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!
The Bull Run and Devens present ‘Devens Rock 4 Warriors‘; a concert to celebrate wounded veterans and their families. This inaugural concert will feature Americas’ first Wounded Warrior band, VETTED, who aim to entertain, comfort, exalt, and help soldiers who are struggling to gain balance and normalcy. They have also enlisted The Persuasions, Hot Tuna (acoustic) , Lo Cash, and GE Smith (SNL, Hall & Oates, Dylan) and his all star band to salute the troops on Sunday, May 17th from 4-8 pm.
Devens Rock 4 Warriors’ mission is to launch an annual concert that will connect like-minded communities to continue to deliver help to those in need.
They will also be giving away a “GE Smith Signature Fender Telecaster” to a lucky winner. A raffle will be conducted on air, on our websites, on FB and at the doors, to be given to the lucky recipient at the concert. $30 to enter, with all proceeds of this going to Wounded Warrior Project.
Be sure to come out and support this great cause. Click Here for Tickets!
Our friend Dominic Davis is busy these days. Dominic is about to hit the road with Jack White for shows in Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and the USA. Look for Dominic on tour with his Epiphone Jack Casady bass and if you watch closely, you might even see him in an upcoming episode of the smash ABC hit Nashville. (Photos: James Swanson)
The Diana Bass by Tom Ribbecke makes an appearance. Photo by Bob Minkin
OK, We’ve received a lot of questions from fans recently regarding Jack’s new acoustic bass, The Diana, by Tom Ribbecke. If you were lucky enough to catch Hot Tuna on their west coast swing in early January, you would have caught a glimpse of the new bass. Jack has been playing The Diana in very limited situations, such as the Fillmore Show. This is primarily because he doesn’t want to subject it to airline baggage handlers who are notoriously hard on guitars, just ask any player who has had to travel, ugh. This is no small guitar and it is VERY special to him. So he is very protective of it, as one might imagine, thus the limited usage. With that said, Jack absolutely loves playing the Diana bass. And he would like to acknowledge Tom Ribbecke for his outstanding commitment to this project. “Tom is an outstanding craftsman, but more importantly, he listens and understands the importance of each project. He put his heart and soul into this project. The results are beautiful. Just like it’s inspiration.”
Jack Casady’s Ribbecke Guitars Diana Bass Specs:
Width at Lower Bout: 18 1/2″
Deepest Part of Body: 6 1/2″
Nut Width: 1 5/8″
Width at Body Joint: 2 5/16″
Top: Englemann Spruce
Back and Sides: Myrtle
Fittings: All Ebony Fittings Shop Made
Neck Depth at 1st Fret: .890″
Strings Pictured: .045 .055 .078 .098″ Phosphor Bronze
Time to mark your calendar! Electric Hot Tuna is scheduled to play the Wanee Music Festival Thursday, April 16, 2015. Widespread Panic headlines the festival which also includes Gregg Allman, Gov’t Mule, Earth Wind & Fire, Cheap Trick and many more! Get your tickets now to take advantage of the early bird specials. Hope to see you there!
Our friend, Jim Clash, at Forbes Magazine has a nice review of Jack’s 70th Birthday show at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Before the show, Jim interviewed Capt. Mark Kelly, Astronaut and former shuttle pilot, at the Explorer’s Club. Jack and Jorma sat in on the interview then invited Mark to the Beacon show.
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I cannot say enough to express my gratitude to everyone who came out to the Beacon Theater on Saturday 12/13/14. We rocked the place! It was a special night, a special memory, one I will always remember and cherish. And Thanks to all the fans who come out to all our Hot Tuna shows everywhere. You are more like family and friends than fans. Your love and support is overwhelming.
I would also like to thank Jorma, for being a truly great friend and outstanding musical partner. It’s been a wonderful adventure. Here’s to many more years together on this “long strange trip.”
Peace and Love for the New Year!
New York City can’t get enough Hot Tuna! Two new shows have been added to the Hot Tuna 2014 Fall Tour. The Highline Ballroom just added Acoustic Hot Tuna for two nights, Sunday, November 30th and Monday, December 1st, 2014. Doors open at 6:00pm. Show starts at 8:00pm.
Additional Ticket Info:
VIP Gold $125 Reserved Seating in First 2 Rows Exact Seating First Come, First Served
VIP Silver $85 Reserved Seating in First Row Balcony and Side Loges Exact Seating First Come, First Served
General Admission $65 Limited Seating Available, First Come, First Seated
Full Dinner Menu Available $10 Minimum Per Person, For All Tables
Here’s an excerpt:
Casady: You have to remind them that it is a workshop. In the very first session of a weekend, I run a song through to see who’s doing what, how quick they are. What’s their left-hand technique, right-hand technique – and whether they’re getting decent tone? Do they hear the music and assimilate it and get around the instrument well? Or are they just completely lost? I then match up jobs I give with their abilities.