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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:

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.

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Before it sells out like last year!

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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October is a great time of the year. The leaves are changing color as the days are getting shorter and kids everywhere are deciding what to be for Halloween. This year, why not dress the kids (or grand kids or even your favorite pet) as your favorite Hot Tuna character! If you do, send us a picture and we’ll post it on the site.

The band caught the early changes in the fall foliage coming off our west coast tour a couple of weeks ago. It was a great run through the upper northwest as we played some of our favorite west coast venues like The Gothic in Englewood, CO, The Aladdin in Portland, OR and of course Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. We tried to figure out how many times Jorma and Jack have played Golden Gate. We estimated it to be a least “couple of dozen” times. If you think you know the answer, be sure to let us know. If you want to see some of the set lists from the West Coast swing, check out Jorma’s blog, Cracks In the Finish.

We are just a few weeks away from playing the season closing show at the Fur Peace Ranch. This year’s show will feature an outstanding guitar player and our very good friend, Steve Kimock. Steve is filling in for GE Smith who is on tour with some guy named Roger Waters. Although the show is sold out, there is one way to get in and see it. There are still some open spots for Jack’s Bass Workshop. It’s always a favorite. Speaking of Jack, there is an interesting interview of the Bass Master over at Blues Revue. In it, Jack talks about the impromptu jam session for Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland album. It’s a good read.

It looks like the Hot Tuna Birthday Celebration for Jorma at the Beacon Theater is just about SOLD OUT. FPR is sold out of all its tickets and there were only a few remaining tickets at the Beacon. The Beacon has said that some tickets may become available closer to the date of the show. So don’t give up if you are still wanting to go to the show. Keep checking the Beacon Web site.

We know many of you are wondering who will be at Jorma’s 70th Birthday Celebration. Well, let’s just say that most of the special guests have been revealed in your comments. Wink Wink!, Nudge Nudge! However, there is one special artist we want to acknowledge. We are very pleased to have the always exciting Bob Steeler join us Friday night. (12/3) I don’t know what we will be playing, but I’m sure it will be LOUD, FAST and ROCKING! Makes the hair on my neck stand up thinking about it.

What would you like to hear at the show? Some of you have listed your favorite songs, but we want to know more. What are your favorites? What would be your dream set?

More to come!


Electric Hot Tuna Kicked off their Summer East Coast Tour with Steve Earle last night at the Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, NY.

The tour continues tonight at The Stone Pony in Ashbury Park, NJ. Just a reminder, the show starts at 5:30 pm, so don’t be late!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Electric Hot Tuna Tour with Steve Earle and GE Smith!

7/20/10 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD Electric Hot Tuna With GE Smith. Also Steve Earle.
7/21/10 Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center York, PA Electric Hot Tuna With GE Smith. Also Steve Earle.
7/23/10 Shubert Performing Arts Center New Haven, CT Electric Hot Tuna With GE Smith. Also Steve Earle.
7/24/10 Performing Arts Center – SUNY Purchase Purchase, NY Electric Hot Tuna With GE Smith. Also Steve Earle.
7/25/10 Paramount Theatre Rutland, VT Electric Hot Tuna With GE Smith.
7/26/10 Jonathan’s RestaurantOgunquit, ME Electric Hot Tuna With GE Smith.
7/28/10 Water Street Music HallRochester, NY Electric Hot Tuna With GE Smith.
7/29/10 The Bears Den @ Seneca NiagaraNiagara Falls, NY Electric Hot Tuna With GE Smith.
7/30/10 The EggAlbany, NY Electric Hot Tuna With GE Smith. Also Steve Earle.
7/31/10 House of BluesBoston, MA Electric Hot Tuna With GE Smith. Also Steve Earle.

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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