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Give the Gift of Tuna this holiday season! Hot Tuna starts their winter tour on January 2, 2014 with a show at the Iron Horse Music Hall. What better way to start the new year! Hot Tuna is coming to a town near you! They play 29 shows! The winter tour starts in the northeast and winds its way south through Florida, Texas and Arizona before it shoots up the west coast making stops in California, Oregon and Washington State. That includes 2 shows at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, always a favorite spot to see Hot Tuna. Now that’s a lot of touring!

Special guests Leon Russell and David Lindley help open some of the shows. Be sure to check out the Sunshine Music and Blues Festival where Hot Tuna will share the stage with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and a host of others! Hope to see you at one of the shows.

01/02/14 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA
01/03/14 Westhampton Beach PACWesthampton Beach, NY
01/04/14 Flying Monkey Performance CenterPlymouth, NH
01/05/14 The Opera HouseBoothbay Harbor, ME
01/07/14 Ridgefield PlayhouseRidgefield, CT
01/09/14 Wilbur TheatreBoston, MA also Leon Russell
01/10/14 Keswick TheatreGlenside, PA also Leon Russell
01/11/14 State TheatreState College, PA
01/12/14 The BirchmereAlexandria, VA also Leon Russell
01/14/14 Neighborhood TheatreCharlotte, NC also Leon Russell
01/15/14 Variety PlayhouseAtlanta, GA also Leon Russell
01/16/14 Plaza LiveOrlando, FL also Leon Russell
01/18/14 Mizner ParkBoca Raton, FL Sunshine Music and Blues Festival. Also Tedeschi Trucks Band and Leon Russell
01/19/14 Vinoy ParkSt. Petersburg, FL Acoustic Hot Tuna Sunshine Music and Blues Festival. Also Tedeschi Trucks Band and Leon Russell
01/21/14 One World TheatreAustin, TX
01/22/14 House of BluesDallas, TX also Leon Russell
01/24/14 Talking Stick Resort – ShowroomScottsdale, AZ also Leon Russell
01/25/14 Rialto TheatreTuscon, AZ also Leon Russell
01/26/14 Belly UpSolana Beach, CA
02/08-09/14 McCabes Guitar ShopSanta Monica, CA
02/11/14 Tower TheatreFresno, CA also David Lindley
02/12/14 Freight & Salvage CoffeehouseBerkeley, CA
02/13/14 Crest TheatreSacramento, CA also David Lindley
02/15/14 Humboldt BrewsArcta, CA
02/16/14 Rogue TheatreGrants Pass, OR also David Lindley
02/17/14 McDonald TheatreEugene, OR also David Lindley
02/18/14 Aladdin TheatrePortland, OR also David Lindley
02/20/14 Triple DoorSeattle, WA also David Lindley
02/21/14 The Egyptian TheatreBoise, ID

Rex Foundation Awards

Jorma Kaukonen and Sandy Sohcot Executive Director of the Rex Foundation

Before the Beacon Show, Jorma was honored by the Rex Foundation, with the Ralph J. Gleason Award, for his contribution to roots music education, awareness and advocacy.
Ralph J. Gleason 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.

The Rex Foundation award provided Jorma with a grant that allowed the Fur Peace Ranch to the help Spencer Bohren bring some much needed and appreciated musical education to Appalachia. You can read more about it here.

The Rex Foundation Mission:

Jorma and FPR Manager John Hurlbut

The Rex Foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.

Proceeds from the event will support local grassroots non-profit endeavors.

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!

We hope everyone out there had a good summer. Electric Hot Tuna had a nice short tour at the end of August that went through Florida and Kentucky. It was lots of fun and the shows were very well received. Thanks to those who came out to see us. It was greatly appreciated.

During the tour some friends from Dish Magazine got on the bus for some catching up and a conversation of the future. Check it out.

Electric Hot Tuna will play Mountain Stage Show in Athens

October 9 at 7 pm
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium – Athens, OH
Doors 6:30pm
*ON SALE NOW*
Tickets: $25 – first 10 rows and $15 – remainder
Available online By phone: 740-593-1780 or
Box office: M-F 12 noon to 5 p.m.

The Jayhawks
Hot Tuna
Karan Casey & John Doyle
Ha Ha Tonka
Southeast Engine
Special Cameo Appearance by Todd Burge

Hot Tuna and Fur Peace Ranch are raffling off artwork, donated by Jorma Kaukonen from his own Grace Slick Collection, to help support the Appalachian Community Hospice & Visiting Nurses Association . Appalachian Community is a much needed and greatly underfunded healthcare resource for home bound individuals in Southeast Ohio. It is Southeast Ohio’s primary source of quality home care, striving to identify and fulfill the healthcare needs of our Appalachian community.

The artwork depicts Grace’s classic White Rabbit. The White Rabbit is emblematic of Grace Slick’s signature piece of music. It is approx 12 ‘’ x 17’’.  The Glossy Calendered Vinyl on canvas was processed on February 22, 2011. It is signed by Grace Slick

Buy Tickets Here!

Raffle tickets are $10 each. All proceeds go directly to Appalachian Community Hospice & Visiting Nurses Raffle end July 9th, 2011

Jorma and Jack went into the WOUB studios for an interview with NPR’s Liane Hansen to talk about Hot Tuna’s new CD Steady As She Goes. The interview was broadcast on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, April 24, 2011. Listen to the interview.

Beacon Shows

Be the first to get a great seat at the Beacon this December 9 & 10, 2011

Two nights of music with Hot Tuna Electric featuring special guests! Tickets on Sale Now.

Don’t wait!

CD RELEASE SHOWS

Electric Hot Tuna will commemorate the release of Steady As She Goes with four shows along the east coast at the end of the month. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams will be on-hand to help recreate the new material to its fullest potential!

* 04/28/11 Avalon Theatre Easton, MD
* 04/29/11 The Birchmere Alexandria, VA
* 04/30/11 Oneonta Theatre Oneonta, NY
* 05/01/11 Showcase Live Foxborough, MA

It’s about time.

Red House Records and Hot Tuna are proud to announce the official release of Steady As She Goes, Hot Tuna’s first studio album in 20 years.

Steady As She Goes proves that Hot Tuna remains 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 Hot Tuna’s live performances with Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin, Skoota Warner on drums as well as Campbell joining them on guitar, fiddle, organ and vocals. Steady As She Goes is an absolute masterpiece.

Steady As She Goes takes you back to the days of hard driving rock and roll. With soon to be classic rock songs like “Morning Interrupted”, “A Little Faster” and “Angel of Darkness” Steady As She Goes is sure to be an instant fan favorite.

To read the press release go here.

Join Hot Tuna at one of the upcoming CD Release shows.

Check out this promo video and hear what Jorma and Jack have to say about Steady As She Goes

Read an early review of the Steady AS She Goes.

Also check out these good words from Hot Tuna Super Fan Andrew Zimmern

World renowned chef and host of The Travel Channel’s ‘Bizarre Foods’ is stoked for Hot Tuna’s new record ‘Steady As She Goes.’

To listen to some snippets of the album go here.

Buy the CD here.

Buy it on iTunes

Jason Greenberg, our dedicated archivist, just posted Friday night’s show from the Beacon Theater (12/03/10) up on iTunes. The first show of Jorma’s 70th Birthday Celebration with featured special guests: Happy Traum, John Hammond, Chris Smither, Bill Kirchen, Byron House, Larry Campbell and Warren Haynes.

First Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Corners Without Exits
3. Talkin’ Bout You
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Sportin’ Life Blues with Happy Traum
6. Ode To Billy Dean
7. Living Just For You
8. John Hammond …I Can Tell
9. John Hammond …. You Know That’s Cold
10. Talkin’ Bout chicken with Bill Kirchen and Larry Campbell
11. Come Back Baby with Kirchen and Warren Haynes and Larry Campbell
Second Set:
1. Water Song with Jack & Byron House
2. 99 Year Blues with Jack and Byron
3. Genesis with Larry Campbell
4. Bowlegged Woman with Warren Haynes & Larry Campbell
5. I This I Love I Want My Money Back
6. Step It Up And Go with Chris Smither
7. Rock Me Baby (with Larry Campbell, Warren Haynes, and Bill Kirchen)
8. Encore: Hit Single #1

Thanks Jason for all your hard work and dedication. It is greatly appreciated. If you see Jason, tell him, “you’re the man!”

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.”

Read More…

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.

Read More….

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
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