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  • Fur Peace Ranch Announces 2016 Bass Workshops

    Fur Peace Ranch Announces 2016 Bass Workshops

    Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch and Arts Center has announced its lineup of bass workshops for 2016, and it’s bound to be a good year. Kaukonen’s Hot Tuna partner and regular FPR educator Jack Casady will return while bassists Kai Eckhardt and Bobby Vega will teach their own workshops this summer and fall. First up... »

  • Groove – Episode #16: Jack Casady

    Groove – Episode #16: Jack Casady

    Take one second, head over to Google Images and do a search for Jack Casady. A life in images. That’s not Photoshop. That’s him. A lifetime of electric bass history and evolution all rolled up into this individual who played for Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and more. He’s – rightfully – in the Rock n’... »

  • Hot Tuna: Good Shepherd, Live at Lockn’

    Hot Tuna: Good Shepherd, Live at Lockn’

    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... »

  • Hot Tuna Announce Summer Tour Dates

    Hot Tuna Announce Summer Tour Dates

    Legendary blues rock duo Hot Tuna is hitting the road again this summer with a string of tour dates in Hawaii and the Northeast. Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen will be performing mainly in their acoustic setting to start the tour, which begins on June 19th in Honolulu. Their tour wraps up with four electric... »

  • Hot Tuna: Been So Long, Live 1973

    Hot Tuna: Been So Long, Live 1973

    Our good friend Will Marks sent us this classic Hot Tuna video featuring bass legend Jack Casady on his Alembic bass. The clip is taken from a 1973 performance at the 46th Street Rock Palace in New York City. Dig that tone! »

  • Hot Tuna Releases “Live at the Fillmore West, June 3, 1971”

    Hot Tuna Releases “Live at the Fillmore West, June 3, 1971”

    It was the final Saturday night at the legendary San Francisco concert venue, Fillmore West. Who played that night — July 3, 1971? Well, Quicksilver Messenger Service closed the night, but Hot Tuna got the crowd going with its performance, captured on . The group, anchored as always by bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma... »

  • Bass of the Week: Jack Casady’s Ribbecke Guitars “Diana” Bass

    Bass of the Week: Jack Casady’s Ribbecke Guitars “Diana” Bass

    The best basses come together through a mixture of inspiration, art, and technology. This week we check out a one-of-a-kind instrument that was born of all three ingredients: the Diana Bass by Ribbecke Guitars. In late 2012, bass legend Jack Casady lost his wife Diana after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Casady pondered ways he... »

  • Epiphone Announces Limited Edition Jack Casady Signature Bass in Alpine White

    Epiphone Announces Limited Edition Jack Casady Signature Bass in Alpine White

    Epiphone is celebrating legendary bassist Jack Casady once again with a limited edition version of his signature hollowbody bass. The limited edition 2014 Jack Casady Bass will come in Alpine White with a six-layer white/black body binding further accented by black plastic hardware. Casady, who turns 70 this year, helped design the bass and was... »

  • Profiles in Tone: Jack Casady

    Profiles in Tone: Jack Casady

    Jack Casady has one of the most distinct tones in rock and roll, and it’s not by accident. The Hot Tuna/ex-Jefferson Airplane bassist has always been very detail oriented when it comes to getting his sound right. “I think tone is essential,” he shared with us in our 2012 interview with him. “I think tone... »

  • Hot Tuna Announces Fall Holiday Tour

    Hot Tuna Announces Fall Holiday Tour

    Rock legends Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukenon have announced an 11-date Hot Tuna Holiday Tour to take place from November to December. The trek will feature the duo mainly in their acoustic setting with the exception of their performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Formed in 1969 as an offshoot of Jefferson... »