Archive for June, 2010

Memphis And A Day Without Rain

June 30th, 2010 4 comments

We’ve been riding in rain suits for the last three or four days, and don’t get me wrong… when it’s raining on a motorcycle there is nothing like a rainsuit. I will say when the ambient road temperatures ranges from the nineties to triple digits one really looks forward to a sunny day. Well, when we left Jackson, Mississippi this morning it was raining, but before we got here to Memphis a bright blue sky made it’s presence felt. Yeah… good stuff!

So let’s see, hurricane Alex kept us away from our Gulf Coast trip so what could be next? Graceland… that’s what! Yes folks, tomorrow I will make my first trip to Graceland. I know it’s not Monticello or Mt. Vernon, but it is roadside America at it’s finest and Elvis certainly affected me and mine back in the fifties. Like I said, I’ve never been there so i don’t know what to expect. I will, however report on it tomorrow evening. After our examination of this important piece of Americana it’s back to back roads as we wend our way back to Southeast Ohio.

In the meantime, it’s not raining, riding motorcycles is great and life is good.


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Hurricane Alex Sends Us Back To Jackson

June 29th, 2010 1 comment

Coincidence… I think not! The last entry was from Jackson, Mississippi and here I am back in Jackson again. We got to new Orleans about dinner time last night. The Ponchartrain Causeway was closed inbound due to high wind and rain so we took a shorter route in. A friend set us up with the Olivier House on Toulouse in the quarter and after a long day in the saddle.. it was heaven. A good seafood and steak dinner and to bed. This morning my old friend Spencer Bohren met us at the hotel and took us to a Creole breakfast joint. Again… delicious. Hurricane Alex was beginning to make his presence felt and it seemed prudent to scrub the trip to San Antonio which we did. We headed north… this time over the causeway… back to Jackson and tomorrow Memphis and could it be… Graceland? More will be revealed for sure. Onward…

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Finally… a hotel with a business center

June 27th, 2010 3 comments

On Tuesday the 22nd, my friend Jerry and I were both furloughed by our wives to go on a motorcycle trip to San Antonio. Well, we’re not to San Antonio yet, but we are in Jackson, Missippi. Let me start at the beginning. We left Pomeroy, Ohio and headed down US 33 East until we got to I-77 in Ravenswood, West Virginia. We did the West Virginia Turnpike to Wytheville, Virginia and shortly thereafter we got on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap. By the time we had ridden 335 miles it was time to call it a day so we pulled off the Parkway and turned in for the evening at Boone, North Carolina. We continued to ride the Blue Ridge Pkwy and let me tell you, it is some kind of beautiful. I We rode up Mt. Mitchell in NC. 6700 feet at the summit. What a ride, what a view! It was also cool… almost Canadian weather.

We got off the Pkwy some 227 miles later and stopped for the night in Waynesville, North Carolina. Leaving Waynesville in the morning we went to Maggie Valley where we visited Wheels Through Time… an American Marque Motorcycle Museum where every single machine that was there was in running condition no matter how old. Totally one of the best museums I have ever had to pleasure to visit and I grew up in DC with the Smithsonian!

When we left Maggie Valley we rode to Robbinsville there we had booked two nights at the Two Wheel Inn…This was a motel that catered to motorcycles only and each room had its own garage with a roll up door for safe bike storage. We checked in a little early so we got a chance to ride the Hellbender road on the way to US 129, the fabled Dragon’s Tail. On the way we saw the Fontana Dam… the second highest dam in the US after the Hoover. They filmed part of The Fugitive with Harrison Ford there. Anyway, we finally got to the Dragon and rode it up and back. 314 corves in 11 miles as I recall. Good… good stuff! The next day, June 25th, we rode allover the Smokies…Nantahala State Park, the Cherohala Skyway out and back and a good night’s rest getting ready for the Natchez Trace Parkway.

June 26th I got up at 0530 and sat outside my room watching the sun come up over a cup of coffee while I got ready for our ride back over the Cherohala Skyway to Tennessee. When we were leaving Murfreesboro which is just south of Nashville, we got caught in a huge thunderstorm. We waited until the lightning had passed, suited up and continued to ride. We got on the Natchez Trace Parkway and continued to ride to Waynesboro were we pulled in for the night. This morning, the 27th of June started out in the seventies but before long the souther heat was on us with a vengeance. We peaked at about 112 degrees today. The last couple of hours getting to where we are here in Jackson, Mississippi, was tough on this old picker. When I finish this entry, I’m hitting my air conditioned room and not coming out untill tomorrow. We had a delicious Japanese dinner here in Jackson and it was certainly our best meal of this run. Mississippi for good Japanese food… what a great time we live in.

I have no way to load my pictures yet. I’ve noticed something else too. I need to do something with incoming comments. I don’t know what that is yet so it will probably have to wait until I get home. I will say this, the face of America is stunningly beautiful! What a grand land… and what a grand night’s sleep I’m going to get. Who knows when I’ll get another civilized hotel. I’ll be back on line with a report when I do. Onward!

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America Awaits

June 22nd, 2010 8 comments

The old Harley is serviced and saddled up… I’m off to see America for a bit. I’ll be computer free for a while… free at last… sort of. I’ll check in here periodically with a report from the open road.

Vroom!bike trip

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Flying Down The Road

June 21st, 2010 3 comments

We’re pulling into a Waffle House parking lot with the bus. It’s 0730 and we’ve been driving since dropping the boys off at the hotel after the show at the Old Town School Of Folk Music. Last night was our third show in a row on this lightning run and it was a two show night… lots of good music. With that in mind, here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 8, 2010
The Electric Quintet Featuring
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, G.E.Smith
And Skoota Warner
The Old Town School Of Folk Music
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, June 20, 2010

First Show:
1. Been So Long
2. Cracks In The Finish
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Long Gone Blues G.E.
5. Operator
6. Living Just For You
7. Talkin’ Bout You
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Barbara Allen G.E.
10. Serpent Of Dreams
11. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
12. Bowlegged Woman
13. Come Back Baby
Second Show:
1. I See The Light
2. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
3. I Wish You Would
4. Eyesight To The Blind G.E.
5. Corners Without Exits
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Ode To Billy Dean
8. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
9. Mystery Song G.E.
10. Good Shepherd
11. Funky #7
12. Encore: Hit Single #1

That’s about four hours of good music if I do say so myself.

We’ll be unloading at the Fur Peace Ranch in about four hours and I will spend the rest of the day with the family. It’s only been four days, but it seems like more for some reason. More from on down the road.

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The Canton Blues Festival and Father’s Day

June 19th, 2010 3 comments

We had such a good time at the Canton Blues Festival today. The weather was fine and there were lots of friends there, old and new. We got a chance to not only hear Ana Popovic but we got a chance to play with her. She’s the real deal folks. Here is our set list from tonight:

Hot Tuna 7, 2010
The Electric Quintet Featuring
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, G.E.Smith
And Skoota Warner
The Canton Blues Festival
Canton, Ohio
Saturday, June 19, 2010

1. Talkin’ Bout You
2. Living Just For You
3. I Wish You Would
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Long Gone From Kentucky
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Hesitation Blues
8. Can’t Get Satisfied
9. Rock me Baby
10. Eyesight To The Blind
11. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
12. Funky #7
13. Encore: with Ana Popovic… Shuffle in E

This was a good one indeed. Well, we’re late and it’s time to head off to Chicago for the gig tomorrow at the Old Town School Of Folk Music. Nite all…

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A Night In Falls Church, Virginia

June 19th, 2010 2 comments

Last night was our first show on this little run. Me and the boys showed up at the State Theater in Falls Church and played two darn fine sets, if I do say so myself… and here they are:

Hot Tuna 6, 2010
The Electric Quintet Featuring
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, G.E.Smith
And Skoota Warner
The State Theater
Falls Church, Virginia
Friday, June 18, 2010

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Living Just For You
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Long Gone From Kentucky G.E.
5. 99 Year Blues
6. I Know You Rider
7. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
8. Ode To Billy Dean
9. Buffalo Skinners G.E.
10. I Wish You Would
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Bowlegged Woman
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Corners Without Exits
6. River Of Time
7. Blues in B flat G.E.
8. Talkin’ Bout You
9. Good Shepherd
10. Funky #7
11. Encore: Hit Single #1

We left after the show for Canton, Ohio and just got here a couple of hours ago… I’m going to lie down for a while before we head on over to the Canton Blues Festival. I’m going to catch a little shuteye now… we’ll be driving after the show to Chicago for the Old Town School Of Folk Music

More will surely be revealed!.

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Heading out…

June 17th, 2010 2 comments

After packing this morning, feeding the dog and cats and saying goodbye to Izze I headed over to the Fur Peace Ranch to meet the bus and Myron. After a while Vanessa met us there and provisioned us for the trip to Falls Church. Goodbyes were said and off we went… and here we are just in time for some dinner and bed. Ah, Falls Church, just like I remembered it. Well, tomorrow we will be met by G.E.Smith, Skoota Warner and Barry Mitterhoff. Jack Casady had already flown in by the time Myron and I arrived. The eagles are gathering and tomorrow night we will hopefully soar at the State Theater in Falls Church.

I think I’ll work on tomorrow’s set list a bit and hit the sack.

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Live from the kitchen…

June 16th, 2010 4 comments

OK… so here is my first entry without someone seated next to me holding my hand. Tomorrow Hot Tuna is getting ready for a lightning three concert run… all electric, all rocking! I’m writing this from the Beatrice Love Kitchen here at the Fur Peace Ranch and it’s shaping up to be a very hot day. Getting guitars and amps together, packing the gear that goes along with all this stuff. Yikes… logistics personified. Well, just a very short note to make my presence felt in some small digital way. More anon…

Into The Modern Maelstrom Of Blogging

June 15th, 2010 3 comments

Hoo boy is this scarey… a new format for my blog. Yes folks, I’m entering the new millennium albeit a little late. OK… there are many works in progress here. It will be a while before the archived material on the old site will be available… but it will ultimately be available. Nobody hates change worse than me, but I have a feeling that this will be alright… well, one can hope. Mike McSteen is holding my hand and believe me, my hand needs holding. I think there is going to be lots of fun stuff here once I understand the program better so I might has well just jump right in.

Well… we’re leaving for Northern Virginia this Thursday and it’s going to be a whirlwind tour. State Theater in Arlington on Friday, Canton Blues Festival on Saturday, Old Town School of Folk Music on Sunday… driving home after the show and my buddy Jerry and I are furloughed for a little motorcycle trip startin on Tuesday. More about this as it evolves. OK… let’s launch this puppy. Read more…

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