Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former lead guitarist of Jefferson Airplane Jorma Kaukonen played a solo acoustic show at the Music Box Supper Club this last Thursday.
The six-string picker played an evening of traditional Americana music as well as some great blues tunes. Even a few Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna tracks were thrown in for good measure. Kaukonen put his spin on songs such as “Hesitation Blues,” and a cover of Bing Crosby’s “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”
The night was filled with stories as well as some great guitar playing from Jorma. His voice however, would some times trail off in the middle of a song, leaving the audience wondering what he was singing.
He noted that he had lost a lot of friends already this year but he bluntly stated, “That’s just the way it is.” He then said that he got a request for a song earlier in the day and he normally doesn’t take requests but was happy that he remembered how to play it. So he dedicated “What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?” for his friends that have passed.
At the end of the first set, Jorma said that he was taking a “commercial break” and hawked his products that could be purchased at the merchandise table: lip gloss, playing cards, frisbees, and his own coffee and tea.
The second set was similar to the first with traditional songs such as “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” “Winin’ Boy Blues” and “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning.”
The night ended with a song that basically got it started for Jorma, Jefferson Airplane’s “Embryonic Journey.”