Ever since I spoke with luthier Tom Ribbecke about Jack Casady’s Diana Bass, I’ve been searching for quality videos of the instrument in action. Here’s a fantastic one of Casady with partner-in-crime Jorma Kaukonen performing as Hot Tuna during the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia this year.
The duo play through a staple of their repertoire, “Good Shepherd,” with thoughtful and nuanced solos from each musician. Casady dishes out a huge, round tone reminiscent of an upright bass that helps to express his musical voice. He takes his solo at the 3:30 mark to build the song into its highest points before bringing it back down for the final verse.
For more on Jack Casady’s Ribbecke Guitars “Diana” Bass, check out our Bass of the Week feature from 2014.