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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

Jack Bass Spotting – Laura Cupit

Isn't she sexy! Oh, and Laura is pretty cute too 🙂

Another spotting of the Jack Casady Bass. This time it’s Laura Cupit from Darren Jay & the Delta Souls and the Eric Hughes Band. Epiphone ran a nice article about her and her new bass. Check it out

Join Electric Hot Tuna at Wanee 2012

Fur Peace Ranch On The Road at 2012 Wanee Music Festival

Join Electric Hot Tuna at the 2012 Wanee Music Festival. Click Here for Tickets.

You can also join Jack and Jorma for a special Double Dose Guitar Workshop at Wanee!

Fur Peace Ranch, for the very first time, now takes a festival version of their workshops On-The-Road to the Wanee Festival. Festival attendees will be able to participate in Guitar Workshops with Jorma Kaukonen, Bass Workshops with Jack Casady, Percussion Workshops with Mickey Hart. There will also be special Q&A sessions with several of the 2012 Wanee performers all hosted by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Jorma Kaukonen. These sessions will provide Wanee attendees a very rare and unique opportunity to “peek behind the veil” and hear first-hand from the musicians themselves about the music we all love so much! Sign Up Here

Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen

Workshops

Due to the limited time available for these workshops and to help best convey the nature, quality and intimacy of Fur Peace Ranch these workshops will be limited to 25 students per session (unless otherwise noted). Workshops/Clinics are open to all qualified musicians. Applications will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis.

Guitar students will need to bring an acoustic guitar along with them to the festival (and workshop).

Bass students will need to bring their bass guitar to the festival (and workshop). Bass amps will be provided to students for the class session.

All workshops $75*

Q & As

Our Q & A sessions are open to everyone. These will fundamentally be an open discussion between a moderator (Jorma) and a specified performer about music, music history, the culture of music and its inter-relation to social history. Their discussion will be followed by a Q & A session from the audience (or participants will be able to submit questions). We expect that these discussions will be educational, informative and fun! (and a great way to preview future programs that will be offered by the newly formed Fur Peace Ranch Center for Art and Culture).

All Q & As $50*

Find Out More Here

Focus on the things you love, listen with an open heart, and the music will speak for itself! – Jorma Kaukonen

Thanks for the Blessings!

Chick and Jack Casady

I would like to thank everyone out there who sent many positive vibrations to me and my family the past couple of weeks. My brother Charles “Chick” Casady suffered a massive heart attack Wednesday, January 4, 2012. He is recovering and doing so much better than expected! Jorma and Chick were high school buddies in Washington, DC. Jorma started a Prayer Circle on his blog, Cracks In The Finish, and it sure seems to be working!!!!

With Love and Appreciation,

Jack

Another Great Show at the Beacon NYC!

The Hot Tuna Gang would like to Thank Everyone who came out to the Beacon Theater last weekend to help us Rock the Holiday Season! Just when we thought we couldn’t top last year’s show, we were blown away by all the great music. Jorma and Jack would like to thank all the stellar musicians who helped them create one of the most memorable nights in Hot Tuna history.

Thanks go out to:

Larry Campbell and Theresa Williams
Charlie Musselwhite
G.E. Smith
David Bromberg
Steve Kimock

Of course we couldn’t have done it without Barry Mitterhoff and Skoota Warner, Thanks Guys!

You can check out Jorma’s blog for more details and audience comments. Below are the setlists from the weekend

December 10, 2011 The Beacon Second Night

First Set:
1. Jack comes out and plays… Barry and I come out and we join Jack and wind up with Mann’s Fate
2. Candy Man (Barry, Bromberg, Larry)
3. Fifty Dollar Wig (Bromberg, Charlie, Kimock,
4. I Wish You Would (GE… Kimock)
5. Angel Of Darkness (Larry And Teresa)
6. Smokerise Journey (Larry And Teresa)
7. Long Gone From Kentucky (GE, Larry, Charlie)
8. Sad And Beautiful World (Charlie, GE)
9. Children Of Zion (Larry, Teresa)
10. Driving Wheel (Bromberg, Nancy Josephson) Larry Pedal Steel, Teresa, GE, Kimock
11. Where Highway 61 Runs (Charlie, GE, Kimock… the gang ?)
12. Hit Single # 1
Second Set:
1. Mama Let Me Lay It On You (Larry… GE)
2. Mourning Interrupted (Larry)
3. Ode To Billy Dean (Charlie, GE, Kimock)
4. A Little Faster (Larry and Teresa, GE)
5. Things That Might have Been (Larry)
6. Tongue (Bromberg. Charlie, GE Kimoch)
7. Many Rivers To Cross(Kimoch, Bromberg, Larry, GE)
8. Bar Room Chrystal Ball (Larry, Teresa)
9. If This Is Love, I want My Money Back (Larry, Teresa)
10. If I Have Bad Luck (Charlie)
11. Been So Long
12. Christo Redentor (Charlie)
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning (Larry and Teresa)
14. Funky # 7 (The whole famdamily…GE, Bromberg)
15. Encore: Baby What You Want Me To Do

December 9, 2011
First Set:
1. Hesitation Blues (Jack & Jorma Acoustic)
2. New Song For The Morning (Jack, Jorma, Barry & Charlie Acoustic)
3. Can’t Get Satisfied (electric with G.E. & Charlie)
4. Where Highway 61 Runs (with Charlie & G.E.)
5. Angel Of Darkness (with Larry & Theresa)
6. A Little Faster (With Larry & Theresa)
7. Long Gone From Kentucky (With G.E. and Charlie and Larry)
8. Children Of Zion (With Larry & Theresa and GE)
9. Bowlegged Woman (with G.E. & Larry)
10. Smokerise Journey (with Larry & Theresa)
11. Rock Me Baby (with G.E., Charlie & Larry
12. Hit Single #1 (with G.E. and Larry)
Second Set:
1. I See The Light (with GE)
2. Talkin’ Bout You GE and Larry
3. Easy Now Revisited (Larry)
4. Mama Let Me Lay It On You (Larry on fiddle and GE on guitar and GE)
5. Second Chances (Larry)
6. If I Have Bad Luck (Charlie & GE)
7. Mourning Interrupted (Larry on guitar
8. GE Sings Eyesight To The Blind (with Larry and Charlie)
9. Christo Redentor (Charlie, GE and Larry)
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning (Teresa and Laryry with GE
11. Funky #7 (Gang TwanG)
12. Encore: Bar Room Chrystal Ball (Larry on pedal steel, Teresa background vocals

Thanks Again to All our Fans! You guys are AWESOME!

Electric Hot Tuna plays Bill Graham’s 81st Birthday Bash

Electric Hot Tuna is proud to be  a part of Bill Graham’s 81st Birthday Bash which will help raise money for the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation.

The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, was formed in January of  2008 in memory of the legendary rock impresario, Bill Graham. The  foundation is a public charity that is funded through individual and  corporate contributions and grants.

The Foundation is guided by a broad-based group which includes  Bill’s sons, several former long-time employees of Bill Graham Presents  and other community leaders.

A mission of The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation is the giving  of grants primarily in the areas of music, the arts and education, while  also supporting social work, environmental protection, and spiritual  and compassionate projects in our community. In this spirit, The Bill  Graham Memorial Foundation seeks to assist those whose needs are  oftentimes not served by larger philanthropic organizations. The mission  includes education and outreach programs, the establishment of a museum  and of an annual community award, the “Bill Graham Awards”. The  Foundation holds annual fundraising events in San Francisco and New  York.

If you have never heard Bill’s story you should. It is an amazing tale of an American Hero!

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.