Jack’s Interview with Jim Clash


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.

Jack’s 70th Birthday Bash at the Beacon Theater

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 and his “Black Jack”

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.


Hot Tuna Hits the Midwest


Everyone on the Bus! Hot Tuna hits the road for a summer tour through the midwest. The last stop on the tour is Fur Peace Ranch for the Arts and Minds festival. Check out the dates and locations below. Also, a big announcement is coming at the end of the month about Hot Tuna’s annual New York City Beacon Theater Show! Be sure to be there!

Check out this fun Esquire blog that mentions Hot Tuna. See you on the bus!

07/15-16/14 Space
Evanston, IL
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
07/18/14 Pabst Theater
Milwaukee, WI
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
07/19/14 The Englert Theatre
Iowa City, IA
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
07/21-22/14 Dakota Jazz Club Restaurant
Minneapolis, MN
Acoustic Hot Tuna Two shows each night. 7pm & 9:30pm
07/25/14 Greaves Hall, Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY
Acoustic Hot Tuna  
07/26/14 Fur Peace Station
Pomeroy, OH
Acoustic Hot Tuna Jack & Jorma. SOLD OUT

Hot Tuna Hits the Road and Hot Tuna’s 2010 NYC Beacon Show hits the Internet

Master Hot Tuna Archivist, Jason Greenberg, has put together a new website that list the shows available in the live release catalog. It’s called www.HotTunaLive.com. He has also released a 24bit (better than CD quality) recording of the 2010 NYC Beacon shows (Jorma’s 70th B-day!). Check it out at HDTracks.

Hot Tuna hits the road for some sizzling summer fun with Leon Russell. Acoustic Hot Tuna will be playing this first four gigs of this run. For the remaining four shows, Electric Hot Tuna will be taking the stage with special guests Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and Justin Guip on drums.

06/13/14 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE Acoustic Hot Tuna Also Leon Russell

06/14/14 Sherman Theater Stroudsburg, PA Acoustic Hot Tuna Also Leon Russell

06/16/14 Waterville Opera House Waterville, ME Acoustic Hot Tuna Also Leon Russell

06/17/14 Lebanon Opera House Lebanon, NH Acoustic Hot Tuna Also Leon Russell

06/19/14 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY Electric Hot Tuna. Also Leon Russell

06/20/14 Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY Electric Hot Tuna Also Leon Russell

06/21/14 Bergen PAC Englewood, NJ Electric Hot Tuna. Also Leon Russell

06/22/14 Pine Belt Arena Toms River, NJ Electric Hot Tuna Also Leon Russell

Comin’ Back to Me


After a great set of gigs in Japan, Jack got some time off to visit some of his old haunts in San Francisco. Here is Jack in front of 2400 Fulton Street 47 years after Jefferson Airplane used it as their headquarters. Below is the JA gang hanging at the old pad. Oh the memories are Comin’ Back to Me! Good Times.



Freaky Show in Japan


Photo by Junichi Nakagawa, color manipulation by Doug Allsopp


Jack Rocks Japan! Here is a cool shot from the Freaky Show Club in Shizuoka, Japan.

Wood Forum Features Jack’s Acoustic Bass – The Diana Bass

woodforumlogo jacks_diane_acoustic Wood Forum is the monthly newsletter of the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association They have a nice feature on Tom Ribbecke. Tom has been commissioned by Jack to develop and create an acoustic bass guitar in memory of his wife Diana Balfour Casady who passed in 2012. The feature describes how “The Diana Bass” is a truly unique instrument from its design, materials and even its finish. It’s a good read. It will make you want to go out and buy one! Check out the Wood Forum Newsletter Here.

Win a Epiphone Signature Jack Casady Bass

This your chance to win a Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass. Just $20 a ticket. Proceeds go towards The Athens Area Citizens for the Arts.

Epiphone Guitars, the Athens Area Citizens for the Arts and Meigs County’s music mecca Fur Peace Ranch are teaming up to raffle off one of the finest instruments to ever feature a “superb balanced electric tone and the response of an acoustic bass” – Epiphone’s Jack Casady Signature Bass Guitar, signed by Jack.

The drawing will be held Saturday, May 24, at 8 p.m. at Fur Peace Ranch, 39495 St. Clair Road, Pomeroy, Ohio 45769. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at www.furpeaceranch.com; www.athensareaarts.com; Blue Eagle Music, 40 N. Court St., Athens; ARTS/West, 132 W. State St., Athens; the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St.; or through AACA board members or Athens Municipal Arts Commission commissioners. Proceeds benefit the Athens Area Citizens for the Arts, a regional partner of the Ohio Citizens for the Arts.

Liquid Flurries at McCabe’s 2014-02-09


Yeah man, Liquid Flurries at McCabe’s… awesome review of Ho Tuna’s second night at McCabe’s in Santa Monica. Michael Finkelstein highlights some of the magic on the latest Hot Tuna Tour.

Here’s a snipet of Finkelstein’s review:

On Sunday they proved that it’s not entirely the volume or distortion that makes the rockin’ songs swing, it’s also how the guitar and bass contrast. The key to it seemed to be in Jack’s timely lowest notes, which would rumble beautifully and surge forth to pump the changes up into something huge.