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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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Press Release

Wolfgang’s Vault establishes a comprehensive partnership with legendary rock bands Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna

San Francisco, CA (Billboard Publicity Wire) June 10, 2010 — Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna are pleased to announce a new partnership with Wolfgang’s Vault, the premier online destination for live music. This partnership opens up new opportunities for fans to relive vintage live performances via free online streaming, and adds the opportunity for purchase of downloaded MP3 and lossless files.

Jefferson Airplane was the first band to play at the Fillmore Auditorium presented by Bill Graham on Feb 4, 5 & 6 of 1966. It was conventional at that time for Graham to record all of the shows he presented at the Fillmore West and East, as well as the Winterland. The quality of those recordings, now in Wolfgang’s Vault is exceptional. Among many accomplishments in their career, Jefferson Airplane also gave birth to two other renowned bands: Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship.

Jefferson Airplane featured the talented vocals of Grace Slick and Marty Balin. They had a fantastic bass player named Jack Casady, and a legendary lead guitar player named Jorma Kaukonen. Paul Kantner was their well-respected songwriter and rhythm guitar player. Together with Spencer Dryden on drums, this was Jefferson Airplane. Today, you can hear many of the great concert performances by Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship exclusively at Wolfgang’s Vault.

Of the new partnership, Wolfgang’s Vault founder and CEO Bill Sagan commented: “The influence these bands had on the history of live music is an essential chapter in the book of rock history. Bill Graham said there were none like them before they came along, and we’re pleased to preserve their legacy and to make it available to the fans of live music.”

Bill Thompson, manager of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and former manager of Hot Tuna commented: “Bands for decades have been inspired by Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Hot Tuna. It is important that music fans that come to it later get to hear these shows for themselves; and it is important that the fans who were there and who were part of it have a place to reconnect with it.” Wolfgang’s Vault is that place.

Jorma Kaukonen said, “These recordings are like a window into a time long gone and vaguely remembered. I hear them and I find myself saying, ‘We were pretty good!’ I’m glad somebody saved them for posterity.”

For a look at the archives of these bands within Wolfgang’s Vault, visit:

Hot Tuna

Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Starship

About Wolfgang’s Vault:

www.WolfgangsVault.com is the world’s largest archive dedicated solely to the comprehensive live music story of the past five decades. It features an exclusive collection of concert recordings, fine art rock posters, vintage rock t-shirts, rock photography, memorabilia and more. Wolfgang’s Vault has been named one of Time Magazine’s 50 Coolest Sites, Website of the Year by Radio France, and MacWorld named it’s iPhone app the App of the Year.

The Rex Foundation awarded Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen the 2009 Ralph J. Gleason Award

The award will go toward a scholarship program at the Fur Peace Ranch to serve Appalachian youth. The $10,000 award is in memory of music journalist Ralph J. Gleason, a major figure in the advancement of music in America in the 1960s, whose openness to new music and ideas transcended differences between generations and styles.

Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Ralph J. Gleason

Founding Rex board member Jerry Garcia and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen were peers in the Haight-Ashbury days of 1960s San Francisco. Their respective bands, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, exemplified the San Francisco Sound. Both musicians were pickers–that is, they loved to play. Jerry and Jorma both taught guitar; Jerry gave lessons at Dana Morgan’s Music Store in Menlo Park near Palo Alto south of San Francisco, while Jorma continues to teach at the 116 acre Fur Peace Ranch, which he and his wife Vanessa created in 1997 in Miegs County in southeast Ohio.

As Jorma would say, “Fur Peace Ranch is a ranch that grows guitar players.” Concerts and workshops are held throughout the summers with instructors who are also world class musicians. Fur Peace Ranch accommodates budding musicians of all skill levels.

The Rex Foundation gratefully acknowledges the contribution Jorma has made to a vast community of music lovers, musicians and underserved youth who will continue to be nurtured with this award.

Previous Ralph J. Gleason award winners include:

Bill Monroe
Pete Seeger
Ralph Stanley
Sun Ra
Ornette Coleman

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