A blog by Jorma Kaukonen

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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Sitting peacefully on our back porch in Southeast Ohio drinking coffee in our insulated world. Another year has passed and it is 9/11 again.

Our daughter was not even born yet. My son was pushing four.

They have no memory of this event.

But we do… and we shall never forget.

Honor those lost… honor those we continue to lose…

Support the survivors!

Labor Day 2023


Labor Day 2023

Monday, September 4, 2023


Where did the Summer of ’23 go? It seems like only yesterday it was late June and another endless summer was in the offing. It’s been a pretty long time since the ‘endless summer’ concept rattled around in my brain but hope still seems to spring eternal. It’s been a good time in Vanessa’s and my lives and we’ve been blessed with a good year. Our daughter Izze graduated high school, is taking a ...
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A Trip To The Old Town School Of Folk Music


The Good Old Town School Of Folk Music

Indeed, it was a veritable guitar fest this past weekend at the OTSFM. Great exhibitors and I got to play a show Friday Night!

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Old Town School Of Folk Music

Chicago, Illinois

Friday, August 25, 2023


True Religion Where Have My Old Friends Gone? Been So Long Blue Railroad Train Barbecue King Ice Age Too Many Years Letter To The North Star Death Don’t Have No Mercy Sleep Song Trial By Fire How Long Blues Take Your Time Whining Boy Blues Sea Child Good Shepherd Come Back Baby Keep Your ...
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An Event For The Mayor Of Athens, Ohio… Steve Patterson


Steve Patterson, John Hurlbut, Jorma Kaukonen and Connie Patterson

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

We’ve got a mayor’s election coming here in Athens, Ohio and Vanessa lined up John Hurlbut and myself to provide a little musical interlude at a fund raiser for Steve Patterson the current mayor. The event was held at the Little Fish Brewing Company and it was a perfect place for the gathering. Steve has done a great job for Athens in his previous terms and he more ...
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Three Friends Contemplate The Waning Year


Mid August and as beautiful as it is here in Southeast Ohio the wisps of summer’s end are already dancing in the air. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, ‘Life’s like a roll of toilet paper. The closer to the end you get, the faster it goes.’ Our daughter Izze has graduated, has an apartment and a job and awaits college… or perhaps college is awaiting her. My son Zach came to visit for a week ...
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I Had To Think For A Bit…


Yeah, so David LaFlamme passed a week ago.

David and Linda were old friends from earlier times in San Francisco. They and their band were taken advantage by the same unscrupulous manager that gave Jefferson Airplane grief for a number of years. I shall not mention his name here because I don’t want to give him any more face time but such was music life in San Francisco in the early days. In any case, David and Linda were friends. ...
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Home, Home, Home


Salt Lake City at the State Room is always a pleasure.

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The State Theater

Salt Lake City, Utah

Wednesday, August 2, 2023


First Set:

Ain’t In No Hurry Broken Highway Letter To The North Star Hesitation Blues Barbeque King Where Have My Good Friends Gone? Day To Day Out The Window Blues How Long Blues Let Us Get Together Right Down Here Living In The Moment Sleep Song Trial By Fire Death Don’t Have No Mercy Ice Age


Second Set:

Great Divide Revisited Come Back Baby Been So Long Another Man Done Gone Second Chances Nobody Knows You When You’re Down ...
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Relentless Catching Up From The Aladdin On Down


OK… we’ve been doing a lot of driving in the van. From Seattle, to Portland, Oregon to Salt Lake City, to Grand Junction, Colorado and now to Fort Collins today. The weather has been great and of course the roadside scenery spectacular!


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The Aladdin Theater

Portland, Oregon

Sunday, July 30, 2023


True Religion Hesitation Blues Been So Long Great Divide Revisited Where Have My Good Friends Gone Barbeque King Let Us Get Together Right Down Here Sleep Song Trial By Fire Too Many Years Death Don’t Have No Mercy How Long ...
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Just A Quick Wrap Up From Boise


The second night at the Triple Door was more than inviting.

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The Triple Door

Seattle, Washington

Saturday, July 29, 2023


First Set:

Dime For Beer How Long Blues Hesitation Blues New Song For The Morning Death Don’t Have No Mercy Full Go Round Sea Child Trial By Fire Barbeque King I See The Light That’ll Never Happen No More


Second Set:

Letter To The North Star Broken Highway Another Man Done Gone Serpent Of Dreams Trouble In Mind Sleep Song Good Shepherd Second Chances Let Us Get Together Right Down Here River Of Time’ Hamar Promenade Beem So Long Ice Age Encore: Embryonic Journey

Then yesterday morning ...
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