Jefferson Airplane receive the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award
Congrats to Epiphone's Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen who were presented with the 2016 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on April 23 for their pioneering work in Jefferson Airplane. Jack and Jorma attended the gala event along with singer Grace Slick. Singer Marty Balin could not attend due to illness. Founding member Paul Kantner passed away in 2016.
Jack and Jorma performed the Jefferson Airplane classics "Somebody to Love" and "Come Back Baby" with help from guitarist Doug Pettibone from Don Was' house band and Cathy Richardson stood in for Grace Slick on "Somebody To Love." Other honorees included Celia Cruz, Linda Ronstadt, Earth Wind and Fire, and Herbie Hancock. You can watch the world premier of the Awards presentation this fall on PBS as part of the American Masters Series. Don't miss it.
"It's a wonderful honor," said Casady who appeared with Jorma as Hot Tuna at the City Winery in Nashville a few days before the awards show. Jack brought along two basses for the Nashville concert, a custom acoustic built by Tom Ribbecke that Jack commissioned in honor of his late wife Diana, and his trusty Epiphone Signature Jack Casady. "For all my electric sets and especially all recording, I only use the Epiphone Jack Casady bass. It always sounds great. I can't believe it's been 19 years now since my lovely late wife Diana and I worked on these basses, getting the tone right on it, and that it's still out there." Learn more about the Jack Casady Bass and be sure to read our classic interview with Jack on the occasion of his 70th birthday celebration at the Beacon Theatre.