Chris Null Plays Dirty Rock and Roll on His Jack Casady Gold Top

“We just love to play f—–g loud, dirty rock ’n’ roll.” – Emily Armstrong, of Dead Sara

And Chris Null, bass player for the rock band Dead Sara, absolutely LOVES to play “f—–g loud, dirty rock ’n’ roll” on his Jack Casady Gold Top Epiphone bass and has been playing it at key festivals and tours across the country… He says he gets a lot of questions at every show he plays about the tone and sound and how much people love it!

He is looking to add the Black Jack Epiphone to his collection…why of course. Who wouldn’t want too?

Check Out Chris Null and Dead Sara in action:

Hot Tuna and Little Feat in Jamaica 2013

Just Announced!

Hot Tuna will be joining Little Feat in Jamaica in 2013 for the 11th Feat Fan Fest.

Who: Little Feat and many special guests. Just confirmed are: Hot Tuna, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams!
What: Playing 3 Full Band shows on the beach. Stay tuned as other special guests may be announced soon.
When: March 6 – 10, 2013
Where: Breezes Grand Resort & Spa, Negril in Jamaica
Why: Because for 10 years we have had a blast so we couldn’t wait for the 11th!

Contact the Island Gigs Travel Team today!
Call 1-888-423-7738
visit the web site HERE
or email at: info@IslandGigs.com

Jack In Black Sigthing – Ingrid Michaelson Band – Chris Kuffner (Bass)

The “Jack In Black” bass was spotted recently during a Ingrid Michaelson’s performance on the Conan O’Brien Show. Chris Kuffner is currently touring with Ingrid on her latest tour in support of her album, Human Again.

Check it out:

Charles “Chick” Casady 1939-2012

We lost my dear brother Charles Casady, known as Chick, on April 25, 2012. Chick died about 8:00pm in his home town of San Francisco, in hospice care. I had talked with him Monday night, April 23. He sounded good then and I told him I loved him. He went the way he wanted, I believe. Chick really did live life at times to it’s fullest. He was a true music fan, the kind any musician would love to have in the audience. He was my older brother, and I will always remember many good times we shared during our lifetime together. God Bless you Chick. Your loving brother, Jack

Another Man Done Gone A Full Go Around – Levon Helm 1940-2012

“Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall,
You got to go when the good Lord calls
You may not be laughing still We cry
Never got a chance to say good-bye”

These words are from Roy Book Binder’s song, Another Man Done a Full Go Round, that Jorma recorded on his solo album, River of Time. The song comes to mind every time I hear about another close friend passing away. It certainly came to mind when I heard the news about Levon Helms.

Jorma recorded River of Time at Lee’s Studio in Woodstock, NY. Hot Tuna also recorded it’s first studio album in 20 years, Steady As She Goes, at the Barn. It was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had in a recording studio. Lee made us feel right at home and then challenged us to create some great rock and roll.

Levon was a dear friend, and words can not convey the true spirit of the man. He was part philosopher, part musical genius and part Dirt Farmer. He had a remarkable career and help create the songs that were the soundtrack to our lives.

Diane and I would like to send our sincerest condolences to Lee’s wife Sandy and daughter Amy. You are in our hearts and prayers. Love, peace and blessings to you.  -Jack and Diane Casady

Jack Bass Sighting – Brian Ray – Paul McCartney’s Band

If you were watching the Grammy’s last month you might have spotted the Gold Top being played byBrian Ray the bass player in Paul McCartney’s band. Below is a video of Brian joining Paul on an awesome version of “Golden Slumbers.” See if you can spot Jack’s Bass.

Jim Marshall – Manufacturer of Sound

“I would like to send my condolences out to Jim Marshall’s family. I have always been a fan of the “all-tube” amps and Marhsalls were certainly one of the best! The first amps in the early 60’s used the now famous 12AX7 vacuum tube which helped produce the tone that defined rock and roll music. At the urging of Pete Townsend, Jim built the first 100 watt amplifier and thus started the sound wars of many British bands. Jim Marshall’s innovations had a huge impact on the music industry. He will be missed, but his legacy lives on!” – Jack

Here is a nice tribute to Jim Marshall by Paul McCartney

Just In – New DVD – Electric Hot Tuna Live at the Beacon Theater – December 3&4, 2010

Jorma’s 70th Birthday Bash at the Beacon Theater in NYC on December 3 & 4, 2010 was a very special night, if not a historic one. Electric Hot Tuna and Friends lit up both nights with straight on rock and roll. It was a celebration of Jorma’s Birthday for sure, but it was also a celebration of a lifetime of friendships and musical camaraderie. The night was captured on video by a small crew with hand held cameras. Shot in standard definition, the video was strictly meant for personal archival footage. But the concert was so good and music so great that everyone decided it needed to be released. So here you go! The DVD is a collection of selected songs from both nights of Jorma’s Birthday at the Beacon Theatre in NYC, December 3 & 4, 2010.
Enjoy!

Below is a list of tracks and artists that appear on the DVD:

Friday Night:

I See the Light
If This Is Love (I Want My Money Back)
I Can Tell
Come Back Baby
Water Song

Saturday Night:

Been So Long
Bowlegged Woman
Walking Blues
Hometown Blues
99 Year Blues
Funky #7
Baby What Do You Want Me To Do?

Hot Tuna Electric:

Jorma Kaukonen
Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff
Skoota Warner

Special Guests:

Bob Steeler
Oteil Burbridge
Larry Campbell
Steve Earle
Michael Falzarano
John Hammond
Warren Haynes
Byron House
Bill Kirchen
Pete Sears
Bob Weir

Only $20.00

Thanks Everyone for your support in this project. Special Thanks to Jorma, Jack and Vanessa for making it happen! And to you our fans, with all our love!

Jack Casady at the Fur Peace Ranch

Calling all Bass Guitarists

Jack only has a few spots open for his Fur Peace Ranch Workshops on the following dates:

AUGUST 10 – 13, 2012: Couples’ Weekend

and

NOVEMBER 9 – 12, 2012

Here is his workshop description:

Bass Guitar Fundamentals Level 2 This workshop introduces basic scales, left and right hand techniques and simple bass lines. Soon, students will learn the skill of “walking” the basses, playing shuffle feels, blues progressions, extended lines and octave substitutions with patient instruction from a master player. You will get hands -on experience, learning fundamentals and creating the rhythmic drive for country, blues and rock styles.

If you have been wanting to take one of his workshops, now is the time to apply.

Interview with No Treble

Jack gives a very nice interview with No Treble

Here’s a small excerpt:

“Well I think tone is essential. I think tone is your signature as to who you are. Before you get to the notes, and your style and the kind of riffs you like to do or your influences, I think you have to develop and pay attention to the way you make the tone on your instrument and what pleases you. The music builds around the tone. It isn’t just a series of notes or the articulation or the technique. The signature sound of a great musician is his tone and that sets him apart from others, and I think that is essential. That’s the beginning place to start from.”

You can read the interview at No Treble, Part One and Part Two

You can also check out the cool interview that goes along with the interview