Friends on the Road

Jorma, Marty and jack

The Hot Tuna Gang has been on the road for the past couple of weeks traveling up and down the east coast. The last leg of our tour is taking us out west and into the pacific northwest. Traveling on the road can be tough. It is always good to see familiar faces that remind you of home.


One such face is Marty Balin. We got a chance to visit with Marty on our stop in Tampa. Marty is doing great and recently released a rocking new CD called, The Witcher.

Keep on Rocking Marty!




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Epiphone Releases Limited Edition Jack Casady Silverburst Signature Bass

Nashville, TN, June 15, 2012 –
Epiphone Guitars is proud to announce the new, Limited Edition Jack Casady Signature Bass. The best-selling Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass is universally recognized for its superb, balanced tone and responsiveness. Epiphone now offers bassists the new Jack Casady Signature Bass in a limited-edition Silverburst color finish.

“My primary instrument is the one that I get the most variety of tone out of, The Epiphone JC Bass. That’s the one that I strive to use the most,”  said Casady.  “And it’s an instrument that I want to play, I pick it up and I’m always happy with the way it sounds.  It’s a great bass!”

Legendary bassist Jack Casady worked closely with Epiphone to design the Jack Casady Signature Bass – an instrument with a superb, balanced electric tone and sound. Jack Casady’s bass is a favorite of professional players in every genre including Brian Ray of Paul McCartney’s band, One Republic’s Brent Kutzle and Josh Paul of Daughtry.

The semi-hollow Limited Edition Jack Casady Signature Bass captures the unique characteristics of the original model including; a hand-set mahogany neck with a 1960’s rounded profile, black covered JCB-1™ low impedance and output pickup and employs a three-position VariGain™ switch. The exclusive Limited Edition Jack Casady Signature Bass comes complete with Casady’s trademark signature on the headstock and is available at authorized Epiphone retailers worldwide beginning July 2012 for the U.S. MSRP of $1,165. This 2012 production run is limited to a maximum of 500 pieces.

“The Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass is the best-selling bass in our product line” said Jim Rosenberg, President of Epiphone. “Like the Jack bass, the Silverburst color is iconic and really works well with this design. We’ve never offered it in this color so now’s the chance for bass players to grab one before they’re all gone.”

Classic Style
The Epiphone Limited Edition Jack Casady Signature Bass features a classic semi-hollow body design with a maple top, back and sides with elegant single-ply cream binding on the top and back. The hand-set mahogany neck has a 1960’s era rounded profile and features a 34″ scale with a rosewood fingerboard, a 12″ radius and a 1.50″ nut. The iconic Epiphone “E” is featured on the 2-ply truss rod cover and pick guard.

Signature Sound
The Jack Casady Signature Bass features a black covered JCB-1™ low impedance pickup and employs a three-position VariGain™ switch to shape the sound and output levels. The “50” position is great for direct studio recording or for an acoustic-like tonal purity whereas the “500” offers a fatter tone that’s great for blues, jazz or rock. The “250” position falls right between the two.

Road-Ready Hardware
The Jack Casady Signature Bass features nickel hardware, die-cast “Clover” bass tuners, and a 3-point adjustable bridge exactly like what the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer uses on-stage.

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About Epiphone
Epiphone fretted instruments, amplifiers, strings and accessories are known worldwide for offering the best combination of quality, performance and value. One of Gibson’s most formidable competitors through the first half of the 20th century, Epiphone was acquired by Gibson Guitar in 1957. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Epiphone is part of the Gibson family of brands. For more information on Epiphone, go to

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:

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.

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!