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tuna tour ... - June 30, 2012

The tour with Electric Hot Tuna could not have gone better. Playing in duo with Steve Kimock is a real adventure. We've never rehearsed. We never have a setlist. We never know what's going to happen but we love to go onstage in pressurized situations and follow the music down. It's never easy but it's always exciting. Jack and Jorma were so graceful and encouraging. Our road manager Brian was right there, always helping and mixing front of house. Nothing ever needs to be spelled out when you're working with the right people. I'm very grateful to all the people who helped make it happen and to the great audiences. Jorma says we'll be doing it again soon.

red rooster - June 29, 2012

That Stroudsburg audience wanted to rock last night so we gave them the "Red Rooster" and "Dead Flowers". Steve sang backup and the place went wild. I'm on my way now to Long Island for one more show.

stroudsburg ... - June 28, 2012

We're off to another historic theater built in 1928. This one is in Stroudsburg, Pa. It's cooking out there so I hope they have air conditioning :)

bromberg .. - June 27, 2012

I met the infamous David Bromberg last night. My brothers and i wore out the grooves in his records growing up. I could get used to this opera house circuit. The shows just get better and better.

buffalo bill ... - June 26, 2012

We just rolled in to the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware for soundcheck. It's an old and ornate Masonic Hall built in 1871. I'm now in included in the roster with the likes of "Buffalo Bill" Cody who also performed here many years ago.

feed my sheep .. - June 25, 2012

Steve and I opened the Richmond show with "Good Shepherd" .. You could hear a pin drop !

tornado watch ... - June 25, 2012

I'm backstage at the National Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. It's a spooky old vaudeville theater built in 1923. One tornado already blew through town a few hours ago and we're waiting for the second. Should be fun.

day four .. - June 24, 2012

The Hot Tuna shows keep getting better and better. Last night I surprised Steve by launching into a version of "Last Time" by the Rolling Stones. He gives me a huge smile when I throw in these old songs unexpectedly. Today is a day off. Laundry, changing strings, barbecue and relaxation, all on a beautiful east coast summer day. I'm well blessed. Tomorrow we'll head down to Richmond, Virginia bright and early and get back at it.

count basie theater .. - June 23, 2012

Another great show at the count basie theatre ... It was like floating in mid air ...

i'm so glad .. - June 22, 2012

The show last night went great ... There was no air conditioning in the old theater so Steve and I looked like two dogs who went swimming when we came offstage. We ended the night playing double slide guitars on "i'm so glad".

first stop ... - June 21, 2012

I just got in to the State Theater in upstate New York and received a warm welcome from jack casady and jorma kaukonen. What a nice feeling. These guys are legends from my early years. They've seen it all, helped create the genre and are still playing amazing.

big red barn .. - June 20, 2012

I arrived at the Kimock ranch and Big Red Barn in time for the big heat wave. It will be over 100 degrees farenheit today. That's around 38 grad celcius for my European friends. Luckily for me the rehearsal studio is air conditioned so I think I'll be practicing a lot today hehe. The fireflies were out in full force last night. They put on an amazing light show for free.

tuna week ! - June 18, 2012

first show opening for jack and jorma coming up this week.
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new hope ... - June 16, 2012

The gig in New Hope was a lot of fun last night. Randy Thompson and Bill Vorhaus both played great and there was a sea of people before us. I love outdoor shows when the weather is fine.

fireworks .. - June 12, 2012

I'll be playing this Friday night at the New Hope fireworks display. The weather should be good and thousands turn out to see the display off the Lambertville bridge high above the mighty Delaware River. Music is kicking off at 8:30 with yours truly, Randy Thompson on guitar and Bill Vorhaus on harmonica.

Bethlehem Gig - June 9, 2012

The gig at Godfrey Daniel's with Steve Kimock was exciting. The place was packed, Steve played great and the people gave us a standing ovation. I was really happy with it.

big red barn - June 7, 2012

I'm up at Steve Kimock's staying in the Big Red Barn. Things are peaceful here up in the Lehigh Valley. I mean the kids are running around but I stay out of their way. They introduce me to their friends as their wierd uncle Bill from Germany. Nice. I'm going to get a little rehearsing in now for the show tomorrow night T Godfrey Daniel's in Bethlehem.

Kimock Interview - June 4, 2012

Here's a funny entry from a recent Steve Kimock interview ...

Jamband: “The Goodman Brothers Band” sounds like it was a lot of fun.

Steve: "For me musically, it was the most influential of groups in my day. I am still struggling to do every day what Billy & Frank did all the time, relentless practicing because Billy plays a great bottle-neck slide guitar and Frank is a great country-blues finger-picker. So, stuff like that takes so much to accomplish. Having both of those elements was such a treat in that group. Actually, I work and play with Billy from time to time. He is living over in Germany now, so I will fly there and play with him. We have a bunch of shows coming up opening for Hot Tuna and the deal is I’ll play with them as well. The interesting thing is that one of the first shows we did in California as The Goodman’s was opening up for Hot Tuna in 1974. That first show stands out as the first gig we did in California which was a big deal because we were the opening band at the old Waldorf. I don’t remember what vehicle we had, maybe some van. All of us were so excited being from Pennsylvania, a bunch of country boys crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, taking the city and saying, “Here We Come”. The van died on the bridge, so there we were, all short guys no more than 4 feet tall pushing the van to the edge of the bridge."

steve guyger .. - June 4, 2012

I sat in with the harmonica master Steve Guyger last night. What an awesome musician.

Philly ... - May 30, 2012

It's great to be back in Pennsylvania again. I'm staying with my old friend Randall Thompson. We've played music together since we were 14 years old. We had a great Memorial Day picnic on Monday night but had to sing for our supper. Check out our setlist......

foxy lady
born to be wild
soul kitchen
house of the rising sun
hurdy gurdy man
purple haze

Rhein Neckar Zeitung - May 24, 2012

Thanks Pit for the nice article in todays newspaper.

Big Joe Lewis ... - May 13, 2012

Don't mess with Big Joe Lewis. When he says play, it's time to play.
Here's his e-mail announcement ...

Hi Family and Friend in Christ,
On the 19th May, HOPE ministry will be hosting a Night of Praise, Worship and Fun with the Homeless of Heidelberg starting at 1800.
From 18-19:00, Billy Goodman and Uli Schuenemann will bless us with Praise and worship with a blues rhythmus. Thereafter we invite you to join us in a round of BINGO.
This event will be held at the Bonfi Bonifatius Gemeinde Haus Hildastraße 6, 69115 Heidelberg, Parking space will be at SKM, Kaiser Str. 88-92, just around the corner from Gemeinde Haus.
We'’re hoping that many of you will have the time to help share your Love.
To ensure there are refreshments for everyone (snacks and drinks), please confirm your coming. Children of ALL ages are welcome!!!
Bring along some of those pennies you may have at home to be used as chips!!!
In God We Trust,
Annette & Joe Lewis
Share with or invite a Friend!!
H.O.P.E. e.V.
Christliche Initiative für Obdachlose (Homeless)
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 719 7179
Mobile: +49 (0) 160 97 38 40 18

heidelberg ... - May 9, 2012

Gearing up for a hot summer day here in Heidelberg tomorrow. We'll be down by the river on the old dutch granny bike. I'll be bringing the guitar and maybe go up to the castle too.

mr. steve ... - May 9, 2012

Best of luck to Steve Kimock and band who kick off their spring tour tonight in Bethlehem, Pa.
For more info, go to:

Roman Ruins in the Forest - April 28, 2012

It went from scarves and hats to shorts and sandals overnight. It was so beautiful this morning that I took a long walk in the forest to some Roman ruins that were discovered there by chance in 1969. Imagine it. Fifty years after the time of Christ, Roman soldiers were partying in the woods a mile from my house. The ruins are the remains of what the Germans call a roemischer Gutshof which means a Roman manor or estate. It seems that if you were a general in the Roman army for so many years, you were awarded an estate built in the province you were serving in. Here's a website where you can see some photos. Cool stuff. I love history.
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