Kelly Clarkson and her redoubtable band braved the frigid weather during last week’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Manhattan to give an incredible live performance of “Heat,” with bassist Kyle Whalum keeping the beat on his Epiphone Jack Casady Bass
with an Ebony finish—the very same bass designed by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and legendary Jefferson Airplane co-founder Jack Casady.
Casady’s bass has gone virtually unchanged for two decades and has graced every major tour you can think of including Paul McCartney, Jack White, Stone Roses, and of course, the man himself.
"I just can't believe it's been 20 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,"
Casady told Epiphone. "Because in the world of bass manufacturing it's somewhat of an odd duck to have an f-hole acoustic bass out there. But I'd like to think it's got a good solid position in the market and that it's a versatile instrument…Twenty years later, I really didn't expect that this would still be in the line. It's a testament to how unique Epiphone is in the industry. And Jim seems to like to work in the vintage area of instruments that have come and gone because of fashion. Epiphone brings them back so the new young players will come along and hear these instruments and understand what a good instrument is supposed to sound like. That's why I love Epiphone."
Read our now-classic interview with Mr. Casady
about the creation of his Epiphone Signature Bass and all about the formative days of the Jefferson Airplane. Be sure to visit the Hot Tuna website
for tour details. Also, check in on Kelly Clarkson’s website
for her tour info and watch the performance live from downtown Manhattan. Thanks to Mr. Whalum for posting the fab photo on Instragram!