We saw Jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhoff perform a warmly inviting acoustic concert at the Fairfield Theater Company last night. It was amazing sitting no more than 15 feet away as Jorma and Barry got into their zone. These accomplished musicians played period Americana music I grew fonder of as the night progressed.
I loved witnessing their interplay. Jorma plays fantastic guitar augmented by reassuring vocals. His mastery of the guitar helped to gain a deeper appreciation for the guitar workshops he leads at the Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy, Ohio.
Barry Mitterhoff complemented Jorma smartly. I marvelled at his command of the mandolin among other instruments he played. It was like watching a hummingbird’s wings evoke crystal integrity. Barry portrayed the patience of Job as he waved his soft, magical touch over twelve strings.
The high part of the evening was “Good Shepherd” which they played extended going off into “Volunteers of America” for a spell as they eased back to “Good Shepherd”.
1. Dime For Beer
2. I See The Light
3. Heart Temporary
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Ain’t In No Hurry
6. How Long Blues
7. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
8. River Of Time
9. Barbeque King
10. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
11. The Other Side Of The Mountain Second Set:
1. Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
5. Candy Man
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Come Back Baby
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore:Embryonic Journey
As you can see Jorma is pictured with motorcycles which he loves to ride. I noticed that his image is caught in the reflector mirror. What an amazing career Jorma Kaukonen has to reflect and look back upon.
I am eager to hear more from Jorma and fellow musicians when this recording hits market. I noticed his Spring tour is coming close to where I live on March 14, 2015 at Stage One in Fairfield, Ct. I hope we get some tickets to see him play that evening.It’s been awhile since we have heard some live music and who better than Jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhoff in concert.
I love how Hot Tuna keeps on trucking. They released last month, Steady As She Goes, their first studio recording in over 20 years. It is a stellar recording which captures and expands the Electric Hot Tuna sound I’ve come to relish and witness all these years 🙂
I’ve been playing Steady As She Goes through the DELL PC and the Bose Sound Dock . Microsoft Zune supplies the Hot Tuna recording as a Windows Media Audio file, 192kbps which is equal to Audio CD output level. I’ve resisted the urge to buy the digital download for the car as I am waiting on the deluxe edition 2-lp vinyl+ release sometime in May? This edition is mastered at half-speed and pressed on 180 gram HQ. I’m always a sucker for “deluxe editions”. This specialty package includes new artwork, which I love to hold and look at, plus a full CD of the album. It also has a temporary tattoo which I think is very cool 😉 Maybe the Fur Peace Ranch Store will sell them separately so I can wear this tattoo to their next concert (hint, hint).
There ain’t a clunker or uneven track on Steady As She Goes, all twelve tracks cook. I think it was an incredibly smart move of Jorma, Jack and company to head up to Woodstock, NY and record at Levon Helm‘s studio. They achieved a warm, engaging sound there. Larry Campbell‘s production ability continues to amaze and impress me. His co-operation with Hot Tuna is very clear throughout the recording. I hear his fiddle and guitar on various tracks.
What can I say about Jorma and Jack, I have dug their interplay ever since JA. I am gaining a strong appreciation for the contributions that Barry Mitterhoff (mandolin and many more instruments…) and Skoota Warner (drums) make as they enhance and extend Hot Tuna’s electric sound.
I especially love the vocals by Teresa Williams (she’s married to Larry Campbell) she asserts herself well. Teresa’s voice is a fresh dimension to Hot Tuna’s sound. She has a gutsy blues sound which counter balances Jorma’s vocals with distinction. Electric Hot Tuna growing into a virtual quintet is a cool prospect. I don’t feel compelled to compare Teresa Williams to Grace Slick at all. To my ears they are each unique vocalists, I love how each of them sings and emotes, personally I don’t think its fair to make such a comparison to either of them.
Congratulations to Hot Tuna and Red House Records you have a solid hit on your hands here. Job well done all!