Just can’t wait to get back on the road again…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Just back from a three gig five day run and a good time was had by all! The first show was at Seven Steps Up in Spring Lake, Michigan. It was obviously not spring up there but a good time was had in any case. Gary and Michelle hosted us up there and we felt right at home.

Selfie at the breakfast joint!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

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Seven Steps Up

Silver Lake, Michigan

Thursday, January 6, 2022

  1. How Long Blues
  2. Dime For Beer
  3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  4. Letter To The North Star
  5. Broken Highway
  6. I Am The Light of This World
  7. River Of Time
  8. Barbeque King
  9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  10. Hesitation Blues
  11. Take Your Time
  12. Sleep Song
  13. Good Shepherd
  14. Come Back Baby
  15. True Religion
  16. Heart Temporary
  17. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  18. Been So Long
  19. Genesis
  20. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  21. Encore: Embryonic Journey

I love Seven Steps Up and hope to get back there with Jack Casady!

Quiet before the storm

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Then we buzzed on down to Ann Arbor and the Ark. The Ark and I are old friends and it was great to be back and see live folks again.

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The Ark

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, January 7, 2022

First Set:

  1. Ain’t In No Hurry
  2. Broken Highway
  3. Candy Man
  4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  5. Trouble In Mind
  6. Great Divide Revisited
  7. How. Long Blues
  8. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  9. Come Back Baby
  10. Sea Child
  11. Trial By Fire
  12. Whining Boy Blues
  13. San Francisco Bay Blues

Second Set:

  1. Hesitation Blues
  2. Ode To Billy Dean
  3. Letter To The North Star
  4. Things That Might Have Been
  5. That’ll Never Happen No More
  6. Barbeque King
  7. Been So Long
  8. Sleep Song
  9. Good Shepherd
  10. I Am The Light Of This World
  11. River Of Time
  12. Search My Heart
  13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  14. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Then a leisurely drove down to Columbus and a day off before my gig at Natalie’s Grandview. I feel at home at Natalie’s just like I do at our very own Fur Peace Station! Meatball and Pizza before the show… yeah!

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Natalie’s Grandview

Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, January 9, 2022

First Set:

  1. Too Many Years
  2. Ice Age
  3. Letter To The North Star
  4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  5. How Long Blues
  6. Serpent Of Dreams
  7. Ode To Billy Dean
  8. That’ll Never Happen No More
  9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  10. Living In The Moment
  11. Sleep Song
  12. Trial By Fire
  13. Good Shepherd
  14. Angel island with John Hurlbut
  15. People Get Ready with John Hurlbut
  16. Kansas City Southern with John Hurlbut
  17. Travelin’ with John Hurlbut
  18. The River Flows with John Hurlbut
  19. All Along The Watchtower with John Hurlbut
  20. Encore: The Old Homestead with John Hurlbut

My good friend John Hurlbut came up from Meigs County to help me close the show and well… it was a blast! Speaking of John… a little reminder…

The Quarantine Concert Series rides again!

Be there or………….


  1. Comment made on January 18, 2022 by carey georgas

    Yes, yes. Been doing the Bee for a couple years now. Wordle beats it as a game hands down, to me. Bing, bang, boom and it’s either drop the mike or slink back to the shadows.

  2. Comment made on January 18, 2022 by Willy

    @ carey georgas

    Wordle has become part of my morning routine over tea the last 6 weeks or so…and if you like that, try the NYT Spelling Bee (though it requires a bit more time).

    @ Ed I chuckled knowingly at your comment about How Long Blues…right there (listening) with you!

  3. Comment made on January 18, 2022 by carey georgas

    Wordle. If you like word puzzles, check it out.

  4. Comment made on January 17, 2022 by Ed

    Speaking of Acoustic Hot Tuna, a random observation:
    I first heard “How Long Blues” when the first Hot Tuna album came out, and I’ve heard it (live and recorded) and played it about a billion times since then.
    I just started on my second billion. That is one great, great song.

  5. Comment made on January 17, 2022 by Dale Radeleff

    Hey Jorma,

    Is San Francisco as close as Hot Tuna gets to Carson City Nevada? I would truly like to see Hot Tuna Acoustic live in concert someday.

  6. Comment made on January 15, 2022 by Kevin

    Hope you get a chance to check out the game today. From what I remember you’re a Joe Burrow fan. A good SE Ohio fella.

  7. Comment made on January 15, 2022 by Jefferson Campervan

    The Ark – still there! I made the trip from Toronto in an early version of the Jefferson Campervan (VW Westfalia) just to see the Jorma Kaukonen Band at the Ark, I’m thinking around the ‘Land of Heroes’ time. That’s a great album, BTW.

  8. Comment made on January 14, 2022 by Kevin

    Jorma, any thoughts or memories on this day in history. https://ultimateclassicrock.com/human-be-in/

  9. Comment made on January 14, 2022 by John R.

    Unfortunately, I can’t make the Carnegie Hall show. But I’ll be there the next night at the Narrows. Thanks, Jorma.

  10. Comment made on January 13, 2022 by Bret Ruby

    Thanks Jorma, I’m sure you’d enjoy it. Don’t forget!

  11. Comment made on January 12, 2022 by John R.

    Michael Lang, RIP

  12. Comment made on January 12, 2022 by j orlow

    @Bret Ruby, PhD
    Are you talking about The Moundbuilders of Ohio?
    They were very prolific and were the most interesting Indians on the east coast. Heard about them in a anthropology class in college. If I’m not mistaken there’s a large Serpent Mound there. Very interesting group.

  13. Comment made on January 11, 2022 by Bret Ruby, PhD

    Dear Jorma,
    I’m listening to you read “Been So Long.” I’ve enjoyed it all so far, and I was particularly interested to learn of your time in the Philippines studying anthropology. I’m an anthropologist (archaeologist, really) working for the National Park Service at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe, Ohio—right down the road from the Fur Peace Ranch. This place, marked by monumental mounds and earthen enclosures, was the spiritual capital of eastern North America 2000 years ago–the heart of an American Indian religious movement that swept over half the continent for almost 400 years. If you’re ever passing through and interested in a behind-the-scenes tour, drop me a line or call the park and ask for me. I think you’d get a kick out of it.
    Best regards,

  14. Comment made on January 11, 2022 by Greg martelli

    Hoyt Axton ,great songwriter ,in many movie’s.
    Lightning bar blues

  15. Comment made on January 11, 2022 by Ed

    Thank you, Jorma. I’ll check out the movie. I know only his music; definitely comes across as a very likable guy.
    Turns out there are two albums called “Folk ’66.”
    This is the one I was listening to and yes, same song. The album is very much an artifact of its time, but aren’t we all…


  16. Comment made on January 11, 2022 by Jim Tulgan

    It was a pleasure and an honor meeting you and chatting as well as John and Myron at Natalie’s!
    We had an amazing evening of music and food? What a great intimate venue!!
    See you Saturday in video stream land and at Carnagie Hall in April.
    Thanks again Jorma!

  17. Comment made on January 11, 2022 by Keneth Millroy

    WooHooo Quarantine concerts are back. I will be wearing my Quarantine Concerts long sleeve on the next one. The only ones who will see it is my wife, dog and me LOL

  18. Comment made on January 10, 2022 by Ed

    Hi Jorma,
    I was just listening to an album called “Folk ’66” (which says STEREO across the top of the cover 8 times, so I guess it’s in stereo), and the first side ends with Hoyt Axton doing “Shepherd.”
    Did you ever cross paths with him in the early days in San Francisco? And among the people who have done that song, is there any version you particularly like?

    • Comment made on January 11, 2022 by Jorma

      Yeah, I knew Hoyt in a casual way. Great guy. Check him out in the movie (1989) We’re No Angels. Awesome. I met Hoyt in LA in the late 80’s. Crosby introduced us. Now, I couldn’t find the album you referenced so I don’t even know if it’s the right song. I learned it from Roger Perkins in ’63.

  19. Comment made on January 10, 2022 by Dave Bray

    Just a glimpse of the rock star lifestyle that most don’t see.

  20. Comment made on January 10, 2022 by David stick

    Just a glimpse of that glorious rock star lifestyle that most people don’t see!

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