Personalities | Hot Tuna | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1970–present)

Jefferson Airplane’s Jorma Kaukonen (guitar, vocals) and Jack Casady (bass) – together with drummer Bob Steeler – formed Hot Tuna in San Francisco in order to satisfy their interest in acoustic blues. After an eponymous debut album, the group went electric, added fiddler Papa John Creach and expanded its range to become a staple of the jam-band scene spearheaded by the Grateful Dead. Many line-ups later, Kaukonen and Casady soldier on at Hot Tuna’s fore, blending acoustic blues songs from the 1920s and 1930s with the occasional electric performance.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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