A blog by Jorma Kaukonen

A Trip To Pioneertown & Home, Home, Home


The second week teaching in San Diego

Photo by John Hurlbut

The second week teaching in San Diego was just as awesome as the first. The conversation in a roomful of guitarists is always illuminating! A really great bunch of guys and their families. A good time was had by all! After everyone left around noon on Friday, John Hurlbut and I drove up to Palm Springs and after checking in at the hotel in Palm Springs we drove across I-10 ...
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Last Ride In Portsmouth… day 12


The Music Hall In Portsmouth

Photo by Phil Jacobs

A fine night last eve in Portsmouth. Some inventive playing was done if we do say so ourselves.

Hot Tuna 22, 2023

The Electric Trio

Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady


Justin Guip

Portsmouth Music Hall

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Monday, September 25, 2023


First Set:

Been So Long Hesitation Blues Barbeque King Talkin’ Bout You Come Back Baby Sleep Song Trial By Fire Bowlegged Woman I Don’t Wanna Go

Second Set:

Second Chances I See The Light Ode To Billy Dean Hit Single # 1 Sea Child In The Kingdom Good Shepherd Invitation Funky # 7 Encore: Water Song

Got to sleep in ...
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The Last Ride Day 1


A late summer, early morning at the Ranch. Departure day for the boys.

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen


I guess on some level I realized that if I stayed alive long enough I would get older. Yeah, I get it. That’s really a no-brainer. What never really occurred to as I was walking that road was that I would feel older. All of a sudden I am that man, inhabiting that skin traveling that highway that is a one way road. (Don’t ...
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Sarah Rodriguez October 23, 1978- June 24, 2023


In the Light

Sarah Rodriguez

October 23, 1978- June 24, 2023

Family is a strange sometimes indefinable thing and yet without it we are tragically alone. For all practical purposes I have no immediate family. That’s just the way it is and it’s water under the bridge. When I married Vanessa all of a sudden I found myself a part of a large and incredibly dynamic family group. Being in the orbit of the Gagnés has made me feel that indeed I ...
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A Gig And Father’s Day


Nessa, izze and Henry take the Old Man out for dinner at the Red Cat

Photo by Anonymous Waitperson

Father’s Day with the Family. How good does it have to get. I am usually on the road. Holidays such as Father’s Day is usually celebrated with FaceTime at best and the phone at second best. To actually be with the gang on such an occasion… Priceless!

That was Sunday… Saturday night was a gig at the Loft. Another cool gig in ...
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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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Moving Right Along…


That Carnegie Place in the Pittsburgh environs…

Photo by Phil Jacobs

Yeah, the last time we were here was a couple of years ago with the electric band and Steve Kimock’s band. Good to be back!

Hot Tuna 10, 2023

The Original Acoustic Duo

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady

Carnegie Of Homestead Music Hall

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Monday, April 24, 2023

First Set:

Ain’t In No HurryIce AgeNobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out Barbeque KingGreat Divide RevisitedTrouble In MindBeen So LongLiving In The MomentTrial By FireSea ChildSan Francisco Bay ...
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Steelville To Skokie


The Wildwood Lodge in all its splendor!

Drone Shot by Jorma Kaukonen

It was almost 20 years since I played the Wildwood Lodge with Barry Mitterhoff and this was the first time for Jack and myself. It’s more than an amazing gig, suffice it to say. The little town of Steelville is being restored with loving historical accuracy and well… we had a fabulous experience!

Hot Tuna 4, 2023

The Original Acoustic Duo

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady

Wildwood Springs Lodge

Steeleville, Missouri

Saturday, April 15, 2023

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Jorma Solo Tour Wrap Up


I finished up at the Flying Monkey last night. Love that gig. We drove after show to Wellsboro, Pennsylvania to service the bus and we’ll head for Pomeroy about midnight tonight. I’ll do a more in depth retrospective when I get home, but in the meantime, here are the sets as best I can recall:

Jorma 6, 2023

Jorma Solo

The Colonial

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Sunday, February 26, 2023

First Set:

True ReligionGreat Divide RevisitedBarbeque KingToo Many YearsIce AgeAin’t In No HurryHow Long BluesLet Us Get Together ...
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Working My Way North


The Jefferson in old Charlottesville

Photo by Phil Jacobs

By the time I write this, my old friend David Bromberg will have played his last show. I hope his time will continue to be fulfilling. Here in my world I just finished a trifecta of gigs, starting with The Jefferson in Charlottesville.

Jorma 4, 2023

Jorma Solo

The Jefferson Theater

Charlottesville, Virginia

Friday, February 24, 2023

First Set:

True ReligionBeen So LongBlue Railroad TrainTake Your TimeLetter To The North StarIce AgeHesitation BluesAnother Man Done GoneSleep SongTrial By FireHow ...
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