Sunrise before snowfall…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Wednesday John Hurlbut and I made the trek to Columbus for a shared gig at Natalie’s Grandview. Hurl and I have shared friendship and music for over four decades and it just keeps getting better. The temperature was dropping as Myron and I pulled into the parking lot off King Avenue. It was a sold out show with folks who came to listen, which was a good thing since we came to play!

Jorma Kaukonen 14, 2022

With Special Guest John Hurlbut

Natalie’s Grandview

Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

  1. Ain’t In No Hurry 
  2. Ice Age
  3. Barbeque King
  4. Great Divide Revisited 
  5. Whining Boy Blues 
  6. How Long Blues 
  7. Been So Long 
  8. Sleep Song 
  9. Trial By Fire 
  10. Trouble In Mind 
  11. Come Back Baby 
  12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning 
  13. People Get Ready w/John H
  14. She Belongs To Me w/ JH
  15. Travelin’ w/JH
  16. Angel Island w/JH
  17. Pastures Of Plenty w/JH
  18. Driving Wheel w/JH
  19. Everybody’s Talking w/JH
  20. Choices w/JH
  21. Kansas City w/JH
  22. Ballad Of Easy Rider w/JH
  23. Mr. Charlie w/JH
  24. Encore: The Old Homestead w/JH

I played for an hour then John and I played for an hour and forty minutes… big musical fun!

I was down on the river this morning to take care of some business in Pomeroy and a long string of coal barges was navigating the straight before the Mason Bridge. It sure looked cold out there on the river and I was more than glad that the heater worked in my old Jeep. Watching the mist rise off the water it occurred to me that I have been in Southeast Ohio for a little more than three decades. This is indeed a home that is not going anywhere and that big river is always there to remind me of that!

More will be revealed.


  1. Comment made on November 25, 2022 by Tom Francy

    I attended this show at Natalie’s. A wonderful evening, I think I most enjoyed the lowkey version of Everybody’s Talkin’!! Thanks

  2. Comment made on November 24, 2022 by john o

    Sit back today and think of all the good things that we enjoy here in America.
    And truly give thanks.

  3. Comment made on November 24, 2022 by Dan Nigro

    Grateful for all the friends, family, and music we share. Happy Thanksgiving to all

  4. Comment made on November 24, 2022 by Jim Tulgan

    Sorry I missed this one at Natalie’s. Great Pizza!Great venue!! My best to John!!Happy Thanksgiving to all!!
    Jim Tulgan

  5. Comment made on November 24, 2022 by John Pelz

    Happiest and thankful-est of Thanksgivings to the Kaukonen family, the Airplane family, the great FPR staff, and Fur Peaceans far and wide!

  6. Comment made on November 24, 2022 by Brad

    Happy Thanksgiving All!
    It’s America’s Choice…from the landing in Provincetown in 1620 to that Grunt Label LP in 1975 with everything in between and since, from sea to shining sea.

  7. Comment made on November 24, 2022 by eaglesteve

    Happy Thanksgiving to the Kaukonens, Jack, and Tuna Nation.
    G-d Bless America .

  8. Comment made on November 24, 2022 by Hogan 😁

    Happy Thanksgiving Jorma…

  9. Comment made on November 24, 2022 by Ham Neggs

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING. May you all be blessed with gratitude and share its essence freely.
    We got the party today,we got the party today.
    Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼

  10. Comment made on November 23, 2022 by Art

    I think every person who loves great guitar will appreciate this little video – great example of our British brethren paying fine homage to classic American music (of course made by the children of immigrants – the thing that really makes America great). Horn section, fabulous drummer, and the great Mr. Jeff Beck on guitar.

    Now, I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Kaukonen do a beautiful version of Sleep Walk on his lap steel at the Lone Star in NYC way back when. 80’s? 90s? I have lost track. Would love to hear it again. What a timeless and incredible tune. It makes me want to go out and learn the pedal steel. That was the Lone Star at its non-Union Square location … somewhere on west 50s or something.

  11. Comment made on November 23, 2022 by carey georgas

    Oblivious to the obvious. Steve, not Brian.

  12. Comment made on November 22, 2022 by carey georgas

    Oblivious to the obvious, I meant Steve, not Brian. Ever been there?

  13. Comment made on November 22, 2022 by carey georgas

    I’ll have to wait until the song list makes its way here to know which tunes. I was in the house with the Ramble horns section a few times. Brian can blow that horn! I’mma guess a few tunes I could imagine him in on, and see if I get any right. Have a nice Thanksgiving. Peace.

  14. Comment made on November 21, 2022 by Dan Nigro

    Oh Man !! The Hot Tuna Horns, wish I could be there. Livestream ?

  15. Comment made on November 21, 2022 by Richard K

    I will be there!!! I am all buckled in and ready for a great ride…

  16. Comment made on November 20, 2022 by Richard K

    I see Steve Bernstein is going to be at the Capital shows. I looked him up and is he the trumpet player I see or is there another SB? Also is he playing with HT or opening act? Looking forward to Capital and Huntington shows..

    • Comment made on November 20, 2022 by Jorma

      Steve is the kingpin in the Ramble BandHorn Section. He and his gang were the horn section on the Little Feat tour we were on over the summer. Steve is a very heavy cat with a great musical sense of humor. He will be on many if not most of the tunes but I’m not going to tell you which ones. 🙂 You’ll just have to come to the show.

      Suffice it to say we’ll all be blowing… to say the least. Fasten your seat belt…

  17. Comment made on November 19, 2022 by Steve Goldston

    Hi Jorma,
    I was at Natalie’s and I’m here to say that you guys really gave us some great stuff from our “Hometown Hero”.
    Hurl is a legend in Columbus.. truly. Never in the 44 years we’ve been friends have I ever heard a discouraging word about John. Thank you for playing with him, and I’m convinced that your own guitar playing has reached yet another level. I enjoy watching and listening to your playing while Hurl sings is ..
    Well it’s jus way cool what can I say. Happy Thanksgiving
    You Mensch!

  18. Comment made on November 18, 2022 by Ric Siler

    I grew up on the Ohio and it was always majestic . . and then some. I was born in Maysville, KY and grew up in Pt. Pleasant, WV a few miles south of you. I remember Pomeroy well. Now I live on the Hudson right on the Tappan Zee . . . talk about majestic!

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