Archive for October, 2020

Cecilia Chiang 1920-2020

October 29th, 2020 15 comments
Madame Chiang and our daughter Izze in 2018

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

My old friend Cecilia passed yesterday morning. I first met her in 1964 when I came up to San Francisco from Santa Clara as a young college student looking for some affordable good food. I wandered into her first restaurant, the Mandarin, which was on Polk St. back then. I was a young nobody, but she treated me with respect. We became friends and when I moved to San Francisco in 1965 and she moved the Mandarin to Ghirardelli Square I followed her there. Later on in life we would be neighbors in St. Francis Wood.

It was my great honor for her to meet our daughter Izze in 2018. Of course I considered any time spent with Cecilia to be an honor.

She was my friend… and I will miss her!

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The Weekend That Was And Home!

October 27th, 2020 17 comments
Hawke at rest!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

So Myron and I had a spirited run from Pomeroy to Connecticut to New Hampshire and home… 1700 some miles. Some interesting weigh-ins on the RV… or Hawke as we affectionately call her in the comments section. I’ve been driving for 65 years as of this year. I might have profiled at some other point in my life but with a 17,000 pound vehicle and passengers in my charge, this is not time to be hanging out the window. This rig is eight and a half feet wide. The drivers compartment is not that much smaller than a Prevost. That Ford F-35 chassis with a Triton 3 valve V-10 has almost as much torque as my Cummins Diesel. She sh-ts and gits when she has to as well. I should have done this years ago. Anyway, it was a great trip musically and scenically. Strange to say, leaves were still on the trees.

Anyway, as noted, Ridgefield was great and Tupelos up in Derry was awesome as well. They did about 130 shows outdoors this year of which ours was the last.

Jorma Kaukonen 33, 2020

Tupelo Drive-In

Early Show (Noon)

Derry, New Hampshire

Sunday, October 25, 2020

  1. Whining Boy Blues
  2. Candy Man
  3. Ice Age
  4. Been So Long
  5. Barbeque King
  6. Search My Heart
  7. Trial By Fire
  8. Sleep Song
  9. I Am The Light Of This World
  10. Blue Railroad Train
  11. Great Divide Revisited
  12. Come Back Baby
  13. Things That Might Have Been
  14. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  15. How Long Blues
  16. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  17. Encore: Embryonic Journey

This was a noon show and there was still a chill in the air. Heck, we were up in Vermont., not a big surprise. On the other hand, the 3 PM show was so warm I did it in my T shirt. Go figure.

Jorma Kaukonen 34, 2020

Tupelo Drive-In

3 PM Show

Derry, New Hampshire

Sunday, October 25, 2020

1. Dime For Beer

2.   I See The Light

3.  San Francisco Bay Blues

4.  Day To Day Out The Window Blues

5. Things That Might Have Been

6.  True Religion 

7. Sea Child

8. Good Shepherd 

9. Watch The North Wind Rise

10.  Highway Song

11. The Terrible Operation 

12.  Trouble In Mind

13. Death Don’t Have Know Mercy

14. That’ll Never Happen No More

15. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning 

16. Encore: Water Song

(Hm… format discrepancies… don’t sweat it!)

Oops… Ridgefield list:

Jorma Kaukonen 31, 2020

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Early Show

Saturday, October 24, 2020

  1. Too Many Years
  2. Ice Age
  3. Whining Boy Blues
  4. Barbeque King
  5. In The Kingdom
  6. Sea Child
  7. Song For The Stainless Cymbal
  8. I Am The Light Of This World
  9. Uncle Sam Blues
  10. Serpent of Dreams
  11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  12. Follow The Drinking Gourd
  13. Another Man Done Gone
  14. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  15. I Know You Rider
  16. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Jorma Kaukonen 32, 2020

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Late Show

Saturday, October 24, 2020

  1. Been So Long
  2. Dime For Beer.      
  3. River Of Time
  4. 99 Year Blues
  5. I See The Light
  6. Sleep Song
  7. Good Shepherd
  8. Watch The North Wind Rise
  9. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  10. Hesitation Blues
  11. Hamar Promenade
  12. Trouble In Mind
  13. How Long Blues
  14. Waiting For A Train
  15. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
  16. S.F. Bay Blues
  17. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  18. Encore: Water Song

We drove home 600 and change yesterday and as much as I like my ‘RV King’ there’s no place like the home bunk!

So… this weekend we’ve got # 25 of the Corona Concert Series and I’ll post the link as we get closer to the weekend. In the meantime, stay well…

Wait, there’s more. The Hurl/Kaukonen opus is emerging soon…

Fancy limited edition vinyl

We’re over the moon on this one. Don’t be late, they’re limited… limited I say.

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In Ridgefield, Conn.

October 24th, 2020 24 comments
Myron and I head out in Hawke… the Kaukonen RV

Selfie by Myron Hart

So we had a six hundred some mile trip yesterday and I have to say, driving a 17,000 pound RV is not as relaxing as a trip in our truck. That said, when we got to Ridgefield, I had my house with me. I’ve been ‘camping’ with this rig, but this is my first road trip.

A good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast and I’m good to go.

Since I’m actually on the road working I won’t be at the Fur Peace Ranch tonight for Quarantine Concert Series #24. Jack and I and the team thoughtfully recorded tonight’s show earlier in the week.

If it ain’t free, it ain’t me.

So if you’re not coming to my show in Ridgefield tonight, give a listen. If you are, you can catch an archived replay when you get home. I had hoped I would be able to chat on the feed, but I’ll be doing my second show then. Fortunately, Mr. Casady and Mrs. Kaukonen will keep the chat alive.

Well, here it is 0858 in Connecticut. I think I’ll seek out socially distanced sustenance.

PS There is a purchasable live stream from Tupelo tomorrow night. I can’t embed the link for some reason, but I’m sure you can find it on the web if interested.

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Just A Few Quick Fall Thoughts

October 20th, 2020 10 comments
The Labrynth

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

We finished our Fur Peace Ranch session yesterday around noon and as always the goodbyes are bittersweet. Old friends and new… always a delight. The rain came yesterday but the cold was gone. The rain and wind knocked down many of he leaves but as you can see, it is still a beautiful fall.

I actually have a couple of gigs coming up this weekend. The Ridgefied Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut on Saturday the 24th and on Sunday the 25th I’ll be at the Tupelo Music Hall Drive In which can be found in Derry, New Hampshire. Getting out of the house for a bit and being able to play in a safe environment, I’m really looking forwards to this one.

Check it out…

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Saturday Night & Sunday Morning

October 18th, 2020 13 comments
Here today…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Another camp at the Fur Peace Ranch is upon us. Jack and I each have five students… good times.

Hot Tuna 19, 2020

Acoustic Duo

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady

Quarantine Concert Series #23

Fur Peace Ranch

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, October 17 , 2020

  1. Search My Heart
  2. Hesitation Blues
  3. Ice Age
  4. Too Many Years
  5. Whining Boy Blues
  6. Barbeque King
  7. Watch The North Wind Rise
  8. Things That Might Have Been
  9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  10. I Know You Rider

Great to have Jack back for a bit…

More will be revealed!

A bountiful buffet…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

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A Live Weekend Is Upon Us!

October 16th, 2020 15 comments
Strouds Run by drone…

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

The above shot was take about a week or so ago. The leaves were still turning and peak was not yet upon us. At the time of this writing, peak is past but I still have a couple of shots to share with you.

One day there are still green leaves, and the next…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

It’s always great feeling the seasons change as you walk.

Even as Fall wraps itself around us we know that rebirth is already making its plans.

Moving right along… this Saturday night, the 17th of October we will feature Quarantine Concert Series #23!

Mr. Casady is on site and we’ll be teaching this weekend in addition the the concert Saturday night.

It is a beautiful Fall day today and regardless of what the weekend weather has in store for us, it will still be wonderful!

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Voting, Teaching & Gigging

October 10th, 2020 25 comments
Done… and I drove in person to the electoral office in Pomeroy

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Don’t forget folks, this is the deal… our deal… our right and responsibility!

So Jack and I have our first Drive-In gig at the Frederick Fairgrounds on October 22, 2020. Needless to say, we’re thrilled about this. It’s been way too long and we hope that you folks who are within driving distance of this venue will load your car up and join us!

Every day is contains a harbinger of change, but Fall really brings it home. The trees bursting into flame with fall foliage, that distinctive taste the air brings us… there’s nothing quite like it! At my age one cannot help but wonder how many more of these seasons we will get to enjoy but that’s a conversation for another time. Today, it is quite simply… beautiful!

Walking the Big Guy, this tree got my attention… and this is early!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

I’m expecting Mr. Casady to show up sometime today so I think I’ll help him out by dragging out some of his gear!

More anon…

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From The Lake To Vault #4

October 8th, 2020 19 comments
Sunset at Lake Snowden last Saturday

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

So we ‘camped’ out Friday and Saturday last and what a beautiful time of year. Chilly enough to the bugs were gone but not so cold we couldn’t hike around in light fall clothes

We’ve got Vault #4 coming up this Saturday and this time it’s something a little different.

There will be musical tidbits as well…

I took an 80 mile motorcycle ride today. The leaves have started to explode into color in the last couple of days. Vinton County was further along than Meigs… but this will be the first true foliage we’ve seen in several years.

Getting out there on the bike by myself was a true delight and I am grateful for every day that I can still do the things I love! Every day is a gift!

Mr. Casady is somewhere in Iowa at the time of this writing so he should be showing up here in the County any day now. We’re both looking forward to teaching and playing.

Who would have thought?

Evening at the Ranch…

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Well, that’s about it for now. I’ll probably weigh in again tomorrow.

Stay well!

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The Vault Opens Again

October 2nd, 2020 43 comments

The vault is opening Saturday, October 3rd at 8 PM Eastern Time.

Be there or… you know!

We’ve got another good one for you, and even as we speak (more or less) Jack is wending his way across the country yet one more time to grace the Fur Peace Ranch with his august presence.

More will be revealed.

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