Archive for December, 2010

A New Decade Comes

December 31st, 2010 2 comments


Well, as the year draws to a close, there’s news and there’s good news. The news is that one of our Fur Peace Ranch students who was going to come to Maui for the week is unable to make the trip no longer making this a sold out workshop. The good news is that we now have space for another student. What a bonanza for some guitar loving soul who would love to do some picking in the paradise we know as Maui! This would be for January 10 through 14 of 2011. What a way to start the New Year! If any of you pickin’ buddies out there are interested, email Brett, Vanessa’s Assistant at

Aside from the musical experience, it is the start of the whale migration and I have to tell you the last time we were there I lost count of the waterfalls along the road as we drove the Hana Highway! At home, if people aren’t shoveling snow, they are wading in mud. Alternative? Join the Fur Peace Ranch gang in Maui. While I’m teaching you some of the new songs I just wrote for the Hot Tuna project we just finished at Levon Helm’s place, Maui will be whispering her secrets to you. It’s not going to get too much better than this!

In the meantime.. it’s New Year’s Eve! Have a great one! I’ll be back on line tomorrow… see ya next year!

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Back In The Buckeye

December 30th, 2010 5 comments

A week ago today in Jerusalem:

dome of the rock

Like so many other people, the big blizzard of 2010 hit us as got off our plane in Newark… 75 degrees in Tel Aviv and well, you all know what it was like in the North East United States. The good news for us is that it was merely and inconvenience and not a tragedy. Our Israeli experience was unbelievable and my last memories of the Ben-Gurion Airport was the beautiful vintage poster bidding us a fond ‘goodbye!’
Tel aviv airport

Well, goodbye Tel Aviv, hello good old U.S.of A.! When we finally got to our hotel in Clark, N.J. Sunday night, this is what we saw:

clark hotel

But you know, once again we were so fortunate and before you know it, on Monday afternoon we were on !-68 Westbound looking at this:

the road home

Home again with all the attendant duties and privileges. It’s raining today and cold… I still love it. I Think I’ll walk with Nana the dog. Why make her go by herself?


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In The Garden State, The Blizzard Of The Millenium

December 27th, 2010 4 comments

Just a quick note about our return to the States. 75 degrees in Tel Aviv as we boarded the plane. 18 degrees in Newark, New Jersey as we were one of the very last planes to land. The rental car places were closed, the Air Train was shut down and we were in the midst of a serious winter storm. Fate held our hand, however, and we managed to find a car and driver willing to take us to the hotel in Clark, New Jersey, near Barry’s house. We were one of the only vehicles on the road moving and it took quite a while to go a mere ten miles.

Speaking of a mere 10 miles, the night we played our special concert in Tel Aviv at the Reading 3, a mere seventy some miles north, five rockets fell into Israel. How’s that for a reality check? With this thought in mind, getting a car rental and driving 450 miles is a walk on the beach.

Life is good for us today and most things work out for the best. More when I get home… whenever that might be.

Every day is a day closer to spring…

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A Day In The Middle East

December 24th, 2010 19 comments

Now I realize that I am only a tourist… here for a little less than a week and that as a tourist one only sees what a tourist would see. One has to wonder why three of the major religions in the world call this tiny speck of land indispensable… ground zero so to speak. Of course I have only been in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem but at least in this part of the Jewish State, peaceful coexistence seemed to me the norm. What do I know.


As we looked out over this panorama, you could hear the Muezzin calling the faithful to prayer. It was an amazing sound and while it went on, our four and a half year old daughter, Israel Love, danced blissfully… oblivious to the possibilities of hatred. We proceeded to the ancient city and entered through the Lion Gate, passing Herod’s Gate as we wound our way toward the Western Wall.

ali baba interne

If a flying carpet is not what you’re looking for, then how about hi speed internet… or perhaps a travel poster.

travel posters

Or maybe a market where anything is possible.


I mean, you can’t make this stuff up. It was all fantastic, but I think I really came all this way to pray at the Wall. They said it was unusually peaceful on this day… It wouldn’t have mattered on way or the other.

Western Wall

As I walked towards the Wall a Rabbi approached me. ‘Are you Jewish?’ he asked. ‘I am,’ I replied as a I headed towards the wall. ‘Not so fast. How would you like to put on Teffilin?’ Second time for me in two months. ‘Of course,’ I said.


As I was leaving, the Rabbi told me, ‘Remember, you are not a tourist here. Here you are home!’

You know, I could feel it, I really could.


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More Than Antiquities In The Holy Land

December 24th, 2010 5 comments

Two nights ago, good old fun loving Hot Tuna played the Reading 3 in Tel Aviv, Israel. First of all… Jack Casady got delayed in Frankfort, Germany to to the huge snowstorms in Europe. When He finally got To Israel, the airlines had lost his luggage AND his bass guitar. Myron, our guitar doctor and Skoota our drummer got held up in security in Barcelona, Spain and when they finally got here, they came right from the airport to the gig and after the gig, they went back to the airport. You’d think with all this going on… or not going on as the case might be, that we’d have a crummy show. Nothing could have been further from the truth. It was a sold out show and the audience was just the best. All ages, all walks of life… I’ve never seen anything like it. I can hardly wait ’till we come back, and we are going to come back. Eran Arielli our promoter took such good care of us and did such a great job… I just feel like he is an old friend. From Abu Hassan’s Hummus shop to the Reading 3 to Jerusalem, it just couldn’t have been better. Well, back to the Reading 3.

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 31, 2010
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff & Skoota Warner
Reading 3
Tel Aviv, Israel
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

1. I See The Light
2. I Know You Rider
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Talkin’ Bout You
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. 99 Year Blues
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Funky #7
Encore 1:
1. Rock Me Baby
2. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
3. Hit Single # 1
Encore 2L
1. I Wish You Would
2. Water Song

Wow, what a night… all the hangups before the show melted away when we hit the stage.


Back To The Garden State

December 19th, 2010 21 comments

We left White River Junction and didn’t stop until we got to New Jersey, where we stopped for breakfast at the Scotchwood Diner where, just like it says on their website, the menu is ridiculously huge. We dropped Barry off at his house with the bus. Hope we didn’t wake the neighbors up.

barry portland

The mandolinist ponders in an introspective way…

The remaining gang and I headed to Newark where we will try to rest up a little before our flight to Israel for the Reading 3 show. I’ll be trying to keep the blog up to date while I’m gone. Safe flight to us…


Here’s a shot of me at the Beacon Show… thanks to Barry Berenson for this one. By the way… we will be releasing the Beacon Shows at some point.


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A Trip To White River

December 19th, 2010 2 comments

Busy, busy day… no hotel tonight but a beautiful gig at the Tupelo Music Hall where it is indeed, ‘All about the music!’ Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff 18, 2010
Tupelo Music Hall
White River Junction, Vermont
Saturday, December 18, 2010

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Candy Man
3. Izze’s Lullaby
4. I Know You Rider
5. Second Chances
6. Hesitation Blues
7. River Of Time
8. Come Back Baby
9. Bread Line Blues
10. Parchman Farm
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. How Long Blues
3. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Blue Railroad Train
6. Genesis
7. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
8. Vicksburg Stomp
9. Good Shepherd
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Full Go Round

We’re on our way to New Jersey to unload and get ready to go to Israel on Monday… I’ll write more tomorrow. This has been a grat run!e

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Half The Sky… All The Support!

December 18th, 2010 1 comment

The show at the Regent Theater last night was so great. Izze’s China Sisters from Upstate New York were here… and well, it was all great and we raised some money for the Half The Sky Foundation. Here is our set list… sort of:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff 17, 2010
Half The Sky Foundation Benefit
With Patty Larkin & Chris Smither
Regent Theater
Arlington, Massachusetts
Friday, December 17, 2010

1. Step It Up And Go with Chris Smither…
2. Izze’s Lullaby
3. Come Back Baby
4. Second Chances
5. Hesitation Blues

1. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
2. River Of Time
3. Song With Patty Larkin and Chris
4. That’ll Never Happen No More with Patty and Chris and Barry of course!

We’re bustling off to White River Junction right now so this is short… This was a really good one!

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In The Shadow Of The Rhode Island… I mean Massachusetts

December 17th, 2010 5 comments

Last night we were in Fall River and played almost in the shadow of the Battleship Rhode Island.

I stand corrected… Massachusetts…
One of these days I hope a get to make some time to tour that historic ship as well as the others near her. In any case, the Narrow Center For The Arts is always lots of fun. It was my buddy Phil Jacobs 50th birthday and they had cake and song for him. Happy birthday Phil… many more friend!

Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff 16, 2010
The Narrows Performing Arts Center
Fall River, Massachusetts
Thursday, December 16, 2010

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. How Long Blues
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. Let Us Get Together
6. I See The Light
7. Come Back Baby
8. River Of Time
9. I Know You Rider
10. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1. Blue Railroad Train
2. Bread Line Blues
3. Izze’s Lullaby
4. Bright Side Somewhere
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Uncle Sam Blues
8. More Than My Old Guitar
9. Good Shepherd
10. Candy Man
11. Just Because
12. Encore: Whining Boy

My cousin Audrey was here with her son… some old friends from Antioch an aeon ago and all in all, it was more than a swell time!

Now we’re off to Boston and the Half The Sky Foundation Benefit.


Another good day this side of the turf!

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A Day In Portland, Maine

December 16th, 2010 2 comments

Well, last night Barry Mitterhof and I were at One Longfellow Square in Portland and what a beautiful little venue it was. Joel Eckhaus stopped by and lent Barry a 30’s something National Resophonic tenor guitar which he played on Bread Line Blues… beautiful, just beautiful. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff 14, 2010
One Longfellow Square
Portland, Maine
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

First Set:
1. Trouble In Mind
2. Hesitation Blues
3. River Of Time
4. Come Back Baby
5. I Know You Rider
6. Second Chances
7. More Than My Old Guitar
8. Parchman Farm
9. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. Bread Line Blues
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Genesis
8. 99 Year Blues
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Good Shepherd
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: True Religion

OK… I forgot Candy Man in the second set… it’s in there somewhere and nobody’s perfect…

A really good time was had by all… and I got to see some family…

We are now off to the Narrow Performing Arts Center in Fall River, Massachusetts… more will be revealed.

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