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A Quick Note From Preble

May 8th, 2021 1 comment

The other night in Preble was chilly, but awesome.

Jorma Kaukonen 23, 2021

Jorma Solo

Homer Center For The Arts @

Dwyer Memorial Park

Preble, New York

Thursday, May 6, 2021


First Set

  1. Candy Man
  2. Blue Railroad Train
  3. Search My Heart
  4. Ice Age
  5. Parchman Farm
  6. Barbeque King
  7. I See The Light
  8. New Song For The Morning
  9. Follow The Drinking Gourd
  10. Trouble In Mind
  11. Rock Me Baby
  12. Great Change
  13. Too Many Years
  14. Letter To The North Star
  15. Sea Child
  16. Trial By Fire
  17. I Am The Light Of This World
  18. Good Shepherd
  19. Hesitation Blues
  20. Come Back Baby
  21. Keep You Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  22. Encore: Genesis

I’m in the hinterlands of New Hampshire scavenging internet, so this will be very brief. To see all those live folks in their cars made the cold more than bearable. When I get to a more urban setting tomorrow, more will be revealed indeed!

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Upstate Thoughts And Coming To Tupelo Music Hall On 5/9/21

May 6th, 2021 13 comments
Anywhere USA

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma in Cortland, NY

Thursday, May 6, 2021

So here I am on my first roadtrip for more than a couple of gigs in a year. I’m driving my RV so the whole deal is more than exciting on many levels. It seems that I, like so many others, am starting to get my life back… in a way. My colleagues Myron and Phil are ensconced in the hotel and I am boondocking in the parking lot. Since I’ve got pretty much everything I need here in the rig, I decided to take a walk to pick up the two things I neglected to bring… salt and pepper. We’re at a Hampton Inn here and even though I have yet to even set foot in the lobby, it looks like all Hampton Inns.

I remember living in Upstate New York more than thirty years ago. It wasn’t exactly the Rust Belt, but I could always detect a certain feeling of gentle, or maybe not so gentle decay. The countryside is so beautiful but these older urban areas just seem like they have seen better days… a long time ago. Now, my observations are simply based on where I’m parked right now so I don’t mean to generalize. There was a boarded-up Ramada Inn next door and a mile or so away at the shopping plaza most of the shops were empty.

Now back home at the Market On State St. Shopping Plaza many of the stores are empty too, but it just seems lighter somehow. There is not real point to this entry so far… just morning observations from a traveling voyeur. I have loved the face of America for many years.

It is good to be a part of the visage again!

Now, coming up on the 9th of May, a gig at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, new Hampshire. In addition to two great great shows by yours truly (1 PM and 4 PM) There are also streaming possibilities. The one PM Show: and/ or the four PM show:

OK… old routine setting in. A quick lunch, fresh strings and tonight’s set list.


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From The Vinoski Winery To The Center Of The Arts In Home

May 5th, 2021 14 comments
The Four Leaf Clover Whisperer

Photo By Myron Hart

We set out on a cloudy day from Pomeroy and wound up in Belle Vernon for a gig at the Vinoski Winery. The clouds opened up but the audience hung more than tough and the first gig of this little run was rewarding in so many ways!

Open mess on board Hawke

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen 22, 2021

Jorma Solo

Vinoski Winery

Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  3. Letter To The North Star
  4. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  5. I Am The Light Of This World
  6. Serpent Of Dreams
  7. Corners Without Exits
  8. Uncle Sam Blues
  9. 99 Year Blues
  10. How Long Blues
  11. New Song For The Morning
  12. Ain’t In No Hurry
  13. Another Man Done Gone
  14. Hesitation Blues
  15. Great Divide Revisited
  16. Candy Man
  17. Come Back Baby
  18. Living In The Moment
  19. Trial By Fire
  20. Good Shepherd
  21. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  22. I Know You Rider
  23. Encore: Water Song

Yeah… a bunch of songs were played… rain is just rain.

A cloudy but scenic drive from Belle Vernon to Homer. We had a day off to do it in so we cruised it. The storm still seems to be following us… or we’re following the storm.

Time to get a good night’s sleep after a long day behind the wheel.

More anon…

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My Friend Al… #47 In The Wings

April 30th, 2021 60 comments
A sunny day with the top off of the old Jeep

Selfie by Vanessa Kaukonen

At my age I have been saying a lot of goodbyes the most recent being to my old friend Al Schmitt. Al was such an important part of the Jefferson Airplane Family in terms of what he brought to the table as a producer. RCA assigned him to us starting with After Bathing At Baxters. At a point in our relatively young lives when we thought we knew it all we were probably not the easiest folks to work with. That being said, Al found a way to get the best out of us without being constraining. Al had golden ears. He knew good sounds when he heard them. Our recorded life would not have been the same without him. He was a good man and a wonderful human being. As so often happens, I was just thinking about getting in touch with him when I heard from my good pal Mike Lawson that he had passed. Another moment down the river. More than being a great recording engineer, Al knew when he heard the great performances in a time before Frankensolos.

The earth is a poorer place for his passing. Fair wind and following seas brother.

Come see us yet one more time!

We’re going to have our first small but live audience at the Fur Peace Station for this show. Please join us for the fun!

Last but not least. There have been some bizarre threads in the comments section of this blog. I foolishly let it go for a while hoping that it would peter out. It didn’t. At the risk of sounding pissy, it’s my blog and I’m going to sound pissy. I’m not into conspiracy theories. Please don’t use my space for yours. Enough already. As Mom used to way, ‘A word to the wise is sufficient!’

#46… The River Flows…

April 26th, 2021 29 comments
A Bald eagle was seen on the way to Akai Hana in Columbus

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Hurl and I reprised The River Flow for # 46!

Quarantine Concert #46

Fur Peace Station Concert Hall

Jorma Kaukonen & John Hurlbut

The River Flows Vol I & II
April 24th, 2021

  1. Ballad of East Rider
  2. People Get Ready
  3. Choices
  4. Kansas City Southern
  5. Across the Borderline
  6. Travelin’
  7. The Old Homestead
  8. Someone’s Calling
  9. Knockin’ on Heaven Door
  10. Hickory Wind
  11. A Little Faster
  12. Seems Like a Long Time with Vanessa Kaukonen
  13. All Along The Watchtower
  14. This Land is Your Land

Sunday after volleyball we drove up to Columbus for a sushi treat at Akai Hana… and on the way home:

Spring moon and Old Glory!

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

What a weekend!

To New York & Back

April 24th, 2021 20 comments
Back to the source…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

It’s been well over a year since I’ve had the privilege of playing in Manhattan. The good folks at the City Winery invited me to come and bring my guitar and so with a smile on my face… I came.

You can’t see the smile… but it’s there!

Photo by Myron Hart

Four shows… in two days. Playing three hours a night for the first time in well… a long time, is quite different from the Quarantine Concert Series. Good to get back in the saddle!

Jorma Kaukonen 17, 2021

Jorma Solo Early Show

City Winery

New York City

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  1. Too Many Years
  2. Ice Age
  3. The Terrible Operation
  4. How Long Blues
  5. Uncle Sam. Blues
  6. Search My Heart
  7. Trial By Fire
  8. Sea Child
  9. Serpent Of Dreams
  10. Candy Man
  11. Been So Long
  12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  13. I Am The Light Of This World
  14. That’ll Never Happen No More
  15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Jorma Kaukonen 18, 2021

Jorma Solo Late Show

City Winery

New York City

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Hesitation Blues
  3. Come Back Baby
  4. I See The Light
  5. Second Chances
  6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  7. Corners Without Exits
  8. Sleep Song
  9. Good Shepherd
  10. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  11. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
  12. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
  13. I Know You Rider
  14. Encore: Whining Boy Blues

Jorma Kaukonen 19, 2021

Jorma Solo Early Show

City Winery

New York City

Thursday, April 22, 2021

  1. True Religion
  2. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
  3. Broken Highway
  4. Blue Railroad Train
  5. Been So Long
  6. Heart Temporary
  7. Great Change
  8. Full Go Round
  9. In The Kingdom
  10. Ode To Billy Dean
  11. San Francisco Bay Blues
  12. How Long Blues
  13. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
  14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Jorma Kaukonen 20, 2021

Jorma Solo Late Show

City Winery

New York City

Thursday, April 22, 2021

  1. Hesitation Blues
  2. Come Back Baby
  3. Serpent Of Dreams
  4. River Of Time
  5. In My Dreams
  6. Follow The Drinking Gourd
  7. Prohibition Blues
  8. Living In The Moment
  9. Watch The North Wind Rise
  10. Flying Clouds
  11. 99 Year Blues
  12. Waiting For A Train
  13. Walking Blues
  14. Things That Might Have Been
  15. Roads and Roads &
  16. Encore: Genesis
Man at work…

Photo by Phil Jacobs

I was so moved by the response of our friends in the audience at the Winery. Many thanks from me!

The Old… and the new…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a new skyline for me here in the Tri-State. I’m walking up the Hudson on the Weehawken side and I look to my right and there is an old friend… the Empire State Building. It may seem dwarfed in this shot surrounded by new architecture, but for a guy of my age, it will always be the One!

Life goes on indeed…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Now tonight… #46

Special Edition tonight…

Tonight John Hurlbut and I will play the entire River Flows record… Volume One, and Volume Two which will not be released until July.


Love And A 45

April 19th, 2021 22 comments
Looking down from 400 feet…

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Well… thinking about posting the set list from #45 from Saturday night and with the number 45 in my head got to thinking about that wacky little 1994 flick, Love And A .45. Watty Watts in the movie per his granddaddy: “Watty, only two things you need in life to get by on this planet: Love and a 45.”

I think after I upload this I’ll see if I can find the movie streaming. Anyway…

I’ve loved all our shows in the Quarantine Concert Series, but to be able to play songs with our daughter Izze… is special. My pal, Myron Hart, added the rhythm guitar part and I was blown away by how his vocal harmonies blended with Izze’s voice. Good times!

Here’s a clip of the three of us… You know I love this!

Jorma Kaukonen 16, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #45

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, April 16, 2021

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  3. 99 Year Blues
  4. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  5. Ode To Billy Dean
  6. I Shall Be Released with John Hurlbut
  7. Angel Island with John Hurlbut
  8. Another Man Done Gone
  9. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
  10. Trial By Fire
  11. Valerie Featuring Izze Kaukonen & Myron Hart

On the one hand it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that we’ve been doing these shows for over a year, yet on the other hand it seems like a lifetime. To be able to make music with friends and family is more than a blessing.

Tomorrow Myron and I will be driving up to New York for four shows at the City Winery. That would be the 21st and the 22nd, two shows each day.

Wow! Leaving home for a gig in the Northeast! Good stuff. I’ll have my vaccination record with me, of course. I think I’l re-string my guitars to get a little in front of the game.

More will be revealed!

Magic In The Forest

April 17th, 2021 16 comments
The mighty Shade River

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Vanessa and I drove the Mule down to the river, parked it and set out for a nice hike. It’s still early spring so the multi-floral rose has yet to conquer the woods and it’s too cold for snakes.

The Mule waits patiently…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

There is always a treasure hunt going on in the woods this time of year

Morels… the treasure of the forest

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah… over at the old farm on Kingsbury Rd. I knew where to look We had twenty five years there so there was time to find the secret places. Better late than never I say!

If you just know where to look! 🙂

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

So last night along with the roasted chicken, Morels, breaded with Radical Sprinkle (right from the FPR Company Store) and fried in butter. Not exactly health food… but boy is it delicious! The first find on the Fur Peace Ranch Property in more that a quarter of a century!

Question: Where did you find those morels?

Answer: Oh… in the forest!

And there’s trillium and fiddlehead too

Photo by Vnessa Kaukonen

We won’t be eating these…

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Not quite primeval… but pretty darn nice to have in your ‘backyard.’

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Last but not least:

We’ll be there! Will You?

Midweek Message

April 14th, 2021 22 comments
A hint of passing time…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

The forsythia has come… and almost gone. Redbud is here in all its glory. Before you know it, these beautiful lavender branches will have turned to green and unless you are tuned into such local beauties you will wonder, ‘What happened to the redbud?’

It’s like, ‘What happened to life?’

I was thinking about the Tom Waits character in Rumblefish. The ‘I’ve got thirty five summers left,’ soliloquy. Great scene, but it made me think… it’s been a long time since I’ve had thirty five summers left. When I was young I just took the endless stream of summers for granted as we all seem to. There’s always next year… there will always be another time to do this or that.

One day you realize how quickly you are running out of that time and that there never was such a thing as an ‘endless stream of summers.’ The pandemic has robbed us all of so much, most notably time. The time to have lived, the time have proceeded on the course you laid. Time that you will never get back no matter what happens in the future.

Staying alive gives you another shot at another endeavor… perhaps another season of redbud, perhaps another cardinal on the back porch railing. Perhaps seeing your daughter grow into womanhood, you son moving deeper on the trail into manhood.



In the meantime, here’s the link for this weekend’s Quarantine Concert Series #45.

As for today… I’ll take it as it comes.

Stay well!

Proofreader’s Blues

April 10th, 2021 33 comments
Yes… we know it’s QUARANTINE….

You think we’d pick up on the misspelling of ‘Quarantine’ immediately… but it was not to be. Proofreading is tricky stuff as I found with my book, ‘Been So Long. You go over it


and again

and you still miss the most obvious stuff. No matter, the show will be great and I’ll be on the chat feed with Vanessa.

‘See’ you all tonight!