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Life is a thin thread

It’s a thin little hand on a hospital bed

It’s all the things you’ve left unsaid

Life is a thin thread

It’s a fine line between loving and not

Between holding it back or giving all that you’ve got

Feeling you’re free, thinking you’re caught

It’s a fine line

(Thin Thread by Connie Kaldor)

I was more than saddened yesterday to hear of Marty Balin’s passing. Jack and I were in Northampton, Mass. at the Academy Of Music and we were just getting ready to do our sound check. I knew that Marty had been sick and I knew in a general way that he had grievous issues but I did not really know what they were. Marty always kept a lot of shade on himself. I stood there in the little room in the wings, stage left… struck dumb. What can you say? We always say and hear, ‘I’m sorry for your loss,’ but what does that really mean? We say it. We have to say it and then in the confines of our hearts we try to process the sorrow and search for the words that really convey what we feel. It is an imperfect process.

Marty and I were young together in a time that defined our lives. Had it not been for him, my life would have taken an alternate path I cannot imagine. He and Paul Kantner came together and like plutonium halves in a reactor started a chain reaction that still affects many of us today. It was a moment of powerful synchronicity. I was part of it to be sure, but I was not a prime mover.

Marty always reached for the stars and he took us along with him.

I always felt that he was somewhat guarded… the quiet one. Perhaps that’s because I was one of the noisy ones… I don’t know. It’s probably not for me to say. His commitment to his visions never flagged. He was always relentless in the pursuit of his goals. He wrapped those he loved in sheltering arms. He loved his family. Times come and go but his passion for his music and his art was never diminished. He was the most consummate of artists in a most renaissance way. I always felt that he perceived that each day was a blank canvas waiting to be filled.

It was fortuitous that we were able to stay connected in a loose way over the years. He and his friends graced our stage at the Fur Peace Station in Ohio and he was able to join us at the Beacon Theater in NYC the year we celebrated Jack’s 70th birthday.

Very good stuff!

Coming to grips with reality is a process that starts at birth. I am always stunned when one of my friends passes and yet, it would seem that at some point we will all take that journey. It’s almost like, ‘How can this be? There are things I need to say.’ There were indeed things I needed to say and the fault for that lack lies on me and me alone. I don’t think any of us really think that we will live forever yet often that thought lies dormant in the back of our minds. At my age my world is starting to be surrounded by passing. I will miss my friends who rest on the banks of the River Of Time and I am reminded to make the most of every moment as I am swept downstream! Marty’s passing reaffirms the power of love, the power of family, the power of possibilities.

So many of our brothers and sister from that time are gone. Skip Spence, Spencer Dryden, Joey Covington, Paul Kantner, Signe Anderson and now Marty have all joined the Heavenly Band as Rev. Davis would say.

We were young together. I would like to think we made a difference. As for Grace Slick, Jack Casady and myself…

Now we are three…

The book will be available August 28, 2018. Currently fans can pre-order the book on Amazon (hardcover and kindle) and Barnes and Noble (signed by Jorma editions).

Excerpt from Amazon

Been So Long is the story of how Jorma found his place in the world of music and beyond. The grandson of Finnish and Russian-Jewish immigrants whose formative years were spent abroad with his American-born diplomat father, Jorma channeled his life experiences―from his coming-of-age in Pakistan and the Phillipines to his early gigs with Jack Casady in D.C. to his jam sessions in San Francisco with Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and other contemporaries―into his art in unique and revelatory ways. Been So Long charts not only Jorma’s association with the bands that made him famous but goes into never-before-told details about his addiction and recovery, his troubled first marriage and still-thriving second, and more. Interspersed with diary entries, personal correspondence, and song lyrics, this memoir is as unforgettable and inspiring as Jorma’s music itself.

In case you missed it, Jack and Jorma caught fire with the Jefferson Airplane set at the GRAMMYS Salute to Musical Legends show broadcasted last week on PBS. Members of the Jefferson Airplane were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Marty Balin was absent from the show and Grace Slick chose not to sing so it was up to Jorma and Jack to represent, and man did they ever. Their three song set was great. Check out their performance at the 38:15 mark. Watch Jorma tear into his Gibson ES-345.

Hot off the press!

Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady to be honored at two special GRAMMY events this weekend in Los Angeles.

(USA) – April 18, 2016 – Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, aka Hot Tunaand founding members of Jefferson Airplane, will perform two of their JeffersonAirplane hits on the GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends®, a special being filmed for the landmark “Great Performances” series on PBS on Saturday, April 23. The following day the GRAMMY Museum welcomes Jorma and Jack to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on their esteemed career.

The Recording Academy® presented Jefferson Airplane with a Lifetime Achievement Award this past February at their GRAMMY Awards Show. All of the 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients will be honored with this live tribute concert on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Then on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 12 p.m. the GRAMMY Museum will presentCelebrating Jefferson Airplane: A Conversation With Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady

In celebration of their recent honor with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, the GRAMMY Museum welcomes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Jefferson Airplane’s Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on their esteemed career, hosted by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees include Jefferson Airplane, Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Linda Ronstadt, and RUN DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY® Award recipients. Also being honored is Phillip Riggs, this year’s recipient of the GRAMMY Foundation Music Educator Award.

f2f062a6cfb19ee371e17e54_148x280Jack Casady was an honored guest at The Recording Academy’s Grammy Awards Show celebrating the Lifetime Achievement Award given to Jefferson Airplane. Casady’s Homage to Jefferson Airplane Band Mates was captured there by USA Today. View the video here. Photo at left: Jack Casady arrives on the red carpet during the 58th Annual Grammy Music Awards in Los Angeles February 15, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ Valerie MACON.








733a3e71299557d402150643_190x253a55b0a422b3b9f8e0877ef8c_190x253“Buddy Guy and I had a chance to catch up a bit!!! We did some jaming back in late Sixties! So glad to see Buddy get the recognition he so well deserves!”

“I attended the Grammy Nominee reception. The photo on the right is Al Schmitt and me. Al produced four Jefferson Airplane albums and the first Hot Tuna album!!! A legendary producer and wonderful human being!!!!! Some great stories here!!!”

JUST ANNOUNCED: Hot Tuna will be performing at the ‪‎BeaconTheatre‬ on December 13!
Use the code “SOCIAL” to access presale tickets this Thursday, July 31st at 10AM until 10PM.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday August 1, 2014 10:00 AM

Hot Tuna returns to New York City for one unforgettable evening of hard driving blues and soulful Americana. This year the band will celebrate Jack Casady’s 70th Birthday and promises to pull out all the stops with a roaring electric set.

Joining Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady this year will be very special guest Marty Balin, a fellow Jefferson Airplane founding member. Also on tap are multi-instrumentalists Barry Mitterhoff and Larry Campbell, vocalist Teresa Williams, and drummer Justin Guip. Additional special guests will be announced in the coming months. The Beacon Theatre concerts have become an annual holiday tradition – a spontaneous, innovative, rock and roll extravaganza not to be missed.

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

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.

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