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.”
Kevin Johnson, Managing Editor at No Treble, wrote a nice review of the Diana Bass. Here are some of the specs
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!
Astronaut Mark Kelly with Hot Tuna musicians Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen at The Explorers Club. (Photo: Janine Menlove)
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!
Photo by Barry Berensen
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
Get Your Tickets Here!
Check out Jack’s recent interview with Jim Clash, contributing writer for Forbes Magazine.
In the interview, Jack talks about teaching at the Fur Peace Ranch.
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.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Hot Tuna will be performing at the BeaconTheatre on December 13!Use the code “SOCIAL” to access presale tickets this Thursday, July 31st at 10AM until 10PM.
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday August 1, 2014 10:00 AM.
Hot Tuna returns to New York City for one unforgettable evening of hard driving blues and soulful Americana. This year the band will celebrate Jack Casady’s 70th Birthday and promises to pull out all the stops with a roaring electric set.
Joining Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady this year will be very special guest Marty Balin, a fellow Jefferson Airplane founding member. Also on tap are multi-instrumentalists Barry Mitterhoff and Larry Campbell, vocalist Teresa Williams, and drummer Justin Guip. Additional special guests will be announced in the coming months. The Beacon Theatre concerts have become an annual holiday tradition – a spontaneous, innovative, rock and roll extravaganza not to be missed.
Dominic Davis brought out his black Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar for the 2nd leg of Jack White’s sold out world tour. They’re in the U.S. this month.
Here’s what Dominic had to say about his Jack Casady bass:
I love the Jack Casady because it gives you that quick decay that an upright has. I have a lot of hollowbody basses, but most of them are short scale like a Hofner. The Jack Casady plays like one of those, but stays in tune and feels like all of my other regular scale basses. Plus, it’s versatile. My other hollowbody basses sound great, but they only have one sound. The Jack Casady really gives you a lot to work with. I highly recommend it with flat wounds. Read More about Dominic.