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