I should have taken notes, but I was busy playing the guitar with my buddy John Hurlbut. So yeah, Saturday last John and I played an almost 90 minute set at Vanessa’s shop River Of Time. It was to be an hour, but we got carried away. On Sunday evening we went over to Ohio University’s Kantner Hall where the WOUB studio is where we were to be guest DJ’s with Doug (aka Ratt) Brooks

John and I brought vinyl LP’s and a couple of CD’s from our collection. All of my vinyl were originals I started buying when I was a teenager. Here is out playlist from that night:

Sweet Mary Blues


ALBUM:Huddie Ledbetter’s Best… his guitar, his voice, his piano Capitol SM1821


Western Plains

ARTIST:Brother Hill



Poor Black Mattie T1

ARTIST:R.L. Burnside

ALBUM:Mississippi Delta Blues Vol. 2 Arhoolie


Gallows Pole

ARTIST:Willie Watson

ALBUM:Folksinger, Vol. 2


Truckstop Angel

ARTIST:Gretchen Peters

ALBUM:Dancing With the Beast


Gallows Tree

ARTIST:Clay Parker and Jodi James

ALBUM:The Lonesomest Sound That Can Sound


Destroy the Empire


ALBUM:The Return of…


Track 5/Raggae Dub

ARTIST:Scientist v Prince Jammy

ALBUM:Big Showdown


Blues With A Feeling

ARTIST:Little Walter

ALBUM:His Best: The Best Of Little Walter Checker Records LP 3004


Just Like Home

ARTIST:Tim Easton

ALBUM:Special 20


I’m Crying

ARTIST: Savoy Brown

ALBUM:Raw Sienna


In the Skies

ARTIST:Peter Green

ALBUM:In the Skies

All Broken Hearts Break Differently

ARTIST:Mary Chapin Carpenter

ALBUM:The Dirt and the Stars



Makin’ It Home to You

ARTIST:Spencer Bohren

ALBUM:Makin’ It Home to You



Nasty Boogie Woogie

ARTIST:Champion Jack Dupree

ALBUM:Blues from the Gutter/Champion Jack Dupree Atlantic 8019


Inner City Blues

ARTIST:Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express

ALBUM:Closer to It



Pull Your Pants Up

ARTIST:Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

ALBUM:Cold As Weiss


Insane Asylum

ARTIST:Koko Taylor & Willie Dixon

ALBUM:Koko Taylor Chess LPS-1532


Heaven’s Gonna Burn Your Eyes

ARTIST:Thievery Corporation

ALBUM:The Richest Man In Babylon



ARTIST:Mary Adam 12



Midnight Hour Blues

ARTIST:Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell

ALBUM:Blues Before Sunrise Columbia (Monaural) CL1799


Pawnshop Blues

ARTIST:Brownie McGhee

Album: Brownie McGhee Blues Folkways Record And Service Corporation FA2030


Dear Prudence

ARTIST:Siouxsie & The Banshees

ALBUM:The Best Of…



The Dog as a Catalyst


ALBUM:At Night, It Is Particularly Lovely.


Corners Without Exits (1998 Remastered Version)


ALBUM:The Phosphorescent Rat (Remastered)


Death Don’t Have No Mercy

ARTIST:Reverend Gary Davis

ALBUM:Harlem Street Singer Prestige/Bluesville 1015


Time Dreams (feat. John Trudell & Quiltman)

ARTIST:The Pines

ALBUM:Above the Prairie


This was a really good time. I forgot how good mono records sound. We are definitely planning on doing this again. I sure am glad I took good care of my records when I was a kid!

Now… a set list update from Hurl’s and my performance from Vanessa’s River Of Time  Boutique & Gallery in Athens, Ohio Saturday last the 16th of December. Better late than never I say!

1. Take This Hammer

2. Billy # 6

3. Kansas City Southern

4. Travelin’

5. Choices

6. Hickory Wind

7. All Of Me

8. Pride Of Man

9. Knockin On Heaven’s Door

10. Angel Island

11. This Land Is Your Land



  1. Comment made on December 24, 2023 by Bob Sinclair

    Although my copies of “The River Flows” (I & II) are on my vinyl playing shortlist, I sure do miss being there in person for a live Jorma & John performance! I’m sure it was heart warming. Happy belated birthday Jorma!

  2. Comment made on December 23, 2023 by Santa Claus

    HO! HO! HO!

  3. Comment made on December 23, 2023 by Thomas McCormack

    Love the radio playlist, reminds me of a playlist from the community radio station I volunteered to spin disc for, WYCE FM, up here in good ole G.R. I looked over my playlist from all the years and I found Hot Tuna amongst the music. Good Stuff!
    Happy Holiday and Joy be to you all.
    Keep On Keeping On!

  4. Comment made on December 23, 2023 by eaglesteve

    Happy 83rd Birthday Jorma.

  5. Comment made on December 23, 2023 by Bill from Wisconsin

    Happy Birthday, Jorma, and happy holidays. Warm enough here in Wisconsin to go for a ride, so maybe you can get a chance to take the Harley out on a birthday cruise along the Ohio. Nothing like it to flood the senses with being alive and in the moment. Thanks for your music, your musings, and creating this huge clan, that loves your music and spirit. God Bless and many more.

  6. Comment made on December 23, 2023 by Phil Zisook

    Happy Birthday Jorma!

  7. Comment made on December 23, 2023 by Scott

    Happy Birthday Jorma!

  8. Comment made on December 23, 2023 by Kent Gibbons

    Happy birthday Jorma!

  9. Comment made on December 23, 2023 by HOGAN

    Dear Jorma,
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday dear Jorma
    Happy Birthday toooo yoooouuuu.
    Hope you have an awesome day Jorma and many more..

  10. Comment made on December 23, 2023 by Ed

    Happy Birthday, Jorma! Hope you’re doing whatever you want all day long, and having a blast.

  11. Comment made on December 23, 2023 by Ham Neggs

    Time Dreams what a beautiful unexpected nugget.
    Happy birthday 🎉🎈🎂🎁
    Had the pleasure of seeing Jefferson Starship with Mr Frieberg doing beautiful vocals on Mr Balins songs right around Thanksgiving. Always nice to be with my Jefferson family, especially Thanksgiving in NY.
    Happy Holidaze to all
    Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼

  12. Comment made on December 22, 2023 by Jack Donohue

    Savoy Brown and Peter Green. Two of my all time favorites. Sadly Messrs. Simmons and Green are no longer with us. Great stuff .

  13. Comment made on December 22, 2023 by Watson McCoy

    The very best HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to you Jorma !!!

  14. Comment made on December 22, 2023 by Joey Hudoklin

    Many happy birthday Jorma!

  15. Comment made on December 22, 2023 by George Henn

    Happy Birthday Jorma! Thanks for everything over the years.

  16. Comment made on December 21, 2023 by Dan Nigro

    Great playlist, hope that was the audition for a new Sirius channel. Ahhh, how well I remember buying that vinyl copy of Phosphorescent Rat at the Stony Brook record store after winter break Jan 74. 50 years later still takes a frequent spin on the turntable, still sounds great

  17. Comment made on December 21, 2023 by Ed

    Speaking of great old tunes, I found a swell batch in my archives today.
    Family Dog, Sept. 7, 1969, Jorma, Jack, Joey Covington with the Dead. Check out this setlist!
    -Peggy Sue (Jorma on lead vocal; probably made the D.C. girls swoon back in the day)
    -That’ll Be the Day
    -Johnny B. Goode
    -Baby What You Want Me to Do
    -Wipe Out (audience request)
    -Big Railroad Blues
    -Louie Louie
    -Twist and Shout
    -Blue Moon

  18. Comment made on December 21, 2023 by BrendanC

    Causes me to recall a desert island radio show you did, Jorma, which included a track from Exile. Years later, I smiled listening to a reissued Leon CD, which had Jagger on a bonus track. Seemed evident most people’s favorite Stones album, if they have one, is mainly Leon’s wrecking crew. Maybe I’m wrong.

    Tomorrow has come and gone. Not sure I remembered.

  19. Comment made on December 20, 2023 by David Evertson

    Gotta love a playlist that includes Brian Auger and Scientist! You guys need to get down to Austin. Miss you.

  20. Comment made on December 20, 2023 by Greg martelli

    Cool DJ setlist
    Does anybody remember the 45 cover to Have you seen your mother baby ,standing in the shadows ?
    Or Rain/We can work it out ?

    Who selected Insane Asylum , interesting Koko Taylor choice

  21. Comment made on December 20, 2023 by Ed

    Totally cool! Must have been a blast.
    Vinyl is an amazing technology – I often pull out a 50+-year-old record from my closet and it sounds great. Like the first Hot Tuna album. (And Art, “Volunteers” sounds swell too. But if you listen to Sgt. Pepper again, go with the remastered UK mono album, even if it’s a CD.)
    Mono truly is the best.

  22. Comment made on December 19, 2023 by Chappy

    You guys really should have your own “Theme Time Radio Hour” like Zimmy had on XM a few years back. You and Hurl’s playlists, thoughts, recollections, etc. would be very welcomed by music fans.

  23. Comment made on December 19, 2023 by Art

    Well, I guess there’s hope for those boxes of vinyl that are sitting in my basement. I wonder what my Band of Gypsies, Santana III, and Sgt. Peppers (not to mention Volunteers and various Hot Tuna discs) would sound like if I pulled the old turntable out and spun them. You might actually hear a little music over the pops and crackles. I actually have the first 45 I ever owned – Surfer Girl by the Beach Boys.

    • Comment made on December 19, 2023 by Jorma

      Hey Art… you might be surprised… Clean those old platters up and on a good turntable… they’re probably going to sound great!

      • Comment made on December 19, 2023 by Art

        I’ll try it … but I’m telling you, I played these discs disc until they were as smooth as glass.

        • Comment made on December 21, 2023 by Jorma

          Could be eBay time… 🙂

          • Comment made on December 21, 2023 by Art

            I admit it – I was pretty reckless with those discs. And my audio equipment was pretty low-end. But the main reason those records are worn out is, I couldn’t stop listening to the great stuff recorded between approximately 1966 and 1976. It was a real musical and cultural renaissance, and it just keeps giving (and thank you).

  24. Comment made on December 19, 2023 by Steve Comeau

    Thanks so much for sharing that playlist. Plenty of tunes that I need to explore and add to my collection.

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