Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Hot Tuna
Song:How Long Blues
Hot Tuna started out as a blues side project of the Jefferson Airplane. But the group soon took on a life of its own and split from the Airplane. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (born Dec. 23, 1940 in Washington, DC) & bassist Jack Casady (born Apr. 13, 1944 in Washington, DC) grew up together and played in The Triumphs. Kaukonen co-founded the Jefferson Airplane in 1965 and Casady joined soon after. Hot Tuna started in 1969 playing traditional blues between regualar Airplane gigs. They added harmonica player Will Scarlett and Airplane members Spencer Dryden & Marty Balin occasionally sat in. This 1970 debut was recorded live at the New Orleans House in Berkeley, CA. The album did so well that they added violinist Papa John Creach & drummer Sammy Piazza and became a full band. By 1974, Kaukonen & Casady had left the Jefferson Airplane though Creach stayed. Their subsequent albums of the 70s never reached the heights of their debut probably because the debut was unexpected. Hot Tuna split up in 1979. RCA released Hot Tuna on CD in 1996 with six bonus tracks. It's recommended to blues fans. Hot Tuna has reunited occasionally. Kaukonen has recorded mostly acoustic blues as a solo artist and Casady was in the KBC Band with Marty Balin & Paul Kantner of the Airplane. He does a lot of guest shots on other folks records. Here's Hot Tuna performing Uncle Sam Blues at the Fillmore East in New York 1971.