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Paul Kantner Rest In Peace

The Hot Tuna Family would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Paul Kantner. Paul was a true visionary who never lost sight of the destination. Paul was an undeniable force. He was loved by many. He inspired a generation. He will be greatly missed. Much Peace and Love to the Jefferson Airplane/ Jefferson Starship family and friends. You are are in our hearts and minds.

Photo by Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal

The Recording Academy today announced its class of 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run-D.M.C.; the Trustees Award honorees are John Cage, Fred Foster and Chris Strachwitz; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.


”Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.” Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. 

Marty Balin, Jack Casady, Spencer Dryden*, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and Grace Slick comprised Jefferson Airplane, pioneers of counterculture-era psychedelic rock. Emerging from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success, performing at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s — Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969), and Altamont (1969). Their 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the “Summer of Love.” Two hits from that album, “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit,” are among Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”


A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in the spring. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.

Plan Ahead for Wanee 2016

The 2016 Wanee Music Festival looks like it’s going to be jamming good time. Lots of guitar heavy jam bands including our own Electric Hot Tuna! Also Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, Billy and the Kids, Umphrey’s McGee and Greg Allman. So excited to share the stage with old and new friends. Get your tickets early and save.

Photo by Clayton Roberts

Electric Hot Tuna at the 2015 Xmas Jam

Electric Hot Tuna is very excited about being a part of Warren Haynes’ 2016 Christmas Jam! It’s SOLD OUT!
And it’s all for a great cause. Over the past 17 years, Haynes – an Asheville native – has worked closely with the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. The Jam recently handed over a record-breaking half-million dollars, marking one of the largest-ever contributions to the organization. To date, 33 houses have been built with proceeds from the Jam. Rock the House! Check out Warren Haynes new CD Ashes & Dust. It’s excellent!

The Hot Tuna Collection

Just in time for the holidays! A 12″ x 12″ LP Boxset for your favorite Hot Tuna Collector. Numbered, limited edition of 1000 worldwide. Includes 8 original Hot Tuna albums in paper sleeve and deluxe CD vinyl replica. Exclusive tour poster by Dennis Loren. Plus a 28 page booklet with liner notes and photos. That’s a fantastic offer! Get yours today! Enjoy!

Thank You Tuna Nation!

We would like to thank the Tuna Nation for their love and support. The two-night sold shows at the Beacon Theater were absolutely some of our best and we have our great fans to thank for that. The weekend got off to a good start when Jorma and Jack invited legendary bluesman John Hammond to sit in on a special acoustic set. The boys did great work on “Hesitation Blues,” “Come Back Baby” and “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” while John  added a whaling and soulful harmonica.

Photo by Vernon Webb

After the short acoustic set, Hot Tuna Trio with Justin Guip hit the stage running and got the fans on their feet. Hot Tuna Trio ripped through versions of “Serpent of Dreams,” “Can’t Get Satisfied,” “99 Year Blues” and “Bowlegged Woman.”  Hot Tuna fans couldn’t get enough when the band did Hit Single #1 that ended the first set.

HT drummer Justin Guip. Photo by Vernon Webb

Friday’s second set would bring out Electric Hot Tuna featuring Justin Guip, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. The band started with “I See the Light.” Larry Williams had the audience mesmerized with his fiddle playing. No doubt everyone was having visions of Papa John Creech.
The next couple of songs would feature Teresa Williams on vocals. She brought down the house with her spirited version of “Wade In The Water.”
The audience was full of emotion when Teresa ended the show with absolutely beautiful rendition of “Sugaree.”

Photo by Vernon Webb

If Friday wasn’t enough, Saturday’s show was insane. Hot Tuna Trio began the first set with a couple nicely done melodic tunes which included the “I See The Light,” “Hesitation Blues” and the title track from Jorma’s new album “Ain’t In No Hurry.” The band kicked into gear with a hair raising version of “Ode to “Billy Dean,” where you could tell by Jorma’s haunting guitar solo that it was going to be a special night. The band ended the first set with epic versions “Bowlegged Woman,”  “99 Year Blues,” “Rock Me Baby,” “Funky #7″ and “Hit Single #1.”

The Beacon Theater was still buzzing from the first set when Jorma and Jack returned with Larry Campbell, GE Smith, Teresa Williams, Rachael Price and Jeff Pehrson for a very memorable Jefferson Airplane tribute. The band laid down 10 JA songs (see set list) that took everyone in the audience back to 1965. It was amazing.

Friday November 20

The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
Plus The Modern Quintet With
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Special Guest John Hammond
The Beacon Theater
New York City
Friday, November 20, 2015

First Set:
1. Hesitation Blues with John Hammond
2. Come Back Baby with John Hammond
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy with John Hammond
4. Serpent Of Dreams with Justin Guip*
5. Watch The North Wind Rise with Justin Guip*
6. Can’t Get Satisfied with Justin Guip
7. Ode To Billy Dean with Justin Guip
8. In The Kingdom* with Justin Guip
9. 99 Year Blues* with Justin Guip
10. Bowlegged Woman with Justin Guip
11. Hit Single #1 with Justin Guip
Second Set:
1. I See The Light Larry on Fiddle
2. Children Of Zion with Teresa & Larry on mandolin
3. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble with Teresa & Larry on D-18
4. Mourning Interrupted
5. Rock Me Baby
6. Wade In The Water with Teresa
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Teresa
8. Water Song
9. Big River with Teresa & Larry
10. Good Shepherd with Teresa
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning with Teresa
12. Funky #7
13. Encore: Sugaree with Teresa
Larry plays on all songs in this set!

Saturday November 21
Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
And
Rachael Price, Teresa Williams, Jeff Pehrson
Larry Campbell, and G.E. Smith

First Set With The Electric Trio:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Can’t Get Satisfied
6. In The Kingdom
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. 99 Year Blues
10. Rock Me Baby
11. Funky #7
12. Hit Single #1

Second Set With The Whole Gang:
1. 3/5ths Of A Mile In 10 Seconds featuring Jeff Pehrson
2. Greasy Heart featuring Rachael Price
3. Good Shepherd featuring Jorma
4. White Rabbit featuring Teresa Williams
5. Lawman featuring Rachael Price
6. Plastic Fantastic Lover featuring Jeff Pehrson
7. Somebody To Love featuring Teresa Williams
8. Eskimo Blue Day featuring Rachael Price
9. Come Back Baby featuring Jorma & the gang
11. Feel So Good featuring Rachael Price & Teresa Williams
12. Encore: Volunteers… the gang
13. Encore 2: Sugaree… all hands in!

Say it isn’t so! Jorma can’t be turning 75? Seems like we just celebrated his 70th Birthday Bash!

Well, it’s true. And it only means we’re all five years older too. So join Jorma, Jack and Electric Hot Tuna for “Freakin at the Beacon” Theater in New York City on Friday, November 20th and Saturday November 21st to help celebrate an amazing man and an amazing life.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 24th 10AM.

Tickets at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone 866-858-0008


We all know what a beautiful experience Chicago was for Dead fans celebrating 50 years of the Grateful Dead. Well this performance should be equally memorable and emotional for fans of Jefferson Airplane.

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady Celebrate 50 Years Of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE in an exclusive performance at LOCKN’ 2015. In addition to performing as Hot Tuna, Jorma and Jack, the founding fathers of electric counter-culture psychedelic rock, will be joined by Rachael Price (of Lake Street Dive), GE Smith (long time SNL house guitarist), and Larry Campbell + Teresa Williams (famed Americana duo – Levon Helm / Midnight Ramble, Hot Tuna, Fur Peace Ranch). Special guest appearance by Bill Kreutzmann.

Don’t miss Jorma and Jack curating this once-in-a-lifetime presentation of some of the best rock songs of the late 60’s / early 70’s.

Hot Tuna Hits the East Coast

After a two week tour in Hawaii, Hot Tuna hits the road for the Northeast. During the month of July, Jorma and Jack perform duo as Acoustic Hot Tuna through Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams open the shows.

Then they go electric with drummer, Justin Guip, as the Electric Hot Tuna Trio, through New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Check out the Tour Dates below:

Acoustic Hot Tuna (Jorma & Jack duo)
July 09 Jonathan’s, Ogunquit, ME
July 10 The Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH
Also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
July 11 Cabot Theater, Beverly, MA
Also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
July 12 Payomet PAC, North Truro, MA
Also Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
July 14 Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Norfolk, CT

Electric Hot Tuna Trio (Jorma, Jack & Justin Guip)
July 16 Prudential Hall, New Jersey PAC, Newark, NJ
July 17 State Theatre, State College, PA
July 18 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
July 19 Great South Bay Music Festival, Patchogue, NY

Jorma Interview with Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Check out this nice interview with Jorma at the Acoustic Guitar Magazine Studio. He talks about the origins of Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and Fur Peace Ranch. Jorma plays: “I Am the Light of this World” and “Embryonic Journey.” Jorma also performs “Terrible Operation” which appears on his new studio album “Ain’t In No Hurry.”

Check out the Rolling Stone review of Ain’t In No Hurry. Add your comment or review of the album!

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