Hot Tuna featuring Epiphone hero and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jack Casady have announced an extensive tour of the west coast in February kicking off in Solana Beach and carrying on to Santa Barbara, The Fillmore in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Plus, Jorma Kaukonen will be performing at Merlefest April 28-30.  Also, be sure to visit your local PBS station for re-broadcast of PBS’ “Great Performances” series, “GRAMMY® Salute To Music Legends” a special all-star concert honoring The Recording Academy’s 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients including performances by Hot Tuna, Ry Cooder, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and many more.

Check out Mr. Casady's legendary Signature Jack Casady Bass and read our classic interview about Casady's childhood in Washington D.C., joining the Jefferson Airplane, and creating his style.

"When I started playing the bass guitar, I had access to all those upper registers as well as the low registers," Casady told  "And because I loved melody and I loved a lot of the orchestral works I heard, it was a natural flow to go from the bass orchestra end and listen to the double bass, listen to a composer move the melody line from the lowest to the low, up to the cello range and up to the viola range the violin range and on up. And to me, I just heard the melodic lines coming out and tried to do that. when I went to San Francisco, I met people who would form together not necessarily because they were the best musicians but just because it was live or die. Some players would have completely different levels of skills than other players but the combination --like a good football team-- would produce a unique sound. And until I was able to get out of that stifling environment in Washington D.C.--into an environment where I was appreciated---where I could write all my own stuff on bass, that was the real breakthrough for me."