from Jorma's website:
I love the Mystic... quite simply, it's always fun. G.E. and I really had a great show tonight. Everything was just as it should be. Here is our set list:
Smith/Kaukonen Extravaganza 5, 2010
McNearís Mystic Theaer
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
1. Hesitation Blues
2. G.E. Baby Let Me Follow You Down
3. Come Back Baby
4. G.E. Chicken Blues
5. Izzeís Lullaby
6. G.E. Trouble
7. I Am The Light Of This World
8. G.E. Bedside Of A Neighbor
9. Too Many Years
10. G.E. Plastic Jesus
11. A Life Well Lived
12. G.E. Blind Fiddler
13. Full Go Round
1. Big River Blues
2. G.E. Dirt Road Blues
3. How Long Blues
4. G.E. Eyesight To The Blind
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. G.E. Buffalo Skinner
7. Uncle Sam Blues
8. G.E. Gospel Plough
9. Death Donít Have No Mercy
10. G.E. Codine
11. River Of Time
12. Mannís Fate
13. G.E. You Canít Lose What You Never Had
14. Encore: Nine Pound Hammer
I love the Mystic too, less than 2 miles from my home. Yes indeed, everything was just as it should be. What an incredible finger pickin' evening of acoustic magic with 2 guitar masters. They really groove well together. Jorma is such a joy, at 69 he may be slowing down a bit, but he sure does surround himself with major talent and keep the muse going strong.
I have a newfound appreciation for GE Smith. WOW. GE played many different styles of guitar, and blew me away. He has such a great feel for the instrument, and the music. GE also brings a wealth of knowledge of american roots music to the stage to match Jorma's. He delivers the lyrics well too. I enjoyed all the songs immensely. What a treat! I feel all warm and fuzzy. Thank you, Jorma & GE!
a few random notes:
Jorma acknowledged Petaluma as "Chicken Capital of the world" after GE's endition of Chicken Blues, to the applause of an appreciative local crowd.
Uncle Sam Blues had some of the tastiest acoustic blues jams I have heard in a while (maybe since my last Tuna show?). Encore of 9 Pound Hammer was awesome, great way to leave the theater - with that rhythm in my head. Got Jorma!
particularly awesome GE songs included Codine by Buffie St. Marie, a powerful soulful folk song (as Jorma said, all the blues and rock we listen to is essentially 'folk' music). Eyesight To The Blind, credited to Sonny Boy Williamson was amazing with both players going out there, GE is really incredible, Jorma was watching in awe at times. Me too.
Dylan's Baby Let Me Follow You Down was GE's 1st song, and it was very cool, and RARE to hear Jorma playing a Dylan song. After almost 30 years of seeing Jorma live, I can't recall seeing Jorma do Dylan tunes either solo or with Hot Tuna. Maybe i am missing something obvious, or not. Does anyone know if Jorma has covered Dylan in the past?
FYI: It's NOT a Dylan tune
"Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" is a traditional folk song popularised in the late 1950s by blues guitarist Eric Von Schmidt. The song is best known from its appearance on Bob Dylan's debut album Bob Dylan.
thanx Hedspace. I thought Dylan wrote it.
So, has Jorma ever covered Dylan songs in concert? if not, he might be the only one on the planet.
Von Schmidt is widely (and erroneously) credited as the author of the song, "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down", which was for years a staple of Dylan's musical catalogue. In a spoken introduction to the song on his 1962 self-titled debut album, Dylan mentioned that he first "learned" the song from "Rick von Schmidt" and told of meeting him "in the green pastures of Harvard University." In fact, von Schmidt had adapted the song from Blind Boy Fuller and credited Reverend Gary Davis as author of "three-quarters" of the song. In 1979, he co-wrote a book of the same name about the Cambridge scene.
Last year when Jorma toured with Robben Ford and Ruthie Foster, the three of them played Don't Think Twice, It's Alright trading verses and solos.
I have looked into it. with guests, Jorma will do Dylan songs, and mostly the guests sing. Gotta do songs that everyone knows how to play when there are guests. On Live At Sweetwater acoustic Hot Tuna, Bob Weir joined for Maggie's Farm and Bobby sang.
I would like to hear that Dont Think Twice.
thanks for the review Tofu..
the setlist looks similar to the l.a show i saw at McCabes
Also remembered they also sang Gotta Serve Somebody right before the Don't Think Twice. It's on Demonoid.
It would be good to hear Jorma play the Chimes of Freedom.