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Paul Lorin Kantner March 17, 1941 – January 28, 2016

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It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that I say goodbye to an old friend. Paul was more than a friend, he was the pilot who flew Jefferson Airplane and later Jefferson Starship to unparalleled heights, beyond our wildest dreams, but not his. He had a vision. And he pursued that vision with relentless abandon.

When I arrived in San Francisco, I didn’t know anyone except Jorma. Paul warmly welcomed me to the city and into the band. And with a simple, “Let’s get started.” he set our musical journey in motion. He navigated the band through the music industry with self confidence and assurance like he had a map in his head and he knew the destination.

Of course when you’re adrift in the vast sea of the music industry, the crew gets restless and anxious. And our little mutinies were legendary. But Paul was steadfast in his belief that he could command the ship and lead it in new directions, which he did, and to much success. The crews changed over time of course but it was always Paul’s vision that steered the ship.

I would like to offer my condolences to Paul’s family, especially his children China, Gareth and Alexander. He will be greatly missed. But he will also be remembered and cherished by the legions of fans that he made at every port he stopped at. Fare thee well fair aviator.

Jefferson Airplane to Recieve Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

The Recording Academy today announced its class of 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run-D.M.C.; the Trustees Award honorees are John Cage, Fred Foster and Chris Strachwitz; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.


”Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.” Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees.

Marty Balin, Jack Casady, Spencer Dryden*, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and Grace Slick comprised Jefferson Airplane, pioneers of counterculture-era psychedelic rock. Emerging from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success, performing at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s — Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969), and Altamont (1969). Their 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the “Summer of Love.” Two hits from that album, “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit,” are among Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”


A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in the spring. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.

Plan Ahead for Wanee 2016

The 2016 Wanee Music Festival looks like it’s going to be jamming good time. Lots of guitar heavy jam bands including our own Electric Hot Tuna! Also Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, Billy and the Kids, Umphrey’s McGee and Greg Allman. So excited to share the stage with old and new friends. Get your tickets early and save.

Photo by Clayton Roberts

 

Electric Hot Tuna at the 2015 Christmas Jam!

Electric Hot Tuna is very excited about being a part of Warren Haynes’ 2016 Christmas Jam! It’s SOLD OUT!
And it’s all for a great cause. Over the past 17 years, Haynes – an Asheville native – has worked closely with the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. The Jam recently handed over a record-breaking half-million dollars, marking one of the largest-ever contributions to the organization. To date, 33 houses have been built with proceeds from the Jam. Rock the House! Check out Warren Haynes new CD Ashes & Dust. It’s excellent!

The Hot Tuna Collection

Just in time for the holidays! A 12″ x 12″ LP Boxset for your favorite Hot Tuna Collector. Numbered, limited edition of 1000 worldwide. Includes 8 original Hot Tuna albums in paper sleeve and deluxe CD vinyl replica. Exclusive tour poster by Dennis Loren. Plus a 28 page booklet with liner notes and photos. That’s a fantastic offer! Get yours today! Enjoy!

Giving Thanks

Photo by Vernon Webb

Photo by Vernon Webb

Finally taking some time during a busy week of shows (tonight at the Sherman Theater) and a holiday to reflect on what a wonderful time I had at last week’s show at the Beacon Theater. Freakin’ at the Beacon was just fantastic. I am so grateful to work with such fabulous musicians. Special thanks to Jorma, Justin Guip, Larry Campbell, GE Smith, Teresa Williams, Rachel Price and Jeff Pehrson. And my old friend, John Hammonds. Thanks for a wonderful weekend of making music. And thanks to all of our dedicated fans. Love and respect to you all.

Jorma’s 75th Birthday Bash – Freakin at the Beacon

Say it isn’t so! Jorma can’t be turning 75? Seems like we just celebrated his 70th Birthday Bash!

Well, it’s true. And it only means we’re all five years older too. So join Jorma, Jack and Electric Hot Tuna for “Freakin at the Beacon” Theater in New York City on Friday, November 20th and Saturday November 21st to help celebrate an amazing man and an amazing life.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 24th 10AM.

Tickets at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone 866-858-0008

Jorma & Jack Celebrate 50 Years of Jefferson Airplane at LOCKIN


We all know what a beautiful experience Chicago was for Dead fans celebrating 50 years of the Grateful Dead. Well this performance should be equally memorable and emotional for fans of Jefferson Airplane.

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady Celebrate 50 Years Of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE in an exclusive performance at LOCKN’ 2015. In addition to performing as Hot Tuna, Jorma and Jack, the founding fathers of electric counter-culture psychedelic rock, will be joined by Rachael Price (of Lake Street Dive), GE Smith (long time SNL house guitarist), and Larry Campbell + Teresa Williams (famed Americana duo – Levon Helm / Midnight Ramble, Hot Tuna, Fur Peace Ranch). Special guest appearance by Bill Kreutzmann.

Don’t miss Jorma and Jack curating this once-in-a-lifetime presentation of some of the best rock songs of the late 60′s / early 70′s.

Hot Tuna Hits The East Coast

After a two week tour in Hawaii, Hot Tuna hits the road for the Northeast. During the month of July, Jorma and Jack perform duo as Acoustic Hot Tuna through Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams open the shows.

Then they go electric with drummer, Justin Guip, as the Electric Hot Tuna Trio, through New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Check out the Tour Dates below:

Acoustic Hot Tuna (Jorma & Jack duo)
July 09 Jonathan’s, Ogunquit, ME
July 10 The Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH
Also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
July 11 Cabot Theater, Beverly, MA
Also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
July 12 Payomet PAC, North Truro, MA
Also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
July 14 Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Norfolk, CT

Electric Hot Tuna Trio (Jorma, Jack & Justin Guip)
July 16 Prudential Hall, New Jersey PAC, Newark, NJ
July 17 State Theatre, State College, PA
July 18 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
July 19 Great South Bay Music Festival, Patchogue, NY

Dave Grohl Rocks the Black Jack

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Here’s a great shot of rocker Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) putting the black Jack Casady Signature Epiphone Bass Guitar to the test. Pretty sure it held it’s own. Rock On Dave! We love your work and we’re just a tiny bit jealous of your “rock-n-roll hair!” Oh, those were the days!