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The Iridium

June 12th, 2010 No comments

Friday, June 11, 2010 0726 Scotch Plains, New Jersey

The Iridium show last was outstanding. Barry was stellar as always, Joe Selly is an incomparable picker and his freak flag flew proudly. Our pal Collin Rocker came up durning the first show and played two of his originals with us… good stuff indeed. The future is safe for music. Anyway, here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff
Jorma Kaukonen, Barry Mitterhoff
Joe Selly & Collin Rocker
The Iridium
New York City
Thursday, June 10, 2010

Collin Rocker, Joe Selly, Jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhoff

First Show:
1. Blue Railroad Train
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Trouble In Mind
4. Izze’s Lullaby
5. River Of Time
6. Bread Line Blues
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Come Back Baby
9. Heaven In My Head with Collin Rocker
10. Soggy Dollar Blues with Collin Rocker
11. I Know You Rider
12. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
2. Things That Might have Been
3. Uncle Sam Blues
4. Full Go Round
5. Nashville Blues
6. True Religion
7. 99 Years Blues
8. Good Shepherd
9. More Than My Old Guitar
10. Nine Pound Hammer
11. Encore: Barbeque King

Coffee and off to I-78 and home… Onward!

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Thank You Barry

June 12th, 2010 No comments

Thursday, June 10, 2010 1004 Scotch Plains, New Jersey

Still here in Jersey imposing on brother Barry Mitterhoff. Thanks Barry… for the hots and a cot. Yesterday Barry and I paid respects to a friend who passed… I wrote about it on my Thoughts Page.

On to the Iridium!

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From The Sweet Grass To The Packing House

June 12th, 2010 1 comment

Thursday, June 10, 2010 Scotch Plains, New Jersey

At this point in my life, the passage of time has come to mean many different things. On the one hand, our children grow and we share in the splendor of their discovery and on the other hand, the ones who brought us here complete their journey as their time comes and we are saddened by their loss and enriched for having known them. I think of a Robert Duvall line in one of the many great westerns he did.

‘From the sweet grass to the packing house, from birth to death, we travel between the two eternities.’

The other day I got a note from my friend Chuck. His father in law Dave had just passed away. Chuck and Donna have been my friends for, well… a really long time. Sometimes I think we grazed on the sweet grass together, but that is another story. Anyway, I was up at Chuck and Donna’s recently in El Dorado County in California and in their lovely home was a little shrine to Dave. There was his flying gear from WWII. My Dad and my two uncles were WWII vets so I think I focused more on those items… but there was more… the trail of a lifetime.

Indeed there is more… his widow Toby has been an active friend of mine for some years. We email, she comes to shows occasionally and she and my wife, Vanessa, are buddies. She, and all of them are family to us too.

Dave had not been himself for some time so in some small way, there had been a long goodbye in progress. This does not make the final chapter any easier.

Still on the road of destiny his children, Michelle and Donna, a grandchild and Toby journey with eyes toward the future. The final chapter of his book has been written but it is there for us to re-read at any time.

Yesterday my friend Barry and I went out to Michelle’s place in Long Island to sit shiva with the family, pay respects and tell stories. We brought food… it was a cool rainy day… unusual for this time of year but a nice setting for reflection. There were somber moments, but also lots of laughter. That is all as it should be.

Dave was buried with full military honors in Long Island as he should have been. In his time he soared with eagles and perhaps back in the world he may have soared even higher as he raised a grand family. Toby shared her strength with us and I thank her for that.

An afternoon with friends in a moment of transition… a beautiful page from the book of life.
Fair winds and following seas Dave… Say hi to my Dad.

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Summer Stage in Central Park, NYC

June 9th, 2010 No comments

Tuesday, June 08, 2010 2245 Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Tonight was indeed a night to remember. My friend, Larry Campbell, asked me a while ago if Barry Mitterhoff and I would join him at the Summerstage fundraiser in Central Park. ‘What kind of music would we be playing?’ I asked. ‘Something by Simon and Garfunkel was his reply. ‘I’m in,’ I said. What were we to do? Larry suggested Baby Driver… something I could get my alternating thumb around. That’s what we did… on an evening surrounded by more luminaries than I could count… old friends and new… musical friends all!

Larry Campbell, jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhoff

We got to the gig at 1430 and left around 2130. The music was still going on, but it was time to get back to New Jersey and get some rest.

The joy of playing music started a long time ago for me and by the grace of G_d it continues today. It is all very uplifting for me. I hope my children are able to find a way of life that will nourish them as music has nourished me. With this thought in mind I shall watch a little of the sound track of my life with Carol King and James Taylor. Good night…

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Further Fest, Angel Camp, California, May 30, 2010

June 6th, 2010 1 comment

Friday, June 04, 2010 1205 Fur Peace Ranch, Meigs County
OK… running, working… going crazy… here’s the set list from from Furthur… I’m at the Ranch… way behind on everything… more will be revealed…

Hot Tuna
The Electric Quintet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, G.E. Smith
& Skoota Warner
The Furthur Festival
Angel Camp, California

1. Been So Long
2. I See The Light
3. I Wish You Would
4. Rock Me Baby
5. G.E.’s song
6. Living Just For You
7. Can’t Get Satisfied
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Corners Without Exits
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Funky #7

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Mountain Aire, CA

June 6th, 2010 3 comments

Friday, May 28, 2010 Sonora, California

I write this from the somewhat small town of Sonora, California. My pals and I are here for the Furthur Festival at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. Myron and I came in late yesterday afternoon after an all day airport event starting in Columbus, Ohio. Yeah… living the dream. Being on East Coast time I was up at 0430 and couldn’t go back to sleep. Oh well… Anyway, Myron and I found a breakfast café in Jamestown which was only a couple of miles away from our hotel. Down home food at California prices. That’s OK. I’m in California.

When I came out of my room into the parking lot of the hotel, I was greeted by that forest mountain smell that you only find in the west coast of the United States. My Mom, may she rest in peace, used to live on Talmont up in North Shore Tahoe. It always smelled like that up at her house on the side of the mountain overlooking the lake.

The smell of these trees in the early morning transported me back decades. We would visit her up there, Vanessa and I, and drink in the surroundings of those ancient trees. It was a delightful taste I will never forget.

May 8th was the twelfth anniversary of my Mom’s journey beyond the stars. It slipped by me unnoticed this year. Sadly I notice that as time passes there are indeed more memories than a heart can predictably hold. I’m sure my memory will be just as fragile when my time comes, but that is as it should be. I miss Mom always. I miss her advice whether or not I chose to take it. That too is as it should be.

In the late eighties, Mom moved back down from the mountain to Mill Valley, California. The thin air of the High Sierras was too difficult for her aging lungs to negotiate. She loved these mountains with all her heart and when she moved back down to the Coast she said goodbye to what might have been the most serene twenty five years of her life. Even now twelve years after her passing and twenty one years after she gave up the house on Talmont , when I work in North Shore Tahoe someone is sure to say, I remember that name, Kaukonen. I think I saw it in a newspaper in the seventies or eighties. That would have been my Mom or Dad trying to fix some perceived wrong in the community. That would have been Bea or Jorma Sr.

On this morning up here in Calaveras County, for a brief moment she walked with me again as I breathed in the evergreen air of this magnificent California landscape. I smelled the mountains, and the trees and the wood smoke and I could hear her voice in a distant whisper of memory. When I would call her in the last years of her life, I would ask, ‘How are you Mom?’ and she would say, ‘I’m here Jerry, I’m still here.’

You know, in that corner of my heart where love always lives surrounded by the memories of my life, she still is… here.

Iron Horse, Northhampton, MA, May 16, 2010

June 6th, 2010 No comments

Sunday, May 16, 2010 2237 Northampton, Massachusetts
Alrighty then… Quite the hectic day today with non-stop traffic from Wilmington, Delaware almost to the the Northampton exit. Once at the iron Horse, we rushed through sound check, ate and hit the stage. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff
The Iron Horse
Northampton, Massachusetts
Sunday, May 16, 2010

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
3. Prohibition Blues
4. Izze’s Lullaby
5. I Belong To The Band
6. Uncle Sam Blues
7. Sea Child
8. Full Go Round
9. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Trouble In Mind
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. 99 Year Blues
6. River Of Time
7. More Than My Old Guitar
8. Good Shepherd
9. Genesis
10. Nine Pound Hammer
11. Encore: Come Back Baby

While I’m on the subject of remiss set lists, here is the list from Wilmington yesterday courtesy of Mike Scotellaro.

Bromberg’s Big Noise In The Neighborhood, justison Landing Park, Wilmington, DE

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff
Blue Railroad Train
Search My Heart
Hesitation Blues
I See The Light
Summer Wages (with David Bromberg)
Come Back Baby (with David Bromberg)
That’ll Never Happen No More
99 Year Blues
Embryonic Journey

David Bromberg Big Band Set:
Wild About My Lover (with Jorma, Sam) (not sure if song title is correct)
Helpless Blues (with Jorma, Sam)

ande last but not least, here is the missing set list from Charlottesville:

Bromberg/Kaukonen Extravaganza 14
With Barry Mitterhoff
Jefferson Theater
Charlottesville, Virginia
Monday, May 10, 2010

Our Set:
1. Been So Long
2. River Of Time
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Red River Blues
6. Parchman Farm
7. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
With David First Set:
1. Keep On Drinkin’ DB
2. Candy Man
3. Summer Wages DB
4. BBQ King
5. Every Day Of The Week DB
6. Just Because

With David Second Set:
1. Come Back Baby
2. San Francisco Bay Blues DB & JK
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out DB & JK
4. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
5. You Got To Mean It Too DB
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Tongue DB
8. Encore: Keep On Truckin’ Mama

Whew… I’m finally caught up. Good thing… we’re starting our drive home right now.


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Wilmington, Delaware May 16, 2010

June 6th, 2010 No comments

Sunday, May 16, 2010 0725 Wilmington, Delaware
Yesterday Barry Mitterhoff and I played for David Bromberg at his First Annual big Noise In The Neighborhood here in Wilmington. Barry and I winged it set list wise and right now I don’t have the slightest idea what we played… We opened with Blue Railroad Train and then my mind is a blank. Good stuff all the way around though. The Angel Band sounded great as did Railroad Earth, Sam Bush, and John Hiatt. When David took the stage with his big band he rotated all of us through his set and a great time was had by all. It was a long day and worth every moment.

There’s nothing like a beautiful day filled with friends and music! Now we’re off to the Iron Horse in Northampton.

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Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, PA, May 15, 2010

June 6th, 2010 No comments

Saturday, May 15, 2010 0610 Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
What a beautiful little town Jim Thorpe is. In some ways it seems frozen here in time nestled in the hills of Carbon County. You can almost hear the ghosts of the coal miners walking the streets. NIce… very nice.

The gig last night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House was superb. Our Friend Craig Thatcher opened the show and sat in with us for the encore. I met Craig out at the NAMM show with Dick Boak at the Martin Guitar booth… After the taste of his playing I heard out in Anaheim, it was really nice to hear a full set. Speaking of sets, here is ours:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 4, 2010
The Mauch Chunk Opera House
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Friday, May 14, 2010

1. New Song For The Morning
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Been So Long
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. That’ll Never Happen No More
7. Come Back Baby
8. River Of Time
9. Operator
10. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
11. More Than My Old Guitar
12. Hesitation Blues
13. Full Go Round
14. Sea Child
15. Good Shepherd
16. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
17. I Know You Rider
18. I Am The Light Of This World
19. Just Because
20. Encore: How Long Blues With Craig Thatcher

Early, yes… but we’re about to head out to Wilmington, Delaware to play in David Bromberg’s Big Noise In The neighborhood about which more will be revealed.


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Variety Theater, Atlanta, GA, May 12, 2010

June 6th, 2010 No comments

Thursday, May 13, 2010 0925 Atlanta, Georgia
Last night at the Variety Theater was our final gig with our buddy, David Bromberg. David always brings so much to the musical table it is always an exciting adventure to play with him. Always good stuff. We’ll see him again at his David Bromberg’s Big Noise In The Neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday the 15th. In the meantime, here is our set lis from last night:

Bromberg/Kaukonen Extravaganza 16
With Barry Mitterhoff
The Variety Theater
Atlanta, Georgia
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Our Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Things That Might Have Beena
3. Bread Line Blues
4. Sea Child
5. Hesitation Blues
6. River Of Time
7. I Know You Rider
With David:
1. Wild About My Lovin’ DB
2. Uncle Sam Blues
3. Summer Wages DB
4. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
5. Tongue
With David in his set:
1. True Religion
2. Midnight Hour Blues DB
3. Candy Man
4. San Francisco Bay Blues DB & Jorma
5. Good Old Wagon DB
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Helpless Blues DB
8. Encore: How Long Blues

It’s a long drive up north, we we have to get rolling.


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