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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!

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!

Now taking Pre-Orders. This CD will be released on April 5, 2011

Hot Tuna is set to release Steady As She Goes, their first all-new studio album in 20 years on April 5th!

Track Listing
01 – Angel of Darkness
02 – Children of Zion
03 – Second Chances
04 – Goodbye to the Blues
05 – A Little Faster
06 – Mourning Interrupted
07 – Easy Now Revisited
08 – Smokerise Journey
09 – Things That Might Have Been
10 – Mama Let Me Lay It On You
11 – If This is Love
12 – Vicksburg Stomp

We would like to thank our friend Kevin Morgan for the kickass artwork, you ROCK Kevin!

The CAMI Tour is rolling along like a freight train. The band is picking up speed with every new performance, and with GE as the Fireman stoking the flames, you can bet every show will get hotter. Be sure to check out this tour, it’s smokin!

You can get regular updates from the road along with set lists over at Jorma’s blog, Cracks in the Finish

Jorma and Jack sat down with Brian Robbins at Jam Bands to talk about the new record. Here is some of what the had to say:

Part One: The Captain

“The long-limbed, wild-haired, gold-toothed, furry freak of yesteryear is now a slicked-back big ol’ bear of a man – but Jorma Kaukonen’s passion for life has only intensified with time … and there’s still plenty of freak left when he goes deep into a jam. When not at home with his family on his Fur Peace Ranch (a music mecca in its own right), Kaukonen continues to tour the world with guitar in hand and a smile on his face.”

This statement sums up everyones excitement about the new record:

“You mentioned the freshness you heard; you know what it was like? In a way, it was like doing a Jefferson Airplane session where one of the other guys wrote the chart and I was really free for the lead stuff. I didn’t know where I was going with all the changes, you know what I mean? For me, it was really exciting in a way that, in some respects, I haven’t had for a great many years.”

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Part Two: Jack Casady

Jack gives a nice shout out to his partner on the bottom end, Skoota Warner.

JC: I give a lot of credit for that freshness to Skoota Warner. He’s a unique drummer: he’s energetic, but he never overplays. Skoota picks his spots to do things that are unbelievable, but not at the expense of the meter or the groove or anything like that.

For me, it’s one of the best working relationships I’ve ever had with a drummer. We’ll work out good groove parts for the song, but at the same time, when I want to be “Jack” and put in a melody or a long-running line or something, the bottom never falls out. Skoota’s foot is as strong as any other drum he has; the foot doesn’t hole up while he’s doing a long drum roll or something – it’s part of the way he plays. And that frees everybody up to communicate.

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Hot Tuna Blues Tour

Thanks to our good friend Kevin Morgan for a great poster!

Since 1930, Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI) has been an international leader in the management and touring activities of performing artists and institutions, including: instrumental soloists, opera singers, conductors, classical music ensembles, orchestras, dance companies, popular and theatrical attractions, and multi-media productions.

AMI’s Blues package for 2010-2011  features Hot Tuna, with blues icon Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica and guitar, and two-time Grammy®-winner Jim Lauderdale.

Over the last 43 years Charlie Musselwhite has released over 30 albums. Three of those — 1990s Ace Of Harps, 1991’s Signature and 1993’s In My Time — were recorded for Alligator Records and remain among his best-selling titles. Now, Charlie Musselwhite returns to Alligator with The Well. With musical flavors from Mississippi to Memphis to Chicago, The Well is steeped in the music of Charlie’s youth — country and city blues as well as rockabilly and gospel — the music that inspired his signature sound. The fresh, new songs speak from his decades of experience, hard living, and his triumph over adversity.

The Well is the first full-band recording in Musselwhite’s long career for which he wrote or co-wrote every track on the album, and it is the most personal and the emotionally deepest cycle of songs he has ever created. The Well was recorded at Los Angeles’ legendary Sunset Sound with guitarist Dave Gonzales (Paladins, Hacienda Brothers), bassist John Bazz (The Blasters) and drummer Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples), and was produced by Chris Goldsmith (Ruthie Foster, Grammy-winning Blind Boys of Alabama). The revealing, autobiographical songs recall specific events and places in Musselwhite’s amazingly colorful life. His conversational vocals and masterful harmonica work are perfectly matched with the stories he tells and the near-telepathic musicianship behind him. Simply put, The Well is Charlie Musselwhite at his very best.

Jim Lauderdale

Jim LauderdaleJim Lauderdale is a multi-talented performer and songwriter, with successes in both country and bluegrass music. His roots stem from the Carolinas, yet his career has taken him all over the United States and abroad, making him an international recording artist with an ever-growing fan base. Jim won “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the first “Honors and Awards Show” held by the Americana Music Association in 2002. Subsequently, he has hosted this same show for the last seven years.
He is among Nashville’s “A” list of songwriters, with songs recorded by artists such as: Patty Loveless, George Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Solomon Burke, Mark Chesnutt, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall, Kathy Mattea, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton. Vince Gill, and George Strait. He also contributed several songs to the successful soundtrack of the George Strait film, “Pure Country.” Not content to just write hits for the stars, he’s toured with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello, among others.

Check out the tour dates. Catch a show near you. Get out and see some live music!

DATE VENUE PERFORMER NOTES
01/28/11 Bergen PAC
Englewood, NJ
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale.
01/29/11 Lycian Centre PAC
Sugar Loaf, NY
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale.
01/30/11 Westhampton Beach PAC
Westhampton Beach, NY
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale.
02/02/11 Uiversity of Buffalo Center for the Arts
Buffalo, NY
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/03/11 Stanley Center For The Arts
Utica, NY
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/04/11 Quick Center For The Arts
Fairfield, CT
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/05/11 Tilles Center For The Performing Arts
Greenvale, NY
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/07/11 McCarter Theatre
Princeton, NJ
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/09/11 The Colonial Theatre
Pittsfield, MA
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/10/11 Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
Morristown, NJ
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/12/11 Garde Arts Center
New London, CT
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/13/11 Grand Opera House
Wilmington, DE
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/14/11 Stockton PAC
Pomona, NJ
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/15/11 Sellersville Theater
Sellersville, PA
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/17/11 Count Basie Theatre
Red Bank, NJ
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/18/11 Ferguson Center For The Arts
Newport News, VA
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/19/11 George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/20/11 Shaftman Performance Hall
Roanoke, VA
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/22/11 Carolina Theatre
Durham, NC
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/26/11* The Moon
Tallahassee, FL
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
02/27/11 Florida Theatre
Jacksonville, FL
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
03/01/11 House of Blues
New Orleans, LA
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
03/03/11 Hammons Hall For The Performing Arts
Springfield, MO
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
03/04/11 Sangamon Auditorium
Springfield, IL
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
03/05/11 Yardley Hall
Overland Park, KS
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
03/08/11 Belly Up Tavern
Solana Beach, CA
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
03/09/11 The Coach House
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
03/10/11 Lobero Theatre
Santa Barbara, CA
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale
03/11/11 Marin Center
San Rafael, CA
Electric Hot Tuna also Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale

The band just wrapped up a long anticipated debut show in Israel.  It was a great gig. The Reading 3 Club, in Tel Aviv, is an intimate and cozy venue which makes it feel just like the Fur Peace Station. The crowd was great and everyone treated us with kindness. They even presented Jorma with a birthday cake! It was delicious! Thanks to all the people who helped put this gig together. It was very special.

Here’s what one reviewer had to say..

“When the band dove into the sublime classic instrumental “Water Song,” the club was transformed into a spiritual house of secular worship.”

You can check out the entire review here.

You can also read Jorma’s blog, Cracks In The Finish, for the set list and his trip to the Ancient City.

Check out this video from the show.

You can also check out some photos of the show here.

More to come

And Loving It!!

We are doing s short fall tour through the West Coast and Alaska. With our first stop at the Uptown Theater in beautiful Napa Valley. The 7 Walkers with Bill Kreutzmann will sharing the bill. It should be a rocking affair.

On Saturday we head down to San Francisco, to Golden Gate Park for a gig at the Hardly Bluegrass Festival, which is celebrating it’s Tenth Anniversary. Congratulations Everyone! Hardly Bluegrass is wonderful festival with something for everyone. Just check out the line up for the weekend. And did we mention that it is a free show. Oh yeah, take the family! This the first time Electric Hot Tuna has played the festival. We can’t wait to turn it up and Rock the Park!

Then we move up the coast for shows in Crystal Bay, NV, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Anchorage, AK and Englewood, CO

Come out and catch a show! Hope to see you there. More to come.

We’re pulling into a Waffle House parking lot with the bus. It’s 0730 and we’ve been driving since dropping the boys off at the hotel after the show at the Old Town School Of Folk Music. Last night was our third show in a row on this lightning run and it was a two show night… lots of good music. With that in mind, here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 8, 2010
The Electric Quintet Featuring
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, G.E.Smith
And Skoota Warner
The Old Town School Of Folk Music
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, June 20, 2010

First Show:
1. Been So Long
2. Cracks In The Finish
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Long Gone Blues G.E.
5. Operator
6. Living Just For You
7. Talkin’ Bout You
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Barbara Allen G.E.
10. Serpent Of Dreams
11. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
12. Bowlegged Woman
13. Come Back Baby
Second Show:
1. I See The Light
2. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
3. I Wish You Would
4. Eyesight To The Blind G.E.
5. Corners Without Exits
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Ode To Billy Dean
8. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
9. Mystery Song G.E.
10. Good Shepherd
11. Funky #7
12. Encore: Hit Single #1

That’s about four hours of good music if I do say so myself.

We’ll be unloading at the Fur Peace Ranch in about four hours and I will spend the rest of the day with the family. It’s only been four days, but it seems like more for some reason. More from on down the road.

We had such a good time at the Canton Blues Festival today. The weather was fine and there were lots of friends there, old and new. We got a chance to not only hear Ana Popovic but we got a chance to play with her. She’s the real deal folks. Here is our set list from tonight:

Hot Tuna 7, 2010
The Electric Quintet Featuring
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Barry Mitterhoff, G.E.Smith
And Skoota Warner
The Canton Blues Festival
Canton, Ohio
Saturday, June 19, 2010

1. Talkin’ Bout You
2. Living Just For You
3. I Wish You Would
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Long Gone From Kentucky
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Hesitation Blues
8. Can’t Get Satisfied
9. Rock me Baby
10. Eyesight To The Blind
11. If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back
12. Funky #7
13. Encore: with Ana Popovic… Shuffle in E

This was a good one indeed. Well, we’re late and it’s time to head off to Chicago for the gig tomorrow at the Old Town School Of Folk Music. Nite all…

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