Archive for June, 2011

Etown And The Forsters

June 30th, 2011 6 comments

Nick and Helen Forster have been putting Etown out on the radio for 20 years. Congratulations you guys! This is a fabulous show, not just from the talent and performance aspect… but for the community service not just for Boulder but for… well, our 21st century world. Check it out.

Last night, Dar Williams and Hot Tuna (that’s us) were guests on this week’s show, and as usual, it was a blast. Here is Tuna’s part of the show:

Acoustic Hot Tuna 8, 2011
The Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Etown with Nick And Helen Forster
At the Boulder Theater
Boulder, Colorado
Thursday, June 29, 2011

1. Baby Let Me Lay It On You
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Vicksburg Stomp featuring Barry Mitterhoff
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Come Back Baby
7. Goodbye To The Blues
8. Gang Twang with the Etones, Nick, Helen & Dar

It was an honor indeed playing with these folks… and now on to the Gothic Theater outside Denver.

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Lafayette, We Are Here!

June 29th, 2011 8 comments

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We got off the I-80 Interstate after Rawlins, Wyoming and headed towards the Rockies of Colorado. This was to be a great day of driving filled with stunning scenery of the American West. After a while of back roading we entered the Rocky Mountain National Park.

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The weather just couldn’t have been more perfect and the visual hits just kept on coming.

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WE had crossed several Continental Divides since the beginning of this trip, but what a winner this one was.

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Here I am with Zach… spanning the Continent.

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I mean really, it’s the end of June and look at this snow.

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Driving onward towards Estes Park and Boulder every corner was a new adventure.

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…and another…

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I mean really… how about this?

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Well… all things must transition and before we knew it, we were ‘down’ in Boulder where the temperature was 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

A great dinner and a good night’s sleep and here we are ready for Hot Tuna to play Etown. Dar Williams will be sharing the evening with Nick, Helen and us… so we look forward to some big fun at the Boulder Theater.

AS for now… I think there’s a breakfast waiting for me downstairs.

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The Call Of The Open Road

June 28th, 2011 2 comments

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The trip across Nevada was filled with majestic vistas of the high desert, as always. We spent the night in Elko, had some great pizza at the Pizza Barn across the street from the hotel, and got ready to move on in the morning.

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Before we knew it, we were in Utah at the Bonneville Salt Flats. I was here in 2003 on my big motorcycle trip with my friend Jerry. It’s pretty exciting even in a car… others had bikes though.

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This seems like a good time to remind everyone to either see, or re-see The World’s Fastest Indian

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Well, the call of the open road cannot be denied, so off we went. Tomorrow we make Boulder, Colorado where the eagles will gather and Hot Tuna will rise up in aspect and attribute to play four shows.

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More will be revealed…

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A Day At Laytonville… Kate Wolf

June 27th, 2011 1 comment

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My first deal at the Kate Wolf Festival yesterday was an hour jam with my old friend, David Bromberg. We just have so much fun when we do this. Well… it’s just a blast. I didn’t keep track of the tunes we did on the Arlow stage, but later that evening, I held forth on the main stage at 1855. Wavy Gravy brought me on with a rush and then at the end of my set, David joined me again. What a night.

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Here’s Wavy with Kelly Joe Phelps and here is my set list:

Jorma Alone Again And Acoustic
At The Kate Wolf Festival
Laytonville, California
Saturday, June 25, 2011

1. Search My Heart
2. River Of Time
3. Parchman Farm
4. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
5. Second Chances
6. Full Go Round
7. True Religion
8. I See The Light
9. I Know You Rider
10. I am the Light Of This World
11. Uncle Sam Blues with David Bromberg
12. Candy Man with David Bromberg
13. San Francisco Bay Blues with David Bromberg
14. Encore: Leaving Blues with David singing

After the set, we hung around backstage for a while and then back to the hotel.

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This morning at 0900, Zach and Myron and myself started driving and six hundred miles later, here we are in Elko, Nevada. More on the road trip tomorrow… The face of America is still beautiful, and we are loving it… and now to bed!

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City By The Bay

June 25th, 2011 4 comments

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Ah, a San Francisco morning from Twin Peaks… better than I remembered it. Before we had to head on over to the Fillmore to get ready for the evening show with David Bromberg, there was time to drive through the City. A stop at the ocean, and then over to the Fillmore.

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It was forty five years ago Jefferson Airplane played this venue, and here I am… still playing it, this time with David Bromberg and his friends. Here is my set list:

Jorma Alone Again And Acoustic
At The Fillmore Auditorium
San Francisco, California
Thursday, June 23, 2011

1. True Religion
2. River Of Time
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Second Chances
5. Parchman Farm
6. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
7. Sea Child
8. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
9. Come Back Baby
10. 99 Year Blues
11. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
12. Things That Might Have Been
13. That’ll Never Happen No More
14. I See The Light
15. Good Shepherd
16. Death Don’t have No Mercy
17. I Am The Light Of This World
18. Whining boy Blues with David Bromberg

David did a fabulous set with various configurations of his great band… sometimes joined by the Angel Band. Towards the end of his set he called me back up and we wound up playing several songs together. A grand evening to say the least. Tomorrow os the Kate Wolf Festival and David and I will be doing some more music together. In the meantime…

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Steady As She Goes!

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… And Matzah Ball Soup Too!

June 21st, 2011 5 comments

When we got to the Hart Theater at the Rochester JCC there was home made matzah ball soup waiting for us. how much better than that does it get? Oh yeah… pastrami sandwiches too! Hard to argue with perfection. I played two solo sets and here they are:

Jorma Alone Again And Acoustic
At The Hart Theater
Rochester, New York
Monday, June 20, 2011

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
3. River Of Time
4. 99 Year Blues
5. Sea Child
6. Full Go Round
7. Second Chances
8. Been So Long
9. Come Back Baby
10. I Know You Rider
11. Trouble In Mind
Second Set:
1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. Trouble In Mind
3. Izze’s Lullaby
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Uncle Sam Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Parchman Farm
8. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
9. Good Shepherd
10. Living In The Moment
11. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Candy Man
13. I Am The Light Of This World
14. BBQ King
15. Nine Pound Hammer
16. Encore: Embryonic Journey

This is a short entry because it’s up early tomorrow to drive to Virginia to pick up my son and head for California… The hits just keep on coming. More anon!

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Clearwater And Pete Seeger

June 19th, 2011 4 comments

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One day it’s sunset on the Vineyard with family and then it’s back on the road. After my friend’s wedding Myron and I headed down to Vineyard Haven and hopped on the ferry to Wood’s Hole.

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As we slid out of the slip we glided by this magnificent two master and headed out towards Woods Hole. Five hours later we drove into Tarrytown and turned in for some much needed sleep. At breakfast I heard that even though the Clearwater Festival was less than ten miles away, there was so much traffic that it could easily take more than an hour to get there and they were right.

On site, it was a stunning day and I was there in time for John Sebastian’s great set… and we got to talk a bit when he was done. Seconds later there was my old pal Chris Smither… it was like old home week.

Time moves in it’s own pace and before you know it, it was time for my set which is as follows:

Jorma Alone Again And Acoustic
At Clearwater
Croton On Hudson, New York
Sunday, June 19, 2011

1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
3. I Know You Rider
4. Second Chances
5. Come Back Baby
6. Hesitation Blues
7. That’ll Never Happen No More
8. Things That Might Have Been
9. Candy Man
10. Uncle Sam Blues
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. 99 Year Blues
13. I See The Light

After my set I hung out for a while and talked to a bunch of friends by the fence. Just before we got ready to leave I saw Pete Seeger in one of the gold carts and I had to go over and introduce myself and take the moment to personally thank him for being one of the guiding lights of my life. My Father took me to see Pete when I was twelve of thirteen and it was a moment I remember well today. What a guy… long may he wave!

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Here I am with Pete!

Well, day is drawing to a close here in Tarrytown. Today is Father’s Day. I was remembered by my son who called me from Virginia and my little daughter who Skyped me from Maine. It meant a lot to me and I found myself wondering how many Father’s Days I missed calling my own Dad. My father has been gone fifteen years now and I miss both him and Mom every day. They would have loved this bright day in Croton On Hudson… they would have loved the music, the spirit and well… seeing Pete Seeger.

It is quite a world we live in…

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The Language Of The Heart

June 16th, 2011 9 comments

The Language Of The Heart

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I went to Founders Day in Akron last weekend as I have done every year but two out of the last fourteen. It was no less a moving experience this year than it was the first time I went back in the 90’s. My Friend Jerry B. and I were joined by our comrade Mutt who rode up from Florida and the three of us took the back roads north out of Athens County through Amish country and up into Akron. As I rode through all those small country towns I saw the America that I remember as a boy still alive and well. That feeling of continuity of spirit was a grand way to start the weekend. Small towns… farms and just plain country roads dancing over the Ohio hills in a ballet of asphalt. It was supposed to rain, but that prediction proved false and it was beautiful all the way up.

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That the recovery experience has not only saved my life but actually made it worth living is undeniable. I would not be here without it… The road of life is not always smooth, even in recovery, but I know today that there is no travail in my life that a drink or a drug would not make worse. G_d will give us no more than we can handle. I intersected with the Four Absolutes several times over the weekend. Coincidence?

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The weekend was filled with fellowship and hope and culminated on Sunday with the motorcade to Dr. Bob and Annie’s grave in the Mt. Peace Cemetery.

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The run back to the County was a feet beating down the interstate. Had to get home in a hurry since I was leaving for Martha’s Vineyard where I am now on Monday.

Surrounded by friends and fellow travelers speaking the language of the heart fills my soul with a deep feeling of peace and I am ready for more work.


My driveway at home…

And so it goes.

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Pickin ‘ On The Vineyard

June 16th, 2011 4 comments

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Last night Barry Mitterhoff and I played a long show at Nectar’s in Edgartown, Massachusetts here on the Vineyard. I played here back in the late 70’s or early 80’s when it was the Tin Roof. It would probably be a good idea not to wait so long before coming back again. Anyway here is our two hour and three minute set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff 4, 2011
Edgartown, Massachusetts
(Martha’s Vineyard)
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

1. True Religion
2. Been So Long
3. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
4. Second Chances
5. Bread Line Blues
6. Izze’s Lullaby
7. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
8. How Long Blues
9. The Terrible Operation
10. I See The Light
11. Come Back Baby
12. River Of Time
13. Hesitation Blues
14. Things That Might Have Been
15. Goodbye To The Blues
16. Hesitation Blues
17. Candy Man
18. Good Shepherd
19. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
20. I Am The Light Of This World
21. Nine Pound Hammer
22. Encore: Genesis

Barry and I had a great time getting our show back together and a good time was had by all. Check out this ’36 Ford in the parking lot!

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Now a couple of days off here at the Vineyard and onward to Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival at Croton On Hudson.

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Reflections From Home

June 8th, 2011 10 comments

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Here’s a beautiful little farm on the road from Hillside Farm to the Fur Peace Ranch.

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More of that beautiful farm.

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A beautiful country church on the way.

Well, I’ve been home since Sunday and enjoying every minute of it. Tomorrow I’m taking a little motorcycle trip to Akron for Founders Day. Thousands of like minded people will be relating to each other in a way that only those of us who have been through the fire can do. It’s supposed to rain, but hey, that’s why they made rain suits. Indeed, it is truly all good.

It may be still officially Spring, but temperature wise, it’s Summer for sure. I’ve got a few more things to do to my bike to get it ready so more will be announced anon.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Hot Tuna defies gravity and moves back up the Americana Charts after dropping one point last week. And they say it couldn’t be done!!!! Let’s let everyone know so we can get this in the top 3. Call your local stations and ask for any song to be played off of Steady As She Goes. Thanks everyone

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