A blog by Jorma Kaukonen

Early Spring…Buckeye Chuck


Buckeye Chuck was unavailable for a photo op, but Maverick shared getting cleaned and pressed at Tractor Supply’s Do-It-Yourself dog laundry

Photo by jorma Kaukonen

Our very own Marmota Monax, Chuck says an early spring is in the offing and that’s OK by us. The cold never used to bother me but as I’ve gotten older I find I prefer to be toasty. This means that even if it gets into the 50’s today, the motorcycle is staying in the garage. ...
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The Nick Pagano Event At The City Winery


White Rabbit featuring Elaine Caswell, backed by Jorma Kaukonen, Ricky Byrd, Rich Pagano, Steve Conte as well as a hidden bass player and two keyboards also hidden.

Photographer unknown by me, but thanks!

As a person who has been in recovery for a couple of 24 hours, being able to be a part of this show was more than a pleasure… it was an honor!

Here’s a link that explains it better than I can.

Jorma, Jimmy Vivino & John Sebastian

Photo by one ...
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Just Like A Woman



Monday, January 8, 2024

Just Like A Woman…

It was quite cold as I drove to town this morning to make some doctor appointments and pick up some meds at the pharmacy. Since I live in a small town I find it easier to actually drive to the doctor’s office and make appointments in person rather than fight through the maze of button pressing that doing it on the phone entails.

Anyway, for some reason I went down the Blonde On Blonde ...
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And Then There Was One…


Rainy night at the Fillmore Auditorium

Photo by Phil Jacobs


The days on stage stretched on like an endless river… and Then There Was One:

I remember as a younger man reveling in the continuity of life. You’re in the throes of something you love and it feels as if the future is an open highway… it’s just going to last forever. You hold on to that feeling as you age in the mirror and one day it becomes apparent that it’s ...
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More Than Thirty Years At The Casa Nueva In Athens, Ohio


Let’s start off with a photo.

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Here I am with a gift card from the Owner/Employees that I received today at breakfast at the Casa Nueva  in town.

I first ate at the Casa Nueva on West State Street over thirty years ago. The Casa is a one of a kind dining experience in the Ohio River Valley, and a good one. The food is all locally sourced, it is worker owned and well… it could only happen ...
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Under The Radar… Fly Low Dusty


1946-Oct. 23, 2023

Fair winds & following seas sister!


I’m sitting here at the kitchen table. Our daughter, who is now out of the house and living in town has come over to visit mom and dad. She has moved from the table to the spinet piano we bought her some years ago. She is playing a song she is writing and singing softly to herself. As I listen to her beautiful voice chase the keys Vanessa gasps from across the ...
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The Last Ride Clearwater, Florida Day 19


Hometown Boys Make Good!

Photo by Phil Jacobs

We’ve been at the Warner Theater quite a few times over the years but this was an important stop for us on this, our Last Electric Run. The sound was great… of course and we had lots of friends and family in attendance.

Hot Tuna 25 2023

The Electric Trio

Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady


Justin Guip

The Warner Theater

Washington, D.C.

Saturday, September 30, 2023


First Set:

Second Chances Ice Age How Long Blues Bowlegged Woman Ode To Billy Dean Soliloquy For 2 Sleep Song Trial By Fire I Don’t ...
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The Electric Hot Tuna Trio Surfaces At The Great South Bay Music Festival


Jack, Jorma & Justin thank the good people who came to Patchogue!

Photo taken from Hot Tuna Facebook

Indeed, lots of talk about the electric version of our little world taking a break and going fishing for, well… maybe a long time. Of course we have quite a nice electric run starting in September. Check our tour page here at this link. Now, on this subject I guarantee more will be revealed, so stay tuned.

As for the Great South Bay Music ...
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Tommy Emmanuel Invites Me To The Southern Theater In Columbus


The Southern Theater, Columbus Ohio

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah, so I got to open a show for my old comrade in arms Tommy Emmanuel up in Columbus at the Southern Theater. I was thrilled that I got to do this with Tommy. Except for Natalie’s in Grandview I rarely get to play up here. Some years ago Vanessa got to se Pete Seeger, Holly Near and Harry Belafonte at the Southern… and illustrious venue.

Even sound checking Tommy gives it his ...
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Goodbye To A Good Friend


Selfie by Vanessa Kaukonen

We love our animals, of course. Over the years we have been blessed with many four footed companions. Zammy, the cat in Vanessa’s arms has been gone for a while. Blackie, the big guy in mine just left us today. Blackie taught us so much about love. He first surfaced as a feral cat intimidating the other cats at the Fur Peace Ranch and eating their food. We kept trying to shoo him away but he ...
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