Electric Hot Tuna 2011 Beacon Show NYC!

Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, returns to the Beacon Theatre for two nights on December 9 and 10, 2011 to celebrate the music and the fun sparked off by the release of Steady As She Goes, their first studio album in 20 years. Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, David Bromberg, Charlie Musselwhite, GE Smith and Steve Kimock will join electric Hot Tuna with band members extrordinaire Barry Mitterhoff and Skoota Warner for the 8 p.m. shows. The Beacon is at 2124 Broadway, New York City. For tickets and more information: www.beacon.theatre-

Helping them celebrate at the Beacon will be special guests, Charlie Musselwhite, master of the harmonica, who toured along with Hot Tuna and Jim Lauderdale earlier this year on the Hot Tuna Blues tour will be hanging with the guys for the weekend. Charlie’s talented harmonica playing and history steeped in the blues is a perfect blend to the Hot Tuna being served! So if you missed Charlie with Tuna earlier this year. Now is your chance.

During their more than four decade long career Jorma and Jack have created some of the most significant music of our time and Steady As She Goes shows that they remain one of the most innovative bands in American music. Recorded at Levon Helm’s studio and produced by Grammy-winning producer Larry Campbell, the album captures the energy of their live performances with Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin, drummer Skoota Warner (Cyndi Lauper, Matisyahu, Santana) as well as Campbell joining them on guitar, fiddle, organ and vocals and Theresa Williams on vocals.

David Bromberg, often referred to as the guitarist’s guitarist, will be joining Hot Tuna at the Beacon too! Jorma and David find themselves performing together a few times each year, and their roots run deep. It will be interesting to see if he comes acoustic or electric . . . only one way to find out!

GE Smith has to be one of the most sought after session players around. He has performed and recorded with an exceptionally wide spectrum of influential artists from Bob Dylan, Eddie Van Halen, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Rickie Lee Jones, Al Green, Bryan Ferry, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Lonnie Mack and the list…too long to print.

Steve Kimock, who has earned a living wowing all kinds of audiences with his extraordinary guitar abilities, will also be joining the guys for the weekend. Steve adds a new element to the Tuna stew with his wide range of playing styles that can progress from jazz-influenced rhythms to Roky Erikson (13th Floor Elevators) styled psychedelic leads.

Get Your Tickets Now!
Before it sells out like last year!

Hot Tuna East Coast Winter Tour 2012

Check Out the Upcoming Winter Tour Dates
02/23/12 The Opera House Thomaston, CT Acoustic Hot Tuna
02/24/12 The Colonial Theatre Keene, NH Acoustic Hot Tuna
02/25/12 Swyer Theater-The Egg Albany, NY Acoustic Hot Tuna
02/27/12 Rams Head Tavern Annapolis, MD Acoustic Hot Tuna
0 2/29/12 Birchmere Alexandria, VA Acoustic Hot Tuna
03/01/12 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA Acoustic Hot Tuna
03/02/12 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA Acoustic Hot Tuna
03/03/12 Whitaker Center Harrisburg, PA Acoustic Hot Tuna
03/05/12 The German House Theater Rochester, NY Acoustic Hot Tuna
03/06/12 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI Acoustic Hot Tuna
03/08/12 The Englert Theatre Iowa City, IA Acoustic Hot Tuna
03/09/12 Old Town School Of Folk Music Chicago, IL Acoustic Hot Tuna
03/10/12 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN Acoustic Hot Tuna
03/11/12 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI Acoustic Hot Tuna
03/15/12 20th Century Theater Cincinnati, OH Acoustic Hot Tuna

Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony at the Key Club

It was a very memorable moment when Jack received the Bass Player Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Key Club in Los Angeles. He was humbled by all the kind words and mutual admiration from all the great bass players and musicians in attendance.

In his ever modest and attention-deflecting manner, Jack made a loving tribute to his wife of 22 years, Diana. Since she was unable to attend, he dedicated the night to her. It was very special. Congratulations Jack!!

You can see more in this clip from the show.

Jorma joined Jack on stage to perform a couple of songs.

Here is the setlist:

  • That’ll Never Happen
  • Things That Might Have Been
  • 99 Year Blues
  • Hesitation Blues
  • Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  • I See The Light
  • Encore:Come Back Baby

You can also check out what the folks from Epiphone had to say about the event.


Jack Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Bass Player Magazine

Join Jack Casady and his friend Jorma Kaukonen at the legendary Key Club in the heart of Hollywood for an exclusive private concert. Watch the presentation of Bass Player magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award to funk legend Larry Graham and rock visionary Jack Casady.

Jack and Jorma , as Acoustic Hot Tuna, will open for Larry’s Band, Graham Central Station. The evening will end with the Annual All-Star Bass Jam hosted by Steve Bailey! Read More Here.

If you want to attend this exclusive private party, CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

Master of Bass-in-the-Big-Picture

Bass Player Magazine has a nice write up about Hot Tuna’s latest album Steady As She Goes. Here is an except:

“Casady’s mastery of bass-in-the-big-picture is evident throughout, from his subtle use of pedal tones on “Second Chances” and unmistakable wall of tone on the ballad gem “Things That Might Have Been” to his snaking line on “Easy Now Revisted” and erudite take on two-feel and walking bass lines on “Mama Let Me Lay It on You” and “If This Is Love,” respectively.”

Check out the rest of the article here.

Visiting with the Past, Present and Future

Acoustic Hot Tuna wrapped up its August tour with some stops in Florida:

  • 08/03/11 Vinyl Music Hall Pensacola, FL
  • 08/04/11 The Plaza Live Orlando, FL
  • 08/05/11 Revolution Live Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • 08/06/11 Skipper’s Smokehouse Tampa, FL

When we rolled into Tampa, for our show at Skipper’s Smokehouse, our very good friend, Marty Balin, met us at the venue. It was great to see Marty. Wished we could have spent more time with him. There is so much space to cover.

Marty lost his wife, Karen Deal, in a tragic accident last year. She was a wonderful woman, full of life and music. She was the keyboard player for the 1980’s Tampa area band, the Mod Squad. Peace and Blessings to her family and to Marty.

We also got to see former Fur Peace Ranch students, Colin Rocker and Zac Greenburg, a.k.a. Burlap Macks. The Burlap Macks are very talented young musicians with old souls. They put their own spin on the Americana sound and make new songs sound old and old songs sound new. It’s good stuff so be sure to check them out. They also do a kick ass version of Good Shepherd.

Here’s how the old guys do it:

Jimi Hendrix 1968 Winterland Show featuring Jack Casady to be Released

Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings proudly announces four new titles representing the fourth wave of releases in the monumental Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project, available everywhere Tuesday, September 13. Included in this release is a 1968 Winterland Show (a 4 Disc Deluxe Box Set).

Winterland recording is drawn from six stellar shows recorded over three days (October 10, 11 and 12, 1968) at San Francisco’s historic Winterland Ballroom. These special performances celebrated the two year anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and came just as the groundbreaking album Electric Ladyland was released. Winterland presents some of Hendrix’s most spectacular guitar work and the four CD set (also available as eight 12″ vinyl LPs) is filled with rare live versions of classic songs such as “Manic Depression,” “Are You Experienced?,” “Tax Free,” and “Little Wing” that are not part of any other Sony Legacy release. Fans will also enjoy Hendrix’s dramatic interpretations of Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor” [with the Experience joined by Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady]

Pre-Orders Here

America’s Hippie Heritage

Check out the American Routes Show which features Jack, the epitome of hippie culture!

Tune in and turn on to our nation’s fringe heritage. Along with their spiritual forefathers, the beatniks and folkies, our hippie generation latched on to great music before them–from old-time country and bluegrass, bebop, blues and more–and created their own versions. We’re joined by Maria Muldaur who recalls making jug-band music in the West Village in the ’60s. Also, we speak with bass player Jack Casady, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna.

American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. Now in our 12th year on the air, American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music — and how they are distinguished.

Experience Hot Tuna’s Steady As She Goes as never before with the deluxe collector’s edition vinyl! Pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl with half-speed mastering, the 12 tracks of the album are cut into the first three sides of the double LP and the 4th side features a truly unique etching artwork of Jorma and Jack’s faces.

This premier quality collector’s item also features photos from the studio not included in the original CD package, a CD version of the record (in white paper sleeve) as well as the Hot Tuna temporary tattoo!

Buy the new Vinyl LP here!

G5 of Anvil Rocks the Black Jack

The latest news release from Epiphone Guitars contains an interview  with Glenn Five a.k.a. G5, bass  player for the Canadian metal band , Anvil. G5 talks about why he plays the Jack Casady Signature Epiphone Bass. Here is an excerpt:

“(the JC) seems to just cut through everything. And it does. It has a very full sound, that when amplified at Anvil volumes, has what I can only describe as a growl.”

While Glenn Five rocks the Black Jack,the  bass player for the Victorious Secrets, Bryon Rossi,  can be seen playing the JC Gold Top in their commercials on TV.


Let us know if your favorite bass player plays the Jack Casady Signature Epiphone Bass.