A blog by Jorma Kaukonen

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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Dining On The Vineyard

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Jorma the guitar player and Ben DeForest chef and owner of the Red Cat Kitchen

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

David Wolff, our cohort, guide and friend here on the Vineyard guided us to the Red Cat Kitchen in Oak Bluffs where Ben DeForest, a music lover like myself and chef nonpareil treated us to a dinner that was off the charts. If you’re ever on the Vineyard a trip into Oak Bluffs is in order for a killer dinner.

I recommend the ...
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The Kaukonen/Hurlbut Show, 5/6/23


I’ve procrastinated long enough waiting to get pictures together for this blog… Enough already. I’ll add them when I get them… Onward!

Both Hurl and I had been looking forward to this gig for some time. We love to play together so that’s a given but the Ohio With Love component upped the ante for us. (See previous entry) Good stuff and we raised a bunch of money.

We also had more than a gaggle of friends staying over on the ...
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Three With The David Bromberg Band


I just finished the third of my shows with David Bromberg and his wonderful band. David and I have been friends for a very long time and has been a pleasure and an honor to call him friend. We really started to get to know each other in the mid 80’s. I had just separated from Margareta, my wife of 20 some years and was starting to navigate the treacherous waters of single life in the 80’s. I have ...
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Red Sails In The Sunset


Bob Kinzie & Jorma Kaukonen in 2019… College Buddies From Santa Clara

Photo by Joy Kinzie

There is never a time for news good or bad that is better than another. Time just is, well time… and it is up to us to make the most of it. In my time these days it seems like walking through a room filled with obituaries. Some I care about profoundly and some I pass by with a simple, ‘Oh well…’

I got up this ...
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David Crosby, August 14, 1941 – January 19, 2023


Vanessa Kaukonen & David Crosby at the Jefferson Airplane Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards 2016

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Indeed, it is that time of life when I find my contemporaries shuffling off the mortal coil at an alarming rate. I don’t like it a bit, but to be completely selfish, it beats the alternatives.

David and I had been friends since the early 60’s when we were just a bunch of young folkies.  Kantner met him when he moved from San Jose ...
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December Wrap Up & Home



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

Dime For BeerHow Long BluesGreat Divide RevisitedTrouble In MindIce AgeToo Many YearsParchman FarmHesitation BluesDeath Don’t Have No MercyLetter To The North StarTrial By FireSleep SongGood ShepherdBarbeque KingTake Your TimeThat’ll Never Happen No MoreWhining Boy BluesKeep Your Lamps Trimmed & BurningEncore: Come Back Baby Great folks, awesome sound

Photo by Phil Jacobs


What a beautiful Ark

Photo by Jorma ...
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The Only Constant Is Change


Fall morning in Southeast Ohio

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

It has been four days since our final in person camp weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch. I have waited this long to write about it because well, it just needed a lot of processing. We have been open for twenty-four years and much has changed in that quarter century. In ’91 or ’92 we built the A Frame on the trail down to the Shade. I had a studio down there ...
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