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Focus On: Acoustic Hot Tuna

Not many bands have the musical - and life - history of Hot Tuna. Formed by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady as a side project for their "day job" playing guitar and bass (respectively) in Rock Hall inductee band Jefferson Airplane, the two built on a long-standing friendship and love of roots-based music to turn Hot Tuna into five-decade-long proposition. Acoustic Hot Tuna presents two masters of their instruments playing music in its most elemental form. Jorma and Jack first met while in their teens, playing clubs in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD area. Jorma headed out to California, where he was attracted to the jug band movement that was sweeping through the San Francisco music scene. After he joined Jefferson Airplane, he recruited Jack to pack up his bass and move to the left. The two began playing as Hot Tuna as an opening act and soon Jorma started focusing exclusively on the side project. He now lives in Southern Ohio, where he and his wife run the FurPeace Ranch Guitar Camp. Jack stayed in Rock and Roll, sitting in on sessions with a who's who of contemporary music. He is a much sought after instructor at Jorma's camp. This concert was recorded live by Joe Gunderman, with mixing assistance by Craig Adams, in Sept. 2009 at the Cleveland House of Blues during Folk Alley's opening event for the Public Radio Programming Conference. Bookmark and Share

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Acoustic Hot Tuna Live - September 2009

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Hello: Love your station! Just wanted to tell you we had a standout new performer this August at the Live from the Rock Folk Festival in Red Rock, Ontario (about an hour outside Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario). Kim Churchill from Australia wowed us all with his skill on the acoustic guitar (he sounds like three guitar players simultaneously!). As a 19-year-old singer/songwriter, he is also very young to be carrying on the folk tradition. He chose to give up going to university and pursue a musical career in folk music instead. He's well on his way, judging by his reception here this summer. Highly recommended: his first CD called, "With Sword and Shield". I'd love to hear you play something from it on your station, and do mention us if you do? The lineups were long and time-consuming for a signed copy of this CD, and he sold more than any other artist there this year. Keep up the great work...I'd love to donate, but am on a very fixed income right now. Cheers, Joyce Michalchuk Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Posted by Joyce Michalchuk on September 17, 2010.
The CD burning problem will occur if burning using iTunes--their software requires the DRM ok. You can try Winamp to do the burn. At least the version I use causes no problems.

Posted by Daniel Laxar on March 15, 2010.
40 years a Hot Tuna fan and still can't get enough. So nice and smooth. Thanks for the concert.

Posted by Raymond Tetreault on February 26, 2010.
A step back in time a lots of memories listening to Jorma and Jack. Thanks for the music.

Posted by John Bracco on February 02, 2010.
j'aime beaucoup leur parcours musical cool cool !!

Posted by Farid Lahbib on December 17, 2009.
For Folk Alley members to download concerts, you first need to log-in on the website. Once logged-in, what I do is right-click over the Download button, and select the Save Target As option. Then I'll indicate where the file should be stored on my computer... I tried it and it worked for me.

Posted by Linda Fahey on November 06, 2009.
I have the same question as Dave Fulton. When I try to burn a copy of Hot Tuna the message says I don't have copy rights or a release or something of that sort. wazup? David

Posted by David Ketchum on October 25, 2009.
As a kid, win all kid's were into the Beatles and all Brit music I was into Dylan, Cash and Woody. I just like music and writing from the heart and soul. Mark Naro

Posted by Mark Naro on October 25, 2009.
I am having the same problem finding my concert downloads as Lisa. I would like to burn cd's of downloaded concerts. any suggestions? Thanks to all.

Posted by Dave Fulton on October 15, 2009.
When I download a concert, is it actually downloading a file? I'm not able to find it. Thanks

Posted by Susan Lerner on October 12, 2009.

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