot inside the Church!

Photo by Phil Jacobs

After to show, we saddled up the bus and beat feet for home… a non-stop run.

It was a fitting end to a fine tour!


  1. Comment made on December 23, 2022 by Richard

    Happy Bday..You still rock like a 20 year old..Happy New Year too..

  2. Comment made on December 23, 2022 by john o

    Happy Birthday Jorma!!!
    Hope you’re not freezing your balls off
    Merry Christmas to all!!!
    Nice photo!

  3. Comment made on December 23, 2022 by Kevin

    Wishing an exceptionally Happy Birthday to an exceptionally gifted musician and more
    importantly an exceptional human being.

  4. Comment made on December 23, 2022 by eaglesteve

    Happy Birthday Captain, and many more.

  5. Comment made on December 23, 2022 by Bob Prestifilippo

    Happy Birthday. May you see many more Happy and Healthy.

  6. Comment made on December 23, 2022 by Bob S

    Happy birthday Jorma! Keep on truckin’ brother!

  7. Comment made on December 23, 2022 by carey georgas

    Happy Birthday, Jorma, and many happy returns. You made the Houston Chronicle’s birthday list for today alongside former Emperor Akihito of Japan and Eddie Vedder. Have a happy day!

  8. Comment made on December 23, 2022 by John R.

    Happy Birthday, Jorma.

  9. Comment made on December 23, 2022 by Joey Hudoklin

    Many happy birthday Jorma!

  10. Comment made on December 23, 2022 by Hogan 😁

    The happiest of birthdays to you Jorma.
    Thank you so much for all the wonderful memories over the years. I hope you have an outstanding day.


  11. Comment made on December 23, 2022 by wolf h

    Happy Birthday to you, Jorma, and greetings from Germany!

  12. Comment made on December 22, 2022 by Ham Neggs

    Never mind Remember the Alamo, much more important is we are able to return the Alamo. One of the best pieces of art in NYC. Shackled forlornly in Astor Place. Maybe the cities first legal marijuana dispensary will return the Alamo. Loved turning it whenever I passed it.
    Happiest Hanukkah to all
    Have a Cool Yule
    Merry Christmas
    Happy Holidays
    “Carry the fire into the heart of the darkness , carry the fire to everyone. – P Kantner
    And finally nah I’ll wait till tomorrow
    Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼

  13. Comment made on December 21, 2022 by carey georgas

    An addenda for any history fans out there: After The Alamo, the demoralized Texas army began retreating to the east along with panicked citizens headed towards the Sabine river and Louisiana in what was known as the “Runaway Scrape”. Santa Ana pursued, and on the coastal prairie at San Jacinto, in unfamiliar terrain, the tables suddenly turned. The Texans swooped in during the afternoon siesta hollering “Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! , and he and his army were defeated in a matter of hours.The battle was April 21, 1836, not April 2nd as I indicated above.

  14. Comment made on December 21, 2022 by carey georgas

    Well, everybody remembers the Alamo, but the episode that struck me the strongest was the massacre at Goliad on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836. Colonel James Fannin and around 375 men surrendered after a valiant effort at the Battle of Coleto. The Mexican general Jose Urrea led Fannin to believe they would be released to go back home in a few weeks. Urrea had to leave, and the relief commander was ordered by Santa Ana to kill ‘em all. This was three weeks to the day after the fall of the Alamo. Santa Ana’s hubris and naked brutality rallied General Houston’s rag tag revolutionary army to a total defeat of Santa Ana and his army at the Battle of San Jacinto six days later, winning Texas’ independence. From abject despondence to supreme victors in one week. I always liked that part of the story best. That’s the biggest reason I love underdogs.

  15. Comment made on December 21, 2022 by Ed

    @Joe K
    Most mornings I walk in the woods and end up on top of a small mountain where George Washington watched the Battle of Springfield in 1780. What with all the history and all the diners, New Jersey is a pretty great place. I can drive an hour or less in one direction and be on a gorgeous beach, an hour or so in the other and I’m on the Appalachian Trail. Good stuff!

  16. Comment made on December 21, 2022 by BrendanC

    @carey georgas
    NY melded state history into European trade wars and ensuing colonial war of independence, of course. What surprised, or enlightened you most when going in-depth on Texas, Corey? For me, it was learning details of City of New York’s system of deep reservoirs and aqueducts that delivered what was said to be then world’s purest tap water. I suppose partly because our school stood across from a city reservoir (there’s the song tie-in).

  17. Comment made on December 20, 2022 by Joe K

    I went to a local Catholic Grammar school in New Jersey. We had NJ history in seventh grade. 1965
    I lived outside Trenton so learning about Washington Crossing the Delaware made it very interesting.
    Trenton,Princeton & retracing the troops marches made fun trips on our bikes as kids.

  18. Comment made on December 20, 2022 by Kevin

    @carey georgas
    I’m to old to remember exactly what grade it was, but we too in NJ had a class dedicated to the history of NJ. History was always one of my favorite subjects, especially since we were such a big part of the War for Independence.

  19. Comment made on December 20, 2022 by Chappy

    Full disclosure, I was born and raised in Cleveland and attended Ohio U. in early 80’s. OU claims to be the first institute of “higher learning” west of the Appalachians as it was founded in 1804. Great history book: “The Pioneers” traces the westward expansion into Ohio at that time. My Father’s side traces roots back through Cambridge and McConnelsville. Great-great uncle Aus Gallagher was a station master at Gibson Station (outside of Cambridge) back in the day and my Father passed along his Railroad Watch to me. And, of course, Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman is rumored to have planted many seeds throughout southern Ohio. The Chapman/Basilone/Gallagher families account for 36 Ohio U. alumni (my parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, etc.). So, I do love SE Ohio…a beautiful part of the state and country. Coincidentally, it is where I got turned on to Hot Tuna in earnest in 1980. The SE Ohio Historical Center is very cool. And, Carey, when I was a kid, Ohio history was also part of 7th grade curriculum. My Virginia friends advise VA history was also a 7th grade class when they were growing up. Enough about me…blessings of the season to all and a plug for two of my favorite holiday albums: Jorma’s Christmas and Michael Falzarono’s Kaleidoscope Christmas.

  20. Comment made on December 20, 2022 by carey georgas

    Very cool. Before the corporate hijacking of public education curricula, down here in Texas a semester of Texas history was mandatory in 7th grade. So far, it’s the only state I know of that devoted that much classroom time to a state’s history. Of course , it’s also the only state that was its own sovereign nation prior to statehood. Anyhoo, I am a history buff, and am interested in it wherever it occurs. If ever I’m back that way, I’ll check out that history center in Athens.

  21. Comment made on December 20, 2022 by mikie

    We have a wonderful history center in Athens:


  22. Comment made on December 20, 2022 by carey georgas

    Dang, Chappy. You seem to know your Ohio history, particularly southeast Ohio, quite well. I’m impressed.

  23. Comment made on December 19, 2022 by Chappy

    Some interesting (or trivial) SE Ohio info…just finished a book by Vern Alden (former Ohio U. president from ‘62-‘68 and for whom the library is named). He was an interesting person and instrumental in OU advancement and growth during his time there. Also, just started a bio on Brian Wilson (from 2006) and it mentions Wilson family heritage in Meigs County in the early 1800’s…Henry Wilson being a stonemason and the family “…farmed a plot of rich, river-fed land in Meigs County for more than six decades…”

  24. Comment made on December 19, 2022 by eaglesteve

    Happy Hanukkah to the Kaukonens and Tuna Nation

  25. Comment made on December 18, 2022 by Thomas Fulop

    Thanks for playing Florence- was telling a friend of mine how I watched you perform Been So Long in 1972 & you can still kill the runs at the end today!!! Thanks for creating the playlist for my life’s journey!!!

  26. Comment made on December 18, 2022 by chinaski

    An early Happy Birthday to you Jorma.
    I just acquired Ken Babb’s latest book, “Cronies” and it’s a fun read.
    Was looking forward to the Sat. Feb 25th performance at City Winery in DC which is now closing after the Jan. 1 performance to eventually relocate elsewhere in the city. Your team is no doubt on it already and hopefully can re-book nearby soon enough.
    Looking forward to it!

  27. Comment made on December 17, 2022 by Aquanaut1

    Thank you for the BOMBYX show. The stage setting was so warm, and the sound in that room was, I thought, perfect. Great seeing you man, stay well.

  28. Comment made on December 17, 2022 by Dan Nigro

    Home for the holidays! Enjoy

  29. Comment made on December 17, 2022 by Joseph Hudoklin

    Beautiful venues Jorma

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