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Now that Labor Day has passed Summer is moving along quickly. Soon the leaves will turn and we will be back on the road and back in the studio! We can’t wait. More on that at a later date though. In the meantime we wanted to share some bits of news and other announcements.


Tickets for the Electric Hot Tuna show at the Beacon Theater December 3-4, 2010 GO ON SALE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2010!!

The Venue moved it up a day to a normal business day to accommodate customers. Spread the word.

We would like to thank Kevin Morgan Studio for helping us develop our new site. We really like the new format. We love the response from our fans too. We especially like the stories they share . Many of the comments bring back some great memories and really provide a nice perspective on the history of Hot Tuna, the places, the people, the venues, the songs and the love shared. Thanks for being there with us, It’s just incredible. Keep the stories coming.

The response to the NYC Beacon show has been overwhelming. All of your suggestions have been great and they are all under consideration. Of course getting any these artists together in one place is a Herculean task, especially since some have unfortunately passed away, but we will make some phone calls, emails or airmail and see if we can’t accommodate your requests. Just be sure to be there so you don’t miss a thing!

If you want to show your support for Jorma now, you can order the Official Jorma 70th Birthday T-shirt

The Rex Foundation has posted a nice follow up interview with Jorma. It is a nice lengthy article covering Jorma’s early years, the development of Fur Peace Ranch and the longstanding partnership between him and Jack Casady.

Here is an excerpt:

“People go, what are you going to do when the bubble bursts? I’ve kept in touch with a lot of my friends from school; Jack and I have had the same job longer than anybody we know. Everybody else has reinvented themselves more than once as times have changed, but we’re still doing the same thing we were doing in 1958. How ’bout that?”

read more here.

If you want to prepare yourself for the Beacon Show or the any of the upcoming shows, you can check out the re-release of the album Live At New Orlean House Berleley, CA’ Sept 69 with all these great hits:
Live At New Orlean House Berleley, CD
1. Come Back Baby
2. Keep On Truckin’
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. Winin’ Boy Blues
5. Uncle Sam Blues
6. Know You Rider
7. Don’t You Leave Me Here
8. Never Happen No More
9. How Long Blues
10. True Religion
11. Sea Child
12. Candy Man
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning

You can also check out some recent downloads at iTunes:

Upcoming Releases

  • Sept. 7th – Electric Hot Tuna – Rams Head Live! Baltimore MD 7/20/10
  • Sept. 21st – Jorma with Barry – ron Horse Music Hall Northampton MA 5/16/10
  • Oct. 5th – Acoustic Tuna with Barry – The Tabernacle, Mt. Tabor, NJ 11/27/09
  • Oct.18th – Jorma with GE Acoustic – McCabes Guitar Shop Santa Monica CA 2/20/10
  • Jorma’s iTunes directory

    Hot Tuna’s iTunes directory

You can also check out some of the cool Hot Tuna videos at the Fur Peace Ranch Youtube Channel. Like this one of Electric Hot Tuna featuring Ana Popovic at the Canton Blues Festival in June of 2010.

More to Come. Peace to all

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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